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US trade deficit falls slightly to 5-month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — US trade deficit falls slightly to 5-month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports.

China police probe alleged extortion by reporters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:26

China police probe alleged extortion by reportersBEIJING (AP) — Police in Shanghai detained the chief editor and several employees of an influential Chinese financial news site on allegations they extorted money from companies by threatening to publish negative news about them, state media said Thursday.


Big pharmacies knock on door of oil-rich North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:22

File photo of a worker stocking a Walgreens store in ChicagoBy Ernest Scheyder BISMARCK N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's oil boom has fueled a construction bonanza for new supermarkets, restaurants and clothing stores. The law requires North Dakota pharmacies to be owned by local pharmacists or run by hospitals with a local pharmacist on staff. Supporters of the initiative argue it will remove an embarrassing anachronism, give consumers more choice and lower prescription drug costs. Opponents say that allowing national chains would destroy North Dakota's tradition of personalized pharmacy care and be yet another example of how the state's neighborly way of life is changing too fast.


Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 ½ socks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:14

X-ray shows Great Dane ate 43 ½ socksIf you've ever wondered what happens to all of your missing socks, you might want to check your pet.


Facebook's auto-play video feature could impact your cell phone bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:12

Facebook's auto-play video feature could impact your cell phone billMany users have complained to money saving websites about a feature on Facebook that is creating extra charges to their cell phone bill


Deal averts sale of NJ shore town's carousel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:01

FILE - A Monday July 21, 2014 file photo shows one of the 58 hand-painted animals on the Seaside Heights N.J. carousel. The Seaside Heights Carousel that survived Superstorm Sandy and a boardwalk fire will not be going up for sale. The Asbury Park Press reports under terms of an agreement introduced by the town’s council on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, the town and Casino Pier would swap oceanfront property in exchange for the town taking control of the carousel. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The Seaside Heights Carousel that survived Superstorm Sandy and a boardwalk fire will not be going up for sale.


New lawsuit filed over alleged abuse by Sandusky

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:56

New lawsuit filed over alleged abuse by SanduskyA new accuser has sued Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and a charity the former assistant coach founded, claiming he was sexually abused about six years ago.


Euro slides to $1.3037 after rate cut from European Central Bank; lowest since July 2013

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:55
LONDON (AP) — Euro slides to $1.3037 after rate cut from European Central Bank; lowest since July 2013.

Creditors lay out view in Detroit bankruptcy trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:37

Creditors lay out view in Detroit bankruptcy trialDETROIT (AP) — Creditors who oppose the proposed settlement of Detroit's bankruptcy case have been having their say to the judge deciding whether to approve it.


ON VIDEO: Kids hurt in museum mishap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:25

 Kids hurt in museum mishapA demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Nevada museum, injuring 13 people, several with minor burns or smoke inhalation.


Heavy flames damage West Philadelphia house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:19

Heavy flames damage West Philadelphia houseOfficials say heavy flames damaged a house in West Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Kids hurt in in chemical flash at children's museum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:11

 Kids hurt in museum mishapA demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Nevada museum, injuring 13 people, several with minor burns or smoke inhalation.


13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical mishap at museum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:02

Kids hurt in in chemical flash at children's museumA demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Nevada museum, injuring 13 people, several with minor burns or smoke inhalation.


Nespresso opens its coffee machines to knockoffs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:17
PARIS (AP) — No more worries about the warranty, the machine breaking or — worst of all — a botched cup of coffee.

U.S. tax revenue to rise if Obama legalizes some immigrants: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:16

Illegal migrants from Guatemala, deported from Phoenix, Arizona in the U.S., walk after arriving at an air force base in Guatemala CityThe group, which has close ties to the Obama administration, estimated $21.2 billion in additional payroll taxes would be collected over five years under one scenario available to Obama, who has made immigration reform a priority of his second term. "Many workers and employers will be able to emerge from the underground economy and pay payroll taxes for the first time," the report said. Obama, who had strong support from the Latino community in his 2012 re-election, had pushed Congress to pass a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for some of the 11.7 million undocumented people in the United States.


Spokesman: Calm restored after disturbance at Nashville detention center where 32 had escaped

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:06
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Spokesman: Calm restored after disturbance at Nashville detention center where 32 had escaped.

Fast-food worker protests planned for more than 150 U.S. cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:01

A man eats in a Burger King restaurant while demonstrators gather outside in Boston(Reuters) - Fast-food workers will stage another day of protests in more than 150 U.S. Organizers expect their biggest protest to date, with fast-food workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC restaurants expected to walk off the job. The union-backed actions, which started in New York and other major cities, have steadily gathered steam since 2012 and helped to spur a national debate about the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. McDonald's Corp, Burger King Worldwide Inc and other major fast-food chains do not own most of their U.S.


Hurricane Norbert churns in Pacific off Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:35

Cars sit on a street that collapsed after heavy rain in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Gulf states of Mexico are bracing for more bad weather as Tropical Storm Dolly crosses the coast and continues moving inland over northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.


NC inmate to adjust to life outside after 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:03

James McCollum, facing camera, embraces his son Henry following the younger man's release from Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Henry McCollum spent more than 30 years on death row for a rape and murder he didn't commit. McCollum's Step mother Priscilla McCollum is at left. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After walking out of prison for the first time in three decades, former death row inmate Henry McCollum tried to climb into his father's car but put his head through the loop of the seatbelt that is supposed to cross his chest. A TV cameraman showed him how it works.


Louisiana ruling breaks pro-gay marriage streak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:47
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a rare loss for gay-marriage supporters — one that even the judge who issued the ruling acknowledged won't be the final word.