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LL Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic boot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:35

In this Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 photo, Talitha Donaldson displays a label that is glued onto the back of every L.L. Bean boot, at a facility in Lewiston, Maine. The Maine-based retailer can't make enough of its iconic boots to keep up with demand this holiday season. Some styles are on back order until February, and the company is answering by hiring more than 100 workers and purchasing a new machine that makes the rubber soles. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Whether it's "lumberjack chic" or old-school utility, demand for L.L. Bean boots is surging — so much so that some customers will have to wait until February to get their holiday purchases.


Energy firm ends bid to buy Philadelphia Gas Works

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:29

Energy firm ends bid to buy Philadelphia Gas WorksA Connecticut energy firm that had proposed a $1.86 billion purchase of publicly owned Philadelphia Gas Works is terminating its bid, five weeks after its rejection by Philadelphia City Council.


Man assaulted with hammer in South Philadelphia home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:19

Man assaulted with hammer in South Philadelphia home invasionPolice say a man was assaulted with a hammer during an apparent home invasion in South Philadelphia.


Former AP Latin America bureau chief dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:53

This May 13, 2006 photo provided by his daughter, Britta Dysart, shows former Associated Press journalist William Heath in San Diego. Heath, an award-winning journalist and former bureau chief for the AP who oversaw news coverage during some of Latin America's most turbulent times, has died at the age 78. Heath, who headed AP bureaus in Peru, Venezuela and Argentina, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at a New Mexico hospital as a result of complications following colon cancer surgery, family members said. He retired from AP in 1998 and had lived in New Mexico for the past few years. An Idaho native, Heath graduated from the University of New Mexico and was first hired by the Albuquerque bureau of AP in 1961 for a temporary assignment that kicked off a decades-long career with the news organization. (AP Photo/Courtesy Britta Dysart)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — William Heath, an award-winning journalist and former bureau chief for The Associated Press who oversaw news coverage during some of Latin America's most turbulent times, has died. He was 78.


Pastor, church employee among 3 killed in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:49
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man killed his wife and another woman Thursday, then headed to the church where his wife worked and fatally shot the pastor, authorities said.

Starbucks debuts high-end Reserve roastery and cafe in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:49

A view of the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room during its preview in conjunction with the company's biennial investor meeting in SeattleBy Lisa Baertlein SEATTLE (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz, who introduced Americans to espressos, Frappuccinos and pumpkin spice lattes, is not about to let a bunch of well-funded independent coffee sellers beat his global chain at the super premium game. Speaking at preview events ahead of Friday's public debut of the company's 15,000-square-foot reserve coffee roastery and tasting room in Seattle, Schultz vowed to stay one step ahead of rivals, which include "third-wave" coffee chains such as Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia and Stumptown. ...


Manhunt under way for Florida man suspected in triple homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:48
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A search was under way on Thursday for a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a pastor at a Florida church, as well as the murders of his wife and another woman at a nearby home, by authorities investigating a triple homicide on the state's Gulf Coast. Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a church shooting around 1:20 p.m., according to a news release. While at the scene, they learned about two more people slain at a nearby home in Bradenton, located about 45 miles south of Tampa. ...

Lawyer: Greenpeace protesters reach plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:40
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Greenpeace activists charged in an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati plan to accept a plea agreement, a defense attorney said Thursday.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:05

A message reading "Black Lives Matter" is written across the cheek of Samaria Muhammad as she chants with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


U.S. couple released by Qatar in child death return to Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:51

Matthew and Grace Huang on airliner leaving DohaBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American couple convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar returned to Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, a family spokesman said on Twitter. Matthew and Grace Huang left the tiny Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a ban on their travel issued by that government was lifted, ending a nearly two-year ordeal. "Mission accomplished. Matt and Grace are in Los Angeles. They have not stopped smiling," spokesman Eric Volz said in a tweet posted about 3 p.m. PST. ...


