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If you can make it there: Acts try out for NY subway spots

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:37

Rebekah Butler, whose stage name is "Becka Jay," plays solo violin as she auditions for judges in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall in New York, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Butler was among a group of about 70 potential subway performers seeking official permission to set up their acts on an underground platform or walkway to entertain New York city's commuters. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — It's a rite of spring: performers auditioning for the privilege of doing their thing in grubby, noisy subway stations.


Obama, Senate Republicans work together on trade bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress.

Police investigate after teen shoots friend through window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:19
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window and killed a friend, in a case an investigator has described as an accident.

US investigation of 2007 peanut butter recall wraps up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:16

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2007, file photo, returned jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter are shown at a super market in Atlanta. ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. ConAgra recalled all its peanut butter in 2007 after its Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter was linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 625 people in 47 states. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall.


Cancer charities accused of $187-million in fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:15

Cancer charities accused of $187-million in fraudFour nationwide cancer charities are accused of bilking consumers out of more than $187-million.


Boston Public Library looks for 2 missing Old Master prints

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:50
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Public Library is looking for two valuable Old Master artworks missing from its extensive print collection.

AP: Jim Kenney wins Democratic nomination for mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:30

Jim Kenney wins Democratic nomination for mayorA former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary.


Police chief: 5 dead in crash on interstate near Savannah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:27

A tractor trailer sits on top of a crushed car after a multiple car accident on I-16 in Pooler, Ga. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Ian Maule/Savannah Morning News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT THE EXAMINER.COM; SFEXAMINER.COM AND WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COMSAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A tractor-trailer smashed into two cars and burst into flames on a busy interstate in Georgia on Tuesday, killing five people, and authorities are looking into whether the driver may have fallen asleep.


Pennsylvania judge bars release of police shooting video before trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:19
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday barred the release of a video that allegedly shows a Hummelstown police officer shooting a traffic-stop suspect to death earlier this year as the man lay face down on the ground. Judge Deborah Curcillo of Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas said making the video public before trial was "highly unusual" and would jeopardize the ability of Officer Lisa Mearkle to receive a fair trial for criminal homicide. "This ruling only prevents the public from viewing the video and forming opinions about it prior to a constitutionally protected proceeding," Curcillo wrote in her 11-page ruling.

Democrat Sabatina wins Stack's Philadelphia Senate seat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:18

Dougherty, Olson nominated for Pennsylvania's highest courtDemocrat John Sabatina Jr. will join the Pennsylvania state Senate and take the northeast Philadelphia seat left vacant when Mike Stack became lieutenant governor.


Primary win sets up ex-councilman to be Philadelphia mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:18

A worker moves a ladder before an election night event for Democratic mayoral candidate and former City Councilman James Kenney, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary.


How far a $15 minimum wage goes in 6 US cities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The minimum wage in Los Angeles could increase to $15 an hour by 2020 under a plan given initial approval by the City Council.

Los Angeles becomes latest US city to favor $15 minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:59
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

Pipeline bursts, spills oil into ocean off California coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:40

Pipeline bursts, spills oil into ocean off California coastOfficials say a broken pipeline has spilled oil and created a slick about four miles (6.4 kilometers) wide in the ocean off the central California coast.


Ex-Guantanamo inmates end U.S. Embassy protest in Uruguay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:39
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoners resettled in Uruguay ended a three-week protest outside the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday after reaching a deal with their hosts for financial and medical support in return for learning Spanish and seeking job training. The six former prisoners were sent to the South American country in December as part of a push by President Barack Obama to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba. Late last month, three of the six set up a tented camp outside the U.S. mission in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo in protest at the lack of economic support they were receiving.

Check Pa. primary election results: Polls close at 8 p.m.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:06

Democrat Sabatina wins Stack's Philadelphia Senate seatGet the latest 2015 Pennsylvania Primary Election results from Action News..


School makes yearbook insert for special education students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:52
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A high school that angered a Utah mom by leaving special education students out of a yearbook will now print an insert to include their photos.

Libya sends special envoy to talk with EU about migrant plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya said Tuesday it has sent a special envoy to speak with the European Union about the EU's proposed military operation to destroy the boats of migrant smugglers who increasingly set off for Europe from the chaotic north African country.

Police look into Wisconsin bridge shooter's mental history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:13
MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are finishing up an investigation into the background and mental health history of a gunman who killed three people and wounded another before taking his own life during a random shooting on a bridge in eastern Wisconsin.