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Shadowy companies, big bucks: Election mystery money returns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:37

FILE - In this July 11, 2008 file photo, Frank VanderSloot, who owns Melaleuca, Inc., a healthcare products company, is seen in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this election. More than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping presidential candidates has come from unknown or masked donors. One conservative super PAC donor, Frank VanderSloot, gave $150,000 under his own name to Conservative Solutions PAC. (AP Photo/John Miller, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this election. More than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping presidential candidates has come from unknown or masked donors.


North America, China power GM to record $9.7b annual profit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:37

FILE - This Friday, May 16, 2014, file photo, shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. GM reports financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Strong earnings in North America and China and a reversal of fortunes in Europe powered General Motors to a record net profit of $9.7 billion last year.


Thai border market vendors torpedo crackdown on counterfeits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:30
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police were licking their wounds Wednesday after an enraged mob of vendors chased them away when they tried to seize fake goods at a famous border market.

Police identify man fatally shot by officer in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the District of Columbia are identifying a man they say had a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun when he was fatally shot by an officer.

Glitter, feathers, paint: New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:47

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, head of the Mardi Gras North Side Skull & Bone Gang, poses with his accoutrements for upcoming Mardi Gras day, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Their costumes are intended to represent the dead, and Barnes said they bring a serious message, reminding people of their mortality and the need to live a productive and good life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and decorating custom throws.


Man dies in hang gliding crash at north Florida airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:46
DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 40-year-old man has been killed in a hang gliding crash at a small north Florida airport.

New Jersey town punishes 8 idle police officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:45
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey city has punished eight police officers for sitting in their patrol cars.

Big freight railroads won't meet safety technology deadline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:28

FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, a Norfolk Southern locomotive moves along the tracks in Norfolk, Va. Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told telling the government they won’t make a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May. Norfolk Southern, Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation and say they won’t be ready until 2020, according to a list provided to The Associated Press by the Federal Railroad Administration. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won't meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May.


Madoff jewelry being sold at auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:26

A Platinum and 14K yellow gold necklace set with a square cut emeraldIf Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme proved one adage correct, it might be this: all that glitters is not gold. The U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday began auctioning off several high-priced pieces of jewelry seized from Madoff and his wife, Ruth, including a diamond tennis bracelet, a gold money clip and two Patek Philippe watches. The proceeds from the auction, which ends on Feb. 19, will be added to a restitution fund for Madoff's victims.


Cosby hearing continues Wednesday in Montco court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:08

Cosby hearing continues Wednesday in Montco courtBill Cosby will be back in Montgomery County Court today.


Coast Guard investigates tanker crash on Mississippi River

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 20:06
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River involving an empty oil tanker.

Germany considers $5,450 limit on cash transactions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:58
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is considering introducing a limit of 5,000 euros ($5,450) on cash transactions in an effort to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism.

China top economic planner predicts 6.5 to 7 percent growth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:36
BEIJING (AP) — China's top economic planner on Wednesday predicted that world's second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5 and 7 percent this year.

Water officials vote to extend California drought emergency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:29

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow after conducting the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The survey showed the snowpack at 130 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State water regulators voted to extend emergency conservation measures because of a drought, even though an increase in rain and snow this winter has improved California's snowpack.


EasyJet owner launches ultra-low budget grocery in UK

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:52
LONDON (AP) — The founder of budget airline EasyJet has stepped into Britain's grocery aisle.

Eurozone economy 'losing steam' amid market turmoil

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:40

Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 chart at a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Asian shares stumbled Wednesday as another steep drop in the price of oil reinforced worries about the potential impact on the world economy of job cuts and reduced investment in the energy industry. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — The economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone lost steam in January, a closely watched survey found Wednesday, a sign that the turmoil in global financial markets is beginning to weigh on business activity.


Algeria: 8 convicted in vast, high-level oil corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:22
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has fined German and Italian companies and convicted eight people of corruption or related crimes in a vast trial into wrongdoing around state-run oil giant Sonatrach.

Huge cargo ship that went adrift for days towed to Spain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:13

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 and provided by the Prefecture Maritime Atlantique, the 164-meter (538-foot) cargo ship"Modern Express" is towed as it drifts off the coast of France. Rescuers successfully diverted a cargo ship threatening to run aground in southwestern France after five days adrift, and started towing it Tuesday toward the Spanish port of Bilbao. (Loic Bernardin/Prefecture Maritime Atlantique via AP)MADRID (AP) — A large cargo ship that went adrift last week in the Bay of Biscay is nearing the northern Spanish port of Bilbao following a towing operation that has lasted days.


3 teens arrested in deadly shooting at Seattle homeless camp

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:01

A contract worker cleans-up trash as men continue to sleep behind him under an overpass near where police arrested three teenage boys the day before in connection with a January shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' that left 2 people dead and three others wounded, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Three teen brothers suspected in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a well-known Seattle homeless camp will remain in custody.


Prosecutor smells crime, charges utility for huge gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 17:37

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016 file photo, Tera Lecuona, resident of the heavily-impacted Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, holds a protest sign during a hearing in Granada Hills over a gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. California’s attorney general is suing Southern California Gas Co. over a massive out-of-control natural gas leak. Attorney General Kamala Harris said the company violated several state laws and failed to report the leak to necessary agencies for three days after it was discovered in October. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Top prosecutors in Los Angeles County and the state of California are the latest to make moves against a utility for a massive and still-flowing gas leak, joining a growing group that now includes several levels of government along with parts of the private sector.