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Yellen says Fed must focus on globalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing globalization of financial markets requires the Federal Reserve to understand how economic developments in other nations may affect the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Why Chinese stocks leave US investors vulnerable

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, trader Richard Cohen works near the post that handles Alibaba on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Chinese companies like Alibaba, whose initial public offering this year set a record high, operate under lax standards compared with other stocks on U.S. exchanges. That means higher risks for investors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Something about the deal smelled fishy.


Study finds as world warms, US gets more lightning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, lightning strikes north of Macworth Island in Portland, Maine. A new study says flashes of lightning in the US will likely increase by nearly 50 percent by the end of the century because of global warming. Scientists found a mathematical formula that equates lightning to the rain rate and how much moist energy is in a storm cloud. Then using that formula researchers applied basic physics to show that for every degree Fahrenheit the world warms, lightning strikes will go up nearly 7 percent (12 percent for every degree Celsius). (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lightning strikes in the United States will likely increase by nearly 50 percent by the end of the century as the world gets warmer and wetter, a new study says.


Appeals court dismisses clergy housing lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:21
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, saying the leaders of an anti-religion group in Wisconsin didn't have the standing to bring the lawsuit.

Chicago college student missing since Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:19
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A college student last seen entering the Chicago Board of Trade building in the city's downtown business district has been missing for nearly a week, police and school officials said on Thursday. Chan Williams, 20, last seen on Friday evening entering the Chicago Board of Trade building, was reported missing by his father, according to Loyola University Chicago. Williams is described as African-American, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds and wearing a black fleece jacket, dark gray athletic pants or shorts and gray Puma-brand athletic shoes, Chicago police said. ...

Nigerian man arrested in online dating scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:16
A Nigerian resident faces charges that he set up an online dating profile using a photo of Montana's attorney general and falsified stories about overseas business problems to scam several women.

Gov't tells US drivers to get used to cheap gas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:15

In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration predicts in its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, that drivers will pay $2.94 per gallon on average in 2015, 45 cents lower than this year. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.


Attorney General Kathleen Kane says effects linger from October car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:15

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says effects linger from October car crashA neurologist told Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Thursday that she can't come back to work in her Harrisburg office until Nov. 24.


Michigan board: Suspend super-drunk judge 90 days

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:12
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A state disciplinary board says an Ypsilanti judge should be suspended for 90 days for towing a boat and a trailer at a public boat launch while being highly drunk.

Kansas to set up seismic monitoring system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:58

Argonia firefighters Justin Stringer, right, and John Layton check for structural damage to buildings in Milan, Kansas after a nearby 4.8 earthquake struck the area Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle - Kansas.com, Fernando Salazar)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — On the same day that Kansas marked its strongest earthquake of the year, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that the state will buy monitors to track increased seismic activity in three south-central counties.


Police: Teen arrested after driving to road test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:52
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police have arrested a teenager who they say led officers on a car chase after he drove to a state road test facility without a license.

Facts about the USS Miami, which burned in 2012

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:50
A look at the USS Miami, the nuclear submarine that was badly damaged and ultimately scrapped after a fire in May 2012 caused $700 million in damage:

Federal contract workers wage one-day "strike"

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of low-wage contract workers walked off the job at the Capitol and other federal buildings and landmarks on Thursday to press for higher pay.

Bison reach new home on Montana Indian reservation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:31

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont. Almost a decade after they were first captured from Yellowstone National Park, a group of wild bison that has spent years in limbo after government officials could find no place to relocate the animals were due to be shipped from a ranch near Bozeman Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 for placement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of wild bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park has arrived at northeastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation.


Maine's largest city cuts spending in dispute over immigrant aid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:28
By Dave Sherwood PORTLAND Maine (Reuters) - Maine's largest city has begun clamping down on spending as newly re-elected Republican Governor Paul LePage makes good on a campaign promise to cut funding to cities and towns that give aid to undocumented immigrants. In an internal memo released on Wednesday, Portland city officials said they had frozen hiring and cut travel and overtime spending after their requests for reimbursement from the state for assistance provided to families with children in emergencies had gone unanswered since July. ...

Man wanted for stabbing McDonald's employee in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:22

Man wanted for stabbing McDonald's employee in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police are searching for a suspect who stabbed a McDonald's employee.


Uber gets OK for much of Pennsylvania, not Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:18

Drivers with the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania protest on near Love Park in Philadelphia Oct. 8, 2014, as Uber and Lyft are making a concerted push to bring their ride-share services to Philadelphia. The state's Public Utility Commission is expected to vote Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 on Uber X's application to operate in many other parts of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The ride-sharing service Uber X won an experimental license Thursday to arrange private rides throughout much of Pennsylvania, a victory that came with a warning "to abandon its anarchist ways" and comply with state regulators.


ZeekRewards founder arraigned in $850 million scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:08
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who prosecutors say masterminded an $850 million Internet-based Ponzi scheme pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of wire and mail fraud, conspiracy and tax fraud.

ND clinic wants rehearing on medication abortions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:04

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, an abortion protester stands outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo, N.D. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, lawyers for North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in Fargo filed a petition for a rehearing with the state Supreme Court to clarify a portion of a recent ruling that limits the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in Fargo are asking the state Supreme Court to clarify a portion of a recent ruling that limits the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs.


VA fires Pittsburgh hospital network's director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:49
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System a month after officials determined she committed unspecified "conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending.