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Hedging their beans: U.S. coffee roasters swoop as prices drop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:03
By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. coffee roasters, still reeling from a sudden price spike a year ago, took advantage of the recent tumble in the arabica market to fix prices farther into the future than they have in more than three years, roasters and traders said. The extensive forward coverage reflects a new, more cautious buying strategy from roasters amid increasingly volatile futures prices as farmers in top grower Brazil prepare to harvest a crop many fear has been hurt by last year's drought, according to interviews with seven U.S. roasters and eight U.S. traders. Steve Kessler, Anodyne's director of wholesale operations, said the company hedged about a quarter of its annual needs late last month. Earlier this month, prices hit $1.288 per lb, their weakest in just over a year, after a month-long drop as speculators exited long positions on reports of rain in Brazil.

Police open fire on man with shotgun in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:48

Police open fire on man with shotgun in North PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police opened fire on a man who allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers in North Philadelphia early Friday morning.

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:47

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. Yahoo and Microsoft are offering new log-in solutions via text, facial recognition and fingerprint-identification technology. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked.

Children of comedian killed in crash with Wal-Mart truck win $10 million settlement: AP

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:38
(Reuters) - The children of the comedian James McNair, who was killed in a road crash that injured fellow comic Tracy Morgan, won a $10 million settlement with Wal-Mart, according to the Associated Press, citing documents filed in New York's Westchester County. (Written by Alden Bentley; Edited by Alan Crosby)

Body found in boarding home in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:30

Body found in boarding home in West PhiladelphiaPolice say the body of a woman who had been shot in the neck was found inside a boarding home in West Philadelphia Friday morning.

Family: Woman who had baby cut from womb critical but stable

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:59
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The family of a Colorado woman whose unborn baby died after an attacker cut the fetus out of her belly says she is in critical but stable condition and resting comfortably.

AccuWeather MAPS: Today's Snow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:57

 Today's SnowAccuWeather is tracking the system that is dumping a mix of snow and rain on our area.

AccuWeather: Wet Snow, Rain Today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:49

 Wet Snow, Rain TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says the first full day of spring (Saturday) will be much nicer.

Man behind New Jersey corruption sting out of prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:47

FILE- In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 file photograph, Solomon Dwek waits to be sentenced in state Superior Court in Freehold, N.J. Dwek was released from a federal prison in Maryland this week. He was placed into home confinement after serving less than 30 months of a 6-year sentence. The 42-year-old son of a prominent rabbi began cooperating with the FBI as part of a plea agreement after he was accused of running a real estate Ponzi scheme. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Patti Sapone, Pool, file)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The rabbi's son and admitted con man who became the central figure in New Jersey's largest federal corruption sting is out of prison.

Spring arrives in winter-weary U.S. Northeast but more snow forecast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:42

Schoolchildren play in melting snow at Madison Square Park, in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spring arrives in the winter-weary U.S. Northeast on Friday but the weather forecast was for more of the same: another half-foot of snow for parts of the region, prompting widespread flight cancellations and early school dismissals. After blanketing the Washington, D.C., region, the snowstorm headed north to the New York City metropolitan area, which was expected to get up to 6 inches (15 cm) of the wet, heavy winter souvenir, said National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Pereira. The fierce winter drained snow removal and road safety budgets in towns and cities throughout the Northeast. As the storm took aim at New York, it left behind the deepest snow in the western Maryland town of Cascade, which recorded 4 inches on Friday.

Alaska prepares for wood bison return after a century

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:41
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials are preparing to release North America's largest land mammal into its native U.S. habitat for the first time in more than a century.

Penn State board warned of impact of sexual misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:39
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — An administrator who led a task force that recommended Penn State change how it handles sexual assault and misconduct told the school's trustees on Friday allegations about a fraternity's secret Facebook page illustrate the need for more work to address the matters.

Woman reported missing near California university found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:30
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 22-year-old woman reported missing near a Southern California university nearly two weeks ago was found in "good physical condition," police said on Friday, although they released few additional details about the case. Sahray Astina Barber was seen on March 9 leaving her apartment across the street from Cal State San Bernardino at about 6 a.m. on her way to work at another school campus, but she never arrived at her job. Barber "has been located in good physical condition and is back with her family," the San Bernardino Police Department said in a tweet posted early on Friday. It did not elaborate on how Barber was found or where she had been, adding: "Information is extremely limited on what can be released." Barber was not a student at California State University, San Bernardino, where at least two women were recently attacked.

Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:29

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a 1926 Model T Ford truck is parked at the entrance to Dahl Vineyards in Yountville, Calif. Robert Dahl came west from with dreams to make it big in Napa Valley's wine industry. The charismatic and intelligent Minnesota native convinced old friends and new acquaintances to invest in a series of beer and wine ventures while living the good life of Harley Davidson motorcycles, a nearly 6,000 square-foot house in a gate community and frequent vacations. But on Monday it all came crashing down violently. With five lawsuits pending against him and an impending court date next week where he faced ruinous financial penalties, Dahl put a silencer on his .22 caliber semi-automatic and shot to death an investor who was seeking return of a $1.2 million loan before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Robert Dahl came west from Minnesota with a powerful desire to make his fortune in Napa Valley's famed wine country. And it looked like he had succeeded — for a while.

Many U.S. boards lack vision, just tick boxes in search for women directors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:17

BAE Systems Inc CEO Hudson smiles during the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in WashingtonBy Nadia Damouni NEW YORK (Reuters) - Linda Hudson, former CEO of the U.S. arm of British defense company BAE Systems Plc, is among the women that boards call on when they are looking for a female director. The demand for the 64-year-old Hudson underscores an issue women directors are noticing: companies may be talking about how they want to have more diverse boards but a lot aren't putting in the effort needed to make it happen. "You often don't get the enlightened thinking of reaching beyond the obvious candidates," said Hudson, who sits on the boards of Bank of America Corp and utility Southern Co., and is thinking of joining a third. Of the 478 new directors appointed to Fortune 500 boards in 2014, only 27 percent were women, according to research firm BoardEx.

Atlantic City's newest tourism push touts entertainment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:13
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Threatened with extinction but with no one having yet told it to stop, the organization that promotes Atlantic City to other parts of the country has a new campaign touting the seaside resort's entertainment offerings.

Boy, 3, found dead in obscure location in Florida home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:11
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Police say the body of a 3-year-old boy has been found inside the Florida home where he lived with his father.

Firefighter injured battling house fire in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 00:08

Firefighter injured battling house fire in Strawberry MansionA firefighter was injured in a fast-moving fire that damaged a house in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Friday morning.

Black man found hanging from Mississippi tree last seen alive at casino

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 23:56
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - A black man found hanging by a bed sheet from a tree in Mississippi whose death is under investigation by the FBI had last been seen over two weeks earlier by a friend who dropped him off at an area casino, local authorities said. The man, identified by the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP as Otis Byrd, 54, went missing on March 2 and was found in a wooded area about half a mile from his home in western Mississippi on Thursday, the Claiborne County Sheriff's Office said. It is not clear whether the man was killed or committed suicide, Jackson-based FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said.

Student group decries Janet Napolitano's remark on protest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 23:40

FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, University of California president Janet Napolitano talks with Gov. Jerry Brown during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. Napolitani publicly apologized Thursday, March 19, 2015, for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes “crap,” a remark overheard on an open microphone at the regents meeting Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A student group is criticizing University of California President Janet Napolitano for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by a microphone that prompted her apology.