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Penn State, Lehigh among top 10 party schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:06

Penn State, Lehigh among top 10 party schoolsSyracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school, with two Pennsylvania schools, Penn State and Lehigh Universities, ranking in the top ten.

Obama: US companies to invest $14B in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is announcing $14 billion in commitments by U.S. businesses to invest in the continent of Africa.

U.S. gov't had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:03

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, AmberTwo American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.

Home goes up in flames in Chadds Ford, Pa., family on vacation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:51

Home goes up in flames in Chadds Ford, Pa., family on vacationOfficials say a home was completely gutted after a fire in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania late Monday night.

U.S. to close three interim shelters housing migrant children : U.S. media

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:41

A view of the sleeping quarters at the Naval Base Ventura County Temporary Shelter in Port Hueneme, California(Reuters) - Three interim shelters that have housed thousands of children who have come unaccompanied to the United States from Central America will close within weeks, leading U.S. newspapers reported on Monday. More than 7,700 children have been sheltered in facilities on military bases in California, Texas, and Oklahoma since they were opened in May and June, the Department of Health and Human Services said, according to media reports. "We are able to take this step because we have proactively expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters, which are significantly less costly facilities," agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe was reported as saying. "At the same time, we have seen a decrease in the number of children crossing the Southwest border," he said, but warned of uncertainty over the possibility of future waves of migrants.

Portugal bank collapse hits French financial group

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:40

A woman exits a subway station next to a Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo's offices building, in Lisbon, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Portugal's biggest banking scandal, which compelled authorities Sunday to put up euro 4.9 billion ($6.6 billion) to prevent the collapse of ailing Banco Espirito Santo, raised key questions about how regulators were apparently hoodwinked and focused minds on the European banking system stress tests, whose results are due in October. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)PARIS (AP) — Credit Agricole's second-quarter profit was nearly cut in half as the French bank became the first major foreign shareholder to report its loss in Portugal's biggest banking scandal.

Car crash causes house to collapse in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:21

Car crash leads to house collapse in CamdenOfficials say a car crash caused a house to collapse in Camden, New Jersey late Monday night.

Bertha weakens to a tropical storm : NHC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:58
(Reuters) - Bertha, the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, has weakened to a tropical storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. The storm is located about 475 miles (765 km) west of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km per hour), the NHC said in an advisory. "Bertha will pass about midway between the U.S. east coast and Bermuda later this morning," the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

5 findings about USAID travelers' program in Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:19

In this July 9, 2014 photo, a woman walks in front of the building that once housed the human rights group Fundacion Operacion Gaya Internacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. Fernando Murillo was the charismatic head of the group and he'd been contracted by Creative Associates to turn Cuba’s politically apathetic young people into "change agents." Murillo was an idealist devoted to human rights. A former boy scout, he had no experience in undercover work, yet would soon face off against one of the world’s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services, on a mission for Cuba’s adversary, the U.S. Before his trip to Havana on April 5, 2010, Murillo was given basic security training. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)In April, The Associated Press revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development had overseen the creation of a secret "Cuban Twitter" program to stir political dissent on the island and bypass Cuba's stranglehold on the Internet. But that program was part of a larger operation.

Poll: Americans divided on paying for roads

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:03

 Americans divided on paying for roadsWASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans agree that the cost of good transportation is worthwhile, but they're divided over how to pay for it.

Scheduler testifying in ex-Virginia governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:02
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The person who handled former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's schedule is testifying in his public corruption trial.

Phoenix Suns P.J. Tucker gets jail time for drunk driving in Arizona: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:00

 Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix SunsBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Phoenix Suns basketball forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced on Monday to three days in jail and 11 days of house arrest after pleading guilty to "super extreme" drunk driving in Arizona, one of his attorneys said. Tucker, considered a team leader by insiders, signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the National Basketball Association franchise in July after a season in which he averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. On Monday, a Scottsdale judge put the 29-year-old on probation for five years, placed him on a substance abuse screening and counseling program and said he must carry a breathalyzer, or ignition interlock device, in his car for 18 months, his lawyer Melanie Beauchamp said.

Wildfires menace homes in 3 Western states

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:00

Tracy Porter, of Paradise, Calif., uses an axe to fragment a burning tree damaged by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in the Lassen National Park near Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were menacing a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning that could spark new blazes, officials said.

Second American infected with Ebola en route to US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 14:45

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse. Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa, arriving at at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol was expected to arrive in several days. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)ATLANTA (AP) — The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta.

Market Basket workers plan huge rally for ex-CEO

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:59

Protesters holding "Arthur T" signs taunt an occupant of a car driving from a Market Basket Supermarket job fair in Andover, Mass., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The company set up a job fair for its workers to replace colleagues who walked off the job to protest the firing of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts to fight back against a workers' revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their unusual demand to reinstate the previous CEO. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Workers at the troubled New England supermarket chain Market Basket are planning a huge rally to step up pressure on management to reinstate their former chief executive or accept his offer to buy the company.

Tainted Ohio water coming under increased scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:35

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins raises a glass of tap water before drinking it during a news conference in Toledo, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Collins announced Monday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.

Arizona researcher in airport flap says he was asserting gun rights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:19
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona medical researcher arrested after taking a loaded assault rifle into the Phoenix airport said on Monday he was making a political statement and did not intend to harm anyone. Authorities said Peter Nathan Steinmetz pointed the weapon at a terrified woman and her daughter on July 25, after striding around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with the weapon slung over his shoulder. On Monday, Steinmetz spoke publicly about the incident for the first time. "Put simply, I decided to make the point that a peaceful citizen can openly and responsibly carry a firearm - including an AR-15 - for the protection of themselves and their community," Steinmetz said in a statement read to reporters.He maintained that he was not pointing the gun at anyone at the airport and is "an educated and responsible gun owner" who had the safety on at the time.

Arias to represent herself at death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:14

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has denied a motion from Arias' defense team to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option. In court documents filed Friday, May 30, 2014, Judge Sherry Stephens says Arias' attorneys showed no evidence that banning a defense aide from making jail visits last March prejudiced the murder case. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)A judge has ruled that Jodi Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial.

More charges expected in suitcase deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:12
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin road returns to court to face more charges.

Star witness ends testimony in Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:02

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The star witness for the prosecution in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife completed four days of testimony on Monday by detailing financial help he said he had given the couple. At the start of the trial's second week, Jonnie Williams testified that he looked at his relationship with McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, not as friendship but as business. McDonnell and his wife are charged with 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for supporting Williams' former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. "Was it business to have the governor call your father on his 80th birthday?" asked Henry Asbill, McDonnell's attorney, as he grilled Williams over his meetings with the governor and his immunity agreement.