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Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:45

A student tries out Samsung's Gear product at a Samsung Electronics shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years. The South Korean company, which climbed from smartphone laggard to top seller in the past three years, had prided itself on responding quickly to market demand and ability to tailor handsets to the needs of users and mobile carriers around the world. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed Thursday to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.


U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:35

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaks to riders on the New York City SubwayBy Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. ...


Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:15
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.

Baidu profit up 27 percent as mobile grows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:53
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.

China eases monopoly on credit cards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:47
BEIJING (AP) — China says it will ease restrictions on credit cards in a move that might give Visa, Mastercard and other foreign competitors greater access to the Chinese market.

Police: Driver strikes SUV, brings down telephone pole, then flees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:38

 Driver strikes SUV, brings down telephone pole, then fleesPolice are looking for the driver who they say left the scene of an accident and also caused a trail of property damage along the way.


Haiti hopes to woo back tourists with resorts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:31

In this Oct. 24, 2014 photo, Marie-Ange Baltisima, left, a coffee vendor and mother of four girls in the fishing village of Cotes-de-Fer in southern Haiti, stands in front of a freshly-painted house where she and her neighbors hosted the country’s tourism minister during a recent Cabinet retreat in the area. Haitian President Michel Martelly’s government is pursuing plans for Haiti’s biggest tourism development ever in the poor coastal area and officials are trying to line up investors to help spur an economic revival. As the country enjoys a period of relative tranquility after years of turmoil, Haitian officials say they see ambitious tourism projects as key to economic development. (AP Photo/David McFadden)COTES-DE-FER, Haiti (AP) — Off this sleepy southern Haitian village, fishermen in weathered wooden boats slowly move across azure waters. Miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches slope gently, fringed by grasses and framed by mountains.


2 critical after car slams into tractor-trailer in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:11

2 critical after car slams into tractor-trailer in DelawareA man and a woman are hospitalized in critical condition after their vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer in Stanton, Delaware.


Asia stocks meander after Fed ends stimulus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:05

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets meandered Thursday while the dollar strengthened against other currencies after the Federal Reserve said it will end its stimulus program, as many had expected.


For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

AccuWeather: Cooler End To The Week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:54

 Foggy Start, Chilly Finish TodayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says after a mild mid week, temperatures are heading south for Halloween


Jet on Navy training mission crashes, kills pilot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:51

15 p.m. (AP Photo/FLMedia, Johnny Corona)PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) — A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Wednesday, killing the pilot, authorities said.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:50

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, left, and catcher Buster Posey celebrate 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Arrest in Boothwyn hit-and-run crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:49

Arrest in Boothwyn hit-and-run crashAuthorities say they've made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian in Boothwyn, Delaware County.


Jefferson, Abington Health move closer toward merger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:49

Jefferson, Abington Health move closer toward mergerLeaders of two Philadelphia-area health systems signed a letter of intent to move toward merging the organizations.


Surveillance released in baseball bat attack, shooting in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:32

Surveillance released in baseball bat attack, shooting in South PhiladelphiaPolice have released surveillance video from an incident where a man was attacked, beaten with a baseball bat and shot in South Philadelphia.


Husband of Delaware state senator caught on video stealing campaign signs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:29

Husband of Delaware state senator caught on video stealing campaign signsThe husband of a democratic state senator in Delaware was caught on video stealing Republican campaign signs.


Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:12

State troopers and a television reporter stand across from the home where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox said Wednesday she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine. She said she'll defy the state if the policy isn't changed by Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter's hand, signaling a showdown with state police monitoring her and state officials seeking to legally enforce her confinement.


Husband of Delaware state senator caught on video stealing political signs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:40

Husband of Delaware state senator caught on video stealing campaign signsThe husband of a democratic state senator in Delaware was caught on video stealing Republican political signs.


Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoning: reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:26
(Reuters) - Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept. 27 at their home in Springville, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Salt Lake City. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their children Benson, Emery and Zion, were each found lying next to a cup of colored fluid, according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, which cited documents filed in court by police. ...