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American negotiator: US ready to discuss Syria with Iran

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 02:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ready to open a dialogue with Iran about the situation in Syria, the top U.S. negotiator for the Iranian nuclear deal said on Friday.

PHOTOS: Philadelphia on eve of papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 02:28

 Philadelphia on eve of papal visitFinal preparations are being made before the arrival of Pope Francis in Philadelphia on Saturday.

U.S., Chinese first ladies name newest panda at Washington zoo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 02:23

China's first lady Peng Liyuan and United States first lady Michelle Obama attend an event at the Smithsonian Zoo in WashingtonThe last time a newly born giant panda was named at the Smithsonian National Zoo, it took nearly three weeks and more than 100,000 online submissions. On Friday, in front of dignitaries and more than a dozen third grade school children, Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan announced that a male cub born on August 22 would be called Bei Bei, which means "precious treasure". A shortlist of names had been drawn up by zoo keepers at the Washington zoo and the Wolong nature reserve in China.

Arizona prison sicknesses caused by salmonella: official

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 02:23
A salmonella-tainted salad served at a northeastern Arizona prison caused 241 inmates and three employees to become ill this month, a spokesman said on Friday. Health officials determined lettuce or cabbage served on Aug. 31 to inmates inside two units at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Winslow was responsible, said corrections department spokesman Andrew Wilder. "We are confident now that this wasn't a cleanliness issue and came from a product that was brought into the kitchen," said Wilder, adding that operations returned to normal last week.

Pope Francis Talks About 'Palpable' Grief at 9/11 Memorial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 02:21
He will also visit the museum and see the iconic steel cross.

Pennsylvania man who killed caseworker gets life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 02:02
Richard Plotts, 50, of Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in July to first-degree murder, attempted murder and his fifth charge of illegal possession of a firearm. Judge Mary Alice Brennan at Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in Media, Pennsylvania, also sentenced him to consecutive terms of 10 to 20 years and 5 to 10 years for attempted murder and firearms charges. Dr. Lee Silverman, who shot Plotts in an exchange of gunfire after Plotts murdered his caseworker, Theresa Hunt, 53, had harsh words for him in court but in the end offered forgiveness.

Downgrade for Tropical Depression Ida forecast this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:57
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Ida is expected to weaken to a remnant low this weekend.

Exclusive: Joe Biden backers hiring staff in more states in hopes of 2016 run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:55

U.S. Vice President Biden stands behind reporters as President Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban make statements after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in WashingtonBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Joe Biden supporters trying to build momentum for a White House run by the vice president is hiring paid staff in about a dozen crucial primary states. The political action committee backing the vice president, Draft Biden, has begun building operations in 11 states holding primary elections on "Super Tuesday" in March 2016, two of the group's officials told Reuters, an important series of votes for any candidate seeking their party’s nomination. Draft Biden doesn't have a firm number for how many staff in total it will hire in those states, said Josh Alcorn, a senior advisor to the group, but the recruitment process is under way.

85-year-old man dies in fall from zip line

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:54
SEBEWAING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An 85-year-old man died after plunging 25 feet to the ground from a zip line at a camp in Michigan's Thumb region, and his wife saw it all happen.

Evidence tampering claims in NHL star Kane's rape case a hoax: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:42

File photo of Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane talks with media during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final in TampaErie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said he was still investigating allegations that Kane, one of the National Hockey League's best players, raped a woman last month at his lakeshore home outside Buffalo, New York. Sedita, however, rejected claims by a lawyer who represented Kane's accuser that an open bag that once contained the case's rape kit was found on Sept. 22 on the doorstep of the alleged victim's mother.

Boehner sets House on course to avoid shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:38

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. House GOP leaders have summoned their divided conference for a make-or-break discussion on how to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week. Boehner and his leadership team have been urging lawmakers to consider alternatives to using a must-pass funding bill as a means to carry the battle against Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As one of his last moves as House Speaker, John Boehner set the House on course to avoid a government shutdown by advancing a stopgap spending measure free of a dispute over Planned Parenthood's taxpayer funding.

Resist uniformity, embrace diversity: Pope at New York attack site

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:24
By Scott Malone and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pope Francis, leading a multi-faith prayer service at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, on Friday called on people to embrace diversity and resist attempts to impose uniformity. Earlier in a speech to the United Nations, he condemned the persecution of religious minorities and the destruction of cultural heritage, a clear reference to the actions of Islamic State militants in Syria. "Here grief is palpable." Francis said at the reflecting pools marking the footprints of the Twin Towers destroyed in the attacks and where 2,606 people died after Islamist militants of al Qaeda crashed hijacked jetliners into the buildings.

Final preparations underway on Eakins Oval for papal visit, WMOF events

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:22

Final preparations underway on Eakins Oval for papal visit, WMOF eventsFinal preparations are underway on Eakins Oval for the Festival of Families and the papal visit.

Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:19

Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignationIn a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans that he would step down at the end of October.

Delayed 2 years: US urges Congo to let adoptions go through

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:13
NEW YORK (AP) — State Department officials have intensified their criticism of the government of Congo as they marked Friday's two-year anniversary of that African country's decision to block the departure of children adopted by American and European families.

Deep-sea treasure hunter still must answer for missing gold

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:05
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who pleaded guilty to contempt of court after spending years as a fugitive will have to testify before his sentencing about gold he discovered in a historic shipwreck.

At 50, Ford Mustang is current and classic with new upgrades

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 01:04

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition is introduced at the 2014 New York International Auto Show at the Javits Convention Center, in New York. For 2015, the now half-century-old Mustang adds a modern, 310-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder that’s fuel efficient and refined even as it delivers more horsepower and torque than the Mustang’s V-6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)At the age of 50, the Ford Mustang has accomplished the ultimate goal: To be current and ageless, and appealing to young and old alike.

Man who impersonated FBI agent sentenced to time served

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 00:58

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Williams County Jail in Williston, N.D., shows Steven Goldmann. Goldmann, an Oregon man accused of impersonating an FBI agent in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, to the 17 months he's spent in prison. In January, he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, under a plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to dismiss impersonation counts. He still faces a hearing on a warrant for violating his probation in Tennessee, where he pleaded guilty two years ago to felony theft of services. (Williams County Jail via AP, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A convicted con man and military veteran accused of impersonating an FBI agent in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Friday to the time he's already spent in prison, during a hearing where he spoke about suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

PETA offers reward for arrest after puppy buried alive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 00:54
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An animal rights group is offering a reward for information about a 4-month-old puppy who was buried alive.

Some of the 9/11 families who met with pope

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/26/2015 - 00:52

Pope Francis visits the 9/11 Museum, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in New York. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News via AP, Pool)Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks met with Pope Francis on Friday prior to a multi-religious ceremony with the pontiff at the Sept. 11 museum. Some of the relatives who met with him: