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Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:23
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties.

Canadian mask maker helps ID Philadelphia robbery suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:22

Canadian mask maker helps ID Philadelphia robbery suspectPolice say a Philadelphia robbery suspect almost got away with his crimes, if it weren't for the maker of the mask he used to disguise himself during the heists.


Facebook launches Ebola charity donation button

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:15

This image provided by Facebook Inc. shows an example of a message and donation button the company has designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling Ebola. Facebook on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 said that, over the coming week, its users will see an option to donate to three nonprofits fighting the disease. (AP Photo/Facebook)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.


Quad amputee 'person of interest' in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:13
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida detectives are searching for a quadruple amputee they say is a "person of interest" in the shooting death of his parents.

Bus, car and truck crash injures 27 people near Syracuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:10

Emergency personnel attend to the scene of a bus accident in this handout photoBy Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) - A tour bus slammed into a car abandoned by a drunken driver on Interstate 81 near Syracuse early on Thursday, then smashed into a tractor-trailer parked alongside the roadway, injuring 27 people, authorities said. Most seriously hurt was the driver of the Pine Hill Trailways tour bus, which was carrying 52 passengers from Toronto to New York City, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said. The driver was in serious but stable condition at a Syracuse hospital. The chaotic scene unfolded at about 2:30 a.m. ...


At least 10 same-sex couples get marriage licenses in Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:08

Reverend Hotze-Wilton performs a marriage ceremony for Breeden and Peairs at City Hall in St. Louis, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - At least 10 same-sex couples have received marriage licenses in the St. Louis area since a judge ruled on Wednesday that Missouri's ban on gay nuptials is unconstitutional, officials said on Thursday. Eight couples were issued licenses by the city of St. Louis, including a couple that wed at city hall on Wednesday, said Jennifer Florida, the city's recorder of deeds. St. Louis County, which has a separate government from the city, issued marriage licenses to two same-sex couples, county spokeswoman Martina Price said. St. ...


3 charged in presidential helicopter scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:08
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three men face charges in a fraud scheme involving a helicopter fleet that transports the president and vice president, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

NTSB: Landing gear down before Wichita plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 02:01

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., shortly after a small plane crashed into the building killing several people including the pilot. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 that the pilot of the small plane declared an emergency about a minute after taking off, saying he had "lost the left engine." (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Brian Corn) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT.WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that crashed into a flight training building at a Wichita airport last week declared an emergency about a minute after taking off, saying he had "lost the left engine," the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.


New 'Star Wars' film is titled 'The Force Awakens'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:52

 Episode VII," talks to the fans from the movie set in the desert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Walt Disney Pictures announced Thursday, Nov. 6, that the movie previously known only as “Episode VII” has been dubbed “The Force Awakens.” Disney also said that principle photography has wrapped on the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel six months after beginning. The film will be released in December 2015. (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd., File)NEW YORK (AP) — The new "Star Wars" film has a title.


Residents return after construction fire and evacuation in Old City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:35

Residents return after construction fire and evacuation in Old CityTwo dozen people have been allowed back into a pair of buildings in Old City after a construction fire prompted evacuations.


Suspect in drowning dog with bowling ball arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:33
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in Nevada have arrested a man suspected of tying a bowling ball to a dog and drowning it in a Northern California river.

Britain's Princess Anne visits Library of Congress

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:25

 Muse and Mentor, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Washington. The daughter of Queen Elizabeth II presided over the ceremony Thursday that celebrated the historic document's influence that eventually led to the constitutional rights written by the Founding Fathers of the United States.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's Princess Anne visited the Library of Congress on Thursday to open a new exhibition marking the 800th anniversary next year of the Magna Carta as a landmark declaration of rights and liberties.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:19

AP10ThingsToSee - A young Tibetan exile Pema Lhamo, 8, fits herself into a box to enact her escape scene, in Dharamsala, India, Sept. 28, 2014. Lhamo fled to India when she was 3 years old in a box and now lives with her grandmother. She is presently studying in a Tibetan Children's Village School. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Despite losses, GMO label backers aren't quitting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:04

FILE - In this May 12, 2014, file photo, Chuck Burr cultivates a row of onions on his organic seed farm outside Ashland, Ore. An Oregon ballot measure to require labeling of genetically engineered foods was narrowly defeated. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the end, not even Oregon's backyard chicken owners and vegan foodies had enough money and clout to persuade voters to pass a ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods.


Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:03

Miranda Lambert accepts the female vocalist of the year award on stage at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards.


3-year-old hung up by feet, beaten, killed in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:01

 3-year-old hung up by feet, beaten, killed in Chester CountyPolice say a man and his girlfriend are charged with murdering the girlfriend's 3-year-old son.


U.S. Veterans Affairs to seek more healthcare funds: secretary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:51

Obama nominates McDonald to head the Veterans Administration in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department will seek further budget increases to deal with medical appointment backlogs and the mounting costs of caring for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said on Thursday. The increases will be requested on top of about $16 billion in emergency funds that Congress approved last summer amid a scandal over veterans languishing on long waiting lists for care at VA clinics and hospitals. "We need more," McDonald told a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. ...


CBS News launches digital streaming news network

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:47
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News has expanded its reach to a digital streaming network that features live, anchored coverage 15 hours each weekday.

100,000 workers protest Belgian labor reform

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:40

Workers protest during a national trade union demonstration in Brussels, Thursday Nov. 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of demonstrators are converging on the Belgian capital to protest government policies that will extend the pension age, contain wages and cut into public services. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.


Chicago Archdiocese releases files on 36 abusive priests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:35

Angel Santiago is comforted by his wife Vanaessa as he speaks during a news conference where thousands of documents on victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy from the Chicago Archdiocese were released in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago released on Thursday internal files of 36 priests who church officials found had sexually abused children. The files, which were released online, and other documents released in January show how the archdiocese dealt with abuse allegations during the past six decades, including the practice of moving priests accused of abuse to new parishes. As part of a mediation agreement, the archdiocese in January released files on 30 former priests accused of abusing minors. ...