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Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:50

President Obama hugs Chris Harris, Vice President of United Steel Workers Local 2-209, after being introduced at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Milwaukee. Obama renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.


Hamels, Phils pitch combined no-hitter against Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:47

Hamels, Phils pitch combined no-hitter against AtlantaCole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.


3 Council Rock HS students killed in Poconos crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 04:06

School mourns Council Rock students killed in Poconos crashA Bucks County community is mourning the loss of three Council Rock High School South students who were killed over the weekend in an SUV crash near the Poconos.


2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle near biker club

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:51
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say at least 40 rounds were fired during a gun battle outside a Birmingham, Alabama, motorcycle club that killed two people and wounded two others.

Flames damage dry cleaners in Roxborough

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:39

Flames destroys landmark dry cleaning business in RoxboroughCrews were on the scene of a fire at a dry cleaning business in Philadelphia's Roxborough section Monday morning.


Police investigate fatal shooting in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:37

Police investigate fatal shooting in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Southwest Philadelphia late Sunday night.


No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:58

In this Aug. 23, 2014 photo, Keith Stephens stands at a rally in support of policeman Darren Wilson, in St. Louis. Wilson is the white officer who shot unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Like many Americans, Stephens has formed strong opinions about the case. (AP Photo/Jesse Washington)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception.


South Carolina political campaign goes to the dogs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:51

This Aug. 27, 2014 photo from from a broadcast ad shows Boots McMaster, the bulldog owned by Henry McMaster the Republican who is running for South Carolina lieutenant governor, in Charleston, S.C. With dogs in almost half of American homes, a number of South Carolina political candidates this year are featuring the family pet dog in ads, on web sites and on Facebook pages. College of Charleston political scientist Gibbes Knotts says such ads help to humanize a candidate but probably are not that effective in winning votes. Ads that contrast candidates - negative ads - tend to work better, Knotts says. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In some ways, political campaigning has gone to the dogs in South Carolina.


Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:41

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana, before getting into the car with four friends, and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a spike in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided over whether toking before taking the wheel in fact leads to more accidents. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.


Securing release of three U.S. detainees in North Korea is a top priority: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:19
The White House said on Monday it was continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detained in North Korea, after they made a televised appeal for help from the U.S. The three spoke to the cable channel CNN on Monday, with one of the prisoners saying his health was failing and another describing his situation as “urgent.” “We have seen the reports of interviews with the three American citizens detained in North Korea,” Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

U.S. asks North Korea to release U.S. citizens 'out of humanitarian concern'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday requested that the North Korean government release three U.S. citizens currently detained there "out of humanitarian concern" and grant one of them special amnesty to seek medical care. Three U.S. citizens - Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller - asked the American government for help returning home on Monday in rare interviews with CNN set up by the North Korean government. Bae is serving a 15-year sentence, others are awaiting trial. "There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad ... ...

Driver flips over on Lincoln Drive in East Falls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:34

Driver flips over on Lincoln Drive in East FallsPolice say a driver was injured when his car overturned on Lincoln Drive in the East Falls section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Woman shot and wounded in leg in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:31

Woman shot and wounded in leg in OlneyPolice say a woman was shot and wounded in the leg in the Olney section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:29

Atlantic City's Revel casino starts closing after 2 yearsThe most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.


Police: Virginia girl, 2, left in a van, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:27
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time has died in Virginia.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:32

This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo shows Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., as she protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles. The election of 2014 is an election of contradictions. A surly electorate holds President Barack Obama in low regard and gives Congress even worse marks, yet for all their anger, a historic few are motivated enough to vote and those that do are poised to "keep the bums in." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.


Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:32

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drink a bowl of green tea during a tea ceremony at a tea hut of the Omotesenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Modi was on his official visit to Japan. (AP Photo/Yuya Shino, Pool)TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.


Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:28

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami in this file photoBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...


Police search for missing man in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:15

Police search for missing man in Strawberry MansionPolice are seeking the public's help in finding a missing man from Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section Sunday.


Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:51

Guests leave the lobby of Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City NJ on Monday, Sept 1, 2014, after it closed its hotel. Revel is one of three Atlantic City casinos that will have shut down in a two-week period ending Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel.