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Russia retaliates on West's sanctions over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:48

Women choose Dutch tomatoes at a supermarket in downtown Moscow on Thursday.MOSCOW (AP) — Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine by banning most food imports from the West, dealing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurting farmers in the U.S., Canada and Australia.


Collector who sold bogus wine gets 10-year term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:27
NEW YORK (AP) — A collector convicted of making bogus vintage wine in his California kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced Thursday to a decade in prison by a judge who said he wanted to send a message to others who might tamper with what people eat and drink.

Tough anti-abortion laws examined in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:23

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, longtime abortion clinic operator Diane Derzis stands in a room where abortions are performed in a building she owns in Birmingham, Ala. In Alabama, a federal judge ruled Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that a law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)Even with legislatures in summer recess, there's no lull in the battle over state anti-abortion laws as several federal courts decide whether to uphold or strike down some of the most sweeping measures.


Scientists make cheap, fast self-assembling robots

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:16

This undated handout image provided by the journal Science shows a self-folding crawling robot in three stages. In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons. Borrowing from the ancient Japanese art of origami, children’s toys and even a touch of the “Transformers” movies, scientists and engineers at Harvard and MIT created self-assembling, paper robots. They are made out of hobby shop materials that cost about $100. After the installation of tiny batteries and motors, the paper robot gets up, folds itself into the proper shape and is ambling across the table in just four minutes. (AP Photo/Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute - Science)WASHINGTON (AP) — In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.


Navy report: Skipper retreated to cabin for weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:08
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy investigation finds the ailing skipper of a San Diego-based Navy cruiser retreated to his cabin for several weeks in the middle of a deployment, leaving the 330-member crew leaderless.

Prosecutors: Washington woman set husband on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:08
KENT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington woman who told police she set fire to her husband because shooting him would be too nice pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic violence assault.

Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:49

CORRECTS DATE OF NIXON'S RESIGNATION TO AUG. 9, INSTEAD OF AUG. 7. - FILE - This Jan. 21, 1969 file photo shows President Richard Nixon at his desk at the White House in Washington. Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation.


Cremated remains of Jonestown bodies found in Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:48
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have turned up in a former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.

Many U.S. families feel economic stress, few see wages rising: Fed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:43
By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A quarter of U.S. families feel they are under economic stress due to the aftershock of the Great Recession and most do not expect their wages to increase in the next year, according to a new Federal Reserve study released on Thursday. In its first large-scale study of household finances, the U.S. central bank uncovered lingering effects of the sharpest economic downturn since the Great Depression, with 42 percent of respondents saying they had delayed major purchases and 18 percent saying they put off a major life decision, including buying a home or getting married, due to the crisis. In a finding that could figure into the Fed's monetary policy debate, three-fourths of households said they expected their incomes to be the same or lower over the next year. If true, it could mean the economy is far from generating the sort of strong wage growth that Fed Chair Janet Yellen and other policymakers say they hope to see before raising interest rates.

China tightens grip on instant messaging services

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:42

A picture illustration shows icons of WeChat and Weibo app in BeijingBEIJING (AP) — China's government tightened control over popular instant messaging services Thursday after telling South Korea that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related information.


Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:39

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Revelations about the NSA's electronic eavesdropping capabilities, with targets reported to include Chancellor Angela Merkel, have sparked anger in Germany, and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. “Snowden’s leaks were a real boon for us,” said Callas, whose company sells an encryption app which allows users to talk and text in private. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts.


Smiling Man Accused of Stealing Car Planted by Police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:38
A New Mexico man allegedly hopped into a vehicle that wasn't his, blasting the popular tune "Best Day of My Life" before things took a turn for the worse.

US judge OKs bail in Philadelphia police indictment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:37

US judge OKs bail in Philadelphia police indictmentA U.S. trial judge has upheld rulings that grant house arrest to two Philadelphia police officers charged with robbing and beating drug suspects.


Researchers ID 1st set of remains from Fla. school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:37
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — University of South Florida forensic experts announced Thursday that for the first time they have identified the remains of a boy buried at a now-closed Florida reform school where some guards were accused of brutality.

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:36
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police say the cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have turned up in a former funeral home in Delaware.

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:32

In this Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Louise Danzig, of Montauk, N.Y., stands in a field in East Hampton, N.Y., that is home to deer that may carry ticks that cause people to develop allergic reactions to red meat. Danzig landed in the hospital last summer after a tick bite caused her to go into anaphylactic shock from eating a hamburger. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.


Mexico dreams face test after opening to investors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:29
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has passed laws to open its oil, gas and electric industries to private and foreign investors after 76 years of state control. Now comes the hard part.

Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:26
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude-4.5 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.

Person struck, killed by train in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:21

Person struck, killed by train in Delaware CountyService on SEPTA's Wilmington-Newark line was suspended Thursday after a person was struck and killed by an Amtrak Acela train.


New Jersey town renames building after Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:16
WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — John F. Kennedy's name is coming off a town-owned building in New Jersey, and President Barack Obama's name is going on it.