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N.Y.'s Met Opera, unions extend talks for 72 hours, lockout delayed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:07
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout at the nation's largest performing arts organization, the Met said late on Thursday. The Met Opera also said it had reached new contract agreements with three of the 15 involved labor unions. "We want to work together with union representatives and do everything we can to achieve new contracts, which is why we've agreed to an extension," Met General Manager Peter Gelb said in a statement. The dispute is the most acrimonious at the Met in decades, giving rise to the unusual spectacle of the Met's own musicians criticizing new productions mounted by general manager Peter Gelb as not very good except for the singing and playing.

GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:07

FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file photo, an auto worker inspects finished SUVs coming off the assembly line at the General Motors auto plant in Arlington, Texas. As General Motors tackles a safety crisis, a look at its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results on Friday, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls.


Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:15

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.


Victim shot in the neck in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:43

Victim shot in the neck in ChesterAuthorities are investigating after a victim was found with a gunshot wound to the neck in Chester.


Contractor and inspector stole $3.6 million from PennDOT, AG says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:36

Contractor and inspector stole $3.6 million from PennDOT, AG saysTwo men, a contractor and an inspection consultant, have been charged with conspiring to steal $3.6 million in taxpayer money from PennDOT.


Vote on cigarette tax for Phila. schools postponed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:31

Vote on cigarette tax for Phila. schools postponedThe Pennsylvania House of Representatives' vote on a cigarette tax that would provide funding for Philadelphia schools has gone up in smoke.


Southbound lanes of I-495 bridge in Wilmington reopens

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:30

Southbound lanes of I-495 bridge in Wilmington reopensThe southbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington was reopened to traffic today - one month ahead of schedule.


Cigarette tax for Philly schools stalls, jobs jeopardized

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:27

Vote on cigarette tax for Phila. schools postponedThe Pennsylvania House of Representatives' vote on a cigarette tax that would provide funding for Philadelphia schools has gone up in smoke.


1 dead in Tioga-Nicetown triple shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:27

1 dead in Tioga-Nicetown triple shootingAuthorities say one person was killed in a triple shooting in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.


U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:11
U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

Deal struck to conserve Colorado River basin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:07
DENVER (AP) — The Interior Department and four municipal water providers in the West are contributing $11 million to fund projects aimed at conserving water in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:01

An office worker looks at a man sleeping inside the basket he uses to collect cardboard for recycling, at the financial district in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon.


Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:47

Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in PhillyA Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States. She was welcomed first in Philadelphia by Mayor Nutter who called her a "world freedom fighter."


Boat collision off Fla. Keys kills 1, injures 1

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:43
MIAMI (AP) — A boat collision off the Florida Keys has left one woman dead and injured another.

US prosecutor warns Cuomo over corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:42
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A criminal defense attorney said Thursday that he has been retained by the office of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a federal prosecutor threatened to widen an investigation into the governor's handling of an anti-corruption commission.

Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:35
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year.

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:30

In this May 27, 2014 file photo, Donald Trump speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. Trump says he'll submit a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills but that it's unlikely his offer will be the winner. The billionaire businessman told Fox News that's because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his. Trump spoke on the eve of Tuesday's, July 29, 2014, deadline for prospective owners to submit initial bids for the National Football League franchise. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills.


Hundreds attend Mass for saint's return to Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:09

FILE - In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer. St. Marianne Cope’s remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony. The remains will be kept in a cabinet in the cathedral. (AP Photo/Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File)HONOLULU (AP) — A white hearse pulled up to the entrance of a downtown Honolulu cathedral Thursday, carrying the remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients in the 1880s.


Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:09
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Medicaid committee on Thursday significantly scaled back access to an effective — but expensive — new drug used to treat hepatitis C.

Man extradited to U.S. from Mexico over slaying of border patrol agent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:06
(Reuters) - A Mexican man has been extradited to the United States in connection with the fatal shooting of a U.S. border patrol agent during a late-night gun battle near the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona four years ago, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Ivan Soto-Barraza has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of U.S. border patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. The case drew international attention when two AK-47s found at the scene of the shooting were traced back to the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.