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China Telecom profit rises as mobile data grows

Yahoo! National News - 14 hours 27 min ago
BEIJING (AP) — China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three main state-owned carriers, said Wednesday its profit rose 11.8 percent in the first half of the year as its Internet and mobile data businesses grew.

Authorities: Man who shot 7 is 'serial killer'

Yahoo! National News - 14 hours 36 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who authorities are now calling a serial killer opened fire on Los Angeles-area streets for five straight days until he was finally arrested, police said.

California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

Yahoo! National News - 15 hours 23 min ago

Camera drone flown by Wilson flies near the scene where two buildings were destroyed in an explosion, in the East Harlem section in New York CityBy AARON MENDELSON SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft, or drone, except in emergencies such as a fire or a hostage-taking. Other public agencies would be able to use drones, or contract for their use, to achieve their "core mission," so long as that mission is not to gather criminal intelligence.

Santa Fe moves a step closer to decriminalizing marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:31

Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor cultivation in MontevideoBy Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe took a step towards decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday when the county commission agreed to put the issue up for a vote in November. The five-member commission approved a ballot measure that would give voters the chance to decide whether to abolish a current statute classifying possession of less than one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana as a misdemeanor. The Santa Fe City Council must now approve putting the measure on the November ballot. Santa Fe is the latest U.S.

3 charged with attempted murder of policeman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:28
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say three men have been charged in California with the attempted murder of a policeman even though they didn't pull the trigger.

Insurers pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:20

Julian Gomez explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in CommerceWhen Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additional tax revenue for the U.S. The report from the Institute for Policy Studies examined executive compensation in the 2013 proxy filings from WellPoint Inc and UnitedHealth Group Inc, among others, and found that those companies paid more taxes than they would have if the law had not been passed.

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:12
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

Today in History

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:00
Today is Wednesday, August 27, the 239th day of 2014. There are 126 days left in the year.

Air New Zealand's annual profit up 45 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:58
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in annual profit and said it expects to benefit from the fuel efficiency of 787-9 Dreamliners it is adding to its fleet.

U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:39
2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit knocked down Terebesi's door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk as the two men watched television. “The court ruling here is going to be relied upon in other courts throughout the country," Gary Mastronardi, a Bridgeport attorney who represents Terebesi, said on Tuesday.

Plea for help after NJ student goes missing in Israel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:36

Plea for help after NJ student goes missing in IsraelIsraeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.

Air China profit falls as weaker yuan hits costs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:27
HONG KONG (AP) — Air China says its six-month profit fell by more than half as the weakening yuan raised financing costs and other expenses.

Man charged in Mayfair double murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:27

Man charged in Mayfair double murderPhiladelphia police have charged a man in connection with the murders of two women who were found shot execution style in a home in Mayfair.

1 of 3 suspects arrested in attacks on seniors in Philly, viewers credited

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:21

1 of 3 suspects arrested in attacks on seniors in Philly, viewers creditedAction News viewers are being credited with helping Philadelphia police identify three suspects wanted in connection to the assault and robbery of senior citizens.

Fonterra to invest in China infant formula company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:21
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said Wednesday it's forming a partnership with China's Beingmate to help meet growing demand for infant formula in the world's most populous nation.

Police investigate shooting, stabbing at Allentown park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:20

Police investigate shooting, stabbing at Allentown parkAllentown police are investigating a shooting and stabbing at a city park.

Teen shot and killed on North Philadelphia basketball court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:18

Teen shot and killed on North Philadelphia basketball courtA teenager was shot and killed on a crowded North Philadelphia basketball court, police say.

Suspect in L.A. drive-by killings charged with two other shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:30
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, was first identified as a suspect by animal cruelty investigators in connection with the fatal shootings of two dogs on Saturday near his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, police said. Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said evidence in the animal cruelty case led homicide detectives to suspect Hernandez in the deaths of two women and a man who were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday.

Storms packing 60 mph winds hit Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:15

A state trooper drives through the water in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94, near the Lodge exit lanes Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 near Detroit following a thunderstorm that past through Southeast Michigan. The National Weather Service says winds reaching 60 mph in Wayne County's Canton Township near Detroit and in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor. It says a 2-foot-diameter tree fell in Redford, near Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez)CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of southern Michigan, bringing 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts that knocked down trees and power lines and blacked out about 169,000 electricity customers.

American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:55

Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of New Hope, Minnesota is pictured in this handout photoBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. A national security official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing "all consular assistance." Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend.