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Dunkin' pushing cashiers to 'upsell' in afternoons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:22

FILE - In this Feb. 14 2014 file photo, a girl holds a doughnut and a beverage at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday, July 24, 2014, that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to “upsell” to afternoon customers. It’s part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on.

State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:15
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry.

BNSF train carrying North Dakota oil derails in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:10
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil derailed as it left a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday, but there were no reports of a spill or injuries, BNSF said in a statement. Four railcars came off the tracks at around 2 a.m. PDT (0900 GMT), three of which were carrying crude oil, said BNSF, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles (129 km) north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.

ABC News: Fidel Castro's niece aboard plane missing in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:10

 Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'Mariela Castro visited Philadelphia last year after an appearance at the U.N. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said "no trace" of the missing plane has been found.

Storm kills three, injures 20 at Virginia campground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:09
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said. The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain. "So far the count is three," Brittney Eder, a spokeswoman for the Eastville Volunteer Fire Co, said of the death toll. State emergency officials said about 1,300 people were staying at the campground, which is about 100 miles south of Washington at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

UN says aid to Syria being used as 'tactic of war'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government and opposition fighters of obstructing humanitarian aid to Syrians as "a tactic of war" and demanding that all parties allow access to millions in desperate need of help.

NY woman accused of murder after neighbor's dismembered body found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:06
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn woman faces murder charges in the killing of her neighbor whose dismembered body was discovered in New York near sites where other severed human limbs were found this month, police said on Thursday. Leah Cuevas, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of 27-year-old Chinelle Browne, Suffolk County police said in a statement. She pleaded not guilty in Suffolk County District Court on Thursday and was being held without bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Laurie Dishman told senators through tears that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises.

Man charged with possession of gun believed tied to Boston bombing: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:47
Federal prosecutors believe a Boston-area man, arrested this week on drug charges, possessed a handgun that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are thought to have used to kill a university police officer, the man's lawyer said on Thursday. Stephen Silva, a high school friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested Tuesday and charged with distributing heroin, as well as possessing a Ruger P95 9mm pistol, which had had its serial number filed off in 2013 before the marathon bombing, according to court records. The Ruger is the same sort of weapon that prosecutors contend Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, used to kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. Prosecutors have not publicly confirmed that the weapon Silva is charged with possessing was the same one recovered after a gun battle with the Tsarnaev brothers, hours after they are accused of killing Collier.

Chicago teen charged in murder of 11-year-old girl at pajama party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:46
A Chicago teen was arrested and charged with the murder of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet at a sleepover last Friday, the state attorney's office said on Thursday. Tevin Lee, 18, has been charged with murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm and will appear in bond court on Thursday or Friday, a spokesman for the state attorney said. The death of Shamiya Adams has renewed cries against gun violence in Chicago - which has seen a rash of summer shootings, although the city's murder rate has been roughly unchanged in recent years and is well down from the 1990s. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has visited Adams' mother twice since her daughter died and pledged to continue pushing his anti-crime measures such as expanded education and jobs programs for children as well as a drive to get illegal guns off the streets.

Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:46

In a photo provided by Citizens Foundation, Haris Suleman, center right, in blue shirt, and his father, Babar Suleman, center left, stand with the plane in early July 2014 in Pakistan that they were flying on an around-the-world trip. Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight, was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Citizens Foundation)PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.

Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:45

Attorney Mari Newman, center, talks with members of the media, as she stands with her plaintiffs and their supporters following a court hearing on sam sex marriage at the Federal District Court, in Denver, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry.

Virginia police: 2 dead after storm at campground

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:43

A tractor trailer truck lies on its side in the median of U.S. Route 13 in Cheriton, Va. while a fire engine responds to a nearby campground after a severe storm passed through the area, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem) NO SALESCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — A fierce storm packing powerful winds and rain toppled trees and flipped campers Thursday at a Virginia campground Thursday, killing at least two people and sending at least 20 more to hospitals, officials said.

Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:39
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Marine Corps officers have launched a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or months later after returning to the United States, a military spokesman said Thursday.

AP names Derl McCrudden head of int'l video news

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:23

Derl McCrudden stands in the Associated Press newsroom in London, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. McCrudden, head of video newsgathering for The Associated Press, has been promoted to head of international video news. The appointment was announced Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Sandy MacIntyre, AP vice president and director of global video. McCrudden, 43, will continue to be based at AP’s global video headquarters in London as he oversees AP's international video operations. (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)NEW YORK (AP) — Derl McCrudden, head of video newsgathering for The Associated Press, has been promoted to head of international video news.

U.S. launches $10 billion rural infrastructure fund

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:12

In this July 20, 2014 photo, a setting sun silhouettes corn stalks growing in Ashland, Ill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn crop is maturing faster than normal and faring well. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)The Obama administration on Thursday launched a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund that it hopes will jump-start investments in a wide range of projects in farm states. CoBank, a cooperative bank that serves rural America and is a member of the Farm Credit System, will be the fund's anchor investor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. "Many major investors in urban centers aren't always aware of the significant investment opportunities in rural communities," said Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary and chair of the White House Rural Council. "This fund represents a new approach to our support for job-creating projects across the country." Denver-based investment firm Capital Peak Asset Management will manage the new fund and work to recruit more investors.

Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:08
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore.

Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:08

Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in Montgomery CountyOne Powerball ticket worth $1 million for the Wednesday, July 23, drawing was sold at a beer distributor in Montgomery County.

Miami Seaquarium fined by OSHA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:57
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Seaquarium has been issued a $7,000 fine for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections.

Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:51

Skagway, AlaskaA vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured ...