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Home long thought to be Monroe's turns out to be guest house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:16

In this Thursday, April 21, 2016 photo, Executive Director of The James Monroe Highland Foundation, Sara Bon-Harper, gestures in front what was considered the home of former President James Monroe in Charlottesville, Va. The house which is shown from the back was a guest house built in 1818. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)For decades, a modest farmhouse in central Virginia was thought to be what remained of President James Monroe's home in Charlottesville, Virginia. It turns out, historians were wrong.


Electrolux sees strong rise in first quarter profit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:13
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux says its first-quarter income rose 158 percent to 875 million kronor ($108 million), citing increasing demand in Europe and North America.

Sony sees less red ink, postpones outlook because of quake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:12
TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported an 88.4 billion yen ($818 million) loss in January-March, a smaller flow of red ink than a year earlier, but it postponed Thursday giving its annual outlook until May, citing damage from major earthquakes in southwestern Japan earlier this month.

Gov't launches new website for student loan borrowers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Education has launched a new website to help people with student loans find a repayment option that best suits their needs.

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:44

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under President Barack Obama’s health care law, in a wave of state-level requests rippling across the country ahead of the political conventions this summer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under President Barack Obama's health care law, in a wave of state-level requests rippling across the country ahead of the political conventions this summer.


Spain's jobless edges up in Q1 ahead of new elections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:25
MADRID (AP) — Spain's unemployment rate edged up to 21 percent in the first quarter from 20.9 percent the previous quarter — negative economic news as the country looks headed toward its second general election in six months.

'76 a window into ugliness of a GOP contested convention

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:09

In this April 11, 2016 photo, Billy Mounger, a 90-year-old oil businessman and 1976 chairman of Mississippi campaign for Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, recalls the contested national convention where the state's delegation split between President Gerald Ford and Reagan, in his Jackson, Miss., office. Tension from the convention caused a permanent rift between Mounger and Clarke Reed, who was state GOP chairman at the time. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Clarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan.


Hawaii church deploying igloos to house homeless families

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:07

 they're planning to erect Alaska-made igloos to house homeless families. The snow-inspired dome-shape structures would appear at first glance to be a misfit among the island state's palm trees and sandy beaches, but their bright fiberglass exterior reflects the sun, shading those inside. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)HONOLULU (AP) — A church in Hawaii looking to address the state's ongoing homelessness crisis has settled on a solution that on first look appears better suited for the frigid winters of Alaska than the islands' tropical climate: igloos.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:05
"Cruz can't win, what's he doing picking vice presidents?" — Donald Trump after Republican rival Ted Cruz tapped Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

Ancient Buddhist sculpture returned to Pakistani government

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:01

A second century C.E. Buddhist sculpture is displayed during a news conference in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney, in New York, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Prosecutors returned the sculpture to the government of Pakistan after a Japanese antiquities dealer pleaded guilty to smuggling it into the U.S. The 70-year-old art dealer said he was motivated partly by a desire to protect Buddhist art from being neglected or destroyed in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha's footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday.


U.S. university head sent on leave over claim she quashed bad publicity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:51

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi waits to speak to students at an Occupy UCD rally on campus in DavisUniversity of California president Janet Napolitano said she would investigate whether the chancellor, Linda Katehi, violated school policies. Katehi, who has not commented on the newspaper report, has also faced questions over her acceptance of paid seats on the boards of DeVry Education Group and textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons. "The serious and troubling nature of these questions, as well as the initial evidence, requires a rigorous and transparent investigation," Napolitano said.


Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:51

FILE- In an Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology Principal Tanya Bowman is seen in Detroit. Bankruptcies, tax liens and civil judgments are among the financial troubles that were faced by some Detroit principals accused of receiving kickbacks on inflated invoices for classroom supplies, in a school system crippled by debt and serving among the most under-privileged children in the country. (David Coates/Detroit News via AP, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — A dozen Detroit principals and an administrator are accused of finding a way to bleed their struggling public schools of $900,000 — ordering chairs, writing paper and other supplies that in most cases were never delivered, even as investigators doggedly battled fraud in a district that lacks textbooks and even toilet paper.


Victim testified after Hastert asked his brother for support

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:49

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The sex abuse victim who testified against Dennis Hastert at the former U.S. House speaker's sentencing hearing said he ultimately decided to do so publicly after Hastert reached out to his brother for a letter of support asking the judge for leniency.


Funerals to be held in days ahead for 8 killed in rural Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:48

Visitors gather for the wake of Gary Rhoden at the Crockett L. Reed Funeral Home, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in South Shore, Ky. Multiple people, including Rhoden, were found dead Friday at several properties near Piketon, Ohio. Investigators have interviewed more than 50 people in the case but have made no arrests. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Grieving family members will gather for funeral services in the days ahead to remember eight of their own who were killed in what authorities are calling a "cold-blooded, calculated massacre" in rural Ohio.


Timeline of events in Dennis Hastert's life and career

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:37

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, for his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — For years, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was known primarily for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in the nation's third-highest office. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sex abuse allegations, in which the 74-year-old Republican was sentenced Wednesday.


Hastert judge delivered verbal equivalent of public flogging

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:35

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speaker's hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.


Japanese stocks drop as central bank disappoints on stimulus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:27

A woman walks past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Japanese stocks rallied Thursday as the latest economic data spurred hopes for more central bank stimulus, leading gains in other Asian benchmarks after the Fed left interest rates unchanged. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)HONG KONG (AP) — Japanese stocks tumbled and the yen surged Thursday after the central bank dashed investors' hopes for more stimulus, while other Asian benchmarks were mixed after the Fed left interest rates unchanged.


2nd Chinese city in a week halts trash incinerator plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:23
BEIJING (AP) — For the second time in a week, a Chinese city has announced it would halt plans for a garbage incinerator project following angry protests by residents that underscore growing concern over threats to public health.

Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:19

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo, a woman carrying an infant on her back looks at a massive carcass of a whale at a popular California surfing spot in San Clemente, Calif. Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill. California parks officials made the decision Wednesday, April 27, 2016, after deciding it would be impractical to tow the 40-foot whale out to sea or bury it at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill.


'Angry Birds' maker wants phones out as film credits roll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:41

This image released by Rovio Entertainment shows an animated visual cue for the movie magic interaction that will happen between the new game, "Angry Birds Action!," and the upcoming film, "The Angry Birds Movie." A level set on Piggy Island, home to the Angry Birds' snout-faced adversaries, can only be unlocked if players pluck out their mobile devices and zap a code displayed during the film's credits when it debuts May 20. (Rovio Entertainment via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creators of "Angry Birds" hope movie theater audiences don't get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of "The Angry Birds Movie" and point them at the screen.