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ECB surprises with rate cuts, new stimulus plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:29

ECB surprises with rate cuts, new stimulus planFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Trying to salvage a weak recovery, the European Central Bank on Thursday cut interest rates and announced a new economic stimulus program that involves buying financial assets.


Court grants Obama plea to re-hear health case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling Thursday that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.

Pace of health care spending likely to speed up

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:21

Graphic shows projections for U.S. health care spending; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.


Jury returns to work in former Va. governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:18
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The third day of deliberations in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption trial is underway.

US companies add jobs at solid pace in August

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 21:55

FILE - This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. Payroll processor ADP on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 said that private employers added 204,000 jobs in August, down from 212,000 in July, which was revised slightly lower. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August, according to a private survey, the fifth straight month of solid gains.


US trade gap narrows in July

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 21:41

In this March 14, 2014 photo, an assembly line worker builds a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level since January, as exports of autos, telecom equipment, industrial machines and semiconductors rose, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level since January, as exports of autos, telecom equipment, industrial machines and semiconductors rose.


Maine man with gun tattoo admits to drug charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 21:34

FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Michael Smith, left, bearing a realistic-looking tattoo of a handgun on his stomach, stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine. Smith pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, and was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended in its entirety for a year of administrative release. He was fined $400 and ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling. (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, David Leaming, File)SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who drew national attention because of the realistic-looking gun tattoo on his stomach has pleaded guilty to drug charges.


Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 21:13

In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo, Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara works in a lab near vertebrae from a Dreadnaughtus schrani at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The immense dinosaur from Patagonia is slated to be introduced to the scientific community Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth. The four-legged beast with a long neck and tail weighed an estimated 65 tons and stretched about 85 feet long. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur — a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants — have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or "fearing nothing."


French ex-trader to be released from prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 21:06
PARIS (AP) — The Paris appeals court has authorized the controlled release of a Frenchman convicted of one of history's biggest trading frauds.

Judge: Michigan teachers can exit union anytime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:40
Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state right-to-work law that ...

Overturned dump truck blocks Route 611 in Horsham

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:34

Overturned dump truck blocks Route 611 in HorshamAn overturned dump truck slowed traffic on Route 611 (Easton Road) early Thursday in Horsham.


European Central Bank announces stimulus program involving purchases of financial assets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:34
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank announces stimulus program involving purchases of financial assets.

US trade deficit falls slightly to 5-month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — US trade deficit falls slightly to 5-month low in July; export growth outpaces rise in imports.

China police probe alleged extortion by reporters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:26

China police probe alleged extortion by reportersBEIJING (AP) — Police in Shanghai detained the chief editor and several employees of an influential Chinese financial news site on allegations they extorted money from companies by threatening to publish negative news about them, state media said Thursday.


Big pharmacies knock on door of oil-rich North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:22

File photo of a worker stocking a Walgreens store in ChicagoBy Ernest Scheyder BISMARCK N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's oil boom has fueled a construction bonanza for new supermarkets, restaurants and clothing stores. The law requires North Dakota pharmacies to be owned by local pharmacists or run by hospitals with a local pharmacist on staff. Supporters of the initiative argue it will remove an embarrassing anachronism, give consumers more choice and lower prescription drug costs. Opponents say that allowing national chains would destroy North Dakota's tradition of personalized pharmacy care and be yet another example of how the state's neighborly way of life is changing too fast.


Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 ½ socks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:14

X-ray shows Great Dane ate 43 ½ socksIf you've ever wondered what happens to all of your missing socks, you might want to check your pet.


Facebook's auto-play video feature could impact your cell phone bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:12

Facebook's auto-play video feature could impact your cell phone billMany users have complained to money saving websites about a feature on Facebook that is creating extra charges to their cell phone bill


Deal averts sale of NJ shore town's carousel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:01

FILE - A Monday July 21, 2014 file photo shows one of the 58 hand-painted animals on the Seaside Heights N.J. carousel. The Seaside Heights Carousel that survived Superstorm Sandy and a boardwalk fire will not be going up for sale. The Asbury Park Press reports under terms of an agreement introduced by the town’s council on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, the town and Casino Pier would swap oceanfront property in exchange for the town taking control of the carousel. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The Seaside Heights Carousel that survived Superstorm Sandy and a boardwalk fire will not be going up for sale.


New lawsuit filed over alleged abuse by Sandusky

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:56

New lawsuit filed over alleged abuse by SanduskyA new accuser has sued Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and a charity the former assistant coach founded, claiming he was sexually abused about six years ago.


Euro slides to $1.3037 after rate cut from European Central Bank; lowest since July 2013

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:55
LONDON (AP) — Euro slides to $1.3037 after rate cut from European Central Bank; lowest since July 2013.