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Ukraine to halt subsidies to rebel-held areas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 01:03
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister announced Wednesday — a move that could worsen the already grievous economic conditions there.

Washington, D.C., voters OK legal pot, but congressional hurdles remain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 01:02

DC Cannabis Campaign sign is seen with other signs in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia voters have overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana, but pot smokers in the U.S. capital still need congressional approval before they can legally light up. Washington voters passed Initiative 71, 65 percent to 28 percent on Tuesday, joining Oregon and Alaska in victories that add fuel to the pot legalization movement. But Congress, which has constitutional oversight of the U.S. capital city, can disapprove a measure within a review period of 30 business days. ...


PHOTOS: Search for Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:49

 Search for Carlesha Freeland-GaitherAuthorities have released new images of a person of interest in the abduction of 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.


Chicago Lucas museum: 'palace for Jabba the Hutt'?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:43

This architectural rendering provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows the design of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Chicago's lakefront. Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong visited Chicago to unveil drawings of the futuristic-looking structure and said that the museum financed by Star Wars director George Lucas is the most important project he's undertaken. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)CHICAGO (AP) — The sketches of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Chicago museum show a flowing white building topped with a hovering ring. The newly unveiled architectural designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were drawing a range of reaction on Wednesday, from snide comments to forthright admiration.


Malfunction closes 2 Czech nuclear reactors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:30
PRAGUE (AP) — An official says a damaged water pipe has forced the closure of two of the four nuclear reactors at a Czech power plant.

Women providing LA adventure club a new challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:16

In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, Martin Bloom, Adventurers Club of Los Angeles president, walks around the main meeting room in Los Angeles. For members of this venerable institution that has been meeting once a week since 1921, their biggest challenge may be deciding whether to admit women to what has always been a "gentleman-only" club. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of them have hiked across a hundred or more countries. Others have dived deep into the oceans off every continent.


PHOTOS: Orphaned baby otter rescued in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:35

 Orphaned baby otter rescued in CaliforniaAn orphaned baby otter is receiving round-the-clock care after being found abandoned on a Bay Area beach.


Financier, 70, facing 20 years prison, to not withdraw guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:24

Walsh exits following his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in ManhattanBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stephen Walsh, a former minority owner of the New York Islanders professional hockey team, has decided not to withdraw his guilty plea to swindling investors in a $554 million fraud, even after a federal judge said he deserved the maximum 20 years in prison. Walsh, 70, will instead try to persuade U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in Manhattan to impose a lesser punishment. In a letter to the judge, his lawyer indicated that federal prosecutors will not oppose the effort. ...


US stocks rise in early trade; Devon Energy jumps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:38

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European stock markets bounced back Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014 from the sell-off triggered by lower growth forecasts. Asian shares mostly fell and oil plumbed fresh lows. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in early trading as investors welcome some positive earnings reports.


Son, brothers of S. Korean ferry owner convicted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:34

FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Yoo Dae-gyun, center, the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner, is surrounded by the reporters upon his arrival at Incheon District Prosecutors' Office in Incheon, South Korea. A South Korean court convicted three relatives of the sunken ferry's owner Yoo Byung-eun and other associates for corruption on Wednesday, Nov. 5, about four months after the tycoon was found dead on the run. On Wednesday, Yoo's eldest son, Yoo Dae-gyun, was sentenced to three years in prison over embezzlement and breach of trust, according to Incheon District Court spokesman Jang Joon Ah. Two brothers of Yoo Byung-eun were convicted of similar corruption charges. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Han Jong-chan, File) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court convicted three relatives of the sunken ferry's owner and other associates for corruption on Wednesday, about four months after the tycoon was found dead on the run.


Hungary tax chief admits ban from visiting US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:15
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The head of Hungary's tax authority acknowledged in a report published Wednesday that she has been banned from entering the United States because of suspected links to corruption.

Boy donates projectile point to Smithsonian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:15
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) — A Virginia boy has donated a prehistoric projectile point that he found along the New Jersey shore to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

WWII grenade removed from basement of NY home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:08
ALBION, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a live hand grenade from World War II has been removed from a western New York home.

Brittney Griner cut in knife attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:18
WNBA star Brittney Griner was cut on the elbow by a man in a knife attack in China but didn't need to go to the hospital, her agent told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Shots fired at police officers in Collingdale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:10

Shots fired at police officers in CollingdaleAn officer is being treated for a hand injury after an exchange of gunfire involving police in Collingdale.


Factbox: Republicans tighten grip on U.S. House of Representatives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:02
By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - Republicans tightened their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday with a blizzard of victories over rival Democrats that also gave the party control of the Senate. With all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives up for election on Tuesday, Republicans expanded their majority amid dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings have dipped to 38 percent. Republicans, who currently control 233 out of 435 seats in the House, may pick up 10 or more once all votes are counted from Tuesday's balloting. ...

Mexican cops nab mayor, wife in case of 43 missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 20:38

Mexican cops nab mayor, wife in case of 43 missingHiding out in a gritty slum, a politically connected couple believed to have ordered an attack that killed six people and left 43 students missing in September tried to lie low as dozens of federal agents staked out their suspected hiding spots.


Driver injured in Logan car crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 20:31

Driver injured in Logan car crashPolice say a driver was injured in a car crash in Philadelphia's Logan section early Wednesday morning.


New video, clear pictures released of person of interest in Germantown abduction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 20:14

New video, clear pictures released of person of interest in Germantown abductionThe latest video has clear images of a person of interest in the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The reward now stands at $47,000.


Shots fired in Delaware County neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 20:09

Shots fired at police officers in CollingdalePolice are investigating the report of shots being fired in Collingdale, Delaware County Wednesday morning.