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Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:30

In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 photo, professor Edward Neth poses for a photo in his office at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry at UConn has a list price of $303. For students who use the version that Neth is preparing from publicly available material for the fall semester, the cost will be zero. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero.


Federal trial again delayed in Charleston church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:23
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge on Thursday delayed the trial of a white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church as attorneys wait to see whether the federal government will seek the death penalty.

California residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:17

FILE - In this file photo from Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, waves crash near a damaged section of seawall in Pacifica, Calif. Living with the Pacific Ocean as your backyard has its benefits. But the crumbling ocean cliffs have forced dozens to move quickly and at a high cost. Still, others remain, unsure of when the call to leave might come. The toll has been heavy in recent years. In 2010, two apartment buildings undermined by previous storms were evacuated and face demolition. Last month, during El Nino storms, the residents of another apartment building and two homes were forced to move out. Continuing erosion has left these three neighboring apartments sitting unsafely on the edge of an 80-foot bluff. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."


Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2B over contributors to '08 crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:17
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced Thursday.

The Latest: European stock markets close sharply lower

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:17

A woman uses a card to open a door next to an index board at the reception hall of the Stock Exchange in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Banks, particularly in Europe, have come under pressure over recent days as investors fret about their ability to cope with a bigger than expected global slowdown at a time when many still have sizeable bad loans on their books. Greece is expected to slip back into a mild recession in 2016, while the global sell-off in financial markets saw the value of shares on the Athens Stock Exchange sink to their worst level since 1989. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):


UK health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:13

In this image made from video, British Health Secretary Member of Parliament Jeremy Hunt delivers a statement to the House of Commons in London, outlining the progress of talks with the British Medical Association (BMA), Thursday Feb. 11, 2016. Jeremy Hunt told the house Thursday that talks had ended in stalemate, and the Government will now impose its new contract on junior doctors, after talks failed to reach agreement.(image from video / PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — Britain's health secretary has taken the unusual step of opting to impose a new contract on junior doctors after failing to strike a deal with thousands of medical professionals in England.


Storm-battered Anthem of the Seas cruise ship returns to port

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:13

Storm-battered Anthem of the Seas cruise ship returns to portA cruise ship has returned to its New Jersey port after it was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean.


Lawyer: Wife of man charged in hot SUV death wants divorce

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:12
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer says the wife of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son to die in a hot SUV is seeking a divorce.

Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein-predicted ripples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 01:01

 Scientists detect Einstein-predicted ripplesIn an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.


Suspect in officer shooting in North Dakota found dead: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:59
The wounded officer was not expected to survive, WDAZ television, an ABC affiliate, said, citing Fargo Police Chief David Todd. The suspect appeared to have died from gunshots, Todd said at a news conference, according to WDAZ. The suspect's name has not been released and it was not immediately known if his wounds were self inflicted or from police officers.

Woman admits stealing thousands from comedian Joe Piscopo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:55

Woman admits stealing thousands from comedian Joe PiscopoA New Jersey woman has admitted stealing money from former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Joe Piscopo.


Obama reveals his inner nerd, picks Mars companions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:37

U.S. President Obama smiles at a reporter's question after delivering his statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama said he would want both brains and brawn beside him should he ever end up on Mars, an interview with the self-described "nerd" in Popular Science magazine revealed. Asked to choose as a companion on Mars between Mark Watney, the astronaut played by Matt Damon in last year's space hit "The Martian" or Ellen Ripley, the alien-blasting hero of "Alien," Obama said he could not pick just one. "As long as it’s a hypothetical question, can't I pick both?" Obama said in the interview, published on Thursday.


Nurses unionize at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:36

Nurses unionize at St. Christopher's Hospital for ChildrenNurses at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia have voted to unionize.


Woven of dignity: Black seamstress' legacy on display

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:34

In this shown in this 1981 photo, Willie Otey Kay shows her dress form in her living room at her house on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., as she crafted the specialty dresses. Long before the rage over a must-have Marc Jacobs handbag or a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans, "it" girls in the Triangle wanted a Willie Otey Kay. To have one of her handcrafted dresses, for a prom, a debutante ball or a wedding, was considered a style score. But getting one at the height of Kay's popularity was harder than landing the latest Jacobs bag. (John Rottet/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDITRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.


Missouri professor calls her protest actions embarrassing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:26
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A suspended University of Missouri assistant professor says she's embarrassed about her run-ins with student journalists during race-related student protests in November.

Harvard faculty member named Wellesley's 1st black president

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:04
WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Wellesley College has named a Harvard Medical School faculty member as its next president.

IMF nominates managing director Lagarde for second term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:03

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde answers a question during a news conference, in Lima, Peru. In a statement Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, the IMF executive board said they've nominated Lagarde for a second five-year term. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has nominated managing director Christine Lagarde for a second five-year term.


2 shots hit portable classroom near Miami; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:00
COCONUT GROVE, Fla. (AP) — Two bullets struck a portable classroom at an elementary school near Miami, narrowly missing a student inside.

NY man, 70, charged with murder in death of wife of 51 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:24
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A 70-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife of 51 years inside their upstate New York apartment.

2 Uber execs facing jail in France amid tensions with taxis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 22:57

Plainclothes police officers check chauffeurs at the Paris' Gare de Lyon railway station, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Chauffeurs claim they are victims of discrimination by the government, while taxi drivers complain for unfair competition from services such as Uber, during several protests in the recent weeks. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — Two top Uber executives appeared Thursday in court in charges that could send them to prison and offer the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France.