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Dutch chipmaker NXP to buy Freescale Semiconductor for $12B

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 09:58
Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors N.V. said Sunday it had agreed to buy its smaller rival Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. for $11.8 billion in a deal that will make it the biggest supplier of microchips to the automotive industry.

Pickup truck goes into frozen river; dead dog found inside

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 09:49
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A pickup truck drove onto a frozen river, spun around repeatedly and then plunged through the ice early Sunday, and police rescue teams found a dead dog but no people inside.

California Republicans vote to charter gay political organization

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:04

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, speaks during a media conference Friday, March 14, 2014, at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif. California Republicans are gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend to plot the future of the party in a state where their registration and influence have been sliding. Brulte, who took over as party chairman last spring, has brought the state GOP out of debt, with the most recent financial reports filed with the state showing it has nearly $1.4 million in the bank. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. Endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans as a charter volunteer organization within the nation's largest Republican statewide party apparatus marked a turning point of sorts for California Republicans on a key chunk of their social policy agenda. Delegates to the California Republican Party voted 861-293 in favor of the move during the party's three-day annual convention in Sacramento, the state capital, a party spokeswoman said. Party leaders sought to play down the action, dismissing the notion that recognition of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group founded in 1977 under a moniker that refers to the first Republican U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln, signaled a retreat from conservative principles.

Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:26
DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:07

In this Feb. 24, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. In the first week of March Obama plans to invoke America’s civil rights struggles from past to present. He due to begin his week Monday by receiving the recommendations of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Obama plans to end the week by visiting Selma, Alabama, on Saturday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present.

Suspect in fatal Los Angeles street race held on $2M bail

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man suspected of participating in an illegal street race that killed two spectators in Southern California has been booked on suspicion of murder.

New York City mayor marches in gay pre-St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:14

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, waves the flag of Ireland as he marches beside Kerry Kennedy, third from left, during the all-inclusive St. Pat's For All parade in the Sunnyside, Queens neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The St. Pat's For All parade, which embraces diversity and inclusion, is considered an alternative to the New York City's official St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio told hundreds of participants at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday that a society for all is one that embraces and respects everyone.

3rd child dies after carbon monoxide leak in Ohio home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 05:58
TROY, Ohio (AP) — The third of four children exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide from a furnace in a home has died.

By the numbers: Northeast colder, snowier than normal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 05:54
Here's a look at average temperatures for February 2015, normal average temperatures for February, snowfalls this winter and snowfalls for a normal winter around the Northeast:

Brrr! February brought record cold, snow to Northeast

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 05:05

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, ice forms along the shore of the Manhattan side of the East River in New York where temperatures in the city were in the single digits. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. The Manhattan Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.

High-speed drive lands Marine in jail; struck bike officer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 05:00
HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine with a history of street racing is being held on $200,000 bail after high-speed driving and two crashes.

Upscale NY suburb embroiled in a wily debate over coyotes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:30

In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Ann Styles Brochstein holds her Havanese dog Samson near where Samson was attacked by a coyote outside her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. The suburban Town of New Castle, which includes Chappaqua, is divided over how to deal with the coyotes that have moved in over the last several years. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) — This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes?

Upping juvenile criminal age to 18 may be Texas non-starter

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:30

In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Jason Wang poses for a photo in the Las Colinas section of Irving, Texas. When Wang got into trouble at age 15, as a minor, he went to a juvenile lockup, where he took classes that eventually helped him earn a college scholarship. His friend, who was 17, went to prison for the same crime, where little effort was spent on trying to turn his life around. Since 1918, Texas has charged 17-year-olds as adults, even though they can’t vote, join the military or serve on juries. With the state at odds with a federal law governing the housing of juvenile prison inmates and docked about $800,000 in funding last year, some are pushing to raise the age of defendants classed as adults to 18. (AP Photo/LM Otero)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jason Wang and Johnny Truong were part of a gang that dressed as utility workers and held a suburban Dallas homeowner at gunpoint, making off with $68,000 in cash, electronics and jewelry before they were eventually caught.

Rare Native American pendant found as crew digs Ohio trench

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:30
CINCINNATI (AP) — A rare Native American pendant dating to the fifth century has been discovered by a crew doing utility work in southwest Ohio.

Will Smith's 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:30

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Will Smith, center, and Margot Robbie, right, appear in a scene from the film, "Focus." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Frank Masi)NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.

Sale will secure future for shelter for asylum-seekers

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:27

A Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows the exterior of Vive La Casa in Buffalo, N.Y. The shelter, which helps refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States, announced it is being purchased by fellow Buffalo nonprofit Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue the shelter's mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The list goes up on the lobby bulletin board of Vive La Casa and the refugees who've come from their rooms tentatively approach and scan for their names. The lucky ones will take a taxi to Canada the next day for a crucial step toward a dreamed-of new life there.

Chicago baseball legend Minnie Minoso dead, trailblazer in racial integration

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:56
Baseball great Minnie Minoso, the first black major leaguer to play for a Chicago team, died on Sunday at age 90. Nicknamed the "Cuban Comet," the Chicago White Sox legend was a major figure in the racial integration of Major League Baseball in the 1950s. Minoso became the first black player on the White Sox when he joined the team in 1951 and went on to become one of its most popular players, nicknamed "Mr. White Sox." Born in Havana, Cuba, Minoso signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, the year after Jackie Robinson first broke the major league's color barrier.

1 killed, 5 wounded in shooting at Detroit social hall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:35
DETROIT (AP) — Police say a 44-year-old man was killed and five other people were wounded when gunfire erupted during a party at a Detroit social hall.

Funeral set for four Missouri shooting victims as probe continues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:26
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Funeral services for four of seven people slain last week in a small town in Missouri are scheduled for Thursday as authorities seek a motive in the killings. The four are members of a family killed in the shootings on Thursday in Tyrone, Missouri. Their funeral will take place at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs, Missouri, according to the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home.

Suspect surrenders in fatal Los Angeles street race crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:25
(Reuters) - A driver has surrendered to police and faces murder charges after fleeing the scene of an illegal street race near Los Angeles, where two died after he lost control of his sports car and plowed into a crowd, police said on Sunday. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, turned himself in late on Saturday accompanied by his attorney, according to Los Angeles police. Two pedestrians were killed in the collision, and a third person was injured, police said.