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White House declines comment on stock market but notes economic weakness abroad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:43

White House spokesman Earnest fields a question about Ebola during a press briefing at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday declined comment on a recent dip by the U.S. stock market but noted that a variety of countries abroad have experienced economic weakness abroad. The comments by White House spokesman Josh Earnest were in line with what economic analysts have been saying about recent stock market gyrations. "I do think that there are indications that broader economies in countries around the world, including economies that are closely linked to the United States, have seen some weakness in recent months. ...


Russian man: not guilty to new hacking charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:37
SEATTLE (AP) — The lawyer for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses told a judge that he is not guilty of new charges filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Kansas Senate candidate got started in lights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:33

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo Kansas Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman talks about launching his television and radio ad campaign in Shawnee, Kan. Orman, who started a lighting company from scratch in 1992 that made his first $1 million, is now at the center of one of the nation’s most unusual and pivotal U.S. Senate races as Republicans try to wrest control of the chamber away from Democrats. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Greg Orman was fresh out of college, just four months into his first job as a management consultant, when he got a phone call from his father in Kansas asking whether it was worth it to install energy-efficient lighting in his furniture store.


Tennessee man in jail after beheading threats, ISIS membership claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:33
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - A Tennessee man was in custody on Thursday and facing criminal charges after claiming to be a member of ISIS and threatening to behead his neighbors and burn down their homes, police said. Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell said the man - Terry Wayne McCullough, 59 - is a known troublemaker but that the threats had to be treated seriously. "We've dealt with him quite a few times over the years," Blackwell said. "Most of the issues we've had to deal with him have been minor, misdemeanor charges. ...

Community college in Los Angeles evacuated over threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:18
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A community college in Los Angeles was evacuated on Thursday and students were told to avoid the campus due to a threat made on social media that someone would show up with a gun, a message on the college's Facebook page said. "Pierce College is closed and the campus is being evacuated," officials from the school, located in the Woodland Hills suburb of Los Angeles, said on Facebook. At one point the school was placed on lockdown, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Guillermina Saldana. ...

UCLA legal fees neared $4.5M in fatal lab fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California, Los Angeles paid nearly $4.5 million in legal fees to fight criminal charges against a chemistry professor in a case involving a fatal laboratory fire, records reveal.

Feds: Don't expect winter to be polar vortex redux

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:11

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, snow falls as people begin to arrive to the Capitol Building in Washington. Federal forecasters don’t expect this winter to be a chilly sequel to last year’s dreaded polar vortex and California’s rain-blocking weather system. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.


Don't shun Ebola survivors: give them frontline roles, say officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:01
By Bate Felix DAKAR (Reuters) - Ebola survivors could play critical frontline roles as care givers and blood donors in the battle against the deadly virus - because of their built-in immunity to it, top charity and government officials in Sierra Leone said on Thursday. Andrew Brooks, a senior U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) official, said developing a network of those who had survived the highly infectious disease and could be involved in the response against it would be a way of more effectively addressing the outbreak that has killed nearly 4,500 people. ...

Jackknifed tractor trailer shuts down Pa. Turnpike in Bensalem, fuel spilling into Neshaminy Creek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:58

Jackknifed tractor trailer shuts down Pa. Turnpike in Bensalem, fuel spilling into Neshaminy CreekA jackknifed tractor trailer has shut down a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem, Bucks County, resulting in a major backup and fuel leaking into the Neshaminy Creek.


AccuWeather: Heavy rain ending; Spotty shower later

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:50

 Heavy rain ending; Spotty shower laterMeteorologist David Murphy says a big cool down arrives over the weekend.


Most New York rentals on Airbnb illegal, attorney general says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:35
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly three-quarters of the New York City listings of private homes for rent on Airbnb, a popular online marketplace, violate state zoning and sublet laws, the state's attorney general said on Thursday. Commercial users are also illegally using the website to run multi-million-dollar, large-scale rental operations, according to a report by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The report "raises serious concerns about the proliferation of illegal hotels," Schneiderman said in a statement. ...

Existing protocols might not be enough for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:32

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a sign points to the entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated, in Dallas. The Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of the Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014 by the largest U.S. nurses' union. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)DALLAS (AP) — As Thomas Eric Duncan's health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient's side.


Biden to speak on infrastructure in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:28

Biden to speak on infrastructure in PhiladelphiaVice President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia to speak about the importance of investing in the country's infrastructure.


1st Dallas nurse with Ebola to be sent to Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:17
DALLAS (AP) — The first Dallas nurse to have contracted Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man is scheduled to be moved to a specialized medical facility in Maryland.

US health officials defend Ebola response

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:16

US health officials defend Ebola responseFederal health officials said Thursday they still don't know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient.


University knocks down tweet that Ebola airborne

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:15

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden, left, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to get answers about the Ebola outbreak from top U.S. health officials. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)University of Minnesota officials are knocking down a tweet claiming its researchers say Ebola is airborne.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:13
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas official: Nurse being treated for Ebola to be moved to specialized facility in Maryland.

Former Governor Dukakis testifies in trial tied to Boston bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:12

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis testified on behalf of a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators on Thursday, saying he had known the defendant from a young age. Dukakis, a Democrat who led the state from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1991, said he called defendant Robel Phillipos several days after the bombing at the request of his mother, a family friend. "He told me he had been questioned for five hours by the FBI," Dukakis said. "He told me he was so confused he didn’t know what he had said. ...


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:03

AP10ThingsToSee - Workers install equipment at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the American League baseball championship series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


BASF sells textile chemicals business to Archroma

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:01
BERLIN (AP) — Chemical and oil company BASF SE says it is selling its textile chemicals business to Swiss-based Archroma for an undisclosed amount.