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Opening statements in theater shooting case set for April

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 05:05
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting case have been set for April 27 — at least a month earlier than expected in the death penalty case.

Premera Blue Cross breached, medical information exposed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 05:04
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed medical data and financial information of 11 million customers in the latest serious breach disclosed by a healthcare company. It said the attackers may have gained access to claims data, including clinical information, along with banking account numbers, Social Security numbers, birth dates and other data in an attack that began in May 2014. It is the largest breach reported to date involving patient medical information, according to Dave Kennedy, an expert in healthcare security who is chief executive of TrustedSEC LLC. About 6 million of the people whose accounts were accessed are residents of Washington state, where customers include employees of Amazon.com Inc , Microsoft Corp and Starbucks Corp , according to Premera. The breach at Anthem and another large one disclosed last year by hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc involved larger numbers of records than the attack on Premera.

GOP says Obama aides meddled in 'net neutrality'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 05:00

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality. A decision to impose tough new regulations on cable and wireless companies that provide Internet service to Americans wasn't influenced by politics, a top U.S. regulator told House lawmakers on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its "net neutrality" decision, which has angered the nation's cable and wireless giants. They said the agency's inspector general has opened an investigation into whether the FCC had violated any rules.


2 Temple football players charged with assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:56

2 Temple football players charged with assaultTwo members of Temple University's football team were charged with assault early Tuesday in connection with an off-campus incident back in January.


DUI suspect held for trial in Exton crash that killed teen siblings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:52

DUI suspect held for trial in Exton crash that killed teen siblingsAction News has learned the identities of the teen siblings killed when a pickup truck crashed into their minivan in Exton - and authorities say the driver of the truck is now facing charges.


Testimony on relationship of girl, grandma in running case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:51
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jurors received differing pictures of the relationship between an Alabama woman and the granddaughter she is accused of running to death, with a principal testifying Tuesday that she saw no problems and a doctor saying she was worried about odd family dynamics.

AP to bolster coverage, offer more affordable rates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:49

Gary Pruitt, CEO and president of The Associated Press, speaks to the Newspaper Association of America, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Pruitt said the AP has taken steps to beef up its staff, increase the number of stories it puts out on the wire and improve its news coverage as well as invest more in video, a burgeoning need in a digital world. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Associated Press is taking steps to bolster its news coverage while also offering more affordable rates, the AP's president and CEO told a group of news executives on Tuesday.


Penn State Abington professor arrested in Miami after rant on plane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:46

Penn State Abington professor arrested in Miami after rant on planeAn associate sociology professor at Penn State University Abington faces disorderly conduct charges after being removed from an American Airlines flight.


Buffett's childhood home offered for his annual meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:44

This March 2015 photo provided by home-sharing service Airbnb shows Warren Buffett's childhood home at 2501 N. 53rd Street in central Omaha, Neb. Airbnb is offering a free three-night stay at the home around the company's May 2, 2015 annual meeting as a way to promote its services. Shareholders who want to stay at the three-bedroom house must submit short essays and prove they own Berkshire stock. (AP Photo/Airbnb, Dana Damewood)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some fortunate Berkshire Hathaway investors at this year's annual meeting will get the chance to sleep in the same bedroom Warren Buffett did as a boy.


Crews ready to hoist and repair massive tunneling machine under Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:38

Workers make preparations to lift the cutting head from Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, and lift it out for repairs in Seattle, WashingtonThe world's largest tunnel-boring machine, stuck for over a year underneath downtown Seattle, will be pulled above ground starting this week to be repaired, state officials said on Tuesday. Seattle Tunnel Partners, the contractor on the project, said earlier this month it hopes to have Bertha drilling again by August. The 2,000-ton tool had to be partially dismantled before it can be hoisted from its pit by a massive crane specially made to hold its girth, the Washington State Department of Transportation said in an update on Tuesday about the rescue efforts. Repairs on the machine will take place just to the side of the waterfront highway hugging downtown Seattle that the tunnel will eventually replace.


Young lovers held in stabbing death of girl’s mother in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:32
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Authorities on Tuesday considered whether to charge a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl as an adult in the stabbing death of her mother, who apparently had tried to break up the girl's romance with a 20-year-old soldier. The girl's boyfriend, Caleb Barnes, confessed to stabbing Cheryl Silvonek, 54, repeatedly in the neck as her daughter watched while they were seated in the family car at their home in Orefield, Pennsylvania, early on Sunday, according to court records. Police sought cell phone records and emails between the girl and Barnes, a soldier who was off duty from Fort Meade, Maryland, said the girl's lawyer, John Waldron of Allentown. Authorities sought to determine possible premeditation before deciding whether to charge the girl as an adult or add additional charges, he said.

New Jersey, leagues renew court tussle over sports gambling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fight over legalized sports gambling in New Jersey returned to a federal appeals court Tuesday, where attorneys for the state and the country's major sports leagues spent nearly an hour parsing language in a decades-old federal statute and in recent court rulings.

Dad accused of sex assault has felony charges dropped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:31

Dad accused of sex assault has felony charges droppedFelony charges have been dropped against a Bucks County father accused of sexually assaulting two young girls during sleepovers at his home.


New York auxiliary officer accused of hacking into police computers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:22
U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged a New York City auxiliary police inspector for allegedly hacking into police computer databases and using the information to defraud traffic accident victims. Yehuda Katz, 45, allegedly contacted victims, falsely claiming to be an attorney and offering to settle their potential legal claims, according to the office of Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Katz was a deputy inspector with the volunteer auxiliary police, which assist local police, assigned to a precinct in Brooklyn. There, he installed a hidden camera and put electronic devices in a traffic safety office computer, Lynch's office said in a statement.

GOP offers $3.8T budget that boosts defense, cuts elsewhere

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:20

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, holds-up a synopsis of the House Republican budget proposal as he announces the plan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The plan includes a boost in defense spending but cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor, food stamps and health care subsidies. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end of a decade.


Father charged after 9-month-old dies in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:17

Father charged after 9-month-old dies in TrentonThe father of a nine-month-old baby girl has been charged in connection with the baby's death on Monday night in Trenton, New Jersey.


Parades, parties as St. Patrick's Day dyes the world green

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:15

People cheer as participants march up Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Global celebrations of the Emerald Isle's patron saint culminated in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday.


Authorities investigating source of medical waste in river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:14
RALSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities were trying Tuesday to find who dumped medical waste that includes syringes and vials in the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.

Police: 3 stabbed at Morgan State University in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:10

 3 stabbed at Morgan State University in MarylandBaltimore police say three people have been stabbed at Morgan State University in Baltimore. One was seriously hurt.


U.S. Presbyterian Church close to accepting same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:10
The U.S. Presbyterian Church was close on Tuesday to approving a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations. The change requires a simple majority of 86 votes, and only one more vote is needed, according to the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a conservative group which opposes the change. Some church leaders have expressed concern that endorsement of same-sex marriage could cause an exodus of parishioners who see it as incompatible with biblical teachings. "These are indeed difficult days for folks both within the PCUSA and other denominations that have made these same choices in the past," said Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of the Lay Committee, in a conference call on Tuesday.