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U.S. defense budget focuses on changing security environment: Carter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at the Economic Club of Washington winter breakfast in WashingtonBy David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON/NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday the Pentagon would seek a $582.7 billion defense budget next year and reshape spending priorities to reflect a new strategic environment marked by Russian assertiveness and the rise of Islamic State. Carter, speaking to the Economic Club of Washington, said the funding request was in line with last year's congressional budget deal, with a clear focus on five big challenges facing the U.S. military: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic State.


Trace elements of DNA found from Hawaii helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:48

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2016 file photo shows U.S. Marines walking on the beach at Waimea Bay in Haleiwa, Hawaii, close to where two military helicopters crashed into the ocean. The U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday, Feb. 2, that trace elements of DNA have been found from Marines killed in a helicopter crash off Hawaii last month. (Mariana Keller via AP Photo)HONOLULU (AP) — Trace elements of DNA have been found from Marines killed in a helicopter crash off Hawaii last month, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.


2 LA County deputies convicted of jail beating cover-up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies have been convicted of trying to cover up the beating of a handcuffed inmate at the Los Angeles County jail.

Ferguson residents worried about cost of US-mandated changes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:24

Gerry Jasper speaks in favor of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice during a city council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Ferguson, Mo. The meeting was the first opportunity for residents to speak directly with city leaders following a preliminary consent agreement with the Justice Department that would overhaul of police policies, training and practices, fallout from the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Many Ferguson residents expressed concern Tuesday that a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice could financially ruin the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers as CEO tries to save her own job

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:20

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yahoo reports financial earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.


Trace elements of DNA found from Hawaii helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:18

Trace elements of DNA found from Hawaii helicopter crashThe U.S. Marine Corps says trace elements of DNA have been found from Marines killed in a helicopter crash off Hawaii last month.


Trump boosts turnout, but not all newcomers vote for him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:15

Supporters take pictures as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks at his caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump's presence is drawing unprecedented attention to the Republican presidential contest. But after careful consideration, many new Iowa voters turned to his rivals instead.


Oregon standoff leader strikes defiant tone from behind bars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:08

A sign is displayed with the picture of LaVoy Finicum as part of the demonstrations outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Hundreds gathered to protest and support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve. (Molly Young/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The jailed leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife preserve struck a defiant tone Tuesday while again urging four holdouts to leave, saying local residents should control the federally owned property and U.S. officials do not belong there.


Panel: LAPD justified in death of homeless black man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:05

Activists hold hands and pray outside outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters following the police commission's decision finding that the shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang was justified in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The Los Angeles Police Commission civilian oversight panel found that one Los Angeles police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a homeless black man in Skid Row. Police Chief Charlie Beck has said the shooting was justified because Keunang grabbed for a rookie police officer's gun after ignoring commands and becoming combative. He said the officer's gun was later found partly cocked and jammed with one round of ammunition in the chamber and another in the ejection port, indicating a struggle for the weapon. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police officers were justified when they fatally shot a homeless black man on Skid Row six times, including twice in the chest, a civilian oversight panel said Tuesday.


The Latest: Franklin Graham speaks with Oregon occupiers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:58

A sign is displayed with the picture of LaVoy Finicum as part of the demonstrations outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Hundreds gathered to protest and support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve. (Molly Young/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:56

File photo of a Flint River sign seen along the Flint river in Flint, MichiganBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention. Federal prosecutors in Michigan were working with an investigative team that included the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said.


Ferguson, Missouri, hears from public on justice reforms plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:55

St Louis County police officers watch as anti-police demonstrators march in protest in Ferguson, MissouriResidents of Ferguson, Missouri, jammed a meeting on Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city police department after the 2014 shooting of a black teenager by a white officer. The fatal shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson exposed tension between the city government and the largely black community outside St. Louis.


Marine Corps: Trace elements of DNA found from Marines in Hawaii helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:49
HONOLULU (AP) — Marine Corps: Trace elements of DNA found from Marines in Hawaii helicopter crash.

U.S. Red Cross asks blood donors to wait 28 days after visiting Zika areas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:41

A health worker shows a "Spinosad" (Saccharopolyspora spinosa) tablet that the Health Ministry placed on deposits of natural water, to attack the reproduction of the aedes aegypti mosquito, in La Carpio slum near San JoseThe "self-deferral" notice for blood donors should apply to those who have visited Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America during the past four weeks, the Red Cross said in a statement. The Washington-based nonprofit disaster relief agency also asked that donors who give blood and subsequently develop symptoms consistent with Zika within 14 days of donating to notify the Red Cross so the product can be quarantined.


Latest: Ferguson residents worry about cost of DOJ agreement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:20

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes in policing practices in the St. Louis suburb. Now, residents get their say. The first of three public meetings on the proposed consent decree is Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Ferguson City Hall. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a public meeting in Ferguson over a proposed settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (all times local):


Virginia man in same-sex custody case ordered to prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:06

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo the Rev. Kenneth Miller, of Stuarts Draft, Va., speaks to supporters after a hearing at the University of Connecticut Law School in Hartford, Conn. A federal appeals court in New York upheld Miller's conviction on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, for his role in helping Lisa Miller, of Vermont, flee the country with her daughter in 2009, rather than share custody with her former same-sex partner. He was ordered to surrender to prison on March 1, 2016, to begin serving a 27-month prison sentence. The Millers are not related. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A pastor convicted of helping a Virginia woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former Vermont same-sex partner has been ordered to federal prison after a court rejected an appeal of his 2012 conviction.


3 teens arrested in deadly shooting at Seattle homeless camp

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:01

A contract worker cleans-up trash as men continue to sleep behind him under an overpass near where police arrested three teenage boys the day before in connection with a January shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' that left 2 people dead and three others wounded, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Three teen brothers are suspected in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a well-known Seattle homeless camp, a crime that comes as the city struggles with a surge of people living on the streets.


District of Columbia lawmakers vote to study pot clubs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:01
The District of Columbia Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to study the possible licensing of marijuana clubs as the U.S. capital nears its anniversary of legal pot. The council also extended a temporary ban on smoking marijuana in private clubs until a task force can report on how the venues can be established. The law that took effect in February 2015 allows adults to possess small amounts of marijuana and grow and consume it at home.

Los Angeles DA charges utility with crimes for gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:59

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016 file photo, Tera Lecuona, resident of the heavily-impacted Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, holds a protest sign during a hearing in Granada Hills over a gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. California’s attorney general is suing Southern California Gas Co. over a massive out-of-control natural gas leak. Attorney General Kamala Harris said the company violated several state laws and failed to report the leak to necessary agencies for three days after it was discovered in October. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against a utility for failing to immediately report a natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop for nearly 15 weeks.


L.A. prosecutors file criminal charges in methane leak near Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:58
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors filed criminal charges against the Southern California Gas company on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near the city that has forced thousands of residents from their homes since October. The four misdemeanor charges accuse SoCalGas, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, of failing to report the release of hazardous materials following the underground pipeline rupture and discharging air contaminants. "While we recognize that neither the criminal charges nor the civil lawsuits will offer the residents of Los Angeles County a complete solution, it is important that Southern California Gas Co. be held responsible for its criminal actions," District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a written statement.