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Air New Zealand's annual profit up 45 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:58
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in annual profit and said it expects to benefit from the fuel efficiency of 787-9 Dreamliners it is adding to its fleet.

U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:39
2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit knocked down Terebesi's door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk as the two men watched television. “The court ruling here is going to be relied upon in other courts throughout the country," Gary Mastronardi, a Bridgeport attorney who represents Terebesi, said on Tuesday.

Plea for help after NJ student goes missing in Israel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:36

Plea for help after NJ student goes missing in IsraelIsraeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.


Air China profit falls as weaker yuan hits costs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:27
HONG KONG (AP) — Air China says its six-month profit fell by more than half as the weakening yuan raised financing costs and other expenses.

Man charged in Mayfair double murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:27

Man charged in Mayfair double murderPhiladelphia police have charged a man in connection with the murders of two women who were found shot execution style in a home in Mayfair.


1 of 3 suspects arrested in attacks on seniors in Philly, viewers credited

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:21

1 of 3 suspects arrested in attacks on seniors in Philly, viewers creditedAction News viewers are being credited with helping Philadelphia police identify three suspects wanted in connection to the assault and robbery of senior citizens.


Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:21
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said Wednesday it's forming a partnership with China's Beingmate to help meet growing demand for infant formula in the world's most populous nation.

Police investigate shooting, stabbing at Allentown park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:20

Police investigate shooting, stabbing at Allentown parkAllentown police are investigating a shooting and stabbing at a city park.


Teen shot and killed on North Philadelphia basketball court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:18

Teen shot and killed on North Philadelphia basketball courtA teenager was shot and killed on a crowded North Philadelphia basketball court, police say.


Suspect in L.A. drive-by killings charged with two other shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:30
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, was first identified as a suspect by animal cruelty investigators in connection with the fatal shootings of two dogs on Saturday near his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, police said. Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said evidence in the animal cruelty case led homicide detectives to suspect Hernandez in the deaths of two women and a man who were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday.

Storms packing 60 mph winds hit Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:15

A state trooper drives through the water in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit lanes Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 near Detroit following a thunderstorm that past through Southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of southern Michigan, bringing 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers.


American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:55

Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of New Hope, Minnesota is pictured in this handout photoBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. A national security official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing "all consular assistance." Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend.


Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:52

ACLU attorney Ken FaulkCHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.


Authorities: 'Serial killer' is behind 4 killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man in custody is a serial killer who is suspected of randomly shooting seven people, leaving four dead, over five days in the Los Angeles area, authorities said Tuesday.

Mexican president praises California policies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:50

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena NietoSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.


Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:40
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.

Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:38

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Marilyn Jean Hartman appears in court in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, Hartman, 62, accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California, was been arrested at a Phoenix airport on suspicion of criminal trespass. Police are requesting a mental health evaluation for Hartman, who was recently ordered to spend 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport. She served a fraction of her sentence and was released because of overcrowding. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brittany Murray, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and sentenced to jail for returning to a Los Angeles airport in violation of her probation was arrested Tuesday after being recognized loitering at a Phoenix airport, police said.


Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:32

Contractors pull loose bricks from the roof of an earthquake damaged 36,000 square foot former boat shop on Mare Island Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Vallejo, Calif. The building dates from 1904 and was used by the Navy. The bayside city that twice was briefly the capital of California sustained more than $5 million in damage and dozens of injuries. It was the latest blow to a town that has weathered years of bankruptcy and is now beset by gangs and crime. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.


3 struck by vehicle near Allentown Fair

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:23

3 struck by vehicle near Allentown FairTwo children and their grandfather are injured after being struck by a vehicle near the Great Allentown Fair.


Detroit resumes water shutoffs for unpaid bills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:17

Detroit water activists Petty, Dziubek and Novak stand outside City Hall to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills during a rally in DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit resumed on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past-due bills, city officials said. During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city control after nearly a year of oversight under the state-appointed emergency financial manager. More than 25,000 customers are enrolled in at least one of the authority's payment plans, up from 17,000 when the moratorium began, the water department said in a statement. A city "water fair" on Saturday to help people avoid shutoffs by enrolling in a payment plan drew more than 1,300 people, according to the department.