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Ahead of the Bell: US retail sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:48

US retail sales fell in September on autos and gasThe Commerce Department releases retail sales data for September. The report will released Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. SALES DECLINE: Economists forecast that retail sales slid 0.1 percent last month, ...


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:26

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong lies by first base after he was unable to reach a wide throw by pitcher Randy Choate that allowed the game-winning San Francisco Giants run to score in the 10th inning of Game 3 of baseball's NL Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 5-4 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Amid Ebola fear, West Africans in US try to help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:06

In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 photo, Winston Gould, left, president of the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island, listens to newspaper publisher Jacob Dorbor, right, during a meeting of the association, in Providence, R.I. Rhode Island’s close-knit Liberian community is trying to strike a balance between their longstanding tradition of hospitality and the fear of infection from Ebola's spread. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When a friend called Togar Johnson from a bus stop last month to ask for a lift, Johnson made what he considered a difficult but prudent decision: He said no.


Texas nurse was familiar with risks of Ebola virus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:00

Nina PhamDALLAS (AP) — A Texas nurse who caught Ebola from an infected patient was no stranger to the risks of working around one of the world's most feared viruses.


Statoil CEO Lund steps down, joins BG Group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:50
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Helge Lund, the CEO of Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil, has resigned after 10 years in charge of the government-controlled company.

UK unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2008

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:31
LONDON (AP) — Britain's unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent for the June to August period, down from 6.4 percent in the three months before and the lowest rate since 2008.

AccuWeather: Warm, Heavy Rain Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:26

 Heavy Rain Today and TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says periods of heavy rain today and tonight could be accompanied by an occasional gusty thunderstorm.


Argument ends with 2 shot in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:24

Argument ends with 2 shot in OlneyPolice say two people were shot after an argument in Philadelphia's Olney section early Wednesday morning.


Texas health department statement: second health care worker tests positive for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:11
DALLAS (AP) — Texas health department statement: second health care worker tests positive for Ebola.

Driver thrown 15 feet after crashing on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:55

Driver thrown 15 feet after crashing on Roosevelt BoulevardPolice say a man is fighting for his life after being thrown 15 feet in a 1-car crash in Northeast Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.


South Korea cuts interest rate to record low

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:59

Governor of the Bank of Korea Lee Ju-yeol answers a reporter's question during a press conference on the benchmark interest rate at the bank's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. South Korea's central bank lowered its key interest rate to a record low Wednesday as it tries to bolster a fragile economic recovery. The bank also downgraded its growth forecasts for Asia's fourth-largest economy.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank lowered its key interest rate to a record low Wednesday as it tries to bolster a fragile economic recovery. The bank also downgraded its growth forecasts for Asia's fourth-largest economy.


California man indicted for fatal stabbing of parents, sons, dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:35
(Reuters) - A California man was indicted for fatally stabbing his parents, his two young sons and the family's dog, authorities said on Tuesday, in killings the man said were his "destiny". A grand jury charged Nicolas Holzer with four counts of murder and one felony animal cruelty count for the killings, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. The victims were Holzer's parents, William Holzer, 73, and Sheila Holzer, 74, and his two sons, 13-year-old Sebastian Holzer and 10-year-old Vincent Holzer. Holzer called police the night of Aug. ...

California school district settles transgender discrimination complaint

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:33
(Reuters) - A southern California school district settled a claim with the federal government that alleged the district discriminated against a transgender student, officials said on Tuesday. The Downey Unified School District agreed to treat the student as they would any other female pupil, allowing her access to the same sex-designated facilities, programs and events, the U.S. Department of Education said in a statement. ...

Thailand plans one of world's tallest skyscrapers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:24
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai property developer has announced plans to build a skyscraper in Bangkok that will be among the 10 tallest buildings in the world when it is completed in 2019.

Wounded AP reporter vows to return to Afghanistan

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

In this Oct. 9, 2014 photo, Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon answers questions during an interview in New York. This was Gannon's first interview since she and AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus were attacked on April 4, by a gunman in Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan as they prepared to cover the presidential election the next day. Niedringhaus was killed in the attack and Gannon is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Over and over, Kathy Gannon has re-lived the decisions that led to her close friend's death — and almost her own — in Afghanistan.


David Greenglass, Rosenberg spy case witness, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:21

FILE - In this April 26, 1956, file photo, David Greenglass sits beside Deputy U.S. Marshal Joseph Oreto, left, at the Senate Internal Security in Washington. The former Army sergeant and Los Alamos bomb project employee, whose testimony led to the conviction and execution of his sister, Ethel Rosenberg and brother-in-law, Julius Rosenberg, died on July 1. He was 92. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In 1953, at the height of the Cold War, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg died in the electric chair after being convicted of conspiring to pass secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviets. The government's star witness at their trial: Ethel's own brother, David Greenglass.


Carnival mulls China ship building joint venture

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:57
HONG KONG (AP) — Carnival Corp., the world's No. 1 cruise company, said Wednesday it's exploring the possibility of a ship building joint venture with a state-owned Chinese company and Italy's Fincantieri.

4 dogs attack elderly couple in California home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:41
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Two people are in critical condition after being mauled by four pit bulls at a home in central California.

CDC says it missed opportunities to contain Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:41

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden provides an update on the latest developments involving the deadly Ebola virus and its infection of a Texas health care professional as he addresses the media during a briefing at CDC headquarters Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. Frieden said the CDC is working to improve protections for hospital workers after a nurse caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas became the first person to become infected with the disease inside the U.S. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, David Tulis) MARIETTA OUT, GWINNETT OUTFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — In the days after the first diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was resolute in his confidence about hospitals' ability to manage the virus.


Massachusetts college evacuated after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:24
(Reuters) - A Massachusetts college was evacuated on Tuesday night following an emailed bomb threat, the school said. Assumption College, a catholic liberal arts school in the Boston suburb of Worcester, received the threat and decided to evacuate the campus as a precaution just before midnight local time, the school said in a statement. Roughly 1,900 students live on campus, said college spokesman Michael Guilfoyle, adding that busses would transport students to the nearby Worcester Polytechnic Institute. ...