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Teen shot in head outside Port Richmond mini-mart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:02

Teen shot in head outside Port Richmond mini-martA teenager was shot in the head multiple times outside a mini-mart in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

UN more than doubles its count of besieged in Syria: 440,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of Syrians who are living in besieged areas — and risk death by starvation, dehydration and the lack of medical care — to roughly 440,000.

California man stands by claim that girlfriend was kidnapped: attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:57
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Northern California man who told police his girlfriend was abducted for ransom, an incident now called a hoax by authorities, said on Thursday their client stood by his story and had been drugged and restrained by the kidnappers. Aaron Quinn called police on Monday to report that his live-in girlfriend, Denise Huskins, had been taken hours earlier from his home in the Bay Area community of Vallejo by kidnappers who demanded $8,500 in ransom. Huskins, a 30-year-old physical therapist, reappeared unharmed on Wednesday nearly 400 miles (640 km) away in her hometown of Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles. Vallejo police detectives who interviewed Huskins said there was no evidence to support a kidnapping, calling the incident "an orchestrated event and not a crime." Huskins has since been in seclusion and retained an attorney, and police say they have been unable to speak with her further.

One killed, several injured in Texas highway beam collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:37

Bridge collapse reported on interstate in Central TexasAUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A bridge under construction in Salado, Texas collapsed onto several vehicles on Thursday after a truck hit at least one beam supporting it, local officials said. Local news media reported at least one person has been killed, but the local Bell County Sheriff's Office could not confirm the report. The incident took place on Interstate 35 about 50 miles north of Austin. "The impact caused a few beams of the bridge that was under construction to fall," said Veronica Beyer, a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Transportation. ...

Police: 'Foul play' suspected in Drexel Hill woman's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:37

 'Foul play' suspected in Drexel Hill woman's disappearancePolice in Upper Darby are asking for the public's help in finding a mother of two who has been missing since last summer.

Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:34

FILE - This July 3, 2014 file photo shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft on Thursday, March 26, 2015 said that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off — but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off — but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft.

NYC building collapse critically injures one, others assessed: fire department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:34
NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least one person was critically injured in a building collapse in New York City's East Village neighborhood on Thursday and others were being assessed, fire officials said. Live footage on local television showed a residential apartment building engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. Local media also reported a large explosion at the scene. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:32
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.

Indiana religious objections bill signed as dispute swirls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:31

A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, shows its objection to the Religious Freedom bill passed by the Indiana legislature. Organizers of a major gamers' convention and a large church gathering say they're considering moving events from Indianapolis over a bill that critics say could legalize discrimination against gays. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people.

College students make bracelets to help jailed journalists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:26

This handout photo provided by the Press Uncuffed Campaign shows a bracelet that University of Maryland journalism students are selling emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world, to raise money for the cause, and awareness of their plight. The line includes 11 different bracelets, each with the name of a jailed journalist on it. The students are raising money to produce at least 10,000 bracelets. (AP Photo/Press Uncuffed Campaign)COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — University of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world to raise money for the cause, and awareness of their plight.

Georgia governor to sign bill allowing limited medical marijuana use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:26
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal will sign legislation legalizing a non-smoking form of medical marijuana for patients with seizure disorders and seven other medical conditions, the governor's spokesman said on Thursday. Deal plans to wait until after the legislative session ends next week before signing it, spokesman Brian Robinson said. The Georgia bill, which was finalized by lawmakers on Wednesday, would allow patients with diseases including cancer and multiple sclerosis to use a non-intoxicating oil derived from the marijuana plant, a strain known as "Charlotte's Web." To legally use the oil, patients or their caregivers must obtain a registration card from the state Department of Public Health. Their physician also must certify that they are being treated for one of the medical conditions covered by the bill.

U.S. appeals court to reconsider San Diego gun restriction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:25
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court agreed on Thursday to reconsider a ruling in which a three-judge panel last year struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show "good cause" to carry a concealed firearm. In a brief order, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, said an 11-judge panel would take another look at whether San Diego County's restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens' Second Amendment rights to bear arms In February 2014, the three-judge panel ruled against the county on a 2-1 vote. The court held then that San Diego County's "good cause" rules for carrying concealed firearms effectively barred residents from carrying a gun altogether. San Diego County refused to accept self-defense or concern for personal safety alone as a valid reason for a permit to be issued.

U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:24

A ranger walks behind a pair of black rhinoceros at the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation Park near Marondera in this file photoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it had found that $550,000 in proceeds generated from two planned hunts in the southern African country will go to conservation and granted permits for them, including the one sold at the Texas auction. Animal protection groups said the decision sends the wrong message. Poachers, many from impoverished Mozambique, in 2014 killed more than 1,200 rhinos in South Africa, home to almost all of the animals in Africa, for their horns.

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:18

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to members of the media during his weekly news Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:18

CORRECTS YEAR TO 2015, NOT 2014 - A syringe is pictured along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., in Scott County on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A recent outbreak of HIV infections in the county have been traced by health officials to intravenous drug use in the area. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases. (AP Photo/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS:

Congressman asks pro sports leagues about their tax-exempt status

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:15
Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to the NFL and nine other professional sports organizations seeking information about their tax-exempt status, his office said on Thursday. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently introduced legislation to eliminate tax-exempt status for professional leagues with revenues exceeding $10 million. Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code lists "professional football leagues" as deserving of tax-exempt status, a remnant of legislative wrangling that helped the NFL and its rival, the American Football League, merge in 1966.

Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:14

Medics load a man into an ambulance after a round of severe weather hit a trailer park near 145th West Avenue and West 17th Street in Sand Springs, Okla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUTSAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far worse.

Obama touts consumer watchdog's plans to regulate payday loans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:07

Cordray participates in an open meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans in WashingtonBy Emily Stephenson and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON/ BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) - A U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined plans to crack down on payday lending practices that leave borrowers with debt they cannot repay, and President Barack Obama touted the move as a contrast with Republican polices. Obama told an audience at a community college in Birmingham, Alabama, that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plan would protect consumers while Republicans are seeking to unravel such financial safeguards. "If you lend out money, you have to first make sure that the borrower can afford to pay it back," Obama said. Payday loans are small extensions of credit that borrowers agree to repay in a short time, such as when they next receive a paycheck.

Fire rages after explosion, collapse at apartment building in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:39

Fire rages after explosion, collapse at apartment building in New York CityA 7-alarm fire is raging and 12 people are injured after an explosion and collapse in Manhattan Thursday.

Officer in wrong-way NY crash had 2 drunken-driving arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:35

Pallbearers carry the casket containing the body of Linden Officer Frank Viggiano in Linden Presbyterian Church, before funeral services, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Viggiano and Joseph Rodriguez died when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a truck in the Staten Island borough of New York on Friday after a night at a strip club. Officers Pedro Abad Jr., who was driving the car, and Patrik Kudlac, remain hospitalized. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An off-duty New Jersey police officer behind the wheel of a car that crashed last week while heading the wrong way on a New York highway, killing two passengers, has had two drunken-driving arrests in the last four years, including one for an accident in which he plowed through the wall of a convenience store, records show.