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US health secretary proposes expanding Head Start program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:25

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, center, Sylvia Burwell speaks at a news conference accompanied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, and Head Start parent Morgan Alexander, at Nia Family Center Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Chicago. Burwell announced proposed revisions to Head Start that would expand the early learning program to a full school day and a full school year. Illinois serves more than 40,000 children in Head Start and Early Head Start, with approximately half of those children living in the city of Chicago. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson)CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's health secretary announced proposed regulations Tuesday for Head Start that would expand the 50-year-old early-learning program to a full school day and a full school year to better prepare children for kindergarten.

Storms rolling through parts of the region

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:23

Storms threaten parts of the regionA cold front this evening will give us a brief break from the heat and humidity of this week.

Judge rules Sen. Menendez corruption trial to stay in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:22

Judge rules Sen. Menendez corruption trial to stay in New JerseyA federal judge on Tuesday refused to move Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case from New Jersey to Washington, D.C.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:20

Storms threaten parts of the regionA Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of our region. Get the latest from AccuWeather.

Officials: Pope pilgrims should plan to walk in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:19
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pilgrims heading to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis will face many travel restrictions in the city and need to start looking at transportation options now — and should anticipate walking about two miles a day, officials said Tuesday.

Florida defense firm to pay $7.1 million to settle U.S. bribery probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:15
Florida-based defense company IAP Worldwide Services Inc will pay $7.1 million to settle a U.S. investigation into an alleged conspiracy to bribe Kuwaiti officials to win a government contract, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. A former vice president of IAP, James Michael Rama, 69, of Lynchburg, Virginia, also pleaded guilty earlier on Tuesday in a Virginia federal court to participating in the illegal scheme, prosecutors said in a statement. A lawyer for Rama was not immediately identifiable.

Man's donation of kidney in response to sign on car complete

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:15
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine hospital say doctors have completed a kidney transplant for a woman whose donor was found through an ad posted on her car window.

NY escape highlights relationships between inmates, prison employees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:12

Joyce Mitchell stands with her lawyer Steven Johnston as she appears before Judge Buck Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court, PlattsburghReports that a sexual relationship had developed between two escaped New York inmates and a prison employee who has been charged with helping them break out 11 days ago illustrates the difficulties of policing relationships within prisons. The problem of sex between prisoners and staff is well documented and enough of a concern that New York set up a special statewide office in 1996 to investigate and prevent it. Joyce Mitchell, 51, was charged this week with providing chisels and hacksaws to convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, who were found missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, near the Canadian border on June 6.

New York appeals court hears arguments over grand jury records in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:07

Demonstrators calling for justice in the chokehold death of Eric Garner take part in a protest march outside the 120th police precinct in Staten Island, New YorkA New York state appeals court heard arguments on Tuesday over unsealing minutes of a grand jury that declined to indict a white New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. A coalition of groups seeking release of the transcripts told the four-judge panel that grand jury secrecy undermined confidence in the justice system and hampered debate among state lawmakers weighing grand jury reforms. The groups, which included the Legal Aid Society, want the appeals court to overturn a Staten Island justice's decision in March to bar release of records of the grand jury that probed the death of Eric Garner, 43, last year.

Maine set to vote on budget, governor may veto

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:53

LePage pauses at the end of his prepared remarks as he testifies before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonMaine's Republican and Democratic legislative leaders reached the approximately $6.6 billion agreement late on Monday, three weeks before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Lawmakers had warned the state government could shut down without a budget. Jodi Quintero, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, said legislative leaders have built time into their schedule in case LePage vetoes the bill.

Head of hacked U.S. agency says problems 'decades in the making'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:35

Archuleta testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the data breach of OPM computers, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe head of a U.S. agency that fell victim to cyber attacks defended its performance on Tuesday against withering criticism from lawmakers furious about a breach that compromised the personnel files of millions of federal workers. Although she said her agency thwarts hackers 10 million times per month, members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs insisted that the successful hacks showed data security could not have been a priority for the OPM. You failed utterly and totally," said Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, the committee's chairman.

College Board offers free SAT retakes over timing error

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:23
NEW YORK (AP) — Students who took a flawed SAT this month can get a free do-over.

Largest Florida county proposes citations for pot possession

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:17
MIAMI (AP) — People caught with small amounts of marijuana could soon get a civil citation instead of a jail term in Florida's largest county, which may become the first in the state to treat marijuana possession as a non-criminal act.

McAllen police officer resigns, accused of human smuggling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:13
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas police officer has resigned and faces a human smuggling charge after being stopped at a border checkpoint with two women allegedly in the U.S. illegally.

Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for spacecraft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 03:06
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on Pluto's doorstep, following an incredible journey of nine years and 3 billion miles.

Multi-alarm fire damages building in West Chester

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:55

Multi-alarm fire damages building in West ChesterTenants were out in the heat Tuesday morning surveying the damage from a multi-alarm blaze that kept firefighters busy for much of Monday night in West Chester.

Gray case motion would bar attorneys from sharing evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:50
BALTIMORE (AP) — After her request for a broad gag order was denied, Baltimore's top prosecutor is asking a judge to bar attorneys representing the six police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death from sharing evidence in the case before it goes to trial.

United Airlines to end service at NYC's JFK airport after losses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:48

A United Airlines Boeing 777-200, with Tail Number N796UA, lands at San Francisco International Airport, San FranciscoUnited Airlines said on Tuesday it plans to end service in October at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it failed to profit over seven years because it offered few connections to other cities, and add flights at its Newark, New Jersey, hub. Beginning Oct. 25, United Continental Holdings Inc will transfer its only flights from JFK, which serve Los Angeles and San Francisco on Boeing Co 757 aircraft, to Newark Liberty International Airport, its hub in New Jersey with hundreds of connecting flights. The move marks an effort by United to win travelers in the highly competitive transcontinental market, where rivals American Airlines Group Inc , Delta Air Lines Inc and JetBlue Airways Corp have invested heavily in renovating aircraft cabins and airport terminals.

Army veteran gets 17 months for White House intrusion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army veteran who got over the White House fence and inside the executive mansion before being stopped has been sentenced to 17 months.

St. Louis Cardinals being probed for hacking Houston Astros: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 02:43

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Johnson looks on as Houston Astros' Carter hits a two-run homer off pitcher Motte during a MLB spring training game in Kissimmee, Florida.The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. federal prosecutors are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for hacking into the computers of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. Compromised information includes internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports, the Times reported, citing law enforcement officials. There is evidence that officials of the Cardinals, who won the 2006 and 2011 World Series and are one of the sport's most respected franchises, broke into a network of special databases, the report said.