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U.S. city and county pension funding up nearly 6 percent in 2013: report

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:01
(Reuters) - Funding levels for city and county pension plans rose almost 6 percent in 2013 from the previous year, according to a report released by Wilshire Consulting on Monday. Russ Walker, vice president at Wilshire Associates and an author of the report, attributed the rise to the strong rally of global stock markets over the 12 months, offsetting "weaker performance by global fixed income and allowing pension asset growth to outdistance the growth in pension liabilities over fiscal 2013." For years, many states short-changed their public pensions, putting in far less than recommended by actuaries.

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:30
CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth.

California man arrested after firing on ice cream truck, police

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:26
(Reuters) - A southern California man was arrested following a nine-hour standoff with police after he opened fire on an ice cream truck and later shot at officers, police said on Monday. Terry McKinney, 59, was arrested late on Sunday following the hours-long standoff, said San Bernardino Police Lieutenant Rich Lawhead. Around 3 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) on Sunday, police responded to reports that a man had shot an ice cream truck and another car. When officers arrived, McKinney retreated into his home and refused to comply with police instructions, Lawhead said.

Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:46

Police Detain 'Django Unchained' Actress In LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.


Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

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

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.


Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:17

This photo provided by A Woman’s Nation shows an envelope that Marriott will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week to encourage guests to leave a tip for the person who cleans the room. The envelopes bear the name of the room attendant. Marriott is launching the project with Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation, an organization that works on issues empowering women. Shriver says many travelers don’t realize that it’s customary to leave a tip for the person who cleans your hotel room. (AP Photo/A Woman’s Nation)NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.


Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:53

In this Aug. 26, 2014, photo, Wanda Coleman clutches her aching knee while watching television in her bedroom in New York, surrounded by things she is going to leave behind when she goes to a homeless shelter. Coleman is about to be evicted from her public housing apartment, partly for her son's criminal activity, due to "One Strike and You're Out" policies. Under federal public housing guidelines, a whole family can be evicted for one family member’s alleged criminal activity, even if it occurred elsewhere and no one in the household knew about it. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)NEW YORK (AP) — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she's lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door.


Four burned in explosion at Arizona pet food factory

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:42
(Reuters) - Four contractors were burned on Sunday in an explosion at an Arizona pet food factory, a fire department official said. The workers were welding in a grain elevator at the Nestle Purina plant in Flagstaff at around 4:30 p.m. when grain dust caught fire and sparked an explosion, said Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Bill Morse.

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:30

Obamacare overhaulPotential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, ...


Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:22
OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has burned 21 structures, authorities said.

Grain-dust blast injures 4 at factory

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:10
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff Sunday, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns, authorities said.

Hundreds evacuated as northern California wildfires rage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:46
Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes on Sunday as wildfires raged through parts of drought-plagued northern California, officials said. Roughly 1,000 Madera County residents were ordered to evacuate as one blaze, dubbed the Courtney Fire, charred some 320 acres (129.5 hectares), California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire) said. A total of 400 firefighters were called in to battle the flames, which had destroyed at least 10 buildings and was being fueled by drought conditions in the area roughly 150 miles (241.4 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco, CalFire said. Further north, about 800 firefighters were working to battle a 2,500-acre (1,011.7-hectare) blaze called the King Fire, raging in El Dorado County.

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:34

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, makes a statement on the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Potential complications await consumers as Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away.


Miss New York crowned as Miss America 2015

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:06

Miss New York crowned as Miss America 2015Miss New York Kira Kazantsev has been named the new Miss America, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown.


Britain mourns slain ISIS hostage; another under threat

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:01

Britain mourns slain ISIS hostage; another under threatBritish aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family said Sunday as they grieved his death at the hands of Islamic State militants in Syria.


PHOTOS: 2015 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:57

 2015 Miss America pageant in Atlantic CityCheck out highlights from this year's Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.


New Yorker Kira Kazantsev 'Happy' to be crowned Miss America

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:57

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev reacts after being announced winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New JerseyNew Yorker Kira Kazantsev won the coveted 2015 Miss America Pageant crown on Sunday, a "three-peat" for contenders from the Big Apple. As part of the competition, Kazantsev, 23, sang Pharrell William's song "Happy", keeping time by tapping a red plastic cup. Wearing a long-sleeved, backless white gown and clutching red roses, the newest Miss America walked the runway with a wide smile and waved to a cheering crowd in Atlantic City, where the 94-year-old beauty pageant returned last year after eight years in Las Vegas. Kazantsev's win marked New York's third consecutive Miss America title.


Asian stocks tumble on disappointing China data

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:31
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Monday on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum.

Navy identifies pilot presumed dead after crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:27
LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) — A Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean was identified Sunday as Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26-year-old native of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

Pregnant woman killed, baby still critical in Frankford shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:25

Pregnant woman killed, baby still critical in Frankford shootingA pregnant woman was fatally shot in Philadelphia's Frankford section and the woman's infant daughter is still fighting for her life.