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UN criticizes Detroit over water service shutoffs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:49
DETROIT (AP) — U.N. experts say water shutoffs at Detroit homes due to overdue bills violate international human rights.

Rangel-Espaillat Results to Be Delayed by Absentee Ballots

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:48
Election officials said absentee and affidavit ballots would not be opened until next week, despite a declaration of victory from Representative Charles B. Rangel.

US GDP shrinks 2.9% in first quarter

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:41
The US economy suffered its worst performance for five years in the first quarter 2014, a third official estimate has shown.
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. top court in major ruling to protect cellphone privacy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:38

The sun rises over the Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police officers usually need a warrant before they can search an arrested suspect's cellphone, a major decision in favor of privacy rights at a time of increasing concern over government encroachment in digital communications. In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said that the right of police to search an arrested suspect at the scene without a warrant does not extend in most circumstances to data held on a cellphone. There are some emergency situations in which a warrantless search would be permitted, the court noted. The unanimous 9-0 ruling goes against law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which wanted more latitude to search without having to obtain a warrant.


Indonesian Nazi-themed music video causes outrage

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:34
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Nazi-themed music video supporting a candidate in next month's Indonesian presidential election is causing outrage at home and abroad.
Categories: Yahoo! Music News

Fancy freebies: Tycoon to treat homeless to lunch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:33

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao addresses a news conference in New York. Chen is set to feed hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food, n Central Park. The Wednesday, June 25, 2014 lunch for 250 residents of a Manhattan shelter will be served at the Boathouse restaurant. Chen says he wants to disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese tycoon is set to feed hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food — in Central Park.


Ferry survivors return to school amid tears, grief

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:33
As parents of the dead wept, more than 70 teenagers who survived a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of their schoolmates walked in a somber procession Wednesday to their first classes since the April disaster.

Justices: 'Get a warrant' to search cellphones

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:33

This April 29, 2014 file photo shows a Supreme Court visitor using his cellphone to take a photo of the court in Washington. A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a strong defense of digital age privacy, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.


Keep those pot plants potted: No more ripping weed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:32

This March 14, 2013 photo shows Rocky Mountain Miracles dispensary owner Alvilda Hillery and her attorney Sean McAllister viewing the 36 pounds of medical marijuana that were seized from her shop, along with 600 plants, during a raid. Colorado Springs medical dispensary owner Alvida Hillery sued police to return her 604 pot plants or pay $3.3 million in compensation after she was acquitted of drug-cultivation charges but later dropped the suit in exchange for the city granting her a new dispensary license.(AP Photo/The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)DENVER (AP) — Police in some medical marijuana states who once routinely seized illegal pot plants by ripping them out by their roots and stashing them away in musty evidence rooms to die are now thinking twice about the practice.


N.F.L. Makes Open-Ended Commitment to Retirees in Concussion Suit

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:31
The guarantee is part of a revised settlement in a contentious lawsuit filed by about 5,000 retired players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of concussions from them.

Big explosion rocks market in Abuja

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:30
A big explosion rocks an area near a busy market in the Nigerian capital, Abuja - injuries have been reported.
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Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill'

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:30
A Nigerian man is sent to a mental institute in Kano state after declaring that he did not believe in God, according to a humanist charity.
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Marine sanctuary hosts underwater robot event

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:17
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host more than 60 teams this week from 18 states and 13 countries for an underwater robot competition.

Thailand arrests 'Russian gang boss'

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:17
Alexander Matusov, wanted in connection with dozens of murders and kidnappings in his native Russia, is arrested in Thailand.
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Thailand arrests 'Russian gang boss'

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:17
Alexander Matusov, wanted in connection with dozens of murders and kidnappings in his native Russia, is arrested in Thailand.
Categories: BBC World News

Court sides with employees in retirement fund case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with bank employees in a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.

A blow to tea party: Cochran wins in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:14

Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters after falling behind in a heated GOP primary runoff election against incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. (AP Photo/George Clark)WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's political establishment offered a sober assessment of the tea party movement Wednesday after six-term Sen. Thad Cochran's narrow win in Mississippi: The upstarts are down but not out.


U.S. company recalls 66,000 wine cork pierces after bottles break

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:14
A Massachusetts company is recalling about 66,000 cork-piercing devices because the wine-dispensing systems can break bottles, creating a risk of cuts, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday. Coravin Inc's 1000 Wine Access System uses a hollow needle to penetrate a wine bottle cork and allow wine to be dispensed without removing the cork, the commission said in a statement. The Burlington, Massachusetts, company has received 13 reports of bottles breaking. The system was sold online and at wine stores from July 2013 to June 2014 for about $300.

Strong demand for Kenyan bond sale

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:11
Kenya's first effort to raise capital from European and American investors is being seen as a success after it saw strong demand for its Eurobond.
Categories: BBC World News

Strong demand for Kenyan bond sale

BBC World News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 23:11
Kenya's first effort to raise capital from European and American investors is being seen as a success after it saw strong demand for its Eurobond.
Categories: BBC World News