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Philadelphia officials 'leaning' toward snow emergency; decision Friday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:55

Snow emergency declared for Philadelphia ahead of blizzardPhiladelphia city officials said on Thursday evening they are closely monitoring the approaching winter storm, but for now are stopping short of declaring a snow emergency.


U.S. adds more countries to Zika travel alert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:50

A health worker fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighbourhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infection with Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading through the Caribbean and Latin America. The CDC has cautioned pregnant women not to travel to these areas as Zika has been suspected to lead to birth defects. The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also known to carry the dengue, yellow fever and Chikungunya viruses.


Will Smith shuns Oscars in diversity protest, Ruffalo to attend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:42

Actor Will Smith poses as he arrives for the New York premiere of the film "Concussion" in ManhattanBy Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Will Smith on Thursday joined director Spike Lee and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith in not attending the 2016 Oscar ceremony in February in protest over the absence of nominated actors of color, while nominee Mark Ruffalo said he will attend the show after confusion over his stance. Smith, star of football head trauma movie "Concussion," was the highest-profile black actor to be snubbed by Oscar voters when nominees were announced last week.


Gov. Christie weighing whether to return to New Jersey for blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:31

Gov. Christie weighing whether to return to New Jersey for blizzardGov. Chris Christie says he is monitoring the snowstorm taking aim at New Jersey from the presidential campaign trail.


US rental home price growth slowed in December

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:30

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, a sign indicates a house for rent in Zelienople, Pa. On Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, real estate firm Zillow announces median home rental prices from December 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Home rental price growth turned tame in December — a sign that a burst of new apartment construction last year may be relieving cost pressures.


Delaware National Guard prepares for storm response

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:28

Delaware National Guard prepares for storm responseThe Delaware National Guard says it's moving troops and trucks into position to respond quickly to winter storm emergencies.


Aid airdrops to Syria's besieged are called too dangerous

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 00:14

 Why not drop food and other needed supplies by air? (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As images and reports of starvation in besieged Syrian communities drew an international outcry and two rare aid convoys this month, an urgent question arose: Why not drop food and other needed supplies by air?


NY's Cuomo nominates lawyer, ex-staffer as top financial regulator

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:45

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference to announce major transportation initiatives in the Manhattan borough of New YorkVullo's nomination as superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) comes eight months after former superintendent Benjamin Lawsky left the agency. Under Lawsky the NYDFS earned a reputation as an aggressive regulatory body that used creative new tactics to extract hefty fines from global banks and other financial institutions.


As Washington faces blizzard, New Hampshire hockey tournament seeks ice

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:44
As the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States braces for a massive blizzard, the organizers of New England's largest pond hockey tournament were forced on Friday to move their event due to a lack of ice. "Mother Nature's made a decision," said Scott Crowder, commissioner of the New England Pond Hockey Classic, which had been scheduled for Feb. 5-7 on New Hampshire's largest body of water, Lake Winnipesaukee. Instead, the roughly 1,800 skaters who compete in the tournament will take to the ice on the smaller Lake Waukewan, in Meredith, New Hampshire.

Appeals court: Kansas Constitution protects right to abortion independent of US Constitution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:44
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Appeals court: Kansas Constitution protects right to abortion independent of US Constitution.

Clarification: NYC's Micro Apartments story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:40

In this Dec. 22, 2015, photo, Stage 3 Properties co-founder Christopher Bledsoe demonstrates a desk that expands into a dining table that can seat up to 12 people inside one of the apartments at the Carmel Place building in New York. As the city-sponsored “micro-apartment” project nears completion, it’s setting an example for tiny dwellings that the nation’s biggest city sees as an aid to easing its affordable housing crunch. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 28 about "micro-apartments" in New York City, The Associated Press reported that Stage 3 Properties designed the interiors and amenities at a development called Carmel Place. The story should have made clear that architecture firm nArchitects designed the interior and exterior of the building, while Stage 3 Properties did design work on the apartment interiors and amenities. A clarified version of the story is below.


Appeals court won't allow Kansas' 1st-in-nation ban on common 2nd-trimester abortion method

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:40
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Appeals court won't allow Kansas' 1st-in-nation ban on common 2nd-trimester abortion method.

Snow Emergencies declared in Philadelphia area as blizzard conditions loom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:23

Snow Emergencies declared in Philadelphia area as blizzard conditions loomHere is a list of snow emergencies declared across the area, along with how to find local county emergency alerts:


Man convicted of 1,068 counts in sex assaults on 2 minors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:17
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man has been convicted of more than 1,000 counts of rape and related charges against two children.

Due to blizzard, flights at Philadelphia Int'l Airport cancelled for Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:05

Due to blizzard, flights at Philadelphia Int'l Airport canceled for SaturdayAirlines have cancelled all flights from Philadelphia International Airport for Saturday as a blizzard approaches our area.


Quoi? France wants keyboard adapted to proper grammar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:02

An AZERTY keyboard is pictured in Paris, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. France’s government is putting out a call for a standardized computer keyboard to replace the multitude of AZERTY models now on the market, saying the current options make it “nearly impossible to write French correctly with a keyboard sold in France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — France's government is putting out a call for a standardized computer keyboard to replace the multitude of AZERTY models now on the market, saying current options make it "nearly impossible to write French correctly with a keyboard sold in France."


The Latest: GM ignition switch trial dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 23:01
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a New York trial over General Motors' faulty ignition switches (all times local):

Snow Emergencies: See local list and county alert info

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:57

Snow Emergencies declared in Philadelphia area as blizzard conditions loomHere is a list of snow emergencies declared across the area, along with how to find local county emergency alerts:


Exclusive: U.S. weighs making Hawaii missile test site operational - sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:52

Intercept flight test of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile in Kauai, HawaiiThe U.S. military has stepped up discussions on converting its Aegis missile defense test site in Hawaii into a combat-ready facility that would bolster American defenses against ballistic missile attacks, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The proposal, which has been discussed sporadically for several years, was given fresh impetus by North Korea's fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and by recent strides in China's missile technology capabilities, said current and former U.S. military officials, congressional aides and other sources. A Chinese official in Washington suggested that Beijing would see such a U.S. move as counter-productive to relations.


Would Flint crisis happen in wealthier, whiter community?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:51
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Ever since the full extent of the Flint water crisis emerged, one question has persisted: Would this have happened in a wealthier, whiter community?