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Brian Boitano relives Super Bowl 26 halftime show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:05

Brian Boitano relives Super Bowl 26 halftime showBay Area gold medalist Brian Boitano was once a Super Bowl headliner. In 1992, Super Bowl 26 in Minneapolis featured a Winter Olympics theme -- Boitano and Dorothy Hamil skated on platforms topped with fake ice: glycerin-sprayed plastic.


Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:03

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.


Shkreli insults Congress on Twitter after refusing to testify

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:01
"Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government," said Shkreli, using his @MartinShkreli Twitter handle. Earlier, Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions from lawmakers about drug price increases he engineered such as hiking the price of 62-year-old Daraprim to $750 a pill from $13.50. During the hearing, Shkreli, whose youth and attitude have prompted some critics to label him "Pharmabro," responded to questions by continuing to laugh, twirling a pencil and yawning.

Former DC mayor Gray begins comeback after investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has begun his political comeback after a lengthy federal investigation ended with no charges against him.

Activists: Fire shelter chief for $1,000 purebred collie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:55
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society has been put on leave after animal activists criticized her for paying a breeder $1,000 for a purebred collie puppy rather than adopting a rescue dog.

Thomas Edison High School in Feltonville on lockdown after student reported with weapon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:48

Thomas Edison High School lockdown lifted after student reported with weaponThomas Edison High School in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia is on lockdown after reports of a student with a weapon.


Cheltenham firefighters battle 3 alarm house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:48

Cheltenham firefighters battle 3 alarm house firePolice and firefighters are on the scene of a multi-alarm blaze inside a house in Cheltenham, Montgomery County.


Attorneys ask judge to dismiss assault charge in Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:36
BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys for the next Baltimore police officer scheduled to be tried in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to throw out an assault charge, saying prosecutors haven't outlined actions that constitute the crime.

Senate panel approves Obama's pick to lead forces in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:32
A Senate committee approved on Thursday President Barack Obama's pick to lead U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. Lieutenant General John Nicholson's approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee came during a hearing with the outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Campbell.

Body of BASE jumper in California double tragedy IDed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:29
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a man who drowned in the waters off California's Big Sur after trying to save a friend who had parachuted from a bridge and was lost in the ocean.

Officials: 2 plane tires blow out on landing in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:12
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Airport officials say two tires under the left wing of an airplane blew out during a landing at a Pennsylvania airport.

Columbus joins airports boosting human trafficking awareness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:03

This image provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows a poster part of the Blue Campaign to raise public awareness of human trafficking. Awareness campaigns are underway at airports from New York to Los Angeles, as DHS has posted messages on video monitors and airport shopping bags. Other industries, including hotels and trucking, also are increasing efforts to detect trafficking. (Department of Homeland Security via AP)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.


1 injured after car, school bus collide in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:52

1 injured after car, school bus collide in Northeast PhiladelphiaOne person was injured following a crash involving a school bus and another vehicle in Northeast Philadelphia.


Knife-wielding suspect robs North Philadelphia Dunkin Donuts via drive-thru window

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:48

Knife-wielding suspect robs North Philadelphia Dunkin Donuts via drive-thru windowPolice are looking for a robbery suspect who struck at least twice in North Philadelphia.


Gas leak forces evacuations in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:41

Gas leak forces evacuations in West Oak LaneTen people had to be evacuated from their homes after a gas leak in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.


Ex-drug executive Shkreli has $40 million trading loss: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:38

Former drug executive Shkreli exits the U.S. Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli suffered a roughly $40 million drop in the value of a trading account used to secure his bail following his arrest on securities fraud charges, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday. At a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston Paes said the account contained mostly shares of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc , a drug company that Shkreli briefly ran. Paes told U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto that Shkreli may need to post new assets to secure his $5 million bond, which was issued following the 32-year-old's arrest in December.


Chicago mayor says 780 new Tasers on the way for city police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:31
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the upcoming delivery of almost 800 new stun guns will ensure that every police officer will have access to a Taser, following a series of high-profile fatal shootings in the city.

U.S. eyes ways to toughen fight against domestic extremists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:17

The wreckage of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City May 22, 1995 after it was devastated by a bomb. REUTERSThe U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home. Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a "clear and present danger," John Carlin, the Justice Department's chief of national security, told Reuters in an interview. Over the past year, the Justice Department has brought charges against domestic extremist suspects accused of attempting to bomb U.S. military bases, kill police officers and fire bomb a school and other buildings in a predominantly Muslim town in New York state.


Vice principal of James Lick High school in San Jose arrested on child molestation charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:05

Vice principal of James Lick High school in San Jose arrested on child molestation chargesSan Jose police have arrested a 35-year-old San Jose resident Jose Gonzalez on child molestation charges, a misdemeanor, police say.


Lawmakers anxious to hear from Shkreli, but he's taking 5th

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:52

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli leaves court in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Shkreli, who has become the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed after hiking the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent, is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli refused to testify Thursday in an appearance before U.S. lawmakers who excoriated him over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired.