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5 Alabama hunters haul in 15-foot, 1,000-pound alligator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:42

5 Alabama hunters haul in 15-foot, 1,000-pound alligatorA group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.


Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:40
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus.

Former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, whose move from GOP in '01 tipped Senate power, dies at 80

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:18
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, whose move from GOP in '01 tipped Senate power, dies at 80.

NBC's 'Blacklist' gets A-list marketing treatment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:14

This advertisement released by NBC shows a mock magazine cover featuring James Spader in character as Raymond Reddington from the NBC series "The Blacklist." Spader, will be featured on 11 mock magazine covers, on billboards and online, to promote the network's top drama before its Sept. 22 return. (AP Photo/NBC)LOS ANGELES (AP) — With TV viewers awash in choices, how can a network bolster a freshman hit's chances of repeating its success in year two? Plot a marketing extravaganza that's nearly inescapable.


PHOTOS: Suspects in Love Park assault

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:03

 Suspects in Love Park assaultPolice released new images Monday of the suspects sought in the assault of a park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park.


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks of leaving embassy, sparks confusion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:02

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks of leaving embassy, sparks confusionWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.


Pictures of suspects in Love Park assault

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:52

 Suspects in Love Park assaultPolice released new images Monday of the suspects sought in the assault of a park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park.


Cost of raising a child in U.S. tops $245,000, USDA says

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:40
The Department of Agriculture's annual "Cost of Raising a Child" report showed child-rearing costs - which reflect food, housing, childcare, education and other expenses - were up about 1.8 percent from 2012. Housing is the single largest cost, averaging 30 percent of the total, followed by child care and education at 18 percent, and food at 16 percent. For the purposes of the data, "middle income" parents were defined as having an annual income between $61,530 and $106,540 - the middle third of the income distribution for a two-parent family with children. Child-raising costs have risen faster than inflation since the report was first compiled in 1960, when a middle-income family could have expected to spend $25,230 to raise a child.

Fire damages apartment building in Lower Pottsgrove

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:23

Fire damages apartment building in Lower PottsgroveFirefighters battled an apartment building fire in Lower Pottsgrove Monday morning.


Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:30

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 8, 2009, file photo, a bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon is dipped in red wax during a tour of the distillery in Loretto, Ky. Kentucky bourbon makers have stashed away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation due to resurgent demand for the venerable brown spirit. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.


Maine woman sues GM after suffering burn

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:25
YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who says she suffered a third-degree burn from a heated seat in Chevrolet Suburban has sued General Motors.

Man recovering after shooting in New Castle Co.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:19

Man recovering after shooting in New Castle Co.Authorities say a man is home from the hospital after being shot in New Castle County, Delaware.


Lawyer: NYC subway stabbing was self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:10
NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer says a man accused of drunkenly stabbing three people on a New York City subway platform was just defending himself.

Kids' brains reorganize when learning math skills

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:00

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, third grade teacher Melissa Grieshober teaches a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.


Madden ratings guru has the players' attention

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:28

In this Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 photo, Donny Moore poses for a photo in front three computer screens he uses to rate NFL football players for the Madden NFL video football game at EA Sports in Orlando, Fla. Moore is the "ratings czar" for "Madden NFL," the man responsible for making sure the popular video game's virtual avatars accurately reflect their real-life counterparts. (AP Photo/John Raoux)DENVER (AP) — Donny Moore can be the most reviled man in NFL locker rooms.


NY's Met Opera, two unions reach tentative deal to avert lockout

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:26

Union orchestra musicians of New York's Metropolitan Opera perform as they attend a rally with chorus members and others near Lincoln Center in New York City(Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative contract agreements on Monday with unions representing its orchestra and chorus, federal mediators said, after tense negotiations that had threatened to derail the new season due to open next month. "These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties for their resolve in addressing multiple and complex issues," said Allison Beck, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The agreements with Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, which represents the orchestra, and the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents the chorus, were reached "after many hours of intense negotiations," Beck said. "We are grateful for their commitment to the collective bargaining process and grateful most of all that the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world's premier cultural institutions, will continue providing outstanding operas for all to enjoy," Beck said.


Teen threatened to shoot students at school, police say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:18

Teen threatened to shoot students at school, police sayA 15-year-old boy arrested Sunday on suspicion of posting online threats to shoot students at Southern California schools apparently did so as a prank, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.


Sensata to buy Schrader Intl in $1 billion deal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:11
Sensata Technologies plans to inflate its presence in pressure sensing equipment with a $1 billion deal to buy privately held Schrader International, which makes tire pressure monitoring sensors.

I-65 reopens at site of Tenn. tanker explosion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:54
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The site where a tanker truck exploded and caught fire on Interstate 65 in Middle Tennessee has reopened to traffic.

Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:25

In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, customers enter a Family Dollar store on Plaza Boulevard, in Kinston, N.C. There’s now a bidding war for Family Dollar, with Dollar General offering about $9.7 billion for the discounter in an effort to trump Dollar Tree’s bid of $8.5 billion. (AP Photo/Kinston Free Press, Janet S. Carter)GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's now a bidding war for Family Dollar, with Dollar General offering about $8.95 billion for the discounter in an effort to trump Dollar Tree's bid.