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Mayor Nutter signs mandatory sick leave bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:35

Mayor Nutter signs mandatory sick leave billMayor Michael Nutter signed into legislation a mandatory sick leave bill that will impact thousands of workers.

Thousands join funeral for slain Muslims in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:33

Female mourners gather for the funerals of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his 21-year-old wife of less than two months, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, at the Method Road Soccer Complex Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fathers of three young Muslims allegedly slain by a neighbor who was angry over parking spots stood before their caskets Thursday and urged a crowd of thousands to protect others by demanding justice.

2-year-old child struck, killed by trolley in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:32

2-year-old child struck, killed by trolley in West PhiladelphiaOfficials say a 2-year-old child was struck and killed by a SEPTA trolley in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia.

Governor meets Boston-area mass transit head amid complaints

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:31
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he had a "healthy exchange of views" with the leader of Boston's beleaguered transit system as the two met Thursday on a frigid day that brought fresh travel woes for commuters.

Turkey's Erdogan chides Obama for silence on Chapel Hill Muslim murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:30
By Alberto Fajardo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for his silence following the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, in the latest sign relations between the two leaders have become strained. Speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit to Latin America's No. 2 economy, Erdogan said the silence of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry was "telling" and they should take a position following such acts. The three Muslims were shot dead on Tuesday near the University of North Carolina campus in an incident police said was possibly a hate crime. Newlywed Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in a condominium about two miles (three km) from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:30

FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is giving more options to decide what happens to users’ accounts after they die. The world’s biggest online social network will now let users pick a trusted contact who can manage their account or elect to have the account deleted, the company announced, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

Gem, mineral show brings international community to Tucson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:18

This Feb. 9, 2015 photo shows a salesman at the New Era Gems holding a tanzanite mineral found in Tanzania displayed during the Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Astrid Galván)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Fabiano Vasconcelos came to Tucson from Brazil with a $35,000 emerald cluster and thousands of other pieces, including quartz and crystals.

Transportation Department pushes tough oil train standards: sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:15

A crude oil train moves past the loading rack at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. LaramieBy Patrick Rucker and David Ljunggren WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department has recommended crude oil trains be reinforced and have advanced braking systems installed to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, according to sources familiar with the plan. The proposal, which now faces a White House review, envisions safety improvements that public advocates endorse but oil and rail leaders have said would mean high costs for modest safety gains. The plan would require adding an extra 1/8th inch of steel to most existing oil train tank shells, while new models would have the thicker hull installed on the factory floor. Future tank cars would also be fitted with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, or ECP brakes, which would trigger all axles simultaneously rather than one at a time in current design.

Chinese mobile sensation dips toes in US with accessories

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:10

Xiaomi vice president of global operations Hugo Barra holds up a Mi Note after a presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. While stopping short of declaring plans to sell phones in the United States, Xiaomi said Thursday that it will dip its toes in the U.S. market by selling headphones and other accessories online, through an Internet-based, fan-friendly model that has helped make the company one of the leading smartphone suppliers in China. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Xiaomi, one of China's hottest companies, is bringing its blend of cheap yet fashionable technology and crowd-pleasing antics to the U.S.

Oklahoma bill would protect clergy who won't perform gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:07
(Reuters) - Oklahoma state representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to advance a bill that would provide immunity from lawsuits to clergy who refuse to conduct marriages for same-sex couples. The bill, approved by 88-7 in the state House of Representatives, would protect clergy members from any civil claim or cause of action if they refuse to preside over or recognize a marriage of same-sex couples because of their conscience or religious beliefs. The measure next goes to the state Senate for consideration. The bill's sponsor, Republican Representative David Brumbaugh, said many pastors asked for the legislation after a federal judge overturned Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage in January 2014.

SEPTA posts suicide prevention signs at stations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:03

SEPTA posts suicide prevention signs at stationsSEPTA is continuing its suicide prevention campaign.

Mystery goo that killed seabirds in California identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mysterious gray goo that killed 170 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area has been identified as a synthetic oil.

Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Texas tickets win Powerball

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:52
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Somebody who stopped by a Shell station in southern Puerto Rico was potentially $100 million richer on Thursday, winning a share of a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot — the first winner outside the continental United States.

Expedia to buy Orbitz, further shift in online travel space

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:51

A sign for online travel site Orbitz is displayed outside of the building that houses its headquarters Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Chicago. Expedia is buying Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of deals in the online travel industry has increasingly put some familiar names under two corporate umbrellas: Expedia and Priceline.

UT Austin president influenced 'handful' of admissions: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:51
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) - University of Texas at Austin president Bill Powers used his influence to admit a "select handful" of applicants who would otherwise have been rejected by the admission's office, according to an independent report released Thursday. The report, requested by the UT System Board of Regents, also said Powers misled an earlier investigation by failing to disclose a system of "holds" on applications that were later reviewed by his office at the request of state lawmakers, regents, donors, alumni and other influential people.

Harvard, MIT sued over lack of closed captioning online

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:49
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs.

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:46

Megan Huntsman arrives in court in Provo, Utah on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. The mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage pleaded guilty to murder. Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison on the charges, with sentencing scheduled for April 20. Authorities say a seventh baby found in her garage was stillborn. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A woman who said she was too addicted to methamphetamine to raise more children pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that she killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage over a 10-year period.

Businesses excited about 2016 DNC in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:45

Businesses excited about 2016 DNC in PhillyThe managers of local businesses say they are very excited about the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia in the summer of 2016.

Jamaican extradited to U.S. on lottery fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:43
A Jamaican man accused of cheating elderly Americans in a lottery scheme was extradited to the United States on Thursday, the first such action by Jamaica in a crackdown on global fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said. Damion Barrett, 28, was brought to Florida, where he faced an indictment that accused him of telling Americans they had won a lottery, and inducing them to send him and his partners thousands of dollars to cover fees to get their purported winnings, the agency said. "The Department of Justice will find and prosecute those responsible for fraud against American consumers, no matter where the perpetrator resides," Joyce Branda, head of the Justice Department's civil division, said in a statement.

Commuter infected with measles is San Francisco LinkedIn employee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:32
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Northern California commuter who health officials say may have exposed tens of thousands of people to measles while riding San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system while infectious is an employee of LinkedIn Corp, the social networking company said on Thursday. The passenger, who commuted to and from LinkedIn's offices in San Francisco on three days last week and also spent time at a San Francisco restaurant and bar, represents the first case of measles confirmed in Contra Costa County during an outbreak of the disease that began in December. "On Tuesday, Feb. 10, we were informed that an employee based in our San Francisco office was diagnosed with measles.