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'Affluenza' teen's deportation to U.S. imminent: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:21

U.S. national Ethan Couch is pictured in this undated handout photographBy Anahi Rama and Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The wealthy Texas youth known as the "affluenza" teen after he killed four people in a drunk driving incident in 2013 will be deported to the United States imminently after dropping a legal challenge in Mexico, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya, were arrested in Mexico last month following a more than two-week manhunt. "He has withdrawn the legal challenge," said Fernando Benitez, Couch's lawyer in Mexico.


Allentown streets still buried 3 days after storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:12

Allentown streets still buried 3 days after stormOur area continues to dig out from this weekend's blizzard. One of the hardest hit areas is the Lehigh Valley where we saw record snow fall.


Health care fines press millennials as deadline nears

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:09

In this photo taken Jan. 19, 2016, college student Christopher Rael poses for a picture at California State University, Long Beach, in Long Beach, Calif. Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law. With open enrollment over after Jan. 31, Rael is hoping his meager income will qualify him for Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid. “I cannot afford an additional bill,” he said. He paid a fine of about $150 for being uninsured in 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.


Critics: Colorado 'outsourced' campaign finance enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:05
DENVER (AP) — Tammy Holland says she just wanted to get her rural Colorado neighbors to read up on a school board election when she took out newspaper ads last September that listed the candidates and criticized some of the board's votes.

Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:57

 “From severe overcrowding to an insufficient array of programs and incentives to encourage behavioral change, the system is failing those it incarcerates and the taxpayers who fund it,” (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion in the coming years.


Philadelphia public & Archdiocesan schools to open Wednesday, Jan. 27th

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:57

Philadelphia public & Archdiocesan schools to open Wednesday, Jan. 27thAll Philadelphia public and Archdiocesan schools will be open on Wednesday, January 27th.


Hopes of a turnaround in Flint jeopardized by water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:56

FILE - Vehicles drive through downtown Flint, Mich., on Jan. 21, 2016. From its founding, Flint's fortunes essentially were entwined with a single industry. First it was the fur trade, which shifted to lumber, which gave way to the horse carriages that led to it being called Vehicle City. It was a fitting moniker for its next, most important role, as a powerhouse of auto manufacturing and the original home of General Motors. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — In a city long stereotyped for despair, some began seeing reasons for hope: A smattering of just-opened restaurants, students filling new college classrooms, fields of green growing where abandoned houses had stood.


6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:52

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:49

In this 2015 photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management, a rangeland drill reseeds an area burned by the Soda Fire in southwest Idaho. A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, in an order issued in January 2015, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years, public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say. (Bureau of Land Management via AP)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years, public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say.


Anti-abortion activists had fake ID's for filming: Texas court papers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:48

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkTwo anti-abortion campaigners who secretly filmed a Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal tissue procurement used fake driver's licenses to enter the group's offices in the Houston area, court papers released in Texas on Tuesday said. In a twist for the Texas Republican leaders who ordered the probe, accusing the women's health group of illegally trading in aborted fetal tissue, a grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood and indicted video makers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Monday for tampering with a governmental record.


Navy finds no sign of shooting at center; lockdown lifted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:47

Navy Medical Center personnel are directed to come out of building 2 with their hands in the air as they approach SWAT officers following a report of gunshots at a building on the campus of the complex, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in San Diego. (John Gastaldo /The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities found no gunman or signs of a shooting on Tuesday after receiving a report from a Department of Defense employee that shots had been heard at one of the nation's largest Naval medical facilities.


Former Chicago official convicted in red light camera bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:45
A Chicago jury on Tuesday convicted a former transportation official in a $2 million bribery scheme for using his influence to expand contracts for the city's red light traffic camera business. John Bills, 54, a former assistant transportation commissioner, helped get millions of dollars in contracts for Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, part of Redflex Holdings Ltd. In exchange for his efforts that resulted in the installation of hundreds of red-light cameras at intersections, Bills received cash, golf outings, hotel rooms and airline tickets, the jury found.

Falling gas prices continue, AAA says possible end in spring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:30

Falling gas prices continue, AAA says possible end in springIt's the downward trend helping keep your wallet a little fuller.


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

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:29
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - 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.

U.S. issues treatment guidelines for infants exposed to Zika

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:29

Handout image shows a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the Zika virusBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Tuesday issued interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States caring for infants born to mothers who traveled or lived in an area with Zika virus transmission during pregnancy. The guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for pediatricians to work closely with obstetricians caring for pregnant women exposed to the virus during pregnancy, monitoring fetal ultrasounds and testing infants with signs of a birth defect called microcephaly marked by small head size.


Missouri bank robber who fled on bicycle gets nearly 5 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:27
A Missouri man who admitted robbing six banks to pay for a heroin addiction and fleeing on a bicycle was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly 5 years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Shawn Christopher Becker, 43, robbed the Columbia, Missouri banks over seven weeks ending in January 2015, receiving about $14,000 total, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City said. After fleeing the banks, Becker would jump on a waiting bicycle, prosecutors said.

Democratic presidential candidates get chance for seventh debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:25

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Clinton speaks as she discusses issues with O'Malley and Sanders at the NBC News - YouTube Democratic presidential candidates debate in CharlestonBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. news channel and a newspaper will host a debate for the Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire a few days before the state's primary election - but it remained unclear whether the party will relax its rule banning candidates from non-sanctioned debates. The news channel MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader will hold the debate on Feb. 4 in New Hampshire, the second state in the nation to vote for parties' presidential nominees following the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the Union Leader said on its website on Tuesday. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been criticized by two of the three contenders, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, for its relatively skimpy debate schedule.


2 BASE jumpers presumed dead after jumping from bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:22
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A thrill-seeker who parachuted off a bridge overlooking the Pacific likely drowned, as did the man who jumped in to try to save her, authorities said.

Sanders and Clinton battle for youth vote with college plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:16

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in DecorahBy Alana Wise and Luciana Lopez MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are fighting to be best in class on an issue that resonates loudly with young Americans - runaway student debt. Days ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary election that kick off the party nomination process, the White House contenders are shopping rival plans that would make college more affordable. Sanders is pitching a scheme to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, and Clinton is promoting one that would ensure students pay what they can without taking on crippling loans.


Women's wear 'distracts' state lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:15

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, sits in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Topeka,Ks. Holmes, who had come come under withering criticism over the weekend for a setting a dress code targeted at women, apologized Tuesday and retracted the guidelines. (AP Photo, Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch Holmes clearly recalls when women have worn "over the top" attire during his decade in the Kansas Statehouse.