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Whirlpool forms near spillway on Texas-Oklahoma border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:32
DENISON, Texas (AP) — Water draining into the spillway on a lake along the Texas-Oklahoma border has formed a whirlpool.

80-plus aid groups blast UN Security Council over Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 80 international human rights and aid groups are urging the U.N. Security Council to take real, immediate action against the continuing use of barrel bombs in Syria's grinding civil war.

New Jersey State Senate passes Democrats' $35.3 billion budget

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:29

New Jersey State Senate passes Democrats' $35.3 billion budgetThe New Jersey Senate passed a $35.3 billion budget that includes a surcharge on business and high-wage earners and a $3.1 billion payment for the state's public pension Thursday before the Assembly planned to vote on the same spending blueprint.


Police chase ends in crash in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:25

Police chase ends in crash in Hockessin, Del.New Castle County police were involved in a chase that ended in a crash Thursday afternoon.


Chicago teachers union says it has broken off contract talks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:20
A Chicago Teachers Union official said on Thursday the union has broken off contract talks with the public school system but it was too soon to say if there would be a repeat of the 2012 strike. Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said it was now "highly unlikely" an agreement would be reached before the current contract expires on Tuesday. Sharkey said the union will talk to Chicago Public Schools in the future, but for now the two sides are at an impasse.

New Chicago aviation chief warns O'Hare falling behind

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:20
CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare International Airport is falling behind other global hubs as it grapples with flight delays, gate shortages and a largely humdrum terminal experience for passengers, Chicago's new aviation chief warned business leaders Thursday.

Red Cross steps in to help storm victims in Gloucester County, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:20

Red Cross steps in to help storm victims in Gloucester County, NJTrees were toppled across driveways and cars, and some homes were left badly damaged in South Jersey. Now the Red Cross is stepping in to help.


Iraqi student pilot was flying F-16 that crashed in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:07
An Iraqi student pilot was flying an Iraqi military F-16 fighter jet that crashed in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico border during a night training mission, U.S. military officials and Iraq's government said on Thursday. U.S. officials said the student was the lone occupant of the F-16 Fighting Falcon when it went down on Wednesday night about five miles (eight km) east of the Douglas Municipal Airport, in the city of Douglas on the border with Mexico. The pilot's status remained unknown on Thursday as rescue efforts continued, according to a statement from the Air National Guard in Arizona, which said the plane belonged to the Iraqi Air Force.

Texas wants its gold back and promises to build it a safe home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:06

24 karat gold bars are seen at the United States West Point Mint facility in West Point, New YorkTexas has a new law to set up a depository for gold that is backed by many in the state's Republican leadership who have expressed distrust of the U.S. Federal Reserve and feel more comfortable with a precious-metal backed currency. The bullion in question is part of a portfolio for a Texas university-linked investment fund, is currently worth about $660 million and is at a private bank in midtown Manhattan, state officials said. The law for the "Texas Bullion Depository" was signed on June 12, and Texas lawmakers said it would be the first vault of its kind by any state.


Maryland police shoot, kill unarmed man in domestic disturbance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:05
The death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in custody of Baltimore's city police in April triggered protests and rioting in Maryland, and also raised questions about police practices across the country.

Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:05

In this Monday, June 22, 2015 photo, Jennifer Greene, 58, poses for a photograph while babysitting her grandson at her daughters' home in Delray Beach, Fla. Greene 58, had feared she would have to go without insurance if she lost her $547-a-month tax credit. A Thursday, June 25, 2015 Supreme Court ruling validated federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.


Action News in Rome: Mayor Nutter gets advice on handling papal crowd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:05

 Mayor Nutter gets advice on handling papal crowdPhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter met with the mayor of Rome to discuss how to handle the papal crowds expected in September.


Sources: Chris Christie to announce presidential bid Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:59

 Chris Christie to announce presidential bid TuesdayNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press.


Kidnapped missionary was freed as U.S. tested hostage policy shift -family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:59
The family of a U.S missionary kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year said on Thursday it paid a ransom to secure her release in March while receiving around-the-clock guidance from federal agents under a newly changed hostage-response policy. Free Methodist Reverend Phyllis Sortor, 72, was kidnapped from her church academy compound in Emiworo, in Kogi State, in February and released 12 days later on a trail leading to the city of Lokoja hours after her family paid a ransom, her sister and a church official said. Sortor's sister and a senior church official said they were shepherded through the hostage-response process, but not the ransom negotiation, by Federal Bureau of Investigation and State Department officials in a process aligned with a new policy laid out by U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Key countries call for tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The five countries investigating last year's shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine are calling for an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible.

New phase in federal effort to combat human trafficking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is announcing a new phase in efforts to combat human trafficking.

Republicans to fight Obamacare through election campaign despite ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:50

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans will keep attacking Obamacare in the U.S. Congress and on the presidential election campaign trail to energize right-wing voters and raise money, but analysts said there was little chance of the healthcare law being rolled back before 2017 now that the Supreme Court has again validated it. On Thursday, the high court upheld a central part of the Affordable Care Act, as it is formally known. It was the second time the court confirmed the legality of President Barack Obama's biggest domestic achievement.


NY prison guard helped escapees in exchange for snitching, art: documents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:48

Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer is seen in a picture released by the New York State PoliceA guard charged in the upstate New York escape of two inmates said he allowed them into the prison's internal catwalks, which they later used to flee, in return for snitching on other inmates, according to court documents. Corrections officer Gene Palmer said he also let inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt change electrical wiring in order to cook in their cells at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. Matt, 49, and Sweat, 35, were discovered missing on June 6.


Boston bomber moved to federal penitentiary in Colorado: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:47

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBoston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday was moved to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called "Supermax" unit that houses high-risk prisoners, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said. Tsarnaev, 21, was moved to the facility the day after a federal judge in Boston formally sentenced him to death by lethal injection for killing four people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing and its aftermath. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross confirmed the move.


U.S. top court backs Obamacare, president says it's here to stay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:43

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative legal challenge that could have doomed President Barack Obama's healthcare law, upholding nationwide tax subsidies crucial to his signature domestic policy achievement. Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, wrote in the 6-3 ruling that Congress clearly intended for the tax subsidies that help millions of low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance to be available in all 50 states.