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5 arrests made in drug raid in Somerton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:29

5 arrests made in drug raid in SomertonPolice arrested five people in a drug raid in Philadelphia's Somerton section Wednesday night.


Milwaukee police fire officer who shot man in park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:27

In this undated family photo provided by Dameion Perkins shows Dontre Hamilton. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, that he had fired Officer Christopher Manney who instigated a fight with a mentally ill man that eventually led the officer to shoot the man 14 times, killing him. Manney, 38, was dismissed nearly six months after Hamilton's death. (AP Photo/Family photo courtesy of Dameion Perkins)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has fired an officer who he said instigated a fight with a mentally ill man that eventually led the officer to shoot the man 14 times, killing him.


White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:20

CDC Director Frieden listens via videoconference as U.S. President Obama holds a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the government's Ebola response, in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease. Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased pressure from Republican critics. They say he has been too slow to protect Americans, drawing parallels to what they have described as foot-dragging on dealing with the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. ...


African leaders: Ebola could lead to food crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:05

 Ebola could lead to food crisisFinancial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola outbreak ...


Stepped up Ebola screening starts at 4 US airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:59

Graphic explains the non-contact thermometers; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey, are scheduled to start taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries as part of a stepped up Ebola screening program.


Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:54

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photoBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade. Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work. ...


Mom, 25, jailed on charges she pulled girl's hair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:53

Mom, 25, jailed on charges she pulled girl's hairA western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges that she pulled her 6-year-old daughter's hair so hard it separated her scalp from her skull and caused bleeding.


Serious crash shuts down Schuylkill Expressway approaching Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:01

Deadly crash shuts down Schuylkill Expressway near MontgomeryA serious crash has shut down the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway approaching Montgomery Drive.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:52

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez with fans after the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


AccuWeather: Clouds and Sun, Spotty Shower Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:30

 Heavy rain ending; Spotty shower laterMeteorologist David Murphy says a big cool down arrives over the weekend.


Pedestrian struck and critically injured in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:16

Pedestrian struck and critically injured in West PhiladelphiaPolice say a 47-year-old man was struck and critically injured by a vehicle in West Philadelphia Wednesday night.


High court clears bullet train but problems remain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:05
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will forge ahead with plans to build the nation's first bullet train by buying land in the Central Valley and demolishing buildings in the path of the $68 billion rail line after the state Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal from opponents of the project.

Los Angeles school district head expected to step down: LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:56

LAUSD Superintendent Deasy speaks at a news conference about the high school students involved in a bus crash, in Los AngelesBy Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles schools superintendent is expected to resign after reaching a departure agreement with the school board, the Los Angeles Times reported, after problems dogged the rollout of a landmark program to provide iPads to students. John Deasy, 53, had heralded the program to distribute iPads to around 650,000 students by the end of the year as a civil rights initiative to provide low-income students with a 21st-century tool common in middle-class households. But the $1.3 billion project, the largest of its kind in U.S. ...


Key facts about hurricane heading toward Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:51

FILE - This Aug. 5, 2014 file satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes - Iselle at center and Julio at right - bearing down on Hawaii, top left. Residents on Hawaii’s southernmost island have already dealt with one tropical storm this year and are currently coping with the threat of slowly encroaching lava. Now, meteorologists say a potential hurricane is heading toward them and the rest of the island chain. The governor on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, proclaimed an emergency to help the state respond to the storm. (AP Photo/NASA, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Residents on Hawaii's southernmost island already dealt with one tropical storm this year and are coping with the threat of slowly encroaching lava. Now, meteorologists say a potential hurricane is heading toward them and the rest of the island chain.


Nestle says 3 percent sales drop amid strong franc

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:51
GENEVA (AP) — Nestle S.A., the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday reported a 3-percent drop in group sales for the first nine months of the year, impacted by weakness in currencies against the Swiss franc and other costs.

Gunmen sought in 7-Eleven robbery in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:48

Gunmen sought in 7-Eleven robbery in WissinomingPolice are searching for two armed men who robbed a 7-Eleven store in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section early Thursday morning.


German leader warns France over budget deficit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:43

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, for the German government's cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Laurent Fabius attends the cabinet meeting as a guest. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there can be no exceptions to European Union rules on national deficit targets.


Swiss drug maker Roche posts flat 9-month sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:33
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG posted flat sales for the first nine months of 2014, but said Thursday the results show strong demand for its cancer drugs and emerging new products.

Pilot funding returns arts to California prisons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:03

In this Sept. 30, 2014, photo, inmates apply make-up on their faces before an Actors' Gang Prison Project workshop, an outreach program led by actor Tim Robbins, at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, Calif. The nonprofit acting program is expanding thanks to its slice of a $2.5 million arts pilot project from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The funding will bring state-funded arts of all kinds to inmates at more than a dozen prisons for the first time since California’s prison arts network withered more than a decade ago. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NORCO, Calif. (AP) — Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms: He cries out for his true love, and then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter.


New Jersey will OK real-money skill gambling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:03

FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, A detail from King Digital Entertainment's online game "Candy Crush Saga" is shown on a computer screen in New York. New Jersey casino regulators say they are ready to approve gambling on social games that involve an element of skill. Currently, most games offer free play up to certain limits. From there, players can buy additional chances to play or equipment to use in the game. Ashley Feinberg, a staff writer at Gizmodo.com, quickly burned through $286 in less than a month buying additional play time on Candy Crush Saga. (AP Photo/King Digital Entertainment, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Sure you love matching little candy pieces with each other, or spelling out words with your pals. But New Jersey gambling regulators want to let you do it for real money.