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Kerry wants Keystone pipeline decision 'sooner rather than later'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:43

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seen before boarding his plane at Andrews Air Force Base in MarylandOTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a visit to Canada that he would like to make a decision soon on TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. TransCanada has waited more than six years for the Obama administration to make a decision on the line, which would take as much as 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta tar sands crude to refineries on Texas' Gulf Coast. ...


Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:41

Christopher Yuan leads a prayer during the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission National Conference, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Southern Baptists organized the three-day event to strengthen the resolve of Christians preaching the increasingly unpopular view that gay relationships are sinful. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful — were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?


Apology letter to be issued over election mailers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:39

Montana officials said Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, that they are investigating whether mailers like the one shown violated laws by appearing to come from the state. The mailers are part of a Stanford University and Dartmouth College political science research project, and they rate how liberal or conservative the four nonpartisan candidates for Supreme Court are. (AP Photo/Matt Volz) officials are investigating whether mailers sent to Montana voters as part of a Stanford University and Dartmouth college less than two weeks before elections broke state laws.HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The presidents of Stanford University and Dartmouth College are sending 100,000 letters to Montana residents disavowing election mailers that state officials called deceitful and worried will influence the state's two Supreme Court elections.


Another possible sighting of trooper killing suspect Eric Frein reported

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:29

Another possible sighting of trooper killing suspect Eric Frein reportedState police are reporting another possible sighting of a suspect in the slaying of a state trooper last month who has eluded a massive manhunt for the past month and a half.


California surgeon helps man who delivered him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:29
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento obstetrician is getting a late thank you from a baby he delivered 45 years ago.

GOP beefs up early voting in Iowa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:29

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2012 file photo Oliver Solomon and his wife LaDonna arrive at the Davenport, Iowa, Public Library to cast their ballot early. For years, Democrats have dominated early voting in Iowa while Republicans largely focused on Election Day turnout. The GOP has invested millions in the Nov. 4, 2014 election and this time hopes to get conservatives to cast ballots early, a decision that may prove vital in a tight U.S. Senate race in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Using robo-calls from the popular governor, mailers adorned with pictures of Uncle Sam and a small army of door-knocking activists, Iowa Republicans are making a serious push to encourage early voting — a strategy they have not emphasized in past elections, but that could pay off in the too-close-to-call Senate race.


Southampton Road in NE Philadelphia flooded due to water main break

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:28

Southampton Road in NE Philadelphia flooded due to water main breakA portion of a major roadway in Northeast Philadelphia is underwater due to a broken water main.


No prison for leader of charity in gambling scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:27
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The former leader of a Florida veterans' charity that prosecutors said was a front for a $300 million gambling operation won't face any prison time.

Google working on pill that searches for illnesses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:26
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Google's latest "moonshot" project involves detecting cancer by swallowing a pill.

FTC says AT&T misled customers over unlimited data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company — slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video.

Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:23

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, a Metro-North passenger train is derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx borough of New York. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 that the sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of the commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing the derailment that killed four people and injured more than 70. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday.


Polo mogul convicted again in fatal DUI crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:16
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida jurors for a second time have convicted the founder of the International Polo Club in a fatal drunken-driving crash.

New 'Call of Duty' video game due out next week

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:13
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest installment in the blockbuster "Call of Duty" video game franchise goes on sale next week, and retailers including Best Buy and Wal-Mart will sell a special edition of the game beginning one day early.

Group wants court review of reactor license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An environmental group asked a federal court Tuesday to review its claim that California's last operating nuclear power plant is violating federal law and should be shut down at least temporarily.

Postal audit: More monitoring for tracking program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:42

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 3006 file photo, mail for one route in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is sorted and waits to be picked up by recipients at the New Orleans post office. An internal Postal Service audit says about 49,000 pieces of mail were monitored during the last fiscal year under a far-reaching federal surveillance program and more oversight is needed to ease privacy concerns. Under the program, called “mail covers,” information on the outside of a piece of mail is recorded for use in law enforcement investigations. Postal Service spokeswoman Toni DeLancey says it is used only under limited circumstances.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal Postal Service audit says about 49,000 pieces of mail were monitored during the last fiscal year under a far-reaching federal surveillance program and more oversight is needed to ease privacy concerns.


New York law firm wins case over $44 million in fees charged to developer's widow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:42
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y (Reuters) - Rejecting claims that a Manhattan real estate mogul's widow fell under her lawyers' "Svengali-like influence," New York's top court has ruled that her estate must pay the law firm $44 million in fees for a few months' work. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday said Alice Lawrence, the widow of developer Sylvan Lawrence, was a sophisticated client who understood the risks she was taking in switching from an hourly-fee arrangement to a contingency agreement. ...

Couple in Sacramento shooting spree to be charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:40
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The couple accused of a bloody Northern California shooting spree that killed two sheriff's deputies, wounded a third and left a motorist fighting for his life will be charged Tuesday with murder, attempted murder and carjacking, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez, known to federal authorities as Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, and Janelle Marquez Monroy terrorized communities on the eastern edge of Sacramento Oct. 24, starting with the shooting of Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in the parking lot of a motel. ...

UN General Assembly condemns US Cuba embargo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:37

The shadow of self-employed Juan Carlos Lazo is cast on the cement next to his motorized bicycle which he uses to sell donuts along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, early Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote on Tuesday to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 23rd year in a row. The embargo was first enacted in 1960 following Cuba's nationalization of properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations. Sanctions against the Caribbean nation were further strengthened to a near-total embargo in 1962. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted Tuesday for the 23rd year in a row to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba.


Obama to make statement about Ebola at White House at 2:55 p.m. ET

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a statement about the Ebola outbreak response on the South Lawn of the White House at 2:55 p.m. ET (1855 GMT) on Tuesday, the White House said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)

Bombing suspect's friend convicted of lying to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 02:29

Robel PhilliposBOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been convicted of lying during the investigation into the 2013 attack.