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Obama says Africa Ebola epidemic 'spiraling out of control'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:28

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in AtlantaATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is "spiraling out of control" and exhorted the global community to move faster and contribute more help to contain the spread of the deadly disease. "Here's the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic, the likes that we have not seen before. It's spiraling out of control, it's getting worse," Obama said after meeting with top U.S. public health officials. (Reporting by Jeff Mason, Roberta Rampton, Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)


Pennsylvania police identify suspect in deadly trooper ambush

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:27

Suspect identified in Pennsylvania police barracks ambushBy Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania state police on Tuesday identified Matthew Eric Frein, described as an anti-law enforcement survivalist, as the prime suspect in the ambush of two troopers outside their barracks last week. An arrest warrant was issued for Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, on first-degree murder and seven other charges, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan told a news conference. “He’s armed and extremely dangerous,” said Noonan, who added Frein was believed to be on the loose with a .308-caliber rifle and scope. ...


Minnesota governor says Vikings' Peterson should be sidelined

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:15

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson runs with ball against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, TexasBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team's decision to reactivate the NFL player. Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The incident is one of a series of domestic abuse cases that has rocked the National Football League. ...


Ohio offers Amazon tax breaks to build $1.1 billion data center

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:11

A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, ColoradoBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - State and local officials in Ohio are courting Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records. The records offer a rare look at the typically tight-lipped company's growth plans for its popular cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, founded in 2006. There are 10 AWS data centers, called regions within the company, around the world, including four in the United States, AWS said. ...


US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,203

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:10
As of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at least 2,203 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

U.S. consumer watchdog accuses Corinthian Colleges of predatory loans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:06
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer finance watchdog on Tuesday sued Corinthian Colleges for alleged predatory lending, saying that the for-profit institute lured students into taking out private student loans by touting "bogus" job prospects and using illegal debt-collection methods. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it wants the for-profit college company to pay $500 million in relief for the tens of thousands of students affected. ...

Corinthian Colleges sued for predatory lending

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:44

FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, a woman walks past the Everest Institute in Silver Spring, Md. Corinthian Colleges, which owns Everest, Heald College and WyoTech schools, is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a “predatory lending scheme,” the agency said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a "predatory lending scheme."


Wynn Resorts wins license to build casino near Boston

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:38
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday awarded a license to build a casino just outside Boston to Las Vegas developer Wynn Resorts Ltd. Wynn, which aims to build a $1.6 billion casino on the Mystic River in Everett, beat out rival Mohegan Sun by a margin of three to one in the commission vote. Mohegan Sun operates one of the biggest U.S. casino resorts in Connecticut and is owned by that state's Mohegan tribe. "This has been a really, really difficult decision," James McHugh, one of the four commissioners, told reporters following the vote. ...

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:34
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, federal officials said Tuesday.

Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows.

Parents of woman slain in Colorado cinema massacre sue ammo supplier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:29

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shooting rampage filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against four companies that sold the accused gunman James Holmes ammunition, body armor and other gear used in the massacre. Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the parents of Jessica Ghawi, say the retailers including BulkAmmo.com, which sold Holmes more than 4,300 rounds of ammunition, were negligent when they sold the items to "a patently dangerous homicidal man. ...


New history books become latest Texas school fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:20
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. Much of the criticism is from left-leaning academics who say too much emphasis is placed on America's Christian tradition. The outcome has national implications because, as America's second most-populous state, Texas is such a large textbook market that it could affect books sold elsewhere. Here is some background on its book battle.

Dozens of railcars derail from train in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:15

Crews work to remove 39 cars of a 179-car Union Pacific train that derailed approximately four miles south of Picacho, Arizona late September 15, 2014. According to Zoe Gisela Richmond, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific, an intense local thunderstorm with high winds may have played a part in the accident. (AP Photo/Casa Grande Dispatch, Steven King)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up after 39 railroad cars carrying empty freight containers derailed from a Union Pacific freight train in southern Arizona amid rain.


Daredevil Nik Wallenda to walk over portion of Chicago skyline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:13
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who last year completed a high-wire walk over the Grand Canyon, announced on Tuesday plans for an untethered tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers on a night in November. "This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career," Wallenda said in a statement, noting that he has fond memories of performing with his family in Chicago. "Besides, it's the 'Windy City' and there's nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago." Wallenda will perform the Nov. 2 walk, without net or harness, in two parts. ...

Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:09

FILE - In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Joe Cione, who studies how storms interact with the ocean at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Research Division in Miami, holds a drone he hopes to use this hurricane season for research. In mid-September 2014, U.S. government scientists are planning to launch drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)MIAMI (AP) — U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.


Grand jury to examine crash involving NASCAR's Tony Stewart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 03:05

Grand jury to examine crash involving NASCAR's Tony StewartA grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.


Suspect named in Pennsylvania State Trooper shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:57

Suspect named in Pennsylvania State Trooper shootingsPennsylvania State Police say they know who they are looking for in connection with a weekend shooting that left on state trooper dead and another seriously injured.


Pennsylvania state police ID suspect in deadly ambush of troopers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:50
BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania state police on Tuesday named Matthew Eric Frein, described as an anti-law enforcement survivalist, as the prime suspect in the deadly ambush of two troopers outside their barracks. An arrest warrant was secured for Frein, 31, of nearby Canadensis, Pennsylvania, state police commissioner Frank Noonan told a news conference. The shooting late Friday outside the Blooming Grove barracks about 100 miles north of Philadelphia killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...

Cigarette tax for Philly schools back on Pa. lawmakers' agenda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:47

Cigarette tax for Philly schools back on Pa. lawmakers' agendaPhiladelphia's school system drew nearer to a badly needed infusion of cash with a Pennsylvania House committee vote in favor of a $2-a-pack cigarette tax in the city.


Amtrak service resumes between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:41

Trains sit on the tracks behind Union Station in Washington(Reuters) - Amtrak trains resumed with limited operation between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon, officials said, following interruptions due to downed wires and debris on the tracks. Engineers made repairs permitting Amtrak Northeast Corridor service to resume on a single track through the Aberdeen, Maryland, area, Amtrak said in a statement, after a Norfolk Southern Corp freight train struck a pole supporting overhead wires overnight. Work continues to return the adjacent track to service. ...