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Kroger Co. settles chicken labeling lawsuit, changes packaging

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:07

A selection of Kroger brand products is displayed in GoldenBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, said on Monday it will remove the "humanely raised" claims from a store brand of chicken to settle a federal lawsuit claiming the retailer deceived consumers because the animals were raised under standard commercial farming conditions. Kroger and the lawyers for a California consumer filed a statement in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Friday agreeing to dismiss the case with prejudice. ...


Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:50

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, file photo, a man walks past a Wells Fargo branch in Philadelphia. Wells Fargo and Chase, two of America's biggest retail banks, are quietly taking some callers’ voiceprints to fight fraud, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)LONDON (AP) — "This call may be monitored."


US stocks waver between small gains and losses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:49

Specialist Thomas Facchine, center, declares shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles open as they begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles began trading Monday as the newly merged company seeks to raise its profile and give U.S. investors a chance to own a piece of the Chrysler comeback. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Monday. The market is coming off a turbulent week during which it was shaken by concerns over shaky global growth prospects. Investors were looking ahead to earnings news from a number of big companies later this week including General Electric, Intel and Bank of America.


SpiderMan may swing over Beijing in new theme park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:44

Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of the Universal Parks and Resorts, speaks at a ceremony to announce plans for the Universal Beijing theme park in Beijing Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. China has approved the development of a $3.3 billion Universal theme park in Beijing, marking the first major foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — Spider-Man could soon swing over Beijing, chasing Optimus Prime and despicable minions through a $3.3 billion Universal theme park aimed at capitalizing on China's rising middle class and growing demand for all things animated.


UN agency: Ebola cuts food in Sierra Leone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:33
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a United Nations agency says up to 40 percent of farms have been abandoned in areas of Sierra Leone affected the worst by the Ebola outbreak.

U.S. Army says it faces huge equipment, training risks with budget cuts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:28

U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Odierno and Fang, Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, pose for photographers in BeijingBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world. "We have to have a national security debate ... because there is too much going on," U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference. ...


Friends raise money for US journalist with Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:23
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Friends of the American freelance journalist with Ebola are turning to crowdsourcing to help pay for what they say is expected to be more than $500,000 in medical bills.

McDonald's invites questions about its food

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:17
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

Toddler critically injured in New Hampshire bouncy house accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:59
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire toddler was hospitalized in critical condition after a gust of wind lifted a bouncy house he was playing in with his brother, authorities said. The crash of the inflatable house on a farm in Nashua on Sunday severely injured the 2-year-old boy, while his 3-year-old brother suffered less serious injuries, according to the Nashua Fire Department. Witnesses told local media the bouncy house was lifted some 30 feet off the ground in the incident at Sullivan Farm. Fire officials said it traveled about 50 feet before it crashed. ...

Obama and the Midterms: What's at stake?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:51

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo. Two more years of a divided Congress. Two more years battling a Republican-led House that sees little overlap with the president’s priorities. And two more years that are likely to pass without the kind of legacy-building legislation that has eluded the president throughout his second term. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.


Off-campus student charged in Penn State threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:46

Off-campus student charged in Penn State threatA 20-year-old off-campus student has been jailed on charges that he posted a social media threat to shoot people at the HUB on Penn State's main campus.


Teen struck by vehicle in Edgemoor, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:42

Teen struck by vehicle in Edgemoor, DelawarePolice say a 17-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Edgemoor, Delaware Monday morning.


CDC urges all US hospitals to 'think Ebola'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola."

Confederate officer's wartime diary decoded

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:32

 He liked to gossip. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A century and a half after Confederate officer James Malbone wrote his Civil War diary partly in code, a couple of Yankees have figured out why he took the precaution: He liked to gossip.


Colorado climbers missing for days fell; 1 killed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:30

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014, file photo, a hiker climbs through a field of wildflowers towards East Maroon Pass near Aspen, Colo. The two men who went missing while climbing some of Colorado’s most famous mountains both fell after going off an unfamiliar trail on their descent. David Richardson, 32, survived but 37-year-old Jarod Wetherell had died of blood loss by the time searchers found him Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, on North Maroon Peak, one of two peaks over 14,000 feet that comprise the Maroon Bells near Aspen. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Katie Benzel, File)ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Two Colorado men climbing some of the state's most famous mountains both fell after going off an unfamiliar trail on their way down a peak, killing one man and leading to the rescue of the other two days after they went missing.


US eyes sale of NY's Waldorf hotel to Chinese firm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:27

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, a taxi passes in front of the fabled Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Concerned about potential security risks, the U.S. government is taking a close look at last week’s sale of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company. U.S. officials said Monday they are reviewing the Oct. 6 purchase of the Waldorf by the Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group, which bought the hotel from Hilton Worldwide for $1.95 billion. Terms of the sale allow Hilton to run the hotel for the next 100 years and call for “a major renovation” that officials say has raised eyebrows in Washington, where fears of Chinese eavesdropping and cyber espionage run high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned about potential security risks, the U.S. government is taking a close look at last week's sale of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company.


Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:20

Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong familyTwo Alaskan parents went through an emotional roller coaster after mistakenly being informed their son had died.


Philadelphia airport preparing for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:09

Philadelphia airport preparing for EbolaOfficials at Philadelphia International Airport say they are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and federal customs and border protection officials to identify passengers displaying possible symptoms of communicable diseases such as Ebola.


Infant trapped under dead father leaving hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:00
PLEASANT HILL, La. (AP) — A 10-month-old girl trapped underneath the decomposing body of her father for up to three days could be released Monday afternoon from a Shreveport hospital, a deputy coroner said.

A look at the winner of 2014 Nobel economics prize

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:59

French economist and Nobel Prize laureate Jean Tirole, right, is congratulated by colleagues at the Toulouse School of Economics in Toulouse, southern France, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few powerful companies. (AP Photo/Fred Scheiber)WHO WON THE ECONOMICS NOBEL?