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India's top court cancels coal allocations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:07
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court said Wednesday that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.

South Korea to buy 40 F-35A fighter jets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 19:29
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country's biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at coping with North Korea's military threats, officials said Wednesday.

Driver critically injured in head-on crash in Hockessin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 19:25

Driver critically injured in head-on crash in HockessinOne driver is hospitalized in critical condition and another is being questioned following a violent, head-on crash in Delaware.


3 to surrender in attack on gay couple in Center City Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:55

2 of 3 charged in attack on gay couple in Center City Philadelphia surrender to police24-year-old Katherine Knott and two other suspects in an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia are expected to surrender on Wednesday.


Japan steps up Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:45
TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Wednesday that it has stepped up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine to be in line with other Group of Seven nations before their upcoming meeting in New York.

Portuguese nurses strike over pay, working hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:45
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Nurses in Portugal have begun a 48-hour strike over pay, working hours and what they say is an acute shortage of staff in the public health service.

Ex-Chinese planning official admits taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:09

FILE - In this April 29, 2009 file photo, Liu Tienan, then the vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaks during a press conference in Shanghai, China. The former deputy chief of the agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, accused of taking bribes, China's official news agency said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)BEIJING (AP) — The former deputy chief of the Chinese agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy pleaded guilty to taking bribes at the conclusion of his one-day trial Wednesday, as China intensified its campaign against corruption.


Three Seattle schools sealed off as man opens fire, attempts kidnap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:56
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Three Seattle schools ordered students to "shelter in place" after a man opened fire with a handgun in the area and tried to lure several children into a car, police said late on Tuesday. Police responded to reports of gunfire in the Washington state city's Brighton neighborhood, south of downtown, around the time students usually leave school for the day, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. The man was also trying "to lure several children into his car", according to separate reports received by the department. ...

Germany tightens rules for tax cheats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:55
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is tightening rules that allow tax evaders to escape punishment if they come clean, a move that follows the conviction in March of soccer powerhouse Bayern Munich's ex-president.

Pregnant woman, unborn child shot and killed in Olney; man in critical condition

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:50

Pregnant woman shot and killed in Olney; baby diesA 26-year-old man was critically injured. It's the 2nd time in as many weeks that a pregnant woman and her unborn child have been shot and killed in Philadelphia.


Indonesia enlists wasps in war on crop killer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:06

 cassava. The wasps are being released in Indonesia, the latest country threatened by the mealybug. It's a white fuzzy-looking insect shaped like a pill that's been making its way across Southeast Asia's fields for the past six years. Scientists will put 2,000 wasps on Wednesday into a holding cage at an affected field in Bogor. They will be monitored to see how well they handle local conditions as they multiply to an expected 300,000 over the next month before being released into the wild to start their relentless killing spree. (AP Photo/Tatan syuflana)BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — They are the size of a pinhead and don't even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature's SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world's most important staple foods: cassava.


AccuWeather: Increasing Clouds Today, Rain Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:00

 Increasing Clouds Today, Rain TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says the Thursday morning commute looks wet and slow.


Louisiana 14-year-old shot dead by police after altercation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:16
By Dave Minsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A black teenager was shot dead during an altercation with a black police officer investigating reports of armed males entering an abandoned house in a small city near New Orleans, Louisiana state police said on Tuesday. The altercation between the Terrebonne Parish deputy and the alleged intruders was inside a home in a heavily residential area of Houma, about 57 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana State Police spokesman Evan Harrell said. ...

GM says China sales this year to top 3.1 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:51
SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million units and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday.

J. California Cooper, prolific writer, dead at 82

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:07
SEATTLE (AP) — Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because they were an easier path to a paycheck, has died at age 82.

NYC mayor steps onto bigger political stages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:54

FILE- In this Sept. 21, 2014 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, second right, walks among other notables during the People's Climate March in New York. Within days of each other, de Blasio appeared at three high profile events and appears to be working at increasing his visability. From left are French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius; primatologist Jane Goodall; former U.S. Vice President Al Gore; de Blasio, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A speech at the United Nations. A spot next to Al Gore leading a massive climate change march. A prime speaking slot at a political conference in England.


Drought worsens China's long-term water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:48

In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 photo, a farmer walks by a river in Pingdingshan in central China's Henan province. After a season of record-breaking drought across China, groundwater levels have hit historic lows this year in northeast and central parts of China where hundreds of millions of people live. Reservoirs grew so dry in agricultural Henan province that the city of Pingdingshan closed car washes and bathhouses and extracted water from puddles. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTHEXINGTEN, China (AP) — The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin's ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought in 60 years.


Samsung to launch new phone in China before Apple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:23

Models pose with Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones during its unveiling in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Samsung said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this week as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones. Samsung said all three Chinese mobile carriers and all three South Korean mobile operators will begin Galaxy Note 4 sales on Friday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones.


Oregon man sues Costco, claims store security broke his leg

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:18
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon man has sued Costco for $670,000, claiming store security detained him and broke his leg after he refused to show his receipt when exiting the building. Timothy Walls says in his Multnomah County Circuit Court lawsuit, which was filed last week, that when he tried to leave a Portland Costco store with $102.66 in purchases in January last year, an employee grabbed his shopping cart and told him to present his receipt for inspection. ...

Huntingdon Valley dog returns home from Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:56

Huntingdon Valley dog returns home from OregonA Jack Russell terrier who somehow ended up 2,700 miles away from home wasn't quite ready to return.