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9 suffer burns, other injuries in California condo fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:18

Firefighters fight a blaze at an condominium complex in the 26000 block of La Zanja Street in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Southern California authorities say eight people were rushed to local hospitals with burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries after the apartment fire. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Fred Swegles) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — A fire tore through a second-story condominium where there were no working smoke alarms Tuesday, forcing a woman to lower her children out of a window before jumping out herself.

Jury selection starts in Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:10

People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The jury selection process in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes began Tuesday, and is expected to take several weeks to a few months. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in an Aurora movie theater in 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The first time James Holmes appeared in court, he wore chains and a jail jumpsuit and looked dazed, with his hair dyed a comic-book shade of orange.

As Obama talks of Cuba opening, hard diplomatic work begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:08

John Koehler, center, a tourist from Wisconsin taking a cultural trip to Cuba, poses for a portrait with locals while holding a copy of USA Today newspaper and showing its front page article on the softening of travel rules for Americans in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Cuba has so far offered a guardedly positive reception to President Barack Obama's loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba, saying it welcomes the full package of new economic ties on offer, but it insists it will maintain its one-party political system and centrally planned economy. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says re-establishing diplomatic ties with the U.S. does not mean the two countries are normalizing relations.

Matt Rich's superhuman quest catches attention of Joe Flacco

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:06

Matt Rich's superhuman quest catches attention of Joe FlaccoFor Matthew Rich, nothing has ever been easy.

NYC debates: Does Airbnb help or hurt affordable housing?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:02
NEW YORK (AP) — They cater to travelers, but Airbnb and other short-term rental sites are sparking debate over an issue few tourists are likely to unpack: affordable housing.

US Justice Department, Albuquerque name police monitor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:01

Demonstrators gather in front of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 to protest a police shooting that happened Tuesday that left a suspect dead. Albuquerque police shot and killed a suspect Tuesday they say was dressed in body armor and pulled a gun on them after a foot chase, an incident that follows a string of shootings that have prompted public protests, federal scrutiny and even charges from a local prosecutor. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After weeks of negotiations, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that federal officials and the city of Albuquerque have agreed on an independent monitor to oversee the city's troubled police force.

University of Delaware students help restore photos damaged in fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:53

University of Delaware students help restore photos damaged in fireStudents at the University of Delaware are working on a project to help an Ohio family heal.

Obama to challenge Republicans to back tax hikes in big speech

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:45

U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference with British Prime Minister Cameron at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans in a State of the Union speech that will outline his vision for his last two years in office. According to excerpts released by the White House of his 9 p.m. EST televised speech, Obama will say it is time to convert a recent surge in the U.S. economy into improvements for the middle class, many of whom are still experiencing hard times. Obama is proposing tax increases of $320 billion over the next 10 years to pay for expanded tax credits and educational benefits for the middle class.

1st Charlie Hebdo issue since Paris attacks sells out in NY

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:37
NEW YORK (AP) — The first issue of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo printed since the Paris attacks finally arrived in the United States Tuesday, and it took just one hour to sell out at a Manhattan bookstore.

Dad of girl, 13, accused in crime spree says he's not angry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:28

Dalton Hayes wears shackles at the Bay County Jail, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Panama City, Fla. Hayes, an 18-year-old suspected of committing a string of crimes with his 13-year-old girlfriend, agreed during a court hearing to return to his home state of Kentucky to face charges. (AP Photo/News Herald, Andrew Wardlow)CLARKSON, Ky. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a multi-state crime spree with her older boyfriend said Tuesday that he is not angry with the 18-year-old.

Jury beings deliberations in Don Tollefson fraud trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:19

Jury beings deliberations in Don Tollefson fraud trialJury deliberations are now underway in the fraud trial involving former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson.

Box office top 20: 'American Sniper' hits $107 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:16

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from "American Sniper." The film is based on the autobiography by Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)NEW YORK (AP) — The record wide-release opening of "American Sniper" was even bigger than estimated. Clint Eastwood's war drama took in $107 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

NY Governor Cuomo wants train link to LaGuardia airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:15

New York Governor Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New YorkNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans on Tuesday to build a direct train link between New York City's LaGuardia airport and local subway and rail lines as part of broader plans to improve the state's aging infrastructure. Cuomo has made modernizing New York City's airports a priority and the state has taken over modernization projects for both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. LaGuardia regularly features near the bottom in airport surveys and last year Vice President Joe Biden likened it to a "third-world country." "New York is a world-class location. "You look at any report and it will talk about how New York airports sorely lag in terms of development." The $450 million air train service would connect to the city's number 7 subway line and the Long Island Rail Road commuter train service at Willets Point to the airport with a mile-and-a-half (2.4 km) long track along the Grand Central Parkway.

Georgia court denies stay for death row inmate claiming mental disability

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:14

Georgia Department of Corrections photograph of Warren Lee HillBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Georgia Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to stop the state's planned execution next week of a death row inmate whose lawyers say should not be put to death because he is mentally disabled. Warren Lee Hill, 54, is scheduled to die by injection on Jan. 27 for beating fellow prisoner Joseph Handspike to death in August 1990. Hill's attorneys argue that Georgia's strict standard of requiring inmates to prove their mental disability “beyond a reasonable doubt” is unconstitutional. They had asked for more time to appeal his case in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that threw out a Florida death row inmate's sentence and found that the state's IQ test standard for assessing whether defendants are mentally disabled was too rigid.

U.S. motorists kept pedal to metal in November, upping mileage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:12
U.S. motorists drove 1.1 percent more miles in November than a year earlier, federal data released on Tuesday showed, as slumping gasoline prices fuel what could be the biggest annual rise in domestic demand in three decades.

Discovery of larval Missouri River pallid sturgeon heralded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:07
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The discovery of two lab-confirmed tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis offers fresh proof the endangered species descending from the dinosaur era is reproducing, the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday.

Demolition program hopes to bring new life to Camden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:59

Demolition program hopes to bring new life to CamdenCamden officials have big plans to revitalize the city with new businesses. But before they can build, they have to demolish hundreds of abandoned homes.

Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:58

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2014 file photo shows the website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. A little-known side to the government’s health insurance website,, is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.

Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:56

Cesar Rodriguez, left, hands a case of bottled drinking water to Whitney Schipman of Glendive, Mont., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Officials said benzene levels were too low to pose a short-term health risk but they warned the city's residents against drinking tap water out of precaution. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples taken from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive near the North Dakota border. The contamination followed a 50,000 gallon oil spill that found its way from a break in a Bridger Pipeline's 12-inch pipeline into the Yellowstone River. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.

Ironworkers boss convicted of overseeing vandalism, violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime union boss was convicted Tuesday in a sweeping racketeering case of overseeing violence, vandalism and intimidation to get construction jobs for his members.