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Philadelphia prepares for snow; no trash pickup Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:33

Philadelphia prepares for snow; no trash pickup TuesdayPhiladelphia crews are preparing for more snow in the forecast.

Next up: New Hampshire set to vote in nation's first primary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:29

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012, file photo, ballot inspector Connie Bell, right, holds open a curtain on a voting booth during voting in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary at Memorial High School in Manchester, N.H. It’s been 100 years since New Hampshire held its first presidential primary, and it seems like some of the current candidates have been hanging around for nearly that long.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been 100 years since New Hampshire held its first presidential primary, and it seems like some of the current candidates have been hanging around for nearly that long. More than a few started popping up a full two years before Tuesday's state election, and nearly all have spent recent months hosting town hall meetings, holding rallies and meeting voters.

National Security Agency merging offensive, defensive hacking operations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:29

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency on Monday outlined a reorganization that will consolidate its spying and domestic cyber-security operations, despite recommendations by a presidential panel that the agency focus solely on espionage. The NSA said the reorganization, known as “NSA21,” or NSA in the 21st century, will take two years to complete, well into the first term of whoever is elected president in November. A review board appointed by President Barack Obama recommended in December 2013 that the NSA concentrate solely on foreign intelligence gathering.

White House Asks Congress for $1.8B to Fight Zika Virus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:16
Obama said Americans should take the virus seriously but not panic.

Investigators identify Syria site of possible sarin attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:15
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has identified the Damascus suburb of Daraya as the site of a possible sarin gas attack last year, citing blood samples provided by the Syrian government.

Gov't creates new student aid enforcement office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:15

Senior Education Department official, John King Jr. listens as President Barack Obama answers questions from members of the media in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, after Obama announced that Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. Duncan will be returning to Chicago and Obama has appointed senior Education Department official, John King Jr., to oversee the Education Department. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking new steps to protect students amid increased scrutiny of for-profit colleges and other schools.

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:11

A horse carriage crosses a bridge in Manhattan's Central Park during a snowfallBy Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire on Monday, with police and elected officials urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (100 kph) were expected in parts of coastal southeastern Massachusetts, raising the risk of downed trees and power outages, officials said.

The Latest: 30 of 70 on bus that crashed in snow were hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:07

A passenger waits in the snow to board a bus at Kennedy Plaza in Providence, R.I., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with an accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall is expected during Monday's morning commute through the afternoon. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the snowstorm that's moving into the Northeast (all times local):

Lawyers see limited legal options for workers sent in Zika's way

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 05:05

A municipal worker fumigates the parking lot of a building to help control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in CaracasEmployees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus. Since Zika was detected in Brazil last year, the mosquito-borne virus has spread to 33 countries, most of them in the Americas. The World Health Organization declared an international health emergency because of strong suspicions that infections in pregnant women may cause microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and can suffer developmental problems.

Cyprus ends tender for medium-term gas supply

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:59
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Natural Gas Co. says it has ended a two-year bid to find suppliers of natural gas to fire up the east Mediterranean island's main power plant.

New York policeman tearfully describes shooting black man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:53

NYPD officer Peter Liang departs the criminal court after an arraignment hearing in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityA loud, startling sound prompted New York Police Officer Peter Liang to pull the trigger accidentally on his service pistol as he patrolled a pitch-black stairwell, inadvertently shooting dead an unarmed black man, the officer testified on Monday. A tearful Liang took the stand in his manslaughter trial, 14 months after the bullet he fired ricocheted off a wall and buried itself in the chest of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was walking one floor below in the dark on Nov. 20, 2014. While Liang debated with his partner whether to call in the shot, fearing he would lose his job, Gurley was on a landing downstairs bleeding to death.

Cruise ship that sailed in storm headed back to home port

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:43
MIAMI (AP) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside. The cruise line says that although no one was injured and the ship suffered only minor damage, it's turning around and sailing back to its home port in New Jersey.

Man who walked miles to work settles into new life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:36

Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles to and From Work Breaks Down After Receiving CarTROY, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who had said he walked 21 miles a day to and from work is finding life is much easier about a year after receiving a new car and a windfall of donations, but the downside to that generosity is that he has put on weight.

Israel: Palestinians use UN chief's words for 'terror'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:34
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday said the Palestinian leadership has started using recent statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to justify deplorable acts of terror," and he called on the U.N. chief to withdraw them.

Providence says goodbye to colorful ex-Mayor Buddy Cianci

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:30

Pallbearers walk the casket of former Providence Major Buddy Cianci down the aisle of the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Providence, R.I. Cianci died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city's longest-serving mayor. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence said goodbye on Monday to former Mayor Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking king of one-liners who led the city during a turbulent and troubled six terms.

Police: 2 guns in Miss shooting that killed 2, wounded 4

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:24
Two guns were used in a shooting that killed two men and injured four other people after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi, but investigators don't know how many people fired them, the police chief said Monday.

India Internet ruling blocks Facebook 'Free Basics' program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — India's government has essentially banned a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services.

An icky new hero: Roach-like robots may help in disasters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:08

This photo provided by PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley, shows the compressible robot, CRAM with a real cockroach. When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a cheap robotic roach. Repulsive as they seem, cockroaches have the unusual ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Add to that, the common roach can withstand 900 times its own body weight without being hurt. That’s the equivalent to a 200-pound man who wouldn’t be crushed 90 tons on his head. (PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley/Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach.

Jailed Oregon occupation leader calls for elected officials' support

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:02

File photo of Ammon Bundy as he departs after addressing the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns"It is your duty to hold federal agencies at bay, protecting the people in your state," said Ammon Bundy, according to the transcript of a telephone call he made on Saturday from jail and released by one of his lawyers. Bundy also urged elected representatives in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Washington state and Ohio to support the right to assemble. Bundy and 10 others were arrested in Oregon in late January, most of them during a confrontation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state police on a roadside where a spokesman for the group, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was fatally shot.

Storm causes tidal flooding along New Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 03:59

Storm causes tidal flooding along New Jersey shoreA storm moving up the coast is causing tidal flooding in some New Jersey shore towns.