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Republicans to fight Obamacare through election campaign despite ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:50

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans will keep attacking Obamacare in the U.S. Congress and on the presidential election campaign trail to energize right-wing voters and raise money, but analysts said there was little chance of the healthcare law being rolled back before 2017 now that the Supreme Court has again validated it. On Thursday, the high court upheld a central part of the Affordable Care Act, as it is formally known. It was the second time the court confirmed the legality of President Barack Obama's biggest domestic achievement.


NY prison guard helped escapees in exchange for snitching, art: documents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:48

Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer is seen in a picture released by the New York State PoliceA guard charged in the upstate New York escape of two inmates said he allowed them into the prison's internal catwalks, which they later used to flee, in return for snitching on other inmates, according to court documents. Corrections officer Gene Palmer said he also let inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt change electrical wiring in order to cook in their cells at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. Matt, 49, and Sweat, 35, were discovered missing on June 6.


Boston bomber moved to federal penitentiary in Colorado: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:47

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBoston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday was moved to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called "Supermax" unit that houses high-risk prisoners, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said. Tsarnaev, 21, was moved to the facility the day after a federal judge in Boston formally sentenced him to death by lethal injection for killing four people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing and its aftermath. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross confirmed the move.


U.S. top court backs Obamacare, president says it's here to stay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:43

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative legal challenge that could have doomed President Barack Obama's healthcare law, upholding nationwide tax subsidies crucial to his signature domestic policy achievement. Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, wrote in the 6-3 ruling that Congress clearly intended for the tax subsidies that help millions of low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance to be available in all 50 states.


Judge refuses to drop out of case; sets U.Va. slaying trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:42
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A judge on Thursday set a July 2016 trial for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student.

Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:38
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court.

Google's new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:30

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's new self-driving prototype car is presented during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters in a test of how they work around other vehicles driven by people. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.


Gawker wins lawsuit against FBI in Hulk Hogan sex tape case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:28
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the FBI to turn over evidence related to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's sex tape.

Probe of Connecticut serial killings leads to Virginia home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:27
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say an investigation into the suspected serial killings of seven people has led detectives to a Virginia home where a key suspect once lived.

No more fee: T-Mobile's new phone-upgrade program explained

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:19

FILE - In this July 10, 2013 file photo, T-Mobile CEO John Legere talks about the company's Jump plan during news conference in New York. T-Mobile is revamping its Jump phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is revamping its phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones.


Relief and recovery underway in Delaware Co. after Tuesday's storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:18

Relief and recovery underway in Delaware Co. after Tuesday's stormsRelief and recovery efforts continue in Delaware County, two days after Tuesday's destructive storms.


Man who drove with victim in windshield sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 05:11
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man who struck a New Jersey pedestrian and drove with the victim lodged in his car's windshield has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Central Park restaurant sued for sexual, racial harassment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:58
The suit, filed in U.S. district court in Manhattan by Akira Smalls, alleges the manager at the Loeb Boathouse made a series of boastful and graphic sexual comments to her, including asking her whether she had any sexually transmitted diseases, and the restaurant's chef got her drunk in a bid to have sex with her. The pricey restaurant, which opened in the 1950s, sits on the tip of the lake in the middle of Central Park, near its famous angel-topped Bethesda Fountain. When she complained to the owners in 2013 about sexual comments by the manager, James Modena, she was told he would not be fired, according to the suit.

Flight 93 National Memorial visitors center to open Sept. 10

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:42

Reporters walk past the visitors center building at the Flight 93 National Memorial, in Shanksville, Pa. during a press tour of the ongoing construction, Thursday, June 25, 2015. The $26 million visitor center complex is scheduled to be dedicated and open to the public Sept. 10, 2015, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks during which passengers caused the hijacked airliner to crash there. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A $26 million visitors center complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial will be dedicated and open to the public Sept. 10, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks.


Colorado movie massacre defense seeks to prove gunman's insanity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:40

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialDefense lawyers in Colorado's movie massacre trial opened their case on Thursday, calling a psychiatrist as they seek to prove gunman James Holmes was insane and not in control of his actions when he plotted and carried out the 2012 rampage. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, opened fire inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex, killing 12 people and wounding 70. The prosecution wrapped up its case last week after calling more than 200 witnesses, including first responders, survivors, and two court-appointed psychiatrists who both concluded Holmes was sane when he planned and launched the attack.


Supreme Court upholds broad housing discrimination claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:39

Supreme Court upholds broad discrimination claims under housing lawBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday embraced a broad interpretation of the type of civil rights allegations that can be made under the landmark Fair Housing Act by ruling that the law allows for discrimination claims based on seemingly neutral practices that may have a discriminatory effect. On a 5-4 vote in a major civil rights case, the court handed a victory to civil rights groups and the administration of President Barack Obama, which had backed a Texas nonprofit that claimed the state violated the law by disproportionately awarding low-income housing tax credits to developers who own properties in poor, minority-dominated neighborhoods. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, joined the court's four liberals in the majority.     The court was considering whether the 1968 law allows for so-called disparate impact claims in which plaintiffs only need to show the discriminatory effect of a particular practice and not evidence of discriminatory intent.


Washington officer who shot theft suspects was reprimanded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:36
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An officer under scrutiny for shooting and wounding two half-brothers suspected of trying to steal beer has been reprimanded during his three years with a Washington state police department.

Police: Car averaged 95 mph before fatally striking 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:35

Detroit Police officers check out the damage to a car involved in a police chase on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Detroit. A driver accelerated to more than 70 mph on a residential street in Detroit while fleeing officers before striking and killing two young children and injuring three other children and an adult, police said. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — The driver of a Chevy Camaro being pursued by police pushed the muscle car's average speed to 95 mph in a Detroit neighborhood where children were playing before striking and killing two and injuring several others, the city's police chief said.


Woman pleads guilty to trying to put hit on daughter's ex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:27
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman who paid an undercover police officer she thought was a hit man to kill her daughter's ex-boyfriend by burning him alive pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Abercrombie settles U.S. immigration discrimination charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:26

People walk by an Abercrombie & Fitch Co store in PasadenaThursday's settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice calls for Abercrombie to pay the woman $3,661 of back pay and interest, set up a $153,932 fund to compensate others who may have faced similar discrimination, and pay a $1,100 civil fine. Abercrombie was accused of violating the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act by requiring the complainant to provide written proof of her immigration status to verify her employment eligibility, though it did not require such proof from U.S. citizens.