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U.S. household incomes slip, poverty rate holds in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:54

A homeless woman sits on a bench few blocks away from the White House in downtown WashingtonAmerican household incomes lost ground last year as the poverty rate remained flat, a sign the U.S. economic expansion had yet to lead to gains for many Americans five years after the 2007-2009 recession. The data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, which showed the inflation-adjusted median income slipping to $53,657 last year from $54,462 in 2013, offered a reminder of the tepid nature of the economy's recovery. At the same time, the poverty rate held steady at 14.8 percent, the data showed.

The Latest: PG&E power line may have sparked deadly blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:51

Firefighter Thomas Fitzpatrick walks past the remains of a house destroyed in a wildfire several days earlier, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Middletown, Calif. The fire that sped through Middletown and other parts of rural Lake County, less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, has continued to burn since Saturday despite a massive firefighting effort. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — The latest on wildfires raging in drought-stricken California (all times local):

Colorado marijuana holiday saves growers big bucks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:49

In this photograph taken with a fisheye lens Saturday, April 25, 2015, buyers make their purchases at the counter as a contingent of lawmakers, their staffers and a handful of lobbyists tour one of two retail and grow operations for both medical and recreational marijuana in northeast Denver. Colorado's unusual tax law is forcing the state to suspend taxes on recreational marijuana for one day, Sept. 16, during which a 10 percent sales tax and a 15 percent excise tax will not be collected. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Colorado's marijuana growers were the big winners Wednesday when the state suspended new recreational pot taxes, a tax quirk that saved shoppers some sales tax but saved wholesalers tens of thousands.

Lanes reopen on Tacony-Palmyra Bridge after car fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:44

Lanes reopen on Tacony-Palmyra Bridge after car fireThe Tacony-Palmyra Bridge has reopened after a car fire closed lanes in both directions.

Lanes reopen after car fire on Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:42

Lanes reopen on Tacony-Palmyra Bridge after car fireThe Tacony-Palmyra Bridge has reopened after a car fire closed lanes in both directions.

Police see few leads after threats made against Nevada judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:24

This May 13, 2015 surveillance photo released by the Carson City Sheriff's Office that detectives are releasing for help in identifying a potential suspect and potential suspect vehicle spotted near the home of Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro, where an incendiary device was found that day. The burning object is one of a series of threatening incidents targeting Tatro in the past few years, including gunfire through his front door and an ominous Christmas card. (Carson City Sheriff via AP)CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — It started with two bullets fired through his front door in the middle of the night in 2012.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 09:02

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, questions US Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015,during the committee's hearing on US military operations to counter the Islamic State in Iraq. From left are, McCain, the committee's ranking member, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Victim advocates seek Vatican inquiry into 2 US cardinals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:59

Arthur Baselice, the father of Arthur Baselice III, pauses during a news conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Baselice said his son was abused by a priest and a religious brother, became addicted to drugs and killed himself. Baselice said the Vatican needed to find ways to hold church leaders accountable for sheltering predators. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for clergy sex abuse victims urged Pope Francis, on the eve of his U.S. visit, to investigate the child protection records of Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former archbishop of Philadelphia, and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who led dioceses in Wisconsin and Missouri.

Alaska wildlife officials remove container from head of bear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:56
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials stepped in Tuesday to remove a plastic container covering the head of a Juneau black bear.

Men aboard ill-fated floatplane came from across US to fish

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:56

This Sept. 15, 2015 photo provided by Alaska State Troopers shows an aerial view of a small plane that crashed near a lake in rural southwest Alaska, killing three travelers from California and Pennsylvania and injuring seven others aboard, some critically. The De Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter was taking off for a fishing trip when it went down outside the tiny town of Iliamna, 175 miles southwest of Anchorage, National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Chief Clint Johnson said. (Alaska State Troopers via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 10 men came from across the United States for what should have been a thrilling Alaska adventure. Instead, their plans were cut short by tragedy.

Court: Teen cannot be held responsible for sex with teacher

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles school district was wrong when it argued that a 14-year-old girl shared responsibility for sexual abuse by a teacher because she consented to the sex, a California appeals court said Wednesday, overturning a jury verdict in favor of the district.

U.S. budget woes send 'wrong message' to potential foes: Defense Secretary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:50

Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, VirginiaBy Andrea Shalal NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday warned that continued uncertainty about U.S. military spending levels would send "the wrong message at the wrong time" when Russia and China are rapidly advancing their technologies. Carter told the annual meeting of the Air Force Association that failure by the U.S. Congress to pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 could trigger a return to difficult spending cuts and a $38 billion shortfall in funds needed for new weapons, training and operations. The Pentagon has already made many tough choices and trade-offs about the size of its armed forces, new capabilities and readiness levels as a result of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration in recent years, Carter said.

1 person believed missing in storage building wall collapse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:49
WEBBERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — One person is believed to be missing after a grain storage building wall collapsed at a Michigan agricultural services company.

Funeral services held for Michigan firefighter hit by pickup

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:28
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday in an arena on the Michigan State University campus to honor a firefighter who was killed while collecting money for charity in what authorities say was a deliberate hit-and-run.

Obama presses for U.S. funding bill amid Republican disarray

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:19

U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Spain's King Felipe VI talks to reporters during a visit at the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid shutting down the government starting on Oct. 1, as Republicans in the House of Representatives struggled to get enough votes to pass a bill to fund it. Some conservatives want to punish women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood by denying the group federal funds. Conservative Republicans are watching how the battle plays out.

Bexar County, deputies sued in fatal shooting of Texas man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:17
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Relatives have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a South Texas man by two deputies while both of his hands were raised. The incident was recorded on at least two videos.

Pittsburgh postmaster is charged with threatening workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:12
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The city's postmaster has been charged with threatening to retaliate against employees if they reported seeing him opening express mail parcels and removing the illegal drugs they contained.

Seattle teachers' tentative deal tackles issues beyond pay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:10

Margaret Gingrich, a second-grade teacher at Montlake Elementary school, carries a picket sign as she and other members of the Seattle Education Association, the union that represents striking teachers from the Seattle School District, file into a meeting hall, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Seattle to discuss a tentative contract agreement that was reached with the district Tuesday morning, the fifth day of the strike. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Striking Seattle teachers who reached a tentative contract deal tapped into the concerns of the community to win unusual concessions: guaranteed 30-minute recess for elementary students and teams created to address race and equity in schools.

City of colleges takes heat for proposed student housing ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:09
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Each fall, thousands of students flock to the city's many colleges, filling its large old homes and, sometimes, holding loud parties. Now a proposal to keep too many of those students from living together has drawn the ire of civil liberties advocates.

Exclusive: Target pharmacy workers form union, first in company's history

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:03

Customers shop in the pharmacy department of a Target store in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkA group of pharmacy workers within Target Corp's store in Brooklyn, New York, have won a vote to form a microunion, making it the first unionized store at the retailer since its inception in 1902. Earlier on Wednesday, Reuters was first to report that a group of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians won an initial ballot, 7-2, to form the union, according to a filing on the National Labor Relations Board website and union officials. Target said it was "disappointed" by the vote within its store and will appeal the NLRB's decision to allow the vote to proceed.