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Japan architects sell a lifestyle on global stage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:07

In this June 18, 2014 photo, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto looks at a scale model of a building he designed at his office in Tokyo. A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some say have roots in the elegant simplicity of the traditional Japanese tea house. Instead of pursuing monuments that cry out with a message of economic or corporate power, these Pritzker Prize-winning architects are scoring success with a uniquely Japanese reinterpretation of the past. Fujimoto, like other rising Japanese architects, is busy working all over the world, including Germany, the U.S., France and China. Eighty percent of his work is from outside Japan, and half of his staff is non-Japanese. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — A new generation of Japanese architects believes the world has fallen out of love with the 20th century steel and concrete skyscraper. They are pushing a human-friendly alternative that some say has roots in the elegant simplicity of the traditional Japanese tea house.


Nestle profit falls on stronger Swiss franc

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:56
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Nestle SA saw its sales and profits fall in the first half of the year due largely to a stronger Swiss franc.

Summary of gay marriage cases before appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:26

Kelly Noe, right, stands with her partner Kelly McCracken, as Noe holds a birth certificate for their daughter that has both of their names on it, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. The couple are plaintiffs in the Ohio gay marriage case heard Wednesday in Cincinnati. A three judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. A look at them:


Gay marriage cases from 4 states go before judges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:24

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and Deborah L. Cook made it clear fairly quickly they stood on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Their colleague, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, however, gave fewer hints as to where he may come down when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the fate of gay marriage bans in four states.


LA stowaway had mental treatment for past attempts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:13

This combination of four 2014 booking photos released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass was a homeless loner who was briefly ordered into mental treatment earlier this year because of her past attempts to sneak aboard flights, officials said.


Gay marriage cases from 4 states go before judges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:59

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Two federal appeals court judges have made it clear they're on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate while a third has given fewer hints.


Chinese student drowns at US host family's pool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:53
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Police say a Chinese exchange student has drowned in his California host family's pool.

Missing girl's dad had previous molestation charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:52

Jenise Paulette WrightThe father of a 6-year-old Washington state girl who went missing over the weekend was charged more than a decade ago with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15, according to court records.


DA: Drug tests negative in Times Square crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:35

In this photo downloaded off the New York City Fire Department Twitter Site, emergency personnel respond to a collision between two double-decker busses on New York City’s Times Square, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The Theater District accident injured 13 people, three of them seriously. (AP Photo/New York City Fire Department)NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors said late Wednesday they were holding off on a decision to try the driver of a sightseeing bus that plowed into a crowded Times Square plaza until they receive a full toxicology report.


1st full day of deliberations in porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:24

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — Jurors are returning for their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a Detroit-area man who argued self-defense in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman on his porch.


US Navy practices retrieving Orion spacecraft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:35

NASA's Orion spacecraft test vehicle sits in the well deck of the USS Anchorage at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. NASA, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy will conduct recovery tests for the capsule in the Pacific Ocean, simulating its return from a space mission. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Navy and NASA wrapped up the second round of practice recoveries of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to bring humans to the moon, asteroids and, eventually, to Mars.


Mexican Senate approves opening of oil sector

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:30
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress approved a comprehensive energy reform that will break more than seven decades of state monopoly and dramatically expand the role of foreign and private companies in the country's oil and gas industry.

Democrats reviewing steps for Walsh replacement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:27

FILE-This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh hasn't made a public appearance since the weekend, and Montana Democrats are reviewing the steps they would need to take to replace him with another candidate if he decides to withdraw from the Senate race.


California news anchor accused of stealing high-end wallets resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:11
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A Sacramento-area television news anchor charged with grand theft and burglary over the alleged theft of Coach wallets from an outlet store has resigned from her job. Sabrina Rodriguez was charged last week in connection with a 2013 incident in which merchandise was stolen from a store in the Sacramento suburb of Folsom. The award-winning anchor at the Sacramento Fox News affiliate had said she was innocent of the charges, and on Monday the station's website said Rodriguez had been granted a voluntary leave of absence. On Tuesday, she also sent a statement to the Sacramento Bee saying she had broken up with fiance Nicholas Gray, who is charged as a conspirator in the shoplifting case and faces additional charges in other cases.

Former Afghanistan war prisoner Bergdahl questioned in army probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:30

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyFreed U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday answered all questions put to him by the U.S. Army general investigating the circumstances leading to his capture by the Taliban, Bergdahl’s attorney said. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. Lawyer Eugene Fidell said his client was expected to face more questions in Texas on Thursday from Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer probing the Army sergeant’s disappearance in 2009 from a combat outpost in Afghanistan. "Sergeant Bergdahl answered every question put to him." Fidell, a military law expert who lectures at Yale University, and a military defense attorney are representing Bergdahl in an inquiry that was to wrap up 60 days from the time of Dahl’s June 16 appointment.


Police: Woman found dead in Pennypack Park was strangled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:27

 Pennypack Park murder may not be randomInvestigators say a woman whose body was found in Pennypack Park was strangled and police believe this may not have been a random act.


Delaware State Trooper shot, protected by vest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:20

Delaware State Trooper shot, protected by vestA state trooper who was shot in Bear, Delaware, walked away with minor injuries thanks to the protection of his bullet proof vest.


Pet-sitter survives brutal attack in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:17

Pet-sitter survives brutal attack in Center CityPolice are looking for the man who they say brutally attacked a Center City woman who was pet sitting for a neighbor that went out of town.


China probes automakers, technology firms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:15

In this photo taken Sunday, April 20, 2014, visitors look at the latest model from Mercedes at an auto show in Beijing, China. Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said Chrysler and Germany’s Audi will be punished for violating anti-monopoly rules. Mercedes Benz and Japanese companies also are under scrutiny. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of global automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.


Oregon bans medical pot for day-care providers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:14
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Home-based day care centers are no places for medical pot, Oregon has decided.