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Testimony ends in Cosby hearing, judge now deciding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:38

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against CosbyA judge in Montgomery County is now deciding whether the sex assault case against Bill Cosby should move forward.

Ford conducting tests after chemical found outside plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit-area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant.

Vintage military plane makes belly landing at Dallas airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
DALLAS (AP) — A World War II-era military plane has made a belly landing at Dallas Executive Airport.

Tiny NH Town Set to Crash Midnight Voting Party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
A town with a population of 29 prepares to re-enter the spotlight.

US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:28

Severina Raimunda holds her granddaughter Melisa Vitoria, left, who was born with microcephaly and her twin brother Edison Junior at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is well-adapted to humans, thrives in people's homes and can breed in even a bottle cap's-worth of stagnant water. The Zika virus is suspected to cause microcephaly in newborn children. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)NEW YORK (AP) — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.

Florida governor declares health emergency in four counties over Zika

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:26

The larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquito are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilFlorida Governor Rick Scott declared a public health emergency in four counties with travel-related cases of the Zika virus on Wednesday, and ordered state officials to increase mosquito control efforts in some of the most populous parts of the state. "Although Florida’s current nine Zika cases were travel-related, we have to ensure Florida is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state," Scott said in a statement.

House Republicans unveil bill to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:22
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced a measure to privatize the national air traffic control system by placing it in the hands of a new private nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other stakeholders. The long-anticipated measure would transfer air traffic operations and 38,000 government employees from the Federal Aviation Administration to the nonprofit, in a bid to reduce flight delays, speed the adoption of next-generation technology and insulate the system's funding from congressional gridlock. "Our system is incredibly inefficient, and it will only get worse as passenger levels grow and as the FAA falls further behind in modernizing the system," said U.S. Representative Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

NY inmate who sparked 3-week manhunt gets more prison time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:21
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted killer already serving life behind bars was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution and sentenced to additional prison time for his daring escape last year from a maximum-security prison in northern New York.

Convicted Maryland killer in 'Serial' podcast seeks new trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

SyedA Maryland man whose 2000 murder conviction was thrown into question by the popular "Serial" podcast was in court on Wednesday to argue he deserved a new trial because his lawyers had done a poor job with his case. Adnan Syed, 35, appeared in a prison jumpsuit in a courtroom packed with family members, supporters and the producer of the podcast. On the first day of a hearing expected to run through Friday, defense attorney C. Justin Brown asked Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin Welch for a new trial for Syed.

Snyder calls for $30M in state help for Flint water bills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo,Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Snyder has released some, but not all, of his government emails related to Flint’s water emergency. The 274 pages cover 2014 and 2015. That includes the 18-month period during which the city switched its water source while under state financial management until it reconnected to Detroit’s system because of lead contamination blamed on state regulatory failures. Snyder has withheld the emails of others in the executive office along with his own emails from earlier. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislative leaders said Wednesday they are open to spending $30 million to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing an emergency over a lead-contaminated water supply, though a top Democrat said the proposed state funding should be doubled.

New lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:15

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, left, and his new lawyer Benjamin Brafman arrive at court in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Shkreli, who has become the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed after hiking the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent, is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.

Ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone resigns as chair of CBS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:13

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2011 file photo, Sumner Redstone arrive at the premiere of "Footloose" in Los Angeles. CBS says media mogul Redstone has resigned as chair of the company’s board, replaced by the company’s CEO, Leslie Moonves. The company says Redstone’s resignation took effect Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, and he now serves as chairman emeritus. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sumner Redstone, the ailing 92-year-old media mogul who controls media giants CBS and Viacom, has stepped down as executive chairman of CBS amid a courtroom battle over his health and mental capacity. CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves will replace him as chairman.

Suspect in Ohio policeman's fatal shooting pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:13
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a central Ohio policeman with a stolen pistol pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was jailed without bond in the potential death penalty case.

The Latest: Suspect in Ohio officer's death has 3 attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:12
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of an Ohio policeman (all times local):

Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:08

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo an air traffic controller stands beneath a radar screen in the control tower at Washington's Reagan National Airport. House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., is launching a push this week to take control of that system away from the government and hand it to a non-profit corporation directed by the airlines, airports, and labor unions, among others. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.

U.S. Capitol temporarily shuts its police gun firing range

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:06
It seems even the U.S. Capitol Police are not immune. The law enforcement agency has a brand new firing range in the basement of one of the sprawling House of Representatives' office buildings adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. "The range designers are looking at operational design concerns, so it is the design of the range," spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson told Reuters.

Obama visits a mosque to send pointed message to non-Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:05

Obama waves farewell to students after his remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, MarylandBy Roberta Rampton CATONSVILLE, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their place in the nation. Obama, declaring that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, decried the "inexcusable political rhetoric" against Muslims from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates. "When any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up." Trump, the Republican front-runner, called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States after authorities described a California couple who killed 14 people last December as radicalized Muslims inspired by Islamic State militants.

Obama to seek 1.6 percent pay raise for federal government workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:01

Obama delivers remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, MarylandThe Obama administration next week will propose a 1.6 percent pay increase for federal employees, an administration official said on Wednesday. The proposal will be included in President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, which is set to be unveiled on Tuesday. The pay raise would apply to military and civilian personnel, the official said in a statement.

After execution, Georgia already planning for the next one

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:00

This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Jones, a 72-year-old death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. He was convicted in the 1979 killing of a convenience store manager. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — After carrying out the execution of its oldest death row inmate this week, Georgia is already preparing for the next lethal injection.

Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh Valley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:56

Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh ValleyThe concern has moved from the record amount of snow from the blizzard to flooding in Palmer Township, Northampton County.