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ECB action alone can't lift gloom over Europe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:31

President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi is on his way to a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. The European Central Bank has cut its interest rates and announced a new stimulus program that involves buying financial assets, a bid to salvage a weak economic recovery. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)LONDON (AP) — Europe has gotten another dose of stimulus. But the latest medicine by itself will not bring life to an economy that over the past six years has slid from crisis to crisis.


Starbucks plans new store designs - upscale in Seattle, speedy in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:14

The logo of a Starbucks Coffee store is pictured in Boca Raton, FloridaStarbucks Corp on Friday announced two new types of stores aimed at capturing the growing demand for upscale reserve coffee and a separate test of an "express" store in Manhattan offering speedy service in a city where a "New York minute" is more like a nanosecond. The moves from the world's biggest coffee chain come as it faces growing competition from high-end craft coffee sellers such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee and Intelligentsia, as well as from fast-food chains ranging from McDonald's to Dunkin Donuts to newcomer Chick-fil-A. Starbucks said it plans to open a "first of its kind" 15,000-square-foot small-batch reserve roastery in the hipster Capitol Hill neighborhood of its Seattle home market in December. The new roastery is expected to give Starbucks the potential to expand its reserve lineup from 15 to 30 offerings. Some recent Starbucks reserve coffees sell for $15 to $50 for an 8-ounce package.


Manhole cover blown off after underground fire, explosion in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:03

Manhole cover blown off after underground fire, explosion in Center CityOfficials say an underground fire and explosion blew off a manhole cover and damaged a basement in Center City Philadelphia late Thursday night.


Father, son in Florida Amber Alert have Philly ties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:57

Boy in Florida Amber Alert found safe; father arrestedAn Amber Alert has been issued for a 4-year-old boy and his father, from Florida, and the pair has ties to the Philadelphia area.


Man shot dead getting into car in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:24

Man shot dead getting into car in ChesterPolice say a man was shot while getting into his car in Chester, Pennsylvania late Thursday night.


Hawaii community eyes slowly approaching lava

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:21

In this Sept. 3, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, fluid lava streams from the June 27 lava flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. The June 27 lava flow is named for the date it began erupting from a new vent. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a warning Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 to a rural community in the path of a lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island, as the molten rock moved to within a mile of homes. Observatory scientists said lava from the Kilauea volcano could reach the Kaohe Homesteads in five to seven days if it continues advancing through cracks in the earth. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Rural Hawaii residents still recovering from a recent tropical storm are keeping a nervous eye on slowly advancing lava that may reach their community within a week.


Child dies after being struck by SUV in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:00

Child dies after being struck by SUV in Northeast PhiladelphiaA young boy has died after he was struck by an SUV while riding a bike in Northeast Philadelphia.


World stocks fluctuate ahead of US jobs report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:59

World stocks fluctuate ahead of US jobs reportHONG KONG (AP) — Global stock markets fluctuated as investors waited for a key U.S. jobs report later Friday and currencies struggled against the dollar's strength, which sent the Japanese yen to a six-year low.


California governor, GOP rival clash over issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:25

Gov. Jerry Brown, left, gestures as Republican challenger Neel Kashkari speaks during a gubernatorial debate in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Thursday's debate is likely to be the only one of the general election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown promoted his record in turning around the California economy during a debate with his longshot Republican challenger Thursday night, in which the two sparred over the state's business climate, a contentious teacher tenure law and whether Neel Kashkari's business experience makes him qualified to lead the state.


Solid economic data lift hopes for Aug. job report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:22

US employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 monthsWASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of mostly positive economic news, analysts have forecast that the August jobs report being released Friday will show a seventh straight month of solid gains.


Oklahoma governor: No executions without new rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:20

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin answers a question at a news conference in Oklahoma City. New procedures to improve Oklahoma’s execution process must be implemented before the state resumes putting prisoners to death by lethal injection, Fallin said after investigators presented their findings about an April case in which the inmate writhed and moaned on the gurney. The report’s 11 recommendations include more training for medical personnel and having additional supplies of lethal drugs and equipment on hand. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New procedures to improve Oklahoma's execution process must be implemented before the state resumes putting prisoners to death by lethal injection, Gov. Mary Fallin said after investigators presented their findings about an April case in which the inmate writhed and moaned on the gurney.


States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:08

Katie Belanger, president and CEO of Fair Wisconsin, left, speaks alongside plaintiffs in Wolf v. Walker during a press conference in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Earlier in the day, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago struck down the gay marriage bans of Wisconsin and Indiana as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.


Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:08

Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice president of product management, demonstrates the new Moto 360 circular smartwatch, the company's first, during an interview, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices.


Fashion reflects on Joan Rivers' love-hate legacy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:58

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Joan Rivers tours backstage with her camera crew for E!'s "Fashion Police," before the Badgley Mischka show during Fashion Week in New York. In the intense, high-stakes world of fashion, Joan Rivers helped change the game. Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the intense, high-stakes world of fashion, Joan Rivers helped change the game.


California students rushed to hospital after eating pot-laced cookies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:32
Two California high school students were rushed to a hospital and three others were sickened on Thursday after eating marijuana-laced cookies that a classmate was selling during the lunch hour, police said. One of the students at De Anza High School in Richmond, about 17 miles northeast of San Francisco, collapsed in a classroom, while the other made it to the school office before being rushed to the hospital, said Richmond Police Department Lieutenant Al Walle. Both students were unconscious, unresponsive and in critical condition when they were taken to the hospital, police said. Three other students became nauseous after eating the cookies, but were not hospitalized, police said.

Albino cobra captured in California neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:47
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A deadly albino cobra that ran loose for days in a Southern California neighborhood was captured Thursday.

Brown slammed over Tesla in California debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:31

Gov. Jerry Brown, left, gestures as Republican challenger Neel Kashkari speaks during a gubernatorial debate in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Thursday's debate is likely to be the only one of the general election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's long-shot Republican challenger blasted him for failing to do enough to land a Tesla battery plant Thursday during the only scheduled debate of this year's governor's race, a testy, hourlong exchange that also featured clashes over teacher tenure, the costs of combating climate change and high-speed rail.


Colombian national pleads guilty in murder case of U.S. agent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:18

Colombian police officers show to the media the seven men accused of killing U.S. DEA special agent Watson, at a military base in BogotaDrug Enforcement Administration agent has pleaded guilty to taking part in the crime, federal officials said on Thursday. Julio Estiven Gracia Ramirez, 31, admitted aiding and abetting others in the June 2013 killing of DEA Special Agent James "Terry" Watson in Colombia's capital of Bogota as part of a robbery-and-kidnapping ring, the DEA said in a statement. Shortly after Watson, a 13-year DEA veteran, entered Ramirez's cab outside a restaurant, two accomplices of Ramirez jumped in, jolting the agent with an electric stun gun and stabbing him, the DEA said. "Special Agent Watson gave his life in the service of his country, and we will do everything in our power to honor his sacrifice," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.


Obamacare plan premiums to decline on average in 16 cities: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:04

A woman reads a pamphlet in Spanish at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy(Reuters) - Health insurance premiums for low-cost Obamacare plans in 16 U.S. Private insurers began selling new health insurance plans for individuals last year for coverage starting in 2014. Plans for 2015 insurance coverage will be up for sale starting on Nov. 15, 2014 when enrollment opens. The premiums exclude income-based government subsidies.


1 injured in Hamilton Twp. house fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:53

1 injured in Hamilton Twp. house fireAuthorities say one person was seriously injured in a house fire in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.