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Pedestrian struck and critically injured in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:16

Pedestrian struck and critically injured in West PhiladelphiaPolice say a 47-year-old man was struck and critically injured by a vehicle in West Philadelphia Wednesday night.


High court clears bullet train but problems remain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:05
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will forge ahead with plans to build the nation's first bullet train by buying land in the Central Valley and demolishing buildings in the path of the $68 billion rail line after the state Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal from opponents of the project.

Los Angeles school district head expected to step down: LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:56

LAUSD Superintendent Deasy speaks at a news conference about the high school students involved in a bus crash, in Los AngelesBy Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles schools superintendent is expected to resign after reaching a departure agreement with the school board, the Los Angeles Times reported, after problems dogged the rollout of a landmark program to provide iPads to students. John Deasy, 53, had heralded the program to distribute iPads to around 650,000 students by the end of the year as a civil rights initiative to provide low-income students with a 21st-century tool common in middle-class households. But the $1.3 billion project, the largest of its kind in U.S. ...


Key facts about hurricane heading toward Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:51

FILE - This Aug. 5, 2014 file satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes - Iselle at center and Julio at right - bearing down on Hawaii, top left. Residents on Hawaii’s southernmost island have already dealt with one tropical storm this year and are currently coping with the threat of slowly encroaching lava. Now, meteorologists say a potential hurricane is heading toward them and the rest of the island chain. The governor on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, proclaimed an emergency to help the state respond to the storm. (AP Photo/NASA, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Residents on Hawaii's southernmost island already dealt with one tropical storm this year and are coping with the threat of slowly encroaching lava. Now, meteorologists say a potential hurricane is heading toward them and the rest of the island chain.


Nestle says 3 percent sales drop amid strong franc

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:51
GENEVA (AP) — Nestle S.A., the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday reported a 3-percent drop in group sales for the first nine months of the year, impacted by weakness in currencies against the Swiss franc and other costs.

Gunmen sought in 7-Eleven robbery in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:48

Gunmen sought in 7-Eleven robbery in WissinomingPolice are searching for two armed men who robbed a 7-Eleven store in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section early Thursday morning.


German leader warns France over budget deficit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:43

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, for the German government's cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Laurent Fabius attends the cabinet meeting as a guest. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there can be no exceptions to European Union rules on national deficit targets.


Swiss drug maker Roche posts flat 9-month sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:33
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG posted flat sales for the first nine months of 2014, but said Thursday the results show strong demand for its cancer drugs and emerging new products.

Pilot funding returns arts to California prisons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:03

In this Sept. 30, 2014, photo, inmates apply make-up on their faces before an Actors' Gang Prison Project workshop, an outreach program led by actor Tim Robbins, at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, Calif. The nonprofit acting program is expanding thanks to its slice of a $2.5 million arts pilot project from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The funding will bring state-funded arts of all kinds to inmates at more than a dozen prisons for the first time since California’s prison arts network withered more than a decade ago. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NORCO, Calif. (AP) — Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms: He cries out for his true love, and then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter.


New Jersey will OK real-money skill gambling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:03

FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, A detail from King Digital Entertainment's online game "Candy Crush Saga" is shown on a computer screen in New York. New Jersey casino regulators say they are ready to approve gambling on social games that involve an element of skill. Currently, most games offer free play up to certain limits. From there, players can buy additional chances to play or equipment to use in the game. Ashley Feinberg, a staff writer at Gizmodo.com, quickly burned through $286 in less than a month buying additional play time on Candy Crush Saga. (AP Photo/King Digital Entertainment, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Sure you love matching little candy pieces with each other, or spelling out words with your pals. But New Jersey gambling regulators want to let you do it for real money.


U.S. health official allowed new Ebola patient on plane with slight fever

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:31

Healthcare Workers Going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak participate in CDC Safety Training Course in Anniston AlabamaBy Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade DALLAS (Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola told a U.S. health official she had a slight fever and was allowed to board a plane from Ohio to Texas, a federal source said on Wednesday, intensifying concerns about the U.S. response to the deadly virus. The nurse, Amber Vinson, 29, flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, the day before she was diagnosed with Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Vinson told the CDC her temperature was 99.5 Fahrenheit (37.5 Celsius). ...


Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:31
(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people. Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms that a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases are reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented. ...

Fed Reserve chair to tour Boston-area job center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:23

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington. The head of the nation’s central bank will stop in Thursday, Oct. 16, at the office of CONNECT, a coalition of local organizations that provides employment services in Chelsea, an industrial city north of Boston. Yellen is expected to hear about the local economy and how programs like CONNECT are helping residents enter or re-enter the workforce. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)BOSTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is visiting the Boston area to tour a local job center and to speak at a conference on economic opportunity, as the central bank's first female head continues her focus on employment issues in her first year in office.


First Japan passenger jet in 4 decades rolling out

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:01
TOKYO (AP) — The first made in Japan passenger jet in four decades reaches a development milestone later this week.

Extreme measures: U.S. hospitals take on Ebola, but at what risk?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:21

Health care workers display protective gear, which hospital staff would wear to protect them from an Ebola virus infection, inside an isolation room as part of a media tour of the emergency department of Bellevue Hospital in ManhattanBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The infection of two U.S. healthcare workers who cared for a dying Ebola patient in Dallas is challenging assumptions about how to protect Western medical workers who perform advanced, life-saving procedures that may increase their risk of exposure. The U.S. ...


New US Ebola case a nurse who treated man in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:12

An ambulance carrying Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the Dallas hospital last week of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/David Tulis)DALLAS (AP) — A dated yearbook picture of a smiling young woman has become the latest face of Ebola in the U.S.


Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:39
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the United Nations still hasn't reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned.

Person of interest located in Seattle groping case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:27
SEATTLE (AP) — Police said Wednesday that a convicted sex offender is a person of interest in a weekend groping incident involving a Seattle woman who turned to social media when she decided a police officer didn't seem to care.

AccuWeather: Drenching Downpours Continue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:07

 Clouds and Sun, Spotty Shower TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms could cause localized flooding tonight.


New US Ebola case a nurse who treated man in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:04

An ambulance carrying Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the Dallas hospital last week of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/David Tulis)DALLAS (AP) — A dated yearbook picture of a smiling young woman has become the latest face of Ebola in the U.S.