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Tobacco giants resist harsh public admissions about smoking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 21:39

 Testimony from 162 witnesses, a nine-month bench trial and thousands of findings by the judge that defendants engaged in what the nation’s largest public health organizations have called a massive campaign of fraud. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco.


Weather-battered schools turn to virtual days for students

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 21:06

Ice floes are viewed along the Hudson River in New YorkBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of U.S. students stayed home this week due to snow and freezing temperatures, but some kids were not able to spend the day sledding or watching TV.     School districts from Oklahoma to Kentucky to Massachusetts kept students busy in virtual classrooms by assigning work online that was monitored by their teachers. Younger students or those without computers were not left out. Many of those students received paper materials on the day before bad weather was forecast.     The school districts are trying virtual classes because of the concern that too many bad-weather days mean losing instruction time, lengthening school days or extending the school year deep into the summer, school officials said. "Having these online learning days helps to avoid those gaps," said Dee Dee Nauert, who teaches fifth and sixth graders at Notre Dame Academy in Louisville.


2 injured in head-on crash in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 20:53

2 injured in head-on crash in North PhiladelphiaTwo people were injured and hospitalized after a two vehicle head-on crash in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:05

U.S. President Obama speaks at the General Session of the 2015 Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, an agreement that would stretch from Japan to Chile, covering 40 percent of the world economy. "I’m the first to admit that past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype," Obama said in his weekly address. "But that doesn’t mean we should close ourselves off from new opportunities." The first step in working with other nations to finalize the TPP deal is to pass "fast track" legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress.


French minister meets with Google, Facebook, Twitter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:53

Google Senior Vice President of Communication Rachel Whetstone, left, greets French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve upon his arrival at Google headquarters Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The French interior minister said he asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during investigations and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it.


Road rage? Mistaken identity? Questions raised in Vegas case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:48

In this photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, an unidentified police official leads Erich Nowsch, 19, from a car to police headquarters for questioning in Las Vegas, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Nowsch was arrested on suspicion of murder after SWAT teams surrounded his home a block away from the residence of Tammy Meyers who was killed in a mysterious road-rage incident last week. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — It initially sounded like horrific fatal road rage: A Las Vegas mother of four who just finished giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson followed by a driver they encountered on their way home, shot to death in front of their house.


California governor blocks parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 18:37

This image provided by the California Department of Corrections shows a photo of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday Feb. 20, 2015 he has blocked parole for the former leader of the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang who has turned on his former comrades and now aids law enforcement. Enriquez has been in prison since 1993 serving a sentence of 20 years-to life in prison for two murders, multiple assaults and conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances. (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown blocked parole for a former leader of the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang who has turned on his former comrades and now aids law enforcement.


Gov. Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 17:26

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011 file photo, Nurse Angela Aldous rallies protesters during demonstrations outside of the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, announced Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, that he supports a surprise move by legislative leaders to quickly vote next week on a bill that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker backed a surprise move Friday by Republican legislators to quickly vote on making Wisconsin a right-to-work state, an action the likely 2016 presidential candidate initially said should be delayed to avoid re-igniting massive pro-union protests.


In early White House maneuvering, Paul avoids predictability

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 16:19

In this photo taken Feb. 10, 2015, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul said he is likely to announce whether he'll run for president in 2016 sometime in March or April from his home state of Kentucky. The Kentucky Republican told reporters after a Friday speech in Louisville that he was getting closer to making a decision, but all signs point to Paul launching a campaign. Next month, he will ask the state Republican Party to create a presidential caucus in 2016. That way, Paul could run for president and re-election to his Senate seat simultaneously without appearing on the primary ballot for two offices. That's banned by Kentucky law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is trying a bit of a balancing act as he moves toward a 2016 presidential bid.


New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 16:14

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website is seen in Portland, Ore. About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration disclosed Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns. The tax mistake disclosed Friday is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful sign-up season, with about 11.4 million people signed up. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.


California governor blocks parole of ex-Mexican Mafia prison gang leader

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:47
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown blocked parole for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who went on to become an informant for police, his office said on Friday. Brown acknowledged Enriquez's attempts to better himself while in prison - including his gang informant work for police, expert testimony at various criminal trials, and informational lectures to law enforcement organizations - but said they did not outweigh the risks. "Because he is a high-profile drop-out targeted by the Mexican Mafia, Mr. Enriquez's parole poses a serious security risk to him, his family, his parole agents, and the community in which he is placed," Brown said in his decision, according to a copy published online by the Los Angeles Times. Enriquez, who joined the Mexican Mafia in 1985 while in prison for armed robbery and forcible rape, ordered a gang associate to kill a drug dealer in 1989 while he was on parole because he thought she was cheating customers, according to the governor's decision.

