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Estonia appoints new finance minister

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:12
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's president has appointed a new finance minister to replace Jurgen Ligi , who was forced to resign after insulting an ethnic Russian colleague.

Terminally ill Brittany Maynard takes her own life

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:12

Brittany MaynardPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard stuck by her decision.


Decades after NY molesting conviction, Friedman fights to clear name

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:11

Handout of Friedman posing with his wife Lisabeth Walsh in Ft Summer, New MexicoBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jesse Friedman, whose conviction as a teenage child molester was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "Capturing the Friedmans," is not giving up his decades-long campaign to clear his name. Friedman has asked a court to review evidence in his case, one of the most notorious in the history of New York's Long Island, contending that prosecutors coached and intimidated child witnesses into making false allegations. A judge could issue a ruling on his request any day now. ...


Can American Indian reformers slow an oil boom?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:00

A bumper sticker stating "I'm Indian and I vote" adorns a car on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North DakotaBy Ernest Scheyder NEW TOWN N.D. (Reuters) - A change in leadership at an American Indian reservation in North Dakota wouldn't normally get a whole lot of attention. In the past two years alone, production on the MHA Nation has jumped 145 percent, cementing the state's role as the second-largest U.S. The reformers, Damon Williams, the tribal attorney, and Mark Fox, the tax director, each propose tighter environmental regulations.


A look at use of Oregon's law on assisted suicide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:57

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who plans to die under Oregon's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives. Sean Crowley, spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices, said late Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, that Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took lethal medication prescribed by a doctor and died. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)Oregon voters approved a law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives in 1994, but opponents persuaded a federal judge to issue an injunction temporarily blocking the law. Voters in November 1997 overwhelmingly reaffirmed the nation's first aid-in-dying law, and it's been in place ever since.


Woman forced into car, abducted in Germantown, police say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:54

Woman screamed, tried to escape kidnapper in Germantown, police sayPhiladelphia police are investigating a reported abduction in Germantown.


Germany: EU freedom of movement not negotiable

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:32

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014 file picture British Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their joint press conference inside 10 Downing Street in London. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says Germany wants Britain to remain an "active and committed" European Union member but is insisting the principle of free movement of workers within the bloc isn't negotiable. British Prime Minister David Cameron, facing political pressure from the rise of Britain's anti-EU UKIP party, wants to take steps to limit the level of migration from the EU into Britain. German weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday Nov. 2, 2014 , without identifying sources, that German officials could envision giving up efforts to keep Britain in the EU if Cameron insists on limits. (AP Photo/ Facundo Arrizabalaga, Poo,Filel)BERLIN (AP) — Germany wants Britain to remain an "active and committed" European Union member but is firm in insisting that the principle of free movement of workers within the bloc isn't negotiable, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday.


Suspect's photo released in Ocean County hit-and-run crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:22

Suspect's photo released in Ocean County hit-and-run crashPolice are on the hunt for a suspected hit-and-run driver in Ocean County.


Florida ballot amendment seeks to fund land conservation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 20:25
By Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida environmentalists are hoping voters will approve a ballot amendment on Tuesday to fund the purchase and conservation of land critical to protecting the state's water supply. Amendment One would reserve a portion of tax money collected on real estate transactions for the next 20 years, potentially raising $648 million to buy and maintain lands in its first year, increasing to $1.27 billion by the 20th year, according to Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research. ...

Brittany Maynard, 'death with dignity' advocate, dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 20:13

Brittany Maynard, 'death with dignity' advocate, diesTerminal cancer patient Brittany Maynard, who made headlines over her plan to end her own life, died Saturday at her home in Portland. She was 29.


Pickup trucks, tractor-trailers catch fire in Bristol, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 19:25

Pickup trucks, tractor-trailers catch fire in Bristol, Pa.Firefighters were battling a blaze at a trucking business in Bucks County early Monday.


Mystery drone flights over French nuclear sites

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:48
PARIS (AP) — French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal overflights of French nuclear power stations by tiny, unmanned drones.

Masked gunman robs Sunoco gas station in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:47

Masked gunman robs Sunoco gas station in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for the gunman who robbed a gas station in the Morrell Park section of Philadelphia.


Foles, Ryans injured as Eagles top Texans 31-21

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:10

Foles, Ryans injured as Eagles top Texans 31-21Mark Sanchez replaced the injured Nick Foles and threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.


Oregon woman, advocate for terminally ill patients, ends her life

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:09
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A 29-year-old woman suffering from brain cancer who became an advocate for terminally ill patients who want to end their own lives has died using Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law, an advocacy group said Sunday. Brittany Maynard "passed peacefully in her bed surrounded by close family and loved ones," according to a statement posted on Facebook by the group Compassion & Choices, an Oregon-based nonprofit that assisted the young woman through her end of life. ...

HSBC sets aside $378 million for currency probe

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:50
LONDON (AP) — HSBC, the U.K.'s biggest bank, set aside $378 million for possible fines arising from probes into foreign exchange manipulation, joining other major British lenders in bracing for the outcome of the investigations.

Spaceship's descent device deployed prematurely

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:44

Law enforcement officers take a closer look at the wreckage near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. Saturday, Nov 1, 2014. The explosion killed a pilot aboard and seriously injured another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's experimental spaceship broke apart in flight over California's Mojave Desert after a device to slow the craft's descent prematurely deployed, federal investigators said Sunday.


U.S. student debt burden falling more on top earners, easing bubble fears

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:11

Graduating student has "I Did It" written on her mortar board during Commencement Exercises at Boston CollegeBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Young Americans with big college debts are often portrayed as struggling to pay their bills. The reality is somewhat different - those owing super-sized student loans tend to be higher paid. A Reuters analysis of Federal Reserve data shows that over the past two decades the young with higher incomes have gone from owing less of the debt than the average household to owing considerably more. U.S. student loan balances have quadrupled since 2004 to $1.1 trillion (688. ...


Boston Scientific faces first federal transvaginal mesh trials

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:03
By Jessica Dye (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp on Monday was set to face its first federal trials in two courts over claims from women who say they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh devices. One, in Charleston, West Virginia, involves allegations from four women over the company's Obtryx device, used to treat stress urinary incontinence. The other, in Miami, concerns women implanted with the Pinnacle, which treats pelvic organ prolapse. Boston Scientific has been hit with more than 23,000 suits in U.S. ...

North Carolina monitoring person who returned from Liberia for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:45
(Reuters) - Officials in North Carolina were monitoring and testing a patient who arrived in the United States last week from Liberia for Ebola, health authorities said on Sunday. "The individual did not have any symptoms upon arrival," the state's Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. It said the person had developed a fever on Nov. 2, a day after arriving in North Carolina but does not have any additional symptoms, and also had no known exposure to Ebola in Liberia. ...