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UN chief alarmed at prospect of rising global unemployment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:24
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman says projections for rising global unemployment over the next two years are "alarming" and the U.N. chief will keep pushing for job opportunities, especially for youth.

Wal-Mart Stores to hike pay for 1.2 million workers in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:18

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in BentonvilleThe latest raise would increase the average full-time hourly wage at Wal-Mart to $13.38 from $12.96 and average part-time wage to $10.58 from $10. The world's largest retailer also announced that workers would, for the first time, be able to carry over paid days off, with full-time employees transferring up to 80 hours into following year. The move highlights how Wal-Mart and other employers are responding to a tight labor market with the U.S. unemployment rate at a 7-1/2 year low of 5 percent.


U.S. South braces for snow and freezing cold ahead of winter storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:17

File photo of a sand truck dumping salt and sand on a downtown expressway as drivers heed advice to not drive during an ice storm in Atlanta(Reuters) - Icy roads and freezing temperatures prompted school closings and emergency preparations in several states in the U.S. South on Wednesday, as snow began to fall on some areas ahead of a major storm expected to blast snow across the Northeast later this week. Winter weather advisories and watches were in place from southern Ohio to northern Georgia, west to Arkansas and Mississippi, east to New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and as far south as Georgia and North Carolina. Light snow accumulation and some ice was already being reported on Wednesday afternoon in the western Carolinas and northern Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.


US Treasury Sec: Puerto Rico needs congressional action

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:16

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew arrives for a press conference at the Vanderbilt hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Lew traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with government officials. He urged Congress to pass legislation soon, saying the territory is "in the midst of an economic collapse." The White House says a federal bailout is not under consideration. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew stressed on Wednesday during a visit to Puerto Rico that congressional action is the only solution to pulling the U.S. territory out of its worsening economic crisis.


Staff turmoil shakes powerful California coastal agency

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful California agency that manages development along the state's fabled coastline may oust its top executive soon, setting up a battlefront between environmentalists and developers who frequently clash over projects large and small.

Charges added against woman in fatal Las Vegas Strip crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:15
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Criminal charges were added Wednesday against a 24-year-old woman already facing murder and child endangerment charges after authorities say she intentionally plowed a car into a crowd of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk.

Mother charged in 2-year-old's death after ingesting pills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:14

Mother charged in 2-year-old's death after ingesting pillsA mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.


The Latest: Ex-aide says church helped pick town officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:12
PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a trial marking one of the federal government's boldest efforts to crack down on polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border (all times local):

More than 1,000 tested for tuberculosis in rural Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:12
MARION, Ala. (AP) — Tuberculosis, a global scourge, has mostly been eradicated in the United States, but minorities and poor people who lack regular health care remain vulnerable.

Lawmakers proclaim '#DSTRONG Day' to honor boy with cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:12

Dorian Murray, 8, of Westerly, R.I., sits in the Statehouse Senate Chamber with his mother, Melissa Murray, second right, in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. He is honored by Rhode Island lawmakers, from left, Majority Leader Dennis Algiere, State Rep. Brian Kennedy and State Sen. Elaine Morgan who proclaim it "#DSTRONG Day" in a general assembly resolution. Murray, who has a rare and untreatable form of pediatric cancer, has said his final wish was to become famous in China. (AP Photo/Matt O'Brien)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers proclaimed "#DSTRONG Day" to honor an 8-year-old boy with terminal cancer whose final wish was to become famous in China.


Tips on how to make your vehicle snowstorm ready

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:08

Tips on how to make your vehicle snowstorm readyAction News spoke with AAA about what tips they have for drivers to get their car ready for stormy weather conditions in the forecast this weekend.


Man facing N.J. terrorism charges cited Islamic State: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:07
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man accused of killing four people in New Jersey and Washington state to avenge U.S. foreign policy kept a journal where he expressed a desire to travel to Iraq to support the Islamic State militant group, according to state prosecutors in New Jersey. Ali Muhammed Brown was also on a federal terrorism watch list at the time of the killings, a prosecutor said in court on Wednesday, said a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark. Brown, the first defendant to face state terrorism charges in New Jersey, was in court to be sentenced for an unrelated armed robbery.

Political fallout from Flint, Michigan water crisis spreads

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:05

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganBy Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged to offer support for the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday and environmental regulators were set to provide Congress with information about their role. Blame is swirling after a switch in the water supply to the financially-strapped city of 100,000 north of Detroit led to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. "It is a reminder that we can't shortchange the basic services we provide to our people," Obama said about the crisis after visiting a car show in Detroit.


Tips for how to prep car for snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:04

Tips on how to make your vehicle snowstorm readyAction News spoke with AAA about what tips they have for drivers to get their car ready for stormy weather conditions in the forecast this weekend.


Baltimore judge rules against prosecutors over Freddie Gray trial witness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 07:00

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter and his attorneys arrive at the courthouse for pretrial hearings in the case of Caeser Goodson in BaltimoreA judge on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' request that a Baltimore policeman facing retrial over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray be forced to testify in the trials of his fellow officers. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said the motion by the state compelling testimony by Officer William Porter appeared to be a "stall tactic" since it would have indefinitely postponed the trials of all six officers charged in Gray's death last April.


Police cruiser chasing suspected carjacker crashes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:59

Police cruiser chasing suspected carjacker crashesA police cruiser chasing a suspected carjacker in the Mantua section of Philadelphia crashed into another vehicle.


Foundation head pleads guilty in U.N. bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:56

Sheri Yan walks with lawyer Isabelle Kirshner and an identified woman in New YorkThe head of a New York-based foundation pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a scheme to bribe a former U.N. General Assembly president to advance various business interests, becoming the second defendant to admit wrongdoing in the case. Sheri Yan, who was Global Sustainability Foundation's chief executive, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to one count of bribery in connection with illicit payments made to John Ashe, the former General Assembly president. Choking back tears, Yan admitted that beginning in 2012, she agreed with others to pay money to Ashe, who was also the U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda, to influence officials in Antigua and the United Nations to support business interests.


Sheriff: Possible explosive found where officers shot man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:47

The carport of a home in Statesville, N.C., is pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, where a man was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies the day before. The Iredell County sheriff's deputies were trying to serve an eviction notice on Samuel Edward Grady, 55,, when investigators say he lunged at the deputies with a large knife. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina investigators found a possible explosive device in the home where sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man during a confrontation in Statesville, a sheriff said Wednesday.


New investigator named for prep school sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:43
BOSTON (AP) — A new lead investigator has been chosen to look into allegations of sexual abuse at a prestigious Rhode Island boarding school.

NTSB investigating fatal Greyhound bus crash in San Jose

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 06:38

NTSB investigating fatal Greyhound bus crash in San JoseOfficials have identified a second victim who was killed in a Greyhound bus crash in San Jose Tuesday as Maria Ortiz.