French minister meets with Google, Facebook, Twitter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 15:28

Google Senior Vice President of Communication Rachel Whetstone, left, greets French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve upon his arrival at Google headquarters Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The French interior minister said Friday he asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during investigations and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it.


FBI probes fatal Utah police shooting of man carrying sword: paper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 14:03
(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors and the FBI are reviewing the fatal police shooting of a 22-year-old black Utah man who was holding a sword when he was killed, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Friday. The police killing of Darrien Hunt in Sarasota Springs last September raised tensions in the mostly white city some 30 miles (48 km) south of Salt Lake City, and came a month after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed black teen, prompting waves of protests across the country. The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division said in a letter to the family's attorney that it was probing Hunt's killing along with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah, the Tribune said. "We're kind of elated that the federal government's taking a significant interest in this," Hunt family attorney Robert Sykes told the Tribune on Friday evening.

2 sides in West Coast ports dispute reach tentative contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 14:02

A cargo container is moved at the Port of Tacoma, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Tacoma, Wash. With a Friday deadline looming, negotiators for the two sides in the contract dispute that has snarled international trade at U.S. West Coast seaports are laboring to reach a settlement as billions of dollars of cargo are sitting massive ocean-going ships anchored outside port facilities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.


California Exxon plant halts gasoline production since blast: manager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 13:50

Refinery units are heavily damaged after an explosion at the Exxon-Mobil refinery in TorranceBy Alex Dobuzinskis TORRANCE, Calif. (Reuters) - Gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil Corp refinery near Los Angeles has been halted since an explosion there on Wednesday, a plant manager said on Friday, raising the possibility of higher fuel prices in parts of Southern California. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blast in Torrance, California, south of downtown Los Angeles, which sent four contract workers to the hospital with minor injuries. Refinery manager Brian Ablett said Exxon has an unspecified volume of gasoline in storage at the plant but did not say at what rate it might release those stocks, nor did he have an estimate for when production might resume. California lacks pipelines to carry locally refined gasoline across the state and its supplies are further restricted by environmental rules requiring a less-polluting blend of gasoline and diesel fuel, which few out-of-state refineries make.


Youth fighting 'superbug' infection from Los Angeles outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 13:49

Research assistant walks past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis and Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An 18-year-old man who was one of seven patients infected with a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during a medical procedure in Los Angeles was under 24-hour monitoring at a hospital as he fought a severe infection, his attorney said on Friday. Infection by the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria, or CRE, during endoscopies at a large teaching hospital in the University of California at Los Angeles system has contributed to two deaths among the seven patients. Officials warned that as many as 179 people who had endoscopies at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to the so-called superbug. The infections all occurred during procedures in which a specialized scope, known as a duodenoscope, was inserted down the throat to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct diseases.


Suspect in blast near NAACP office: Target was accountant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 13:11

In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Colorado Springs, Colo., police officers investigate the scene of an explosion at a building in Colorado Springs that houses a barber shop and the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. A law enforcement source says 44-year-old Thaddeus Murphy has been arrested in connection with the explosion and was in custody Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, and due to appear in federal court later in the day. The FBI investigated the explosion as a possible hate crime. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock, File) MAGS OUTCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of setting off a small explosion last month that rattled nerves because of its proximity to a Colorado NAACP office says he was in a rage over his financial problems and was actually targeting his accountant, according to court documents filed Friday.


AccuWeather: Records Tonight, Snow Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:54

 Snow DevelopingMeteorologist Melissa Magee says a winter storm bring snow, ice and rain for the start of the weekend.


Thirty-five years after escape, fugitive returned to Mississippi prison from Utah

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:50
(Reuters) - A man who escaped from a minimum security prison in Mississippi 35 years ago was captured in Utah and returned to Mississippi to serve out the remainder of his sentence, officials said on Friday. Sam Harris, 62, was sentenced in 1979 to six years in prison for burglary and possession of burglary tools, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a statement. He escaped from the Forrest County Community Work Center in southern Mississippi the following year, the department said. Mississippi authorities learned of Harris's whereabouts from the FBI, the state's prisons department said.

Camden man sought in Hunting Park homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:37

Camden man sought in Hunting Park homicidePolice are searching for a Camden man in connection with a murder in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section last month.