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Low prices raise alarm in North Dakota oil patch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:36

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, photo, oil pump jacks are seen McKenzie County, in western North Dakota. Roughly 60 rigs are drilling in surrounding McKenzie County, 40 percent of the rigs statewide. But now that those prices have tumbled, the shifting oil market threatens to put the industry and local governments on a collision course. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — High crude prices catapulted North Dakota into the top tier of the global oil market and doubled or tripled the size of once-sleepy towns that suddenly had to accommodate a small army of petroleum workers.


Wyoming man arrested for threat to kill President Obama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:34
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Cheyenne man who has a violent criminal history for calling police and threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Inmate with more than 2 decades on death row freed _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:32

In this Jan. 30, 2015 photo provided by Herb Mondros, shows former Delaware death row inmate Jermaine Wright, right, with his mother, Delores Wright, in Wilmington, Del., after he was released from prison. Wright, who spent more than two decades on death row, was released after a judge ruled that prosecutors could not use a confession he gave to police after a 1991 killing of a liquor store clerk near Wilmington. Prosecutors dismissed charges against Wright, while they appeal the judge’s decision to the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Herb Mondros)DOVER, Del. (AP) — A man who spent more than two decades on Delaware's death row has been set free, for now, as prosecutors appeal a judge's ruling that they cannot use a coerced confession he gave to police while high on heroin.


Obama's budget would allow pot sales in District of Columbia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:30
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would allow legal sales of marijuana in the District of Columbia by adding one word - "federal" - to spending language Congress approved last year. The spending blueprint leaves the District of Columbia free to spend its own money on legalization. Under a $1.1 trillion budget deal in December, Congress had barred the city from spending any funds, including its own, to carry out pot sales. District of Columbia voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure, Initiative 71, in November that would let the U.S. capital join the states of Washington and Colorado in legalizing pot for recreational use.

NFL great Warren Sapp arrested for soliciting escort, assault in Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:29

Warren Sapp talks during his acceptance into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in CantonBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - National Football League Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was arrested at a Phoenix hotel on Monday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and assault, authorities said. Sapp, who had been covering the Super Bowl as an analyst for the NFL Network, was booked into Maricopa County jail after an incident involving two escorts in an apparent dispute over money, said Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump.


Apple turning closed Arizona facility into data center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:24
PHOENIX (AP) — Apple said Monday it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will be the company's fifth in the U.S. and serve as a control facility for its global networks.

Man arrested outside White House grounds identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged with unlawful entry after he tried to climb a barrier set up outside the White House is a 23-year-old from Washington.

Four wounded in post-Super Bowl gunfight in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:23
Four people were shot and wounded and a fifth was badly beaten during a street brawl and gunfight that erupted late on Sunday in the aftermath of a Super Bowl party in Sacramento, police said. Alcohol was a factor in the violence, which unfolded about 11:30 p.m. outside a home where a Super Bowl party had been held earlier in the evening, authorities said. Sacramento police officer Justin Brown said a number of people were detained in connection with the incident but no arrests had yet been made.

Jury selection in theater shooting going faster than planned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:17
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case says jury selection is going so efficiently that the first phase will be cut short by several days.

Obama's budget targets high cost of cutting-edge drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:16

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014 file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Manassas, Va. With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for lower prices. Burwell said the proposal aims both to control costs and improve patient care. It’s expected to be submitted as legislation. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for lower prices.


Obama 2016 budget urges states to cut emissions faster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:16

Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes boosting funding for clean energy by 7 percent and a new $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials said Monday. Obama's budget also calls for the permanent extension of the Production Tax Credit, used by the wind industry, and the Investment Tax Credit, used by the solar industry, the officials said. Obama has made fighting climate change a top priority in his final two years in office. The White House sees it as critical to his legacy.


Prep school grad gets 9 to 23 months in drug ring

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:09

Prep school grad gets 9 to 23 months in drug ringA prep school graduate has been sentenced to nine to 23 months for his role in a ring that sold drugs to high school and college students in Philadelphia's affluent Main Line suburbs.


Fmr. Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord charged with extortion, guilty plea planned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:07

Fmr. Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord charged with extortion, guilty plea plannedJust-resigned Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord plans to plead guilty to federal extortion charges for threatening potential donors to his failed gubernatorial campaign, according to court papers filed Monday in Harrisburg.


Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:04

FILE - This Friday, May 16 2014, file photo, shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. More than 1,100 claims were filed in the week before the Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, deadline to seek payments from the General Motors ignition switch compensation fund, with 51 death and 77 injury claims being granted. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on thousands of new claims.


Man arrested after trying to sell pot to off-duty officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:51
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Know your customer.

Co-worker charged in North Philadelphia bus stop murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:50

Co-worker charged in North Philadelphia bus stop murderPolice have identified the man charged with murdering his co-worker as she waited for a bus in North Philadelphia.


Authorities look at whether man shot by 6 officers fired gun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:48
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a man intentionally shot at officers trying to arrest him outside a Montana hospital or whether his gun discharged when he tripped, leading six federal and local officers to open fire and kill him.

AccuWeather: Rain Today (Icy In Northern Areas)

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:43

 Rain Today (Icy In Northern Areas)Meteorologist David Murphy says a "flash freeze" is possible later this afternoon as temperatures plunge and wet surfaces ice-up.


Alaska senator: Make NYC's Central Park a wilderness area

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:43
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Republican lawmaker has a suggestion of where President Barack should look for America's next wilderness area.

Lawyer linked to NYC chokehold case sues over rape claim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 05:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A high-profile civil rights attorney has countersued a woman who accused him of rape, saying in court papers filed Monday that her assault allegations are defamatory.