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Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:56

A man uses an Apple iPhone near the advertisement of Samsung Electronics' micro SD cards at a Samsung shop in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its profit sank last quarter, with an improvement in its semiconductor business insufficient to mask its mobile problems. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.

Montana bride has no grounds to appeal murder conviction: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:12
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park has no grounds to appeal her murder conviction after lying to officials and using trickery in a bid to conceal her crime. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days in a case that garnered international headlines. The former nanny was sentenced last March to 30 years in prison by a U.S. judge after he rejected her request to withdraw the guilty plea that came as part of a deal with prosecutors that saw them dismiss a first-degree murder charge. Graham last October appealed her conviction, arguing prosecutors engaged in misconduct by publicly labeling her a sociopath, distorted facts and acted in a vindictive manner toward her.

Today in History

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:00
Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2015. There are 336 days left in the year.

Accuweather: Another Cold Night, Some Snow Thursday Night

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:46

 Another Cold Night, Some Snow Thursday NightAccuWeather: Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a period of light snow on the way.

Man fatally shot in Wilmington ID'd, suspect charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:42

Man fatally shot in Wilmington ID'd, suspect chargedPolice have identified the man who was fatally shot in Wilmington and have also arrested and charged a suspect.

Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:39
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases.

Woman charged with stealing more than $10,000 from scouts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:27

Woman charged with stealing more than $10,000 from scoutsA Montgomery County woman is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts she was supposed to be helping.

Transfer station readies for reopening amid stalled lava

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:25

This Jan. 26, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows one of many small breakouts of lava on the surface of the June 27 flow immediately upslope of the leading edge near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The public has a few days left to get a glimpse of Hawaii lava from a viewing area set up by the county. After slow-moving lava poured into the Pahoa trash transfer station, it was turned into a public viewing area last month. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The public has a few days left to get a glimpse of Hawaii lava from a viewing area set up by the county.

Victim in Center City Lululemon collapse speaks out

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:18

Victim in Center City Lululemon collapse speaks outA day after three friends were injured when bricks fell through the roof of the Lululemon Athletica apparel store in Center City, one of the victims is speaking out exclusively to Action News.

Irish police officer shot during visit to New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:12

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2015 photo, men walk past a sign encouraging people to walk in large groups, in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A spike in violent crime in the French Quarter is unsettling residents and comes just as New Orleans prepares to host crowds of tourists for Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 17 this year. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Irish police officer on vacation in New Orleans was shot by an armed robber, one of the latest victims in a string of shootings that have put the city on edge as it gets ready to kick off Carnival festivities.

State board votes to take over Little Rock School District

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:58

Little Rock School Board President Greg Adams listed to the discussion at a meeting of the Arkansas State Board of Education in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The state board voted to take over the Little Rock School District Wednesday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education voted Wednesday to take control of Little Rock schools less than six months after a federal judge granted more independence to the historically embattled district and ended a quarter-century of payments to boost integration.

Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:50
Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in Jan. 5 after a campaign that focused at times on challenging federal overreach, said that Obama's November order undermines the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.

Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:40

A sign at the Department of Defense is pictured at the Pentagon in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has a new plan called "Defense Innovation Initiative" and a separate effort targeting longer-term projects to ensure that the United States continues to have a decisive competitive advantage against potential foes. NATO members needed to make good their vows last year to spend 2 percent of national output on defense, he said. Work said it was critical to increase collaboration with allies in NATO, Asia and other areas, ranging from mission planning to investments in new weapons programs.

Armed man detained near Super Bowl events sent for mental tests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:39
Phoenix police have sent a man for mental evaluation after he was detained while acting suspiciously near pre-Super Bowl events held in the city center and was found to be in possession of two guns and a knife, authorities said on Wednesday. The man, who was not identified, was wearing a tan vest, black clothing, sunglasses, a surgical mask and a black backpack, and was wheeling a large suitcase when he was spotted on Tuesday by a parking attendant who alerted police. The man was speaking incoherently, appeared to be lost, and said he had suffered from a mental illness, said Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump. "Based upon the actions of the subject and comments made during questioning, officers detained him and transported him for a mental health evaluation," Crump said, adding that his name would not be released because he had not been arrested.

McDonald's CEO steps down as sales decline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:16

FILE- In this Jan. 13, 2012, file photo, Don Thompson, McDonald’s President and Chief Operating Officer, speaks during a news conference in Innsbruck, Austria. McDonald's Corp. has tapped Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Thompson, who has helmed the burger chain about two and a half years, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (Kerstin Joensson/AP Images for McDonald’s, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.

California school orders non-vaccinated kids home after possible measles case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:15
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California high school barred dozens of non-vaccinated students from school on Wednesday over concern that a classmate may have contracted measles in a rare outbreak of the highly contagious disease that began at a Disneyland resort last month. The order, which affects 66 students at Palm Desert High School near the resort community of Palm Springs, marks at least the second time a California school has prohibited non-vaccinated students from classes since the outbreak began.

Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:04

Taylor Millar, left, hugs her friend Jennifer Bruno, after Bruno was forced to vacate her house when it was heavily damaged by ocean waves in a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Marshfield, Mass. The storm has punched out a section of the seawall in the coastal town of Marshfield, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

Police: Teen fatally shot at Texas station had knife

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:49
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — A teenager fatally shot in an East Texas police station lobby was killed after she lunged at an officer with a butcher knife and a Taser failed to stop her, police said Wednesday

Prosecutors oppose 3rd request to move Tsarnaev trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:47

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are opposing a new request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) to move his trial.

Homeless vets to get housing at L.A. VA site under settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:38
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Homeless veterans will get housing and services at a large Department of Veterans Affairs health campus in Los Angeles under a deal to settle a lawsuit accusing the agency of misusing the land, officials said on Wednesday. The 387-acre site located between the affluent Westwood and Brentwood neighborhoods was deeded to the United States in 1888 to give a home to disabled veterans. The campus houses the nation's largest veterans health center, but the Department of Veterans Affairs long ago eliminated permanent housing for veterans there and it leased out portions of the property. Under the agreement, the agency has agreed to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and the plaintiffs the group represents to help the estimated 4,200 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County.