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Factbox: Energy, environment issues dominate some Senate races

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:36
By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) - Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups. Environment-focused groups are on track to spend over $85 million on key U.S. Senate races and state elections to support candidates who will protect the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan. Energy companies and industry groups have also poured money into tight races to support candidates who would promote oil and gas development and less environmental oversight. ...

Cuba seeks over $8 billion in foreign investment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:35
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba asked international companies Monday to invest more than $8 billion in the island as it attempts to kick-start a centrally planned economy starved for cash and hamstrung by inefficiency.

Rocket plane's tail activated prematurely in fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:32

Sheriffs' deputies look at wreckage from the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, CaliforniaBy Irene Klotz MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - A human-factors expert will join a team investigating the fatal test-flight crash of the Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane to study why the co-pilot prematurely unlocked the ship's pivoting tail section, the National Transportation Safety Board chairman said on Monday. The untimely engagement of the tail mechanism, designed to slow the vehicle's descent into the atmosphere from space, and the possibility that pilot error was to blame, were disclosed by the NTSB late on Sunday and have emerged as a main thrust of the inquiry into the accident. ...


Video shows woman's abduction in Germantown; abductor sought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:32

Video shows woman's abduction in Germantown; abductor soughtPhiladelphia police say a woman forced into a car and kidnapped Sunday night tried to fight off her abductor.


Company denies man lost job over Playgirl spread

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:30
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its Connecticut employees out of his job after it was discovered he'd posed nude in Playgirl magazine.

US sues to prevent merger of movie ad companies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:29
NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department asked a court Monday to block a planned merger of the nation's only two large cinema on-screen advertising companies, saying consumers might face higher prices at theaters if a merger is carried out. The businesses generate hundreds of millions of dollars annually through advertisements and other programming shown before movie previews start.

Correction: Tech Moguls In Space Race story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:26

Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson salutes the bravery of test pilots, and vows to find out what caused the crash of his prototype space tourism rocket that killed one crew member and injured another during a news conference in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Mojave airfield after being released from a carrier aircraft Friday. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 1 about technology moguls in the commercial space business, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Elon Musk's SpaceX operates three spacecraft: Dragon, Falcon Heavy and Falcon 8.


Man struck, killed by falling tape measure

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:24
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man delivering sheet rock to a construction site was killed Monday when a tape measure fell 50 stories and hit him on the head, authorities said.

Ahead of tough election, White House blames dismay with Washington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:16
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many races still tight but polls showing a general trend in favor of Republicans, the White House on Monday blamed voter dissatisfaction with Washington for what could be an Election Day rout for President Barack Obama's Democrats. Both parties pushed to get voters to the polls in a final effort to sway the electorate ahead of Tuesday's election, which could shift control of the U.S. Senate and upend policy priorities for the last two years of Obama's final term. ...

No bail for cross-country crime spree suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:10

Gregory Lewis, right, is arraigned in Worcester Superior Court in Worcester, Mass. Monday Nov.3, 2014. Attorney Michael Hussey and a court officer stand beside Lewis. Lewis is suspected of raping a 13-year-old girl, then going on a cross-country crime spree after cutting off his court-ordered monitoring device, He pleaded not guiltyduring his arraignment and was ordered held without bail. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Rick Cinclair, Pool)WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of going on a cross-country crime spree after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl had a gun, knives, zip ties and duct tape in his car and had been driving by the girl's house, police said during a recorded interview with the man.


Washington high school reopens after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:03

People dressed in the school colors of red and white cheer and wave as school buses carrying students on their return to Marysville-Pilchuck High School drive past Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. After the shock from the Oct. 24 shooting there that left four students dead, including the shooter, and two students still in a Seattle hospital, administrators and teachers hope to transition to a new routine. The day was scheduled to begin with a morning assembly. Lunch is in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting took place remains closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people lined the entrance to a Washington state high school as it reopened Monday, more than a week after a student fatally shot three of his classmates, wounded two others and then killed himself.


Court rejects Obama housing bias rule as 'wishful thinking'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:55

Obama campaigns for Democratic candidates at Wayne State University in Detroit, MichiganBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday threw out a housing regulation issued by President Barack Obama's administration that said racial bias claims can be based on seemingly neutral practices that may have a discriminatory effect. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the Fair Housing Act allows for only direct discrimination claims and not those based on so-called disparate impact allegations. ...


Chinese firm wins Mexican rail contract

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:44
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A consortium headed by China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd. has won the contract to build a high-speed inter-city rail line in central Mexico after submitting the only bid on the project.

Obama, Yellen discuss economy, financial rules

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Federal Reserve's role in the nation's economic recovery at a crossroads, Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Monday sat down with President Barack Obama in their first face-to-face meeting since she assumed her post in February. The White House said the two discussed their perspectives on the economy both at home and abroad.

I-95 NB closed due to fatal crash in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:17

I-95 NB closed due to fatal crash in SW PhiladelphiaAll northbound lanes of I-95 are closed at this hour after a fatal crash near the Bartram Avenue exit in Southwest Philadelphia.


Temporary fix would keep Grand Canyon hotels open

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:11
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon officials say hotels, mule rides and restaurants at the South Rim will remain open to millions of visitors once they award a temporary concessions contract.

Sheriff: Mom drove off cliff to try to kill 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:08
UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities allege a Northern California mother tried to kill her two young sons by intentionally driving off a 300-foot cliff, injuring both children.

Analyst expects $89B in online holiday sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:08
NEW YORK (AP) — This year more Americans than ever are expected to make their lists, check them twice, and then click the "add to cart" button.

Arms dealer Bout seeks new U.S. trial, hires Ashcroft law firm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:02

Journalists attend a news conference of Russian arms dealer Bout, his wife and lawyer via a video link from the U.S. in MoscowBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout believes he has evidence to justify a new U.S. trial and has hired the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to help him pursue his case. Bout, 47, is serving a 25-year prison sentence following his 2011 jury conviction for having conspired to kill U.S. soldiers by way of his agreement to sell weapons to a Colombian rebel group. According to filings on Monday with the U.S. ...


Chicago-area teen tried to take siblings to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 04:47
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered pre-trial detention for a Chicago-area 19-year-old accused of trying to fly with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State. Mohammed Hamzah Khan of suburban Bolingbrook was arrested a month ago at O'Hare International Airport as he tried to board a plane to Turkey, and later charged with attempting to provide material support to a group the United States has designated a terrorist organization. ...