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Driver hurt after crashing through fence in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:47

Driver hurt after crashing through fence in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a driver was hurt after crashing into a fence in Northeast Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.


Global cruise lines set sail for China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:35

In this Monday Aug. 4, 2014 photo, Chinese tourists on board the Princess Cruises ship Diamond Princess off the coast of Fukuoka, Japan. Cruise operators have traditionally sent older vessels to developing countries while saving their most advanced ships for U.S. and European customers. But surging growth in China means it’s a market operators can no longer ignore. The race for China underscores the growing strength of the leisure and travel industries in the world’s No. 2 economy as authorities try to spur domestic spending rather than trade and investment as an engine of growth. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTHONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.


Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:33

Protesters run when the police shoot tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:


Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:24

Sixth grade students Miracle Roberson, left, Darion James, and Brianetay Martin, right, read during literature intervention class at ReNEW SciTech Academy, a charter school in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. The vast majority of public school students will be attending a charter school established by a state-run school district created in the wake of the storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.


Heineken reports sales, profit drop in first half

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:17
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings showing a small drop in both revenues and profits — but says its underlying performance was good.

U.S. hospital breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug: expert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:29

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisHackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems Inc broke into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug, making it the first known large-scale cyber attack using the flaw, according to a security expert. The hackers, taking advantage of the pernicious vulnerability that surfaced in April, got into the system by using the Heartbleed bug in equipment made by Juniper Networks Inc, David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters on Wednesday. Community Health Systems said on Monday that the attack had originated in China. Once in, they hacked their way into a database and stole millions of social security numbers and other records, he said.


Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:26
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

Bloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:13
NEW YORK (AP) — American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation.

Police move against protesters as calm dissolves in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:09
Police in riot gear ordered dozens of lingering demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday and charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved amid protests over the police shooting death of an unarmed black teen in the St. Louis suburb. Street protests in the predominantly African-American community of 21,000 people have been punctuated by looting, vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and police every night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer.

Volunteers a buffer between police, protesters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:01

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Malik Shabazz, center, president of Black Lawyers for Justice and former chairman of the New Black Panther Party, talks with Col. Ron Replogle, left, and Capt. Ron Johnson during a march with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Shabazz' organization and others, made up mostly of black volunteers, have taken it upon themselves to help keep the peace in Ferguson, confident the protesters are more likely to listen to them than police. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The tall black man walked up and down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, working a bullhorn, imploring protesters to behave themselves.


Many who have left U.S. labor force say they would like to return

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:22

File of a man waiting in line to meet a job recruiter at the UJA-Federation Connect to Care job fair in New YorkBy Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. Yack, who says he can get by on Social Security and his GM pension, is among millions of Americans who could re-enter the U.S. They don’t show up in the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the willingness of people like Yack to return to the workforce contributes to the "slack" she sees in the labor force that could keep wages growth and inflation under control even as the economy picks up.


Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:15

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2014 file photo shows members of the Missouri National Guard standing watch outside a command post near a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. Eric Holder, who is leading the federal response to the racial turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way none of the 81 previous U.S. attorneys general could _ by telling his own family story. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story.


US officials: Video shows American's beheading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:51

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.


China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:16
BEIJING (AP) — China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.

Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:15

Two Harvey Cops Shot; Offenders Take Six HostageAuthorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.


Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:15

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2006, file photo, Anna Nicole Smith, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Smith's final bid to obtain her late husband's money has failed, seven years after her death. A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, rejected a bid by Smith's estate to obtain about $44 million from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, her late Texas billionaire husband. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star.


Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:02

Traders James Doherty, left, and Thomas Ferrigno work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Better news on home building and corporate earnings are sending stocks higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.


Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:54

Texas Governor Rick Perry and his attorneys Tony Buzbee and David Botsford are seen in the booking area at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box," Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor's mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.


American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:54

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.


Lawyers for Colorado theater gunman: police lied about media leaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:52

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said on Tuesday two homicide detectives may have perjured themselves when they denied leaking to Fox News details of his plan for the massacre, court documents show. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted of the July 2012 rampage in Aurora, which killed 12 moviegoers and wounded 70 others during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes' lawyers concede he was the sole gunman, but say that the 26-year-old graduate student from the University of Colorado was in the throes of a psychotic episode at the time. The defense team wants the judge to order a probe to trace the source of the Fox News story, which ran five days after the shooting. Citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, it said Holmes sent a psychiatrist a notebook detailing his plans.