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Florida extends health emergency over Zika amid growing U.S. concern

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:59

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott expanded a public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, adding a fifth county to the list of areas in the state with travel-related cases. Zika is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and has been linked to a spike in birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil. Florida's warm climate and nearly year-round mosquito season makes it particularly vulnerable to spreading, although so far all of the state's cases were acquired abroad, officials said.


Smirking Shkreli refuses lawmakers' questions, calls them 'imbeciles'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:58

Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, prepares to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market Oversight" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Sarah N. Lynch and David Ingram WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former drug executive Martin Shkreli smirked and brushed off questions about drug prices then tweeted that lawmakers were imbeciles on Thursday, when he appeared at a U.S. congressional hearing against his will. Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year among patients, medical societies and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price of the drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent to $750 a pill. At a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Shkreli repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says no person shall be compelled in any criminal case "to be a witness against himself." Wearing a sport jacket and collared shirt rather than his usual T-shirt, he responded to questions by laughing, twirling a pencil and yawning.


New UN stamp supports gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Postal Administration on Thursday released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Oklahoma ex-patrolman to be arraigned for traffic-stop sexual assaults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:52
An Oklahoma judge on Thursday allowed a case to proceed against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer accused of pulling over three women at separate traffic stops and sexually assaulting them, a legal official said. Eric Roberts, 43, is set to be arraigned on Tuesday at a court in Sapulpa, southwest of Tulsa, on 11 criminal counts including sexual battery, indecent exposure, rape by instrumentation and second degree rape, the official said. During a hearing on Thursday, District Judge Douglas Golden dismissed a defense motion to quash the charges due to procedural matters.

Former DC mayor Gray begins comeback after investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:48

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, then-Washington Mayor Vincent Gray speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gray has begun his political comeback after a lengthy federal investigation ended with no charges against him. The 73-year-old Democrat announced Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, that he will run for the D.C. Council in his home ward east of the Anacostia River. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, whose sole term in office was dogged by a federal investigation that ended with no charges filed against him, began his political comeback Thursday, announcing that he will run for the D.C. Council.


Broken water main leads to traffic detours in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:47

Broken water main leads to traffic detours in Port RichmondA water main break caused quite a mess in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


Guard at N.Y.'s Rikers Island charged with smuggling drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:46

The City of New York City Department of Investigation photo of Mohammed SufianA correction officer at New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex has been charged with smuggling synthetic marijuana, also known as "K2," into the facility. Mohammed Sufian, 25, was arrested late on Wednesday after a drug-sniffing dog helped authorities find 61 grams of the narcotic wrapped in electrical tape and hidden inside his socks, according to the city's Department of Investigation. A search of Sufian's home yielded five similar packages, four containing synthetic marijuana and one containing tobacco, authorities said.


Florida jury awards $291,000 in lottery winnings to woman's ex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:45
Money doesn’t buy happiness even when it is $1 million in lottery winnings, a sad lesson that a Florida couple who squabbled for years over a winning ticket learned the hard way. Howard Browning and Lynn Poirier, both 62, have been slugging it out in court since 2007 after she bought the lucky ticket and refused to split the booty with Browning, then her live-in boyfriend. “He’s ecstatic,” Sean Sheppard, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents Browning, said.

Charges brought against four protesters still occupying Oregon wildlife refuge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:44
Four anti-government activists still occupying a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon have been indicted along with 12 others previously arrested on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during a month-long armed standoff at the compound. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Portland on Wednesday and unsealed on Thursday, supersedes an earlier criminal complaint in the case. It accuses protest leader Ammon Bundy and others of plotting to prevent by "force, intimidation, and threats" agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the performance of their duties.

FBI's hands-off strategy in Oregon follows lessons learned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:42

Protesters stand in front of the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Protesters were upset about the fatal police shooting of the spokesman for an armed group that has occupied a nearby wildlife refuge to protest land use policies.(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mistrust, experts say.


Activist behind Planned Parenthood video offered probation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:42

David Daleiden, center, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week, addresses the media with attorney's Jared Woodfill, left, and Terry Yates after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist's plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.


Universal employee sues over lost job involving gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:41
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former worker is suing Universal Orlando, claiming he was illegally fired for having a gun in his car.

Young boy found wandering in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:36

Young boy found wandering in Southwest PhiladelphiaA little boy was found wandering the street alone in Southwest Philadelphia Thursday morning.


Cosby case could hinge on 2 issues: deposition and accusers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:32

El actor y comediante Bill Cosby llega a una corte Norristown, Pennsylvania, el miércoles 3 de febrero del 2016. Cosby fue arrestado y acusado en diciembre de drogar y violar a una mujer en su casa en enero del 2004. Un juez decidirá si desestima o no el caso. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With one crucial legal battle out of the way, at least two more loom in the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby: whether prosecutors can use his explosive testimony from a decade-old lawsuit, and whether other Cosby accusers can testify.


Kansas school grapples with debate over Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:28

In this Nov. 6, 2015, photo, students leave Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan. A student’s display of a Confederate flag from the back of his pickup truck has sparked debate about race at the high school whose name gives a nod to Kansas’ anti-slavery history. Administrators told him to remove it, and they've banned such flags from the grounds as disruptions. But some students have launched an effort to persuade the school board to expand the prohibition districtwide. (Mike Yoder/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — At a high school named Free State to honor Kansas' anti-slavery past, the Confederate flag waved off the back of a student's pickup truck in the parking lot. When classmates who were offended removed it, the student replaced it and displayed the flag again.


Hospitals can be 'urban' and 'rural' at same time: U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:17
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The federal appeals court in New York struck down a U.S. regulation that made it harder for hospitals to provide better medical care at lower cost by claiming they were "rural" for some purposes and "urban" for others. Thursday's decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for hospitals in urban areas including the acute care Lawrence + Memorial Hospital of New London, Connecticut, which said the Department of Health and Human Services' "reclassification rule" forced it to overpay for drugs that patients needed. Writing for the appeals court, Judge Jed Rakoff said the 2000 regulation conflicted with the plain meaning of the federal Medicare statute, and that HHS lacked authority to implement it.

Money stolen from NE Philadelphia Catholic school's book fair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:16

Money stolen from NE Philadelphia Catholic school's book fairPolice in Northeast Philadelphia are looking for the person who stole money from a school's book fair. The funds were supposed to go to support the library.


6 people found dead in Chicago home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:14

6 people found dead in Chicago homeSix people were reportedly found dead Thursday afternoon in a home in the Gage Park neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest Side.


Six bodies found in a Chicago house; police investigate homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:13
The bodies of five adults and a child were found on Thursday in a house in south Chicago and their deaths were being investigated as homicide, police said. Acting Police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters that police found the bodies after someone asked for a well-being check at the home because someone who lived there had not shown up for work. The Chicago Tribune reported that all of the victims found in the house were tied up and stabbed and said a family member identified them as a couple, their son and daughter, and the daughter's two children.

Powell, Rice Staffers Also Handled Classified Info on Private Email: State Dept.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:11
State's Inspector General says Secretary Clinton wasn't the only one.