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Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia statehood

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:26
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state. The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia. ...

Maldives supports China's modern 'Silk Road' plan

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:18

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shakes hands with Maldives President Yaamin Abdul Gayoom after joint statements at the latter's residence in Male, Maldives, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Fayaz Moosa)MALE, Maldives (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping began a weeklong tour of South Asia on Monday, choosing the tiny island nation of the Maldives to tout his vision for a modern maritime "Silk Road."


Judge: Sanfords to mediate over divorce issues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:18

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his first months back in Congress during an Associated Press interview in his district office in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford said on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, that he and his fiancee are calling off their engagement due to the ongoing contention with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, four years after their divorce. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny have agreed to mediate parenting issues and other concerns in their contentious divorce, a South Carolina family court judge said Monday.


Judge: Sanfords to mediate over parenting issues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:40
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge says U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife have agreed to mediate issues concerning parenting of their four sons.

Ray Rice plans to appeal suspension

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:31
Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Politics a family business for many U.S. candidates this year

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:22

File photo of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas at a media conference near Caddo Gap, ArkansasBy Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - Fighting for his political survival in a race that could swing majority control of the U.S. Senate, Arkansas Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor is leaning on a political asset no amount of campaign money can buy. His dad. David Pryor, the popular former Arkansas governor and senator, is meeting with voters across the state and has appeared in a campaign ad, touting a family brand his son hopes will lure voters in a state President Barack Obama lost by 24 points in 2012. ...


Pregnant Philadelphia woman, unborn child, killed in shooting -police

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:16
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An unborn child whose mother was killed in a weekend shooting in Philadelphia has died after being delivered by Caesarian section. Philadelphia police say Megan Doto, 26, was shot in the face while sitting in front of her house just before noon on Sunday. She was pronounced dead soon afterward at Temple University Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency C-section. The baby was in critical condition before dying at 1:13 a.m. ET (0513 GMT) Monday. Police said they have no suspects in the shooting. ...

Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:05

45 a.m. EDT Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. At 5 a.m. EDT Odile had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and was moving north-northwest at 15 mph. (AP Photo/NOAA)CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage.


Sweden's far-right rises amid immigration debate

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:40

Opposition leader Stefan Lofven speaks at the election night party of the Social Democrats, in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power as the leaders of a left-leaning bloc that defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday, but without an absolute majority. (AP Photo / News Agency TT, Jonas Ekstromer) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish far-right party demanding sharp cuts in immigration has more than doubled its support in a parliamentary election.


Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:28

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, residents look at a sign with the words "China's First Cellphone Lane" explaining the use of a lane which separates those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The Chinese city took a cue from a U.S. TV program and created a sidewalk with a separate lane for those with heads tucked into smartphones, as a reminder not to tweet while walking the street.(AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.


Eurozone economic growth forecast cut

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:17

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble speaks during a news conference in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. European finance ministers are discussing proposals for leveraging private investments to relaunch the continent's moribund economy. European ministers are holding their first meeting since European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi outlined a three-pillared strategy to save the eurozone economy. Saturday's session was focusing on a proposal for 300 billion euros ($388 billion) in investments to revive the economy. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A major international organization has cut its growth forecast for the countries that use the euro and says the troubled currency union needs even more stimulus from the central bank and governments.


2 costumed characters, 3rd man arrested in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Two costumed characters in Times Square and another man have been arrested after police say they got into a fist fight.

Detroit bankruptcy trial may be suspended again

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:02
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit says it has ironed out details of a settlement with a major opponent in its bankruptcy case.

For fans, college football poses wedding dilemma

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:01

Emily Younker poses for a portrait on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. She isn’t getting married until next year but she’s already made sure the date doesn’t conflict with college football. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emily Younker isn't getting married until next year but she's already made sure the date doesn't conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.


Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:45

In this Sept, 4, 2014 photo, a patient is prepped for her breast augmentation at the metropolitan outpatient surgery center in Caracas, Venezuela. Doctors say restrictive currency controls that deprive local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods have caused breast implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to disappear. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the socialist South American country, but surgeons say the issue cuts to the psyche of the image-conscious Venezuelan woman. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.


Coroner: Bitcoin exchange CEO committed suicide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:26
SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore Coroner's Court has found that the American CEO of a virtual currency exchange committed suicide earlier this year in Singapore because of work and personal issues.

'Dangerous' escaped NJ inmates still at large

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:23

'Dangerous' escaped NJ inmates still at largeAuthorities are still searching for two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center over the weekend in southern New Jersey.


2 inmates escape from youth detention center

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:21

'Dangerous' escaped NJ inmates still at largeAuthorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center in southern New Jersey.


Kim Dotcom's party poised to win New Zealand seats

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:28

In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 photo, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom speaks at a political rally, in Wellington, New Zealand. The Internet Mana Party that Dotcom is funding appears likely to win two or three seats in New Zealand's Parliament when the nation goes to the polls Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At a recent political rally in Wellington, indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom jokingly asked members of New Zealand's spy agency to raise their hands.


Fire damages home in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:20

Fire damages home in South PhiladelphiaFire damaged at least one home in the 700 block of Marvine Street in South Philadelphia.