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Giffords meets with Obama on 4-year anniversary of shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:29

Flowers, teddy bears and inspirational posters line a room at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson in this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 photo. The items were left at the scene of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and 13 wounded. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was the target and suffered a gunshot wound to the head from which she is still recovering from. So many items were left at the shooting site and at University Medical Center, where victims were treated, that a non-profit group stored them in a warehouse for several years. They have been on display at an exhibit at the museum since October, 2014, but will be removed Friday, Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Astrid Galván)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords spent part of the fourth year anniversary of the mass shooting that left her gravely wounded meeting with President Barack Obama as her city paused to remember the tragedy that left six dead and 13 injured.

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:16

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)WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

Oklahoma prisons boss 'confident' ahead of next executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:15

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton answers questions from reporters in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Patton said he’s confident in the ability of his staff to carry out the first lethal injection in Oklahoma since one went awry in April. Charles Warner is scheduled to be executed Jan. 15, 2015 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One week before a man's scheduled execution for killing a baby, the head of Oklahoma's prison system said he's confident in his staff's ability to carry out the first lethal injection in the state since one went awry in April.

Cruise ship worker sentenced in Florida for rape, attempted murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:06
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - A former Holland America cruise ship attendant was sentenced to 30 years and five months in prison for the 2014 Valentine’s Day rape and attempted murder of a female passenger he tried to toss overboard, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday. Ketut Pujayasa, 29, an Indonesian national who confessed in September, told the FBI he let himself into the then-31-year-old victim’s room with a master key and sexually assaulted her as punishment for what he took as an insult by her, according to court documents and the arrest affidavit. ...

UN urges Congo's leader to authorize action against rebels

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged Congo's president on Thursday to quickly sign a document authorizing a joint U.N.-Congolese military operation against a rebel group that failed to surrender by a Jan. 2 deadline.

Record-breaking cold closes U.S. schools, sends penguins inside

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:04

A man walks past the ice-covered Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, in frigid temperatures in Bryant Park in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - Record-breaking cold that gripped the U.S. East and Midwest on Thursday snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters and even led to zoo penguins being ordered inside. Snow expected to accumulate to 3 feet (1 meter) deep was falling in upstate New York near Watertown, and snow already blanketing South Dakota was whipped by winds into a "ground blizzard" that made driving treacherous, said meteorologist Dan Petersen of the National Weather Service. ...

911 call: Family in minivan stuck under semi, towed 16 miles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:02
GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) — A couple called 911 during a storm and described how they were trapped in their minivan as it was dragged 16 miles along Interstate 75 in northern Michigan after it became lodged beneath the rear of a tractor-trailer.

Seismic series prompts Dallas suburb to examine emergency plans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:01
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Seismologists installed more earthquake-monitoring devices in the Dallas suburb of Irving on Thursday as officials examined contingency plans after a series of temblors raised concerns for the area near the former Dallas Cowboys football stadium. The quakes this week did not cause any major damage or injuries, but were unusual in the area that is relatively free from significant seismic events. ...

Bondholder sues bankrupt San Bernardino for favoring Calpers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:55
By Tim Reid (Reuters) - A corporation that holds $50 million of San Bernardino's pension bonds sued the city on Wednesday for giving preferential treatment to California's public pension system as San Bernardino navigates a third year in bankruptcy. Luxembourg-based Erste Europäische Pfandbrief-und Kommunalkreditbank AG (EEPK), which filed the lawsuit in federal bankruptcy court in Riverside, California, is suing San Bernardino for agreeing to pay in full its debt to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), while not yet treating the bondholder equally. ...

Grand jury recommends criminal charges against Pa. AG Kathleen Kane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:53

Grand jury recommends criminal charges against Pa. AG Kathleen KaneAction News has learned that a Pennsylvania grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Grand jury urges charges against Pennsylvania attorney general: Philadelphia Inquirer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:53
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who is accused of leaking information to a newspaper in an effort to embarrass political enemies, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Thursday. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman will decide whether to affirm the grand jury finding and charge Kane, 48, sources close to the case told the Inquirer. Lanny Davis, a Washington, D.C. ...

William Boeing Jr., son of company's founder, dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:50

FILE - In this March 17, 1960, file photo, President Dwight Eisenhower, center, poses at the White House in Washington with Miro Slovac, right, and Bill Boeing, Jr., during a ceremony awarding them the President's Cup. Boeing died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, according to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. He was 92. (AP Photo/File)SEATTLE (AP) — William E. Boeing Jr., a son of aerospace pioneer William Boeing Sr. who championed and remained fascinated by flight throughout his life, has died at age 92.

Obama proposes two years of free community college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:50

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Central High School, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Phoenix, about the recovering housing sector. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would offer a proposal in his State of the Union speech that would make two years of community college free for anyone willing to work for it. Obama said in a video message released by the White House that in a visit to Tennessee on Friday he would announce the program to make community college accessible for everyone. Under the proposal, students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their programs would have their tuition eliminated. ...

Man sentenced in mailing of meth in mannequin heads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:48
HONOLULU (AP) — A man was sentenced Thursday for his role in the mailing of four pounds of crystal methamphetamine to Hawaii that was stuffed in two mannequin heads.

Apple company recalls 2014 shipments after link to listeria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — A California apple packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths.

Authorities look for motive behind NAACP bombing in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:33
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado and federal authorities were trying to find the motive on Thursday for a homemade bomb planted behind NAACP offices in Colorado Springs, saying that they had not yet determined if it was a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. The Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reopened on Thursday, two days after the improvised explosive device detonated outside the building it shares with a hair salon. ...

Philadelphia police officer struck by car, suspect arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:32

Philadelphia police officer struck by car, suspect arrestedA suspect who Philadelphia police say ran over an officer in Strawberry Mansion has been arrested

Wintry weather around US brings fatalities, school closings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:28
Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.

Coping with the bitter cold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:18

Coping with the bitter coldResidents across the region are coping with the coldest temperatures so far this season.

Suspect sought in armed robbery of Abington 7-Eleven

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:16

Suspect sought in armed robbery of Abington 7-ElevenPolice in Montgomery County are searching for a gunman who held up a 7-Eleven convenience store.