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China chemical firm warns that auditor questioning finances

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Morgan Stanley-backed Chinese chemical manufacturer that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation last year has informed investors that auditors may not stand behind the company's financial statements.

IRS: Computer breach bigger than first thought; 334K victims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:06

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS says thieves used an agency website to steal tax information from as many as 220,000 additional taxpayers. The agency first disclosed the breach in May. Monday’s revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.

Calmer weather helps crews fighting Western wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:50

Lorne Brunson stands on a hill overlooking remains of his homestead on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, which was lost to a wildfire Saturday near Coyote Canyon in Fruitland, Wash. Firefighters across the Pacific Northwest are working to protect property from fast-moving wildfires that destroyed multiple homes in eastern Oregon, cut off power in Washington and forced thousands of evacuations throughout the region. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review, via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITFire crews stepped up their attack Monday against wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced hundreds to flee in Western states.

Death toll from California mid-air collision rises to five

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:50

Authorities investigate the crash site where a twin-engine Sabreliner collided with a single-engine Cessna 172 as both were on approach to land at Brown FieldThe death toll from a mid-air collision between an executive jet used by military contractor BAE Systems Inc and a small plane over Southern California on Sunday has risen to five, according to a fire department spokesman. The fiery crash left debris and bodies scattered over more than a mile (1.6 km) and sparked brush fires in the area where the wreckage landed near the U.S border with Mexico, San Diego-based Cal Fire Division Chief Nick Schuler said on Monday. A twin-engine Sabreliner crashed with a single-engine Cessna 172 at around 11 a.m. on Sunday some two miles (3 km) from Brown Field Airport in San Diego County, Schuler said.

San Antonio police probe second anti-Semitic vandalism case in a week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:46
Anti-Jewish vandalism was discovered on Monday at a San Antonio synagogue, the second anti-Semitic vandalism case in the city in the past week, police said. The two incidents raised concern among authorities and prompted Governor Greg Abbott to call the incidents offensive and disturbing. In the most recent incident, the words "JEW" and "JEWS" were spray painted on a storage building at Congregation Agudas Achim, the largest conservative synagogue in the city.

Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. A New York Times article portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. Amazon’s CEO said in a memo to staff on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, that the article doesn’t accurately describe the company culture he knows. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.

UN approves statement aimed at restoring peace to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:45
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously approved a statement backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to Syria on Monday, a sign of possible change in the U.N.'s most powerful body which has been deeply divided over how to end the war which has killed more than 250,000 people.

Search for Good Samaritans that lifted car off little girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:45

Search for Good Samaritans that lifted car off little girlThis weekend a group of everyday heroes came together to lift a car off a little girl, saving her life.

Grief and memories at funeral for 8 fatally shot in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:44

Members of the Jackson family arrive for a memorial service at Fallbrook Church, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Houston for a couple and six children killed in a mass shooting Aug. 8 in northwest Harris County. David Conley, the father of one of the children, faces capital murder charges from the shooting. Killed in the Aug. 8 shooting were Conley's former domestic partner, 40-year-old Valerie Jackson, her husband, 50-year-old Dwayne Jackson; 13-year-old Nathaniel, 11-year-old Honesty, 10-year-old Dwayne, 9-year-old Caleb, 7-year-old Trinity and 6-year-old Jonah. Authorities say Nathaniel was Conley's son with Valerie Jackson. The Jacksons were the parents of the other five children. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP )HOUSTON (AP) — Dozens of relatives, friends, teachers and classmates converged on a Houston church Monday to share grief, hope and memories of a family of eight, including six children, who were killed at their home earlier this month.

Man says he killed neighbor because he threatened wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:43
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with killing a neighbor in a long-running feud testified Monday that he believed the man was threatening his wife, even though he couldn't hear what his neighbor was telling her.

Woman believed to be nation's oldest veteran dies at age 110

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran has died a month after meeting the president. The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Didlake died Sunday, Aug. 16 in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died, about a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Florida health agency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:36

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood sought an emergency legal injunction on Monday against Florida health officials to block the use of what it says are new and unpublished standards to define pregnancy gestation periods. The legal move filed in circuit court in Tallahassee came after Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott ordered a probe last month of the state's 16 Planned Parenthood locations, resulting in three clinics being cited on Aug. 5 for illegally performing abortions in the second trimester. Planned Parenthood said the abortions in question were first-trimester abortions and that the state appeared to have arbitrarily shortened its measurement of the first trimester.

Stevie Wonder performs free pop-up concert in Dilworth Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:29

Stevie Wonder performs free pop-up concert in Dilworth ParkMusic superstar Stevie Wonder performed a free pop-up concert in Center City Monday afternoon.

Savannah River nuclear site not in danger: U.S. official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:19
A bomb-sniffing dog at the Savannah River nuclear site apparently over reacted when it halted a delivery truck on Monday and there does not appear to be a serious security threat there, a U.S. government official said. The dog barked at truck that services vending machines at the site in South Carolina, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Washington, D.C. set tourism record in 2014 as foreign visits surged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:56
The District of Columbia hosted a record 20.2 million visitors last year, including a 16 percent surge in foreign tourists, the U.S. capital's tourism organization said on Monday. Tourism spending hit $6.8 billion in 2014, up 1.9 percent from 2013, Destination DC said in a statement, as visitors flocked to the city's museums, monuments, historic sites and events. The 1.9 million foreign tourists in 2014 marks the biggest yearly increase in overseas visitors in five years, Destination DC said in a statement.

Batman impersonator who did charity work dies on roadway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:55

ph-batmanHAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who delighted thousands of children by impersonating Batman at hospitals and charity events died when he was hit by a car while standing in the fast lane of Interstate 70, checking the engine of his custom-made Batmobile, police said Monday.

Florida National Guard reopens centers; Guardsmen armed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:54
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida National Guard has reopened the state's six storefront recruitment centers nearly a month after Gov. Rick Scott ordered recruiters to relocate to armories after a Tennessee shooting.

U.S. labor board dismisses Northwestern football players' union bid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:52

Officials from the National Labor Relations Board leave the Northwestern University campus after football players voted to determine if athletes want to form a union in EvanstonNorthwestern University football players lost a bid to unionize on Monday when the U.S. National Labor Relations Board dismissed their case, in a setback for elite U.S. student athletes seeking a chunk of the riches generated by college sports. The case had spurred a national debate over whether college athletes are truly amateurs when colleges and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) benefit handsomely from ticket sales, television contracts and licensing deals. The Evanston, Illinois-based university is one of just 17 private members of the overwhelmingly state-run 125 teams grouped in NCAA Division I football.

Closing arguments Tuesday in Charlotte police shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:49

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick listens to testimony, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C., during his voluntary manslaughter trial, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Derrick Ferrell in September of 2013. Technical difficulties at the defense table have brought testimony to a halt in the trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, Pool)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After two weeks of testimony, a jury will hear closing arguments Tuesday in the case of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:46
U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Monday as investors weighed mixed news on the U.S economy.