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Navy finds no sign of shooting at center; lockdown lifted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:47

Navy Medical Center personnel are directed to come out of building 2 with their hands in the air as they approach SWAT officers following a report of gunshots at a building on the campus of the complex, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in San Diego. (John Gastaldo /The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities found no gunman or signs of a shooting on Tuesday after receiving a report from a Department of Defense employee that shots had been heard at one of the nation's largest Naval medical facilities.


Former Chicago official convicted in red light camera bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:45
A Chicago jury on Tuesday convicted a former transportation official in a $2 million bribery scheme for using his influence to expand contracts for the city's red light traffic camera business. John Bills, 54, a former assistant transportation commissioner, helped get millions of dollars in contracts for Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, part of Redflex Holdings Ltd. In exchange for his efforts that resulted in the installation of hundreds of red-light cameras at intersections, Bills received cash, golf outings, hotel rooms and airline tickets, the jury found.

Falling gas prices continue, AAA says possible end in spring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:30

Falling gas prices continue, AAA says possible end in springIt's the downward trend helping keep your wallet a little fuller.


Factbox: 12 facts about the Zika virus as outbreak spreads in the Americas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:29
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of countries and territories in the Americas reporting cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus rose to 22 on Tuesday, more than double the number a month ago, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). An outbreak of the virus is affecting large parts of Latin America and the Caribbean and is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 and was unknown in the Americas until 2014.

U.S. issues treatment guidelines for infants exposed to Zika

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:29

Handout image shows a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the Zika virusBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Tuesday issued interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States caring for infants born to mothers who traveled or lived in an area with Zika virus transmission during pregnancy. The guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for pediatricians to work closely with obstetricians caring for pregnant women exposed to the virus during pregnancy, monitoring fetal ultrasounds and testing infants with signs of a birth defect called microcephaly marked by small head size.


Missouri bank robber who fled on bicycle gets nearly 5 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:27
A Missouri man who admitted robbing six banks to pay for a heroin addiction and fleeing on a bicycle was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly 5 years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Shawn Christopher Becker, 43, robbed the Columbia, Missouri banks over seven weeks ending in January 2015, receiving about $14,000 total, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City said. After fleeing the banks, Becker would jump on a waiting bicycle, prosecutors said.

Democratic presidential candidates get chance for seventh debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:25

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Clinton speaks as she discusses issues with O'Malley and Sanders at the NBC News - YouTube Democratic presidential candidates debate in CharlestonBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. news channel and a newspaper will host a debate for the Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire a few days before the state's primary election - but it remained unclear whether the party will relax its rule banning candidates from non-sanctioned debates. The news channel MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader will hold the debate on Feb. 4 in New Hampshire, the second state in the nation to vote for parties' presidential nominees following the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the Union Leader said on its website on Tuesday. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been criticized by two of the three contenders, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, for its relatively skimpy debate schedule.


2 BASE jumpers presumed dead after jumping from bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:22
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A thrill-seeker who parachuted off a bridge overlooking the Pacific likely drowned, as did the man who jumped in to try to save her, authorities said.

Sanders and Clinton battle for youth vote with college plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:16

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in DecorahBy Alana Wise and Luciana Lopez MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are fighting to be best in class on an issue that resonates loudly with young Americans - runaway student debt. Days ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary election that kick off the party nomination process, the White House contenders are shopping rival plans that would make college more affordable. Sanders is pitching a scheme to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, and Clinton is promoting one that would ensure students pay what they can without taking on crippling loans.


Women's wear 'distracts' state lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:15

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, sits in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Topeka,Ks. Holmes, who had come come under withering criticism over the weekend for a setting a dress code targeted at women, apologized Tuesday and retracted the guidelines. (AP Photo, Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch Holmes clearly recalls when women have worn "over the top" attire during his decade in the Kansas Statehouse.


Navy finds no sign of shooting at San Diego medical center

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:13

Navy finds no sign of shooting at San Diego medical centerThe Navy says an initial inspection at Naval Medical Center San Diego found no sign of a gunman or a shooting.


Camden Co. Police help residents still stuck in snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:11

Camden Co. Police help residents still stuck in snowOfficer from the Camden County Police Department went door-to-door in the city on Tuesday, checking on residents and helping them dig out following this weekend's blizzard.


States ask U.S. top court to block Obama carbon emissions plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:06
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. states led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to combat climate change. The 26 states filed a stay application with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts after an appeals court in Washington declined last week to block Obama's Clean Power Plan while litigation over its lawfulness goes ahead.

New Jersey Gov. Christie calls for state takeover of Atlantic City: reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:03

A man mops the entrance to a store along the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called for a state takeover of distressed gambling hub Atlantic City, according to media reports on Tuesday.


Chicago architect's design selected for U.S. World War One memorial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 06:03
By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A park-like design by a Chicago architect was selected for the National World War I Memorial in Washington on Tuesday, the project's organizers said. Architect Joseph Weishaar's design, called "The Weight of Sacrifice," was picked by the World War I Centennial Commission to be built at Pershing Park in downtown Washington. Weishaar, 25, and New York sculptor Sabin Howard headed a team that finished ahead of more than 350 other entrants in a privately funded competition.

Cleveland fires six police officers over deadly 2012 chase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:54

6 Cleveland Police Officer Fired After Deadly 2012 ChaseSix Cleveland police officers were fired over their involvement in a November 2012 chase that led to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman, city officials said on Tuesday. The officers fired included Michael Brelo, a white former U.S. Marine who was acquitted last May of manslaughter for the incident, leading to protests. "The incident was unprecedented," Cleveland Police Commander James Chura told reporters of the shooting, which killed Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.


Whole Foods recalls nearly 74,000 pounds of pizza due to mislabeling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:51

Whole Foods recalls nearly 74,000 pounds of pizza due to mislabelingWhole Foods is recalling nearly 74,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza due to mislabeling, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says.


Christie apologizes for 'crazy mayor' comment during NJ flooding remarks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:50

Christie apologizes for 'crazy mayor' comment during NJ flooding remarksGov. Chris Christie says he apologized to a south Jersey mayor for a comment he made in the aftermath of flooding.


Scientists: "Doomsday Clock" reflects grave threat to world

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:47

FILE- In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Climate scientist Richard Somerville, member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, right, unveils the new "Doomsday Clock," accompanied by Sivan Kartha, member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and senior scientists at the Stockholm Environmental Institute, right. Scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are set to announce Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016, whether civilization is any closer or farther from disaster. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Rising tension between Russia and the U.S., North Korea's recent nuclear test and a lack of aggressive steps to address climate change are putting the world under grave threat, scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm said Tuesday.


United to refund travel to regions hit with Zika virus: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 05:32

A municipal worker sprays insecticide at the neighborhood of Imbiribeira in Recife(Reuters) - United Airlines will allow customers who hold tickets to regions impacted by the Zika virus to postpone their trips or receive full refunds, a spokesman said on Tuesday. United, the second-largest U.S. airline by capacity, said the offer corresponds to virus-hit areas specified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Monday, the World Health Organization warned that mosquito-borne Zika is likely to spread to most of the Americas, sparking concerns by travelers on social media. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York)