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Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 10 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."

Man pleads not guilty in 4 slayings in Ohio town

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 11 min ago

FILE-This undated file photo provided by Crawford County, Ohio, Sheriffs Office shows Donald Hoffman. Police records show one of four men found slain at their homes in a small Ohio city had sought help two days earlier for the man now charged in the killings. Billy Jack Chatman told Bucyrus police two days before he was found dead that he had called an ambulance for Donald Hoffman against Hoffman’s wishes after the man collapsed on his floor. The bodies of Chatman and another man were found Sept. 1. Two other bodies were found the next day. Hoffman has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder and robbery. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday. (AP Photo/Crawford County Ohio Sheriff Office, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged in the slayings of four men found at their separate homes in the small Ohio city of Bucyrus pleaded not guilty Monday.

Vulnerable North Carolina senator Hagan takes lead in two polls

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 13 min ago

U.S. Senator-elect Kay Hagan (D-NC) reacts after defeating incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) in GreensboroBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is leading her Republican challenger among likely voters in North Carolina, two polls showed on Monday, the latest shift in a race that could help decide which party controls the chamber. Hagan was ahead 43 percent to 34 percent, a 9-point lead, in a survey conducted this month after the vulnerable Democrat's first debate with state House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to Republican polling firm American Insights. ...

No DC gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 25 min ago

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, Johnnie Seitz moves a "mother" marijuana plant that was used to produce small "clone" plants at Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower in Seattle. While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic, the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic — the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana.

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 38 min ago

an Illinois Department of Revenue employee offers assistanceWASHINGTON (AP) — Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia statehood

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 44 min ago
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state. The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia. ...

Maldives supports China's modern 'Silk Road' plan

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 52 min ago

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shakes hands with Maldives President Yaamin Abdul Gayoom after joint statements at the latter's residence in Male, Maldives, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Fayaz Moosa)MALE, Maldives (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping began a weeklong tour of South Asia on Monday, choosing the tiny island nation of the Maldives to tout his vision for a modern maritime "Silk Road."

Judge: Sanfords to mediate over divorce issues

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 52 min ago

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his first months back in Congress during an Associated Press interview in his district office in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford said on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, that he and his fiancee are calling off their engagement due to the ongoing contention with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, four years after their divorce. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny have agreed to mediate parenting issues and other concerns in their contentious divorce, a South Carolina family court judge said Monday.

Judge: Sanfords to mediate over parenting issues

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 29 min ago
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge says U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife have agreed to mediate issues concerning parenting of their four sons.

Ray Rice plans to appeal suspension

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 38 min ago
Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Politics a family business for many U.S. candidates this year

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 48 min ago

File photo of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas at a media conference near Caddo Gap, ArkansasBy Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - Fighting for his political survival in a race that could swing majority control of the U.S. Senate, Arkansas Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor is leaning on a political asset no amount of campaign money can buy. His dad. David Pryor, the popular former Arkansas governor and senator, is meeting with voters across the state and has appeared in a campaign ad, touting a family brand his son hopes will lure voters in a state President Barack Obama lost by 24 points in 2012. ...

Pregnant Philadelphia woman, unborn child, killed in shooting -police

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 53 min ago
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An unborn child whose mother was killed in a weekend shooting in Philadelphia has died after being delivered by Caesarian section. Philadelphia police say Megan Doto, 26, was shot in the face while sitting in front of her house just before noon on Sunday. She was pronounced dead soon afterward at Temple University Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency C-section. The baby was in critical condition before dying at 1:13 a.m. ET (0513 GMT) Monday. Police said they have no suspects in the shooting. ...

Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 5 min ago

45 a.m. EDT Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. At 5 a.m. EDT Odile had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and was moving north-northwest at 15 mph. (AP Photo/NOAA)CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage.

Sweden's far-right rises amid immigration debate

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 30 min ago

Opposition leader Stefan Lofven speaks at the election night party of the Social Democrats, in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power as the leaders of a left-leaning bloc that defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday, but without an absolute majority. (AP Photo / News Agency TT, Jonas Ekstromer) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish far-right party demanding sharp cuts in immigration has more than doubled its support in a parliamentary election.

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 42 min ago

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, residents look at a sign with the words "China's First Cellphone Lane" explaining the use of a lane which separates those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The Chinese city took a cue from a U.S. TV program and created a sidewalk with a separate lane for those with heads tucked into smartphones, as a reminder not to tweet while walking the street.(AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Eurozone economic growth forecast cut

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 53 min ago

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble speaks during a news conference in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. European finance ministers are discussing proposals for leveraging private investments to relaunch the continent's moribund economy. European ministers are holding their first meeting since European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi outlined a three-pillared strategy to save the eurozone economy. Saturday's session was focusing on a proposal for 300 billion euros ($388 billion) in investments to revive the economy. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A major international organization has cut its growth forecast for the countries that use the euro and says the troubled currency union needs even more stimulus from the central bank and governments.

2 costumed characters, 3rd man arrested in NYC

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 57 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Two costumed characters in Times Square and another man have been arrested after police say they got into a fist fight.

Detroit bankruptcy trial may be suspended again

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 8 min ago
DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit says it has ironed out details of a settlement with a major opponent in its bankruptcy case.

For fans, college football poses wedding dilemma

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 8 min ago

Emily Younker poses for a portrait on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. She isn’t getting married until next year but she’s already made sure the date doesn’t conflict with college football. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Emily Younker isn't getting married until next year but she's already made sure the date doesn't conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 25 min ago

In this Sept, 4, 2014 photo, a patient is prepped for her breast augmentation at the metropolitan outpatient surgery center in Caracas, Venezuela. Doctors say restrictive currency controls that deprive local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods have caused breast implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to disappear. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the socialist South American country, but surgeons say the issue cuts to the psyche of the image-conscious Venezuelan woman. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.