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Special Report: Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 54 min ago

File photo of an exhibit booth for firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson on display at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in ChicagoBy Tim McLaughlin and Peter Eisler WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. Although Obama’s stake is minuscule, worth no more than $30, it reflects a much larger surge of investment. The president is among millions of Americans buying into gun companies - often unwittingly - as mutual funds have increased such holdings to record levels, according to a Reuters analysis of institutional investment in firearms companies.


Man wanted in 'Bonnie and Clyde' crime spree killed in Florida

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 17 min ago
Blake Edward Fitzgerald, 30, and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, were wanted on charges of kidnapping, burglary and theft for crimes committed over the past week in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Fitzgerald died and Harper was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital after a shooting overnight in Milton, Florida, according to the sheriff's offices in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The marshals service said the couple's crime spree that spanned three states began Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where they were accused of kidnapping a hotel clerk and stealing his car.

School district blames social media for spread of #AbingtonFightWeek

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 20 min ago

School district blames social media for spread of #AbingtonFightWeekThe Abington School District is blaming social media for the spread of altercations in connection with the hashtag #AbingtonFightWeek.


Rescue underway after tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 24 min ago

Woman killed, man rescued after tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware CountyRescue crews have removed a woman believed to have been trapped after a tree fell on a home in Broomall, Delaware County.


Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 33 min ago
Scientists who want to get a handle on the growth of New England's gray seal population are using drones as part of an effort to photograph the animals.

Ukrainian minister hopes resignation will speed up reforms

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 36 min ago

Ukraine's Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius, a Lithuanian national, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Abromavicius says routine efforts from government leadership to shoot down reforms— further damaging the country's already crippled economy— prompted him to resign from his post. Aivaras Abromavicius wrote in his resignation letter published on Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016 that Ukraine's leadership lacks the political will to enact much-needed changes and has routinely obstructed reforms. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian economy minister whose resignation plunged the country into yet another political crisis said on Friday he hopes it will help create momentum for economic reforms.


Crane collapses, crushes cars in NYC

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 8 min ago

Crane collapses in New York City; 1 dead, 2 seriously injuredA crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, crushing a row of parked cars and injuring at least two people.


Tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware County; 2 people reported trapped

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 11 min ago

Rescue underway after tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware CountyPolice and firefighters are on the scene, after a tree fell on home in Broomall, Delaware County.


Crane collapses in New York City

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 16 min ago

Crane collapses in New York City; 1 dead, 2 seriously injuredA crane has collapsed at Worth and Church Streets in TriBeCa in Lower Manhattan.


Search for couple suspected in crime spree ends in shootout

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 18 min ago
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — The search for a Missouri couple suspected in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended in a shootout in the Florida Panhandle early Friday that left the man dead and the woman wounded, authorities said.

Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 27 min ago

In a Jan. 15, 2016 photo provided by Kimberly Miccio, Betty Morrell, left, and her birthmother, Lena Pierce, 96, are reunited at the Greater Binghamton Airport. Morrell’s granddaughter, Kimberly Miccio, holding her own daughter, accompanied Morrell to Binghamton from Spring Hill, Fla., where they both live. Morrell had searched for 50 years for Pierce, who at age 13 was forced to give up the baby she had named Eva May. (Kimberly Miccio via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.


World stocks turn lower after mixed US job report

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 32 min ago

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Asian stock markets were uneven on Friday as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how far the Fed raises interest rates this year. Japanese shares sagged on the strengthening yen. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — World stock markets turned lower on Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report showed a slowdown in the pace of hiring in the world's largest economy but a decrease in the overall rate of unemployment.


Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 48 min ago
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal.

Mass. woman pleads guilty to slamming kids' heads on floor

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 1 min ago
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for slamming her four young children's heads into the floor of a Springfield grocery store while high on drugs.

Burberry to allow online buying of clothes right off runway

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 24 min ago
LONDON (AP) — Luxury retailer Burberry says it will combine its menswear and womenswear catwalk shows into a single presentation twice a year and allow buyers to purchase items right off the runway.

Protesting chauffeurs disrupt access to Paris airport

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 28 min ago

Chauffeurs, one holding the French flag, drive their vehicles during a demonstration in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Hundreds of French chauffeurs are staging a counter-protest after repeated demonstrations by taxi drivers against looser industry regulations. Tensions have mounted between taxis and chauffeured car services like Uber throughout Europe, with taxis claiming the smartphone-based services are operating outside of the law. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Protesting chauffeurs have moved to Paris' city center after having disrupted access to the Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, amid tensions between traditional taxis and app-based car services as the government loosens regulations in the evolving sector.


NYC police say drone hits Empire State Building

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 40 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man was arrested after he apparently lost control of a small drone that crashed into the Empire State Building.

7 Moments That Mattered in the Democratic Presidential Debate

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 49 min ago
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off one-on-one for the first time.

Snow sculptors from across the nation compete in Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 6 min ago

Dave Andrews works on his team's snow sculpture entitled "“The Doormaster,” depicting an an old man controlling worm holes ,Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Lake Geneva, Wisc. Fifteen teams are taking part in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship, which began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — Fifteen teams of snow sculptors from 11 states have gathered in Wisconsin to compete to be named the best in the nation.


Officials: Death of boy found near highway ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 8 min ago
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a 5-year-old boy whose remains were found wrapped in a blanket and packed in a suitcase by the side of a Massachusetts highway has been ruled a homicide.