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Car plows into Maryland restaurant, seven hurt: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:01
(Reuters) - A car plowed into a lunchtime crowd outside a Baltimore barbecue restaurant on Friday, injuring seven people, police said. Witnesses told Baltimore County a city truck rear-ended an elderly woman's car when she stopped abruptly, sending the vehicle into several occupied picnic tables outside Andy Nelson's Barbecue. A police spokeswoman said seven people were taken to hospitals. The extent of their injuries was unknown. NBC affiliate WBAL-TV posted photos online showing the damaged vehicles crushed up against the restaurant with broken umbrellas in the background. ...

Coming up: Events across the region

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:01
A long-range calendar of festivals and fun beyond Seattle

Lufthansa, Air France to resume Tel Aviv flights

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:01
Air France and Germany's two biggest airlines decided Friday to resume flights to Tel Aviv after canceling operations for several days over safety concerns.

Dallas politician charged by FBI with taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:00
By Marice Richter AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Dallas County Commissioner and outspoken minority rights community leader John Wiley Price was arrested on Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on graft charges that included taking bribes. Price, 64 and a Democrat, was charged with 13 counts of criminal activity in an elaborate scheme dating back to 2001 that also included suspected mail fraud and falsifying tax returns. Price, charged with three co-defendants, entered a not-guilty plea at federal court on Friday and did not speak with reporters. ...

Where's the Weed?: The morning report for July 25

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:00
Good news this time! Seattle's one-stop pot shop will be back in business tomorrow. Cannabis City's owner James Laythrop estimates that he will run out of weed today (again), but Cannabis City will begin keeping regular hours, selling glassware, rolling papers, and other paraphernalia even if there'

Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:58
Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.

‘Y’all’ needs no translation: U.S. country music is big abroad

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:57
For decades country acts rarely toured outside the U.S., with exceptions for superstars such as Johnny Cash, but it’s now one of America’s hottest musical exports, thanks in part to younger country acts with a knack for marketing themselves on social media.

England's Rowsell wins pursuit gold

BBC World News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:56
England's Joanna Rowsell wins gold in the Commonwealth individual pursuit but Jason Kenny has to settle for sprint silver.
Categories: BBC World News

Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:54
For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections.

Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 2 children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:53

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) MANDATORY CREDIT; THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESTwo men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand in Philadelphia on Friday, police said. Two children were killed, and three other people were critically injured.

Woman gets 4 years for stealing $5M from nonprofit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman known for donating gowns from her Maryland bridal shop to military brides has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for stealing more than $5 million from her nonprofit employer.

Former Bear Stearns chairman Greenberg dead at 86

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:44

The Bear Stearns logo is seen at the lobby of the headquarters in New YorkAlan "Ace" Greenberg, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Bear Stearns Cos Inc, died on Friday at the age of 86 after a bout with cancer. Greenberg has been credited with engineering the rise of Bear Stearns in the second-half of the 20th century, when it became one of the largest standalone investment banks on Wall Street. In 2008, when the investment bank's exposure to toxic mortgage bonds brought it to the brink of collapse, JPMorgan Chase & Co rescued Bear Stearns and kept Greenberg on as vice chairman emeritus of its global wealth management business. "It's hard to imagine a financial services industry without Ace," wrote JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and asset management chief Mary Erdoes in a note to employees on Friday.

Broadway’s Musical Chairs

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:43
Substituting for regular musicians on Broadway pays pretty well if you can deal with the high stakes.

VIDEO: LatAm Beats: Lucas Santtana

BBC World News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:39
Brazil's rising musical master of experimentation
Categories: BBC World News

Exxon's European refinery play piles pain on pressured plants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:36
By Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - ExxonMobil is pouring $1 billion into modernising a European refinery just as others are fleeing the sector, making life even more difficult for older plants struggling to stay afloat. Exxon said it would install a new coking unit at the 300,000 barrel per day (bpd) Antwerp plant to turn high sulphur oils created as a by-product of the refining process into various types of higher-profit diesel, including shipping fuels that will meet new environmental laws. "This project demonstrates ExxonMobil's long-term view," said Remko Kruithof, Exxon's public and government affairs manager for the region. "It is the first of several (investments) we are evaluating to further strengthen our strategic refineries in Europe to more successfully face the challenging industry environment." Exxon is considering refinery investments in the United States, where plants there run close to full capacity, but it is the sums in Europe that have surprised some observers as where market conditions are far more challenging.

Exclusive: Exxon eyes expanding Texas refinery into biggest in U.S. - sources

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:36

Exxon gas station is pictured in ArlingtonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said. The expansion of the 344,600 barrel-per-day (bpd) Beaumont refinery, if carried out, would be completed by 2020 and potentially double its size with the addition of a third crude distillation unit (CDU), the sources said. If Exxon presses ahead, the investment would be a further indication that the American oil giant is breaking ranks with many of its big global rivals, who have been looking to sell off refining assets across the world. Just weeks ago Exxon unveiled a $1 billion investment in its Antwerp plant.

Marathon bomb suspect's lawyers seek leaks hearing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:20
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media.

US rig count up 12 to 1,883

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:20
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883.

Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:19
Ms. Kaufman’s first novel, “Up the Down Staircase,” portrayed the topsy-turvy world of a New York City public school and was based on her experience as a teacher.

Fired Ohio State band director vows to clear name

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:18

In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters poses for a photograph at the Steinbrener Band Center in Ohio Stadium before practice, in Columbus Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Eamon Queeney)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired director of Ohio State University's celebrated marching band said through his attorney Friday that he has become a scapegoat for behavior occurring within the organization before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name.