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Supreme Court won't hear appeal in foam class action case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a group of flexible foam manufacturers challenging one of the largest class action lawsuits ever certified.

Report: Brooklyn Bridge repairs $100 million over budget

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Records show that repair work on the Brooklyn Bridge is $100 million over budget and the completion date has been pushed back again.

Two arrested in White House security incidents: Secret Service

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:32
Uniformed Secret Service police have arrested two people who breached security at the White House and triggered brief lockdowns at the presidential residence, the Secret Service said on Monday. One person was arrested about 11:30 p.m. EST on Sunday (0430 GMT Monday) after climbing over a bicycle rack set up outside the White House's main fence and charged with unlawful entry, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. At about 6:45 a.m. EST (1145 GMT) on Monday another person was stopped after trying to enter through a White House gate as a construction worker was going out. The White House was briefly locked down after both incidents as part of Secret Service protocol.

Next Google Maps adventure: Soaring through Amazon jungle

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:30

This undated image released by Google on Monday, March 2, 2015 shows the company's Trekker device on a zipline above the Amazon jungle in South America. The images taken by the Trekker are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google’s widely used digital maps. (AP Photo/Google)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle.


Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:15

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a pediatrician uses a syringe to vaccinate a 1-year-old with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in Northridge, Calif. A national survey of doctors in 2012 suggests that parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests.


Car strikes boy riding pony through stop sign; animal dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:10
KNOX, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a car has struck a boy riding his pony through a stop sign, throwing the pair 90 feet. The pony died, and the child was hospitalized.

Georgia to execute only woman on the state's death row

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:20
ATLANTA (AP) — The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Monday.

Chicago's black voters key as Garcia battles to defeat Emanuel in mayoral race

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:07

Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and his wife Evelyn arrive at a restaurant for lunch, on election day in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski and Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Winning more support from Chicago’s black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm Emanuel in a run-off and become Chicago’s first Hispanic mayor. He will need to overcome tensions between the black and Hispanic communities in the city, aggravated under the 22-year term of Mayor Richard M. Daley, which ended in 2011. There was a widespread perception in the black community that Hispanic supporters of Daley were favored in getting city jobs. A persistently high crime rate, the decision to close 50 schools in mostly poor areas, and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch with the community and its problems has hurt him among black voters, some political activists say.


Right-to-work legislation advances in Wisconsin statehouse

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 20:04

Workers gather outside the State Capitol building in MadisonBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin legislative panel was due on Monday to review a state Senate-passed bill that would allow private-sector employees to avoid joining a union or paying union dues even when working under union-negotiated contracts. The measure, which would make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact such a "right-to-work" law, has been cast by supporters as an incentive for keeping and attracting businesses and jobs, while unions brand it as a thinly disguised assault on organized labor. The legislation was narrowly approved on Wednesday by the Wisconsin Senate, which like the state Assembly is led by a Republican majority. Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, also supports the legislation.


First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:43

JK Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, during a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Samsung unveiled a stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for metal and glass. The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality.


U.S. approves exports of BAE's anti-missile system for aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:10
Britain's BAE Systems Plc on Monday said the U.S. government had approved exports to U.S. allies of the company's laser-based missile protection system for helicopters and other aircraft that has been used on U.S. Army helicopters since 2009. Tom Kirkpatrick, who runs the program for BAE's U.S. unit, said the company was already in talks with several countries in the Middle East and other areas about potential orders for BAE's Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system. He said some of those discussions had been under way for several years, and BAE could finalize an initial foreign deal before year's end. Ideally, he said, BAE would bundle several different orders to drive prices lower, but gave no details about the potential price of the system.

Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:50

In this Feb. 13, 2015 photo, construction worker David Rager, 53, left, frames a window in the upper floor of a two-story custom home being built in Orlando, Fla.,. As construction jobs return in some regions, competition for skilled labor is heating up.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights.


Reality hits North Dakota's pricey apartment market; rents drop

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:14

Construction continues on an apartment building in Williston, North Dakota, set to contain a swimming pool and other amenitiesBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - It is getting cheaper to rent an apartment in North Dakota's oil patch. Prices, which only last year rivaled levels in New York City and Geneva, have slipped about 15 to 20 percent in the past two months as dozens of new apartment buildings opened in Williston, Watford City and other oil hub cities. Growth in demand has slipped because the plunge in crude oil prices has led to cuts in capital spending by energy producers.     There are still about 1,800 energy-related jobs unfilled in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state, and there is still demand for apartments. "You're starting to see prices fall this year as more units come online," said Terry Metzler of Granite Peak Development, which has built apartments and a shopping center in Williston, considered capital of the state's oil boom, and has an additional 480 apartments and houses under construction.


Los Angeles police shoot, kill man in fight caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers fired on and killed a man on the city's Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers' guns, and authorities said they planned to use video captured by a bystander in their investigation.

Judge to hold hearing on last-minute issues in bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:32
BOSTON (AP) — The judge in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) will hear last-minute arguments on legal issues that need to be settled before testimony begins in the federal death penalty case.

Americans say keep politics out of the Fed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:04

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown behind security barriers in WashingtonJust 24 percent of those polled said Congress should be allowed to have detailed oversight of the Fed, the poll shows. The poll of 1,388 Americans was conducted from Feb 20-24 to measure whether people supported proposed legislation that would expose the Fed to a full government audit, a move being led by Rand Paul, a likely 2016 presidential candidate. Supporters of the campaign say the Fed needs more transparency and accountability. Opponents say the Fed is already audited, and that exposure of internal policy discussions could lead to political influence over decisions on interest rates and damage market confidence.


No injuries as train hits empty car in Ventura County

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:00
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California say no one was injured when an Amtrak train with 85 people aboard hit an empty car stopped on the tracks.

Lumber Liquidators flooring fails safety tests: '60 minutes'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:25
(Reuters) - Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, a retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, sold flooring with higher levels of formaldehyde than permitted under California's health and safety standards, according to television news program "60 Minutes". CBS's "60 Minutes" said it tested Lumber Liquidators' flooring in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York for levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. "Out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards.

2 train cars carrying crude derail in New Orleans; no spill

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:11
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled.

Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:41

JK Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows the new Galaxy S6 during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Samsung unveiled the stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for metal and glass. The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.