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Boehner says Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress on September 24

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:04

Pope Francis appears on a television screen as he leads a meeting for the 4th World Congress of Educational Scholas Occurrentes in the Synod hall at the VaticanU.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that Pope Francis will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, marking the first time a pope has delivered such a speech. The pope is expected to visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia during his trip to the United States. After the trip was announced last year, Boehner said that he had invited the head of the Roman Catholic Church to speak to lawmakers. "On Sept. 24 His Holiness Pope Francis will visit us here at the United States Capitol.


MacArthur Foundation awards go to 9 nonprofits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:04

This Dec. 30, 2014 image from video provided by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation shows Greg Schneider, left, information systems director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, discussing the future of the organization’s complex information system and ways to manage their vast data holdings, with executive director Edwin Bender, in Helena, Mont. The NIMSP is among the nine winners of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation grants to nonprofit groups. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bob Burnett)CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois prison watchdog group and a Montana organization that tracks campaign contributions in 50 states are among the nine winners of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation grants to nonprofit groups.


Penney zeros in on hair salons as a key to recovery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:03

This artist's rendering provided by J.C. Penney shows the design for its new hair salons, called The Salon by InStyle, at the department store chain's flagship locations in Los Angeles and Dallas. J.C. Penney is giving its hair salons a makeover in a bid to lure younger customers who it hopes will then stay in the stores to shop. (AP Photo/J.C. Penney)NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is giving its hair salons a makeover in a bid to lure younger customers who it hopes will then stay in the stores to shop.


Florida governor embroiled in scandal at start of second term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:58

Republican Florida Governor Scott greets supporters after his re-election victory during an U.S. midterm elections night party in Bonita SpringsBy Bill Cotterell TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Republican Governor Rick Scott, off to a rocky start in his second term in office, faced an extraordinary meeting on Thursday with Florida's Cabinet in which he admitted botching the ouster of the state’s top police administrator. Since his narrow victory over former Governor Charlie Crist in November, Scott has run into a series of controversies. In the past month, Scott was rebuked by the state Republican Party, which rejected his choice to lead the party and instead elected state Representative Blaise Ingoglia in an unheard-of snub for a newly re-elected governor. Last week, former state prisons director Michael Crews, who had been ousted by Scott, accused the governor of neglecting staff shortages and crumbling facilities in the Department of Corrections.


U.S. Supreme Court halts Texas execution of convicted killer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:55

Death row inmate Lester Bower is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold the execution by Texas of convicted murderer Lester Bower as it considers whether to hear his full appeal including the assertion that his three decades on death row amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Bower, 67, is one of the longest-serving prisoners on death row in Texas. He was sentenced to death for murdering four men in 1983 in an aircraft hangar near Sherman, Texas. Bower was scheduled to be executed on Feb. 10.


Feds: We have video evidence of Ohio man in US Capitol plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:41
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say they have video and audio recordings of meetings between a confidential informant and a man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.

Potential strike looms at Come By Chance, Newfoundland oil refinery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:35
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - SilverRange Financial Partners and the local union at the oil refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland, Canada, have come to an impasse over a new contract, and a mid-March strike looms unless the two sides can break the deadlock, the union’s chief negotiator said Thursday. The negotiations, which have spanned about four weeks, appear headed to a government-mandated conciliatory process unless a last-minute deal is struck, said Boyd Bussey, a United Steelworkers staff representative and chief negotiator for the local union.

Obama, at prayer event, calls Dalai Lama 'good friend'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:23
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Dalai Lama but did not meet directly with him at a religious event in Washington closely watched by Beijing, which has warned against any exchange with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Obama, who greeted the Buddhist monk with a bow-like gesture, called him "a good friend" and "a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings." Both figures were at an annual prayer breakfast in Washington where Obama spoke about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama was in the audience at a table in the front row across from the president along with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, a signal of White House support. Obama nodded and smiled at the Dalai Lama, waving after clasping his hands to greet the spiritual leader as the event began.

Township: Lower Merion officers were justified in stopping shovelers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:57

 Lower Merion officers were justified in stopping shovelersA suburban Philadelphia police superintendent says officers acted appropriately when they stopped and questioned people shoveling snow.


Pedestrian dies after being struck in Egg Harbor Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:56

Pedestrian dies after being struck in Egg Harbor Twp.Police say a pedestrian died after he was struck by a vehicle in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey Wednesday night.


Dad of boy who was 4 when he killed neighbor, 6, gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:50
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The father of a New Jersey boy who was 4 years old when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to prison.

Kim Jong Un, Ban Ki-moon exchange New Year's cards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nothing says Happy New Year like a holiday card from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pfizer buying Hospira for about $15.23 billion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:35

FILE - In this May 4, 2014 file photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business. Hospira Inc., based in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies. Pfizer said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 that it will use its global network to help expand Hospira’s reach to Europe and key emerging markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its established global pharmaceutical business.


Mom's boyfriend charged following toddler's death in Norwood, Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:34

Mom's boyfriend charged following toddler's death in Norwood, Delaware CountyPolice have charged a man following the death of a 2-year-old child in Delaware County on Tuesday.


2 Philadelphia officers to face charges in brutality case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:24

2 Philadelphia officers to face charges in brutality casePhiladelphia's top prosecutor says two city police officers are facing criminal charges in connection with a police brutality case.


Florida pushes forward with plan to open bear hunting season

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:20
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is pushing forward on allowing limited black bear hunting for the first time in decades as part of an aggressive plan to manage the animals after four attacks in the past year.

U.S. official: "No coincidence" Islamic State victims in Guantanamo-like jumpsuits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:11
A top U.S. defense official said it was "no coincidence" that recent Islamic State videos of the savage executions of Jordanian and Japanese hostages showed the victims wearing orange jumpsuits, "believed by many to be the symbol of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay." Brian McKeon, principal undersecretary of defense for policy, made that point in prepared testimony for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday on the controversial facility. He said President Barack Obama and his national security team all believe the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention center "is used by violent extremists to incite local populations," McKeon said. In his opening statement, Republican Senator John McCain, the committee's chairman, said the panel would soon debate and vote on legislation introduced by a panel member, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, that would bar all transfers of detainees from Guantanamo for two years.

Ohio veteran fined for keeping pet ducks appeals conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:07
COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio National Guardsman who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression is appealing his conviction for violating a village ban on such animals.

Police officer shot in Massachusetts, lockdown on Cape Cod

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:44
Police in Bourne, Massachusetts, asked residents of part of the Cape Cod town to remain in their homes on Thursday morning while they cleared a home of explosive devices after a man shot three people including a police officer overnight, police said. The incident began around 2:12 a.m. on Thursday when police were called to respond to a double-shooting at a home, the Bourne Police said in a statement. Massachusetts State Police said the devices were suspected to be hoax threats.

Gun found inside book donated to Maine Goodwill store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:41
ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — Workers at a Maine Goodwill store got quite a shock when they opened a donated book: They found a gun inside.