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Vineland cabbies victims of violent robberies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:56

Vineland cabbies victims of violent robberiesTaxi drivers in South Jersey are facing, what they call, a dangerous trend. Several say they have been held up behind the wheel - guns pointed at their faces while the thieves demand cash.


Thousands attend Chick-fil-A owner's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:51

Andrew Cathy, grandson of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy reads scripture during the funeral service for Cathy, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at First Baptist Jonesboro in Jonesboro, Ga. Cathy, 93, died on Monday. Cathy rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTJONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Thousands of people attended a public funeral for Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died early Monday at 93.


University of California task force won't support divesting fossil-fuel holding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:51
By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A University of California panel announced recommendations on Wednesday to combat climate change and make the university more sustainable, but declined to endorse shedding its fossil fuel holdings from its $91 billion invesment portfolio. The university's Task Force on Sustainable Investing suggested sinking more than $1 billion over a five-year period into climate change solutions, and greatly expanding its use of solar energy in an effort to make the university system carbon-neutral by 2025. “We are looking under every rock in the university system for ways to alleviate the effects of climate change,” said Dianne Klein, a spokeswoman for UC President Janet Napolitano. While the 11-person task force reached unanimous agreement on the importance of addressing climate change, the majority opposed divesting the university's $10 billion in fossil fuel-related companies and funds.

Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after major deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:50

FILE - This July 12, 2012 file photo show the lanes entering the United States at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. A judge on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, suspended Detroit's bankruptcy trial until next week to give lawyers time to work out the details of a settlement that would satisfy Syncora, a major creditor that opposed the city's plan to get on its feet again. The city reached a deal Tuesday with Syncora, a bond insurer that stood to lose about $400 million under Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy. Detroit would extend Syncora's lease on the Winsdor tunnel between the U.S. and Canada and grant it a long-term lease on a downtown parking garage, among other concessions. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — One of Detroit's fiercest opponents in bankruptcy once compared the city's fix-it plan to an automobile "lemon" fit for the "scrapyard."


Driver busted in Maryland with cocaine 'trail' thought he was in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:50
A Maryland man alleged to have cocaine on his face and clothes and be driving while drunk was arrested after he told an officer he thought he was in Chicago, a Maryland State Police spokesman said on Wednesday. Artis Ray Gordon, 69, of Baltimore, was arrested on Friday night when a state trooper responded to a car accident outside of Baltimore, the spokesman said. "Gordon told me he lives in Chicago and was on his way home when he got lost," the trooper's report said. "Gordon stated he thought he was still in Chicago and wasn't sure how to get home." Gordon was carrying a vial with a substance that later tested positive for cocaine.

Maryland woman killed by heatstroke had mental problems: medical examiner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:49
A Maryland mother who was found dead in June inside a car along with her two infant daughters had a history of mental problems, the state medical examiner's office said on Wednesday. Family members said the mother, Allison Pluck, 32, was mentally ill and suffering from hallucinations and paranoia, according to an autopsy report from the medical examiner's office. "The circumstances around the death make it most likely that the decedent had some sort of psychological break," Dr. Russell Alexander wrote in the report. She also ran her hands over the exterior of the box for at least three minutes while at the cashier to purchase it," the report said.Another employee said Pluck "looked like she wasn't quite with it." Police discovered Pluck and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 5 months and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16.  The cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure, medical examiner's spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said.  Pluck was found in the reclined front seat of a small, silver-colored car.

Cleveland Clinic to issue rare century bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:45
Cleveland Clinic plans to issue a rare century bond on Thursday, marking a first from the not-for-profit healthcare sector and one of few such debt issues in the U.S. Cleveland Clinic, which specializes in cancer and cardiovascular treatment, will join an elite club in capital markets circles. The Ohio-based health system favored the ultra-long $400 million issuance because it offered more flexibility to help fund new partnerships and technology, Cleveland Clinic Chief Financial Officer Steve Glass said on Wednesday. Moody's Investor Service reported that Cleveland Clinic's strong reputation, exceptional ability to fundraise, and high demand from patients make the health system less vulnerable to risks associated with ultra-long debts.

