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Hyundai to pay $10B for land in Gangnam district

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:15

This Sept. 17, 2014 photo shows Korea Electric Power Corp's headquarters, center, in Seoul, South Korea. The consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. has offered 10 trillion won ($9.6 billion) for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Han Jong-chan) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. offered 10.55 trillion won ($10.1 billion) for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters. The sky high price surprised shareholders who sent the automaker's shares down nearly 10 percent.


Dance workout puts moves on women's self-esteem

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:33

Janet Jones, second left on stage, leads a Vixen Workout fitness concert at the Highline Ballroom, in New York, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones created the Vixen Workout two years ago after she lost her job as a financial assistant and her high-energy routine has caught on in New York and other cities. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — When Janet Jones was laid off from her job as a financial assistant two years ago and hit rock bottom, inspiration struck.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:03
"This is the best of a long list of bad options." — Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., after the Republican-controlled House voted to give the Obama administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels against Islamic State militants.

Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:32

Donn Hewes leads his work horses back toward the stables from the pasture at The Northland Sheep Dairy Farm in Marathon, N.Y., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.


Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:26

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, a chef walks in the headquarter campus of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale. (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale.


Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:03

Mesa residents, reflected in a truck window, take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation for the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A weakened Pacific storm appears to have spared Tucson from its line of fire, but it is slamming much of southern Arizona.


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:51

Daredevil Nik Wallenda poses for a portrait on the roof of the Leo Burnett Building in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Wallenda said his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River. Wallenda, 35, will attempt the feat on Nov. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.


Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:08

Balloons held by Yes supporters float next to balloons and posters held by No supporters after a No campaign event where a number of speeches were made by different people and politicians in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday's referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory — but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.


Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:32

Drag queens from left, Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.


Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:27

This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a geologist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory using a radar gun to measure the speed of the lava flow from the June 27th flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the slow-moving lava is expected to bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island.


Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:47

The smoldering empty shell of a local library and a Head Start center are all that remain Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, the day after a wildfire swept through Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, a saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.


AccuWeather: Summer Makes A Comeback

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:41

 Lots of Sun, 70s Again TodayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says summer will make a final appearance before Fall officially arrives Monday.


Catholic HS coach fired in connection to gay couple attack in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39

Catholic HS coach fired in connection to gay couple attack in PhiladelphiaThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia says they have fired an assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School in connection to an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia.


Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:32

FILE - In this June 13, 2014 file photo, a menu of eel dish is displayed at an eel specialized restaurant in Tokyo. Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agriculture ministry reported the agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan, reached Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the end of a meeting on conservation measures for eels. It calls for reducing eel hauls by 20 percent for one year, beginning in November. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species.


Drexel University receives $50 million gift for law school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:29

Drexel University receives $50 million gift for law schoolDrexel University received $50 million, the largest gift in its history, for the university's law school.


Sale of toy guns banned in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:28

Sale of toy guns banned in Atlantic CityAtlantic City officials have voted to ban the sale of toy guns.


Manhunt intensifies for suspect in Pa. trooper shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:26

Manhunt intensifies for suspect in Pa. trooper shootingPolice have released new photos and an updated description of the suspect in the killing of one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and the wounding of another.


Several questioned in connection to gay couple attack in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:19

Catholic HS coach fired in connection to gay couple attack in PhiladelphiaPolice say they are questioning several people in connection to an attack on two gay men in the Center City Philadelphia area.


Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:16

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman discusses voting trends with a class at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Capital Journal, Chris Neal)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison for insider trading.


Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:12

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell tells an audience in Anchorage, Alaska, the amount of this year's Permanent Fund Dividend that will go to most residents just for living in the state, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The $1,884 payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's a highly anticipated day of the year in Alaska, when residents learn how much money they'll receive from the state's oil-wealth savings account — a payout people receive just for living in The Last Frontier.