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Lawmakers grill new EU economy chief amid doubts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:35

Lawmakers grill new EU economy chief amid doubtsBRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers on Thursday grilled the 28-nation bloc's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, because many fear he cannot be trusted to properly enforce rules limiting government deficits.


2 firefighters retire during Atlantic City blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:30
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two Atlantic City fire battalion chiefs had to walk off the job and retire while fighting a blaze that destroyed four buildings and displaced 17 people.

Wonga agrees to write off debts for thousands

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:02
LONDON (AP) — Payday lender Wonga has agreed to write off the debts of 330,000 people it admits shouldn't have gotten loans in the first place.

More than 4,000 hogs die in fire at NC farm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:57
EAGLE SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — A fire at a farm in central North Carolina has killed more than 4,000 hogs.

Greenland calls for early elections next month

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:51
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland has called for early elections next month after four government members quit and the prime minister went on leave amid a scandal involving the use of public funds.

European Central Bank leaves benchmark rate unchanged at record low 0.05 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:46
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — European Central Bank leaves benchmark rate unchanged at record low 0.05 percent.

Texting apps required gear for Hong Kong protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:44

A student protester gets emotional while pleading for a peaceful resolution, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. The student leaders of the protests are warning that if the territory's top official doesn't resign by tomorrow, they will step up their actions -- including occupying several important government buildings. They'd be risking another round of confrontations with police, who are unlikely to let government buildings be stormed. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HONG KONG (AP) — Just as protesters in Egypt depended on Twitter three years ago, the latest digital tools have become required gear for tens of thousands of people demanding democratic reforms on the streets of Hong Kong.


Man, 19 shot in the neck in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:02

Man, 19 shot in the neck in West KensingtonPolice say a 19-year-old male was shot in the neck in Philadelphia's West Kensington section Thursday night.


California probes near-death escape of 12 firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:01
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California forestry officials have opened an inquiry into a life-threatening ordeal faced by 12 firefighters who were nearly engulfed by flames in the Sierra Nevada last month before a helicopter pilot flew to the scene and led them to safety. The team had already crawled into foil-lined personal fire shelters - a survival measure of last resort - before they were spotted by the pilot as columns of fire raced up a canyon at them, igniting whole trees along the way. ...

ECB buying bundles of loans could spur lending

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:57

President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi sits at the table prior to the start of the ECB governing council meeting in Naples, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is expected Thursday to underline the bank's willingness to deploy more economic stimulus measures, a stance that could send the euro skidding even lower. And a drop in the currency — which helps eurozone exporters and could nudge up worryingly low inflation — might be the most effective stimulus to come out of the ECB's monthly meeting. (AP Photo/Lapresse, POOL)The European Central Bank plans to start buying a type of bonds known as asset-backed securities. The move is aimed at spurring bank lending to companies and getting a slack economy moving again.


Blogger indicted for photographing Mississippi senator's wife

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:57
(Reuters) - A political blogger accused of breaking into a Mississippi nursing home and photographing U.S. Senator Thad Cochran's bedridden wife now faces felony burglary charges, his lawyer said. Clayton Kelly was indicted for burglary, attempted burglary, and conspiracy to commit burglary, the lawyer, Kevin Camp, said late on Wednesday. ...

Texas Ebola patient identified by relative

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:33

Texas Ebola patient identified by relativeA woman has confirmed to the Associated Press that her brother is the man being treated for the deadly disease in Texas.


17-year-old girl shot in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:17

17-year-old girl shot in WissinomingAuthorities say a 17-year-old girl was shot in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section.


Official: 5 kids had contact with Ebola patient

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:14

Texas Ebola patient identified by relativeA Dallas emergency room sent a man with Ebola home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, and officials at the hospital are considering if they would have acted differently had the entire medical staff been aware.


Man shot 6 times in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 18:00

Man shot 6 times in Tioga-NicetownPolice say a man was shot multiple times in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown neighborhood.


Man, 19 shot in the neck in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:52

Man, 19 shot in the neck in West KensingtonPolice say a 19-year-old male was shot in the neck in Philadelphia's West Kensington section Thursday night.


Samsung China supplier sues US labor watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:35
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.

Teachers accused of having sex with student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:07

Teachers accused of having threesome sex with studentOfficials say two teachers are accused of having a threesome with a Louisiana high school student.


Smoke and flames inside vacant school in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:05

Smoke and flames inside vacant school in North PhiladelphiaFirefighters battled smoke and flames inside a vacant school in North Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:53

Student pro-democracy activists use their smartphones while sitting on the streets near the government headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists to protests, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. The firm said that once downloaded, they give an outsider access to the phone's address book, call logs and other information. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm said.