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Atlantic City's $2.4B Revel casino closes for good Tuesday morning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:17

Atlantic City's $2.4B Revel casino closes for good Tuesday morningLittle more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel closes its doors this morning.


Euro continues descent ahead of ECB meeting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:12

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo Head of the European Central Bank, ECB, Mario Draghi attends a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says there’s room for governments to dial back austerity, within limits. The ECB is looking at more stimulus, such as pumping new money into the economy by purchasing bonds. But such central bank stimulus can’t do it all alone. “It would be helpful for the overall stance of policy if fiscal policy could play a greater role alongside monetary policy, and I believe there is scope for this,” he said in a speech last week at a U.S. Federal Reserve conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler, File)LONDON (AP) — The euro has fallen to a one-year low against the dollar as Europe's single currency remains under pressure ahead of this week's policy meeting of the European Central Bank.


More storms roll through Midwest with hail, winds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:04

Members of the grounds crew pull the tarp on the field during a rain delay in the 10th inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)ST. LOUIS (AP) — More strong storms rumbled through the Midwest, with a tornado reported in Kansas and other places seeing heavy rains, large hail and strong winds.


Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 13:49

This photo taken Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 shows hearings on legislation to repeal Common Core academic standards in the House Finance Hearing Room at Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer’s remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, where Republican legislators such as state Rep. Andy Thompson saying it’s kind of “creepy the way this whole thing landed in Ohio with all the things prepackaged.” (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Kyle Robertson)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse.


Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 13:02
By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. “What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,” said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. “If you don’t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you’re going to do is repeat it going forward.” Detroit’s 1,034-page plan for fixing the city’s finances will be the subject of a weeks-long bankruptcy court proceeding, beginning on Tuesday.

British migrant rights activist faces Thai trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:36

British human rights activist Andy Hall arrives at Phra Khanong provincial court for a trial in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Hall, who investigated alleged abuses at a Thai fruit processing factory went on trial Tuesday in the first in a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the company. Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. is accusing Hall of defamation in the wake of a report he helped author last year for the Finland-based watchdog group Finnwatch that detailed poor labor conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies in Thailand.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a Thai fruit processing factory went on trial Tuesday in the first of a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the company.


NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:30

Food vendors prepare jerk chicken in drum cookers along Eastern Parkway before the start of the annual West Indian Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough of New York Monday, Sept 1, 2014. Hours before the parade, police reported multiple shootings overnight, one of them deadly, near the route for the political see-and-be-seen event, which celebrates Caribbean culture and echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway.


NYC police boss defends response in custody death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:47
NEW YORK (AP) — It appears police officers behaved appropriately when they put a protective body wrap on a drug user who later died in custody, New York City's police commissioner said Monday.

Outrage over Point Breeze store allegedly selling BB guns to children

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:32

Outrage over Point Breeze store allegedly selling BB guns to childrenProtesters in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood are outraged over a corner store that they say is illegally selling BB guns to children.


Atlantic City's Revel casino starts closing after 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:25

Atlantic City's $2.4B Revel casino closes for good Tuesday morningThe most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.


Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:24

Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak BrookThe protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the last nearly two years to bring awareness to their demands, which include the right to unionize without retaliation. In one of the last major actions, restaurant workers launched rallies in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami in May. This time, organizers are staging walkouts in more than 100 cities and plan to use nonviolent civil disobedience tactics such as sit-ins, The New York Times reported.


California fires burn cabin, threaten homes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:12
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire has been contained after destroying a forest cabin, damaging five other homes and forcing about 50 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a second blaze threatens hundreds of homes.

Man, 19, shot after reports of fight in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:58

Man, 19, shot after reports of fight in WilmingtonAuthorities say a 19-year-old was shot after reports of a fight in Wilmington, Delaware.


Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:51

FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to the media during his and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after their talks in Moscow, Russia . Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov urged those holding a new round of talks Monday on easing Ukraine’s crisis to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.


1 dead in car crash in Bethel Township

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:41

1 dead in car crash in Bethel TownshipPolice are investigating a fatal crash in Bethel Township, Delaware County.


Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:30

FILE - In this Sunday, March 2, 2014, file photo, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A publicist for Lawrence says the actress has contacted authorities after nude photos of her were apparently stolen and posted online. Intimate images of the Oscar-winning actress began appearing online on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, and nude images purported to be of other female celebrities were also being circulated online. The source of the leak was not immediately known. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.


Coroner: Mom, 3 kids among 5 killed in plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:55

Firefighters work on the scene where three people were killed and two others injured after an airplane crashed in a field northwest of the main runway at Erie Municipal Airport while coming in for a landing in Erie, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Four of the five people killed in a small-plane crash north of Denver were identified Monday as a woman and her three children.


Pa. police chief's son charged for alleged road rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:18

Pa. police chief's son charged for alleged road rage incidentAuthorities say the son of a Pennsylvania police chief was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at detectives in an apparent road rage incident.


California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:05
(Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed to use a new image of a stoic-looking Arab man to represent its sports teams, dubbed "the Arabs," said Abed Ayoub, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which worked with the school to choose the new logo.

Retired Associated Press newsman dies in NY at 76

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:59
NEW YORK (AP) — A former newsman who worked for The Associated Press for 39 years has died in New York. Bruce Hodgman was 76.