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Maryland police shoot, kill unarmed man in domestic disturbance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:05
The death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in custody of Baltimore's city police in April triggered protests and rioting in Maryland, and also raised questions about police practices across the country.

Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:05

In this Monday, June 22, 2015 photo, Jennifer Greene, 58, poses for a photograph while babysitting her grandson at her daughters' home in Delray Beach, Fla. Greene 58, had feared she would have to go without insurance if she lost her $547-a-month tax credit. A Thursday, June 25, 2015 Supreme Court ruling validated federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.


Action News in Rome: Mayor Nutter gets advice on handling papal crowd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:05

 Mayor Nutter gets advice on handling papal crowdPhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter met with the mayor of Rome to discuss how to handle the papal crowds expected in September.


Sources: Chris Christie to announce presidential bid Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:59

 Chris Christie to announce presidential bid TuesdayNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press.


Kidnapped missionary was freed as U.S. tested hostage policy shift -family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:59
The family of a U.S missionary kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year said on Thursday it paid a ransom to secure her release in March while receiving around-the-clock guidance from federal agents under a newly changed hostage-response policy. Free Methodist Reverend Phyllis Sortor, 72, was kidnapped from her church academy compound in Emiworo, in Kogi State, in February and released 12 days later on a trail leading to the city of Lokoja hours after her family paid a ransom, her sister and a church official said. Sortor's sister and a senior church official said they were shepherded through the hostage-response process, but not the ransom negotiation, by Federal Bureau of Investigation and State Department officials in a process aligned with a new policy laid out by U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Key countries call for tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The five countries investigating last year's shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine are calling for an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible.

New phase in federal effort to combat human trafficking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is announcing a new phase in efforts to combat human trafficking.

Republicans to fight Obamacare through election campaign despite ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:50

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans will keep attacking Obamacare in the U.S. Congress and on the presidential election campaign trail to energize right-wing voters and raise money, but analysts said there was little chance of the healthcare law being rolled back before 2017 now that the Supreme Court has again validated it. On Thursday, the high court upheld a central part of the Affordable Care Act, as it is formally known. It was the second time the court confirmed the legality of President Barack Obama's biggest domestic achievement.


NY prison guard helped escapees in exchange for snitching, art: documents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:48

Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer is seen in a picture released by the New York State PoliceA guard charged in the upstate New York escape of two inmates said he allowed them into the prison's internal catwalks, which they later used to flee, in return for snitching on other inmates, according to court documents. Corrections officer Gene Palmer said he also let inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt change electrical wiring in order to cook in their cells at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. Matt, 49, and Sweat, 35, were discovered missing on June 6.


Boston bomber moved to federal penitentiary in Colorado: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:47

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBoston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday was moved to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called "Supermax" unit that houses high-risk prisoners, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said. Tsarnaev, 21, was moved to the facility the day after a federal judge in Boston formally sentenced him to death by lethal injection for killing four people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing and its aftermath. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross confirmed the move.


U.S. top court backs Obamacare, president says it's here to stay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:43

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative legal challenge that could have doomed President Barack Obama's healthcare law, upholding nationwide tax subsidies crucial to his signature domestic policy achievement. Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, wrote in the 6-3 ruling that Congress clearly intended for the tax subsidies that help millions of low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance to be available in all 50 states.


Judge refuses to drop out of case; sets U.Va. slaying trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:42
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A judge on Thursday set a July 2016 trial for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student.

Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:38
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court.

Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:30

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's new self-driving prototype car is presented during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.


Gawker wins lawsuit against FBI in Hulk Hogan sex tape case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:28
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the FBI to turn over evidence related to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's sex tape.

Probe of Connecticut serial killings leads to Virginia home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:27
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say an investigation into the suspected serial killings of seven people has led detectives to a Virginia home where a key suspect once lived.

No more fee: T-Mobile's new phone-upgrade program explained

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:19

FILE - In this July 10, 2013 file photo, T-Mobile CEO John Legere talks about the company's Jump plan during news conference in New York. T-Mobile is revamping its Jump phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is revamping its phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones.


Relief and recovery underway in Delaware Co. after Tuesday's storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:18

Relief and recovery underway in Delaware Co. after Tuesday's stormsRelief and recovery efforts continue in Delaware County, two days after Tuesday's destructive storms.


Man who drove with victim in windshield sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:11
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man who struck a New Jersey pedestrian and drove with the victim lodged in his car's windshield has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Central Park restaurant sued for sexual, racial harassment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:58
The suit, filed in U.S. district court in Manhattan by Akira Smalls, alleges the manager at the Loeb Boathouse made a series of boastful and graphic sexual comments to her, including asking her whether she had any sexually transmitted diseases, and the restaurant's chef got her drunk in a bid to have sex with her. The pricey restaurant, which opened in the 1950s, sits on the tip of the lake in the middle of Central Park, near its famous angel-topped Bethesda Fountain. When she complained to the owners in 2013 about sexual comments by the manager, James Modena, she was told he would not be fired, according to the suit.