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Obscure Nebraska panel may hold sway over pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman testifies before a legislative committee in Lincoln, Neb. Congress is scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the project could still end up before an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins. Heineman approved the pipeline project in January 2013 without the panel’s involvement. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.


Protesters stage peaceful 'die-in' in downtown St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:29
By Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A crowd of a couple hundred demonstrators, angry about the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, took to the streets of St. Louis on Sunday, briefly blocking a major intersection in protest. Dozens of people lay down in the street outside of a downtown theater hosting a film festival, pretending to have been shot by other protests playing the role of police officers in an action intended to evoke the memory of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who died 100 days ago in front of his home in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. ...

US review of ISIS video confirms American's death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:25

ISIS beheads US aid worker in new videoThe White House says a review of a new ISIS video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.


Thieves steal chips from Connecticut casino

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:25
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tribal police at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut are searching for two men who made off with thousands of dollars' worth of gambling chips.

Federal investigators to begin probe of DuPont plant deaths

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:22
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. The victims were among a group of workers who were trying on Saturday to contain a leak of methyl mercaptan at the plant, located in a cluster of refineries and chemical plants 26 miles (42 km) from downtown Houston. The chemical is used to give natural gas its rotten-egg smell and in making insecticides and plastics. ...

2 dead: Oregon student stabbed; suspect shot

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:20
McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A 20-year-old Oregon college student was killed in what police believe was a random stabbing at a convenience store, and officers said they shot and killed the suspect when he returned to the scene and menaced them with a knife.

Better strategies sought to curb domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:04

In this Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 photo, High Point Police Detective J.W. Thompson waits as a person is processed before entering the city’s jail to serve a domestic violence prevention notification to an offender, in High Point, N.C. The program implemented by Chief Marty Sumner, Thompson will personally serve formal notices at the city’s jail to domestic violence offenders, putting them on formal notice that they will be monitored on an ongoing basis and treated harshly for any re-offense regardless of whether their victim formally complains of not. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game.


Washington state health exchange is working again

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:36
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's health insurance exchange was back up and running Sunday after shutting down for a day because of a glitch involving tax credit calculations.

Teen Killed After Gun Discharges in Next Room; Man Charged

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:25
Nathan Clark, 13, was traveling for a soccer tournament.

Michael Brown Family Says New Tapes Contradict Cops' Story

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:16
New surveillance videos show Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson leaving for the hospital hours after he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparking weeks of protest in the Missouri city.

CDC: 172 people on Crown Princess cruise fell ill with norovirus

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:15

 172 people on Crown Princess cruise fell ill with norovirusA norovirus outbreak struck the Crown Princess during a month-long Pacific cruise. At least 172 people fell ill with the highly contagious stomach virus.


APNewsBreak: Pot treats may face Colorado scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:15
DENVER (AP) — Saying they're still worried that edible pot sweets are too attractive to kids, Colorado health authorities plan to ask Monday for a new panel to decide which marijuana foods and drinks look too much like regular snacks.

States working to fix hobbled health care websites

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:08

In this March 24, 2014 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick reacts as he speaks at a leadership forum in Boston. The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act had significant trouble coordinating with the federal government. The Massachusetts state-run health insurance website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website, performed so poorly that it prompted a public apology from Gov. Patrick. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude.


Man convicted in Virginia faces trial in Illinois

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:58
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A former Marine sentenced to death in Virginia in a Navy sailor's 2009 slaying has been returned to Illinois to stand trial on charges that he killed two young girls nine years ago.

Bin Laden shooter talks to Redskins

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:55
Former Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill, the man who says his bullet killed Osama Bin Laden, spoke to the Washington Redskins during a team meeting Saturday night, according to player postings on social media.

PHOTOS: Ever-changing Philadelphia skyline

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:54
The removal of the PNB letters is just the latest change made to the Philly skyline.

Obama defends healthcare law after adviser criticism

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:44

Julian Gomez explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in CommerceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday defended the transparency of his signature healthcare law, after one of the White House's advisers on the reform said the law passed, in part, because of the "stupidity" of American voters. Obama said the law, which extends private health coverage to uninsured Americans, was extensively analyzed and written about before its passage in 2010, and in subsequent debates. "The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with ... ...


CAIR condemns 'barbaric murder' of US aid worker

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations has condemned what it calls the "barbaric murder" of an American aid worker who was apparently beheaded by Islamic State group militants.

Republicans weigh government shutdown to stop Obama on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:37

A woman holds U.S. flag during the oath of allegiance to the United States during a naturalization ceremony in New YorkWASHINGTON (Reuters) - One Republican leader on Sunday held open the possibility that his party could move to shut down the government in an attempt to stop President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration policy. A vocal group of conservatives in the House of Representatives is pressing to use government funding as leverage to prevent any White House moves that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. ...


Bragg troops leave to help in fight against Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:26
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Fort Bragg soldiers flying to West Africa to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus say they're eager to serve in a humanitarian mission.