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U.S. restaurant patrons support minimum wage hike: survey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:44
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While the U.S. restaurant industry fights national and state efforts to increase the minimum wage, a new survey released on Tuesday showed that 83 percent of restaurant patrons support raising it and adjusting it annually for inflation. The results come as two years of union-backed protests by fast-food workers have put a spotlight on the plight of the working poor and helped fuel a debate about the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 since 2009. ...

Body of missing Arkansas real estate agent found in shallow grave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:43
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent was found on Tuesday in a shallow grave at an industrial site several miles from the house she was trying to sell at the time of her disappearance last week, police said. Arron Lewis, a 33-year-old Arkansas prison parolee arrested on Monday on suspicion of abducting 49-year-old Beverly Carter, was charged with capital murder, according to police. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. "She was a target of opportunity for him. ...

Mistrial in assault case over stray cat feeding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Los Angeles firefighter accused of beating a woman last year in a neighborhood dispute over the feeding of stray cats.

2 car crash on Route 1 near Christiana Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:28

2 car crash on Route 1 near Christiana MallDelaware State Police are investigating an accident on Route 1 in Newark.


Frontier returns to Philly with limited $14.99 flights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:21

Frontier returns to Philly with limited $14.99 flightsFrontier Airlines announced its return to Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday with a huge promotion.


Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:20

Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps arrested for DUIThe Olympic swimmer was arrested for driving under the influence early Tuesday morning.


Netflix takes aim at the theatrical window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:17

 The Green Legend," which will premiere on Netflix and in selected global IMAX theaters on Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Netflix, Rico Torres)NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege.


Florida loud music killing trial coming to close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:15

Michael Dunn wipes a tear as he testifies during his retrial at the Duval County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Dunn is being retried on murder charges for the shooting death of 17-year old Jordan Davis in a dispute over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station in November of 2012. Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile during his previous trial, but the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky, Pool)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Dunn was shooting to kill, not defending himself, when he fired at 17-year-old Jordan Davis after the two had an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store, prosecutors said during closing arguments on Tuesday in the second trial in the case.


Study: Gambling industry worth $240B, 1.7M jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:13

Samantha Whittemore sits on a bench in a mermaid costume at the Aruze boot during the Global Gaming Expo Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Las Vegas. U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows. The American Gaming Association was expected to announce the results of the study Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.


CDC experts to deploy to Texas if patient has Ebola: official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:13

Pedestrians walk past a mural showing the symptoms of the Ebola virus in MonroviaBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. health specialists are ready to deploy to Dallas if a patient being evaluated for Ebola is found to be carrying the disease that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, a Dallas County official said on Tuesday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history. The U.S. ...


Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:08
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Visitors to federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped about $1 billion into the economy in 11 Western states last year, according to a study released Tuesday by advocates of protecting sage grouse across the region.

Lawsuit: Man with schizophrenia falsely held

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:06
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico county and police officers in a small city falsely detained an Albuquerque man diagnosed with schizophrenia for preaching at a Denny's restaurant, then denied him medical treatment in jail, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Police: Shots fired at Kentucky school, 1 student hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:55

 Shots fired at Kentucky school, 1 student hurtA high school student was injured and one person was being sought after a shooting at a high school in southern Louisville, police said Tuesday.


California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:53

A woman walks with a plastic bag in Sacramento, Calif.SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.


Oil, rail industries want 7 years to fix tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:53

FILE - In this July 6, 2013 file photo, smoke rises from railway cars carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said Tuesday that the oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:49
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signs firearm restriction, allowing family to request gun removal .

Judge urged to accept guilty plea in U.S. embassy bombing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:47

Egyptian Adel Abdul Bary wipes away tears while facing U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in a Manhattan court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge to accept a plea deal for an Egyptian man charged in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, pressing for no more than 25 years in prison despite the judge's concern that it might be too lenient. In court papers filed late on Monday in New York federal court, the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Adel Abdul Bary was less involved in the bombings than other members of the conspiracy. ...


Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

Georgia woman gets 30-year prison term in daughter's malnutrition death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:38
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and child cruelty charges in the malnutrition death of her 16-year-old daughter. Ebony Berry, 37, did not withhold food from her daughter, Markea, but failed to seek proper medical care for the teenager, who weighed 43 pounds (19.5 kg) when she died in 2012, prosecutors said. "Had (Ebony Berry) gotten the victim the help she needed, there's a chance Markea would be here today," Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Gardner said in a statement. ...

Myanmar says sectarian violence challenges reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:37

Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Myanmar, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Sectarian violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims has thrown up "an unfortunate and unexpected challenge" in Myanmar's transition to democracy, the nation's foreign minister said Tuesday, but denied the unrest has been fueled by racism.