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Target hires PepsiCo exec Brian Cornell as new chairman and CEO as it works to recover

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:04
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target hires PepsiCo exec Brian Cornell as new chairman and CEO as it works to recover.

Night at the museum: U.S. adults embrace art, science sleepovers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:03

Museum worker Brittany Janaszak cleans a 94-foot-long blue whale model at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New YorkThe American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adults-only sleepover this week, with a champagne reception, live jazz and a three-course dinner. "Every museum is looking for a new way to engage different demographics," said Paul Johnson, a fund-raising consultant. "It's about cultivating future audiences and future donors." Scores of museums offer overnights for children, popularized by the children's tales "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" about runaways hiding in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the book and movie "Night at the Museum," about a watchman who discovers exhibits come to life after visitors leave. Children taking part in overnight programs can solve crimes at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, explore caves at the Cincinnati Museum Center, watch sharks at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco and snooze inside a submarine at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.


Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on union law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:28
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule on the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Gov. Scott Walker's recall election.

Ailing Portuguese bank's shares sink after losses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:25

In this July 28, 2014 photo, people use ATMs at a branch of Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo in Lisbon. The Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a police investigation. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Shares in troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo have plunged by more than 50 percent in volatile early trading on the Lisbon stock exchange a day after it reported a record half-year loss of 3.58 billion euros ($4.8 billion).


Survivor in fatal carjacking crash speaks out

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:20

Survivor of fatal Tioga carjacking crash speaks outOne of the women who survived the carjacking crash in Tioga that killed three children and critically injured their mother is speaking out about the ordeal.


Volkswagen 2nd quarter profit up but revenue slips

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:15
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, says its net income rose 14.1 percent in the second quarter although revenues slipped even as unit sales pushed higher.

3 injured in fiery crash on I-95 in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:54

3 injured in fiery crash on I-95 in WilmingtonPolice say three people were injured in a fiery crash on Interstate-95 in Wilmington, Delaware early Thursday morning.


Samsung earns $6.1 billion, shares plunge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:49

People stand in front of a Samsung Electronics Co's showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung earned $6.1 billion last quarter but investors were dissatisfied, sending its share price down 4 percent. The panoply of numbers in its earnings report for the April-June quarter show why.


Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run accident on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:44

Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run accident on Roosevelt BoulevardPolice say a man was struck and injured in a hit-and-run accident on Roosevelt Boulevard early Thursday morning.


Mom shot while children sleep inside Camden home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:42

Mom shot while children sleep inside Camden homePolice say a woman was shot in the neck in front of her Camden, New Jersey home while her children slept inside early Thursday morning.


Adidas issues profit warning on Russia risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:00
BERLIN (AP) — Sports equipment maker Adidas lowered its full-year profit target on Thursday, citing among other things increasing risk in the Russian market amid mounting political tensions over Ukraine.

Mom shot while child sleeps inside Camden home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:57

Mom shot while children sleep inside Camden homePolice say a woman was shot in the neck in front of her Camden, New Jersey home, while her child slept inside early Thursday morning.


Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:49

FILE - This May, 15, 2014 file photo shows the entrance of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. A leading Washington philanthropist is presenting an alternate plan to save one of the nation’s oldest museums in court hearings this week over whether to break up the trust from 1869 that established the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later its college. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art.


Swiss central bank reports $17.7B half-year profit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:36
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's central bank posted a profit Thursday of 16.1 billion Swiss francs ($17.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a big turnaround from its loss of 9 billion francs for 2013.

World Cup adds froth to German beer sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:14
BERLIN (AP) — German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the year's first half, gaining froth from the beginning of the country's run to the soccer World Cup title.

Sony surprises with first quarter profit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 16:00

Visitors walk past a logo of Sony at Sony Building in Tokyo Thursday, July 31, 2014. Sony reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from buildings and its stake in a video-game maker. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker.


Ceremony to mark return of saint to Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:47

FILE - In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer. St. Marianne Cope’s remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony. The remains will be kept in a cabinet in the cathedral. (AP Photo/Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.


Los Angeles pipe rupture: A look at the numbers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:41

a broken 30-inch water main under Sunset BoulevardA torrent of water spewed from a nearly century-old pipe that burst in Los Angeles, shutting down a section of Sunset Boulevard and inundating the campus of UCLA. Here are some of the numbers behind Tuesday's rupture:


AP Exclusive: Study finds panthers kill livestock

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:40

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 1997 file photo, An adult male Florida panther growels as he leaves his shipping container to enter his new home at Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla. A University of Florida study has found that as the Florida panther population has rebounded, ranchers are loosing more cattle to panther attacks. The study will help determine how to compensate ranchers for their losses. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.


Portland settles suit by officer who honored Nazis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:36

In this image from video, date not known, Mark Kruger. a Portland police officer speaks in Portland, Ore. Once-forgotten plaques placed by Kruger in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city. The officer, Capt. Mark Kruger, threatened to sue the city last year over texts sent by a top police official to an officer characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer. Instead of going to court, the city settled, agreeing to give Kruger 80 hours of vacation and $5,000. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Michael Lloyd)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Once-forgotten plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city.