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Who needs a limo? Pope Francis opts for a more modest Fiat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:23

Pope Francis waves from a Fiat 500 as his motorcade departs from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, where President and Mrs. Obama welcomed him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis was hard to spot in the motorcade of more than 20 armed SUVs and police cars that motored into the nation's capital late Tuesday. The pontiff ditched the fancy wheels in favor of a much more modest ride: a Fiat.

For pope visit, local homeless advocate invited to White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:21

For pope visit, local homeless advocate invited to White HouseA nationally recognized advocate for the homeless is just one of the many of local people who are in Washington, D.C. for Pope Francis' first stop on his trip to the United States.

Next phase of towing ahead of papal visit begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:20

Next phase of towing ahead of papal visit beginsThe next phase of towing operations in Center City, to clear zones needed for the pope's visit to Philadelphia, began on Tuesday evening.

Texas teen arrested over homemade clock to visit United Nations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:19

A homemade clock made by Ahmed Mohamed is seen in an undated picture released by the Irving Texas Police DepartmentA Texas teenager who became a global sensation after he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb will be meeting foreign dignitaries at the United Nations this week, a family friend said on Tuesday. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a Muslim student who dabbles in robotics and attended a Dallas area high school, touched off a social media firestorm with many seeing his the arrest as being tied to his religion.

Kim Davis Denied Marriage Licenses for Her Friends

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:19
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis admits that she's refused to issue marriage licenses to her friends in same-sex couples.

The Latest: Store owner describes seeing wounded deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:16

30 a.m. Central time. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) — The latest developments in the shooting of a Florida Panhandle deputy (all times local):

Parkway papal preps beginning to take shape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:11

Parkway papal preps beginning to take shapeWork continues to transform the Ben Franklin Parkway for Pope Francis. An elaborate stage is being constructed, and as we get closer to the big events, people are finalizing their plans on how to get there.

Harvard endowment grows 5.8 percent to record $37.6 billion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:10
Harvard University's endowment posted a 5.8 percent return in fiscal year 2015 to hit a record $37.6 billion, the elite school's in-house fund management company said. The returns for the 12 months ended June 30 were driven by outsized profits in stocks, venture capital investments in technology and biotech, and real estate holdings, Harvard Management Company said in a letter to alumni published on its website on Tuesday. "We have challenges ahead and much hard work to be done, but I believe we have gained significant traction in 2015," Stephen Blythe, who took over the job of HMC's president from Jane Mendillo in January, said in the letter.

UN: Global food needs are outstripping donor generosity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency said Tuesday the overwhelming humanitarian needs in crises from Syria, Yemen and Iraq to South Sudan and Africa's Sahel region are outstripping the generosity of donors, and it is seeking new sources of money.

Sage grouse plan aims for balance between industry, wildlife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:02

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, second from left, shakes hands with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead at a gathering where Secretary Jewell made the formal announcement that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in Commerce City, Colo., Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. At left is Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and on the right is Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. The Obama administration and affected states have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to saving the grouse without Endangered Species Act protections that many argued would threaten industry. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A cooperative effort to save a ground-dwelling bird has diverted it from possible extinction, federal officials declared Tuesday, as they sought to safeguard the habitat of a declining species while maintaining key pieces of the American West's economy — oil and gas drilling and ranching.

Clinton pushes plan to address rising drug costs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:58

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a grassroots organizing meeting at Philander Smith College Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is outlining a sweeping plan to hold down the rising cost of prescription drugs and target drug companies that flood the airwaves with ads.

New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:57

In this 2015 photo released by the University of Alaska Museum of the North, a handful of dinosaur bones are seen after they were discovered at the Liscomb Bonebed on the Colville River, near Nuiqsut , Alaska. Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have found a third distinct dinosaur species documented on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope. The new species is a type of hadrosaur, a duck-billed plant-eater. (Pat Druckenmiller/UA Museum of the North via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fossils from a unique plant-eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, say Alaska and Florida university researchers.

Trial set for man accused of killing daughter with blade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:56
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A trial date has been set for an Alabama man accused of killing his toddler with a sword or knife in what relatives have called a ritual slaying.

Officials: South Dakota man killed wife, 4 kids then himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:49

A football goalpost stands in front of the burned house of the Westerhuis family, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, near Platte, S.D. Authorities believe a man fatally shot his wife and four children, set their house on fire, then turned the shotgun on himself, the state's attorney general's office said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — A father's apparent killing of his wife and four children with a shotgun and the grim discovery of their charred remains has shaken a rural community in South Dakota and left residents asking why.

Chicago mayor pushes massive tax hike over crippling cuts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:45

File photo of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at a town hall meeting on the city budget in ChicagoChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laid out a stark choice for the cash-strapped city as he proposed a 2016 budget aimed at resolving a financial crisis linked to unfunded pensions -- either slash vital public safety and other services, or enact the biggest-ever property tax increase. In a half-hour speech to Chicago's 50 aldermen, Emanuel said spending cuts would mean reducing 20 percent of the police force, closing 48 fire stations and laying off 40 percent of the city's firefighters. Emanuel, who was elected to a second term in February, proposed a $543 million increase in property taxes - between now and 2018 - to cover police and fire pensions.

Police: Body washes up on shore in Camden County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:40

 Body washes up on shore in Camden CountyPolice are on the scene where a body reportedly washed up on the shore Tuesday in Camden County.

Lawrence Livermore Lab CFO killed after car crashed into gym

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:37

Lawrence Livermore Lab CFO killed after car crashed into gymLawrence Livermore Lab confirmed that the woman killed this morning when an elderly woman crashed into a gym was the lab's CFO Kathy Baker, 49.

Fire reported at kennel in Bucks County

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:36

Animals reportedly being rescued from kennel fire in Bucks Co.Bucks County officials are battling a fire at a kennel in Haycock Township.

Chicago police collect DNA to try to ID dismembered toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:34

FILE - This file composite sketch by a forensic artist with the Cook County Sheriff's Department and released Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, by the Chicago Police Department shows a toddler whose dismembered remains were found in a lagoon in Garfield Park in Chicago. The child's remains were discovered over the weekend after someone reported seeing a foot floating in the water. Authorities are draining the lagoon in the search for more of the child's remains and other evidence. (Chicago Police Department via AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police trying to identify a dismembered toddler found in a lagoon earlier this month have collected DNA from the relatives of children who have gone missing.

Trial begins in Vegas in 2010 slaying of US airman from Guam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 05:32
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A death penalty trial has begun in Las Vegas for a Nevada ex-convict accused of plotting with his girlfriend the ambush slaying of her husband, a U.S. Air Force service member and Iraq War veteran from Guam.