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Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:10
PARIS (AP) — French oil giant Total SA has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Moscow.

Wanted sex offender was hiding in homemade fort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:57
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A convicted sex offender wanted on charges he molested a 3-year-old girl in West Virginia has been found hiding in a homemade fort in the Pennsylvania woods.

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Malala Yousafzai

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:48

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Malala Yousafzai tonight on Action NewsTune in to Action News at 6 and 11 as our own Jim Gardner sits down with Liberty Medal and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai.


NYC subway breaks record with more than 6 mln daily rides

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:41

A man rests his face in his hands while riding a subway in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - More people rode the New York City subway than ever in September, with the number of trips exceeding a record-breaking 6 million on five separate days over the month, transit officials said on Wednesday. There were 6,106,694 trips on the subway on Sept. 23, the highest number since daily figures were first recorded in 1985, and likely the highest since the late 1940s, when the system had more elevated lines and far fewer people owned cars. Four other days in September also exceeded 6 million trips, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency said. ...


Schools reopen as ambush suspect manhunt continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:38

A Pennsylvania State Police Trooper patrols the cemetery at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Swiftwater, Pa., during the ongoing search for suspected killer Eric Frein. With two possible sightings in four days, Frein, 31, who's charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing a trooper and seriously wounding another, appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys)SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) — Schools in a northeastern Pennsylvania district have reopened after authorities did a precautionary search to make sure they weren't harboring the suspect in last month's deadly ambush of a state police barracks.


Transit agency weighs court bout vs. mobster's kin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:30
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit is considering whether to continue to fighting a mobster's family over a land deal.

Central Pennsylvania fire kills scores of snakes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:30
EAST BERLIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning fire in a central Pennsylvania home that killed scores of snakes doesn't appear suspicious in origin.

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:22

FILE -In this May 8, 2008 file photo, blank U.S. Treasury checks are seen on a roll at the Philadelphia Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies, in Philadelphia. Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It’s the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s more than a fifth of the country. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.


Dec. 15 trial set for 2 in Amish girls kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:16
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A December trial date has been set for the couple charged with kidnapping two Amish girls from a roadside produce stand last summer in northern New York.

Family of slain teacher marks 1 year since death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:06
ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — The family of a slain Massachusetts school teacher has issued a statement one year after her death saying "each day is more difficult than the last."

U.S. regulators expand number of vehicles affected by Takata recalls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:55

File photo of the Takata logo at its factory near MonclovaBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement the number of vehicles from 10 automakers covered by recalls this year and in 2013 is now 7.8 million, up 28 percent from the 6.1 million announced on Tuesday. ...


Ben Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:30

FILE - In this June 11, 2012 file photo, Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, listens during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate, at the Watergate office building in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.


Massachusetts fire victims identified as brothers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:21

An arson detection dog and investigator from the State Fire Marshal's office search through debris after an apartment fire in Lawrence, Mass., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Two children died in the blaze. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Police and relatives have identified the two young boys killed in a four-alarm fire at a Massachusetts apartment building


Passenger Arriving at Newark Evaluated for Possible Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:21
A passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels on United flight 998 Tuesday was being evaluated for possible symptoms of Ebola, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:15

Founder of the HomeSafety Academy D'Eugenio poses with his supplies in Lake ParkBy Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. If, as the former correctional officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods. "I'll do what the English royalty did to survive the bubonic plague," Griffin said, referring to King Charles II's flight to the countryside during the Great Plague of London in 1665-66. "I'm going into the country. ...


Violent crash kills driver, shuts down City Avenue in Wynnefield

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:07

Violent crash kills driver, shuts down City Avenue in WynnefieldPolice tell Action News the motorist involved in a violent, single-vehicle crash on City Avenue early Wednesday has died.


Site work starts for new Sandy Hook School

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:07
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Site work has begun for construction of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School replacing the building in Connecticut where 20 children and six staff members were fatally shot nearly two years ago.

Site work starts for new Sandy Hook School

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:07
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Site work has begun for construction of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School replacing the building in Connecticut where 20 children and six staff members were fatally shot nearly two years ago.

Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers battling bugs in storage bins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:04

Farmer Dan Roberts inspects his corn crop during the harvest in MinookaBy Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges. Still flush with cash after years of record income and with shipping rates near record highs, farmers have resources to store grain rather than sell into a down market. "The last several years we have not held on very long," said Mike Brzon, who raises corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm in Courtland, Kansas. ...


Liberian air passenger checked for Ebola in New Jersey: media

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59
(Reuters) - A Liberian passenger who flew into New Jersey on Tuesday was taken to hospital over fears he had been exposed to Ebola, media reported. The man, who had flown from Liberia to Brussels and then caught a connecting flight to Newark, had a fever, NBC New York reported, citing unnamed officials. The passenger was "identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the network. The CDC was not immediately available for comment. ...