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New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:23

File photo of inductee Allen Toussaint performing during the Songwriters Hall of Fame awards in New YorkAllen Toussaint, one of the legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77. The piano master, known for jazz, R&B and blues and who wrote hits such as "Working in a Coalmine" and produced Patti LaBelle's famous cover of "Lady Marmalade", died of a heart attack on Monday evening after giving a concert at the Spanish capital's Teatro Lara, hospital officials said. Fans posted videos of Toussaint's final performance on YouTube (, while the English singer and songwriter Billy Bragg said on Twitter: "The man was a genius." Toussaint, who began performing in his teens, collaborated with a wide range of artists, including John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Lee Dorsey, Paul McCartney and The Band.

Virginia plans $3.5 billion bond, to announce $1 billion in road investment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:22
Virginia is planning a $3.5 billion bond sale to fund public universities in the state as well as $1 billion of projects to upgrade road infrastructure, the state's governor, Terry McAuliffe, said on Tuesday. McAuliffe said he would soon announce "a billion dollar capital infrastructure investment in roads" and said the municipal bond market was the "savior" of the state. McAuliffe did not specify a date for $3.5 billion bond issue.

Texas home-health agency indicted in $13 million Medicare fraud: U.S. Justice Dept.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:17
Federal agents arrested and indicted the owners and administrators of a Texas-based home-health agency on Tuesday for defrauding Medicare of around $13 million through billing for unnecessary or non-existent services, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The agency owned by Ebong Tilong and Marie Neba allegedly devised a web of kickbacks where physicians authorized home-health services and patients in on the scheme received a share of the payments, the department said.

Police investigate deadly store shooting in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:07

Police investigate deadly store shooting in MantuaPolice are searching for a male they say shot and killed a 22-year-old man inside a store in Philadelphia's Mantua section.

Newlywed bride dies on way to reception in motorcycle crash with deer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:06

Newlywed bride dies on way to reception in motorcycle crash with deerA 40-year-old bride has died in a motorcycle accident as her new husband drove her to their wedding reception in southern Illinois.

Kremlin: Russian ban on flights to Egypt will last months

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:01

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, file photo released by the Prime Minister's office, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed Russian passenger jet in Hassana, Egypt. Egyptian media have reacted with fury as Britain and the U.S. increasingly point to a bomb as the cause of the Russian plane crash, and many have hammered home to the public that their country is facing a Western conspiracy to scare off tourists and destroy the economy. (Suliman el-Oteify/Egyptian Prime Minister's Office via AP, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's ban on all flights to Egypt in the wake of a Russian plane crash will last for at least several months, the Kremlin chief of staff said Tuesday, dealing a severe blow to Egypt's struggling tourism industry.

A look at recent racial incidents on US college campuses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:00

Yale University students and supporters participate in a march across campus to demonstrate against what they see as racial insensitivity at the Ivy League school on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in New Haven, Conn. (Ryan Flynn/New Haven Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDITA glance at several recent incidents on U.S. college campuses involving race:

Florida teacher saves choking boy in social studies class

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:55
PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teacher is being hailed as a hero after performing the Heimlich maneuver on an 11-year-old student in her social studies class.

Court postpones hearing on alleged Connecticut mobster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:46
A federal court in Connecticut has rescheduled a hearing at which lawyers for an accused Connecticut mobster will ask a judge to dismiss gun charges against him, contending they are an effort by federal agents to make him talk about the biggest art heist in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny late on Monday approved a request by Gentile's attorney to delay the hearing as he awaits transcripts of taped conversations between the defendant and the informant. Defense attorney Ryan McGuigan contends the arrest was a ruse, the second attempt by U.S. federal agents to force Gentile to divulge the whereabouts of some $500 million in artwork stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum a quarter-century ago.

Delaware to name National Guard headquarters for Beau Biden

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:45

Delaware to name National Guard headquarters for Beau BidenDelaware will name its National Guard headquarters in New Castle for Beau Biden.

Apple boss pushes business to help solve social problems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:44

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the inauguration of the academic year at the Bocconi University, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to faculty and students at Bocconi University, Italy's top business school on Tuesday, his first speech to a European university.

US stocks wobble, extending a slump; Gap plunges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:15

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, the statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall faces the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets drifted lower Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, amid concern over the world economy's outlook and the Federal Reserve's rate hike plans. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are inching lower in early trading Tuesday, extending a slump that has brought the market lower for the past four trading days.

Obama's immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 23:05

Obama's immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option leftPresident Barack Obama's executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation suffered a legal setback on Monday with an appeal to the Supreme Court now the administration's only option. The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold a May injunction deals a blow to Obama's plan, opposed by Republicans and challenged by 26 states. The Obama administration has said it is within its rights to ask the Department of Homeland Security to use discretion before deporting nonviolent migrants with U.S. family ties.

Tropical Storm Kate moving away from the Bahamas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:59
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kate is moving quickly away from the Bahamas and is expected to reach hurricane strength.

Florida 'Facebook Killer' to claim self defense in wife’s murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:41

Medina appears in court for a hearing in MiamiA Florida man accused of shooting his wife and posting an image of her lifeless body on Facebook was acting in self defense, his lawyer plans to argue at the start of his Miami murder trial on Tuesday. Derek Medina, 33, has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted of the August 2013 shooting. During the trial, expected to last two weeks, defense attorney Saam Zangeneh said he will introduce evidence that his wife used drugs, regularly fought with Medina, and may have been involved in Satanic worship.

Ohio State quarterback pleads guilty to impaired driving

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:40

 Ohio State at Virginia TechJ.T. Barrett, the starting quarterback for the undefeated Ohio State University Buckeyes, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to driving a vehicle while impaired, after being stopped by police last month at a checkpoint. Barrett, 20, whose legal name is Joe T. Barrett IV, was sentenced to three days in a driving intervention program, fined $400 and had his driver's license suspended for 180 days by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge H. William Pollitt Jr during the five-minute hearing in Columbus. Barrett was ticketed on Oct. 31 near Ohio State after being stopped by Columbus police at a sobriety checkpoint, according to police records.

Germany to redetermine CO2 levels of 800,000 VW cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:39
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top transportation watchdog will redetermine the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels of 800,000 Volkswagen models declared by the carmaker to give false CO2 data. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) said on Tuesday it will also review CO2 levels of VW cars that seem currently not affected by the falsification. Europe's largest automaker admitted on Nov. 3 that CO2 data of some 800,000 cars were false and said compensation payments to customers and other costs related to the malfeasance could amount to 2 billion euros ($2.14 billion). ($1 = 0. ...

Medal of Honor recipient tackled suicide bomber, saved lives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:30

In this photo taken Oct. 20, 2015, former Army Captain Florent Groberg poses for a portrait at the Pentagon. President Obama will present him with the Medal of Honor, which will make Groberg the 10th living recipient of the nation’s highest military award for actions in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — He tackled a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan, saving fellow soldiers' lives while suffering a gruesome leg injury. During three years of recovery and more than 30 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Army Capt. Florent Groberg was left with a lot of time to think.

Convicted Pennsylvania bookmaker dies in federal prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:23
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A convicted Philadelphia-area bookmaker whose operation took high-dollar sports bets online or through offshore call centers has died in a federal prison medical center.

Newlywed bride dies in motorcycle crash on way to reception

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:17
BUCKNER, Ill. (AP) — A 40-year-old bride has died in a motorcycle accident as her new husband drove her to their wedding reception in southern Illinois.