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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.

Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:00

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. According to two people directly involved with the case, Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges in his January arrest in South Florida after what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. The two people told The Associated Press Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that the 20-year-old pop star would plead guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges. Bieber also will agree to take an anger management course and make a charitable donation. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept., File)MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race, two people involved in the case told The Associated Press.


Officer hurt after suspected DUI driver slams into cruiser in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:56

Officer hurt after suspected DUI driver hits police cruiser in Atlantic CityPolice say a suspected DUI driver slammed into a police cruiser, injuring an officer in Atlantic City, N.J. early Wednesday morning.


More thunder, lightning complicate NW wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:00

A massive, dramatic dust storm moves toward a barn near Harrington Wash., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. More often associated with the Southwest the dust storm blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. (AP Photo/Lacey Hirst)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to help local fire crews battle a new wildfire that is threatening more than 130 homes in southern Oregon's Jackson County.