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AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:14

Graphic shows results of AP-GfK poll on issues of concern to likely voters; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped campaigns from trying to appeal on other topics as well. Here's a look at what voters think on the top issues of the election cycle.

911 caller: Cop told man to drop gun at Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:13
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man carrying a gun in Wal-Mart told state investigators he heard an officer repeatedly say "put it down" about two seconds before police shot the man, killing him, according to a summary of the interview released by the state.

Police ID state trooper killed in accidental shooting at Plymouth Twp. firing range

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:12

Police ID state trooper killed in accidental shooting at Plymouth Twp. firing rangeA Pennsylvania state police officer who was fatally wounded in an accidental shooting at a Plymouth Twp. firing range has been identified.

Somali-American gets 30 years for Oregon Christmas bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:01

Booking photo of Mohamed Osman MohamudBy Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a Somali-American man on Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison for trying to blow up a Christmas tree lighting celebration in Oregon four years ago with a fake bomb supplied by undercover government agents. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen and former Oregon State University student, was convicted in January 2013 of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, despite defense allegations of government entrapment. "This is a very sad case, a sad, sad case for everyone," U.S. ...

Ex-officer pleads guilty in drugstore killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:56
RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) — A former police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering two people while robbing a pharmacy in the town he was once sworn to protect.

Prison for bank exec who used firm's card for wine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:51
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former TD Bank executive who used a company credit card to buy $240,000 in Champagne and lap dances at strip clubs to ease his stress from work has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

Hagel orders steps to improve U.S. military healthcare system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:47

US Secretary of Defense Hagel enters news conference on Military Health Care at Pentagon in WashingtonBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took steps on Wednesday to improve the U.S. military healthcare system after a review concluded that some patients had to wait too long to see a doctor and others received care that was below standard. The Pentagon chief gave Defense Department hospitals and clinics with underperforming units 30 days to develop plans to reduce wait times and deal with other access issues. He told facilities with quality problems to submit improvement plans in 45 days. "The review found pockets of excellence ... ...

Police made tough call with UVa student missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:47

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)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police have revealed next to nothing about the evidence they have against Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., and they won't have to for months to come.

Rhode Island child with Enterovirus dies after infection: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:46
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults. ...

Kidnapped Texas girl found in Mexico after 12-year search: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:44

Sabrina Allen foundBy Tony C. Dreibus AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at the age of four and taken to Mexico by her mother has been found there, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Sabrina Allen was taken from Austin, Texas, in April 2002 by Dara Llorens, who was estranged from Allen's father, according to the Austin Police Department. Llorens and the child assumed new identities and moved frequently to evade capture, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which assisted in the hunt for the girl. ...

Fire at NJ home where hospital CEO, wife were found dead was arson: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:42
(Reuters) - New Jersey investigators have determined that a weekend fire in the home where a New Jersey hospital chief executive and his wife were found dead was arson, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said on Wednesday. The blaze was started in the second-floor bedroom of the Montgomery Township home of John Sheridan Jr., 72, the CEO and president of Cooper University Health System, and his wife Joyce, 69, said prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The couple were found unresponsive in the bedroom early Sunday. ...

GM looks to new vehicles, China to boost profit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:41

General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the Global Business Conference for investors in Milford, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of older small cars.

New Mexico women say motel owner assaulted them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:41
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three women have sued a New Mexico motel owner and the director of the halfway house where they lived, saying they were repeatedly sexually assaulted at work and threated with being sent back to prison when they complained.

Mom accused of helping son in drive-by shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:38

This photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Lisa Egersdorf, accused of driving her teenage son by a gas station to shoot at rival gang members after picking him up from school. Prosecutors say Egersdorf was behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla when her 17-year-old son fired several shots at people he’d been fighting with at his Salt Lake City school. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff Office)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman is accused of driving her teenage son by a convenience store to shoot at rival gang members he had been fighting with at school.

Pennsylvania judge says Scranton can't tax commuters to fix pensions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:36
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Penn. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday rejected the cash-strapped city of Scranton's bid to solve its municipal pension woes with a new commuter tax. The 0.75 percent tax on commuters' earned income was supposed to have gone into effect on Wednesday. It would have affected about 23,000 people and raised about $5 million annually, according to city officials. Senior Judge John Braxton of Philadelphia, who heard the case in Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, said the city could not impose a commuter tax unless it levied the same tax on residents. ...

San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:36
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.

Child trapped under car in Tioga Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:28

Boy dies after being struck by car in Tioga-NicetownEmergency crews are on the scene of where a child got trapped underneath a vehicle in Philadelphia's Tioga Nicetown section.

AP-GfK Poll: Voters' pre-election focus on economy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:21

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo, people signing up for unemployment fill a room at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday, 9 in 10 of those most likely to go to the polls or mail in a ballot in this year’s midterm elections call the economy an extremely or very important issue. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.

Philly officially relaxes penalties for marijuana possession

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:52

Philly officially relaxes penalties for marijuana possessionPhiladelphia has enacted legislation that allows police to ticket people for possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them.