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Texan claims medical errors led to leg amputations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:23
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man intending to undergo a weight-loss operation is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee.

1 dead in Cape May County house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:12

1 dead in Cape May County house fireOfficials say one person died in a fast-moving house fire in Middle Township, New Jersey.

Rep. Brat who beat Cantor vows to stay accessible

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:09

In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2014, freshman Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., the economics professor who toppled former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June GOP primary, poses in his almost bare office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Five months after his upset of Cantor, Brat comes across as down-to-earth and says his constituents have warned him not to let Washington change him. "Everyone just says, ‘Dave, keep being yourself,’” Brat said in an interview in his sparsely decorated office this week. “‘You better not change. You better keep being Dave.’" (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Dave Brat came down the hallway on his way to his office, a bag slung over his shoulder and no aide in sight, and bent over to take a swig from a public water fountain. It's a sight you rarely see from members of Congress, who usually drink from the water in their offices.

Rescuers free adults, child from overturned car in pond near Christiana Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:06

Rescuers free adults, child from overturned car in pond near Christiana MallDelaware State Police are investigating an accident that injured six people near the Christiana Mall.

California sees reserves growing more than $4 billion over two years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:59
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - California's state budget will accumulate more than $4 billion of reserves in the next two years, the budget watchdog estimated on Wednesday, a sign of significant progress for the debt-ridden state. California's Legislative Analyst's Office said much of the extra money would most likely go toward education, the state's rainy day fund, and potentially paying down liabilities. For fiscal year 2014-2015, the office anticipated $2 billion more in revenues than expected in the state's budget act. ...

Deaf man: Brother framed me; 3rd brother disagrees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:55

Attorneys Reginald Garcia, left, and Pat Bliss speak to the Florida Commission on Offender Review on behave of Felix Garcia on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Garcia, a deaf Florida man who supporters say was framed for murder by his brother has a chance to get out of prison. Garcia is serving a life sentence for the murder of Joseph Tramontana Jr. during a 1981 Tampa robbery. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A deaf man serving a life sentence for murder was framed by his brother, supporters of the inmate insist, but in a surprise twist, a third brother showed up to a parole hearing Wednesday and said both his siblings are guilty.

Obama matriarch gets UN education award

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:53

In this photo provided by the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF), Barack Obama's 94-year-old step-grandmother Sarah Obama, second from right, who was married to the president's late grandfather, visits with children at P.S./I.S. 78Q, The Robert F. Wagner, Jr. School, in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Mama Sarah Obama is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president's father was raised and is buried. From left are, principal Louis Pavone; kindergarten teacher Melanie Gutierrez; Debra Akello, MSOF executive director; Mama Sarah; and Rosela Rasanga, far right, wife of governor of Kogelo, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, Gerry Gianutsos)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama's step-grandmother received an award Wednesday for her efforts to ensure that people in her Kenyan village get what she never had — the chance to go to school.

Buffalo area braces for another big snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:53

Buffalo area braces for another big snowstormA ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow by Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way.

Washington state museum pulls firearms from WWII exhibit over new gun law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:37
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A museum in Washington state plans to remove about a dozen borrowed firearms from a World War Two exhibit and return them to their owners to comply with a new gun law that requires background checks for all gun transfers, the institution said on Wednesday. Washington voters passed legislation earlier this month expanding background checks on all firearms purchases to include sales at guns shows and online, as well for loans and transfers. ...

Car overturns into retention pond near Christiana Mall, 6 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:29

Rescuers free adults, child from overturned car in pond near Christiana MallDelaware State Police are investigating an accident that injured six people near the Christiana Mall.

Biggest U.S. power grid PJM hits monthly record due to cold snap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:28
(Reuters) - PJM Interconnection, the operator of the biggest power grid in the United States, said on Wednesday that demand for power hit a new record for the month of November due to the cold weather. Peak demand on Tuesday reached 121,987 megawatts (MW), topping the 114,699 MW reached last November. Last winter, several power plants in PJM and elsewhere in the U.S. Northeast were not able to operate on the coldest days in part because there was not enough natural gas to fuel both the power units and heat homes and businesses due to pipeline constraints. ...

CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:27

FILE- This Sept. 14, 2014, file photo shows a sign reading 'Kill Ebola Before Ebola Kill You', on a gate as part of the country's Ebola awareness campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday.

Secret Service chief says agency 'severely damaged' by lapses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:26

Acting Secret Service Director Clancy testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The acting head of the U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that the agency charged with protecting the president had been "severely damaged" by harmful lapses, including allowing a knife-carrying man to jump a fence and run into the White House in September. Joseph Clancy told the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee he had sought to establish a culture of trust within the Secret Service since replacing Julia Pierson, who resigned under fire as director on Oct. 1. ...

Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:20

FILE - This June 14, 2011, file photo, shows the drug Lipitor at Medco Health Solutions Inc., in Willingboro, N.J. A new study shows very long-term benefits from even short-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good.

Activist Sharpton denies New York Times report on unpaid taxes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:19

Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network about tensions leading up to a Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri and allegations of tax issues published in local media in New YorkBy Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton on Wednesday dismissed as misleading a New York Times report that he owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and an organization he heads did not pay federal payroll taxes for its employees. The Times reported Sharpton and his for-profit business face state and federal tax liens of more than $4.5 million. ...

New York man found dead in bathtub with throat slashed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:14
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police are investigating the death of a man found with his throat slashed in a bathtub and identified by local media as a prominent banker, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Police responding to a 911 call discovered the lifeless body in an apartment in Manhattan's downtown financial district on Tuesday afternoon. The 42-year-old victim was declared dead at the scene. Police did not reveal his identity. The New York Post said the victim was Shawn Miller, a managing director at Citigroup. ...

Army delays hearing for soldier in comrade's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:13

This undated photo released by the U.S. Army, shows Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, Calif., at an unknown location. A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Perkins while both were deployed in Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Spc. Jeffery T. Page, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been accused of killing Perkins with an M4 rifle on May 15, at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, charging documents said. Both soldiers were infantrymen in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs. A hearing is scheduled at the post Wednesday, Nov. 19, to determine whether there's enough evidence for a court-martial. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Fort Carson officials have postponed a hearing on whether an infantryman should face a court-martial in the shooting death of another soldier when they were deployed in Jordan.

Limited challenge to Michigan emergency manager law moves forward

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:08
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law to move forward on grounds that it might discriminate on the basis of race. U.S. District Court Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed other counts in the lawsuit against the law, which allows the state to intervene in fiscally troubled local governments. He ruled that the case brought by affected residents and a public labor union will proceed on an allegation that the 2012 law discriminates against African-American residents in cities run by an emergency manager. ...

Obama to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:05
By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans. The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country. ...

Daughter still missing after mom turns self in

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:05

This photo provided by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections shows Genevieve Kelley, of Whitefield, N.H., who was charged Monday Nov. 17, 2014 with custodial interference. Kelley, fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in to face trial. She disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in the fall of 2004 after her attempt to prove her ex-husband had harmed the child backfired. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Department of Corrections)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A decade after a mother fled to Central America with her 8-year-old, New Hampshire authorities and the woman's ex-husband still don't know where the daughter is.