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U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf spill settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:36
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP's challenge to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which the oil giant complained has allowed payouts to some businesses that are unable to trace their losses to the disaster. The court's decision not to hear the London-based company's appeal is the latest setback for BP, which is trying to limit payments over a disaster that killed 11 people and triggered the largest U.S. offshore oil spill. ...

Mobile apps still collect information on kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:36

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, an attendee plays Fruit Ninja at the Panasonic booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. More than a year after federal regulators issued new privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores remain flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, including a person’s location and even recordings of their voice, according to privacy researchers and consumer advocates. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile consumers hasn't stopped app developers from collecting vast amounts of data, including a person's location and even recordings of their voice, according to privacy researchers and consumer advocates.


New York attorney general seeks to probe police killings of unarmed civilians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:33

New York State Attorney General Schneiderman speaks during news conference about settlement announced against Bank Of America in Manhattan borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Monday asked the governor to empower him to investigate all deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of police in the state, following waves of protests nationwide over police killings. Saying the public had little confidence in local prosecutors' ability to investigate police officers with whom they work closely, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to authorize state-led investigations and prosecutions of police. ...


Mark Davies named to senior AP day manager post

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:20

This undated photo shows Mark Davies at the Associated Press office in London. Davies, a senior AP news manager, has been appointed to lead the AP’s Nerve Center during the U.S. day. The Nerve Center, located in New York, coordinates the news organization's worldwide coverage in text, broadcast, photos and interactives. It also is a key link between the news cooperative’s media customers and its newsrooms worldwide. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Davies, a senior AP news manager with strong experience in designing news coverage for specific customer needs, has been appointed to lead the AP's Nerve Center during the U.S. day.


Report: Zuckerberg reads Chinese president's book

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:19

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2014 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. A Chinese government news portal on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 released a photo of Zuckerberg with a copy of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance at his desk while hosting a top Internet regulator from China, known for tight censorship. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese government news portal released a photo Monday of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with a copy of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance at his desk while hosting the country's top Internet regulator.


Plane crashes into Maryland house in suburban Washington, DC; no immediate word on injuries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:10
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Plane crashes into Maryland house in suburban Washington, D.C.; no immediate word on injuries.

Two more deaths eligible for General Motors compensation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:00

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Claims deemed eligible for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles rose slightly in the last week, including two additional deaths attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report on Monday. As of Monday, the program had received 2,262 claims for injuries and deaths, according to the report from the lawyer overseeing the program to compensate for deaths and accidents linked to the part. That was up by 15 claims from a week earlier. The program began accepting claims on Aug. 1. ...


A token farewell: Philadelphia transit gets modern

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 23:59

In this Dec. 2, 2014, photo, a computerized testing turnstile is seen at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's 13th Street Station in Philadelphia. Philadelphia riders can now see evidence of SEPTA Key, the long-awaited smart card system for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Dozens of computerized kiosks, turnstiles and fare boxes have popped up in stations and on vehicles, and testing begins this month. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A public transit system that still uses metal tokens and paper transfers — yes, in the 21st century — appears finally to be moving into the era of debit cards and pay-by-cellphone technology.


Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in 2 categories

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 23:49
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prizes have expanded eligibility for two categories.

102-year-old man dies day after Eagle Scout honor

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 23:32
CARNEGIE, Pa. (AP) — A 102-year-old Pittsburgh-area man has died a day after receiving the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Three people, one bear killed in chain of car crashes in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 23:21
MIAMI (Reuters) - Three people died and eight were injured in a chain of car crashes that began when a woman driving an SUV hit and killed a black bear on a dark, remote road in the Florida Everglades region, a police spokesman said on Monday. The driver, who emerged unhurt, initially struck a bear weighing about 300 pounds within the nearby Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, said Gary Bitner, spokesman for the tribe and its police department. ...

NSA's surveillance a 'trade barrier' for EU companies: EU official

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 23:05

National Security Agency logo is shown on computer screen at NSA in MarylandBy Julia Fioretti PARIS (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency's mass surveillance is a trade barrier for European Internet companies trying to provide services in the United States, a top EU official said on Monday. U.S. citizens are deterred from using European e-mail providers because they do not get the same protection as they would by using U.S. providers, said Paul Nemitz, a director in the European Commission's justice department. "The law ... ...


PPA parking kiosk problems continue Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:34

PPA parking kiosk problems continue MondayBetter hit the ATM before parking in Philadelphia.


Furries Q&A: Event draws many in animal costumes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:28

People walk on the street outside of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Rosemont, Ill. Thousands of people were evacuated after an chlorine gas leak at the Hyatt hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention, where attendees dress as animals to celebrate art, literature and performance, in suburban Rosemont early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the leak at the hotel in Rosemont was caused intentionally and are treating it as a criminal matter. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — A chlorine gas evacuation turned a suburban Chicago hotel into what looked like a cartoon come to life, as people dressed in brightly colored rabbit, fox and dragon costumes were moved across the street to a convention center.


Mail truck burns near San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:24
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some Christmas cards and packages may not make it to their destinations after a U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer caught fire near San Francisco, burning a lot of mail it was carrying.

American Airlines' Envoy unit in tentative agreement with pilots

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 21:48
By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc subsidiary Envoy Air has reached a tentative agreement with its pilots, according to an internal letter from Sunday reviewed by Reuters. The tentative agreement comes after the pilots rejected an earlier contract in March, which led to American shrinking the regional carrier. Under the tentative pact, Envoy can upgrade its fleet beginning in late 2015 with 40 new Embraer 175 planes already purchased by American. ...

Teen apparel retailer Delia*s files for bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 21:32
(Reuters) - Teen apparel retailer Delia*s Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it had hired advisers to help liquidate its assets. The company listed total assets of $74 million and liabilities of $32.2 million in its filing on Sunday with a U.S. bankruptcy court. The company also said Chief Executive Tracy Gardner and Chief Operating Officer Brian Lex Austin-Gemas resigned on Friday. Delia*s said on Monday Salus Capital Partners LLC will give it a $20 million debtor-in-possession credit facility to continue operations, conduct store closings and closeout sales. ...

Massive LA Building Fire Closes Parts of 2 Freeways

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:55
An apartment building under construction in downtown Los Angeles erupted into flames Monday, forcing the closure of parts of two major freeways nearby.

Military appeals court to hear Kansas HIV case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:30

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011 file photo is Air Force Sgt. David Gutierrez, right, at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. The nation’s highest military court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 9, 2014 in the case of Gutierrez, the Kansas airman who was convicted of assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas airman accused of aggravated assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita will have his appeal heard this week before the nation's highest military court.


U.S. Attorney General to expand profiling guidelines for federal agents

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 19:09

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce on Monday revisions to federal law enforcement guidelines that are designed to limit profiling and set an example for local police, according to a Justice Department official. The new rules expand upon guidelines issued in 2003 under the Bush administration that prevented profiling based on race or ethnicity to now include gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. A special carve-out was made, however, for certain agencies under U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ...