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Attack on Denver's fire chief appears random, unprovoked

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:09
DENVER (AP) — Investigators say the attack on Denver's fire chief near the department's headquarters appears to have been random and unprovoked.

3 likely scenarios for eastern US snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a nor'easter eyes the eastern United States, the National Weather Service is warning of a "potentially paralyzing winter storm" at the end of the week for parts of the mid-Atlantic region, including the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, where a blizzard watch has been issued.

1 fisherman dead, 2 missing after boat hits Oregon jetty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:03
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crabbing boat collided with a jetty on the Oregon coast, killing one fisherman and triggering a search for two others, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday. A fourth man aboard, the vessel's captain, survived.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:03

Pakistani students look at a pool of blood following an attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University named after the founder of an anti-Taliban political party in the country's northwest Wednesday, killing many people, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


U.S. immigration case could set limits on presidential power

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:58

A view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in WashingtonBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court challenge to President Barack Obama's immigration policies could have an impact far beyond determining whether millions of undocumented immigrants can remain in the country. The case has the potential to constrain the power of Obama's successor to bypass Congress and act alone. Should Obama’s order blocking deportations for certain immigrants be invalidated by the justices, the decision could hamper future presidents' ability to craft policy through executive fiat, legal experts told Reuters.


Immigration advocates say SFPD violated city's sanctuary city ordinance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:55

Immigration advocates say SFPD violated city's sanctuary city ordinanceImmigration advocates are accusing the San Francisco Police Department of violating the city's sanctuary city ordinance after officers released a man that ICE agents waited for outside the station.


The Latest: Search suspended for 2 missing fishermen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:51
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the search for missing fishermen off the Oregon Coast (all times local):

NY parks, weeks after rape claim, set to get security funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:48
NEW YORK (AP) — The city's parks are poised to receive additional money for security less than two weeks after a young woman reported being gang-raped by teenage boys in a playground.

EarLens hearing aid uses laser light to transmit sound

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:42

EarLens hearing aid uses laser light to transmit soundA Menlo Park-based company created a newly approved hearing aid that uses laser light instead of vibrating sound to transmit sound into the ear.


Navajo Code Talker Alfred James Peaches dies at age 90

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:42
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Flags will be lowered across the Navajo Nation in honor of another Navajo Code Talker who has died.

Obama tours auto show, pledges help for Flint's water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:31

President Barack Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers-General Motors Center for Human Resources, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 in Detroit. While in Detroit the president visited the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the revival of the nation's auto industry while acknowledging the water crisis in nearby Flint, Michigan, saying the detection of high levels of lead serve as a reminder that the government can't shortchange basic services.


Texas executes man convicted of strangling female impersonator

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:31
Texas on Wednesday executed a man convicted of strangling a female impersonator in Houston in 2001 and then stealing the victim's car, a prisons official said. Richard Masterson, 43, was put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. Masterson was pronounced dead at 6:53 p.m., the official said.

'Great Green Fleet' using biofuels deployed by U.S. Navy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:26

U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus speaks in front of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, as it arrives at the U.S. naval base in YokosukaThe U.S. Navy formally deployed its "Great Green Fleet" on Wednesday, sending warships powered by alternative energy to conduct operations in the Pacific three years after controversy over the price of developing new fuels provoked a fight in Congress. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the deployment in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego, saying the use of biofuels would improve the Navy's operational flexibility while boosting the U.S. rural economy. The Navy's focus on developing alternative fuel sources comes despite a 70 percent drop in oil prices since it first tested its Great Green Fleet in exercises in 2012.


In Tech: Minecraft for schools, Amazon Dash, data encryption

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:22
Microsoft is buying the educational version of Minecraft and has plans to create a bigger and better version of the popular world-building video game that's designed for classrooms.

Texas executes its first inmate of 2016 after late appeals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:21

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows condemned Texas inmate Richard Masterson. Masterson doesn’t deny being at a Houston apartment where a female impersonator was asphyxiated while he and the victim were having sex but insists the death 15 years ago was an accident. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, Masterson is set for execution for the slaying of Darin Shane Honeycutt. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man put to death Wednesday for a killing 15 years ago became the busy death penalty state's first prisoner executed in 2016.


Regulatory moves don't dampen big gun industry show in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:20

A woman looks at a handgun at the Glock booth at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Weapon enthusiasts had their sights set on the latest and newest guns and gear at a big industry trade show this week, not on President Barack Obama's efforts to tighten gun-ownership regulations following mass shootings around the country.


Viacom slashes exec pay amid lawsuit over Redstone's health

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viacom Inc. has pre-released details about its executives' pay that show an 85 percent drop in compensation for its ailing 92-year-old executive chairman, Sumner Redstone, amid legal battles questioning his health and competence.

Dalai Lama at Mayo Clinic for prostate treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:14
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Dalai Lama is at the Mayo Clinic in the United States for treatment of a prostate condition.

The Latest: Texas executes its first inmate of the year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:02

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows condemned Texas inmate Richard Masterson. Masterson doesn’t deny being at a Houston apartment where a female impersonator was asphyxiated while he and the victim were having sex but insists the death 15 years ago was an accident. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, Masterson is set for execution for the slaying of Darin Shane Honeycutt. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Texas inmate Richard Masterson, who was convicted in a 2001 strangulation that he claimed was accidental (all times local):


Woman shot, killed in West Philadelphia; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:01

Woman shot, killed in West Philadelphia; suspect in custodyPolice are investigating after a woman was killed in a shooting in West Philadelphia.