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New York makes yogurt official state snack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:15

Volunteers line up yogurt boxes to be distributed at Casa NGO in AzeitaoBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yogurt became New York's official state snack on Wednesday, joining the likes of popcorn and salty boiled peanuts among popular foods honored by U.S. states. New York has become the nation's top yogurt producer amid the booming popularity of strained Greek-style yogurt, the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Cuomo signed a bill making it the official state snack. "Designating yogurt as the official state snack will continue to raise public awareness of the economic and health benefits of yogurt and the dairy industry," the governor's office said. ...

NY man wants feds to prosecute police beating case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:09
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A man beaten by police during a traffic stop caught on video is asking federal prosecutors to take over the case because he believes the local district attorney doesn't consider him the victim of a hate crime.

US man guilty of assisting suicide gets jail time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:00

FILD - In this Feb. 17, 2011 file photo William Melchert-Dinkel, center, leaves court with his attorney Terry Watkins, right, and wife, Joyce Melchert-Dinkel in Faribault, Minn. Melchert-Dinkel, a former Minnesota nurse who admitted going online and encouraging an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves, was ordered Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 to serve 178 days in jail. He was sentenced to nearly five years in prison, but he won't have to serve the prison term if he complies with conditions of probation that include the jail time. (AP Photo/Robb Long, File)FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve nearly six months in jail as part of a sentence handed down Wednesday.

Los Angeles mom charged after son brings gun to high school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:59
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles woman who prosecutors say allowed her 17-year-old son to bring a loaded firearm and extra ammunition to his high school has been charged with multiple criminal counts, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The prosecution is the first of its kind in Los Angeles against a defendant for failing to properly secure a gun at home, City Attorney Mike Feuer said. The teenage boy was charged in a separate case filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. "Guns have no place in or around our schools," Feuer said. ...

Missing jet skier found safe and sound at Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:57

Missing jet skier found safe and sound at Jersey ShoreA 68-year-old man was reunited with his family Wednesday morning after he spent the night stranded on the water in Stone Harbor.

HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:30

This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones." HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting at parent Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/HBO, Keith Bernstein, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

Ebola-infected nurse related to Kent State workers, attended school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:19
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The second Texas nurse to test positive for Ebola attended Kent State University and is related to three employees there, but she did not visit the campus while she was in Ohio this weekend, the university said on Wednesday. The woman, who was identified by her family as Amber Vinson, 29, stayed with her family at their home in Summit County and did not step foot on the campus, Kent State President Beverly Warren said in a statement. ...

Anger over refusal to bench school athlete accused of rape in Wash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:19
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The decision of a Washington state school district to allow a high school student charged with rape to continue to play on the football team has sparked anger from parents amid national scrutiny over how college and professional athletes are censured for violence. Tyler Smith, 18, was arrested last month during football practice at his high school in Hoquiam in western Washington, and charged with raping two teenage girls - one in July and another in 2012, court documents show. ...

Warner Bros. sticks with superheros and Legos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner is banking on comic book superheroes, a new line of movies from the creator of Harry Potter and Lego franchise sequels to drive its box office numbers higher.

UN: World has failed to address Ebola outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:47

U.N. Ebola mission chief Anthony Banbury (on Screen) speaks to members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting on the Ebola crisis at the U.N. headquarters in New YorkUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international community has so far failed to adequately address the growing Ebola crisis, the U.N. Security Council said Wednesday.

Del. man sues after awaking in women's underwear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:36

Del. man sues after awaking in women's underwearA Delaware man who says he awoke from a colonoscopy to find he was wearing pink women's underwear is suing a surgical center.

Holocaust Museum shows images of Syrian killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:36

 The Threat Continues," Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at the museum in Washington. The small exhibit features a dozen images from an archive of 55,000 pictures smuggled out of Syria. The photographer, codenamed "Caesar," testified in July that he witnessed a "genocidal massacre" and photographed more than 10,000 bodies as part of his job. He warned a similar fate could befall 150,000 more people who remain incarcerated by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Images of mangled and emaciated bodies that a Syrian military photographer who defected says he took during the Middle Eastern nation's bloody civil war went on display Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Wing may have hit tree in deadly air tanker crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:28
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The wing of a firefighting aircraft might have hit a tree and broken off before the tanker crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Portugal to stick with austerity program in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:15
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government is extending into 2015 the main features of its unpopular austerity program, resisting the temptation to sweeten its policies for an election year as it battles to restore the weakened country's financial health.

Pa. Justice McCafferty named as participant in AG porn emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:12

Pa. Justice McCafferty named as participant in AG porn emailsPennsylvania's chief justice says a fellow member of the Supreme Court was the sender or recipient of 234 emails with sexually explicit material or pornography.

Stocks plunge, extending losses; Bond prices soar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:08

Stocks plunge, extending losses; Bond prices soarA plunge in U.S. stocks deepened in afternoon trading Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 400 points and putting the index on track for its biggest loss in more than a year.

Toyota recalls Lexuses in US for fuel leak risk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:03
DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The move is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million vehicles.

'Fishbowling' in focus for accused Boston bomber's friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:02

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators turned the spotlight on marijuana culture on Wednesday as they began to present their case that their client was too high to have been able to lie. ...

Stocks swoon, extending losses; Bond prices soar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:55

Stocks plunge, extending losses; Bond prices soarStocks are plunging as traders dump risky assets and park their money in investments seen as relatively safe, such as U.S. government bonds.

US doctor recounts kidnap, rescue in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:53

This recent handout photo provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers shows American doctor and aid worker Dilip Joseph. Dr. Joesph's new book “Kidnapped by the Taliban,” recounts his four day ordeal being kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2012. Joesph said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 that he found a surprising kinship with one of his captors but grieves for a Navy SEAL who was killed during his rescue. (AP Photo/Thomas Nelson Publishers)DENVER (AP) — An American aid doctor who was held captive by the Taliban for four days in Afghanistan in 2012 said he found a surprising kinship with one of his captors but grieves for a Navy SEAL who was killed during his rescue.