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Obama tells Americans: Don't buy a gas guzzler

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:40

Obama speaks about the housing market during a visit to PhoenixBy Jeff Mason PHOENIX (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Americans on Thursday that cheap U.S. gasoline prices would not last and that they should not buy gas-guzzling vehicles. As fuel prices have dropped to near six-year lows, sales of pickup trucks and SUVs have surged. "Gas prices aren't going to be low forever, so don't start suddenly saying you don't have to worry about fuel efficiency," Obama said in a speech about the rebounding economy, noting gas prices are about $1.10 per gallon cheaper than a year ago. ...

NYC police to reform public housing stop-and-frisk in settlement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:38
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police department has agreed to reform its stop-and-frisk practices in public housing projects as part of a proposed settlement in a federal class action lawsuit, the latest step in altering a broad policing strategy that critics assailed as unconstitutional. The preliminary settlement, which requires approval from U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan, would mandate changes to police regulations and training materials that govern patrols in public housing, among other reforms. ...

Honda fined $70M for not reporting death, injury complaints

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:37

FILE - In this April 25, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Honda on display at Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo. The Obama administration on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 said it will fine Honda $70 million _ the largest civil penalty leveled against an automaker _ for not reporting to regulators over 1,700 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries and not reporting warranty claims. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

Submariners in video scandal face 'significant' penalties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:28
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Sailors involved in the secret video recording of female officers in the dressing area of a U.S. Navy submarine will face "significant penalties," the admiral in charge of the submarine force said Thursday.

No living in fear: 'I Am Charlie' rallies back free speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:25

Members of Parliament stand in Westminster Hall, London, holding pens in solidarity with those affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. French police hunted Thursday for two heavily armed men — one with a terrorism conviction and a history in jihadi networks — in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/PA,Tim Sculthorpe)LONDON (AP) — From Berlin to Bangkok, tens of thousands took a stand against living in fear, as rallies defended the freedom of expression and honored the victims of a Paris newspaper attack.

Chicago man's death ruled a homicide, decades after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:24
CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Buchanan never really said what happened back in the 1940s when he was shot — but whatever it was, it finally killed him.

U.S. to cut European military bases as budgets shrink

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:22

First company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat TeamBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing tight budgets and a shrinking military, the United States said on Thursday it was ending operations at an air base in Britain and handing it and 14 other sites in Europe back to their home governments. In the biggest move, the Pentagon said it would leave RAF Mildenhall northeast of London, home to tanker, reconnaissance and special operations aircraft, and withdraw 3,200 military personnel and their families. The changes, including new construction at some bases, were expected to cost $1. ...

AP names McMillan enterprise editor for eastern US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:17
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff McMillan, assistant editor for the East region of The Associated Press, has been promoted to the position of enterprise editor for the area.

NYC will begin banning restaurant plastic foam in July

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:02

A woman carries a beverage in a plastic foam cup, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 in New York. Nearly two years after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested banning foam food containers, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce the ban is a reality. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will move to the forefront of a growing environmental trend by banning food establishments from using plastic foam containers starting this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Thursday.

Connecticut top court rejects teen's plea to end cancer treatment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:59
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut's top court on Thursday rejected a request by a teenager diagnosed with cancer to halt the state-ordered chemotherapy treatments she has been receiving, saying her rights had not been violated. The court's seven justices said the 17-year-old, referred to as "Cassandra C." in court papers, and her mother had not demonstrated a good reason to overrule a lower court's ruling that supported a decision by the state to take her into custody so she would receive treatment for what doctors call an aggressive but treatable cancer. ...

US farmers will push Congress to end embargo on Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 30 food and agriculture American companies and associations announced Thursday they will push Congress to end the embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in 1962.

Revel buyer plans water park for former casino property

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:55
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Florida developer buying Atlantic City's former Revel casino out of bankruptcy plans to open a water park there.

Two dozen hurt when tour bus overturns in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:43
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A tour bus full of passengers on an agricultural trip in southwestern Arizona flipped on its side on Thursday after failing to negotiate a turn, injuring at least 24 people, authorities said. Two of those injured were flown from the scene to a Phoenix hospital with serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, said Alfonso Zavala, a Yuma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The rest of the injured people were taken to the county’s regional medical center with mostly minor injuries, Zavala said. ...

Things to know from the career of Sen. Barbara Boxer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:41

In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boxer said Thursday she won't seek re-election after 4th term. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016 to a fifth term. Here are some things to know from her long career:

Bench from folding table collapses at school, killing boy, 7

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:41
NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A bench from a folding table attached to a wall collapsed at a school during a recreational soccer practice, killing a 7-year-old boy preparing for his season opener, officials said.

Senate panel approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:28

FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo, a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. A bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key Senate committee Thursday, setting up a fight next week pitting newly empowered Republicans against President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee moved the bill closer to the floor by a 13-9 vote. Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of six Democrats sponsoring the bill, was the only Democrat to support it in committee. The House will vote on its version of the bill Friday, and is expected to pass it easily. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed veto-threatened legislation to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline through a Senate committee Thursday, but Democrats blocked plans for an immediate debate in the full Senate.

Maryland man charged with trying to murder police with dump truck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland dump truck driver was charged on Thursday with attempted murder of two police officers for allegedly ramming his vehicle into squad cars, authorities said. The suspect, Gene Brandon Jr., 31, of Aquasco, Maryland, is accused of crashing into the police cars on Wednesday in Glenarden, a suburb of Washington, the Prince George's County Police Department said in a statement. Two officers were talking next to their cruisers when Brandon pulled his truck next to them and yelled at them. The officers told him to move along, and Brandon drove off, the statement said. ...

Senate sends terrorism insurance bill to Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:19

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Phoenix, en route to Washington after speaking about housing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Thursday approved legislation to renew a federal program that is credited with reviving the market for insurance against terrorist attacks after its collapse in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Tech enthusiasts turn up at Las Vegas gadget show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:19

Attendees look at a 3D-printed dress by Iris van Herpen at the 3D Systems booth at the International CES Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS (AP) — At the International CES, the largest trade show in the Americas, tech enthusiasts are meeting in Las Vegas to see their dreams and fantasies about the future move closer to reality.

New York City ban on foam cups and containers begins July 1

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:03
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fulfilled a campaign promise on Thursday by announcing a ban on serving food and drinks in polystyrene foam containers, a measure hailed by environmentalists but long opposed by the food service industry. The measure, first proposed in February 2013 by de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, will stop restaurants, coffee shops and food carts in the nation's largest city from using single-serve containers made of expanded polystrene beginning on July 1. ...