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Greek economy contracts at slowest rate since 2008

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:11

Greece's Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras talks to reporters while presenting budget execution figures at the finance ministry in central Athens, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Greece’s economy is shrinking at its slowest rate in nearly six years, boosting hopes that the end of the punishing recession is in sight. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's economy is shrinking at its slowest rate in nearly six years, official figures showed Wednesday, reinforcing hopes that the end of the country's punishing recession is in sight.


German court: Ecclestone has made $100m payment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:56
MUNICH (AP) — A German court says Bernie Ecclestone has made the $100 million payment he agreed to last week, meaning the bribery case against the Formula One boss is formally closed.

Ferguson seeks answers after fatal police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:56

A group demonstrates along and in the middle of Chambers Rd. outside the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church after the conclusion of a gathering with Michael Brown's family and Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Dellwood. The gathering at the church was in response to the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting.


AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:55
An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator working with him were killed Wednesday when ordnance left over from Israeli-Hamas fighting exploded as they were reporting on ...

Banker back on stand in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:54

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A banker was to resume testimony on Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. William Sessoms Jr., the president of Towne Financial Services, testified on Tuesday that McDonnell had dozens of late fees on loans he had taken out with the bank for rental properties he and his sister owned in the Virginia Beach area. Sessoms, who is also the mayor of Virginia Beach, was testifying about McDonnell's application to refinance a loan on one of the two properties. McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife face 14 counts of corruption and bribery in connection with allegedly accepting $165,000 in loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams Sr., the former chief executive of a dietary supplement company now called Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. The McDonnells are alleged to have accepted the gifts and money in exchange for promoting Williams' products.


Baby found dead in trash can in East Hartford, Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:40
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say they're investigating the death of a baby found in a trash can.

American woman found dead in suitcase in Bali; daughter, boyfriend questioned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:39

American woman found dead in suitcase in Bali; daughter, boyfriend questionedThe body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said.


No charges filed vs. dad in NY toddler's car death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:08
DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges against a central New York man whose 15-month-old daughter died in June after being left inside a vehicle for nearly seven hours.

Macy's 2Q profit climbs nearly 4 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:02

Macy's 2Q profit climbs nearly 4 percentMacy's Inc. (M) on Wednesday reported a 4 percent increase in earnings in its fiscal second quarter as business rebounded from slow sales earlier in the year. But Macy's cut its full-year outlook for a ...


Action News Investigation: Local school district hires felons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:37

 Local school district hires felonsA U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania is pushing for federal legislation that would require periodic criminal backgrounds checks for all school employees across the country.


Baltimore gears up for Star-Spangled Spectacular

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:18
BALTIMORE (AP) — Tall ships, a Blue Angels air show and a majestic fireworks display will be among the highlights of a weeklong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Times Square warnings cut into characters' tips

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:14

This undated image provided Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014 by the Times Square Alliance shows a detail from a leaflet being handed out by police in New York's Times Square informing tourists that photos with costumed characters are free and tipping is optional. The campaign is apparently taking a bite out of the bottom line for the normally grabby cast of Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty. The blitz crackdown kicked in last weekend, with officers handing out warning leaflets in five languages. (AP Photo/Times Square Alliance)NEW YORK (AP) — Bright red police leaflets warning Times Square tourists that photos with costumed characters are free, and tipping is optional, are taking a bite out of the bottom line for the many Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty who dress up to help make ends meet.


PHOTOS: Overnight flooding in South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:10

 Overnight flooding in South JerseyUp to 9 inches of rain led to flooding, evacuations and property damage in Atlantic and Cumberland Counties.


Kellogg wants suppliers to report carbon emissions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:13
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

U.S. Coast Guard restricts traffic near lower Mississippi River terminal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:08
(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it restricted traffic to one way in the vicinity of the International Matex Tank Terminals near Gretna, Louisiana, on the lower Mississippi River early Wednesday following a multi-vessel collision. A Maltese-flagged vessel, Flag Gangos, lost control near mile marker 97.4 on the river on Tuesday evening and collided with Liberian-flagged vessel Pamisos and a barge, Web 235, which were both moored at the terminal for transfer operations, the Coast Guard said. Number six fuel oil was being transferred from the barge when it broke free, and some oil was discharged into the river from a transfer hose, the Coast Guard said. The hose was immediately shut after the incident, according to the Coast Guard.

AccuWeather: Clouds Break For Sun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:43

 Clouds Break For SunAccuWeather says after a damp start, we'll see clouds break for some sun.


Games, WeChat boost Tencent profit to $949 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:42
BEIJING (AP) — China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., which operates online games and the popular WeChat messaging service, said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 59 percent due to strong growth in its mobile business.

Ahead of the Bell: US retail sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:17

US retail sales flat in JulyThe Commerce Department releases retail sales data for July. The report will come out Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. SALES STEADY?: Economists forecast that retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month, according ...


AccuWeather: Rain gradually clears

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:52

 Clouds Break For SunAccuWeather says the rain will gradually clear out today, and less humid weather is on the way.


Memorial service set for boy stabbed at playground

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:13
CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A memorial service is planned for a 9-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed at a western Michigan playground.