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Christie apologizes for 'crazy mayor' comment during NJ flooding remarks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:50

Christie apologizes for 'crazy mayor' comment during NJ flooding remarksGov. Chris Christie says he apologized to a south Jersey mayor for a comment he made in the aftermath of flooding.


Scientists: "Doomsday Clock" reflects grave threat to world

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:47

FILE- In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Climate scientist Richard Somerville, member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, right, unveils the new "Doomsday Clock," accompanied by Sivan Kartha, member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and senior scientists at the Stockholm Environmental Institute, right. Scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are set to announce Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016, whether civilization is any closer or farther from disaster. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Rising tension between Russia and the U.S., North Korea's recent nuclear test and a lack of aggressive steps to address climate change are putting the world under grave threat, scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm said Tuesday.


United to refund travel to regions hit with Zika virus: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:32

A municipal worker sprays insecticide at the neighborhood of Imbiribeira in Recife(Reuters) - United Airlines will allow customers who hold tickets to regions impacted by the Zika virus to postpone their trips or receive full refunds, a spokesman said on Tuesday. United, the second-largest U.S. airline by capacity, said the offer corresponds to virus-hit areas specified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Monday, the World Health Organization warned that mosquito-borne Zika is likely to spread to most of the Americas, sparking concerns by travelers on social media. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York)


Georgia officer who fatally shot black man resigns after murder indictment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:29
A white police officer facing murder and other criminal charges in the shooting death of an unarmed, naked black man quit his post with an Atlanta-area law enforcement agency on Tuesday, his attorney said. Robert Olsen worked for the DeKalb County Police Department for eight years. A grand jury last Thursday indicted Olsen on two counts of felony murder, two counts of violation of oath and one count each of making a false statement and aggravated assault.

Self-taught painter, sculptor Thornton Dial dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:24

FILE- In a Oct. 11, 2005 file photo, Museum of Fine Arts Houston intern Kurt Rankin takes a closer look at artist Thornton Dial's sculpture "New Light", in Houston. Dial, a self taught artist who transformed discarded junk into sculpture and painted in bright colors and bold lines, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at his home in Alabama. He was 87. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)McCALLA, Ala. (AP) — Self-taught artist Thornton Dial, who transformed discarded junk into sculpture and painted in bright colors and bold lines, has died at his home in Alabama. He was 87.


No evidence of shots fired at Naval Medical Center: officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:16
An active shooter was reported at the Naval Medical Center San Diego on Tuesday, according to a post on the medical center's Facebook page. San Diego police spokesman Officer Travis Easter said police had received a report of a shooter from officials at the medical center, but that they had not requested any assistance and so no officer had been sent to the scene. The post on the medical center's Facebook page advised occupants to run, hide or fight.

Oregon judge who refused to perform gay marriages should lose job: panel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:03
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon judge who has refused to perform gay marriages and has drawn a formal ethics complaint for a raft of other issues should lose his job, a judicial commission leading an investigation into his conduct has found, court documents showed on Tuesday.

Eagles agree to 3 year deal with Brent Celek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:58

Eagles agree to 3 year deal with Brent CelekThe Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with tight end Brent Celek.


Man charged in Schuylkill Canal crash that killed 2

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:32

Man charged in Schuylkill Canal crash that killed 2Prosecutors have charged a Montgomery County man in connection with a fatal crash in the Schuylkill Canal.


Factbox: 12 facts about the Zika virus as outbreak spreads in the Americas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:26
The number of countries and territories in the Americas reporting cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus rose to 22 on Tuesday, more than double the number a month ago, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). An outbreak of the virus is affecting large parts of Latin America and the Caribbean and is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 and was unknown in the Americas until 2014.

Mayor Kenney: 80 percent of Philly streets now passable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:23

 80 percent of Philly streets now passableMayor Jim Kenney said on Tuesday afternoon that 80% of the streets in Philadelphia are now passable following the weekend snowstorm.


Mayor Kenney: 80 percent of Philly streets now passable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:23

 80 percent of residential streets in Philadelphia now passableMayor Jim Kenney said on Tuesday afternoon that 80% of the streets in Philadelphia are now passable following the weekend snowstorm.


Mexico 'affluenza' teen drops bid to block extradition to U.S.: judicial source

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 04:11

U.S. national Ethan Couch is pictured in this undated handout photographA Texas teen who killed four people in a so-called "affluenza" drunk-driving case has dropped a legal challenge against his deportation back to the United States from Mexico, a Mexican judicial source said on Tuesday. Ethan Couch, 18, became known as the "affluenza" teen during his trial in juvenile court over the 2013 crash. The judicial source did not know when the youth would be returned to the United States.


The Latest: Escapee had been ordered deported to Vietnam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:56
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the 3 inmates who escaped from a California jail (all times local):

Woman who held 30-year vigil outside the White House dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:52

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2013 file photo, Concepcion Picciotto, who holds a constant peace vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, sits on a park bench in the park. Picciotto, the protester who maintained a peace vigil outside the White House for more than three decades, a demonstration widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history, has died. The Washington Post reports Picciotto died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at a housing facility for homeless women. She was believed to be 80. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Concepcion Picciotto, the protester who maintained a three-decade peace vigil outside the White House that was widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history, has died.


The Latest: Suspect arrested on charge of attempted murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:44

Officials investigate the scene where a police officer was shot in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a deputy in New Orleans (all times local):


Man drives 1,700 miles to retrieve his lost-and-found cat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:39

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, Robert Connell pets his cat Hemi during their reunion in New Bern, N.C.. Connell drove 1,700 miles from North Dakota to retrieve his lost-and-found pet. Robert and his wife lived in North Carolina when they found Hemi in 2009. Hemi disappeared in 2011 when Robert deployed. Hemi turned up last week, and a microchip enabled officials to find the Connells, who later moved to Bismarck, N.D., when Robert got a new job. (Bill Hand/Sun Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITNEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A cat named Hemi is back with his owner, who drove 1,700 miles from North Dakota to retrieve his lost-and-found pet.


The Latest: 6 Cleveland cops fired after 137-shot barrage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:37
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the discipline for Cleveland police involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people (all times local):

US Sen. Claire McCaskill serving on jury in Missouri trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:35
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Leotis Tate ever craved the rapt attention of a federal lawmaker about a grievance, the 51-year-old man had it Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill was among members of the jury hearing his QuikTrip slip-and-fall case.

Troopers: Child killed in village was shot by 11-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:33
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 5-year-old boy was playing video games in his living room when he was fatally shot by an 11-year-old child.