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Police: Man annoyed by noise threw table at car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:51
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man upset by the sound of a passing car's exhaust threw a table at the vehicle and then punched its teenage driver.

Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:49

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Shirin Vala, 65, who is an essential tremor patient, uses a Liftware Spoon to eat without spilling at her home in Oakland, Calif. Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing it’s money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. Not surprisingly, the company that has brought the driverless car and Internet glasses is bringing a unique improvement to the utensils. Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

U.S. farm sector profits slump as expenses rise: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:37

Farm workers ride in an old pick-up truck during planting season on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net farm income in the United States is now forecast to be $96.9 billion, down 21 percent from a year ago and the lowest since 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The 2014 forecast was revised down sharply from $113.2 billion in August. The USDA said falling crop receipts and rising livestock receipts largely offset each other and that higher expenses were the main driver of the decline in net income. (Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Bill Trott)

U.S. authorities need to build trust on race issues: U.N. rights chief

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:31

Jordan's Prince Zeid al-Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights attends news conference at UN in GenevaGENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. authorities need to tackle a "deep and festering" mistrust in some sectors of the population and examine how race relations affect law enforcement, the U.N.'s human rights chief said on Tuesday. About a dozen buildings in surburban Ferguson, Missouri, burned overnight and police fired tear gas at protesters angry that a grand jury had cleared police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. ...

Double arm transplant recipient thanks doctors in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:24

Will Lautzenheiser hugs his partner Angel Gonzalez at a news conference to announce Lautzenheiser's successful double arm transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in BostonBOSTON (Reuters) - A 40-year-old quadruple amputee on Tuesday thanked the Boston surgeons who performed a rare dual arm transplant on him last month and described the experience of getting the new limbs as surreal. Will Lautzenheiser, who lost his arms and legs to a streptococcal infection in 2011, said he has limited function in the new arms, which are encumbered by wrappings to help with healing. The arms were attached from an anonymous donor in a nine-hour operation at Brigham & Women's Hospital. ...

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:24

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, handlers steer Thomas the Tank Engine and Paddington Bear balloons through the parking lot at CitiField in New York. The two balloons were taken for practice runs along with four other new character balloons in preparation for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thomas the Tank Engine will be the parade's largest balloon by helium volume and the one containing the most balloon fabric ever used on one character. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

Ferguson police Officer Wilson thanks supporters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:16
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson has thanked those who have supported him since he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown during a confrontation in August.

Man barricades himself inside VOA center

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:10
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a man with a knife has barricaded himself in a Volunteers of American center.

PHOTOS: Protest in Philly over Ferguson decision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:58

 Protest in Philly over Ferguson decisionProtesters marched throughout Philadelphia in response to the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson case.

City Council subpoenas Boston University president

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:58
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council has taken the unusual step of issuing a subpoena to the president of Boston University to compel him to appear at a hearing on diversity at city colleges.

Andrew Card to lead Franklin Pierce University

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:54
RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University's fifth president.

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:46

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, watches are on display at Kmart in New York. The Friday after Thanksgiving has long been the day to grab the best bargains of the holiday shopping season. But new data from various companies that track the specials now say Thanksgiving is taking that crown, at least online. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

Want the best deal? Skip the turkey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:42
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for the best deal? You might want to skip the turkey and shop on Thanksgiving.

Exclusive: U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:42

U.S. troops stand guard in front of a police medical warehouse in KabulBy Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. ...

UN: Islamic State group got up to $45M in ransoms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:37
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said Monday.

Police treating Whitehall Twp. woman's disappearance as criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:31

Police treating Whitehall Twp. woman's disappearance as criminal casePennsylvania State Police investigators are now treating the disappearance of a 33-year-old mother of three who seems to have simply vanished as a criminal case.

Police: Man, 35, slept in Philadelphia-area school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:30
LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — Police outside Philadelphia say they found a man sleeping in a school hallway with a glass smoking pipe and a bag of synthetic marijuana marked "Scooby Snax."

Celebrated California farm sows seeds for next generation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:54

Yellow and green zucchini are seen on sale at Chino Farm in Rancho Santa FeBy Mary Milliken RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing up among rows of purple haze carrots, delicate Mara des Bois strawberries and corn sweet enough to eat raw, Makoto Chino might have been one of the best-fed kids in America. He would see celebrated chefs like Julia Child and Alice Waters visiting his family's Southern California farm and learning from his father Tom Chino about the painstaking attention to quality and experimentation. The chefs would sign the kitchen wall in homage to the work of the Japanese-American family. ...

Ferguson protest in Philadelphia loud, but peaceful

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:52

Ferguson protest in Philadelphia loud, but peacefulSeveral hundred protesters marched through downtown Philadelphia on Monday night, waving signs and chanting slogans, after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

With no indictment, chaos fills Ferguson streets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:35

With no indictment, chaos fills Ferguson streetsSmoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted.