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Hallmark pulls holiday wrapping paper with swastika-like image

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:31
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Hallmark Cards Inc, the purveyor of products that it says "make the world a more caring place," was pulling gift wrap from U.S. stores after a complaint that the paper appears to display a swastika, a symbol associated with the persecution of Jews. Hallmark issued an apology on Tuesday and said that the blue and silver wrapping paper was designed to represent a type of vessel, and any similarity to a swastika was unintentional. The company said the pattern has been in the company's reference archives for several years. ...

159 arrested in third night of California protests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:28

159 arrested in third night of California protestsHundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.


Obama wants diverse skills for federal managers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling on the government to improve the way it serves the public, President Barack Obama on Tuesday directed top management prospects in the federal bureaucracy to develop a more diverse set of skills as the upper ranks of the federal workforce retire in greater numbers.

Nissan settles class-action lawsuit claiming faulty brakes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:26

The Nissan logo sign is seen outside a Nissan auto dealer in Broomfield, ColoradoBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nissan North America has agreed to reimburse customers between $20 and $800 each to resolve a lawsuit alleging that defects in certain vehicles caused brakes to fail suddenly, according to court papers. The settlement agreement, filed on Dec. 5, would affect current or former owners of approximately 350,000 vehicles nationwide. They include Nissan Armadas, Infiniti QX56s or certain Nissan Titans, all model years 2004 to 2008, according to the court papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. If approved by U.S. ...


Man fatally shot after stabbing at NYC synagogue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:23

Man fatally shot after stabbing at NYC synagogueAn emotionally disturbed man stabbed an Israeli student in the head at an international Jewish organization in Brooklyn early Tuesday, then was shot and killed by a police officer after lunging at him with a knife, authorities said.


Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:11

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, thousands of soccer fans watch a live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and Argentina on a giant screen in the center of Eindhoven, Netherlands. The World Cup soccer tournament tops Facebook's list of most popular topics worldwide in 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.


Female firefighter is Philadelphia's first killed in the line of duty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:09

Philadelphia female firefighter killed in blaze identified"She had a strong worth ethic," said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. "She prided herself on working at busy fire companies."


U.S. citizen indicted in Israel on weapons charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:07
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has been indicted in Israel on weapons charges and told investigators he had been weighing the possibility of attacking Muslim holy sites, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Bet said on Tuesday. The man's lawyer told reporters that the Shin Bet was exaggerating the security implications of the case, which coincides with high Arab-Jewish tensions in Jerusalem over access to a holy site where the al-Aqsa mosque now stands and biblical Jewish temples once stood. ...

Houston police search for missing baby of dead woman found in refrigerator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:02
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Police are searching for a missing 11-month-old boy on Tuesday after his mother's corpse was found stuffed inside a refrigerator in their Houston apartment. The identity of the woman, 27, who was fatally stabbed, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston police said. Patrick Lambert 38, the child's father, is a person of interest in the case and wanted for questioning in both the disappearance of his son and the death of the child's mother, police said. ...

Police hunt for man, son after mom found in fridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:58
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man and his 11-month-old son after the child's mother body was found in a refrigerator in her Houston apartment.

New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed student in synagogue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:34

A man walks past the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the scene of a stabbing at the Brooklyn synagogue in New York CityBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police fatally shot a man armed with a knife on Tuesday after he stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel in a Brooklyn synagogue, and authorities quickly stepped up security at Jewish houses of worship around the city, police said. The suspect, Calvin Peters, 49, who has a history of mental illness, stabbed and wounded 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, who was studying at the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said. When police arrived at the synagogue at 1:40 a.m. ...


Amber Alert for baby in Texas after mom found in refrigerator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:09

Amber Alert for baby in Texas after mom found in refrigeratorPolice believe the 11-month-old baby is with his father, who's also a person of interest in the mother's death


White House rolls out new tire safety, efficiency program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday will roll out a new program aimed at getting U.S. consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes. The program, which will encourage consumers buying replacement tires to choose low rolling resistance tires, which cost more initially than those with more friction but increase fuel economy and save money on gasoline. ...

Amber Alert remains in effect for baby after mom found dead in refrigerator

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:58

Amber Alert for baby in Texas after mom found in refrigeratorPolice believe the 11-month-old baby is with his father, who's also a person of interest in the mother's death


NBC Universal launches fitness digital network

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:32
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Universal on Tuesday launched Radius, a digital fitness network that will allow people to work out with trainers on their smartphones or tablets.

Police: Man bought machete, attacked man he knew

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:23
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a Pittsburgh man bought an 18-inch machete from an Army-Navy store and within minutes attacked someone standing with his ex-girlfriend at a bus stop.

Teen placing coins on tracks crushed by train

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:14
LIVONIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana teenager playing a game with friends on train tracks was killed this weekend when some equipment threw him under one of the cars.

Dream on Me recalls playpens because of strangulation hazard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:04

LARGE_436AWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baby products company Dream On Me is recalling about 10,000 Incredible playpens because their rails can collapse and become a strangulation hazard for children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday. The South Plainfield, New Jersey, company is recalling two-level deluxe adjustable height playpens with model numbers starting with 436A, 436B, 436G, 436O, 436P and 436R, the commission said in a statement. There have been no reports of injuries or incidents from the devices, it said. ...


Missing dog almost returned to family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 22:56

Missing dog almost returned to familyA missing dog is missing no more, but that's just where the story begins.


'Die-in' protest reaches the Main Line

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 22:54

'Die-in' protest reaches the Main LineThe marches and 'die-in' protests sparking waves across this country reached the Main line Monday Night starting on busy Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr during the evening commute.