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Numerous crashes block I-74 near Indianapolis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:58
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A chain reaction crash involving more than a dozen vehicles blocked an icy section of Interstate 74 near Indianapolis for a couple of hours.

FCC chief proposes hiking schools' Internet subsidy by 62 percent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators are expected to vote Dec. 11 on whether to boost funding for the largest U.S. educational technology subsidy program, E-Rate, by 62 percent to help connect more schools and libraries to high-speed Internet. Education labor unions and groups have long urged the Federal Communications Commission to lift the years-old cap on the program's budget. On Monday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed raising E-Rate's funding by $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion. The subsidy is funded through fees Americans pay on their telephone bills. ...

AP IMPACT: 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:38

 his convulsions began days after a routine vaccination. Jeffrey's mother Martha filed a claim with a congressional program that compensates children like Jeffrey, but it took 11 years for the first check to arrive. (AP Photo/William Stelzer)WASHINGTON (AP) — A system Congress established to speed help to Americans harmed by vaccines has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The Associated Press has found.


9 injured in crash involving SEPTA bus in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:33

9 injured in crash involving SEPTA bus in West PhiladelphiaNine people are hospitalized following a crash involving a SEPTA bus and another vehicle in West Philadelphia.


Chevrolet supports grassland preservation program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:30

This Oct. 24, 2014 photo shows rolling grasslands in North Dakota’s prairie pothole region. Auto manufacturing company Chevrolet has become the first to purchase carbon credits under a public-private initiative that pays ranchers in the region to preserve grasslands instead of converting them to grow crops such as corn, which would release climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (AP Photo/John Flesher)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday.


Driver to be charged after car hits 2nd floor of home in Hockessin, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:30

Driver to be charged after car hits 2nd floor of home in Hockessin, DelawareA driver is facing multiple charges after a crash last week in Hockessin, Delaware that left a gaping hole in the 2nd floor of a home.


Grandson sentenced in California dragging death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:11
WILLITS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California family says it is still trying to understand what led to the slaying of their 84-year-old father, who was killed by being dragged behind a pickup truck for six miles.

Leading Senate Democrats urge Obama to act on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:02

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid addresses reporters after a leadership election for the Congress in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leaders on Monday urged President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to make changes to the country's immigration system and outlined major revisions they would like to see included. For many months, Obama has warned Republicans in Congress that if they continue to block comprehensive immigration legislation, he would act unilaterally where he can. An announcement could be imminent, as Obama has promised to make the move before year's end. Republican leaders have vowed to undo or weaken any actions Obama takes. ...


Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

Hunter shoots at dead deer on cart, hits other man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:59
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man who had shot a deer in the Hudson Valley woods was hauling it away on a cart when he was wounded by second hunter firing at the dead animal.

US review of IS video confirms American's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:56

US review of IS video confirms American's deathThe White House on Sunday confirmed the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, a former soldier who tried to help wounded Syrians caught in a brutal civil war but ended up dying himself at the hands of Islamic State militants.


Teen turns himself in after vandalizing Manayunk park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:52

Teen turns himself in after vandalizing Manayunk parkPhiladelphia police say a teenager has turned himself in after being caught on camera vandalizing a park in Manayunk.


Dogs found to have killed woman on Wyoming Indian reservation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:39
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A woman found dead from an animal attack on a Wyoming Indian reservation last week, prompting authorities to warn that dangerous wildlife might be on the prowl, appears to have been the victim of a dog mauling, officials said on Monday. Preliminary autopsy findings and an analysis of hair found at the site of the attack on the Wind River Reservation show the 40-year-old woman died from hypothermia and blood loss tied to severe injuries inflicted by “multiple dogs,” Fremont County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said in a statement. ...

GM compensation expert extends claims deadline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:13

FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney who managed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, speaks during a news conference in Boston. Feinberg, who is administering GM’s compensation fund for victims of crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches, announced Sunday night, Nov. 16, 2014, that the new deadline is Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)DETROIT (AP) — The deadline for victims of crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches has been extended for a month as the death toll rose to 33.


Grandparents defend young woman who sued parents for college tuition

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:12

Grandparents defend young woman who sued parents for college tuitionDespite a midnight deadline to cough up thousands of dollars, two New Jersey parents are sticking to their position that their estranged daughter is not entitled to a dime.


Father of British student denies son in beheading video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:11
By Rebecca Naden and Ahmed Aboulenein CARDIFF Wales (Reuters) - The father of a British man who was reported to be among a squad of Islamic State jihadists filmed beheading Syrian soldiers denied on Monday that the man shown in the video posted online was his son. Ahmed Muthana was quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper on Monday as saying his 20-year-old son Nasser Muthana appeared to be among a group of 16 jihadists who were seen on the video, which also showed the killing of American hostage Peter Kassig. ...

French citizen 'very likely' in Islamic State beheading video - minister

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:11
PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Monday there was a very strong likelihood that an Islamic State militant who appears on a beheading video released by the group at the weekend was a 22-year-old French citizen. The 15-minute video posted online shows the decapitations of at least 14 men who Islamic State said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The video also shows the severed head of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig. ...

Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:01

FILE - This 2004 file photo provided by Schering-Plough Corp. shows the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. A major study gives a long-awaited answer on whether the blockbuster drugs Vytorin and Zetia lower the risk of heart problems. (AP Photo/Schering-Plough Corp., File)CHICAGO (AP) — A major study lifts a cloud around Zetia and Vytorin, blockbuster drugs for lowering cholesterol. The study found that these pills modestly lower the risk of heart attacks and other problems in people at high risk for them — evidence that's been missing for more than a decade as the drugs racked up billions in sales.


Chicago activist asks for bond, release from jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:01
DETROIT (AP) — Allies of a Chicago activist convicted of illegally getting U.S. citizenship are willing to put their homes up as collateral to get her out of jail while she awaits her sentence.

Senate Dems tell Obama to act on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leaders are telling President Barack Obama they strongly support his plans to take executive action to overhaul the nation's immigration system.