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Boehner won't decide on Senate security bill until it passes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:01

Speaker of the House Boehner listens as his fellow Republicans speak to the media after a conference meeting with House RepublicansU.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he was still waiting for the Senate to pass a Homeland Security funding bill before he decides whether to support a version of it without immigration restrictions. Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached a tentative deal on Wednesday to proceed with a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what's in food

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:00

 use your smart phone. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

Ex-con tells judge he robbed bank to get sent back to prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:51
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An ex-convict who robbed a bank hoping he'd be sent back to prison told an Indiana judge he wanted to plead guilty only if he received the maximum 8-year sentence.

GOP claims paper shows fed aides' preps for health law loss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican claimed Thursday that he's been told of a 100-page document showing the Obama administration is preparing contingency plans in case the Supreme Court invalidates federal subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health care coverage.

Long investigation likely in 70-car pileup on Maine highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:26

In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the pileup in Etna happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland says some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)ETNA, Maine (AP) — State police say the investigation into a 70-car pileup that injured at least 17 people on a snowy interstate in Maine could take a while.

Former NYT executive editor Jill Abramson has book deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:23

FILE - In this April 19, 2010 file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Abramson has a book deal for a work on the “creative disruption” caused by the rise of digital media. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, that Abramson will write about the struggles of “legacy” companies as they compete with “net-native” organizations. The book is currently untitled and has no release date. It’s Abramson’s first book since she was fired last May by the Times, where she had been the paper’s first female executive editor (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has a book deal for a work on the "creative disruption" caused by the rise of digital media.

Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:20

 2034 Instead of 2134 ?" at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New YorkBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support for president. The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accepted large donations from major energy companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The groups also got money from foreign governments, including Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, and from an office of the Canadian government in charge of promoting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would help transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico but is opposed by environmentalists. "It's hard to believe that they don't think they are getting something for their contributions," said Ben Schreiber, head of climate and energy at Friends of the Earth, one of the largest environmental groups in the United States.

Snow storm leaves over 220,000 without power in U.S. Carolinas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:41
(Reuters) - More than 220,000 homes and businesses remained without power in North Carolina and South Carolina early Thursday due to a winter storm with high winds that brought down trees and power lines. Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the United States, said it had more than 212,000 customers without power in the Carolinas. Duke said on its website it was assessing the damage. North Carolina electric cooperatives meanwhile said they were dealing with about 14,400 outages. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Florida man accused of throwing daughter from bridge incompetent to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:16

John Nicholas Jonchuck Jr., 25, appears on video monitor in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court in ClearwaterTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man facing murder charges for allegedly throwing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge currently is incompetent to stand trial, a judge said on Thursday. John Jonchuck, 25, will be sent a state mental hospital in an attempt to restore his mental condition so that he can face trial, according to a spokesman for the state's sixth judicial circuit court. Jonchuck has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer. A hearing on his mental status was scheduled for June ...

500 commuters rescued from train stuck outside Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:15
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About 500 passengers have been rescued from a disabled Philadelphia-area commuter train after an hour and a half without power or heat.

Dad accused of killing girl ruled incompetent to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:01
LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of throwing his 5-year-old daughter over a Tampa bridge is being sent to a prison mental facility until he's capable of understanding the first-degree murder charges he's facing.

Teen girl admits strangling 81-year-old woman in break-in

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 23:01
GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to strangling an 81-year-old woman while burglarizing the victim's upstate New York home before setting it on fire.

Cops: Mom left sleeping tot in cold van during kid's haircut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:27
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania woman left her sleeping 1-year-old in her minivan in freezing weather while taking another child for a haircut.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:22

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonLawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection. Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, argued in a court filing that after randomly assigning numbers to the more than 1,350 people who reported for initial selection early last month, the court re-ordered the jurors based on arrival time. They also contend that people who live within the Boston city limits and those under 30 and over 70 were disproportionately under-represented. The final phase of jury selection is set to take place on Tuesday, when prosecutors and defense attorneys will whittle down the field of about 70 provisionally qualified jurors to 18 people, including 12 jurors and six alternates.

Google invests $300 million in U.S. residential solar projects

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:14

The Google logo is spelled out in heliostats \during a tour of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border(Reuters) - SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it created a $750 million fund to finance about 25,000 residential solar projects, with Google Inc investing nearly half the funding. The money will be used by SolarCity to put solar panels on homes. The growth of such financing has made generating electric power from the sun an option for households who do not want to shell out the $20,000 to $30,000 upfront cost of a typical residential solar system. The fund is the largest ever created for residential solar systems, SolarCity said, and Google's $300 million equity stake is the technology giant's biggest renewable energy investment to date.

Nearly all California voters think water shortage is serious: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:10

File photo of Marisela Corona, whose well had run dry, pouring water from a tank on her back porch in PortervilleNearly all California voters believe the state's water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday. Winter storms that dropped up to a foot (30 cm) of rain on parts of California have modestly eased the dry conditions, according to U.S. drought experts, but the relief only put a dent in the drought entering its fourth year. Respondents in northern California, the Central Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area were more likely than their southern California counterparts to say the problem was extreme. The poll surveyed 1,241 registered voters in California from late January to mid-February by phone.

Police investigate possible sexual assault of U.Va. student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:05
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia says police are investigating a possible sexual assault against a female student.

911 operator who told teen to 'stop whining' now out of job

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 21:59
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher who told a 13-year-old girl to "stop whining" as her father lay dying in a hit-and-run crash on a Maryland highway is out of the job.

3 arrested after woman imprisoned, sexually abused for weeks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 21:55
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Three men were arrested in the case of a woman who reported being held captive and sexually abused for almost two months, authorities said.

Maine firefighters thwarted by unplowed driveway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 21:38
WOOLWICH, Maine (AP) — Firefighters had to helplessly watch a home in Maine burn to the ground because they couldn't get their fire trucks up the long unplowed driveway.