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Election News Guide: A new order in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:25

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky holds a news conference on the day after the GOP gained enough seats to control the Senate in next year's Congress and make McConnell majority leader, in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the postelection political order and how it came to be:


Firefighters battle Frankford house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:23

Firefighters battle Frankford house firePhiladelphia firefighters battled a house fire in the Frankford section of the city.


No charges for man who toted gun at Arizona airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:16

Peter Steinmetz is seen in an undated picture released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, ArizonaBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - No criminal charges will be filed against a medical researcher who was arrested in July for openly carrying a loaded assault rifle in a Phoenix airport and terrifying a woman and her 17-year-old daughter, a prosecutors' spokesman said on Wednesday. Under a deal with county prosecutors, Peter Nathan Steinmetz, 54, has until March to complete a firearms training course in order to avoid any further action stemming from the July 25 incident at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. ...


After Republican rout, Obama tells voters: 'I hear you'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:08

Republican Thom Tillis reacts after the results of the U.S. midterm elections in Charlotte, North CarolinaBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged on Wednesday that "Republicans had a good night" with sweeping election victories in Congress and said he got a message from voters that it was his responsibility to break a Washington gridlock. Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's election and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years. The party also won more than half of the 36 governors' races. ...


Family plans to mark Billy Graham's 96th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:06

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2010, file photo, Rev. Billy Graham is interviewed at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Graham plans to celebrate his 96th birthday, on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, with family and friends. Last year, 900 people attended a two-hour party for Graham at an Asheville hotel. His son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, said Wednesday that his father is in good spirits, he's eating well, and his mind is still sharp. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Forget about another big birthday blowout for the Rev. Billy Graham.


US officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:03
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The quest for an Ebola treatment is picking up speed. Federal officials have unveiled a plan to test multiple drugs at once, in an umbrella study with a single comparison group to give fast answers on what works.

Falling gun fractures skull of Del. police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:01

Falling gun fractures skull of Del. police officerWilmington Police say an officer's skull was fractured when a gun thrown by a man he was chasing slid off a roof and hit the officer in the head.


Sex act at Princeton Univ. private eating club under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:54

Sex act at Princeton Univ. private eating club under investigationPrinceton University is under the microscope for how they handle sexual violence cases.


Police seek boyfriend in woman's slaying after online photos appeared to show her body

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:51
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Police seek boyfriend in woman's slaying after online photos appeared to show her body.

Florida man sentenced to 40 years for role in foiled bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:45

Booking photo of Sami Osmakac supplied by the Hillsborough Country Sheriff's OfficeTAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on Wednesday after being convicted of taking part in a foiled bomb plot that targeted a popular Tampa bar and a hotel-casino. Sami Osmakac, 27, plans to appeal his June conviction on charges of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and possessing an unregistered automatic firearm, said defense attorney George Tragos. During the trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that in 2012, Osmakac, a U.S. ...


Election results sobering for gay-rights movement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:30

FILE- In this Nov. 4, 2014 photo, Attorney General-elect Maura Healey , D-Mass., celebrates her victory over Republican opponent John Miller in Boston. Massachusetts became the first state to elect an openly gay attorney general. Nationally, gay-rights activists worry that conservative gains in Congress will hamper their bid for federal anti-bias legislation. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)Massachusetts became the first state to elect an openly gay attorney general, while the gay candidate in Maine's gubernatorial race narrowly lost his chance to make history. Nationally, gay-rights activists worried that conservative gains in Congress would hamper their bid for federal anti-bias legislation.


DA: Haverford football coach arrested in DUI hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:29

 Haverford football coach arrested in DUI hit-and-runLongtime Haverford High School football coach Joseph Gallagher was arrested over the weekend after being involved in a DUI hit-and-run accident, the Delaware County District Attorney's office confirms to Action News.


Arab activist lied to get citizenship, jurors told

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:28

Rasmieh Odeh's supporters march outside the federal courthouse in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Odeh, associate director at Chicago's Arab American Action Network, is charged with failing to tell U.S. immigration about her conviction for bombings in Israel in 1969, including one that killed two people at a supermarket. Odeh's trial began Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ed White)DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago Arab activist deceived U.S. officials for years, getting citizenship in 2004 without disclosing that she had spent a decade in an Israeli prison for bombings that damaged the British consulate and killed two people at a supermarket, a prosecutor said at the start of the woman's trial Wednesday.


Fire damages diner in Egg Harbor Township

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:24

Fire damages diner in Egg Harbor TownshipA restaurant caught fire near the Jersey Shore Wednesday morning.


US, France cite concerns about Iran nuclear talks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:23

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press at the US ambassador's residence in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Kerry met earlier with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. (AP Photo/Nicholas Kamm, Pool)PARIS (AP) — With time running out on the latest round of negotiations, France and the United States on Wednesday stepped up demands for Iran to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful — or risk scuttling the closest chance for a deal in years and losing a chance to ease crippling sanctions on Tehran's economy.


Brazil: Rich nations must reduce carbon emissions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:19

 Rich nations must reduce carbon emissionsRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's environment minister said Wednesday that her nation will be a protagonist at an upcoming climate change conference in Peru and will hold developed nations accountable for strong commitments to reduce carbon emissions.


Texas' new governor not the same kind of cowboy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:13

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott, center, addresses media, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Abbott is the first new Texas governor in 14 years — and he did it in a landslide. He crushed Democrat Wendy Davis by one of the biggest margins in any of three dozen gubernatorial races across the U.S., carrying nearly 60 percent of the vote by early Wednesday as Texas underwent its biggest political shake-up in decades. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUTAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The election of a new Texas governor usually means the arrival of another Lone Star archetype--boots-wearing, backslapping and big on swagger about the state's outsized importance.


New York City police commissioner names second in command

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:12
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Wednesday named a black attorney who was running the department's training programs to the position of First Deputy Police Commissioner, the second highest-ranking job of the largest U.S. police force. The appointment of Ben Tucker, currently deputy commissioner of training, follows the unexpected resignation of Philip Banks, who stepped down as police chief days before he was due to be promoted to the deputy commissioner spot. ...

Obama says tax reform deal could address repatriation issue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama opened the door on Wednesday to working with Congress on a deal that would pay for infrastructure projects through a corporate tax repatriation holiday. Asked about Republican plans to approve the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada, Obama said he planned to make a decision on whether to allow the project based on whether it would accelerate climate change. "I'm going to let that process play out," Obama said. "I'm just going to gather up the facts." (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Yankees star Alex Rodriguez reportedly admits to doping

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:06

Yankees Rodriguez during an at bat against the Blue Jays during their MLB baseball game in TorontoBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents probing a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball's doping scandal, the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday. The admission, if true, represents an about-turn for Rodriguez who has repeatedly denied the use of banned substances from the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic, even as he concluded last week a one-year suspension by Major League Baseball for violating the sport's doping program. ...