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Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:45

In this Sept, 4, 2014 photo, a patient is prepped for her breast augmentation at the metropolitan outpatient surgery center in Caracas, Venezuela. Doctors say restrictive currency controls that deprive local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods have caused breast implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to disappear. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the socialist South American country, but surgeons say the issue cuts to the psyche of the image-conscious Venezuelan woman. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.


Coroner: Bitcoin exchange CEO committed suicide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:26
SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore Coroner's Court has found that the American CEO of a virtual currency exchange committed suicide earlier this year in Singapore because of work and personal issues.

'Dangerous' escaped NJ inmates still at large

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:23

'Dangerous' escaped NJ inmates still at largeAuthorities are still searching for two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center over the weekend in southern New Jersey.


2 inmates escape from youth detention center

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:21

'Dangerous' escaped NJ inmates still at largeAuthorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center in southern New Jersey.


Kim Dotcom's party poised to win New Zealand seats

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:28

In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 photo, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom speaks at a political rally, in Wellington, New Zealand. The Internet Mana Party that Dotcom is funding appears likely to win two or three seats in New Zealand's Parliament when the nation goes to the polls Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands.


Fire damages home in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:20

Fire damages home in South PhiladelphiaFire damaged at least one home in the 700 block of Marvine Street in South Philadelphia.


Edouard set to become first major 2014 Atlantic hurricane

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:46
(Reuters) - Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of the storm was about 720 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, and was moving toward the northwest at 15 mph (24 km/hr), the Miami-based hurricane center said. It's already far out at sea and should continue to stay out there," NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said late on Sunday. So far this year, only one Atlantic hurricane - Arthur, a Category 2 storm, made landfall in the United States, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in early July.

Edouard becomes Category 2 hurricane in open Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:46
(Reuters) - Edouard became the first Category 2 hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season on Monday although it posed no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The fourth hurricane and fifth named storm of the season had top sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 km/hr) by 5 a.m. AST/0900 GMT on Monday, and was swirling 720 miles (1,160 km) east-southeast of Bermuda, the Miami-based hurricane center said. (Reporting by Kevin Jose in Bangalore, editing by John Stonestreet)

A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:25

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, demonstrators stand on the streets waving their “estelada” flags, that symbolizes Catalonia's independence, during a protest calling for the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. In breaking away from the United Kingdom, Scotland would automatically find itself outside both the EU and NATO, and have to reapply to join both. Meanwhile on the continent, from Catalonia in Spain to the Dutch-speaking Flemish areas of Belgium, other European peoples that do not have their own states would likely be emboldened to follow the Scot's example. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.


Danish TDC to buy Norway's Get for $2.2 billion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:20
HELSINKI (AP) — Danish TDC telecom group says it plans to acquire Norway's leading cable TV company Get AS, in a deal valued at 13.8 billion kroner ($2.2 billion).

U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:03
"Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video announcing the program. The Department of Justice, the White House, and other agencies are starting a series of pilot programs to bring together community leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others to develop a strategy to counter the threat, Holder said. While existing programs have focused on community leaders, the new programs will also include teachers and mental health and social services professionals to provide more support and develop ways to spot potential extremists, an official familiar with the program said.

Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:25

Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.


U.S. city and county pension funding up nearly 6 percent in 2013: report

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:01
(Reuters) - Funding levels for city and county pension plans rose almost 6 percent in 2013 from the previous year, according to a report released by Wilshire Consulting on Monday. Russ Walker, vice president at Wilshire Associates and an author of the report, attributed the rise to the strong rally of global stock markets over the 12 months, offsetting "weaker performance by global fixed income and allowing pension asset growth to outdistance the growth in pension liabilities over fiscal 2013." For years, many states short-changed their public pensions, putting in far less than recommended by actuaries.

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:30
CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth.

California man arrested after firing on ice cream truck, police

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:26
(Reuters) - A southern California man was arrested following a nine-hour standoff with police after he opened fire on an ice cream truck and later shot at officers, police said on Monday. Terry McKinney, 59, was arrested late on Sunday following the hours-long standoff, said San Bernardino Police Lieutenant Rich Lawhead. Around 3 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) on Sunday, police responded to reports that a man had shot an ice cream truck and another car. When officers arrived, McKinney retreated into his home and refused to comply with police instructions, Lawhead said.

Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:46

Police Detain 'Django Unchained' Actress In LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.


Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:18

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.


Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:17

This photo provided by A Woman’s Nation shows an envelope that Marriott will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week to encourage guests to leave a tip for the person who cleans the room. The envelopes bear the name of the room attendant. Marriott is launching the project with Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation, an organization that works on issues empowering women. Shriver says many travelers don’t realize that it’s customary to leave a tip for the person who cleans your hotel room. (AP Photo/A Woman’s Nation)NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.


Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:53

In this Aug. 26, 2014, photo, Wanda Coleman clutches her aching knee while watching television in her bedroom in New York, surrounded by things she is going to leave behind when she goes to a homeless shelter. Coleman is about to be evicted from her public housing apartment, partly for her son's criminal activity, due to "One Strike and You're Out" policies. Under federal public housing guidelines, a whole family can be evicted for one family member’s alleged criminal activity, even if it occurred elsewhere and no one in the household knew about it. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)NEW YORK (AP) — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she's lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door.


Four burned in explosion at Arizona pet food factory

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:42
(Reuters) - Four contractors were burned on Sunday in an explosion at an Arizona pet food factory, a fire department official said. The workers were welding in a grain elevator at the Nestle Purina plant in Flagstaff at around 4:30 p.m. when grain dust caught fire and sparked an explosion, said Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Bill Morse.