Illinois asks high court for pension law hearing as soon as January

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:49
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' top attorney asked the state supreme court on Thursday to put constitutional challenges to a pension reform law on the fast track by scheduling oral arguments as soon as Jan. 22 and no later than March 10. Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion to accelerate the state's appeal of a Nov. 21 Sangamon County Circuit Court judge's ruling that the law aimed at easing Illinois' huge pension burden violated protections in the state constitution for public worker retirement benefits. ...

Apple says plaintiffs' iPods not covered by suit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

Flash flooding strands drivers in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:39

A vehicle sits in mud up to its windows on Soboba Road near Gilman Springs Road in San Jacinto, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Heavy rains triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy downpours took a parting shot Thursday at California, triggering flash floods that temporarily stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in inland Riverside County as the state took stock of the effects of days of steady downpours.


Oregon hospital: Medication error killed patient

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:33

This undated photo from the Facebook page of Loretta MacPerson, provided by her son Mark Macpherson, shows Loretta Macpherson, at an unknown location. An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to Macpherson, causing her death. Michel Boileau, chief clinical officer for St. Charles Health System, said Macpherson, 65, died shortly after she was given a paralyzing agent typically used during surgeries instead of an anti-seizure medication at its hospital in Bend. He said Macpherson stopped breathing and suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Macpherson came into the ER two days earlier with medication dosage questions after a recent brain surgery. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mark Macpherson)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death.


California man whose wrongful conviction inspired Asian-American movement dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:27

Former San Quentin death row inmate Chol Soo Lee and veteran investigative journalist K.W. Lee visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Tomb at the MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change in AtlantaBy Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A Korean-American man who was wrongfully convicted of a 1973 gang murder in San Francisco and whose case inspired Asian-Americans of all backgrounds to mobilize for his freedom has died at age 62, friends said on Thursday. Chol Soo Lee died on Tuesday at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco due to complications from a problem with his digestive system, said family friend Doris Yamasaki. ...


U.S. lawmaker wants Ferguson police force dissolved

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 09:17
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. congressman for Ferguson, Missouri, said on Thursday he hopes the Justice Department disbands the city's police department after the recent shooting of Michael Brown, and turns law enforcement duties over to St. Louis County Police. Representative Lacy Clay, a Democrat, said he believes the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson is only one example of the mostly white department's "oppressive" treatment of blacks. The Justice Department is still conducting its own probes into Brown's death and the Ferguson police, despite a ...

Early Bob Dylan lyrics fail to sell at NYC auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:48
NEW YORK (AP) — The lyrics of two early unrecorded Bob Dylan songs have failed to find a buyer at a New York auction.

U.S. judge moves closer to possible action against Arizona sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:45
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. judge moved a step closer to pursuing possible contempt charges against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio on Thursday, accusing the Maricopa County sheriff of failing to follow court mandates in a 2007 racial-profiling case. Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ruled that deputies working for Arpaio, an 82-year-old who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff," racially profiled Latino drivers and held them for too long during traffic stops. ...

Virginia brewery taps 300-year-old beer recipe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:41

Co-Owner of Ardent Craft Ales, Kevin O'Leary, takes a sample of Persimmon beer at the facility in Richmond, VA., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Ardent Craft Ales is tapping into the Virginia Historical Society’s collections to serve up a 300-year-old beer made with persimmons from a cookbook from the 1700s. The beer recipe is one of several in the society’s collection that provide a glimpse into what Virginians and others were drinking in the 18th century. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Randolph family.


Comparing the cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:37

FILE - This combination of undated photos provided by the Brown family and the Garner family via the National Action Network shows Michael Brown, left, the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. in August 2014, and Eric Garner, who died after a white police officer had him in a chokehold in the Staten Island borough of New York in July 2014. The cases of Brown and Garner involve an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in a confrontation over a relatively minor crime. But there are sharp differences, too, in the circumstances of the Aug. 9 and July 17 killings. (AP Photo/Brown Family, Garner Family via National Action Network)The cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City both involve an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in a confrontation over a relatively minor crime. But there are sharp differences, too, in the circumstances of Brown's Aug. 9 killing and Garner's July 17 death.