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Time Warner to launch HBO as streaming broadband service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:56

A woman walks past the Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New YorkBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's HBO will launch a standalone online streaming service next year to make hit shows such as "Game of Thrones" available to people who do not subscribe to cable television. The move to take HBO "over-the-top" - media jargon that means consumers can watch the channel with only a broadband connection - is a significant milestone for a channel long dependent on cable distributors. It could be a further catalyst spurring more people to dump their cable subscriptions by cutting the cord. ...

Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo set to weaken as it nears Bermuda

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:52

Hurricane Gonzalo is pictured in the Atlantic Ocean in this satellite handout photoMIAMI (Reuters) - Gonzalo strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday but was forecast to begin weakening over the next 48 hours as it moves over cooler Atlantic water towards Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo packed sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) but had reached its peak as it continued to move away from the northern Caribbean, forecasters said. The hurricane posed no threat to the mainland United States or any oil installation as it moved further north into the Atlantic. ...

'Praying for justice': Detroit residents speak up in historic bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:49

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitBy Peter Suciu DETROIT (Reuters) - Ordinary Detroit residents sounded off with passion and anger on Wednesday as they gave a federal judge their views on the city's plan to exit its historic municipal bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes began a hearing on Sept. 2 to determine if Detroit's plan to restructure $18 billion in debt is fair and feasible. On Wednesday, he heard from creditors who do not have lawyers, known as "pro se objectors," as one of the final groups to come before him. ...

Ebola cases in the United States

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:47
(Reuters) - There have been eight cases of Ebola seen in the United States since the beginning of August. A Liberian man who died Oct. 8 in a Dallas, Texas hospital was the first person diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. Two hospital employees who cared for the man have been infected with the virus, which has killed more than 4,400 people and infected nearly 9,000 in the worst outbreak on record centered in three impoverished West African countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...

Greenpeace activist facing trial dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:47
CINCINNATI (AP) — Greenpeace said Wednesday that one of nine activists charged with felony counts in an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters has died.

Mom charged after teenage son brings gun to school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with allowing him to take a loaded handgun to school.

Police: Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:42
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who slashed two passengers in a box-cutter rampage aboard a casino-bound tour bus was shot to death on Interstate 95 by a Connecticut state trooper, who also accidentally shot one of the injured passengers, authorities said Wednesday.

Contents of 1901 Boston time capsule revealed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:36

In this photo provided Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 by the Bostonian Society, a nail from Old South Church and a nail from the Old State House are displayed after they were taken from a 1901 time capsule in Boston. The 113-year-old, shoebox-sized time capsule was removed Oct. 9, 2014, from the head of a lion statue where it had long sat atop the Old State House, one of Boston's most famous landmarks. (AP Photo/Bostonian Society)BOSTON (AP) — A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, political campaign buttons and a presidential message on U.S. foreign relations, archivists said Wednesday.

Gov. to French, Irish: Don't mess with our tobacco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:32

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to members of the media in Raleigh, N.C. In a letter dated Oct. 6 to French officials, McCrory said the plain packaging proposal may detract from more effective ways of curbing cigarette use. The French bill requiring neutral cigarette packs by 2016 is slated for debate in French Parliament next year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a Trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina's governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as "beer?" Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves?

Judge gets sanity exam of theater shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:30
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A psychiatrist has submitted the results of a second sanity evaluation of the man charged with a mass killing in a Colorado movie theater.

Peanut farmers deal with fallout from salmonella

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:27

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2006, image, Wayne Baker shovels spilled peanuts back into a trailer during a peanut harvest near Floyd, N.M. Federal agriculture forecasts show there will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New Mexico during the 2014 harvest season because of fallout from the bankruptcy and sale of a Portales-area peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. (AP Photo/Clovis News-Journal, Andy DeLisle)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New Mexico this harvest season because of lingering fallout from the bankruptcy and sale of a peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

US panel hears appeal on NY stop and frisk case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:24
NEW YORK (AP) — Police unions should be able to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy violated civil rights even though the city no longer wants to fight, union lawyers argued Wednesday.

Police: Bensalem bar robbery was inside job; 2 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:24

 Bensalem bar robbery was inside job; 2 arrestedPolice say a violent armed robbery at a Bensalem bar was an inside job.

EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.

50th anniversary of march to tackle today's issues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:15
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march is coming up amid increasing threats to voting rights, activists say, and they plan to use the commemoration to energize people to address those challenges.

New York makes yogurt official state snack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:15

Volunteers line up yogurt boxes to be distributed at Casa NGO in AzeitaoBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yogurt became New York's official state snack on Wednesday, joining the likes of popcorn and salty boiled peanuts among popular foods honored by U.S. states. New York has become the nation's top yogurt producer amid the booming popularity of strained Greek-style yogurt, the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Cuomo signed a bill making it the official state snack. "Designating yogurt as the official state snack will continue to raise public awareness of the economic and health benefits of yogurt and the dairy industry," the governor's office said. ...

NY man wants feds to prosecute police beating case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:09
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A man beaten by police during a traffic stop caught on video is asking federal prosecutors to take over the case because he believes the local district attorney doesn't consider him the victim of a hate crime.

US man guilty of assisting suicide gets jail time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:00

FILD - In this Feb. 17, 2011 file photo William Melchert-Dinkel, center, leaves court with his attorney Terry Watkins, right, and wife, Joyce Melchert-Dinkel in Faribault, Minn. Melchert-Dinkel, a former Minnesota nurse who admitted going online and encouraging an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves, was ordered Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 to serve 178 days in jail. He was sentenced to nearly five years in prison, but he won't have to serve the prison term if he complies with conditions of probation that include the jail time. (AP Photo/Robb Long, File)FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve nearly six months in jail as part of a sentence handed down Wednesday.

Los Angeles mom charged after son brings gun to high school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:59
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles woman who prosecutors say allowed her 17-year-old son to bring a loaded firearm and extra ammunition to his high school has been charged with multiple criminal counts, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The prosecution is the first of its kind in Los Angeles against a defendant for failing to properly secure a gun at home, City Attorney Mike Feuer said. The teenage boy was charged in a separate case filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. "Guns have no place in or around our schools," Feuer said. ...

Missing jet skier found safe and sound at Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:57

Missing jet skier found safe and sound at Jersey ShoreA 68-year-old man was reunited with his family Wednesday morning after he spent the night stranded on the water in Stone Harbor.