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U.S. mortgage applications fall to lowest since Dec 2000: MBA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 23:21

A band of fog envelops downtown DenverThe Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, fell 7.2 percent in the week ended Sept. 5. Fixed 30-year mortgage rates averaged 4.27 percent in the week, up from 4.25 percent the week before.


Women's colleges address transgender applicants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 23:10

In this Sept. 9, 2014, transgender student Calliope Wong poses for a photograph on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Women’s colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)BOSTON (AP) — Women's colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning — single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations — demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms.


Catalini named AP New Jersey statehouse reporter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 23:03
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Michael Catalini, an enterprising political journalist covering the U.S. Senate, has been named the New Jersey statehouse reporter for The Associated Press.

Florida quadruple murder suspect denies role in killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:44
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A man suspected by authorities of killing four people in Florida and dumping their bodies by a roadside insists that he wasn't responsible for the gruesome crime. Adam Matos, 28, is jailed on charges of aggravated assault in Pasco County, Florida. Matos told the Tampa Bay Times in an interview from jail on Tuesday that he's innocent. "All the fingers point to me." Matos was taken into custody on Friday as police swarmed the Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa to rescue a 4-year-old boy holed up with him.

U.S. NHTSA to probe engine stalls on 2007 Chrysler minivans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:23

A Dodge sign is illuminated at the 2009 New York International Auto ShowThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday said its Office of Defects Investigation is assessing "the scope, frequency and safety consequences" of alleged engine stalling after refueling in the Chrysler vans. A spokesman for Chrysler Group, a unit of Fiat SpA , on Wednesday said the automaker "will actively support NHTSA's efforts to investigate" the claims, adding that the agency's investigation notice "cites no injuries or accidents related to this reported condition." NHTSA said it had received eight complaints from consumers related to the issue. Another complaint posted in February said "vehicle stalls immediately after filling gas tank" and that the stalling "has happened repeatedly in traffic." NHTSA has received numerous complaints about the same problem on the Chrysler Town & Country, a companion model to the Grand Caravan, including 20 complaints on the 2004 Town & Country and 25 complaints on the 2005 Town & Country.


Britain and France secure EU's top economic jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:19

European Commission President elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and France have secured two top positions on economic and financial policy-making in the new European Commission as the 28-nation bloc's executive arm seeks to revive anemic growth and fight unemployment.


Witness: Freeh 'totally out' at time of crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:05
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An eyewitness to the Vermont car crash that injured Louis Freeh says the former FBI director looked to be asleep when his vehicle crossed the centerline, forcing two cars and a motorcyclist to swerve out of the way.

Clash at junior football escalates into gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:57

Clash at junior football escalates into gunfirePolice say an argument between parents and a coach at a junior football league practice in Kansas escalated into a fight involving gunfire.


Coleman recalls inflatable tubes after skin irritation reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Coleman Co Inc is recalling about 20,500 Sevylor brand inflatable flotation tubes because of the risk of skin irritation, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday. The Sevylor brand River Racer tubes were sold at Walmart stores and online from January to July for about $25, the commission said in a statement. The Wichita, Kansas, company has received 24 reports of skin irritation after contact with the rubber tube, it said. The tubes were made in China. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Police: Boy desecrated Jesus statue, posted photos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:53
EVERETT, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old western Pennsylvania boy has been charged with desecrating a statue of Jesus by standing in front of it and mimicking a sex act, and then posting pictures of it on the Internet.

U.S. groups leery of fast-track trade deals demand transparency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:34
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, the organizations said that Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA, was outdated and undercuts congressional and public oversight. The groups, led by the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen, said TPA should be replaced with a new system that gives both Congress and the public a louder voice in trade negotiations.

Californian voters support water bond two-to-one, poll finds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:31
(Reuters) - A two-to-one majority of California voters support the state's $7.5 billion water bond that is slated for November's ballot, according to a new poll. The bond measure, which has been contentiously debated by the legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for the past few years, would improve the water quality, supply and infrastructure in drought-stricken California, if passed by voters. The poll, conducted by the independent and non-partisan Field Research Corp, found that citizen awareness of the water bond was low. Those who were aware of the water bond showed greater support.

Pa. county council rejects 'In God We Trust' motto

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:29

In God We TrustPITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania county council has voted 8-6 against posting the national motto, "In God We Trust," in its chambers.


High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:27

High-tech survey exposes hidden StonehengeLONDON (AP) — There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye.


Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:27

96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie HarrisonALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia."


Man arrested after baby left in car outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:07
TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in northwest Mississippi say a man has been charged with child neglect after leaving his 1-year-old baby in a running vehicle while he was in a casino.

Japanese nuclear plant clears safety hurdle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:46

 We will stop!! (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval Wednesday under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.


Closing arguments in child kidnap, sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:25

Closing arguments in child kidnap, sex assault caseThe jury hears closing arguments today in the trial of a former day care worker who prosecutors say brutalized a kindergartner and then abandoned her, half-naked.


UN assembly calls for action on national debt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:23
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of a resolution that calls for adoption of a new legal framework to restructure national debts and avoid the kind of speculative action that led Argentina to a second default.

7 charged in gang-related machete attack caught on camera in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:05

7 charged in gang-related machete attack caught on camera in ChicagoSeven people, including three juveniles, have been arrested and charged in a gang-related machete attack caught on camera at a train station in Chicago.