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Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:02
MADRID (AP) — Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously.

2 people shot and wounded in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:56

2 people shot and wounded in KensingtonPolice say two people are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting in Philadelphia's Kensington section Wednesday night.

Man dies after multiple shooting in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:55

Man dies after multiple shooting in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a 34-year-old man was shot multiple times and died from his injuries in Northeast Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

Dubai port operator H1 profits up 26 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:21
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based port operator DP World said Thursday its profit rose 26 percent in the first half of the year as it was able to process more cargo thanks to new capacity and a pick-up in global trade.

Omaha police bullet kills 'Cops' film crew member

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:16

Clime lab technicians sweep a Wendy's in Omaha, Neb., for evidence, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Police say a suspect has been killed and a crew member with the "Cops" television show has been wounded in a shootout after police interrupted a robbery at the fast-food restaurant. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalizes marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:51

A young cannabis plant grows at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, WashingtonBy Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. The Santa Fe City Council voted five to four in favor of revising a law classifying possession of less than one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana as a misdemeanor. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales cast a dissenting vote on Wednesday, despite supporting the change, saying he thought the issue should have been put to the public. Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico state director for the drug-law reform group Drug Policy Alliance, had also hoped for a broader vote, but said: "It still is an historic win for us all." Kaltenbach said activists obtained some 11,000 signatures and that her internal polling showed more than 70 percent of Santa Fe residents supported decriminalization.

Buy a ticket? Psh! NFL teams selling memberships

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:50
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans.

Correction: Thailand-Six-Legged Livestock story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:44

In this photo taken Aug. 5, Boontham Puthachat, 47, holds a two-month old cricket he raises at his farm in Thanon Nang Klarn village in Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeastern Thailand. Boontham’s family is one of 30 in this village raising mounds of the profitable crisp and crunchy critters in their backyards, satisfying a big domestic appetite for edible insects, and a slowly emerging international one in countries where most diners would rather starve than sample fried grasshoppers or omelets studded with red ant eggs. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand (AP) — In a story Aug. 25 about insects being raised for food around the world, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the first cricket farm in the United States will open this year in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. The farm is in Youngstown, Ohio, and is now operating.

Testimony wrapping up in former Va. governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:02
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The jury is set to hear from the final witness in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Germanwings pilots union plans strike for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:28
BERLIN (AP) — A German union representing pilots says it is planning a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and early retirement benefits.

In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:24

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Hensarling speaks during the testimony of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Cordray in WashingtonBy Gabriel Debenedetti DALLAS (Reuters) - When Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling sat down with colleagues and constituents at a recent Chamber of Commerce lunch in Dallas, the first question he faced was whether Congress planned to address immigration policy and a burgeoning border crisis. While he was optimistic about long-term prospects for dealing with border security and immigration, he said, "between now and the end of this Congress, I'm a little less sanguine about it." It has been a question heard repeatedly by lawmakers this month in "town hall" district meetings punctuated - and sometimes dominated - by concerns and angry outbursts over immigration policy and the crisis caused by a flood of child migrants at the southwestern border in recent months.

University bets $10 million on poor city's kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:55

This photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, sows the exterior of Reading Senior High School in Reading, Pa. Reading's Alvernia University is planning to award as many as 20 full-tuition scholarships per year to high school graduates from Reading, one of the nation's poorest cities. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)READING, Pa. (AP) — On the second day of class at Reading Senior High School, teacher Eric Knorr directs his students' attention to the banners hanging on the wall. Syracuse. Temple. Brown. Penn State. All of them brought back by former students who bucked the odds and went to college.

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:43

This July 28, 2014 photo shows Clive Pai, a University of Illinois, Chicago physical therapy professor, left, watching as researchers affix sensors to Mary Kaye, 81 before she demonstrates a treadmill balance session at the school in Chicago. Kaye, who is supported by a safety harness, walks on a lab-built walkway that causes people to unexpectedly trip and can teach them quickly how to catch themselves and avoid falling. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability. Pai who came up with the idea calls it "a vaccine against falls" and says his research shows that older people's brains can learn and adapt much more quickly than previously thought. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:28

People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.

Philippine economy grows 6.4 percent in 2Q

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:11
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine economy expanded by 6.4 percent in the second quarter and tied with Malaysia as the second fastest growing in Asia during the period, officials said Thursday.

Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to ex-CEO

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:55
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO is buying the company from rival relatives.

U.S. National Security Council aware of reports that second American killed in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:34

Man holds up a knife as he rides on the back of a motorcycle touring the streets of Tabqa city with others in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa cityNational Security Council on Wednesday said it was aware of media reports that a second American associated with Islamic State militant fighters had been killed in Syria, but it could not confirm the death. "We're aware of media reporting and social media activity indicating that a second American citizen associated with ISIL has been killed in Syria," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

Asian stocks post cautious gains, Qantas surges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:25

FILE - In this Monday, March 8, 2010, file photo, a sign for Wall Street is shown near the New York Stock Exchange. Global shares were mixed Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 after the latest record close for the Standard & Poor's 500, with Europe off to a shaky start despite a strong day in Asia. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday but gains were muted ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.

Market Basket: Ex-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to regain control of supermarket chain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:40
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Market Basket: Ex-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to regain control of supermarket chain .

Son found dead at home of couple involved in Stratford, NJ hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:35

Son found dead at home of couple involved in Stratford, NJ hospital shootingInvestigators say a body was found at the home of the husband and wife involved in the shooting at a hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.