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Correction: California Governor story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:39

California Gov. Jerry Brown poses for a selfie with Kristin Parker and her three-month old son, Rutherford Kermit Rich after attending the People's Inauguration Party outside the state Capitol Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown made history Monday when he was sworn in for his fourth term as governor of California, cautioning that the state is positioned for a bright future if it can live within its means. The 76-year-old Democrat told the audience at his inauguration that California is at a crossroads. The party was hosted by the Orange County Employees Association and the California Labor Federation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Jan. 5 about California Gov. Jerry Brown's inauguration speech calling for tougher climate change goals, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an environmental nonprofit. The group is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Environmental Diversity.

Plane hits rough turbulence on way to Philadelphia Int'l Airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:32

Plane hits rough turbulence on way to Philadelphia Int'l AirportPassengers on a Southwest Airlines flight headed to Philadelphia had a scare after the jet hit rough turbulence on Tuesday.

Florida Gov. Scott promises jobs, infrastructure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:27
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fl (Reuters) - Florida governor Rick Scott began his second term Tuesday with a promise to expand the state's ports and highway systems, cut $1 billion in taxes and improve education, in an aggressive campaign he said was aimed at overtaking Texas as the nation's top producer of new jobs. With Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey seated nearby on the sunny steps of the state Capitol, the Republican chief executive said his first term had already met his seven-year goal of generating 700,000 new jobs. ...

Johnson & Johnson begins Ebola vaccine testing in humans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:27

A volunteer gets an injection of the ChAd3 Ebola vaccine as part of trials on November 4, 2014 at the CHUV hospital in LausanneJohnson & Johnson has begun testing an Ebola vaccine in humans intended to counter a strain of the virus similar to the one that has wreaked havoc in West Africa. The company said Tuesday that the first ...

20 years later, Iowa man surrenders to face LSD charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:25

In this photo provided by the Linn County Jail in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is Matthew Samuel West, 49. The Iowa man who fled authorities in 1994 while facing LSD charges is back in custody more than 20 years later. (AP Photo/Linn County Jail)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than 20 years after fleeing from justice, a former Deadhead convicted in an alleged drug conspiracy unexpectedly turned himself in, authorities said Tuesday.

Ex-Virginia governor sentenced to two years in prison for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:11
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of probation on Tuesday for a federal corruption conviction. McDonnell, the first Virginia governor to be sentenced for bribe-taking, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Spencer in Richmond. A jury convicted McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife Maureen in September of accepting sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman in exchange for promoting his company. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

3 men killed in elderly housing complex; neighbor charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:09
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — A prosecutor says three men have been found dead at an elderly housing complex in Massachusetts, and a neighbor is charged with killing them.

Man faces federal charge in shooting of Albuquerque officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:00

This image from video provided by the Albuquerque Police Department shows the alleged suspect in an attack on an Albuquerque police officer, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. Authorities said that Lou Golson, a 31-year-veteran of the force, was wounded at a traffic stop shooting and is in stable condition following surgery. Police said Sunday that they were still searching for his attacker and released three blurry photos of the alleged suspect that had been taken by a video camera carried by Golson. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief says the man suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer during a weekend traffic stop was homeless and driving a stolen SUV when he was pulled over.

Fla. could become Deep South's prime gay wedding destination

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:59

Alberto Molina-Coats, right, kisses his new spouse Glenn Molina-Coats after a mass same-sex wedding near the Hillsborough County Courthouse Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Clerk of the Circuit Court, Pat Frank, married the couple after U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle's ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional took effect early Tuesday in all 67 counties.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)YULEE, Fla. (AP) — With gay marriage now legal in Florida, same-sex couples from around the Deep South crossed the border Tuesday as the Sunshine State became a prime regional destination for gay and lesbian weddings still banned back home.

CDC: Alcohol poisoning kills 6 a day, mostly middle-aged men

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:56

FILE - In this July 31, 2013 photo, beer is displayed for sale in Norfolk, Va. A report Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found six Americans die each day from alcohol poisoning. To the surprise of even health officials, it turns out that most deaths from drinking too much involve middle-aged adults. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld, File)NEW YORK (AP) — To the surprise of even health officials, it turns out that most deaths from drinking too much involve middle-aged adults — not teens or college kids.

NY Governor Mario Cuomo remembered as a humble family man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:55

New York Governor Cuomo comforts his mother Matilda outside the St. Ignatius Loyola Church after the funeral service for his late father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was memorialized on Tuesday, at a ceremony that drew political luminaries from around the United States, as a humble man of simple tastes who adored his family. Cuomo, a three-term governor, and a leading voice of the Democratic Party's liberal wing, he died at his home last Thursday at age 82, only hours after his son Gov. Andrew Cuomo was inaugurated for a second term. ...

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison for public corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:51
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison for public corruption.

Syria accuses John McCain and 3 others of entering illegally

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:49
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday accused U.S. Senator John McCain, former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and two others of entering the country illegally.

Republicans push Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:37

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaBy Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican senators kicked off the new U.S. Congress with legislation to approve the hotly disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the White House promptly threatened a veto. With Republicans assuming full control of Congress on Tuesday after their victories in the November election, they have put Keystone at the center of their legislative agenda and plan weeks of debate. They believe that the public spotlight on the issue will pressure President Barack Obama to eventually approve the project. ...

Coyote attacks residents in Massachusetts town: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:32
BOSTON (Reuters) - A coyote attacked at least two people outside their homes in a northern Massachusetts town on Monday night, sending one man to hospital with bite wounds, according to local police. The Groveland police department issued a warning on Tuesday to residents of the town located about 35 miles north of Boston, saying the animal is on the loose and likely to have rabies. "We are asking all residents to be watchful and when outside use extra care for your safety and the safety of your children and pets," said deputy chief Jeffrey Gillen. ...

Police: Driver error likely caused fatal school bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:30
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Driver error is likely the cause of a crash involving a school bus and an empty freight train that killed two people and injured 12 more in northeastern North Dakota, police said Tuesday.

U.S. judge blocks Arizona sheriff from workplace immigrant raids

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:25
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge has issued a court order barring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from conducting workplace raids targeting suspected illegal immigrants in another blow to Arpaio's high-profile actions in Arizona. U.S. District Judge David Campbell on Monday issued a preliminary injunction stopping the raids that have resulted in hundreds of arrests and have become a signature initiative for Arpaio, who bills himself as "America’s toughest sheriff. ...

Boehner calls on Obama to back GOP on energy, job bills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner says he wants President Barack Obama to back Republican bills on energy and jobs as a way to break the partisan logjam that has stalled legislation in recent years.

3 suspects questioned in wounding of 2 NYC police officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:08

3 suspects questioned in wounding of 2 NYC police officersAuthorities say three suspects are being questioned about the shooting of two New York City plainclothes police officers responding to a robbery.

Scientists: Weather plays big role in Lake Erie 'dead zones'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:05
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A newly released study says cutting phosphorus levels is important for Lake Erie but isn't a cure-all for one of its biggest environmental hazards: "dead zones" where fish can't survive.