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Philly school start still uncertain despite $265M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:32

Philly school start still uncertain despite $265MGov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that the state would advance $265 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia schools, but the superintendent said the money won't guarantee classes will start on time.


Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:32

Chief Information Security Officer Alex Holden of Hold Security, LLC appears during the Black Hat USA 2014 cyber security conference on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to Holden, whose firm uncovered the breach. (AP Photo/David Becker)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to Alex Holden, Chief Information Security Officer for Hold Security, whose firm uncovered the breach.


Mother-son firefighters hurt, killed in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:31

This 2014 photo provided by the Glendale Fire Department shows Jonathan French, 25, who was killed Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, while putting out a vehicle fire along an interstate when a semitrailer slammed into a fire truck. (AP Photo/Glendale Fire Department)GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan French was among the first to answer the call for help, as usual, when a van was ablaze along an interstate in the middle of the night. The third-generation firefighter was working alongside his mother, another volunteer firefighter, when they were struck by a tractor-trailer early Wednesday, killing the son and injuring his mother, police said.


U.S. college sports set for pivotal NCAA reform vote

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:31
Student-athletes in the United States may move a step closer to receiving financial compensation, when a group of university leaders on Thursday are expected to allow the wealthiest collegiate sports programs to leave behind decades-old restrictions and chart a self-governing course. The embattled National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Board of Directors is scheduled to vote in Indianapolis, as it faces legal and public pressure to share its billions in revenue with athletes. The vast majority of student-athletes never go on to play professionally, and critics say the NCAA's current scholarship policy short-changes athletes who risk injury and devote many hours to practice, travel and competition. For the new structure to pass, it must get a majority of yes votes from the NCAA's 18 directors, which comprise college presidents and chancellors.

Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:30

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman poses at his company's headquarters in San Francisco. Stoppelman, 36, probably wouldn’t be running Yelp Inc. if he had paid more attention to the opinions of outsiders than his own insights. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.


NYC asks court to drop appeals in stop-frisk cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:29
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to drop the city's appeals and lift the stay of a judge's ruling that its police stop-and-frisk tactic sometimes discriminates against minorities.

Driver injured in crash near Wawa in Bala Cynwyd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:28

Driver injured in crash near Wawa in Bala CynwydA two vehicle crash near a Wawa in Bala Cynwyd sent one person to the hospital in critical condition.


Census: Almost 10 million Americans changed race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.

FDA agent: Peanut plant 'not fit' to produce food

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:22
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped food to customers that lab tests confirmed was tainted, failed to clean production equipment of possible contaminants and didn't ensure a peanut roaster was hot enough to kill bacteria, a federal inspector testified Wednesday.

Sprint names new CEO after dropping T-Mobile bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:22

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar Corp., is interviewed following a news conference in Miami. Sprint on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 said it is replacing its longtime CEO Dan Hesse with Claure on the heels of a report that it is dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile. Sprint says the 43-year-old Claure will replace Hesse on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint's new owner is replacing its longtime CEO with a Bolivian billionaire and entrepreneur after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US.


Mets give away a Phillies toy truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:18

Mets give away a Phillies toy truckCould the rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets be over?


AP source: BofA agrees to pay $16-$17B in US deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:15

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, a Bank of America sign is photographed in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the matter says Bank of America has agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America tentatively agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.


Rwandan sought for war crimes stopped at US border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:15
HOULTON, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it arrested a 42-year-old Rwandan citizen at the border of Maine and Canada who is wanted for war crimes.

Arizona county proposes hiring ban, extra charges for smokers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:13
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Smokers seeking a job in one Arizona county need not apply and current employees would pay the price for lighting up under a controversial proposal by its top administrator. Pima County Manager Chuck Huckelberry said the proposed smoking ban for new employees, and medical insurance surcharges of up to 50 percent for current employees who use tobacco, is a matter of dollars and common sense. "This proposal is based on years of research regarding the negative effects of tobacco and nicotine on the health of individuals," Huckelberry said in a memo to the county board of supervisors late last month, "and the staggering costs to employers providing health coverage." Under the new initiative, applicants for county jobs would have to sign an affidavit saying that they have been tobacco- and nicotine-free for one year and pass a test to prove it. The southern Arizona county already bans smoking on its property under a policy that went into effect in January, 2013.

Ebola results negative for New York patient at Mount Sinai

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:09

Ebola results negative for New York patient at Mount SinaiOfficials with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York say a patient has tested negative for the Ebola virus.


Texas man facing stiff charges for pot brownies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:06
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil says he's fearful of the outcome.

Woman tried 3 times to get past airport security

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:00

This undated photo released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket tried at least three times that day to breach airport security before she managed to board the plane, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.


Death at Pennsylvania gas well blamed on human error, poor supervision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:58
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An explosion at a Chevron Corp gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed a man in February was caused by an inexperienced contract worker who was improperly supervised, according to a state report released on Wednesday. Ian R. McKee, a 27-year-old native of Warren, Pennsylvania, was incinerated in the blast when he went to investigate the hissing sound of gas escaping at high pressure from the Lanco 7H well in Greene County, where he worked. The report by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection blamed the Feb. 11, 2014, disaster on errors by an inexperienced worker - not McKee - and the supervisor who failed to make sure a lock pin was tightened properly. “We are reviewing the DEP reports,” said Kent S. Robertson, a spokesman for Chevron in San Ramon, California.

Tenn. mom charged with taking meth while pregnant going to rehab: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:57
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee prosecutors are temporarily delaying their pursuit of an assault charge against a woman for allegedly taking methamphetamine while she was pregnant, so they can see how she does in drug treatment, officials said on Wednesday. Mallory Loyola, 26, of Madisonville in eastern Tennessee, was the first woman arrested under the controversial new state law after both she and her newborn baby tested positive for the illegal drug last month, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors plan to see how she does in treatment and then decide how to handle the assault charge, Stephen Crump, district attorney general, said on Wednesday.

U.S. should drop charges against USS Cole bombing suspect, defense says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:56
By Lacey Johnson FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - The United States should drop charges against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship off Yemen because the U.S. military planned similar attacks during World War Two, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent, is charged with orchestrating a suicide bombing against the USS Cole using a boat filled with explosives in a Yemeni port. The video was produced by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, a precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency. The United States cannot charge Nashiri for war crimes if it condones the use of concealed explosive boats as an acceptable form of naval warfare, said Air Force Captain Daphne Jackson, a defense attorney.