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Democratic presidential candidates get chance for seventh debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:20

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. Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who leads most polls, and Martin O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, said their candidates would be happy to take part, at least in theory.


Democratic presidential candidates get chance for seventh debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:20

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. Spokesmen for Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who leads most polls, and Martin O'Malley, a former Maryland governor, said their candidates would be happy to take part, at least in theory.


Virginia resident tests positive for Zika virus: AP

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:17
A Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, citing health officials. Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine said the resident traveled to a country where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing, according to AP. Levine said this person poses no risk to other residents, because it is not mosquito season in Virginia, AP reported.

U.S. judge rules against Louisiana abortion restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:16
A federal judge on Tuesday found unconstitutional a 2014 law that imposed tough restrictions on Louisiana abortion providers and threatened to close four of the state's five clinics. The law requires physicians who perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the place where the abortion is performed. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles granted a preliminary injunction sought by abortion providers, finding that the law violated women's rights to obtain an abortion.

Experts: Activists' indictment shows disapproval of videos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:13

This Oct. 22, 2015, photo shows a Planned Parenthood in Houston. A grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. The footage from the clinic in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury's decision to indict two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos about Planned Parenthood might be less about sending someone to jail than about expressing disapproval for how the pair conducted their investigation, legal experts said Tuesday.


States ask Supreme Court to block Obama carbon emissions plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:06
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.

Chicago police recruiters open up about race, shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:04
If potential police force recruits in Chicago fail to ask about police shootings and race relations, recruiters bring it up anyway. At a time of U.S.-wide protests over police shootings of black men, the 12,000-strong Chicago police force, which is 23 percent African-American and 52 percent white, is trying to hire new officers, especially minority officers. On Tuesday, 16-year veteran officer Denise Gathings, an African-American, addressed 20 potential recruits, 19 of them black and one Hispanic.

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

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 08:02
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.

FBI arrests Milwaukee man said to be planning temple attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:57

FBI arrests Milwaukee man said to be planning temple attackA Milwaukee man faces federal charges after he allegedly purchased two machine guns from undercover agents as part of a plan to attack a Masonic temple.


February snow could dig into sky-high U.S. fuel inventories

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:55
By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The blizzard that battered the U.S. East Coast over the weekend may be just a taste of what is to come, as February is usually the snowiest month and is likely to be snowier this year because of the El Nino weather phenomenon, weather experts say. The historic storm paralyzed much of the heavily populated East Coast and snowy gridlock closed government and businesses in Washington for 2-1/2 days. More snow heading into February, beginning with flurries expected in some parts of the northeast on Thursday and Friday, could boost demand for home heating fuels and begin to dig into inventories as storm-related disruptions keep people at home.

Delaware Supreme Court asked to review death penalty law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:54
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge is asking the Delaware Supreme Court to determine whether the state's death penalty law meets constitutional muster in light of two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The Latest: Judge: Louisiana cannot enforce abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:49
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a judge's ruling about Louisiana's abortion law (all times local):

Judge OKs removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:49
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge's ruling Tuesday allows the city to move ahead with plans to remove prominent Confederate monuments from the city's streets, and delivers a blow to preservationists and a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Escaped inmate was ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:48

This undated booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, shows 43-year-old Bac Duong, one of three jail inmates charged with violent crimes, who escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The men include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder; 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture; and Duong, charged with attempted murder. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday that the inmates were last seen at 5 a.m. and could have escaped anytime between then and late Friday night. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — One of three fugitive inmates who escaped from a California jail last week was ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998 but has been in this country racking up a lengthy rap sheet, immigration officials said Tuesday.


Milwaukee man charged with weapons possession, allegedly planned mass shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:47
A Milwaukee man who authorities said was planning to kill dozens of people in a mass shooting at a Masonic temple has been arrested and charged with possession of two machine guns and a silencer, federal officials said on Tuesday. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, told two people who turned out to be FBI confidential sources that he planned to carry out the shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee in an attack that would be "known the world over" and in order to "ignite broader clashes," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Hamzeh was arrested on Monday after he bought the two machine guns and a silencer from undercover FBI agents during a meeting that included the FBI sources, authorities said.

Southbound side of Falls Bridge closed to drivers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:40

Southbound side of Falls Bridge closed to driversThe southbound side of the Falls Bridge in Fairmount Park was closed to drivers on Tuesday.


Watchdog: Too few air traffic controllers where needed most

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:37

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, the Newark Liberty International Airport the air traffic control tower in Newark, N.J. A government watchdog says there are too few fully qualified controllers at more than a dozen air traffic facilities stretching from Atlanta to Anchorage. A report released Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, by the Transportation Department's inspector general says the 13 airport towers, approach control facilities and en route centers have fewer fully trained controllers than the minimum number established by the Federal Aviation Administration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — There are too few fully qualified controllers at more than a dozen of the nation's busiest air traffic facilities stretching from Atlanta to Anchorage, according to report released Tuesday by a government watchdog.


Gov. Haley asks SC prosecutor to sue feds over MOX project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:33
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday moved forward with her threat to sue the U.S. Department of Energy for the agency's failure to meet a Jan. 1 nuclear fuel deadline, asking South Carolina's top prosecutor to pursue litigation and collection of $1 million daily fine.

At least 48 people die as result of snowstorm that hit East

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:27

Passers-by help push a stuck car out of the snow as another motorist tows it out in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. A winter storm has hit the East Coast, creating a blizzard with brutally high winds, dangerous inland flooding and white-out conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)At least 48 people have died as a result of the mammoth snowstorm that pounded the Eastern U.S. The deaths included car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks while shoveling snow.


Ex-TV show host arrested in 37-year-old sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 07:22
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man who once hosted a children's show on local television under the name "Mr. Wonder" has been arrested on charges he sexually abused children during a camping retreat nearly four decades ago.