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Romney takes aim at Obama, Clinton in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:28

Mitt RomneySTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic credentials.


Connecticut legislature to vote on NRA-opposed judge nominee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:16
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut legislature will vote Friday on the nomination of a Superior Court judge candidate who was bashed by the National Rifle Association earlier this month for her support of a 2013 major gun control law passed in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting.

Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted in Yosemite park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:14

In this Dec. 13, 2014 image provided by the National Park Service from a remote motion-sensitive camera, a Sierra Nevada red fox walks in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The first confirmed sighting of the rare fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly a century has been confirmed by park officials. Park wildlife biologists who were on a backcountry trip to the far northern part of the park documented two sightings since early December. The Sierra Nevada red fox of California is one of the rarest mammals in North America, with likely fewer than 50 left. (AP Photo/National Park Service)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first confirmed sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly a century has been confirmed by park officials.


Mom charged with murder after dead baby found in recycling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:12

Angela Alexie, left, arrives to be arraigned in court in Eastpointe, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Alexie, whose newborn baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center after she gave birth in a garage, was charged Wednesday with murder and child abuse. Investigators say the 24-year-old Alexie disclosed that she gave birth alone in a garage in Eastpointe on Dec. 22, and the baby was left there to die a few days later. The body ended up at a recycling center in nearby Roseville where workers discovered it on Jan. 14. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A woman whose baby was found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center weeks after she gave birth alone in an unheated garage was charged Wednesday with murder and child abuse.


California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:53

Paul Frohman smokes an electronic cigarette outside an office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. California health officials declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.


Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:50
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Wednesday dismissed the university-commissioned review of how top administrators handled child molestation complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky as "not useful to make decisions."

Mom wants independent autopsy after police killed daughter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:42

Laura Hernandez talks with reporters in her Thornton, Colo., home on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, about the death of her 17-year-old daughter Jessica, who was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in northeast Denver alleyway. Photographs of Jessica Hernandez stand on a table covered with bouquets of flowers and a display of candles at back in the family's home. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said Wednesday that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn't trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter.


Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:40
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Evacuation lifted after chemical spill at Washington state port

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:32
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A chemical spill at the Port of Olympia in Washington state on Wednesday forced the evacuation of dozens of employees and several nearby businesses until the area was deemed safe to re-enter, a spokeswoman said. The hydrogen peroxide leak originated in a pipe leading to a large tank at an $11.5 million stormwater treatment plant that opened in December, said port spokeswoman Kathleen White. Evacuations were ordered for a quarter-mile radius and employees cleared from several nearby businesses while the leak was located and contained, she said. ...

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:26

In this Aug. 29,1991 photo, Tommy Thompson, left, stands at the helm of the Arctic Explorer as Bob Evans, center, and Barry Schatz look on in Norfolk, Va. Thompson led a group that recovered millions of dollars worth of sunken treasure only to end up involved in court cases brought by dozens of insurance companies laying claim to the treasure. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Doral Chenoweth III)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history — $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck — was captured at an upscale Florida hotel after more than two years on the lam.


FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:25

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., listens at right as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington where they discussed their plan to introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline say the privately-funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will be disastrous for the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for an environmentally-damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.


Eastern High School honors former star player

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:23

Eastern High School honors former star playerThe Eastern High School girls' basketball team is sporting the initials 'NB' on their warm-up jerseys to honor a 1993 grad and former star player.


Michigan woman charged with death of newborn found at recycling center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:05
A Michigan woman was charged with murder on Wednesday in the death of her newborn son, who police say was left neglected in a garage after she gave birth in December and whose body was found weeks later in a recycling center. Angela Alexie, 24, appeared in district court in Eastpointe, Michigan, and was ordered held on a $1 million bond on charges of felony murder through child abuse and felony first-degree harm to a child, both punishable by life in prison. Roseville Police Detective Brad McKenzie said in court on Wednesday that Alexie told police she gave birth on Dec. 22 and left the baby in a garage. Alexie said she hid the body in the garage for several weeks until someone else put it in a recycling bin on Jan. 13, McKenzie testified.

Jury to decide if Toyota involved in 2006 crash had defect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:56

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, Koua Fong Lee embraces his wife, Panghoua Moua, in St. Paul, Minn., after learning charges him, including criminal vehicular homicide, were dropped. A Minnesota jury hearing a lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. will decide whether the automaker is responsible for a fatal crash that killed three people. Lee spent 2½ years in prison for the crash before being released after reports suggested that some Toyota cars had sudden acceleration problems. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Tom Weber, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a Minnesota man whose Toyota Camry rammed into another car in 2006, killing three people, said during closing arguments in federal court Wednesday that the car had a defect that caused the accelerator to stick.


Democratic US Rep. Ryan says he now supports abortion rights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:53

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2007 file photo, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks at a news conference in Washington. Ryan on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, publicly declared a position switch on abortion. Niles in northeast Ohio, writes Wednesday in the Akron Beacon Journal that he initially opposed the procedure that ends pregnancy but now favors abortion rights. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and unrelated to any political aspirations.


Israel: UN must live up to mission of war against genocide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:44
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of Israel urged the world's nations Wednesday to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man."

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:40

The Federal Trade Commission building in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The FTC said that TracFone's advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds, a practice known as throttling, when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.


Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:39

FILE - This Oct. 22, 2009, file photo shows former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni on his back deck in Los Alamos, N.M. Mascheroni pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, had pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country. (AP Photo/Heather Clark, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.


Arizona monitoring hundreds for measles linked to Disneyland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:36
PHOENIX (AP) — A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center.

Military says Washington state marijuana shops 'off-limits' to troops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:35
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. military base south of Seattle has sent letters warning retail marijuana shops that military personnel are banned from entering their businesses and buying cannabis products, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The letters were sent last week by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in the Tacoma area. "The use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana remains illegal for all service members, at all times and locations," said Lewis-McChord spokesman Joe Kubistek. Washington state voters joined Colorado in 2012 in approving the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in state-regulated systems that have ushered in retail shops carrying a range of marijuana products for adults.