Obama authorizes $25 million in immediate military aid to Iraq: White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:44

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question at a press conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, WalesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama authorized $25 million in "immediate military assistance" on Wednesday for the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government to help with military education and training, according to a memorandum posted on the White House website. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)


Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:37
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.

Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars: U.S. report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:35
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. While the Government Accountability Office report noted that relatively few U.S. Just 4 percent of households headed by someone 65 or older carried student loan debt as of 2010, up from 1 percent in 2004. "Some may think of student loan debt as a just a young person's problem," said U.S.

Study: Many hospitals use too many antibiotics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests.

Police: $5,000 worth of iPads stolen from NJ school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:27

 $5,000 worth of iPads stolen from NJ schoolPolice are trying to track down thousands of dollars' worth of iPads stolen from a Willingboro Township school.


Porn flick a winner in Pennsylvania governor's race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:27

Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks to the media after casting his ballot on primary election day at Eagle Fire Company #1 in Mt. WolfBy Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A campy low-budget pornographic horror film is enjoying newfound popularity after one of its actors was spotted appearing in a campaign commercial for the Democrat running for governor of Pennsylvania, the film's director said on Wednesday. The television ad, featuring Alan Benyak, was taken down earlier this week after the campaign of candidate Tom Wolf learned of Benyak's past. Benyak, a Pittsburgh-area lawyer, appeared as "Mr. ...


Activists plan NYC climate march before UN summit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:51
NEW YORK (AP) — Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue.

Maryland judge banned after ordering electric shock for defendant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:51
Maryland's top court has banned a judge from hearing cases after he ordered that an electric shock device be used on a defendant, a Maryland judiciary spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Charles County Judge Robert Nalley, who retired this year but was permitted to hear cases by the Court of Appeals, was barred because of a courtroom incident in July. Delvon King, of Waldorf, Maryland, was representing himself in a gun-possession case and questioned whether Nalley had the authority to judge him, local media reported. Nalley told a sheriff's deputy to use a remote control to stun King with a shock device strapped to his ankle.

EU says Cyprus legislation clashes with bailout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:49

A woman and a girl walks outside a branch of Bank of Cyprus in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. The European Union warned Cyprus Wednesday that it may be flouting the terms of its multibillion-euro rescue package after the country's parliament approved legislation softening a crucial foreclosures law. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union warned Cyprus Wednesday that it may be flouting the terms of its multibillion-euro rescue package after the country's parliament approved legislation softening a crucial foreclosures law.


Marijuana case vs. Bernie Goetz dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:38

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, Bernard Goetz is arraigned in Manhattan criminal court, in New York. The low-level marijuana case against Goetz, the subway vigilant, who was charged with selling $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer he'd been flirting with in Union Square park, was dismissed on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it.


Senior Americans burdened with student debt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:17

Rosemary Anderson of Watsonville, Calif., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, before the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine Older Americans and student loan debt. Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments. Like Anderson, a growing percentage of aging Americans struggle to pay back their student debt. Tens of thousands of them even see their Social Security benefits garnished when they cannot do so. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.


Washington state teenagers arrested in school shooting threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:15
Friends of a Washington state man accused of threatening a shooting rampage at his former high school have been arrested on charges of intimidating witnesses who brought the alleged plot to the attention of police, officials said on Wednesday. Matthew Smiley, 18, was charged on Monday with felony harassment and ordered held on $2 million bail for making multiple threats to "shoot up" his former high school in Kingston, on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, court officials said. "Witnesses also reported the young man had access to firearms and had displayed these weapons as a point of emphasis," the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said. All four were awaiting arraignment on a single count of witness intimidation, a court official said on Wednesday.

Car slams into Reading church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:10

Car slams into Reading churchA woman who slammed her car into a Reading church is likely counting her blessings after the crash on Wednesday morning.