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DealBook: In Ruling on California Town’s Bankruptcy, Judge Challenges Sanctity of Pensions

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:29
The decision by a federal bankruptcy judge dealt a blow to Calpers, California’s giant state-led pension system, which has been leading efforts to preserve defined-benefit pensions nationwide.






Police officer drives car and does CPR on toddler at same time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:26

Police officer drives car and does CPR on toddler at same timeA New York police sergeant thought he was just pulling over a speeder; instead it turned out to be a frantic dad trying to get help for his son.


Ebola fight hit by aid cuts, MPs warn

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:20
Cuts in the amount of health aid the UK provides to Liberia and Sierra Leone have "compromised the fight" to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs warn.
Categories: BBC World News

Artist creates huge dirt portrait on National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:18

 "Out of many, One," created in the landscape of the National Mall, left. The six-acre portrait by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada was made of sand and topsoil and can be viewed from the Washington Monument, or from space. The World War II Memorial is in the foreground and the Lincoln Memorial is in the background. (AP Photo/Mark Gulezian, Smithsonian)WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant portrait of a young man's face has emerged in the landscape of the National Mall in the first such public artwork commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.


Black burger battles: McDonald's Japan unveils dark burger to rival Burger King

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:17

The ongoing burger wars show no sign of stopping globally.

       

Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:16
NEW YORK (AP) — Four people who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country have died, but what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear, health officials said Wednesday.

Boy dies after being struck by car in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:15

Boy dies after being struck by car in Tioga-NicetownA child was killed after he was first struck by a car and then trapped underneath the vehicle in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.


High Line Draws Millions, but de Blasio Isn’t One

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:15
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is a fan, but he was not among the 4.8 million visitors the park attracted last year. In fact, he has never been there.

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:14

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasDALLAS (AP) — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.


VIDEO: Defiant HK protests on National Day

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:11
Pro-democracy crowds remain on the streets of Hong Kong at the start of National Day, which activists hope will see the largest protests so far.
Categories: BBC World News

Judge: Stockton must treat pension like other debt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:11

 Stockton must treat pension like other debtSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.


Pimco investors withdraw record sum

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:09
Bond giant Pimco saw its investors withdraw a record $23.5bn (£14.5bn) in funds after manager Bill Gross abruptly left the company last month.
Categories: BBC World News

State police: 2 troopers in Frein search injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:09
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — State police say two troopers have suffered injuries while searching for the fugitive suspected of ambushing a northeastern Pennsylvania barracks.

Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:08
A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

At 17, Leading Protests That Rattle Hong Kong

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:07
Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student, has been at the center of the democracy movement as young activists represent a troubling confirmation for officials that their generation is the one most alienated from Beijing.






Attorneys work to pick jury in Jodi Arias retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:06

This May 21, 2013 photo, Jodi Arias answers a question during an interview at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail in Phoenix. Jury selection resumes, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in the penalty retrial of Arias as prosecutors try again for a death sentence. Arias was convicted of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys working to pick a jury for the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias have cut more than 50 percent of 400 potential panelists called in this week, many who said they knew too much about the case to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.


Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:01
An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.

Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:01
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

Possible Leak by Grand Juror Is Investigated in Ferguson Police Shooting Case

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:00
In response to a Twitter post about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer, a user wrote: “I know someone sitting on the grand jury. There isn’t enough at this point to warrant an arrest.”

Julia Pierson, Secret Service Director, Resigns Under Pressure About Breaches

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:00
Ms. Pierson failed to quell a bipartisan political furor over repeated breaches of security and lost the confidence of the president her agency is charged with protecting.