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Review: 'Madden NFL 15' scores on new consoles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:07

In this photo provided by EA Sports, the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in “Madden NFL 15” (EA Sports, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99). (AP Photo/EA Sports)If you followed all the offseason NFL headlines — concussions, racial slurs, bullying, domestic violence — you'd think the league was in serious trouble.


Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown Road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:02

Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown RoadA gas leak has shut down Route 611 (Easton Road) in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania between Fitzwatertown and Maryland Roads.


US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:54
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.S investment group has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.

Deliveries roll following deal in supermarket feud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:43
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of a New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that the beloved former CEO is back in control after buying the entire company.

PetroChina profit up 4 percent as gas sales rise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:39
BEIJING (AP) — State-owned PetroChina, East Asia's biggest oil producer, said Thursday its first-half profit rose 4 percent as sales of gasoline and natural gas increased.

HK graft cops raid pro-democracy media boss's home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:38

FILE - In this June 23, 2009 file photo, media magnate Jimmy Lai appears in a court in Hong Kong after a Chinese man was convicted in Hong Kong for allegedly planning to shoot two prominent pro-democracy figures, Lai and veteran politician Martin Lee, in the territory. Hong Kong anti-corruption police on Thursday, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, searched the homes of Lai who is an outspoken critic of Beijing and a pro-democracy legislator after receiving a complaint alleging that lawmakers had taken bribes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong anti-corruption police on Thursday searched the homes of a media magnate who is an outspoken critic of Beijing and a pro-democracy legislator after receiving a complaint alleging that lawmakers had taken bribes.


Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:09

Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at homePeople in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program. Under ...


For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:03

Red tape surrounds a home damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Deepa Seetharaman, Robin Respaut and Christina Farr NAPA Calif (Reuters) - During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. "It's useless to buy insurance." In one of the most quake-prone areas of the world, the cost of earthquake insurance remains too high for many California residents. Flood coverage is often more affordable and mandatory in areas of the country where hurricanes are frequent, but only 6 percent of Napa's residents carried coverage before Sunday's quake, the biggest to hit the Bay Area in 25 years and the first major quake in the state in two decades. A repeat of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, estimated at 7.8 magnitude, would cause some $93 billion in insured losses, according to an estimate by the Insurance Information Institute, an industry research group.


Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:41

Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victimInvestigators say drug gangs may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.


Business leaders offer support for independence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:37
LONDON (AP) — Some 200 business leaders have offered support for the idea of Scottish independence from Britain, hitting back after a similar letter from other companies argued there are too many uncertainties surrounding the Sept. 18 vote.

Shooting victim buried in rubble after partial collapse in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:25

Shooting victim buried in rubble after partial collapse in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a deadly shooting that led to a partial house collapse in North Philadelphia.


Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown Road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:21

Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown RoadOfficials say a gas leak has closed Route 611 (Easton Road) in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania between Fitzwatertown and Maryland Roads Thursday morning.


Made in America music festival road closures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:10

Made in America music festival road closuresThe first wave of road closures are now in effect for this weekend's made in america music festival.


India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:07

Indians gather around a table inside a state-owned bank to open their accounts as part of a massive countrywide campaign to open millions of accounts for the poor in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.The measure is aimed at some 150 million Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders. As an incentive the federal government is providing 100,000 rupees ($1,650) in life insurance to every account holder. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.


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.