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House GOP forcing 2016 debate on Social Security's finances

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:25

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio administers a ceremonial re-enactment of the oath-of-office to Rep. Tom Reed, D-N.Y., accompanied by his wife Jean Reed and other family members, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security's disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign.

Maine governor wants to end state income tax, shrink government

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:20
By Dave Sherwood AUGUSTA, Maine (Reuters) - Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage, a famously combative Tea Party favorite who recently won a second term, vowed on Wednesday to eliminate the state income tax and to "right-size" government to heat up the state's chilly business climate. "We're going after the income tax," LePage said to the cheers of a packed auditorium as he delivered a wide-ranging inaugural address in the state capital of Augusta. "We can argue about how to get there," he said, "but states with fastest growth have lower taxes and lower energy costs. ...

Man tells cops 'everyone drives drunk' on New Year's Eve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:18
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a southern New Jersey man cited for drunken driving on New Year's Eve claimed he shouldn't be charged because it's a time when "everyone drives drunk."

Florida sisters accused of plotting teenage brother's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:11
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Two Florida sisters, ages 15 and 11, have been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of their 16-year-old brother, who was killed with a handgun taken from the bedroom of their out-of-town parents, authorities said on Wednesday. The 15-year-old girl confessed to the shooting, which occurred on Monday night in Columbia County, just south of the Georgia border, according to a police report. She told police that her brother had beaten her and locked her inside a bedroom. ...

2nd launch try for space station delivery set for Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:02

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is seen at launch complex 40 after an attempted early morning launch was scrubbed due to technical issues at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining until launch. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX will try again Saturday to launch a load of groceries and other supplies to the International Space Station.

House passes bill to renew terror insurance program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed long-sought legislation Wednesday to renew the federal program that props up the private market for insurance against terrorist attacks.

Mental care ordered for NC man ahead of terror support trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:55
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered psychiatric treatment for a North Carolina man so that he might be competent to stand trial on a charge that he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Syria.

Ferguson protesters stall opening of Missouri Senate session

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:54
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The start of Missouri's legislative session was interrupted Wednesday by demonstrators who chanted and unfurled banners in the Senate while protesting the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.

Illinois town bids farewell to victim of Kentucky crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:49

Salvage workers bring out part of a Piper PA-34's fuselage, wing, and landing gear from a crash site Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Kuttawa, Ky. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site Sunday in Kentucky in which a 7-year-old girl survived and four of her family members were killed. Authorities said the child, dressed in a short-sleeve shirt, shorts and one sock, walked about a mile (more than a kilometer) in near-freezing temperatures through thick briar patches and woods before finding a home where she sought help. The plane went down in a deeply wooded area and required special machinery to remove. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)NASHVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A teenager killed along with three relatives in a Kentucky plane crash that her 7-year-old cousin survived was eulogized Wednesday as a vibrant, arts-loving girl who embraced her diversity of friends.

Notorious convict to stand trial in strangulation deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:43
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Lisa Sands stewed and seethed as the man charged with strangling her sister more than a decade ago became a local celebrity — and her family waited for a justice that never seemed to come.

Ohio couple married for 69 years die just 8 hours apart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:37
TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple that was married for 69 years died eight hours apart in what their son called an unsurprising end to the love story of two people who did everything together.

Tobacco companies criticize federal judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tobacco companies on Wednesday accused a federal judge of forcing them to inaccurately describe themselves as unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the public.

I-95 North back open after multi-vehicle crash past Vine Street

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:23

I-95 North back open after multi-vehicle crash past Vine StreetA multi-vehicle crash slowed traffic on I-95 North past the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) early Wednesday.

FBI says Sony hackers 'got sloppy,' posted from North Korea addresses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:23

FBI Director James Comey takes a question from reporter during a news conference at the FBI office in BostonBy Emily Flitter and Mark Hosenball NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that hackers behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment provided key clues to their identity by sometimes posting material from IP addresses used exclusively by the North Korean government. The hackers, who called themselves "Guardians of Peace," sometimes "got sloppy" and failed to use proxy servers that would hide their identity, Comey said at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York. ...

Foundation to pay off slain NYC police officers' mortgages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:14

Maritza Ramos, left, and Pei Xia Chen, widows of slain New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, receive checks from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in New York. The foundation says $860,000 has been donated and another $150,000 has been pledged to pay off the mortgages of Officers Liu and Ramos, who were killed in December while on duty in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A foundation created to honor a firefighter killed on Sept. 11 has raised enough money to pay off the mortgages and make repairs on the homes of two slain New York Police Department officers, foundation executives announced Wednesday.

Bucks Co. prison guard accused of sexual harassment of inmates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:14

Bucks Co. prison guard accused of sexual harassment of inmatesA Bucks County correctional officer has been arrested for the alleged sexual harassment of prison inmates.

Gay advocates assail new TV show 'My Husband's Not Gay'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 03:59

Preston “Pret” and Megan Dahlgren hold their daughter Naomi as they pose for a photograph Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, near Salt Lake City. Two Utah men set to appear in the reality TV show “My Husband’s Not Gay,” say they’re fulfilled in their relationships to their wives even though they’re attracted to other men. The show’s concept has come under fire since it was announced by the TLC network last month. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Preston "Pret" Dahlgren has led what might seem like a picture-perfect Mormon life: He met his high school sweetheart in Sunday school as a teenager, completed his mission and married her. He is active in the church and the proud father of two young daughters.

Court tosses lawsuit against Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 03:55
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge on Wednesday, a major blow to a lawsuit that's spanned nine years.

FBI looks for motive in explosion near Colorado NAACP office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 03:50

This Jan. 6, 2015 photo shows at the bottom right the char marks from a device detonated Tuesday along the northeast corner of a building occupied by a barber shop near the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs, Colo. Chapter President Henry Allen Jr. told The Colorado Springs Gazette the blast was strong enough to knock items off the walls. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUTCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The FBI says it's investigating the possibility a homemade explosive set off near a Colorado NAACP office was a case of domestic terrorism.

One dead following officer-involved shooting at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 03:47
(Reuters) - A man was shot and killed by Port Columbus International Airport police in Ohio's state capital on Wednesday, according to an airport official. The shooting occurred in the outdoor departure area of the airport following a "confrontation" at around 1 p.m. local time, said airport spokesman David Whitaker. The Columbus Police bomb squad was investigating a car involved in the incident. Whitaker said there had been no bomb threat prior to the incident. He said there was no exchange of gunfire. Flights at the airport are continuing, Whitaker said. ...