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Q&A: What yuan devaluation means for China, other countries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:34

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, a Chinese woman poses for photos near a sculpture depicting a Chinese yuan note at an art district in Beijing, China. China devalued its tightly controlled currency on Tuesday, Aug. 11,2015, following a slump in trade, triggering the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade. The central bank said the yuan's 1.3 percent fall was due to a change aimed at making its exchange rate controls more market-oriented. But any change raises the risk of tensions with China's trading partners. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — China rattled global financial markets by devaluing its currency in what it said was an effort to make its exchange rate more market-oriented. The yuan's value declined 1.9 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one-day drop in a decade, and dropped a further 1.6 percent on Wednesday. The move could help Chinese companies by making their products less expensive in global markets. U.S. stocks sank, partly on fears about a worsening economic slowdown in China.


Judge: New Jersey teen can't use medical marijuana at school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:23

 New Jersey teen can't use medical marijuana at schoolA state judge has ruled that a southern New Jersey teenager cannot use medical marijuana in school to help control her seizure disorder.


No bail for couple accused of trying to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:11

In this Oct. 5, 2012 photo, Jaelyn Young, an honor student at Warren Central High School, poses for a photo in Vicksburg, Miss. Young and another Mississippi resident were arrested on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, on charges that they were trying to travel abroad to join the Islamic State militant group. (Melanie Thortis/The Vicksburg Evening Post via the AP)OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A young Mississippi couple who are charged with attempting to join the Islamic State were ordered held without bail Tuesday, pending federal grand jury action on the charges.


The Latest on athlete's death: Police group seeks fairness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:09

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. Arlington officer Brad Miller who killed Taylor, an unarmed college football player, during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Angelo State University via AP, File)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting by police in Texas of unarmed college football player Christian Taylor (all times CDT):


Police release video they say shows Ferguson suspect with gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:06

People are pictured outside Solo Insurance Services in St. Louis, Missouri in this still image capture from August 9, 2015 surveillance video footage in this St. Louis County Police Department handout photoSt. Louis County Police released a video on Tuesday that they said shows a suspect, who has been accused of firing on police, drawing a pistol from his pants during protests in strife-torn Ferguson, Missouri. Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot by police and is in critical condition. The incident occurred on Sunday in the St. Louis suburb where largely peaceful demonstrations over police shootings of unarmed black men have been punctuated by violence.


Burned body found inside San Francisco Bay Area apartment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:58
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police say a burned body was found inside a San Francisco Bay Area apartment where an explosion and fire injured two sheriff's deputies as they were serving an eviction notice.

California blaze grows, prompting more evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:32

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, a section of brush flares up near power lines at the Willow Fire in Mohave Valley, Ariz. Authorities said 300 firefighters are battling the fire amid strong winds and low humidity. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are charging through several states in the parched West, scorching homes and forcing people to flee. Flames are plaguing some California residents, who had to evacuate for the second time in recent weeks after blazes exploded in size.


Restrictions to remain for rivers hardest hit by Colorado mine waste spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:18

Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near an abandoned mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, ColoradoTwo rivers in Colorado and New Mexico hit hardest by toxic waste spilled from a defunct gold mine will remain closed to drinking water and irrigation intakes for at least another week, but test samples show a gradual ebbing of contamination, environmental officials said on Tuesday. The San Juan River and its northern tributary, the Animas River, have been fouled by the release of more than 3 million gallons (11.3 million liters) of acid mine drainage inadvertently triggered by a team of Environmental Protection Agency workers last Wednesday. The discharge has continued to flow at the rate of about 500 gallons (1,900 liters) a minute from the site of the century-old Gold King Mine, near the town of Silverton in southwestern Colorado, into a stream below called Cement Creek.


U.S. judge strikes down New Hampshire ban on ballot photos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:15
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a New Hampshire law barring voters from sharing photos of their filled-out ballots online, saying the statute violated constitutional free speech laws. New Hampshire's so-called "ballot selfie" law was enacted ahead of the 2014 election. It was intended to revise laws passed about a century ago when vote-buying was relatively widespread and voters shared their marked ballot to redeem promises of cash or other inducements.

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:58
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

NOAA announces plan for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:53

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2009, file photo, a Hawaiian monk seal basks in the late afternoon sun on the beach in Hau'ula, Hawaii, on the north shore of Oahu. Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state’s main islands. Authorities on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, released a draft management plan for the endangered species, of which approximately 200 live in the main Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Jim Collins, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state's main islands.


Proposed UN statement would back preparatory talks on Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft U.N. Security Council statement that could be adopted this week strongly backs intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to conflict-torn Syria, including a political transition and fighting terrorism.

San Francisco sheriff says he has valid driver's license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:25
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi says he now has a valid driver's license.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:06

Commissioner of the U.S. Security Exchange Commission Mary Jo White speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. An international group of hackers and stock traders made $30 million by breaking into the computers of newswire services that put out corporate press releases and trading on the information before it was made public, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Homeless man ID'd as target of 2-week-old California manhunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:53
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A homeless man with a long criminal history was identified Tuesday as the target of a two-week-old manhunt for a gunman thought to have killed a retiree, taken people hostage and wounded Kern County sheriff's deputies.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Los Angeles City Council OKs 20-year transportation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Car-loving Los Angeles has approved a transportation plan that would add 300 miles of bicycle lanes to existing roads.