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U.S. courts deny trafficking victims lost wages: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 20:41
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most victims of sex and labour trafficking in the United States fail to get any back pay, despite a U.S. law requiring courts to order convicted traffickers to pay their lost wages, a new study has found. Sex trafficking victims are the least likely to win any monetary award, even if prosecutors petition the judge, and are awarded far less money than labour victims, according to the review of cases by the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP. ...

General Mills plans to cut about 700 to 800 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 19:33
NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.

Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 19:30

In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, a worker harvests grapes at the Moet Hennessy’s Chandon winery plantation in Yongning County in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. France’s Moet Hennessy is betting on China’s taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine. China’s appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. (AP Photo/Helene Franchineau)YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.


Somali-American man faces sentencing in Oregon bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 19:01
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A Somali-American man convicted of trying to blow up a Christmas tree lighting celebration in Oregon four years ago will be sentenced on Wednesday with prosecutors urging that he be sent to federal prison for four decades. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen and former Oregon State University student, was convicted in January last year of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. ...

Pa. trooper shooting suspect making mistakes, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 18:26

Pa. trooper shooting suspect making mistakes, police sayThe discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a massive manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender.


Police: Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 18:13

Pa. trooper shooting suspect making mistakes, police sayState police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage.


Police; Man arrested in fatal stabbing in East Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 18:00

Police; Man arrested in fatal stabbing in East Mt. AiryPhiladelphia Police have arrested a man they say returned to the scene of the crime after stabbing a homeowner to death in East Mount Airy.


Police; Man arrested in fatal stabbing in East Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:51

Police; Man arrested in fatal stabbing in East Mt. AiryPolice say a man has been arrested in a fatal stabbing in Philadelphia's East Mount Airy section late Tuesday night.


AccuWeather: Cooler today, shower possible

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:30

 Lots of clouds today, shower possibleMeteorologist Karen Rogers is tracking a return to fall temperatures along with some weekend rain.


Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:28

In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, a Shinkansen bullet train arrives at Tokyo Station in Tokyo. Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."


AccuWeather: Summerlike End to September

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:15

 Lots of clouds today, shower possibleMeteorologist Karen Rogers is tracking a return to fall temperatures along with some weekend rain.


Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:57

A police vehicle and residents are seen at the crime scene where mayor of Bell Gardens, California Daniel Crespo was shot, at a condo in Bell Gardens, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mayor of a small Los Angeles suburb was shot dead by his wife on Tuesday but the woman was released without charge after being detained, the county sheriff's department said. The shooting at Bell Gardens stemmed from an afternoon quarrel between the mayor, Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, that escalated when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., intervened, sheriff's spokeswoman Crystal Hernandez said. ...


Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:49

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1954 file photo, Muslims visit the Kaaba, the Sacred House of Allah, during a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As Muslims from around the world stream into Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage this week, they come to a city undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. (AP Photo, File)MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked.


Forensics at center of missing U.Va. student case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:45

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia State Police, missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown. Police say the investigation into the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has turned up a lead in Harrington's 2009 disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Morgan Harrington's parents were so convinced that a serial offender was responsible for their daughter's killing in 2009, they started a nonprofit foundation aimed at protecting other young women.


Myanmar awards first licenses to foreign banks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:31
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar awarded licenses Wednesday to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in a half-century.

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:18

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.


Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:16
(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania State Police said a trooper was accidentally shot dead late on Tuesday during a training exercise at a facility outside Philadelphia. Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety complex in Conshohocken in the late afternoon local time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement. Kedra, a state police member since 2012, is the 96th state police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the department's history, Noonan said. He is at least the second trooper shot dead in September. ...

Judge to sentence man in tree-lighting terror case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:52

FILE - A Nov. 27, 2010, file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office, shows Mohamed Mohamud. Nearly four years after 19-year-old Mohamud showed up at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., and triggered what turned out to be a fake bomb provided by the FBI, he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he's an old man.


Judge to sentence man in tree-lighting terror case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:52

FILE - A Nov. 27, 2010, file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office, shows Mohamed Mohamud. Nearly four years after 19-year-old Mohamud showed up at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., and triggered what turned out to be a fake bomb provided by the FBI, he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he's an old man.


Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:40
YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.