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Fewer New York state municipalities in fiscal stress: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:57
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of counties, cities, towns and villages in New York state experiencing fiscal stress fell to 35 in 2013 compared with 40 during the previous year, a report by the state's top financial watchdog showed on Thursday. However, the study by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned about reading too much into year-on-year comparisons as the report is only in its second year. This year's survey also covered 23 fewer municipalities than the previous year. ...

Mariners’ feel-good season is having a feel-awful finish

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:57
A playoff spot was there for the taking but the Mariners have faltered down the stretch, losing 12 of their past 17 games.
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GM ignition-switch victims' families to accept compensation offer: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:56

Laura Christian and Ken Rimer carry signs in remembrance of their children and others who died in car crashes from defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles in front of the GM World Headquarters in downtown Detroit, MichiganBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - The families of two victims killed in a General Motors Co vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept offers from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday. The lawyer, Robert Hilliard, said the offers had been accepted by the families of Amy Rademaker and Natasha Weigel, two teenage girls who were killed in a 2006 crash involving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, one of 2.6 million vehicles recalled by GM since the beginning of the year for switch problems. ...

Utah to appeal ruling in 'Sister Wives' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:50

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013, file photo, Jonathan Turley, attorney for Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of the reality show "Sister Wives," leaves the Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Utah's attorney general has filed notice that he will appeal a ruling striking down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit brought by the family on the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives." Turley says the family will take the legal fight to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's attorney general has decided to appeal a ruling that struck down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in what marked a significant victory for the family on the reality TV show "Sister Wives" and polygamous families living in Utah.

NYC boosted subway security after Iraq warning: police commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:49

New York City police commissioner William Bratton addresses a news conference at police headquarters in New York(Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday that the department boosted police presence on subways and city streets after the Iraqi prime minister's warning of a potential threat to transit systems from Islamist militants. Even so, Bratton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers that there was no specific, credible threat to the subway system or the city in general. "We are convinced New Yorkers are safe," de Blasio said at a press conference at a lower Manhattan subway station. (Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Guess who almost got cast in 'Gone Girl'?

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:46
(Side note, just for fun: I am delighted to report that there appears to be a character named Moira on "The Good Wife" -- the real estate agent, who I think we've seen in previous episodes, who Alicia called regarding her mortgage. Between this and the Moira character on "Mad Men," my usually obscur

Getting updates on Los Cabos hotel, airport reopenings after the hurricane

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:46
After being devastated by Hurricane Odile on Sept. 14,  electrical power and other infrastructure is being restored in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos and the dozens of the hotels damaged by the hurricane are being repaired. Two local websites with useful updates on hotel reconstruction, restau

U.S. Attorney General Holder to stay until successor in place: Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping down but has agreed to stay on until a successor is named and confirmed. "With his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as attorney general until I nominate a successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate," Obama told a news conference with Holder at his side. Holder is a close Obama ally and the first U.S. black chief prosecutor. (Reporting by Sandra Maler and Mohammad Zargham)

US releases IS oil strike images

BBC World News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:42
The Pentagon releases footage and still photos of its air strikes on oil refineries controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria.
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Rival Palestinian Factions Agree to Resolve Differences, Leaders Say

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:41
Government news media reported that the leaders of Hamas and Fatah had made progress on the sticking points of their five-month-old reconciliation pact.