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Jury seated in Georgia peanut salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:07
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A jury has been seated to hear the trial of three people charged in connection with a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:06

 GOP-led House gives the go-aheadA sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.


Weak earnings sink US stocks; Whole Foods slides

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:05

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sharply lower following weak corporate earnings. Exxon Mobil and Whole Foods slumped.


Chicago police: 1 man dead, 1 critical after shooting in downtown high-rise office building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:05
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police: 1 man dead, 1 critical after shooting in downtown high-rise office building.

Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:01

A HEXO+ drone prototypeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Illegal cellphones, an issue in prisons nationwide, have drawn particular alarm in South Carolina.


Cops: 2 people shot in downtown Chicago high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:01
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two people have been shot inside a downtown high-rise office building.

Attacker choked woman in Southwest Philadelphia, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:00

Attacker choked woman in Southwest Philadelphia, police sayPolice have arrested a man for a brutal assault on a woman in Southwest Philadelphia.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:57

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:55

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 1997 file photo, An adult male Florida panther growels as he leaves his shipping container to enter his new home at Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla. A University of Florida study has found that as the Florida panther population has rebounded, ranchers are losing more cattle to panther attacks. The study will help determine how to compensate ranchers for their losses. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.


Sudan woman who faced death over faith heads to US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home.

Police say 2 shot in downtown Chicago high-rise office building

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:51
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say 2 shot in downtown Chicago high-rise office building.

Candidate lives as homeless person for a week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:47

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari holds a media availability to respond to Gov. Jerry Brown's address to the American Federation of Teachers AFT, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles Friday, June 11, 2014.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn.


Prosecutor: Woman kidnapped baby to raise as own

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:45
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Colorado woman faked a pregnancy and kidnapped her newborn nephew in Wisconsin in hopes of passing him off as her own.

Police responding to shooting at Chicago high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:44
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are responding to a reported shooting at a downtown high-rise office building.

Help wanted: Aging Maine town offers reward for plumber

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:44
By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) - When the only plumber in remote Jackman, Maine, retired, leaving the town's 862 people with no alternative nearer than 50 miles (80 km) away, things got desperate enough that the town offered a $2,000 scholarship for anyone willing to learn the trade and stay. "It can sometimes take weeks until we can find someone to respond," said local school principal Denise Plante. "And it can be worse in spring when plumbers are busy opening up lake camps and cottages." The scholarship is funded by a local family who has run a summer camp in the area. Towns across Maine, which has the oldest population in the nation, face challenges keeping up with services as tradesmen retire and are not replaced by younger workers.

Vegas man gets life in ax attack that killed baby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:33
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 38-year-old Las Vegas man has been ordered to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a 4-month-old baby with a medieval-style battle ax and critically wounding the child's mother in a random attack on a sidewalk.

U.N. concerned by U.S. plans for child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:28

Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in NogalesBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations' human rights chief expressed concern on Thursday at what she said were plans by the U.S. government to deport tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who entered the United States in recent months. Faced with a delicate and divisive political issue, President Barack Obama's administration has said most will be sent home as they would not qualify for asylum or refugee status. Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Washington to protect the child migrants and investigate dozens of reports of abuse against them by U.S. officials. "I am particularly concerned because the United States appears to be taking steps to deport most of these children back," Pillay told a final news briefing in Geneva before completing six years in office on Aug. 31.


Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds collective bargaining law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:13
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin's collective bargaining reforms, which prompted protests from organized labor, do not violate the free speech and equal protection rights of public sector union workers, the state's supreme court ruled on Thursday. The reforms, passed in 2011 by Republican lawmakers, severely limit the bargaining power of public sector unions while forcing most state workers to pay more for benefits such as health insurance and pensions. The court ruled the public sector union members do not have a constitutional right to negotiate with their employer for wages and on other matters and that the law does not restrict their free speech and association rights. Federal courts have upheld the law in two cases including a ruling by Federal Judge William Conley last September.

3 hurt when glass falls from NYC office tower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Glass has fallen from a midtown Manhattan office tower, injuring three people.

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:06
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish betting company Paddy Power says it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords.