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Heavy flames damage West Philadelphia house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:19

Heavy flames damage West Philadelphia houseOfficials say heavy flames damaged a house in West Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Kids hurt in in chemical flash at children's museum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:11

 Kids hurt in museum mishapA demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Nevada museum, injuring 13 people, several with minor burns or smoke inhalation.


13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical mishap at museum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:02

Kids hurt in in chemical flash at children's museumA demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Nevada museum, injuring 13 people, several with minor burns or smoke inhalation.


Nespresso opens its coffee machines to knockoffs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:17
PARIS (AP) — No more worries about the warranty, the machine breaking or — worst of all — a botched cup of coffee.

U.S. tax revenue to rise if Obama legalizes some immigrants: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:16

Illegal migrants from Guatemala, deported from Phoenix, Arizona in the U.S., walk after arriving at an air force base in Guatemala CityThe group, which has close ties to the Obama administration, estimated $21.2 billion in additional payroll taxes would be collected over five years under one scenario available to Obama, who has made immigration reform a priority of his second term. "Many workers and employers will be able to emerge from the underground economy and pay payroll taxes for the first time," the report said. Obama, who had strong support from the Latino community in his 2012 re-election, had pushed Congress to pass a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for some of the 11.7 million undocumented people in the United States.


Spokesman: Calm restored after disturbance at Nashville detention center where 32 had escaped

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:06
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Spokesman: Calm restored after disturbance at Nashville detention center where 32 had escaped.

Fast-food worker protests planned for more than 150 U.S. cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:01

A man eats in a Burger King restaurant while demonstrators gather outside in Boston(Reuters) - Fast-food workers will stage another day of protests in more than 150 U.S. Organizers expect their biggest protest to date, with fast-food workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC restaurants expected to walk off the job. The union-backed actions, which started in New York and other major cities, have steadily gathered steam since 2012 and helped to spur a national debate about the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. McDonald's Corp, Burger King Worldwide Inc and other major fast-food chains do not own most of their U.S.


Hurricane Norbert churns in Pacific off Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:35

Cars sit on a street that collapsed after heavy rain in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Gulf states of Mexico are bracing for more bad weather as Tropical Storm Dolly crosses the coast and continues moving inland over northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.


NC inmate to adjust to life outside after 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:03

James McCollum, facing camera, embraces his son Henry following the younger man's release from Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Henry McCollum spent more than 30 years on death row for a rape and murder he didn't commit. McCollum's Step mother Priscilla McCollum is at left. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After walking out of prison for the first time in three decades, former death row inmate Henry McCollum tried to climb into his father's car but put his head through the loop of the seatbelt that is supposed to cross his chest. A TV cameraman showed him how it works.


Louisiana ruling breaks pro-gay marriage streak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:47
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a rare loss for gay-marriage supporters — one that even the judge who issued the ruling acknowledged won't be the final word.

Police officer fatally shot in upstate NY

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:08
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer died in a shooting in Rochester and a suspect has been apprehended, officials in the upstate New York city said.

Silicon Valley firms halted spread of grisly video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:03

Students and supporters place candles at the edge of a wall surrounding a pond as they take part in a candle light vigil at the University of Central Florida, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., to honor Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to be beheaded by the Islamic State group in two weeks. Sotloff attended University of Central Florida between 2002 and 2004. (AP Photo/John Raoux)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through social networks in what was seen by some as a propaganda coup for the extremists.


Fisheries to cut catch of endangered bluefin tuna

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:01

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 file photo, customers take sushi of a bluefin tuna which was bought by sushi restauranteur Kiyoshi Kimura at the year's celebratory first auction, at his restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has agreed to cut the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has recommended cutting the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004, a move that conservationists say is only an initial step toward saving the endangered species.


Dutch national pleads guilty in U.S. to running online narcotics bazaar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:48
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Dutch national who created and ran an elaborate online marketplace for the buying and selling of narcotics has pleaded guilty to U.S. Marc Willems, 45, of the Netherlands pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the two felony counts and admitted to launching "The Farmer's Market," which facilitated the sale of drugs like LSD, ecstasy and marijuana to users in the United States and dozens of other countries, the Los Angeles U.S. The online bazaar provided order forms and customer service for shoppers, guaranteeing delivery in exchange for a commission and accepting payment through PayPal, Western Union and other means, the federal grand jury indictment charged. Willems told prosecutors that the online bazaar processed some $2.5 million worth of orders over its several years of existence.

German factory orders rebound in July

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:30
BERLIN (AP) — The Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Germany rebounded sharply in July, offsetting two consecutive declines in a good sign for Europe's largest economy.

PG&E intends appeal of $1.4B fine for fatal blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:28

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people. In a filing Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the utility indicated its plan to file an appeal with the California Public Utilities Commission within 30 days. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeal is planned of a landmark $1.4 billion penalty recommended for a Northern California utility for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, Pacific Gas and Electric said in a federal filing.


Document: Wildstein discussed bridge with officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:44

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. Police officers on the George Washington Bridge last September during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s aides as political payback said they warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios, according to a summary provided by their lawyer to a legislative panel investigating the scandal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As thousands of commuters were stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides as political payback, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police lieutenant with ties to Christie was eating breakfast with the executive who ordered the closures.


Review: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:37

British television presenter Rachel Riley shows a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR during an unpacked event of Samsung ahead of the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)NEW YORK (AP) — After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better.


Review: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:36

 Samsung phones impress, but new apps keyAfter years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as ...


Document: Wildstein discussed bridge with officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:31

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. Police officers on the George Washington Bridge last September during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s aides as political payback said they warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios, according to a summary provided by their lawyer to a legislative panel investigating the scandal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police lieutenant with ties to Gov. Chris Christie ate breakfast with the executive who ordered the closures on the George Washington Bridge as commuters were stuck in traffic.