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White House says believes missing American Levinson is no longer in Iran

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:43
President Barack Obama and his administration have repeatedly pressed Iranians to provide information on former FBI agent Robert Levinson, an American who went missing in Iran eight years ago, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday. Earnest said the White House have been in touch with the Levinson family as recently as December.

Michigan governor's address to focus on Flint water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:41
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, facing protests and lawsuits into the state's handling of contaminated drinking water in Flint, will make the crisis the main subject of his annual speech to lawmakers on Tuesday. President Barack Obama was meeting on Tuesday with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver over the crisis. Separately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it acted too slowly to address the situation.

2 Orlando cops fatally shoot man during incident at condo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:40
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say two police officers fatally shot a 28-year-old man who refused orders to drop his gun at a central Florida condominium complex.

Baltimore police prepare to launch body camera program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:39
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Police Department has announced that Taser International will provide body cameras to its officers.

Court upholds conviction of man who cited jury tampering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:33
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's highest court on Tuesday upheld a robbery conviction in a case that centered on separate U.S. Supreme Court rulings on jury tampering that have divided state and federal courts for more than 30 years.

Iowa governor calls for anti-Cruz vote on ethanol issue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:32
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz received an anti-endorsement from the governor of Iowa, Tuesday, host of the country's lead-off presidential caucus, on account of his failure to support renewable fuels like ethanol.

Chicago police chief applicants asked about code of silence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:25
CHICAGO (AP) — Those vying to become Chicago's next top cop will be asked how they'd deal with the so-called code of silence among officers.

Overturned truck blocks traffic on I-476 south in Souderton, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:25

Overturned truck blocks traffic on I-476 south in Souderton, Pa.The southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension remain closed at this hour as crews work to clear an overturned truck in Souderton, Montgomery County.


Texas attorney general says daily fantasy sports illegal in state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:24

A DraftKings logo is displayed on a board inside of the DFS Players Conference in New YorkBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Daily fantasy sports games that charge players to compete cannot operate legally in Texas, the state's attorney general said on Tuesday, making it the latest U.S. state to challenge the legality of such online contests. Online operators' claims that they can "operate as an unregulated house" do not "square with existing Texas law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement on his office's website. "A court would likely determine that participation in daily fantasy sports leagues is illegal gambling under section 47.02 of the Penal Code," he said in a letter with his non-binding opinion posted on the site.


IRS on the line looking for money? More likely a scammer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has a message for taxpayers getting calls from the IRS demanding immediate payment: Hang up.

Twitter disruption silences swaths of US, Europe for hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:23

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, shows the icon for the Twitter app on an iPhone in San Jose, Calif. Some Twitter users had to do without early Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, after sporadic outages knocked the social media site offline in Europe. Reports of malfunctions began to appear in the U.S. as well, but it was unclear how widespread the outages were. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Some Twitter users had to do without early Tuesday after sporadic outages knocked the social media site offline in the U.S. and Europe.


Debt-laden Puerto Rico now has travel warning over Zika to worry about

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:23
The tourism industry in debt-burdened Puerto Rico urged precautions on Tuesday after U.S. health authorities alerted pregnant woman against traveling to the island because of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning on Friday for 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America, including Puerto Rico, where infection with Zika is a risk. It particularly cautioned pregnant women, as Zika has been linked to serious birth defects.

The Latest: Lawyers: Willingness question won't help Couch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:22
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The latest in the case of Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident (all local times):

NY man indicted on weapons, ammo charges in traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:09
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man accused of posing as a federal air marshal after being pulled over with an assault weapon, ammunition and body armor in his car has been charged with weapons possession and other crimes.

2 NC sheriff's deputies shoot, kill man wielding knife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:46
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say two sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man who came at them with a knife after they attempted to serve him an eviction notice.

Yemeni defendant pleads guilty in New York to terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:43
NEW YORK (AP) — An al-Qaida member from Yemen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to U.S. terrorism charges that included accusations he helped an American recruit join the terrorist group, clearing the way for the New York native to hatch a plot against the Long Island Rail Road.

Threat prompts evacuations in Chichester School District in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:31

Threat prompts evacuations in Chichester School District in Delaware CountyAn unspecified threat has prompted evacuations in the Chichester School District.


Details about 12 Marines missing in Hawaii helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:16

This photo taken in 2010 and provided by the Roche family, shows Capt. Kevin Roche. On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps released the names of the missing officers involved in a helicopter crash, including Roche. Two helicopters each carrying six Marines went down off Oahu's north shore late Thursday. The Coast Guard initially said the choppers collided. But Marine spokesman Capt. Timothy Irish says he's not sure they collided because an investigation into the crash hasn't been completed. (Roche Family via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — A dozen Marines are missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii last week. Here are their stories:


Demolition begins on Florida mansion owned by Pablo Escobar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:13
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A vestige of the drug wars that made Miami notorious for violence and smuggling in the 1980s is being razed, with its new owners anxiously sifting through the wreckage for any last traces of the reign of Pablo Escobar.

2 dead, 18 injured in bus crash on Hwy 101 in San Jose

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:11

2 dead, 18 injured in bus crash on Hwy 101 in San JoseTwo people have been killed and 18 are injured after a horrific bus crash in San Jose. Nine of the injured were transported to local hospitals.