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US to provide privacy group with memo on surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group.

New York wage board suggests $7.50 wage for tipped workers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:44
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday

Hong Kong businessman charged with damaging Montana house

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:41
POLSON, Mont. (AP) — A Hong Kong businessman is charged with breaking into a northwestern Montana home after getting drunk at a wedding and causing extensive damage in a case a judge says "reads like a 'Hangover' movie."

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:36

This Jan. 8, 2015 photo provided by Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team, shows pilots from left, Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, before they lift off in a gas balloon in Saga, Japan. The Two Eagles pilots have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history in a bid to remove the qualifiers that have complicated a century of record keeping in long-distance ballooning. Now they're aiming for a safe landing on the beaches of Baja California. (AP Photo/Tami Bradley-Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.

U.S. reporter says turns up in Venezuela ad campaign despite 2013 arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:34
An American reporter briefly arrested in Venezuela in 2013 said he has unwittingly turned up in an ad promoting the South American country. Bogota-based Miami Herald correspondent Jim Wyss was detained for two days near the border with Colombia in November 2013 for not having a journalist visa. So he was taken aback this week when a friend pointed out a picture of him on the Twitter feed of state-funded broadcaster Telesur alongside a big heart and the caption, "We love Venezuela ... for receiving foreigners like their own." The picture, according to a copy blogged by Wyss (, showed him hugging a colleague at Miami airport right after his release from Venezuela.

Suspected Ebola patient in California tests negative for virus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:29
Hours after a suspected Ebola patient in Sacramento was found to be free of the virus, a second person hospitalized in California's capital was reported by public health officials on Friday to be undergoing evaluation and testing for the disease. The second patient was admitted to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center on Wednesday, a day before the earlier patient came to light, and like the previous case is considered to be at low risk of having contracted the deadly virus, the hospital said in a statement. There was no immediate word on whether the two cases were linked or whether the second patient had traveled recently in West Africa, the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, as had the first. The previous patient was transferred to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from another hospital in Sacramento on Thursday after exhibiting unspecified Ebola-like symptoms, health officials said.

US judge: No asylum for Afghan soldier who fled training

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:28
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An immigration judge denied asylum Friday for an Afghan military officer who sneaked away from a U.S. training exercise in Massachusetts to avoid returning to Afghanistan, where he said he had been threatened by the Taliban.

AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.

Oregon college: Saudi royal did not receive degree there

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:25
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lewis & Clark College says Saudi Arabia's new deputy crown prince did not graduate from the private school as the Saudi Embassy said last week, although he did attend classes.

Delaware County doctor, receptionist accused of writing illegal prescriptions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:18

Delaware County doctor, receptionist accused of writing illegal prescriptionsA doctor and a receptionist from Delaware County are accused of writing illegal prescriptions for painkillers.

Tennessee man charged in failed Gambia coup attempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:18
Prosecutors have charged a third U.S. citizen in connection with a deadly attempt to overthrow the government of the tiny African nation of Gambia in late December, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota said on Friday. The charges against Alagie Barrow, 41, from Tennessee, are the latest stemming from the Dec. 30 attempt to overthrow Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, the impoverished nation's longtime president. Barrow was charged in U.S. District Court in Minnesota with conspiring to invade a friendly country from the United States and a weapons violation, the Justice Department said in a statement. The coup attempt fell apart when state house guards opened fire on attacking plotters who had hoped to install Texas businessman Cherno Njie as interim leader.

Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:16

Jeff Flug, President of Union Square Hospitality Group; Danny Meyer, Founder & CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; and Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO, fourth left to right, celebrate as they ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Shares of Shake Shack Inc. have more than doubled minutes after they debuted on the stock market Friday.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street went wild for burgers Friday.

Cost pressure intensifies for Southern Co. nuclear plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:15

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, a new cooling tower for a nuclear power plant reactor that's under construction stands near the two operating reactors at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA (AP) — The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant in Georgia that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.

Teen killed by police previously cited for resisting arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:59

Laura Hernandez talks with reporters in her Thornton, Colo., home on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, about the death of her 17-year-old daughter Jessica, who was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in northeast Denver alleyway. Photographs of Jessica Hernandez stand on a table covered with bouquets of flowers and a display of candles at back in the family's home. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car was accused in a separate incident of eluding a police officer and resisting arrest just three weeks before her death, court records obtained Friday show.

U.S. plan would keep highways, federal buildings away from flood areas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:52
Government buildings and federal highways planned in the future will be constructed safe distances away from flood areas that are expected to worsen due to climate change, the White House announced on Friday. More than $1 trillion of property and structures are at risk of inundation from sea level rise of two feet above current sea level, the White House said in a statement, and that level could be reached as early as 2050. The policy outlined on Friday is open to public comment and agencies would have wide latitude in determining how high is high enough to avoid flood damage.

Cardinal George: Doctors have 'run out of tricks' for him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:51
CHICAGO (AP) — Retired Cardinal Francis George says his doctors have run out of options for his cancer treatment and he's exploring an approach to care that focuses on quality of life rather than a cure.

Stocking up and gearing up for weekend snow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:51

Stocking up and gearing up for weekend snowWhenever snow is on the way, you can count on long lines at the grocery store. But that's especially true this weekend, when people are already stocking up for Super Bowl Sunday.

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:44

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits with diners at Little Dooey, a barbecue restaurant in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during the stop in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

6 teens accused of girl's sex assault at Denver-area party

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:42
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Six male teens have been accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a party in suburban Denver, police said Friday.

Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:39

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Many of the more than 100 prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have said they can't be impartial because they already believe he's guilty or have a personal connection to the attack that would make it difficult to be objective.