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Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:57

This March 6, 2014 image provided by AAA Foundation via DanCampbellPhotography.com shows a driver during the Cognitive Distraction Phase II testing in Salt Lake City. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse. (AP Photo/DanCampbellPhotographer.com via AAA Foundation)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


AccuWeather: Morning Showers, Thunderstorm possible tonight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:41

 Morning Showers, Thunderstorm possible tonightMeteorologist David Murphy says a second round of showers and possible thunderstorms arrives later this evening.


Union: Philadelphia teacher contract cancellation a cowardly act

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:36

Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'The Philadelphia School Reform Commission announced Monday that it has canceled its contract with the teachers' union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.


Romania lifts freeze placed on Lukoil over probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:26
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Russian crude producer Lukoil says Romanian authorities have lifted a freeze on its assets and activity that was placed as a result of a probe into tax evasion and money laundering worth 230 million euros ($290 million).

AccuWeather: Morning Showers, A Nice Afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:04

 Morning Showers, Thunderstorm possible tonightMeteorologist David Murphy says a second round of showers and possible thunderstorms arrives later this evening.


Global stocks lower after Wall Street decline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:14

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, the statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall faces the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks opened higher Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, as investors assessed corporate news. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BANGKOK (AP) — Global stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street edged down and the World Bank trimmed its Asian growth forecast.


Delaware mother charged after daughter brings heroin to daycare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:30
(Reuters) - A Delaware mother was arrested on Monday after her four-year-old daughter unknowingly brought roughly 250 packets of heroin to her daycare, and passed them out to classmates thinking they were candy, police said. Ashley Tull, 30, of Selbyville was charged with drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child after her daughter brought the drugs to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center on Monday morning, Delaware State Police said in a statement. ...

New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:09

This March 6, 2014 image provided by AAA Foundation via DanCampbellPhotography.com shows a driver during the Cognitive Distraction Phase II testing in Salt Lake City. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse. (AP Photo/DanCampbellPhotographer.com via AAA Foundation)WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.


Southern California tutor arrested over cheating scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:07
(Reuters) - A private Los Angeles-area tutor was arrested and charged on Monday for illegally changing grades for three high school students, police said. Timothy Lance Lai, 29, was charged with one count of felony burglary and four counts of felony fraud after he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, the Newport Beach police said in a statement. Lai, who fled the United States after the investigation started, broke into Corona Del Mar High School last year and installed a USB device that recorded keystrokes on a teacher's computer, the police said. ...

Samsung expects lowest profit in over 3 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:23

Middle school students try out Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 4 at the company's showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its third-quarter operating profit is estimated to have fallen to the lowest level in more than three years, as Galaxy handsets sales slow. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a stunning financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands.


California oyster farm settles with U.S. government, agrees to close

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:13

Two customers enjoy oysters outside the oyster shack at Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Inverness, CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California oyster farm has settled its years-long lawsuit against the federal government and agreed to cease operations by the end of the year, the company said on Monday, ending a high-profile case that split the environmental community. Drakes Bay Oyster Company, based in the Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco, agreed to end its challenge of the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision not to renew its 40-year lease on public land. ...


Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:54

This March 6, 2014 image provided by AAA Foundation via DanCampbellPhotography.com shows a driver during the Cognitive Distraction Phase II testing in Salt Lake City. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse. (AP Photo/DanCampbellPhotographer.com via AAA Foundation)WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.


Mississippi family gunfight leaves two dead, two wounded

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:49
By David Minsky (Reuters) - Two family members killed each other and wounded two relatives in a gunfight following a domestic altercation in rural northeast Mississippi last week, a law enforcement official said on Monday. Mickey Sudduth and his father-in-law Robert Mize both fatally shot each other outside Mize's home near Aberdeen after a dispute involving Sudduth's estranged wife Jennifer on Friday afternoon, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said. ...

Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:45

Cindy Bednarz and wife Lisa Bednarz attend same-sex marriage rally in Salt Lake CityWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.


New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:44

A convoy transporting a Spanish nurse who believed to have contracted the ebola virus from a 69-year-old Spanish priest leaves Alcorcon Hospital in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital tested positive for the virus, Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato said Monday. The female nurse was part of the medical team that treated a 69-year-old Spanish priest who died in a hospital last month after being flown back from Sierra Leone, where he was posted. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.


NJ grandmother takes bullet to save grandson's life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:41

NJ grandmother takes bullet to save grandson's lifeA grandmother took a bullet trying to shield her 6-year-old grandson when gunfire broke out in the middle of a Newark street.


Abu-Jamal's speech prompts bill support

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:33

Abu-Jamal's speech prompts bill supportReaction has been raw to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal delivering a commencement speech to a small college in Vermont.


Seattle to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:10
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same day as the federally recognized holiday, Columbus Day.

New Mexico governor rivals spar in Spanish debate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:02

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, left, and Democratic challenger Gary King prepare for a KLUZ-TV Univision Nuevo Mexico-sponsored debate in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The candidates squared off in the Spanish-language debate aimed at the state's Hispanic voters. The debate marked a growing trend nationwide with more candidates agreeing to Spanish-language debates as the Latino voting bloc grows. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Political rivals for New Mexico governor faced off in a Spanish debate Monday, a rare event that nonetheless marked an emerging trend as Republicans and Democrats around the U.S. court Hispanic voters.


New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:48

New concern worldwide as nurse in Spain gets EbolaRaising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. In the U.S., President Barack Obama said the government was considering ordering more careful screening of airline passengers arriving from the region.