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Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:48

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:47

This booking photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office shows Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H., arrested Monday, July 28, 2014 and charged with one count of felony kidnapping of Abigail Hernandez, who went missing in Conway, N.H., in October 2013, and returned home last week. Kibby will be arraigned Tuesday in district court in Conway, N.H. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Attorney General's Office)A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged Monday with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home last week after vanishing nine months ago.


Medicare's own health looking better, report says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:43

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, center, flanked by Treasury Secretary and Managing Trustee Jacob J. Lew, left, and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.


SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:38

In this Monday, July 21, 2014 photo, Regina Harrell, 9, holds her dog Roscoe outside her home, in North Augusta, S.C. Regina was taken from her home and her mother charged with a felony after her mother, Debra Harrell, left her alone to play at a nearby park while she worked at McDonald's. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?


House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

NY mayor: Brooklyn Bridge security breach a worry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In a Tuesday, July 22, 2014 file photo, New York City Police officers stand at the base of a white flag flying atop the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge after two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday, July 28, 2014 that last week’s security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge is “a wake-up call, ” and that that the NYPD has increased security on all of New York City’s bridges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is "a wake-up call."


US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:12
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.

Trial begins in Wisconsin baby kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:12
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The trial has begun for a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.

Trial for dad, stepmom of boy found in basement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:09
DETROIT (AP) — A trial is scheduled for Sept. 8 to decide whether the father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance will lose custody of their children.

Lawyer: Wife plotted to take over Sterling trust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:07

FILE - In this June 15, 2009, file photo, Richard Parsons, then Chairman of Citigroup, speaks at Time Warner's headquarters in New York. Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is is expected to be called as a witness Tuesday, July 22, 2014, to support Shelly Sterling's bid to sell the NBA basketball team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer argued Monday that the estranged wife of Donald Sterling plotted to strip his client from the family trust that owned the Los Angeles Clippers after the head of the NBA said she couldn't negotiate a sale of the franchise unless she owned all the shares.


Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:57
By Steve Gorman and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lightning storms that killed a 20-year-old beachgoer in Los Angeles and sent eight other people to the hospital stemmed from a combination of atmospheric conditions relatively unusual for coastal Southern California, weather experts said on Monday. A bolt of lightning, accompanied by what witnesses described as an explosive thunder clap, struck near the shore of Venice Beach on Sunday during a storm that materialized quickly and lasted about 15 minutes. An estimated 20,000 people were at the popular Los Angeles beach when the storm hit, according to Captain Mike McIlroy of the county lifeguard service. Thirteen people who were in or around the water at the time of the strike were assessed by emergency personnel and eight were transported to hospitals, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.

Trial begins in case over Oklahoma City bombing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:48

Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma CityThe FBI has done a thorough search of its archives and found no evidence that more Oklahoma City bombing videos exist, federal attorneys told a judge on Monday during the first day of a trial that has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the devastating 1995 attack.


Man charged with kidnapping in N.H. teen's case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:46

New Hampshire Girl Home After Vanishing 9 Months AgoPolice are charging a 34-year-old man with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home recently after vanishing nine months ago.


Police charge 34-year-old man with kidnapping New Hampshire teenager missing for 9 months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:44
CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Police charge 34-year-old man with kidnapping New Hampshire teenager missing for 9 months.

Slower U.S. healthcare cost rise extending life of Medicare fund: trustees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:38
By Jason Lange and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tamer spending at U.S. hospitals and expected savings from President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul are shoring up the funding outlook for the Medicare program for the elderly, trustees of the program said on Monday. Medicare's trust fund for hospital bills will run out of money in 2030, four years later than previously estimated, the trustees said in a report. The trustees, however, reiterated a warning that the Social Security program would run out of money to fully pay disability benefits by 2016 and could not meet all of its obligations on pensions after 2033. While the arrival date for Medicare's crunch has been pushed into the future, an aging population is already stressing the finances of programs that provide income for the disabled.

Child molestation suspect killed in NYC shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:30

Child molestation suspect killed in NYC shootoutA California man wanted on child molestation charges was killed in a shootout on Monday in New York City


Death of five in southern Maine ruled murder-suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:23
(Reuters) - A man in the southern Maine city of Saco shot dead his wife and three children before turning the shotgun on himself, police said on Monday, calling the incident one of the worst cases of domestic violence in state history. The five members of the family, including children ranging in age from 4 to 12, were found dead in their second-floor apartment on Sunday, victims of an apparent murder-suicide by Joel Smith, 33, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said in an e-mail. Smith's wife, 35-year-old Heather Smith, had confided in a friend on Saturday night that her husband had pointed a gun at his head earlier in the week and threatened suicide, but she had not contacted authorities for assistance, McCausland said. The bodies of the couple's two sons, Jason Montez, 12, and Noah Montez, 7, were found in their respective bedrooms, while 4-year-old Lily Smith was found along side her mother in the couple's bedroom, where the shooter's body was also found next to a shotgun, McCausland said.

U.S. veterans deal to provide $17 billion to ease medical wait times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:08
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in the U.S. Congress said on Monday they had struck a rare compromise deal on legislation that provides about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Representative Jeff Miller, a Republican, said the figure marks about the halfway point between the competing proposals they announced last week. The compromise measure aims to clear months-long waiting lists at VA hospitals and clinics across the country. The agency has been rocked by scandal over cover-ups of these waiting times, prompting the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in late May. In Phoenix, doctors have alleged that some 40 veterans died as their names languished on secret waiting lists while officials misrepresented wait-time data to meet targets for bonus compensation.

Four Ethiopian athletes missing in U.S. after track meet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:03
Four members of an Ethiopian track team competing at an international event in Oregon were missing in what officials said on Monday might be an attempt to seek asylum or otherwise stay in the United States. The athletes, who were not believed to be victims of foul play, traveled to the University of Oregon in Eugene last week to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships, a university spokeswoman said. "It is being handled like a missing persons case," school spokeswoman Julie Brown said, adding that investigators were looking into the possibility the four had left willingly to try to seek asylum. "But we can't confirm yet if it's an attempt to claim asylum." Ethiopia is one of the world's poorest countries and has been accused by rights campaigners and the political opposition of stifling dissent and torturing political detainees.

It's all over but the arguing in Sterling trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 02:58

FILE - In this June 15, 2009, file photo, Richard Parsons, then Chairman of Citigroup, speaks at Time Warner's headquarters in New York. Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is is expected to be called as a witness Tuesday, July 22, 2014, to support Shelly Sterling's bid to sell the NBA basketball team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Closing arguments are underway in a trial to determine whether the estranged wife of Donald Sterling can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.