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White House defends U.S. VA secretary after false statement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:58

New Secretary of Veterans Affairs McDonald gestures as he testifies about "The State of VA Health Care" as he appears at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe White House on Tuesday defended U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after he apologized for falsely saying he served in the U.S. special forces, but a top Republican said the scuffle could hurt trust in the department. McDonald said in a statement on Monday that he had met a homeless man in Los Angeles who said he served in the special forces. McDonald said he incorrectly responded that he had also served there, and he apologized for what he called a "misstatement." "We take him at his word," a White House spokesperson said on Tuesday, adding the Obama administration does not expect the flub to harm McDonald's work on veterans' issues. McDonald, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and was chief executive of consumer goods company Procter & Gamble Co, was brought in after former Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned.


IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year.

Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin.

Court nixes Occupy marchers' suit over mass arrest on bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:44
NEW YORK (AP) — Police didn't mislead more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters into getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, a federal appeals court decided in ordering the demonstrators' lawsuit dismissed.

Alaska pot news guide: Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:42

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska will become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:


Union chief says U.S. refinery strike could spread

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:41

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasThe largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, United Steelworkers union (USW) International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday. Union members work at more than 200 oil terminals, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants in the U.S. The USW has said it is seeking to retain safety provisions from previous contracts and tighten fatigue standards for workers, as well as win back daily maintenance jobs now done by non-union contractors. "(The strike spreading) depends on what happens in the next round of negotiations and that those negotiations resume fairly quickly," Gerard in a telephone news conference from Atlanta. Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc [RDSa.L], is the lead oil company negotiator.


Lawyer: White House fence jumper expected to take plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who the Secret Service says scaled a White House fence and dashed into the executive mansion before being caught inside carrying a folding knife is expected to take a plea deal.

In Apple's latest update, emojis get diverse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:31

This combination made from images provided by Apple Inc. shows new emoji, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, that will be available with the next iOS update. Working with the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization that sets the standards for the pictograms, Apple Inc. is incorporating more diverse emoji into the developer version of the latest update to its mobile operating system. The iPhone and iPad maker has not said when the update will be available for all users. (AP Photo/Apple Inc.)NEW YORK (AP) — Lovers of emojis, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones on Apple devices.


5 workers injured after Stafford Twp. house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:13
A house explosion on Tuesday morning in Stafford Twp., Ocean County left five gas company workers injured.

AccuWeather: Cold Today, A Bit Milder Tomorrow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:05
Meteorologist David Murphy says if you can make it to the weekend, a nice thrust of milder air is on the way.

DOJ to Announce No Charges in Trayvon Martin's Death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:03
Feds concluded not sufficient evidence against George Zimmerman.

3-alarm fire shuts down SEPTA's Market-Frankford line in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:59
A large fire at a commercial building in Kensington shut down service on SEPTA's Market-Frankford line for hours Tuesday morning.

Bon Jovi sponsors eatery in Sandy-ravaged Jersey shore town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:51

In this Oct. 19, 2011 photo, rock star Jon Bon Jovi sits in his JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurant in Red Bank, N.J. which lets the needy do community service in return for a hot meal. On Feb. 24, 2015 Bon Jovi said his charitable foundation is funding a similar community restaurant at a firehouse in Union Beach, N.J., which is struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy nearly 2 1/2 years later. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Rocker and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi is sponsoring a community restaurant in a Jersey shore community still struggling mightily to recover from Superstorm Sandy.


U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:48

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks after a House Republican caucus meetingBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama's executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday. The House last month attached provisions to block spending on Obama's immigration orders to a $39.7 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.


Prosecutor: Man collected dead dad's benefits for 29 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:46
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man collected his father's Social Security benefits for 29 years after he died, stealing more than $243,000.

Man wearing apparent bomb found at Connecticut credit union

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:43
Police responding to a report of an invasion at the home of a credit union official on Monday uncovered what they believe is a robbery plot and then found a man with an apparent bomb strapped to his body at the credit union.

UN extends sanctions on Yemen ex-leader and 2 Houthi rebels

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend sanctions on Yemen's former president and two leaders of the powerful Shiite Houthi rebels whose takeover of the capital and much of northern Yemen threatens to split the Arab world's poorest country.

Coat racks break teen's 3-story fall through skylight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:38
PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old was removing snow from a store roof when he fell through a skylight about three stories, landing on some coat racks.

AMBER ALERT - Mother pleads for safe return of 3-year-old Elinor Trotta

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:37
Police have issued new vehicle information in the search for a missing 3-year-old girl they say was forcibly taken by her father. The father was last seen in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:35

In this Feb. 14, 2015 picture, Eri and John Castro pose in front of their 2011 Toyota Prius in Glen Burnie, Md. The Castros bought the pre-owned car last year, only to find out after they got it home that it was under recall because it could stall without warning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)DETROIT (AP) — It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.