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Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:17
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone has died while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said Monday.

China convicts Web marketer in anti-rumor campaign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:43
BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Tuesday convicted an Internet marketer of illegal business practices and sentenced him to four years in prison for posting false information and deleting posts critical of his clients, in a case that state media have used to praise a government crackdown on online expression.

Answers to questions about the Ferguson grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:21

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict officer Darren Wilson, who killed the unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which was followed by sometimes violent protests. Some answers to common questions about the grand jury:


Active Alaska volcano calms down _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:56

In this Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a view of the Pavlof volcano's eruption plume is seen from an aircraft. The National Weather Service warned airplanes to avoid airspace near the erupting volcano as it spewed ash 30,000 feet above sea level. Pavlof is Alaska's most active volcano and is located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's had more than 40 recorded eruptions, including earlier this year and last year.(AP Photo/Alaska Volcano Observatory)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of varying intensity. They're not ready to consider this explosion over.


Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:18

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, the engine part of a Toyota Motor Corp.'s new fuel cell vehicle Mirai is shown at its showroom test course in Tokyo. There will only be a few hundred, and they won’t be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world’s largest automaker announced Tuesday, Nov. 18 that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015. The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen ($57,600) before taxes. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.


Washington mayor nixed plea deal over 2010 campaign: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:39

Gray campaigns on election day outside a polling place in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray rejected a plea deal from federal prosecutors in connection with their probe of his 2010 election campaign, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Prosecutors in the U.S. capital offered Gray, a Democrat, a deal in September that called for him to plead guilty to one felony count, the newspaper said, citing a person with knowledge of the talks. Six people have pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to Gray's campaign since 2012. They include Jeffrey Thompson, a businessman accused of financing a shadow campaign for Gray. ...


Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:37

David Crane, president/CEO of NRG Energy, smiles during the grand opening of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada borderBy Nichola Groom (Reuters) - U.S. power company NRG Energy Inc aims to grab a bigger piece of the residential solar industry by expanding its business in California, the nation's biggest solar market, and offering a new financing option to its customers. NRG Home Solar on Tuesday will announce two new offices and plans to add 100 employees in the Golden State. The company is already a top competitor on the East Coast but has lagged rivals such as SolarCity Corp and Vivint Solar Inc in California. That is about to change, according to Kelcy Pegler, president of NRG Home Solar. ...


Future Chicago archbishop speaks to parishioners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:23

Bishop Blase Cupich, left, and the retiring Cardinal Francis George listen during his Rite of Reception service at Holy Name Cathedral, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday. He was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — The bishop set to become the leader of the third-largest diocese in the United States vowed Monday night that he will be active in the Chicago community by pushing for immigration reform, battling gang violence and helping the poor.


Minnesota's Bill Frenzel, former U.S. congressman, dies at 86

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:12
(Reuters) - Bill Frenzel, who served 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, has died aged 86, the organization said in a statement on Monday. Frenzel, a Minnesota native, died peacefully at his home in McLean, Virginia, with his family by his side on Monday morning, according to the Brookings Institution and the Economic Club of Minnesota, which he co-founded. ...

Federal gov't falls short on more health websites

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.

AccuWeather: Near Record Cold on the Way

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:55

 Near Record Cold on the WayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says rain moves out tonight, followed by blustery winds and bitter cold.


Relatives of slain woman sue over Denver 911 delay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:53
DENVER (AP) — A Denver woman who was found fatally beaten more than six hours after a neighbor first called 911 for help might have survived if dispatchers had sent police sooner, her family said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that cites "a pattern of inadequate 911 dispatching."

Biggest social media scams

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:48

Biggest social media scamsSocial media has become a major part of most of our lives. It is a way we connect, share information, and even play games. But a growing number of criminals are taking advantage of this new platform.


2 guards, sergeant stabbed inside Philadelphia prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:39

2 guards, sergeant stabbed inside Philadelphia prisonTwo guards and a police sergeant were stabbed inside a Northeast Philadelphia prison Monday afternoon, authorities say.


Priest who was appealing sex abuse conviction dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:37

Priest who was appealing sex abuse conviction diesA Roman Catholic priest has died in custody while appealing his child sexual abuse conviction.


Bill Cosby hunkers down as scandal rages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:35

Bill Cosby hunkers down as scandal ragesAfter Bill Cosby settled a civil lawsuit in 2006 alleging that he'd repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman, his image as America's dad may have been temporarily tarnished, but was far from destroyed.


Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:33

Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to PhiladelphiaPope Francis announced overnight that he will be visiting Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September, 2015.


UN experts recommend new sanctions on terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida is recommending new sanctions that would authorize the seizure of tanker trucks carrying oil from areas in Syria and Iraq controlled by the Islamic State group or the Nusra Front.

Philadelphia detective involved in Kelly Drive pileup

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:28

Philadelphia detective involved in Kelly Drive pileupFive people, including a Philadelphia police detective, were injured after a three-car pileup on Kelly Drive during the evening rush hour.


U.S. Senator Begich concedes defeat in Alaska senate race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:23
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Mark Begich on Monday conceded defeat to his Republican challenger in a closely watched race that was part of midterm elections that gave Republicans control of the Senate and strengthened their grip on the House of Representatives. Begich, a Democrat, said he called to congratulate Dan Sullivan, a former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner who claimed victory on Wednesday in the Nov. 4 race. As of Friday, election results showed Sullivan leading by roughly 7,700 votes. ...