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Montana city gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:12

Cleanup workers cut holes into the ice on the Yellowstone River near Crane, Mont. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 as part of efforts to recover oil from an upstream pipeline spill that released up to 50,000 gallons of crude. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of people in an eastern Montana city were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into a nearby river.

No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:11

 Customers are told they don’t have to tip. That’s because servers at Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie earn about $13 an hour. They also get sick time, vacation days and health insurance. The restaurant has reignited debate over working conditions in the food service industry, where high wages and benefits are almost unheard of. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary."

New Jersey police release video of cop shooting man with hands up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:11
A New Jersey police department released a video this week of a man being fatally shot by police as he got out of a car with his hands raised during a traffic stop, heightening calls for an independent investigation into the death. The footage, recorded on a police dashboard camera, showed a traffic stop escalating into the deadly confrontation in less than two minutes after one of the police officers said he saw a gun in the car's glove compartment. The death of Jerame Reid on Dec. 30 in Bridgeton has prompted protests in the city, local media has reported. Some protests have been similar to those over cases last year in Missouri and New York City in which white police officers killed unarmed black men.

NYC sues over apartment building it says was illegal hotel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The online listing boasted apartments with the amenities of a midtown Manhattan hotel: coffee in the lobby, luggage storage, a 15-minute walk to Times Square.

Whale carcass washes up underneath busy Seattle ferry dock

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:03

Crews tow the carcass of a deceased gray whale in Elliot Bay after it was discovered under the Colman Ferry dock in Seattle, WashingtonA dead gray whale floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor onto the dock on Thursday and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip before it was moved to a nearby pier, an official said. Transportation officials had wanted to move the carcass away from the ferry terminal before the busy evening rush hour. "It's the smell," said Susan Harris, a spokeswoman with Washington State Ferries. "More than anything, it's upsetting for people to see." Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would soon move the body again to a more remote pier to perform a necropsy and determine cause of death, she said.

Quotes from UN General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Here are some quotes from Thursday's U.N. General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism.

Lawyer for former Australian Guantanamo detainee says U.S. agrees he is innocent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:01

Australian David Hicks, known as the "Aussie Taliban", poses for a photograph in SydneyBy Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States has agreed that Australian David Hicks, jailed on terrorism charges for five years at Guantanamo, is innocent, his lawyer said on Friday. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing "material support for terrorism" but his legal team claimed that he did so under duress and filed an appeal in late 2013. Lawyer Stephen Kenny said the legal team arguing the appeal has been told the U.S. government did not dispute Hicks' innocence and also admitted that his conviction was not correct. Kenny said he expected to hear within a month whether the Court of Military Commission Review in Washington would quash his conviction.

3 young siblings die when fire sweeps through Ohio trailer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:59

Authorities investigate the scene of a fire in Brilliant, Ohio, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. An eastern Ohio sheriff said the fire swept through a trailer home, killing three young siblings after their mother fell out of a window and couldn't get back in to save them. (AP Photo/ WTRF-TV, Sara Yingling) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLECOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fire caused by a dropped kerosene heater swept through a rural trailer home on Thursday, killing three young siblings, whose mother fell out a window trying to save them and couldn't get back in, a sheriff said.

Euro plunges, but European brands are not on sale in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:48

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2011 file photo, Peter Zavialoff of the The Wine House wine store in San Francisco, samples a glass of Chateau La Tour de By during the Union of Grand Crus 2008 vintage wine tasting in the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn’t celebrate just yet. There’s simply too much demand in the U.S. for any markdowns. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn't rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There's very little to celebrate.

DC subway: Fire changes led to difficulty using radios

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — Firefighters had difficulty using their radios during an emergency on the Washington subway system because fire officials had made changes to their radio system without alerting their partners who oversee the subway, officials said Thursday.

Apple's Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

Pennsylvania high court halts any charges against attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:33

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane congratulates Governor Tom Wolf following his inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA on January 20, 2015.By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily halted the filing of charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a media leak case while it decides whether the appointment of a special prosecutor assigned to investigate her was legal, her lawyer said on Thursday. The court will hear oral arguments in March to determine whether the appointment of Special Prosecutor Thomas Carluccio by Judge William Carpenter was a potentially illegal conflict of interest, said Lanny Davis, an attorney who represents Kane. "If the Supreme Court rules he is unconstitutional, everything he's done is illegal," Davis said, adding that any investigation into the Democratic attorney general would need to start from scratch. A special grand jury recommended charges of perjury and obstruction against Kane in connection with an allegedly illegal media leak to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Powerful New York politician arrested on bribery charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:31

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is transported by federal agents to federal court, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in New York. Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

California police probe officer's shove of man in wheelchair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:22
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.

About 30 bodies removed from suspended Arkansas mortuary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:20
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Crime Laboratory officials and the Pulaski County coroner's office have removed about 30 bodies from a suburban Little Rock funeral home after its license was temporarily suspended by the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Obama seeks broader audience through YouTube personalities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:13

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Lawrence, Kansas. Obama was speaking about the themes in his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WASHINGTON (AP) — No cringe. No dazzle. No edge.

Exam to study dead whale found at Seattle ferry terminal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:13

A dead whale floats under a dock at the Colman Dock Washington State Ferry Terminal in Seattle, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. A spokesman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that they do not know why the whale died and that NOAA will work with officials to move the animal to a site where a necropsy can be conducted. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle has been moved so biologists can figure out why it died.

Hostage video: was it really done outside?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:11
NEW YORK (AP) — The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all.

Philly native Tom Phillips' WWE journey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:04

Philly native Tom Phillips' WWE journeyTom Phillips, the Philadelphia native and Penn State graduate, shares his journey from high school PA announcer to WWE commentator.

2 nabbed in iPad theft when selfies appear on owner's iCloud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:57

In this undated photo provided by Randy Schaefer, Dorian Walker-Gaines, left, and Dillan Thompson, pose for a selfie they unknowingly uploaded to Schaefer's iCloud account, made with Schaefer's stolen iPad holding money they allegedly took from his vehicle. Investigators arrested the pair on theft charges late Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Houston. The iPad, other electronics and thousands of dollars were stolen from the victim's truck Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Randy Schaefer)HOUSTON (AP) — Two men arrested in Houston are accused of stealing an iPad and using it to take selfies that they unknowingly uploaded to the owner's iCloud account.