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California governor and university chief to hash out tuition spat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:37

Brown speaks to reporters while proposing his 2015-16 state budget in SacramentoBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The governor and the powerful University of California chief will hash out their differences over tuition hikes and state funding in an unusual two-person advisory committee, a panel of the university's governing board has decided. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat and fiscal moderate whose belt-tightening helped stabilize state finances, has proposed increasing funding for the UC system this year by $120 million, or 4 percent, but only if the 10-campus network agrees to freeze tuition fees. Seeking to resolve the standoff, a committee of the university's governing Board of Regents voted on Wednesday to send the matter to a two-person advisory committee consisting of Brown, who was just re-elected to a fourth term, and Napolitano, who ran the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before taking on her UC role.

Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:30

In this Jan. 20, 2015 photo, bakery owner Marjorie Silva stands for a photo inside her own Azucar Bakery, in Denver. Silva is facing a discrimination complaint with Colorado’s Civil Rights Division because she refused to write hateful words about gays on a cake for a customer. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)DENVER (AP) — A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:05
"He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: 'Hell no!' ... We're going to do no such thing." — House Speaker John Boehner on Congress' plan to push for new sanctions against Iran, defying President Barack Obama.

New Jersey governor to hire emergency manager for Atlantic City: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:35

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers his state of the state address at the New Jersey State House in Trenton(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will install an emergency manager in Atlantic City to assume control of the struggling gambling hub, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Journal, citing an unnamed senior administration official, reported that Christie is expected to announce hiring corporate restructuring attorney Kevin Lavin to handle the city's strained finances and daily operations on Thursday. The Journal also said Christie would bring in Kevyn Orr, the restructuring lawyer who led Detroit through its bankruptcy as the city's emergency manager, as a part-time consultant to the recovery effort. Representatives for the Christie administration did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Alaska cancels ferry project bids after dispute with Canada

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:27
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska on Wednesday canceled bids for a ferry terminal update that the Canadian government threatened to block because of a dispute over the use of American steel.

Court overturns murder conviction in 'Last Seduction' case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:16
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Court of Appeals has overturned the murder conviction of man charged with killing his romantic rival at the urging of the woman they both hoped to marry.

Cleanup underway for nearly 3M-gallon saltwater spill in ND

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:50

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)Cleanup is underway after nearly 3 million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production, leaked from a pipeline in western North Dakota, the largest spill of its kind in the state since the current energy boom began.

Openings likely to start in 1998 embassy bombings NY trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:37
NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are likely in the trial of a man charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Subway accident probe faults D.C.'s Metrorail ventilation system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:00
By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government’s top safety investigator said on Wednesday irregularities were found in the ventilation system of Washington's subway after smoke filled a tunnel and two rail cars last week, killing one passenger and injuring scores. The disclosure came during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol building to detail the first stages of an accident investigation that could last six months to a year. "We have tested the ventilation system and noticed some anomalies," Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), told reporters, though he did not elaborate on the abnormalities discovered. Minutes before Hart spoke, members of Congress whose home districts are serviced by the Washington area’s transit system, known as Metrorail, said ventilation fans apparently drew smoke into rail cars, where passengers suffered smoke inhalation.

Hundreds displaced in New Jersey apartment building fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:47

Edgewater fireEDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Hampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex that sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River.

How does your city's economy stack up? Ranking world cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:43

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, tourists walk at the famous tourist spot Senado Square on the second day of the Chinese New Year in Macau. Macau was the world’s top-performing metro area in 2014, according to a report released Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program as a part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year. Chinese and Turkish cities dominated the top of the rankings, and the Chinese territory Macau finished No. 1.

Macau ranks No. 1 in economic performance among world cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:40

In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2014, People walk across a road in front of the Venetian Macao casino resorts in Macau. Macau, the Chinese territory known for casino gambling, outperformed the rest of the world’s major cities economically last year, according to a report out Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)WASHINGTON (AP) — Macau, the Chinese territory known for casino gambling, outperformed the rest of the world's major cities economically last year, according to a report out Thursday.

Bill and Melinda Gates making Super Bowl plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:21

Bill and Melinda Gates are interviewed in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. As the world decides on the most crucial goals for the next 15 years in defeating poverty, disease and hunger, the $42 billion Gates Foundation announces its own ambitious agenda. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)SEATTLE (AP) — Melinda Gates says she and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, are most likely going to see their hometown team play in the Super Bowl.

Gates foundation sees huge gains against disease, poverty by 2030

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:05

Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, listens to a question during a news conference before her address to the 67th World Health Assembly in GenevaBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Worldwide child deaths will be halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose cure for malaria. The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp co-founder and former chief executive and his wife. Released on Thursday, the letter predicts a long list of breakthroughs in global health and development by 2030, including long-elusive milestones such as Africa being able to feed itself rather than depend on food imports. "You need some breakthroughs," Melinda Gates said in an interview.

Wisconsin man gets 40 years in killing, dismemberment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:53
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison in the fatal shooting and dismemberment of a Minnesota man.

Town votes to demolish Sandy Hook killer's Connecticut home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:53

The house where Adam Lanza lived with his mother Nancy Lanza is seen in Newtown, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - The town council of Newtown, Connecticut, voted unanimously on Wednesday to demolish the home of a 20-year-old man who killed 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. By a vote of 12-0, the council agreed that the white colonial-style house of the gunman, Adam Lanza, be razed under a plan that would preserve the lot as open space, at least for the short term. Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, on Dec. 14, 2012, at their home shortly before driving to the school to continue his shooting spree, killing 20 first-graders and six adult staffers before taking his own life. Under my tenure, I can't see doing anything else with that property," Patricia Llodra, Newtown's highest elected official, told the council before the vote.

AccuWeather: Light Snow in Philadelphia, Higher Amounts South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:44

 Light Snow in Philadelphia, Higher Amounts SouthMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking snow moving out tonight and a much stronger storm for the weekend.

VIDEO: Dann Cuellar reports on snow in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:34

 Dann Cuellar reports on snow in DelawareDann Cuellar reports live on the weather conditions from Claymont, Delaware.

Vigil for newborn baby allegedly set on fire by mother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:29

Vigil for newborn baby allegedly set on fire by motherA vigil was held for a newborn baby girl, who died after police say the child's mother set her on fire along a New Jersey road.

US calls for Myanmar to probe killings of 2 Kachin women

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. called on Myanmar to investigate the killings of two ethnic Kachin teachers, amid allegations by activists the women were raped and murdered by government forces.