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S&P lowers France credit outlook to 'negative'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's Rating Services on Friday lowered its outlook for France's credit rating to "negative" from "stable," saying the country's economic picture is dimming.

Firefighters make headway against Sacramento-area wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:51
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters made progress on Friday against a major wildfire burning northeast of Sacramento that destroyed six homes and charred 420 acres, allowing some residents to return to their homes near the community of Applegate. With slowing winds aiding the efforts, more than 1,400 firefighters aimed to cut off the blaze before it could burn through a canyon and threaten additional communities. "Things are looking very positive," said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire). ...

California reactivates firefighting airplanes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:49

This undated photo provided by DynCorp International shows pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt who was killed Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, while fighting the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Hunt, 62, a 13-year veteran pilot of Dyncorp International, was flying a S-2T air tanker, similar to the plane in the photo, under contract with the state, when his plane hit a canyon wall while fighting the blaze that has caused the closure of the major western entrance into the heart of the park. CalFire has temporarily grounded it's fleet of S-2T's for inspection.(AP Photo/DynCorp International)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With wildfire danger peaking, California's fleet of 22 air tankers was cleared Friday to return to the skies after investigators found no evidence that a fatal crash of one of the tankers earlier in the week was the result of faulty equipment.

Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:49

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters after being named to replace Baucus in Helena(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...

Nursing home chain to pay $38M in US settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said Friday.

Hospital: Ebola patient shows modest improvement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:46

In this August 2013 photo, Rhode Island native Ashoka Mukpo speaks with residents of an iron ore mining camp in Bong County, Liberia. Mukpo, who was diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, was flow Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, to Omaha, Neb., for treatment. (AP Photo/The Providence Journal, Philip Marcelo) MANDATORY CREDIT. RHODE ISLAND OUT. NO SALES.OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska hospital treating an American video journalist with Ebola says he's shown modest improvement.

Dietz & Watson breaks ground on new Philadelphia facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:45

Dietz & Watson breaks ground on new Philadelphia facilityA year after its warehouse in South Jersey burned, Dietz & Watson has broken ground on a new plant, and it's bringing jobs into Philadelphia.

Bensalem bar workers forced into freezer during robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:44

Bensalem bar workers forced into freezer during robberyPolice are looking for the suspects who forced seven bar workers into a freezer during a robbery early Friday morning in Bensalem, Pa.

Equatorial Guinea VP loses Michael Jackson statues in U.S. settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:39

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in California announced a $30 million settlement on Friday between the United States and a vice president of Equatorial Guinea that requires him to forfeit his U.S. assets, including a collection of six life-sized statues of late singer Michael Jackson. Teodoro Nguema Obiang, the Central African country's second vice president, used his position of power to amass more than $300 million in the United States through corruption and money laundering, U.S. prosecutors said in court documents. ...

Maine man accused of shaking baby pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:38
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A young father who violently shook his 6-month-old daughter when her fussing interrupted his video game pleaded guilty Friday in a case that drew national attention because of a court battle over an order to not resuscitate the infant.

Icahn: Senate leader 'selling out' Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:26

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2011 file photo shows the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City NJ. Its owners and main casino workers union are clashing over the company's demand for substantial union givebacks and government aid in return for keeping the casino open past November 2014.(AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Carl Icahn accused New Jersey's Senate president of "selling out" Atlantic City by considering casinos near New York City, while the legislative leader said the state wouldn't give the billionaire investor the tax breaks he is seeking.

Indianapolis airport debuts customer service robot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:26
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new customer service robot has started roaming around the passenger terminal of Indianapolis International Airport.

Kansas attorney general seeks to block gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:16

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - The Kansas attorney general on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage licenses, filing the petition hours after two women were married outside a county courthouse. Two women were married shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Friday outside the Johnson County courthouse, District Court Clerk Sandy McCurdy said. Within hours, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the state Supreme Court to nullify the Johnson County order to issue licenses and order that no others be issued. ...

Virginia tells agencies to clear way for adoptions by gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:15

Pries and Oliver embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in a ceremony performed by Gorsline in a ceremony outside the John Marshall Court's Building in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Virginia same-sex couples can now legally adopt children and also become foster parents, the Virginia Department of Social Services said in a bulletin on Friday to its local offices across the state. Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered the bulletin sent on Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear appeals that sought to keep bans on same-sex marriage in place in Virginia and four other states. ...

Adult victims of New York quadruple killing named

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:14
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police have confirmed that the two adults and two boys found slain in a suburban Albany home this week were a family.

AccuWeather: Damp & Dreary Evening

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:03

 Damp & Dreary EveningFirst the clouds and now light showers have spread across portions of the region.

Case against Detroit policeman who shot child ends in second mistrial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:55
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A judge declared a second mistrial on Friday in the case of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping girl during a raid in 2010, after a jury was unable to reach a verdict. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway declared a mistrial in the case of officer Joseph Weekley, who faced a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. A previous trial also ended in a mistrial. Wayne County Prosecutor spokeswoman Maria Miller said the office has not decided whether to try the case again. ...

Drought-sapped California lake reveals lost gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:45

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows several items, including a handgun and badge of a federal agent, found in a backpack in shallow water by a man fishing at Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County. The agent said he got grief from his co-workers after his backpack went overboard during a 1992 boat trip, according to the Los Angeles Times. (AP Photo/ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Water in Los Angeles County's Castaic Lake is so low amid California's drought that a fisherman has recovered a handgun and a badge that a federal agent lost in the water decades ago.

Ga. prisoner accused of lying about possible Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:35
ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors have accused a prisoner in Georgia of lying about potentially getting Ebola while traveling in Africa, a claim that triggered an emergency response at an Atlanta area jail and hospital.

AP NewsBreak: Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:20

FILE - In this May 11, 2012, file photo, Girl Scouts, clockwise from left, Savannah Lindblad, Anna White, Brooke Roberts, Maryalisa Moran, Savannah Fox and troop volunteer Jennifer Peters help form a cookie brigade to deliver 2,928 boxes of cookies to the USO-NC at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, in Morrisville, N.C. For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply. According to figures provided to The Associated Press, the total of youth members and adult volunteers dropped by 6 percent over the past year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long, File)NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.