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UN envoy: Up to 700 children in Iraq killed, hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:54

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of SinjarUNITED NATIONS (AP) — Up to 700 children have been killed or maimed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, some of them used as suicide bombers by the Islamic State militant group, a U.N. envoy said Monday.

Washington state hiker missing since last week emerges safe from woods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:49
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 64-year-old hiker missing for four days in Olympic National Park walked out of the woods in Washington state on his own on Monday and appeared to be in good condition, park officials said. Kelly Hall was supposed to have completed a 39-mile (63-km) hike in the park and meet up with his family on Thursday. He failed to appear, and search teams combed the Pacific Northwest wilderness for him but had been unable to trace his whereabouts, officials said. Then at around 10 a.m. ...

Detroit IT systems 'fundamentally broken': city's tech officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:48
By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit relies on antiquated and dilapidated information technology for basic city administration, which puts citizens' safety at risk, makes simple administrative tasks impossible, and creates opportunities for security breaches, the city's information officer testified at a bankruptcy hearing on Monday. Beth Niblock, who was hired as Detroit's chief information officer after she assessed the city's technology as part of a White House-appointed team, frequently used the words "atrocious" and "unreliable" to describe the computers and network that the city uses for everything from managing email to supporting fire stations.

Missouri lawmaker challenges birth control mandate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:45
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan is relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling as he contests a lower court's rejection of his legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act mandate.

NCAA restores Penn State bowl eligibility

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:45

NCAA lifts Penn State's postseason banNCAA restores Penn State bowl eligibility

US official: Romanian gov't should be transparent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:43
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A U.S. official has criticized Romania for passing legislation that could be seen to encourage corruption and has urged the government to be transparent to attract more business.

U.S. military to set up field hospital in Ebola-stricken Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:37

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales. As the president plans a speech on the eve of 9/11 to assess the U.S. stance against the Islamic State militants, U.S. officials say the strategy will largely build on the current air strikes and work with the nascent coalition he began to build in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will send a 25-bed field hospital to Liberia to help provide medical care for health workers trying to contain the fast spreading Ebola virus that has killed 2,100 people in West Africa. The Pentagon said the $22 million hospital was being provided at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak first identified in Guinea in March. ...

Police: Man shoots, woman, her son, then self in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:36

 Man shoots 2 people, then self, in Juniata ParkPolice say a man shot a woman, that woman's son, then himself in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia on Monday.

White House says Obama wants Congress to invest in counter-terrorism fund

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:29

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference on the second and final day of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near NewportWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants Congress to inject money into a counter-terrorism fund to train and equip partners in other countries to fight extremists, an initiative that would be a core component of his plan to address Islamic State fighters, the White House said on Monday. Obama believes he currently has the authority he needs to address the threat Islamic State poses to American citizens, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. ...

Electrolux to buy GE Appliances in $3.3B deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:28

Electrolux to buy GE Appliances in $3.3B dealSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday.

DC statehood to get hearing on Capitol Hill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The long-dormant debate over statehood for the District of Columbia is about to be revived on Capitol Hill.

Safe stolen from Philadelphia school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:04

Safe stolen from Philadelphia schoolPolice are searching for the man who walked out of a North Philadelphia charter school with a safe.

Rescuers end search for missing plane off Jamaica

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:02

Jamaican Defence Force members return to Port Antonio Marina in Portland, Jamaica, SaturdayKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — After scouring an expanse of white-capped waters off Jamaica for three days, rescuers have called off a search for a small plane that crashed after a ghostly journey down the U.S. East Coast and the northern Caribbean, but a U.S. agency said Monday it is ready to lead a probe of the accident if wreckage can be found.

Virginia governor unveils more modest Medicaid expansion plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:52
(Reuters) - Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe proposed a plan on Monday to provide medical insurance for 25,000 uninsured Virginians, a move that falls short of his vow to expand coverage to 400,000 people despite Republican objections. McAuliffe said in June after losing a fight with the Republican-controlled legislature over Medicaid, the federal-state healthcare program for the poor, that he would close the gap without lawmakers' help. The 25,000 Virginians who would get insurance group about 20,000 people who are mentally ill and 5,000 children of state employees, the governor said in a statement. The insurance expansion is part of a 10-point healthcare program that would affect more than 200,000 people, mostly by improving care for those already in Medicaid and boosting efforts to sign up Virginians who qualify for it but are not enrolled.

Delays plague end of Bud Light's 'Whatever USA'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:46

Elk Avenue as it is slowly transformed into a beer commercialCRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (AP) — More than 1,000 people flown in to the small Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte for a Bud Light promotion have left after long flight delays.

University of Miami's Donna Shalala to retire, former Clinton official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:33
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - University of Miami President Donna Shalala, a former Clinton administration official who was considered a major catch by the school when she joined in 2001, said on Monday she plans to step down at the end of the academic year. Shalala, 73, took over at Miami's top private university after serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under President Bill Clinton, longer than any other person has held the post. While the announcement came as a surprise, Shalala said she felt she had accomplished her mission of securing Miami's place "as the next great American research university," according to a statement on the university's website.

Clinton, Bush yuk it up, launch scholars program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:26

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George W. Bush, laugh while participating in the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program Launch, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at The Newseum in Washington. The two are launching a new scholars program at four presidential libraries, aiming to help academics and business leaders learn more about presidential leadership. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Political opposites turned friends, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush launched a new scholars program at four presidential centers with an opening act that might have been mistaken for a comedy routine.

Triple shooting reported in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:21

 Man shoots, woman, her son, then self in Juniata ParkThree people were reportedly shot in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia on Monday.

Cameras capture Center City deli burglary in progress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:18

Cameras capture Center City deli burglary in progressPhiladelphia police are asking for your help in finding the man who they say burglarized a deli in Center City.

London's Luton airport reopens after alert

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:16
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of passengers were evacuated and flights were suspended for hours Monday from Luton Airport near London after a suspicious package was found in a security-screening area.