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Thief caught on camera stealing meats from Whole Foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:00

Thief caught on camera stealing meats from Whole FoodsPhiladelphia police are searching for a thief who was caught on surveillance video stealing several packages of meat and seafood from Whole Foods on South Street.


Two Americans on Germanwings Plane, Official Says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:37
The black box voice recorder from the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday was damaged, according to the French minister of the interior.

U.S. losing 'information war' to Russia, other rivals: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:23
By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is losing an information war to Russia, Islamic State and other rivals, says a new report that calls for a strengthening in U.S. counter-propaganda efforts and an overhaul of the government's international broadcasting arm. The study is the latest to highlight problems in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency created in 1994 which also is tasked with maintaining a firewall between the State Department and government-funded news operations. Among them are the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, widely credited with countering Soviet influence behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

PHOTOS: Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:18

 Germanwings plane crash in the French AlpsA Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.


AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:03

In this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 image from video, a former slave from Myanmar who goes by the name Mozet, center, one of several slaves who escaped or ran away while Thai trawlers were docked at the Benjina port, cuts planks from a tree to earn money for food. Because the men were brought to Indonesia illegally - many after being tricked, sold or kidnapped by Thai brokers - they do not have any official documents and live in constant fear of being arrested. (AP Photo/APTN)A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.


2nd bald eagle egg hatches in Pennsylvania nest on video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:57
HANOVER, Pa. (AP) — A second bald eagle egg has hatched in a Pennsylvania nest on live-streaming video that thousands of people have watched.

Suspect dead after shooting that killed California police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:53
A suspected shooter in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Jose was found dead from a gunshot wound following an exchange of gunfire with police on Tuesday night that killed one officer, local authorities said. The suspect, identified as Scott Dunham and said to be in his 50s, was dead on the balcony of his apartment when police found him early Wednesday morning, the San Jose Police Department said on Twitter. Veteran officer Michael Johnson was killed in the gunfire exchange, officials said. A standoff ensued, with San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel telling a late-night news conference that Dunham was likely still in his home.

Neil Alexander, Live Like Lou founder, dead of ALS at 49

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:42
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. Neil Alexander was 49.

1 of last Howard Johnson's eateries sold, ending 57-year run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:30
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — One of the three remaining Howard Johnson's restaurants still in business has been sold and will close after a nearly 60-year run in a New York village.

Vermont city losing 600K-plus gallons of water daily in leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:28
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The city of Rutland, Vermont, is losing more than 600,000 gallons of water a day because of a leak.

Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:23
NEW YORK (AP) — A radiant masterpiece by Pablo Picasso from the 1950s will lead an auction in May where it could top $140 million.

Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:10

Ford Motor Co unveils the new 2011 Ford Explorer outside the Ford Motor World Headquarters in DearbornFord Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it is recalling 212,911 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 because a spring that controls the interior door handle may become loose and cause the door to become unlatched in a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury. Affected are 194,484 vehicles in the United States and its territories, 12,392 in Canada and 6,035 in Mexico, the company said. Dealers will inspect all four interior door handle assemblies and repair or replace at no cost as needed.


'Stand by Me' among 25 records being preserved at US library

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:03

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, American soul singer Ben E. King speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.


Over 40 students suspended in grade-changing scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:48
ARNAUDVILLE, La. (AP) — A high school in southern Louisiana has suspended at least 45 students as part of an investigation into a student who changed grades through a web-based computer program.

Crowd-funding campaign launched for 'Super Troopers' sequel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:42
NEW YORK (AP) — The comedy troupe behind the cult hit "Super Troopers" has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help bankroll a sequel.

Colorado pot campaigner seeks 'sanctuary' status for mountain town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:07

Kathleen Chippi poses in her shop in Nederland, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis NEDERLAND, Colo. (Reuters) - Surrounded by tie-dyed T-shirts and marijuana pipes at her gift shop in the Colorado mountain town of Nederland, veteran pot activist Kathleen Chippi seems an unlikely candidate to have voted no when the state legalized recreational weed in 2012. In more recent decades it became a draw for hippies and those attracted to its quirky, easy-going ambience.


UPDATE: Two Americans on board Germanwings crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:07

 Two Americans on board Germanwings crashA Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.


Business group ranks U.S. near last in welcoming skilled immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:04
The United States ranks near the bottom among major economies in terms of policies to allow hiring highly skilled immigrant workers, according to a study by a business lobbying group that supports relaxing immigration controls. A 62-page report, expected to be issued Wednesday by the Business Roundtable, found that the United States ranked ninth out of 10 countries including Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, France and Canada. U.S. restrictions on immigrants for jobs in science, technology and other specialized fields have long been an issue for business leaders who say they are unable to fill highly skilled positions. Opponents of more liberal immigration policies contend that there are plenty of skilled U.S. citizens and that immigration suppresses wages.

Search Resumes At Germanwings Plane Crash Site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:48
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:11

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addictionA spokeswoman for "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.