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Man among 2 US hostages freed from Yemen returns to Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 19:37
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — One of two American hostages freed after months of being held in Yemen's raging civil war has been reunited with family in Michigan.

Environmental groups seek to appeal ExxonMobil settlement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 19:27
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Environmental advocacy groups have requested permission from a New Jersey Superior Court judge to appeal his approval of a $225 million pollution case settlement between the state and ExxonMobil Corp.

Illinois man refurbishes masterful paintings _ for free

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 19:24

In this Wednesday, Aug. 26 2015 photo, in River Forest, Ill., painting conservator Barry Bauman retouches a portion of a James Reeve Stuart painting owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society. He's cleaned and fixed 1,500 paintings for hundreds of museums nationwide over the 11 years and he's done it all for free. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)RIVER FOREST, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has spent up to 10 hours every day for 11 years cleaning and fixing 1,500 paintings for museums nationwide. He's done an estimated $5 million worth of work.

University of Delaware: Apparent nooses found on campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 17:57

 Apparent nooses found on campusThe University of Delaware says three apparent nooses found hanging from a tree on campus are being investigated as a hate crime.

New York Yankees Legend Yogi Berra Dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:58
Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees All-Star catcher who became as famed for his humorous adages as his athletic prowess, has died.

Top-ranking Mormon leader dies at 86; was in governing body

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:46

FILE- In this July 10, 2015, file photo, Richard G. Scott attends the memorial service for Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer at the Tabernacle, on Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. Mormon leader Scott, a member of the religion's top governing body, has died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, from natural causes. He was 86. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Richard G. Scott died Tuesday at the age of 86 — leaving the religion with three openings on its top governing body for the first time in more than a century.

Slain deputy was trying to earn money for family trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:39

In this undated photo provided by the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office, shows Deputy Bill Myers. Authorities say Myers was killed by Joel Dixon Smith as Myers was serving a domestic violence injunction at a law office in Shalimar, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Okaloosa Sheriff's Office via AP)SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) — A veteran sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed while serving a domestic violence restraining order had come out of retirement to earn money for trips to Disney World with his young granddaughter. The suspect was later killed in a confrontation with police.

Pope starts U.S. trip with tone of conciliation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:09

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews, MarylandPope Francis launched his first visit to the United States with a characteristic gesture of humility on Tuesday, and sent a conciliatory message to the world's wealthiest nation about his frequent criticism of capitalism. After a red carpet welcome by President Barack Obama at an air base near the capital, the 78-year-old Argentine headed off to Washington not in a limousine as is customary but in a modest Fiat. School children cheered the pontiff as his Alitalia plane landed, chanting "We love Francis, yes we do.

Obama, president's family greet pope at start of U.S. visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:08
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, his family and other U.S. dignitaries greeted Pope Francis upon the pontiff's arrival aboard an Alitalia airliner at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington on Tuesday to kick off his first visit to the United States.

From solar to sudsy, pope souvenirs run the gamut in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:08
A smorgasbord of Pope Francis memorabilia peddled by shops around Philadelphia run from solar-activated pope dolls and soap bars with the pontiff’s face printed onto them to papal beer with Francis coasters to boot. The pope was scheduled to end his six-day tour of the United States with a stop in the city on Saturday and Sunday, concluding his visit with a public mass expected to draw more than one million worshipers. Francis' appearance and a four-day World Meeting of Families summit starting on Tuesday organized by the Roman Catholic church at the Pennsylvania Convention Center could bring a $500 million boost to the area's economy, conference officials said.

Pope says hopes U.S. will lift Cuba embargo; will not raise with Congress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:08
Pope Francis hopes the United States will lift its long trade embargo on Cuba as a result of negotiations between the two countries but does not plan to raise it in his address to Congress this week, the pontiff told reporters on Tuesday. "It is a public thing that is moving along the path of the good relations they are looking for," Francis told reporters on the papal plane as he flew to Washington from Cuba for a six-day visit to the United States. "My desire is that they end up with a good result, that they reach an accord that satisfies both sides, an accord, certainly." The United States on Friday announced new rules that further eased trade with the Communist-run island, including allowing certain U.S. companies to open offices there and expanding banking activities, but it would take an act of Congress to lift the 53-year-old embargo.

With no protections for Western bird, focus is on land-use

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 15:58

FILE - In this May 9, 2008 file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of a female, southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. The ground-dwelling bird, whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, the Interior Department said Tuesday, following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy. (Jerret Raffety, Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Before the applause faded from the U.S. government's announcement that there would be no endangered species protections for the greater sage grouse, the criticism began over wide-reaching federal conservation plans meant to protect the bird's habitat across 11 Western states.

China's Xi says anti-graft fight no 'House of Cards' power play

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:50
By Michael Martina SEATTLE (Reuters) - China's fight against entrenched corruption is not a "House of Cards"-style power struggle, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday as he began his first state visit to the United States, vowing to press on with his campaign. Xi has warned that corruption threatens the ruling Communist Party's survival and his three-year anti-graft campaign has brought down scores of senior officials in the party, the government, the military and state-owned enterprises. There has been repeated speculation at home and abroad - and sources with ties to the leadership have told Reuters - that the graft crackdown is as much about Xi taking down his enemies as it is about cleaning up the Communist Party.

Rights protesters, China supporters greet President Xi in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:50
By Eric M. Johnson and David Ryder SEATTLE (Reuters) - About 100 people protesting against human rights abuses in China greeted President Xi Jinping in Seattle on Tuesday, in what is likely to be the first of a series of demonstrations against China's leader during his week-long U.S. visit. In downtown Seattle, a crowd supporting Falun Gong, a religious group that says it is repressed in China, waved signs against what it called China's theft of prisoners' organs. "Falun Gong practitioners have been put into forced labor camps, prisons, and mental hospitals, and they have been killed for their organs," said Michael Green, 38, of Seattle.

Judge frees 'Happy Birthday' song from copyright claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:55

File-This July 18, 2013, file photo shows a group of kindergarten children singing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday To You" for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a gift to many musicians, movie-makers and other content-creators, a federal judge has found that the song "Happy Birthday To You" is entirely in the public domain.

AccuWeather: Warmer temperatures for the first day of fall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:47

 Warmer temperatures for the first day of fallMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a brief return to the 80's.

Middletown group home worker charged with raping teen boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:39

Middletown group home worker charged with raping teen boyDelaware State Police have charged a Lincoln woman with sexually abusing a 17-year-old resident of a Middletown-area group home.

Building tensions: Overseers want to raze Doris Duke mansion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:38

In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 photograph, a portion of the sprawling main mansion of the Duke Farms estate that heiress Doris Duke once called home is seen in Hillsborough Township, N.J. The debate over whether the unoccupied mansion should be demolished will continue this week, when farm officials and community groups opposed to the plan continue to make their case before a local historical board. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — On a 2,700-acre estate in central New Jersey, a majestic mansion that heiress Doris Duke once called home may soon disappear.

Cosby seeking defense lawyer for Pennsylvania criminal probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:21

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defence lawyer as prosecutors near Philadelphia revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint. Lawyer Edwin Jacobs says Cosby's agents contacted him in the last few days about a Montgomery County investigation and he referred them to another Philadelphia-area lawyer. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Tuesday on Jacobs' involvement. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defense lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.

Young pilgrims celebrate World Meeting of Families

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:02

Young pilgrims celebrate World Meeting of FamiliesStudents at Saint Hilary of Poitiers in Rydal are doing their part in making sure the pope and thousands of pilgrims feel welcome this weekend.