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Factbox: What Obama is proposing in State of the Union Address

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:19
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was appearing on Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress to deliver his State of the Union address. Here are some of the initiatives he is proposing: TAX REFORM Obama calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy to help the middle class. ISLAMIC STATE Obama asks lawmakers to pass a new authorization of military force against Islamic State militants to replace powers that were given to President George W. Bush for the Iraq war.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:10

 "Their lives are the top priority." (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Atlas rocket blasts off from Florida with military communications satellite

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:58
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday with a next-generation communications satellite designed to provide cellular-like voice and data services to U.S. military forces around the world. The 20-story-tall rocket, manufactured and flown by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, lifted off at 8:04 p.m. EST, the first of 13 missions the company plans for this year. Perched on top of the rocket was the third spacecraft for the U.S. Navy’s $7.3 billion Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS, network, which is intended to provide 3G-like cellular technology to vehicles, ships, submarines, aircraft and troops on the move. "MUOS is a game-changer in communications for our warfighters,” Iris Bombelyn of satellite manufacturer Lockheed Martin said in a statement before launch.

Man releases 130K pages of declassified Air Force documents on UFOs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:39

Man releases 130K pages of declassified Air Force documents on UFOsMore than 130,000 pages of declassified documents relating to Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) from the U.S. Air Force have been published online for the first time in history.


Man releases 130K pages of declassified Air Force documents on UFOs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:39

Man releases 130K pages of declassified Air Force documents on UFOsMore than 130,000 pages of declassified documents relating to Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) from the U.S. Air Force have been published online for the first time in history.


APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:38

FILE - A May 14, 2013 file photo shows the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington. The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her name, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday, Jan. 20. 2015. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday.


Police: Fitness model killed by train was running on tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:33

This undated photo provided by Bravo Media shows actor George Plitt. Plitt, who previously shot workout videos on railroad tracks was struck and killed by a train on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, during filming near Los Angeles. The actor and West Point graduate has appeared on more than 200 magazine covers, Bravo's reality television shows "Work Out" and "Friends to Lovers" and NBC's daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives," according to a website in Plitt's name. (AP Photo/Bravo Media)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fitness model and actor who was killed when he was hit by a train was running on the tracks ahead of the train while filming a promotional video for his website, police said Tuesday.


Truck, car crash head-on in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:23

Truck, car crash head-on in DelawareDelaware State Police are investigating an accident that injured two people and closed Route 4 in both directions Tuesday evening.


Woman agrees to testify against others in Indiana explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:08

Monserrate Shirley leaves a court hearing after she changed her plea to guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit arson Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Indianapolis. Shirley may not have to serve any prison time under the terms of the deal. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman charged in a deadly 2012 house explosion in Indianapolis agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and testify against at least two other people in the fiery natural gas blast that damaged dozens of homes.


Google, Fidelity fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B investment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:06

FILE- In this May 29, 2014 file photo, Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. SpaceX said it has raised $1 billion and added Google Inc. and Fidelity as investors. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.


Mysterious goo blamed in San Francisco Bay Area bird deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:04

A horned grebe is washed at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures' feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement.


Bill to allow guns on Florida campuses passes first hurdle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:58
TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would allow guns on university campuses in Florida has passed its first hurdle in the state legislature, two months after a shooter wounded three people at a Florida State University library.

South Carolina teen charged with murder in Snapchat stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:54
By Harriet McLeod MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina teenager is being held in jail after being charged as an adult with murder in the fatal stabbing of another teen in an apparent fight after one messaged the other's girlfriend on the mobile Snapchat app. Matthew Joseph Fischer, 16, was arrested Sunday night after police were called by neighbors to a gated subdivision in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to find Lucas Cavanaugh, 17, lying in the middle of the street with lacerations to his abdomen, according to a police incident report.     Two females were with the victim, the responding officer reported.     One, whom police identified as Robynn Davis, ran screaming toward him with a knife, saying "This is the knife."      The officer pointed his patrol rifle at her and demanded that she place the knife on the ground, which she did, the police report says. A magistrate set bond at $100,000 on the weapon charge but could not set bond on a murder charge.

Official: Relatives believe family was in mansion for fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:48

Flowers and teddy bears have been left at the front gate of a waterfront mansion that was gutted Monday by a massive fire, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Relatives of six family members who remain unaccounted for after the fire believe they were inside at the time of Monday's blaze, a fire official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Before a massive blaze tore through a fanciful re-creation of a castle near Maryland's capital city, the riverfront mansion boasted turrets, a sprawling lawn and forested land that offered beauty and privacy.


Few candidates file for Ferguson election despite protests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:35

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Marurice Brown raises his arms during a public comments portion of a meeting of the Ferguson City Council, back right, in Ferguson, Mo. Candidates for the first municipal election in Ferguson since a fatal police shooting brought the St. Louis suburb international notoriety face a filing deadline Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Ferguson is nearly 70 percent black, all but one of its elected leaders is white. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's first municipal election since a fatal police shooting sparked months of protests and exposed the city's deep racial divide drew relatively little interest from prospective candidates as Tuesday's filing deadline passed.


Workers craft ice playground ahead of Alaska sculpture event

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:34
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Workers are building an ice playground in a city in Alaska's interior, including a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross brings 'Ringside' event to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:32

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Ross brings 'Ringside' event to PhiladelphiaJim Ross, the cowboy hat-wearing, 'Stone Cold'-yelling, Boomer Sooner-rooting, BBQ sauce-making, hall of fame pro wrestling broadcaster is coming to Philadelphia this Sunday for his one man stage show.


Philadelphia police search for missing 13-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:30

Philadelphia police search for missing 13-year-old girlPhiladelphia police are asking the public to help find a missing 13 year-old girl.


Police: 4 men in custody in death of woman dumped on road

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:30
WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Police say four men are in custody after a woman's badly beaten body was dumped along a road in suburban Detroit.

Trial begins for man accused of killing 6 family members

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:24

Officers from the King County Jail lead Joseph McEnroe, center, into King County Superior Court, Tuesday morning Jan. 20, 2015 in Seattle for opening statements in his trial. McEnroe and his girlfriend at the time, Michele Anderson, are accused of shooting her parents, brother, sister-in-law, 5-year-old niece and 3-year-old nephew on Christmas Eve 2007. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner, Pool)SEATTLE (AP) — More than seven years after six family members were gunned down on Christmas Eve in a small farming town east of Seattle, the trial began Tuesday for one of two people charged in their killings.