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Fed faces a messier economic picture 6 weeks after rate hike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:08

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Economics Club of Washington in Washington. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to keep interest rates unchanged when it ends a policy meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. At its last meeting in December, it raised interest rates from record lows. Since then, the global picture has darkened and stock markets have plunged. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, Federal Reserve policymakers now face a more perilous global picture that could alter their plans for further raising rates this year.


Volunteers searching for homeless in Fresno to get accurate headcount

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 16:04

Volunteers searching for homeless in Fresno to get accurate headcountVolunteers are searching for the homeless in Fresno to get an accurate headcount in an effort to keep track of people who are sleeping on the streets.


'Dogs Beat Wyoming To Improve To 5-3 in MW Play

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:54

'Dogs Beat Wyoming To Improve To 5-3 in MW PlayFresno State beat Wyoming 71-60 Tuesday night and improved to 5-3 in Mountain West play.


Yahoo Japan defends online ivory sales as criticism grows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:52
TOKYO (AP) — Yahoo Japan said Wednesday it is strengthening policing of illegal ivory on its online commerce site as criticism grows it is supporting a trade that fuels the slaughter of wild elephants.

2 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle homeless camp shooting, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:44

2 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle homeless camp shooting, police sayTwo people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Seattle homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' officials said.


New video released of SoCal terrorism plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:38

New video released of SoCal terrorism plotNew video was revealed on Tuesday of two would-be terrorists from Ontario who wanted to help Al Qaeda and fight the U.S. Military overseas.


Crowds gather at historic Sixth Street Bridge in DTLA on eve of closure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:34

Crowds gather at historic Sixth Street Bridge in DTLA on eve of closureA large crowd gathered at the historic Sixth Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, according to Los Angeles police.


Bikram yoga founder ordered to pay $7.4M for sex harassment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:27

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2003, file photo, Bikram Choudhury, front, founder of the Yoga College of India and creator and producer of Yoga Expo 2003, leads what organizers hope will be the world's largest yoga class at the Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A Los Angeles jury on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, ordered Choudhury to pay $924,500 in compensatory damages after finding he had subjected a lawyer to harassment and retaliation. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who made an empire out of his high-heat brand of yoga has been ordered to pay well over $7 million to a former legal adviser who said he sexually harassed her.


Escaped California inmate had been ordered deported in 1998

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:27

This undated booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, shows 43-year-old Bac Duong, one of three jail inmates charged with violent crimes, who escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif. The men include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder; 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture; and Duong, charged with attempted murder. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday that the inmates were last seen at 5 a.m. and could have escaped anytime between then and late Friday night. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An inmate who along with two others escaped from a California jail had been ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998 but has been in this country running up a long police record, immigration officials said.


Houston prosecutor has angered anti-abortion groups before

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:24

In this Aug. 31, 2015 file photo, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson speaks at a press conference in Houston. Anderson announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, a grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit, and said the abortion provider committed no wrong. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Houston prosecutor handling the only criminal case to date over stealth video of Planned Parenthood clinics around the U.S. has infuriated anti-abortion activists before: In 2013, a grand jury on her watch cleared a doctor accused of ending late-term pregnancies.


Family and friends mourn the loss of local foodie

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:16

Family and friends mourn the loss of local foodieAdrian Loza's family says the 29-year-old cook was always there, whether you needed a friend, or a great meal.


AP News Guide: A look at the 'affluenza' teen case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:11

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2015, file photo, released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Mexican lawyer for Couch said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that his client has dropped an appeal against deportation and will return to Texas to face charges. (Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident has dropped an appeal against deportation from Mexico and will return to Texas to face new charges in the coming days. Attorney Fernando Benitez said Tuesday that Ethan Couch formally ratified his decision to drop the appeal on Monday. Couch is scheduled to appear at a hearing in Texas on Feb. 19 over whether his case will be transferred to the adult system.


No appeals planned for man set to die for officer's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:10

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Texas inmate James Freeman. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, Freeman, 34, was set to die for killing Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Justin Hurst during a March 17, 2007 a shootout. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — No late appeals are expected for a man who is set to be executed for a Texas game warden's death during a 2007 shootout.


Shots fired, 1 killed in arrest of Oregon militants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 15:05

Highway 395 is blocked at Seneca between John Day and Burns, Ore., by Oregon State police officers the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. A more than 50-mile stretch of highway in Oregon has been closed near where an armed group has been occupying a national wildlife refuge. A group led by Ammon Bundy seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns on Jan. 2 as part of a long-running dispute over public lands in the West. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBURNS, Ore. (AP) — The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge for the past three weeks during a traffic stop that prompted gunfire — and one death — along a highway through the frozen high country.


Judge tells nuns to rework lawsuit over strip club neighbor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:48
CHICAGO (AP) — A convent in suburban Chicago plans to move forward with an effort to close a neighboring strip club even after a legal setback.

Two killed, three wounded in shooting near Seattle homeless camp

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:43
The shooting occurred around 7:15 p.m. local time near a large homeless encampment called the Jungle south of downtown, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. At a press conference, Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner said the shootings were not random, the Seattle Times reported. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who earlier in the evening had been giving a speech on the city's efforts to address homelessness, described the Jungle encampment as “unmanageable and out of control for almost two decades," the newspaper reported.

Police: 2 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle homeless camp shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:39
SEATTLE (AP) — Two people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Seattle homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' officials said.

Trump pulls out of GOP debate; Sanders to meet with Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:35

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Farmington High School, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Farmington, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump declared Tuesday he would boycott the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, leading Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to challenge him to a one-on-one debate. Adding intrigue to the Democratic race, the White House said President Barack Obama would host Bernie Sanders for an Oval Office meeting.


Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Lyft settles California driver lawsuit over employment status

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:28

File photo of a driver with the ride-sharing service Lyft waiting for a customer on a street in Santa MonicaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Lyft has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit in California by giving drivers additional workplace protections but without classifying them as employees, according to a court filing late on Tuesday. The settlement, which would have to be approved by a San Francisco federal judge, provides for Lyft to pay $12.25 million, as well as give drivers notice if they are to be deactivated from the platform and other benefits. Lyft and larger rival Uber face separate lawsuits in San Francisco federal court, brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses including gas and vehicle maintenance.