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Tesla gigafactory job creation slower than first projected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:53
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla's northern Nevada battery plant is creating jobs more slowly than first projected, although state officials say it's still making satisfactory progress.

Exclusive: New U.S. bill being drafted to reform human trafficking rankings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:33

Fatima from Uzbekistan, a resident of the City of Hope shelter for women, looks in the mirror in Dubai February 14, 2008.By Matt Spetalnick and Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. lawmaker on human rights has begun drafting legislation to seek major reforms in how the State Department ranks countries on human trafficking, in response to concerns that the latest annual report was watered down for political reasons. U.S. Representative Chris Smith said the bill, which he expects to finalize in a month and introduce in the House of Representatives in six weeks, will call for some of the biggest changes in a decade in how Washington grades global efforts against modern slavery. The move follows a Reuters investigation that found that senior diplomats inflated assessments of 14 strategically important countries in the State Department's 2015 report.


An early rally in stocks loses steam by midday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:30

FILE - This Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks opened slightly lower early Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, as retail companies slipped. Energy stocks climbed early as the price of crude oil recovered. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in midday trading Thursday after wavering between gains and losses all morning. Investors are trying to position themselves ahead of Friday's jobs report from the government, which could help determine whether the Federal Reserve raises interest rates again next month.


Thousands of Uber drivers may protest Super Bowl 50

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:30

Thousands of Uber drivers may protest Super Bowl 50Angry Uber drivers are threatening to protest during the Super Bowl -- congesting highways and roads around Levi's Stadium.


Man ambushed and killed inside Frankford home ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:28

Man ambushed and killed inside Frankford home ID'dPolice say a man walked in an unlocked door of a house, and opened fire, striking a man in the head in Philadelphia's Frankford section.


Judge denies bail for Virginia Tech student charged with being an accessory in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:16
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Judge denies bail for Virginia Tech student charged with being an accessory in girl's death.

Judge rules out mentions of deaths at BP supervisor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:09
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eleven men died in the 2010 rig explosion that led to BP's Gulf oil spill, but a jury will hear about only four during a rig supervisor's trial this month.

Brian Boitano relives Super Bowl 26 halftime show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:05

Brian Boitano relives Super Bowl 26 halftime showBay Area gold medalist Brian Boitano was once a Super Bowl headliner. In 1992, Super Bowl 26 in Minneapolis featured a Winter Olympics theme -- Boitano and Dorothy Hamil skated on platforms topped with fake ice: glycerin-sprayed plastic.


Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:03

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.


Shkreli insults Congress on Twitter after refusing to testify

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:01
"Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government," said Shkreli, using his @MartinShkreli Twitter handle. Earlier, Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions from lawmakers about drug price increases he engineered such as hiking the price of 62-year-old Daraprim to $750 a pill from $13.50. During the hearing, Shkreli, whose youth and attitude have prompted some critics to label him "Pharmabro," responded to questions by continuing to laugh, twirling a pencil and yawning.

Former DC mayor Gray begins comeback after investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 01:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has begun his political comeback after a lengthy federal investigation ended with no charges against him.

Activists: Fire shelter chief for $1,000 purebred collie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:55
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The director of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society has been put on leave after animal activists criticized her for paying a breeder $1,000 for a purebred collie puppy rather than adopting a rescue dog.

Thomas Edison High School in Feltonville on lockdown after student reported with weapon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:48

Thomas Edison High School lockdown lifted after student reported with weaponThomas Edison High School in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia is on lockdown after reports of a student with a weapon.


Cheltenham firefighters battle 3 alarm house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:48

Cheltenham firefighters battle 3 alarm house firePolice and firefighters are on the scene of a multi-alarm blaze inside a house in Cheltenham, Montgomery County.


Attorneys ask judge to dismiss assault charge in Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:36
BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys for the next Baltimore police officer scheduled to be tried in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to throw out an assault charge, saying prosecutors haven't outlined actions that constitute the crime.

Senate panel approves Obama's pick to lead forces in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:32
A Senate committee approved on Thursday President Barack Obama's pick to lead U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. Lieutenant General John Nicholson's approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee came during a hearing with the outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Campbell.

Body of BASE jumper in California double tragedy IDed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:29
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a man who drowned in the waters off California's Big Sur after trying to save a friend who had parachuted from a bridge and was lost in the ocean.

Officials: 2 plane tires blow out on landing in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:12
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Airport officials say two tires under the left wing of an airplane blew out during a landing at a Pennsylvania airport.

Columbus joins airports boosting human trafficking awareness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 00:03

This image provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows a poster part of the Blue Campaign to raise public awareness of human trafficking. Awareness campaigns are underway at airports from New York to Los Angeles, as DHS has posted messages on video monitors and airport shopping bags. Other industries, including hotels and trucking, also are increasing efforts to detect trafficking. (Department of Homeland Security via AP)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.


1 injured after car, school bus collide in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:52

1 injured after car, school bus collide in Northeast PhiladelphiaOne person was injured following a crash involving a school bus and another vehicle in Northeast Philadelphia.