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On track: Government says Dutch economy in good shape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 19:09
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch finance minister says the country's national debt declined last year for the first time since 2006 as the economy reaped the benefits of reforms and recovered from the global economic turmoil of recent years.

Police investigate arson, shooting in Wynnefield; man ambushed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 18:59

Man, 19, critically wounded in Wynnefield arson, shootingPolice are working to unravel the connection to an arson and shooting in Philadelphia's Wynnefield neighborhood.


Poll: Americans more upbeat about own finances than economy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 18:36

FILE - In this March 4, 2016, file photo, cranes move loads of materials at dusk at the Hudson Yards construction site in New York. Construction is rebounding across the United States, yet only 42 percent of adults describe the U.S. economy as good, according to a survey released Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by The Associated Press. But nearly two-thirds say their own households are faring well. That divide reflects a country sharply split by political affiliation and education level in the midst of an intensely negative presidential race. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an election race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national economy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.


How the AP-NORC poll on the economy was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 18:33

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, people dine at outdoor cafes and walk along Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian area featuring retail shops and restaurants in Miami Beach, Fla. Americans are treating themselves with more restaurant meals after slogging through a dreary seven-year recovery from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Only 42 percent of adults describe the U.S. economy as good, according to a survey released Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by The Associated Press. But nearly two-thirds say their own households are faring well. That divide reflects a country sharply split by political affiliation and education level in the midst of an intensely negative presidential race. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on the national economy and personal finances was conducted by NORC April 14-18. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 1,008 adults who are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel.


Poll: Americans more upbeat about own finances than economy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 18:28

FILE - In this March 4, 2016, file photo, cranes move loads of materials at dusk at the Hudson Yards construction site in New York. Construction is rebounding across the United States, yet only 42 percent of adults describe the U.S. economy as good, according to a survey released Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by The Associated Press. But nearly two-thirds say their own households are faring well. That divide reflects a country sharply split by political affiliation and education level in the midst of an intensely negative presidential race. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an election race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national economy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.


Dash cam catches dramatic rescue of man from burning SUV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:57
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A dash cam camera in an Anchorage police cruiser caught dramatic video of an officer and four citizens rescuing a man whose arm was trapped under a burning sport utility vehicle.

Man hospitalized after shooting in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:46

Man hospitalized after shooting in CamdenAn unidentified man was found shot and wounded in Camden, New Jersey.


China's Midea makes offer for German robot maker Kuka

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:34
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese appliance maker Midea made a takeover offer Wednesday for German industrial robot maker Kuka, a move that it says would help it capture a larger share of the "future service robots market."

Police investigate arson, shooting in Wynnefield

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:25

Man, 19, critically wounded in Wynnefield arson, shootingPolice are working to unravel the connection to an arson and shooting in Philadelphia's Wynnefield neighborhood.


UN refugee agency urges private sector to help fund shelters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:22

A woman hungs on his laundery near her tent in front of the wired fence that separate Greece and Macedonia at a makeshift refugee camp on the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Thousands of stranded refugees and migrants have camped in Idomeni for months after the border was closed. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is launching an unprecedented appeal to the private sector to help pay for shelters for 2 million refugees worldwide amid a "huge shortfall in funds" for that purpose.


2 dead after small plane crashes near airfield in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:20
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Two people were killed Tuesday evening after a small World War II-era plane crashed and exploded into flames near a Phoenix-area airport, authorities said.

Transgender 'milestones' took decades; more lawsuits likely

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:28

FILE - In this May 9, 2106 file photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington after North Carolina sued the federal government in a fight for a state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The federal government made headlines last week by suing North Carolina for discriminating against transgender people and then following up with guidance on how to accommodate transgender students. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With two milestone developments in the federal government's policy on gender issues, last week was heady for transgender people and advocates.


Hoping for a blockbuster, studios plan movie on Tetris game

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:26

FILE - This May 22, 2009, shows the puzzle video game Tetris at Barcade in the Brooklyn section of New York. The $80 million project is the first from the newly formed Threshold Global Studios, a joint venture between Chinese entertainment investor Bruno Wu's Seven Star Works and producer Larry Kasanoff's California-based Threshold Entertainment Group. Chinese-American movie studio hopes to produce in a sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s video game Tetris. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) — It lacks the building blocks of characters and a plot for now, but a Chinese-American studio hopes to turn the Tetris video game into a blockbuster movie.


Clinton discloses millions in book royalties, speaking fees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:10

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has filed financial documents showing that in 2015 she earned more than $5 million in royalties from her book "Hard Choices" and about $1.5 million in speaking fees before she launched her presidential campaign.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:01
"We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We're always stronger united." — Hillary Clinton in a Twitter post despite the race being too close to call. Clinton later lost Oregon's primary to rival Bernie Sanders.

New skin care product containing salmon roe smooths skin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 14:47

New skin care product containing salmon roe smooths skinCould something you order for dinner at a restaurant actually help smooth your skin? Yes, it turns out salmon contains the secret ingredient in a new skin care product.


SJ passes travel bans to NC, Mississippi over transgender laws

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 14:29

SJ passes travel bans to NC, Mississippi over transgender lawsThe City of San Jose is taking a stand against two states accused of passing discriminatory laws by passing a resolution banning non-essential travel to North Carolina and Mississippi.


Bracelet honoring fallen soldier returned to his mother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 13:56
KATY, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman hopes to find the original owner of a bracelet engraved with the name of her son, an Army veteran who was killed in Iraq, after it turned up hundreds of miles away in Minnesota.

Hoping for a blockbuster, Tetris game inspires movie

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 13:42

FILE - This May 22, 2009, shows the puzzle video game Tetris at Barcade in the Brooklyn section of New York. The $80 million project is the first from the newly formed Threshold Global Studios, a joint venture between Chinese entertainment investor Bruno Wu's Seven Star Works and producer Larry Kasanoff's California-based Threshold Entertainment Group. Chinese-American movie studio hopes to produce in a sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s video game Tetris. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) — It could be a blockbuster. At least that's what a Chinese-American movie studio hopes to produce in a sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s video game Tetris.


Oregon county says no to Nestle water-bottling plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 13:37

FILE - In this May 5, 2016 file photo, ballot measure yard signs regarding the issue of moving a Nestle spring water bottling plant into the small community, are shown in Cascade Locks, Ore. Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge is the stage for one of the hottest disputes in Oregon's Tuesday, May 17, 2016 primary — a proposal by Nestle to build a bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, using water from a mountain spring. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Voters in an Oregon county imposed a ban on commercial water bottling on Tuesday, killing a plan in which Nestle would have built a water-bottling plant in the job-scarce town of Cascade Locks in the scenic Columbia River Gorge.