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Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 22:50

In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 photo, a model dressing as Japanese character Hello Kitty performs during a carnival at Sanrio Puroland, a theme park featuring Hello Kitty in Tokyo. When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. Come Saturday, fans around the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of “cute-cool.” That is, Hello Kitty. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.


Investigation: Left-side mirrors a deadly flaw on SEPTA buses?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 22:33

 Left-side mirrors a deadly flaw on SEPTA buses?Could a mirror that's on every single SEPTA bus be to blame for dozens of serious knockdown accidents? That's what SEPTA bus drivers are warning in the wake of a deadly crash last month.


Image of Asia: Watching the iPhone line in Seoul

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 22:31

A mobile phone shop clerk dressed as Santa Claus keeps customers in line as they wait to buy Apple's iPhone 6, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Apple Inc. began selling the iPhone 6 in South Korea on Friday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a phone store worker dressed as Santa Claus keeps customers in line as they wait to buy Apple's iPhone 6, in Seoul, South Korea. The device went on sale Friday in South Korea, one of the world's most wired societies, with 85 percent of its 50 million people online and 40 million smartphones. South Korea is also home to the world's top-selling smartphone maker Samsung, which is seeing more competition by cheaper local brands in China and India and by Apple in developed nations.


Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 22:15
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

Suspected cop killer Eric Frein arraigned in Pike County court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 21:58

 Eric Frein confessed to killing Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson31-year-old Eric Frein entered no plea Friday morning at a preliminary arraignment in Pike County, Pennsylvania.


UK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 21:19
LONDON (AP) — Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I.

North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 21:03
BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's quarantine of foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.

6th person charged in connection to sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 20:57
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in western Kentucky say they've charged a sixth person — a 15-year-old girl — in connection to a sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy.

Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 20:51
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.

Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:43

 "Unity, freedom!" (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Following large-scale protests, Hungary's prime minister said Friday that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.


Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:40

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai delivers his speech at the opening ceremony of the 4th Ministerial Conference of Istanbul Process of Afghanistan, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Takaki Yajima, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.


Multi-vehicle crash slows traffic on Route 55 in Franklin Township

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:36

Multi-vehicle crash slows traffic on Route 55 in Franklin TownshipA multi-vehicle crash caused delays on Route 55 in Franklin Township, NJ early Friday.


Arraignment set for suspected cop killer Eric Frein

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:19

 Eric Frein confessed to killing Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon DicksonAn arraignment is set for 9:00 a.m. for Eric Frein after federal marshals apprehended the fugitive last night at an abandoned airport hangar.


Crews to begin work to recover Kansas victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:11

In the image from video provided by KAKE News black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport where officials say a plane crashed Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Wichita, Kan. AP Photo/KAKE News) MANDATORY CREDITWork begins Friday to recover the remains of the four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport, authorities said. Jet fuel from the plane burned so ...


Firefighter injured in apartment blaze in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:42

Firefighter injured in apartment blaze in West PhiladelphiaA firefighter and resident were injured in a massive apartment blaze in West Philadelphia late Thursday night.


1 killed in multi-vehicle crash in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:34

1 killed in multi-vehicle crash in Bucks Co.Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that left one person dead in Falls Township, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.


Bear in fatal NJ attack was acting 'predatory'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:34
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the first known fatal bear attack in New Jersey was unprovoked and the bear was acting in a "predatory" manner.

Child rape suspect returning to Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:26
SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A child rape suspect who police say cut off a GPS monitoring device and went on a cross-country crime spree before being captured is being returned to Massachusetts.

PHOTOS: Suspected cop killer Eric Frein captured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:02

 Suspected cop killer Eric Frein capturedImages from the capture of suspected cop killer Eric Frein in northern Pennsylvania.


Menino to lie in state at historic Faneuil Hall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:02

FILE - In this August 9, 2013 photo, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON (AP) — The people of Boston will get their chance to pay final respects to former Mayor Tom Menino.