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1 injured in apartment blaze in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:33

1 injured in apartment blaze in Center CityOne person was injured in an apartment fire in Center City, Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Water main break closes streets in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:25

Water main break closes streets in KensingtonA water main break has shut down several blocks in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Brian Williams' credibility questioned after fake Iraq story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:18

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file image released by Starpix shows Brian Williams at the Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day event in New York. NBC "NBC "Nightly News" anchor Williams has admitted he spread a false story about being on a helicopter that came under enemy fire while he was reporting in Iraq in 2003. Williams said on "Nightly News" on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, he was in a helicopter following other aircraft, one of which was hit by ground fire. His helicopter was not hit. (AP Photo/Starpix, Andrew Toth, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News anchor Brian Williams found himself the story Thursday, his credibility seriously threatened because he falsely claimed he had been in a helicopter hit by a grenade during the Iraq war.


Police investigate bar robbery in Queen Village

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:40

Police investigate bar robbery in Queen VillagePolice are investigating a robbery at a bar in Philadelphia's Queen Village neighborhood early Friday morning.


I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:33

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredAll lanes of I-495 are back open after a dump truck crash in Wilmington, Delaware that left one person injured.


Robbery victim shot multiple times in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:32

Robbery victim shot multiple times in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say the gunman fired 17 times, hitting the 51-year-old victim multiple times at point blank range.


Troubled overhaul of NYC's 911 system $700 million over budget: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:11
(Reuters) - An overhaul of New York City's 911 system has cost at least $700 million more than expected and suffered years of delays caused by mismanagement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The modernization project was launched in 2004 under former mayor Michael Bloomberg to address failings in the emergency system experienced during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and a 2003 blackout in the U.S. Northeast, the Journal said. Current Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a review of the project by the New York City Department of Investigation and DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said in a preliminary report in August that the program had "suffered from significant mismanagement which at times was nothing short of governmental malpractice." Citing the DOI's final report, due to be released on Friday, the Wall Street Journal said senior program managers had exaggerated their progress to the Bloomberg administration and officials had failed to properly oversee contractors.

Low oil prices have yet to rattle North Dakota small businesses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:08

Baristas prepare for Friday's grand opening at the Lantern Coffee Company in Williston, North DakotaBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - Even as plunging crude oil prices fuel anxiety in North Dakota, small business owners in the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state say they are confident that demand for their products and services will remain strong enough to keep things humming. North Dakota's oil patch has been one of the faster-growing U.S. regions. While big oil companies grab the most headlines out of the state, much of the local economy still relies on hotel owners, plumbers, contractors and other small businesses, said Mike Gallagher, manager of the SBA's North Dakota district.


NB I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; SB still shut down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:54

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredNorthbound I-495 is back open, but all southbound lanes remain closed after a dump truck crash in Wilmington, Delaware.


Man shot dead during robbery in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:51

Robbery victim shot multiple times in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say a 51-year-old man was shot and killed during a robbery in Southwest Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Dump truck crashes on I-495 in Wilmington, SB lanes closed at 12 Street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:26

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredPolice say a driver in a dump truck was injured after crashing on I-495 SB in Wilmington, Delaware early Friday morning.


Dump truck crashes on I-495 in Wilmington, SB and NB lanes closed at 12 Street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:04

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredPolice say a driver in a dump truck was injured after crashing on I-495 SB in Wilmington, Delaware early Friday morning.


Celebrated Los Angeles school food executive removed from job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:46

Michelle Obama addresses a discussion with school nutrition experts about issues in school food programs at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington(Reuters) - A Los Angeles school food executive, who took salt and fat out of school meals and was praised by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, has been removed from his job, officials said in a brief statement on Thursday. David Binkle, Los Angeles Unified School District food services director, had been "temporarily reassigned" pending an investigation into a "confidential personnel matter", the district statement said.


U.S. states probe massive data breach at health insurer Anthem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:09

A man walks past health insurer Anthem's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Hackers broke into the company's database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China. Attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Arkansas and North Carolina are looking into the breach, according to representatives of their offices and internal documents. California's Department of Insurance said it will review Anthem's response to the data attack. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen asked Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish to provide by March 4 detailed information about the cyberattack, the company's security practices and privacy policies, according to a letter obtained by Reuters on Thursday.


Alaska governor proposes state job cuts as oil prices plunge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:05

Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters after releasing details on his budget proposal for next year on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — With falling oil prices exacerbating Alaska's budget deficit, Gov. Bill Walker has proposed eliminating 329 state positions as part of an effort to reduce the size of state government.


Another month of solid job growth is expected for January

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:32

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, left, shakes hands with a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Miami. The institute is part of Miami Dade College which offers training and job placement assistance in the hospitality industry to inner city residents. The Labor Department releases employment data for January on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WASHINGTON (AP) — Steady economic growth and consumer spending likely led U.S. employers to hire at a healthy pace in January and extend last year's solid job gains.


Obama, at prayer event, calls Dalai Lama 'good friend'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:24
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Dalai Lama but did not meet directly with him at a religious event in Washington closely watched by Beijing, which has warned against any exchange with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Obama, who greeted the Buddhist monk with a bow-like gesture, called him "a good friend" and "a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings." Both figures were at an annual prayer breakfast in Washington where Obama spoke about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama was in the audience at a table in the front row across from the president along with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, a signal of White House support. Obama nodded and smiled at the Dalai Lama, waving after clasping his hands to greet the spiritual leader as the event began.

Obama, at prayer event, calls Dalai Lama 'good friend'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:24

The Dalai Lama waves towards the head table, where U.S. President Barack Obama was seated, during the National Prayer Breakfast in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Dalai Lama on Thursday but did not meet him directly at a religious event in Washington closely watched by China, which has warned against any exchange with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Obama and the Dalai Lama were both at an annual prayer breakfast where Obama spoke about the importance of religious freedom. Obama greeted the Buddhist monk with a bow-like gesture and called him "a good friend" and "a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings." The Dalai Lama was in the audience at a table in the front row across from the president along with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, a signal of White House support.


McCain seeks to open US domestic routes to foreign ships

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:21

Map shows number of shipbuiling and repairing jobs by state; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America's maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:00
"There was some sound next to me. It did not feel right shortly after takeoff. The engine did not feel right." — Huang Jin-sun, who survived the TransAsia Airways flight that crashed just minutes after takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan.