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Pope Francis departs Cuba, set to arrive in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:50

Pope Francis departs Cuba, set to arrive in WashingtonPope Francis headed for Washington on Tuesday for the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his "church of the poor" to the world's wealthiest superpower and a country polarized over issues closest to his heart: immigration, social injustice and economic inequality.

New York regulator issues first bitcoin license to company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:48
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators have approved their first license to a company dealing in virtual currency such as bitcoin.

Archeologists recover cannon from sunken Confederate warship

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:19
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Marine archeologists say they've recovered another cannon from a Confederate warship that's been at the bottom of the Savannah River since the American Civil War.

UN starts latest effort to bring Syria parties toward talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:15
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy on Syria has launched his latest effort to bring that country's parties together toward a long-elusive agreement to end the conflict there.

Q&A: What is a sage grouse and why is the bird imperiled?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:09

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)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Interior Department said Tuesday it won't propose federal protections for the greater sage grouse, a chicken-sized bird of the sagebrush that ranges from California to the Dakotas.

Detroit man sentenced to at least 47 years in prison for murder of wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:57
Erin Justice, 29, was sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Judge Lawrence Talon to a range of 45 to 80 years for second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Alicia Fox, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said. Fox's two children, at the time an 8-month-old who is Justice's child and a 6-year-old, have been missing since the murder and their disappearance is still under investigation, Miller said.

Groupon to cut 1,100 jobs, about 10 percent of work force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:55
NEW YORK (AP) — Groupon is cutting 1,100 jobs in the coming year, roughly 10 percent of its workforce.

City officials may curb alcohol sales at Levi's Stadium to prevent violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:53

City officials may curb alcohol sales at Levi's Stadium to prevent violenceFootball is a violent game on the field but lately it seems that violence is spilling over into the fans.

Owner sues breeder in unauthorized neutering of champion dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:45
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dog owner says a vengeful breeder who neutered his champion bichon frise without his knowledge should pay damages and return vials of the animal's frozen semen.

Trenton schools superintendent resigning abruptly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:41

Trenton schools superintendent resigning abruptlyThe schools superintendent in New Jersey's capital city is stepping down from his job abruptly.

Ex-NYC cop pleads guilty to randomly firing 14 shots at car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:29
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York Police Department officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he randomly fired 14 shots into another car after downing 10 alcoholic beverages while off-duty.

Why Europe isn't creating any Googles or Facebooks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:29

Powering a Creative Economy' at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Europe's success stories include online calling service Skype, which started as a Swedish-Estonian venture, and the Swedish commercial music streaming service Spotify, which has over 60 million users worldwide. Two years after Skype started, it was sold to eBay for $2.6 billion and eventually Microsoft acquired it in 2011 for $8.5 billion. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)HELSINKI (AP) — Micha Benoliel grew up in France and launched his first technology startup there, but he never forgot the atmosphere of adventure and optimism in San Francisco, where he studied in the early 1990s.

Next phase of Center City towing starts at 6 p.m.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:20

Next phase of Center City towing starts at 6 p.m.The next phase of towing operations in Center City, to clear zones needed for the pope's visit to Philadelphia, begins at 6 p.m.

Girlfriend of Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger indicted for contempt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:09
The girlfriend of convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was indicted on Tuesday for contempt of court for refusing to testify about the couple's time in hiding, the Massachusetts District Attorney's office said. Catherine Greig, 64, had been ordered by the U.S. District Court in Boston last year to answer questions before a grand jury about people who helped Bulger while he lived on the lam for 16 years to avoid arrest.

Plea talks taking place in Chicago Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 00:08
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago youth accused of trying to join Islamic State militants is holding talks about a possible plea deal.

How lifestyle choices cause you to use more water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 23:58

How lifestyle choices cause you to use more waterMany people in California pride themselves on how much water they save on their water bill, but a person's real water use can depend on their lifestyle.

Some California fire evacuees return to little more than ash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 23:49

Sharon Dawson, right, who lost her home in a wildfire, embraces a friend while visiting her Middletown, Calif., property on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Gov. Jerry Brown requested a presidential disaster declaration on Monday, noting that more than 1,000 homes had been confirmed destroyed, with the number likely to go higher as assessment continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Krystal La Plante and her boyfriend returned to the remains of their three-bedroom home to find only a ceramic drip coffee pot and one of her pottery pieces. Her little "piece of heaven," flanked by trees as high as she could see, was gone.

South Dakota fire with six dead likely murder-suicide: authorities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 23:46
All six family members were found dead on Thursday after a fire destroyed their house near Platte, South Dakota, a small city about 110 miles west of Sioux Falls. State and county investigators believe Scott Westerhuis died by a self-inflicted shotgun wound, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.

Church's conference on families spurring Francis' US trip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 23:32

Workmen construct a stage ahead of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis's scheduled visit Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Philadelphia. Francis arrives in Philadelphia on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis' six-day, three-city tour of the U.S. this week evolved from a pledge he made last fall to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Stops in Washington and New York were added after Francis put the triennial, Vatican-sponsored conference on his agenda. Here are answers to key questions about the event opening Tuesday that's spurring Francis' first-ever visit to America and the City of Brotherly Love:

PETA sues to give monkey the copyright of selfie photos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 23:27

This 2011 photo provided by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows a selfie taken by a macaque monkey on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi with a camera that was positioned by British nature photographer David Slater. The photo is part of a court exhibit in a lawsuit filed by PETA in San Francisco on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, which says that the monkey, and not Slater, should be declared the copyright owner of the photos. Slater has argued that, as the “intellect behind the photos,” he is the copyright owner since he set up the camera so that such a photo could be produced if a monkey approached it a pressed the button. (David Slater/Court exhibit provided by PETA via AP)A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer who positioned the camera, animal-rights activists contend in a novel lawsuit filed Tuesday.