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Philadelphia congressman, associates face corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:04
The federal corruption trial of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania is to begin on Monday with opening statements, three weeks after he lost the Democratic primary election for his seat in the Philadelphia area. Fattah, 59, is accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign, charity and federal grant money while engaging in a series of fraudulent schemes over several years. In 2007, prosecutors say, Fattah accepted a secret $1 million loan from a wealthy benefactor for a mayoral campaign that would prove unsuccessful, then misappropriated charitable and taxpayer funds to pay it back.

Norway's oil fund to sue Volkswagen over emissions scandal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:25
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's $850 billion oil fund plans to sue Volkswagen over the company's emissions-cheating scandal.

'McDonald's Diet' brand ambassador dropped from schools: company

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:23

A McDonald's sign is shown outside one of their restaurants in EncinitasBy Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former Iowa science teacher and McDonald's Corp "brand ambassador," who preached the virtues of walking and near-daily french fries in presentations to youth, is no longer visiting U.S. schools, the fast-food chain said on Friday. The program presented by John Cisna, author of the book "My McDonald's Diet: How I lost 37 pounds in 90 days and became a viral media sensation," was sharply criticized by teachers, parents and public health advocates who accused McDonald's of trying to hook youngsters on unhealthy food. Cisna's program included a documentary and discussion guide edited by McDonald's, which hired him in 2015 and provides him with a stipend for time and travel related to his speaking engagements.


Funeral for woman killed in Maryland shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:51
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A funeral is being held for a Maryland woman who police say was fatally shot by a federal security officer now charged with three murders.

'60 Minutes' honors correspondent Morley Safer as he retires

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:30

This Oct. 6, 2008 photo released by CBS shows "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer during the program's 40th anniversary celebration in New York. Safer will say farewell Sunday on "60 Minutes" as he is honored by the newsmagazine where he's been a fixture for all but two of its 48 years. (John Paul Filo/CBS via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — "60 Minutes" said goodbye to Morley Safer on Sunday, honoring the newsman who has been a fixture at the CBS newsmagazine for all but two of its 48 years


Citizen-scientists: Uncle Sam wants you to fight Zika!

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:06

In this May 5, 2016 photo, student Chloe Colston, 15, labels a cup for mosquito larva collection at her school in Mahanttan, KS. The mosquitoes that can spread the disease Zika are already buzzing in places around the United States but the U.S. government could use a little help figuring out exactly where. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says high school students can do this important work using plastic cups and brown paper towels, mapping hotspots for mosquito controllers. (AP Photo/Josh Replogle)MIAMI (AP) — The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us. The U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where.


Even on US turf, culture clashes make China firms tough foes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:06

In this Friday, May 6, 2016, photo, Tang Energy CEO Patrick Jenevein poses for a photo in his office in Dallas. Several months earlier, Tang Energy won an arbitration case arising from a contract with Aviation Industry Corp., a conglomerate owned by the Chinese government. AVIC has challenged the ruling in federal court, arguing that as an arm of the Chinese government, it isn't subject to American arbitrators. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies have found it can be tough to do business in China. Now, as more Chinese firms invest in the United States, they're finding it can be hard to contend with Chinese companies on American turf, too.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:01
"I think I'm running on common sense. I think I'm running on what's right. I don't think in terms of labels." — Donald Trump in a recent interview with The Associated Press on how some of his policy ideas, such as trade and national defense, run counter to the Republican Party.

Pilot's body found in small plane wreckage in California

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pilot was found dead in the wreckage of a small plane crash in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles hours after it disappeared from radar amid foggy, cloudy conditions, authorities said Sunday.

Hours after dad gives up, son in Utah entrapment case caught

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:15

This photo provided by Centerville Police shows Flint Wayne Harrison, 51. Utah police are searching for two suspects, Flint Wayne Harrison and Dereck James Harrison, after a woman and her four teenage daughters were lured to a house and tied in a basement before they managed to escape, authorities said Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Centerville Police via AP)PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — A woman and her four teenage daughters who were lured to a Utah house and tied up in the basement were thrilled and relieved to learn the father and son charged in the bizarre attack were in custody in Wyoming, authorities said Sunday.


Verizon, unions set to return to bargaining table

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon and union officials representing about 39,000 striking landline and cable workers in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., agreed to restart negotiations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:44

Jennifer Parrott, a certified nurse practitioner, does charting at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Emergency Department, in Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 13, 2016. Republican leaders in Oklahoma are moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from President Obama's new health care system. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state's health care system.


Will robot cars drive traffic congestion off a cliff?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:32

FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file photo, a Google self-driving car goes on a test drive near the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much.


Coast Guard calls off search for passenger missing from cruise ship off Texas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:10

The large seawall that protects Galveston from major storms and the rising waters of the Gulf of Mexico is seen on Galveston IslandThe cruise ship alerted the Coast Guard on Friday that Samantha Broberg, 33, was missing and might have fallen overboard about 195 miles (315 km) from the Texas coast. The Coast Guard said in a statement that its 8th District command center had coordinated 20 hours of aerial searching with a combined search area of more than 4,300 square miles.


Trump aide dismisses audio tape as Democrats raise character issue

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:56

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Eugene OregonBy Ginger Gibson and David Lawder WASHINGTON, 2016 - A top aide to Donald Trump said on Sunday he did not believe the Republican presidential front-runner posed as his own spokesman to brag about his personal life, a controversy that came as Democrats sharpen their attacks on the billionaire's character. The Washington Post released an audio recording on Friday of a man who identified himself as Trump publicist "John Miller" and talked about the real estate tycoon's romantic encounters in a 1991 conversation with a People magazine reporter. After listening to the tape while appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" show, senior Trump adviser Paul Manafort said he did not believe it was the Republican candidate's voice despite his past admissions of sometimes using a pseudonym.


Kenyan runners win San Francisco's Bay to Breakers race

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:55

Kenyan runners win San Francisco's Bay to Breakers raceKenya's Isaac Mukundi Mwangi was the first racer to cross the finish line in San Francisco's 105th annual Bay to Breakers race Sunday, followed by female winner Caroline Chepkoech who also from Kenya.


Pittsburg officials consider installing cameras along Highway 4 after shootings

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:34

Pittsburg officials consider installing cameras along Highway 4 after shootingsShootings are a problem throughout the East Bay, so the Pittsburg City Council will vote Monday whether to install cameras along Highway 4 to help keep the community safe.


Coast Guard halts search for missing cruise ship passenger

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:14
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search in the Gulf of Mexico for a passenger missing from a cruise ship that sailed out of Galveston, Texas.

Nintendo eyeing filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:52
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth.

Interstate in Arizona closed due to 100-mile police chase

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:45
ASH FORK, Ariz. (AP) — Interstate 40 near Ash Fork was closed in both directions Sunday afternoon after a tractor-trailer rig led police on a 100-mile chase.