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Starbucks bringing back cake slices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is learning that people really like their sliced cake loaves.

Apple-Samsung jurors selected

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:58

In this Aug. 27, 2012 photo, the Apple iPhone 4s, left, is displayed next to the Samsung Galaxy S III at a store in San Francisco. Apple already has won nearly $1 billion in judgments against Samsung over patent infringements involving older-model devices. Now Apple is alleging Samsung’s newest devices, such as its Galaxy S III, also copied Apple technology. Jury selection for the case begins Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — With jurors in the patent fight between Apple and Samsung selected, attorneys for the world's leading smartphone makers were expected to make their opening statements in federal court on Tuesday.


Starbucks pastry makeover hits a glitch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:40
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is learning that people really like their sliced cake loaves.

Sister: Craigslist killing suspect is lying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:38
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A woman charged with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they allegedly lured through Craigslist made up the claim that she killed more than 20 people, her sister said.

Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:31

In this photo taken Friday March 21, 2014, maple syrup producer Donnie Richards poses with sap lines on a maple tree and his wireless radio unit box containing sensors that monitor pressure on sap lines in Milton, Vt. Richards has about 5,000 taps, with about 18 miles of tubing spread out over more than 100 acres and uses the wireless sensors to monitor the flow of sap that provides information immediately on a smart phone of tablet computer. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)MILTON, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.


Victim of Boston bombing attack sues Glenn Beck for defamation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:29

Commentator Glenn Beck arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in NashvilleBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian national who was injured in the bombing attack on last year's Boston Marathon has filed a defamation lawsuit against television commentator Glenn Beck for publicly accusing him of being the "money man" behind the attacks. Beck, a conservative television and radio personality, repeatedly criticized the federal investigation into the attacks that killed three people and injured 264, and in May 2013 claimed that Abdulrahman Alharbi had financed the attacks. Alharbi, a 20-year-old exchange student, said in a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston that he had been questioned by federal officials after the attack but that his questioners "quickly concluded that Mr. Alharbi ... had no involvement in the attacks." The suit, which was filed on Friday and seeks unspecified financial damages, says that Beck "substantially and severely damaged" Alharbi's reputation and that he has received messages calling him a "murderer, child killer and terrorist." Beck did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment on Tuesday.


Journalist involved in NSA leak to win UGA award

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:18

FILE - In this July 14, 2013 file photo, journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro. Greenwald, the journalist most associated with the coverage of Edward Snowden's leak of phone and Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency, will be this year's recipient of the University of Georgia's McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage, the school announced Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The journalist most associated with the coverage of Edward Snowden's leak of phone and Internet surveillance by the National Security Agency will be this year's recipient of the University of Georgia's McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage.


Bishops seek immigration reform during border trip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:10
PHOENIX (AP) — Less than a week after President Barack Obama discussed immigration reform in a meeting with Pope Francis, a delegation of Roman Catholic leaders is visiting the U.S-Mexico border Tuesday to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants and to pray for policy changes.

Senator says Caterpillar avoided billions in taxes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 23:04

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Levin. Levin chairs the Senate investigations subcommittee. His subcommittee is holding a hearing on the report Tuesday. Representatives from Caterpillar and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP are scheduled to testify. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling Caterpillar Inc., a member of the "corporate profit-shifting club," Sen. Carl Levin accused the manufacturing giant Tuesday of employing an aggressive tax strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.


New York high school student accepted at all eight Ivy League schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:58
A high school senior on Long Island has been accepted at all eight of the elite Ivy League schools - Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, he told Reuters between classes on Tuesday. "I got into my second-to-last school - Yale - and I was just astounded," said Kwasi Enin. "And then Harvard sent me an email and I was just so grateful." Now it's time for 17-year-old to decide where to enroll. "I think my primary interest now is Yale," Enin said Tuesday morning, explaining that the financial aid package the New Haven, Connecticut school offered is "close" to a full, four-year scholarship.

Marathon victim sues Glenn Beck for defamation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:57

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows TV and radio commentator Glenn Beck at the 114th Anniversary Justice Louis Brandeis award Dinner given by the Zionist Organization of America in New York. A Saudi Arabian man injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on Friday, March 28, 2014 filed a defamation lawsuit against Beck, accusing the conservative commentator of saying on the air that the plaintiff was "the money man" behind the attack. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)BOSTON (AP) — A Saudi Arabian man injured in the Boston Marathon bombings has filed a defamation lawsuit against Glenn Beck, accusing the conservative commentator of calling him "the money man" behind the attack.


Report finds wide racial disparity in U.S. children's well-being

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 22:41
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - African-American children's poverty, poor housing and lack of access to education pose a national crisis, said a report released Tuesday that found a wide gap in well-being among U.S. children of different races. In almost every region of the United States, African-American, Latino and Native American children face far greater barriers to their future success than their white and Asian counterparts, according to the study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which aims to improve the life of all children. The factors included whether the children were born at normal birth weight, if they were enrolled in preschool by the ages of 3 to 5, whether they lived with an adult who has at least a high school diploma, and their proficiency at reading and math during elementary and middle school. African-American children fared the worst in the study, and the situation "should be considered a national crisis," the report said.

Mom of slain Pa. girl, 10, facing cocaine charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 21:04
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a 10-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania girl who was fatally shot in an apparent home invasion attempt is awaiting trial on charges she sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant.

Koch's $12M award in wine spat cut to $711K

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 20:42
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan has cut the $12 million awarded to Florida billionaire William Koch (KOHK) in a counterfeit wine lawsuit to less than $1 million.

Airlines call for more security, passenger checks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:39

Airlines call for more security, passenger checksThe disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlights the need for security improvements both in tracking aircraft and screening passengers before they board planes, the International Air Transport ...


Settlement reached in Mass. boy's escalator death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:21
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The family of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy killed in an escalator accident at a mall has reached a settlement in a negligence lawsuit.

Accused ‘Craigslist killer' to make Pennsylvania court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:08

Miranda Barbour is led into court by sheriff deputies in Sunbury PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A woman dubbed the "Craigslist killer" suspect makes her first court appearance on Tuesday in Pennsylvania since making controversial claims that she is a serial killer with at least 22 victims. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing and strangling in November of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury. Prosecutors say the couple used the Craigslist classified ad website to lure him to a meeting, offering sex, in a shopping mall parking lot.


NY student accepted at all 8 Ivy League schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 19:02
SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old Long Island student has applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League schools.

Woman charged with DUI in Conn. storefront crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:12
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman accused of plowing her car into a convenience store at a speed of up to 70 mph and injuring four people has been charged with drunken driving and other crimes.

NJ bar closes _ again _ victimized twice by Sandy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 18:02

In this March 31, 2014 photo, Gigi Liaguno-Dorr polishes the beer taps at Jakeabob's, the Union Beach N.J. restaurant she used to operate until having to close it the previous weekend. The original Jakeabob's was destroyed in Supoerstorm Sandy, and she moved the business a few blocks inland for 2013. But a continuing inability to get timely rebuilding aid forced her to close the restaurant for good on March 28. The reopening of Jakeabob 's was seen as an inspiration to the still-struggling Raritan Bay community. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy trashed Jakeabob's Bay, a thriving bar and restaurant where locals and vacationers took in gorgeous sunsets over the Raritan Bay.