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Some 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in Obamacare: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:21

Park of Cambridge wears cast for her broken wrist with "I Love Obamacare" written upon it prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's arrival to speak about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in Boston"The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is working. It's working better than we anticipated, certainly working a lot better than many of the critics talked about early on," President Barack Obama said in a video linked to the White House tweet. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had predicted 12 million enrollees for 2015. Obamacare's open enrollment period for 2015 began on Nov. 15 and closed on Sunday.


Records: Police wanted Guard in Ferguson neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:20

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement had proposed stationing Missouri National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records released Tuesday detailing the state's preparations.


Hispanic group calls for federal probe of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:12

People march during a rally for Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Pasco, Wash. Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed by Pasco police in Pasco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPASCO, Wash. (AP) — The leader of a Hispanic group in an agricultural city in Washington is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate last week's fatal police shooting of an orchard worker who ran from officers after reportedly throwing rocks at them.


Did NSA plant spyware in computers around world?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:53

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2009 file photo, shows a network cable, taken on Oct. 8,2009, in Duesseldorf, Germany. A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab released Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 said its researchers identified malicious programs or worms that infected computers in multiple countries. Targets appeared to be specifically selected and included military, Islamic activists, energy companies and other businesses, as well as government personnel. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?


Mother of defendant in 'American Sniper' trial testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:52

Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, talks with a supporter after lunch break during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Monday, Feb.16, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Rodger Mallison, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The mother of the former Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man testified Tuesday that she didn't know after asking Kyle to help her troubled son that they'd be going to a shooting range.


Mother of defendant in 'American Sniper' trial testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:36
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The mother of the former Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man testified that she didn't know after asking Kyle to help her troubled son that they'd be going to a shooting range.

White House: Health law sign-ups top 11M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:16

In this Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo, a laptop shows the HealthCare.com web site during an Affordable Care Act enrollment event at the Fort Worth Public Library in Fort Worth, Texas. For the second year in a row, millions of Americans have signed up for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. But as the 2015 sign-up season draws to a close Sunday, the future of the Affordable Care Act remains in doubt. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year, the White House announced Tuesday evening.


Suspect in shooting of sports anchor pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:10

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, police investigators examine the scene following a shooting in San Diego. CBS News 8 affiliate KFMB-TV says sports anchor Kyle Kraska was attacked Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Scripps Ranch area of the city. A house painter is due to be arraigned Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting and wounding Kraska. Police say Mike Montana was in a business dispute over work done on the television personality's house. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A house painter on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge in the shooting of a San Diego television sportscaster a week ago.


Immigrants disappointed but not deterred by judge's ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:09

A man stands among signs during a rally in support of President Barack Obama’s plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in San Diego. Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on the president's plan, but many said they haven’t lost hope. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope.


Hawaii aquarium fish collector gets suspended sentence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:08
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii fish collector who tore a scuba regulator out of the mouth of an anti-aquarium fish activist won't have to spend time in jail if he stays out of trouble under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.

Tiny Oregon minnow is first fish taken off endangered list

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:05

This undated photo provided by Freshwaters Illustrated via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows an Oregon chub, right, swimming with baby salmon in the McKenzie River in Oregon. The tiny fish found only in Oregon has become the first fish in the country removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it no longer faces extinction. It was put on the endangered species list 22 years ago. (AP Photo/Freshwaters Illustrated via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jeremy Monroe)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction, officials said Tuesday.


Couple, 2 boys killed in fire at Detroit-area home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:04

50 a.m. and the bodies were found upstairs in the two-story home in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck, fire Chief Paul Wilk said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A couple and their two school-age boys were killed early Tuesday when a fire trapped them in their home in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck, authorities and family members say.


Teen snowmobilers rescued after frigid night in Maine woods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00
MEXICO, Maine (AP) — Two 15-year-old Rhode Island boys will return from their winter vacation with a story to tell after spending a night in below-zero temperatures when their snowmobile got stuck in the woods in Maine.

U.S. delays Obama's immigration steps after judge's rebuke

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:00

Maria, an undocumented migrant from Central America, looks out of a window in Los AngelesBy Jeff Mason and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama's executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress. "The law is on our side and history is on our side," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. The president said the administration will comply with the judge's order and delay accepting applications from some of the illegal immigrants for deportation relief and work permits that had been set to begin on Wednesday.


Some 11.4 million Americans are enrolled in Obamacare: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:58
"The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is working. It's working better than we anticipated, certainly working a lot better than many of the critics talked about early on," President Barack Obama said in a video linked to the White House tweet. Obamacare's open enrollment period began on Nov. 15 and closed on Sunday.

Hispanic group urges U.S. probe into police slaying of Mexican immigrant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:52
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Hispanic advocacy group urged the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday to conduct its own investigation into the fatal police shooting in Washington state of an unarmed Mexican immigrant who ran from officers after throwing rocks at them. Consejo Latino Chairman Felix Vargas complained of an inherent conflict of interest in having local authorities investigate the Feb. 10 slaying of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, a small city in an agricultural hub with a large Hispanic community and a largely white power structure. "It appears inescapable that the lethal force applied by these police officers was excessive in the extreme and, as such, it constituted a violation of Mr. Zambrano's constitutional rights," Vargas wrote in a letter to the Justice Department. Vargas noted that police officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in three shootings over the past six months.

West Coast ports reopen as labor secretary arrives for talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:52

Shipping containers sit idle at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in this file photoWest Coast ports, closed to incoming cargo vessels during the three-day holiday weekend, reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene in a labor dispute that has cascaded through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond. "Secretary Perez has meetings with both parties today in San Francisco," spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in an email.


Bostonians grit teeth through nightmare commutes after snows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:31

As snow flurries begin to fall again, James McMasters shovels his car out of a giant snow mound, covering his and his neighbor's cars, along Prince Street in the North End of Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston's transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston's transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month.


Man freed from prison sues Northwestern, says he was framed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:30
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois before he recanted filed a $40 million lawsuit Tuesday against Northwestern University and a professor he alleges conspired to frame him.

U.S. delays Obama's immigration steps after judge's rebuke

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 07:29

Maria, an undocumented migrant from Central America, looks out of a window in Los AngelesBy Jeff Mason and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama's executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress. "The law is on our side and history is on our side," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. The president said the administration will comply with the judge's order and delay accepting applications from some of the illegal immigrants for deportation relief and work permits that had been set to begin on Wednesday.