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BHP plans asset split, posts $13.8 billion profit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:15
SYDNEY (AP) — BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said Tuesday it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:14

Protesters run when the police shoot tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:


Police come under 'heavy gunfire' in racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:06
(Reuters) - Police came under "heavy gunfire" and 31 people were arrested, authorities said on Tuesday, in racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago. "Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite coming under heavy attack (on Monday night)," State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told a news conference, adding that police had confiscated two guns from protesters. ...

US won't reveal records on health website security

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:26

FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov in Washington. The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's signature health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.


Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:19

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, prays during a meeting of clergy and community members held to discuss law enforcement's response to demonstrations over the killing of Michael Brown, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Florissant, Mo. Nixon says "operational shifts" are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.


Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:51

FILE - This May 25, 2006 file photo shows Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent has died. James Jeffords was 80. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed — a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans.


Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:10
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Aussie miner lawmaker criticized for China tirade

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:24
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused Tuesday of threatening Australia's relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China.

China promises to rein in executive pay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:52
BEIJING (AP) — China's president has promised to rein in "unreasonably high" pay for executives at state companies in an apparent effort to mollify public frustration at the wealth of government-owned industry.

With Sterling saga over, Ballmer gets ovation from Clipper Nation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:50

 Los Angeles Clippers-Fan FestivalBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With his trademark top-of-the-lungs, high-fiving, rambunctious enthusiasm, former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans on Monday, promising a new era for the NBA team after former owner Donald Sterling was banned for life over racist remarks. Ballmer, 58, who paid an NBA-record $2 billion for the Clippers, greeted the several thousand gathered at the team's Staples Center home with the primal screams that punctuated meetings at the Seattle technology company. Ballmer, who said he will be a courtside fixture at games, took over the Clippers last week, ending Sterling's 33 years of ownership that were marked by decades of losing and second-tier status to local rival, the Lakers. The NBA banned Sterling for life in April, days after his privately taped remarks imploring a girlfriend not to publicly associate with black people were published.


2 arrested in taped beating at Philadelphia park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third in the videotaped beating of a city park ranger trying to enforce a no-skateboarding rule.

California brush fire spurs 1,500-plus evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:13

A helicopter makes a water drop at the site of a wildfire Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of roughly 200 people from a campground and recreational areas. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.


Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:02
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students at the nation's second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform to the way school police respond to bad behavior.

Journalist arrested, released in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:41
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A Getty Images journalist has been arrested and released in Ferguson as protests over the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown persisted in the St. Louis suburb.

Pathologist: Michael Brown may have had his hands raised

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:39

 Michael Brown may have had his hands raisedAn unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.


Asia stocks rise after US gains, Ukraine diplomacy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:38

FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. European stocks bounced back Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, from Ukraine-related concerns that had caused sharp selling a week earlier. Wall Street was expected to open higher but Asian markets were subdued by further signs of weakness in China's property market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. markets rose on news of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine.


2 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:32

2 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love ParkPhiladelphia police say they have made two arrests and are searching for a third person in connection to the brutal beating of city park ranger in Love Park.


2 stabbed aboard tanker; man jumps to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:31

2 stabbed aboard tanker; man jumps to deathThe Coast Guard says a man jumped off a tanker to his death after a stabbing at sea that left a man dead and another person injured.


Police: Driver strikes boy in Port Richmond, shows up at hospital

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

 Driver strikes boy in Port Richmond, shows up at hospitalPhiladelphia police say the driver who struck a young boy in Port Richmond showed up at the hospital after handing the victim over to authorities.


SUV slams into Los Angeles restaurant, hurting 7

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say four adults and three children were injured when a car crashed into a Los Angeles pizza shop, including a 5-year-old boy who has serious head trauma.