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Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 15:23

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2013, file photo shows Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, as he talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.


Steve Ballmer becomes owner of LA Clippers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 15:17

FILE - In this March 2, 2010, file photo, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer speaks in Santa Clara, Calif. Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer finally has an NBA outlet for his rah-rah displays of emotion as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 15:13

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.


Bacall's legend more than just acting and Bogart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 14:41

FILE - In this Feb. 1950 file photo actor Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife, actress Lauren Bacall, appear at the Stork Club in New York. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives.


Revenue report due as Atlantic City casinos close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:52

In this Wednesday July 23, 2014 photograph, People walk past the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. The Revel Casino Hotel will close its doors on Sept. 10, 2014 after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court, company officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When the pressure of an oversaturated market became unbearable this year, some of Atlantic City's oldest casinos either closed their doors or announced plans to do so.


Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:33

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.


Asia stocks drift as Iraq, Ukraine tensions simmer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:53

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, as tensions over Ukraine and Iraq eased, giving investors the confidence to dip into riskier assets. European shares drifted. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian stocks drifted on Wednesday as investors remained cautious amid uncertainty over potential conflict in Ukraine and Iraq plus new numbers showing a slowdown in Japan's economy.


Shooting of black teen highlights racial divide in Missouri town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:45
By Nick Carey and James B. Kelleher FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, and subsequent violent protests, highlight a stubborn racial divide in a St Louis suburb that has struggled to build healthy relations between blacks and whites. African Americans, allegedly excluded from buying homes in many St. Louis neighborhoods in an illegal practice called redlining, found Ferguson a hospitable place to set down roots.  "Most of the communities around Ferguson have gone from all Caucasian to all African-American over a 40-year period,” said Terry Jones, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ferguson, on St. Louis' northern border, is relatively mixed, with 63 percent of the residents African American and 34 percent white, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. To some Ferguson residents, the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, symbolizes how African Americans are treated unfairly in a town still run by a Caucasian minority.

Police won't release name of officer who shot teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:22
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death.

U.S. sends 130 more troops to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:59

Map Iraq YazidiAnother 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.


Judge quits case over share in Israel stores

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:43

FILE -- In this Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh departs the federal courthouse after her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason in Chicago. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman in Detroit withdrew from the immigration fraud case against Odeh, who’s accused of lying to conceal her conviction for the bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two people in 1969. Borman said prosecutors just informed him of the name of the store chain, SuperSol, and he said his family had an investment in the company at the time that Odeh and others were convicted of bombing it. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit federal judge withdrew Tuesday from the case of a Palestinian immigrant accused of lying about her role in a fatal terrorist attack, saying he just learned his family had an investment in the Jerusalem supermarket she helped bomb in 1969.


AccuWeather: Drenching Downpours Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:43

 Rain gradually clearsMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking more heavy rain tonight, then clearing Wednesday.


Teen injured in Roosevelt Boulevard hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:22

Teen injured in Roosevelt Boulevard hit-and-runA teenage boy was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run Northeast Philadelphia.


Sheriff: Comedian Robin Williams hanged himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:19

 Comedian Robin Williams hanged himselfSheriff's officials say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself at his San Francisco Bay Area home.


Police: Paraplegic man escapes Chester fire through second story window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:15

 Paraplegic man escapes Chester fire through second story windowA paraplegic man was able to escape a house fire in Chester by pushing himself through a second story window, authorities say.


Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:12

FILE - This March 7, 2010 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall backstage during the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.


Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:26

Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89Lauren Bacall, the award-winning actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, has died. She was 89.


Dead 100-year-old woman found in flooded basement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:26

Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 696 at the Warren, Mich., city limits Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014. Police divers are searching for anyone trapped in their vehicles. Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTWARREN, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways.


800-pound leatherback turtle rescued in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:25

800-pound leatherback turtle rescued in New JerseyA huge leatherback turtle got a second chance at life thanks to the Coast Guard and some animal experts in New Jersey.


Spielberg encounter described at ex-governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:11

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell lowers his umbrella as he prepares to enter the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, where the third week of the federal corruption trial against himself and his wife Maureen continues. On the right is one of his attorneys, John L. Brownlee. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans tried to impress a cardiologist by having the then-first lady introduce him to movie director Steven Spielberg, the doctor testified Tuesday.