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Autopsy: Lifeguard died of accidental drowning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:05
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An autopsy has concluded that a veteran Newport Beach lifeguard died of accidental drowning after jumping in the water to help a struggling swimmer as rough waves battered Southern California in July.

NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars apologize for Ebola prank by mascot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:56
(Reuters) - The National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars apologized on Monday after their mascot used the Ebola epidemic to taunt fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The mascot, Jaxson DeVille, held up a handwritten sign to the crowd that read "TOWELS CARRY EBOLA" while carrying a yellow "Terrible Towel" in his right hand. Created in 1975 by then-Steelers radio broadcaster Myron Cope, Pittsburgh fans cheer their team by raising their arm and waving a black and gold towel in a circular motion. It is dubbed the Terrible Towel by Steelers fans, perhaps the most enthusiastic in the NFL. ...

US edge lower; H&R Block slides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:44

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, the statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall faces the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks opened higher Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, as investors assessed corporate news. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower Monday as concerns about the direction of the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy weighed on investors. Tax preparer H&R Block slumped after the company said that its attempt to sell a banking unit was getting bogged down.


Child in Seattle suburb under boil water order sickened by E. coli

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:37
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A child living in a wealthy Seattle suburb under orders to boil its tap water after tests showed the presence of E. coli has become infected with the bacteria, authorities said on Monday. The child, who has not been hospitalized, was the first reported illness following positive tests for the bacteria in tap water on Mercer Island, on Lake Washington, health officials said. "We don't know whether the infection in this child was caused by the water on Mercer Island," said Dr. Meagan Kay, medical epidemiologist for Public Health – Seattle & King County. ...

School bets video game scholarship can draw talent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:33

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, Robert Morris University Illinois freshmen, from left, Sondra Burrows, Brian Rodonis and Alex Chapman practice playing the video game “League of Legends” with their collegiate teammates at their on-campus training facility in Chicago. The small private university is offering hefty scholarships for players of “League of Legends,” which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions nationwide. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.


Hilton selling Waldorf Astoria New York for $1.95B

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:33

A taxi passes in front of the fabled Waldorf Astoria hotel, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in New York. Hilton Worldwide is selling the Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. Hilton Worldwide will continue to manage the storied hotel for the next 100 years as part of an agreement with Anbang. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — Hilton Worldwide is selling the Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion.


Boeing to build some 777X parts in St. Louis: sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co plans to start building some parts of its 777X commercial airliner at the company's huge defense business facility in St. Louis, a move that will add hundreds of jobs in several years, according to sources familiar with the decision. The move comes days after Boeing announced plans to shift defense services and support work out of Washington state, a separate and unrelated decision that could also add hundreds of jobs to the St. Louis area, the sources said. The 777X decision calls for Boeing to shift some packages of work now done by suppliers to the St. ...

Journalist with Ebola arrives at Nebraska hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:20

Journalist with Ebola arrives at Nebraska hospitalAn American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia arrived Monday at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated for the deadly disease.


US Journalist With Ebola Arrives in Nebraska for Treatment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:15
The U.S. journalist who tested positive for Ebola while working in Liberia arrived in Nebraska today.

U.S. not considering a travel ban amid Ebola outbreak: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is not considering a ban on travelers from countries most affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak, the White House said on Monday. "A travel ban is not something that we're currently considering," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily briefing. "We feel good about the measures that are already in place," he said. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

U.S. wealthy give less income to charity, mid-earners give more: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:11
By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Wealthy Americans contributed less of their incomes to charity while low and middle-income residents gave more in the years surrounding the Great Recession, according to a newly released report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. U.S. residents earning an annual $200,000 or more reduced the amount of income they gave to charity by 4.6 percent between 2006 and 2012, while those who earned less than $100,000 a year increased charitable spending by 4.5 percent of their pay over the same time period, said the report, issued on Sunday. ...

Virgin Galactic partners with Ted Turner lodge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:11
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is expanding lodging and entertainment options in New Mexico for its roster of passengers who hope to one day take flight into space.

Teen driver in fiery California crash that killed five lacked license

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:07
(Reuters) - A 16-year-old boy behind the wheel in a fiery Los Angeles-area car crash that killed five teenage passengers over the weekend did not have a driver's license, the California Highway Patrol said on Monday. Bradley Morales, who survived the crash, was driving a BMW on a highway in Irvine early on Saturday when the car hit a guard rail, dipped into an embankment and erupted in flames, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Denise Quesada said. Five teens were found charred inside the vehicle, she said. ...

Methodist clergy escape sanctions over gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:07
Dozens of United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia will face no discipline for breaking church law, but acknowledge they could be punished if they do it again, according to a settlement announced by the denomination.

US Journalist Believes He Got Ebola While Cleaning Infected Car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:00
The American journalist with Ebola who arrived at a Nebraska hospital today said that his son believes that he may have gotten infected when he got splashed while spray-washing a vehicle where someone had died from the disease.

5 things to know about Pentagon giveaway program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:58

Kim Clark, senior investigator for the Wyoming Livestock Board, shows off his Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol on Oct. 2, 2014 in Cokeville, Wyo. Clark's law enforcement unit which investigates cattle thefts and other industry related crimes were given seven .45-caliber handguns from a military surplus program roughly three years ago. (AP Photo/George Frey)Police departments and sheriff's offices aren't the only law-enforcement agencies arming themselves with free military-grade weapons from a controversial Defense Department program. Here are five things to know about the 1033 Program, which also has supplied weapons and other surplus military equipment to a diverse array of state and local agencies with limited policing powers:


Claims for compensation from GM for faulty switch rise 30 percent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:55

A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in AntiochBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of claims of injury and death linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co cars rose 30 percent last week to 1,130, according to a report on Monday from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims. Since Aug. 1, claims related to 24 deaths and 16 injuries have been deemed eligible for compensation by the program, which is being overseen by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. The number of eligible deaths is up one from last week. Claims for less serious injuries led the rise in claims, reaching 886 from 644. ...


Masked man sought in connection with 3 bank robberies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:51

Masked man sought in connection with 3 bank robberiesAuthorities are asking for the public's help in their hunt for an armed robbery suspect who held up a bank in Bucks County.


PHOTOS: Masked man robs bank in Chalfont, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:50

 Masked man robs bank in Chalfont, Pa.Police in Bucks County have released images of a man they say robbed a bank in Chalfont, and may be connected to at least two other robberies.


Parents urged journalist with Ebola not to go

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:42
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The parents of an American video journalist who contracted Ebola in Liberia say they tried to talk him out of going there last month.