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No fast or slow lanes for Internet? New rules proposed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:47

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Internet service providers, including those selling wireless connections, would be prohibited from slowing down or speeding up web traffic, under rules proposed Wednesday by a top U.S. regulator that would subject the broadband industry to unprecedented regulation. In an op-ed to Wired magazine posted online, Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service much like phone service or any other public utility by applying Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Wheeler said he would not use the new regulations to tell broadband providers how much to charge customers or to impose tariffs. Industry has fought against this approach, contending that it would only be a matter of time before the rules grow more stringent and discourage investment. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.


Government uses terrorism laws to investigate seed thefts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:44
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers for two employees of a Chinese biotechnology company accused of stealing patented seed corn from companies in the United States are fighting the government's use of laws established to fight terrorism and espionage to gather evidence against them.

Schuylkill Expressway WB in Upper Merion shut down after truck crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:33

I-76 WB in Upper Merion shut down after truck carrying Girl Scout Cookies crashesThe westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway have been shut down following an earlier tractor trailer crash.


Supreme Court's new health law case cuts both ways

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:15

FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Janis Haddon of Atlanta holds her glove high outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as the court concludes three days of hearing arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Nearly five years after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul into law, the Supreme Court will again get to decide its fate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking another look at President Barack Obama's health care law, and this time it's not just the White House that should be worried.


With black bear population on rise, Florida may allow hunts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:14

FILE - On this May 6, 2014 file photo, a black bear perches on a tree in Panama City, Fla. With Florida's black bears rebounding from near extinction, clashes with humans are on the rise, and the state is considering a limited hunting season as part of the solution. (AP Photo/News Herald, Andrew Wardlow, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — With Florida's black bears rebounding from near extinction, clashes with humans are on the rise, and the state is considering a limited hunting season as part of the solution.


Chicago-area cop acquitted in beanbag gun death of World War Two vet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:07
A Chicago-area police officer was acquitted on Wednesday of charges of reckless conduct stemming from the fatal beanbag gun shooting of a 95-year-old World War Two veteran in a nursing home, the State's Attorney's Office said. Cook County Associate Judge Luciano Panici found that Craig Taylor, 44, a police officer in the suburb of Park Forest had not used excessive force in the 2013 incident. Prosecutors had argued at the bench trial, which takes place before a judge instead of a jury, that Taylor could have found other ways to subdue John Wrana, who was wielding a knife and had threatened to kill people. Wrana did not drop the knife when ordered to do so by other police officers who were at the scene.

Investigators examine burned-wreckage in deadly train crash

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

Investigators examine burned-wreckage in deadly train crashThe baffling behavior of a woman whose SUV stopped between the crossing gates on a railroad track came under scrutiny Wednesday as investigators sought clues to a fiery commuter train crash that killed six people.


Michigan to recognize 300 same-sex marriages performed last year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:58
(Reuters) - Michigan will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed last year in the short window after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage and a U.S. appeals court put the decision on hold, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday. A federal judge in January ordered Michigan to recognize the marriages and the Republican governor said on Wednesday he would not appeal that ruling and noted that the U.S. Supreme Court would address the larger question later in 2015. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled on Jan. 15 that the couples acquired a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution when they were wed even though a U.S. appeals court had reversed the original decision and upheld Michigan's law. Goldsmith stayed his ruling for 21 days to give Michigan time to appeal.

Pittsburgh medical professor sentenced to life in wife's poisoning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:55
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery professor was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after his first-degree murder conviction in the poisoning death of his wife, who was also a doctor. Dr. Robert Ferrante, 66, appeared before Judge Jeffrey Manning at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pennsylvania but did not speak on his own behalf, according to one of his lawyers, Wendy Williams. "It's just sad," she added.  Ferrante was accused of poisoning his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, 41, by lacing her dietary supplement drink with cyanide ordered through his research lab at the university. A Pittsburgh jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in November, making him subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Shortly after his conviction, a second woman, who like Klein was an employee of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, was found dead of cyanide poisoning.

2 women, 3 children join lawsuit over prison strip search

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two women and three children have joined a lawsuit that claims female visitors at a private Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches because they were menstruating.

Police: Attempted robbery victim fatally shoots suspect in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:47

 Attempted robbery victim fatally shoots toy-gun wielding suspect in Upper DarbyUpper Darby police say an attempted robbery suspect is dead after being shot by the victim.


Slow Russian economy catches up with US wild-fur trappers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:44

In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo, Brian Cogill prepares to pack up a beaver he trapped in Limington, Maine. Market slowdowns in big fur-buying countries like Russia, China and Korea are hurting prices, and recent warm winters haven’t helped, trappers and auctioneers. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Brian Cogill pulls on a green hoodie, slips on his hip waders, dons the hat made from a beaver he caught himself and drives out into the snowy woods in search of his quarry.


US Bank to pay $18M to customers of collapsed Iowa brokerage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:40

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2010 file photo, Peregrine Financial Group, Inc., founder Russell Wasendorf Sr. poses for a photo at the company headquarters in Cedar Falls, Iowa. U.S. Bank will pay $18 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that its lax oversight enabled Wasendorf to embezzle $215 million from customers, a judge ruled Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney, File)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Bank will pay $18 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that its lax oversight enabled the founder of one of the nation's largest brokerages to embezzle $215 million from customers, a judge ruled Wednesday.


Wisconsin middle-schoolers accused of throwing Xmas sex party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:33
Four Wisconsin adolescents may face sexual assault charges after having a sex party during holiday break at a home in suburban Milwaukee, police said on Wednesday. The children, who range from 12 to 14 years of age, were involved in a party in Brown Deer, a northern suburb of Milwaukee, shortly before or after Christmas, according to Brown Deer Police Chief Michael Kass. All four are students at Brown Deer Middle School and were arrested in mid-January shortly after one of the participants told a school official about the party and a school official told police, Kass said.

Panel passes abortion, stem cell research ban bills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:14
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma and another to make embryonic stem cell research illegal both cleared a House committee on Wednesday, despite concerns from a doctor on the panel.

American skier rescued after 48 hours trapped in icy ravine in Alps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:07
A 19-year-old American skier survived more than 48 hours in the freezing Swiss Alps before being rescued and taken to hospital where he is recovering, police said on Wednesday. Mark Doose, a student from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois who has been attending university in Lausanne, disappeared while skiing in the Les Diablerets resort on Sunday during a snowstorm but was only reported missing on Tuesday. "I started following the supports for the chairlift, the gondola, and then it started to snow pretty hard, and I just ended up in this ravine," he told Radio Television Suisse from his hospital bed in the canton of Berne.

Nevada rancher's son gets prison for 2013 felony convictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:05
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An adult son of southern Nevada rancher and states' rights advocate Cliven Bundy was sentenced Wednesday to two to eight years in state prison, two years after a judge gave him one chance at probation on two felony convictions.

Girlfriend: Slain man, Hernandez often smoked pot together

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:03

Shaneah Jenkins testifies during the murder trial of former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez often smoked marijuana with the man he's accused of later killing, and they hung out during family gatherings, the victim's girlfriend testified Wednesday. But she insisted that they had only the beginnings of a friendship and were not very close, contrary to what Hernandez's lawyers have said.


North Korea to UN: Human rights resolution is illegal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister is demanding that the U.N. secretary-general tell member states that a resolution targeting the country's bleak human rights record is illegal and based on lies.

Stray ram found wandering in Bridgeton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 04:02

Stray ram found wandering in BridgetonIf you have been searching for your missing ram, you are in luck.