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Revenue report due as Atlantic City casinos close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:52

In this Wednesday July 23, 2014 photograph, People walk past the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. The Revel Casino Hotel will close its doors on Sept. 10, 2014 after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court, company officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When the pressure of an oversaturated market became unbearable this year, some of Atlantic City's oldest casinos either closed their doors or announced plans to do so.


Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:33

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.


Asia stocks drift as Iraq, Ukraine tensions simmer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:53

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, as tensions over Ukraine and Iraq eased, giving investors the confidence to dip into riskier assets. European shares drifted. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian stocks drifted on Wednesday as investors remained cautious amid uncertainty over potential conflict in Ukraine and Iraq plus new numbers showing a slowdown in Japan's economy.


Shooting of black teen highlights racial divide in Missouri town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:45
By Nick Carey and James B. Kelleher FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, and subsequent violent protests, highlight a stubborn racial divide in a St Louis suburb that has struggled to build healthy relations between blacks and whites. African Americans, allegedly excluded from buying homes in many St. Louis neighborhoods in an illegal practice called redlining, found Ferguson a hospitable place to set down roots.  "Most of the communities around Ferguson have gone from all Caucasian to all African-American over a 40-year period,” said Terry Jones, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ferguson, on St. Louis' northern border, is relatively mixed, with 63 percent of the residents African American and 34 percent white, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. To some Ferguson residents, the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, symbolizes how African Americans are treated unfairly in a town still run by a Caucasian minority.

Police won't release name of officer who shot teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:22
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death.

U.S. sends 130 more troops to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:59

Map Iraq YazidiAnother 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.


Judge quits case over share in Israel stores

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:43

FILE -- In this Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh departs the federal courthouse after her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason in Chicago. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman in Detroit withdrew from the immigration fraud case against Odeh, who’s accused of lying to conceal her conviction for the bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two people in 1969. Borman said prosecutors just informed him of the name of the store chain, SuperSol, and he said his family had an investment in the company at the time that Odeh and others were convicted of bombing it. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit federal judge withdrew Tuesday from the case of a Palestinian immigrant accused of lying about her role in a fatal terrorist attack, saying he just learned his family had an investment in the Jerusalem supermarket she helped bomb in 1969.


AccuWeather: Drenching Downpours Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:43

 Rain gradually clearsMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking more heavy rain tonight, then clearing Wednesday.


Teen injured in Roosevelt Boulevard hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:22

Teen injured in Roosevelt Boulevard hit-and-runA teenage boy was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run Northeast Philadelphia.


Sheriff: Comedian Robin Williams hanged himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:19

 Comedian Robin Williams hanged himselfSheriff's officials say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself at his San Francisco Bay Area home.


Police: Paraplegic man escapes Chester fire through second story window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:15

 Paraplegic man escapes Chester fire through second story windowA paraplegic man was able to escape a house fire in Chester by pushing himself through a second story window, authorities say.


Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:12

FILE - This March 7, 2010 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall backstage during the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.


Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:26

Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89Lauren Bacall, the award-winning actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, has died. She was 89.


Dead 100-year-old woman found in flooded basement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:26

Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 696 at the Warren, Mich., city limits Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014. Police divers are searching for anyone trapped in their vehicles. Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTWARREN, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways.


800-pound leatherback turtle rescued in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:25

800-pound leatherback turtle rescued in New JerseyA huge leatherback turtle got a second chance at life thanks to the Coast Guard and some animal experts in New Jersey.


Spielberg encounter described at ex-governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:11

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell lowers his umbrella as he prepares to enter the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, where the third week of the federal corruption trial against himself and his wife Maureen continues. On the right is one of his attorneys, John L. Brownlee. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans tried to impress a cardiologist by having the then-first lady introduce him to movie director Steven Spielberg, the doctor testified Tuesday.


Authorities: California man admits killing family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:03

This undated booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer's mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday. They were summoned by Holzer, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.


Son of woman with Ebola says she is getting better

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:49
The son of a North Carolina-based missionary says his mother is doing well as she's being treated for the Ebola virus in an Atlanta hospital.

Authorities say Robin Williams hanged himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:49

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams' personal assistant found the actor who was struggling with depression dead in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.


Documents detail death of toddler at Oregon motel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:11
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Notes left by a mother accused of drowning her 2-year-old and cutting the throat of her teenage daughter recounted the attack and said the "baby didn't suffer as she fell asleep in the water," according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday.