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University of Miami's Donna Shalala to retire, former Clinton official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:33
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - University of Miami President Donna Shalala, a former Clinton administration official who was considered a major catch by the school when she joined in 2001, said on Monday she plans to step down at the end of the academic year. Shalala, 73, took over at Miami's top private university after serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under President Bill Clinton, longer than any other person has held the post. While the announcement came as a surprise, Shalala said she felt she had accomplished her mission of securing Miami's place "as the next great American research university," according to a statement on the university's website.

Clinton, Bush yuk it up, launch scholars program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:26

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George W. Bush, laugh while participating in the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program Launch, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at The Newseum in Washington. The two are launching a new scholars program at four presidential libraries, aiming to help academics and business leaders learn more about presidential leadership. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Political opposites turned friends, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush launched a new scholars program at four presidential centers with an opening act that might have been mistaken for a comedy routine.


Triple shooting reported in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:21

 Man shoots, woman, her son, then self in Juniata ParkThree people were reportedly shot in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia on Monday.


Cameras capture Center City deli burglary in progress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:18

Cameras capture Center City deli burglary in progressPhiladelphia police are asking for your help in finding the man who they say burglarized a deli in Center City.


London's Luton airport reopens after alert

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:16
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of passengers were evacuated and flights were suspended for hours Monday from Luton Airport near London after a suspicious package was found in a security-screening area.

Struggling Tunisia appeals to world for investment

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

Tunisian prime minister Mehdi Jomaa, right, greets his French counterpart Manuel Valls, at Tunis-Carthage Airport in Tunis. Sunday, Sept. 07, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister on Monday called for greater foreign investment to help support the country's ailing economy and the transition to democracy.


2 reportedly shot in Juniata Park

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

 Man shoots, woman, her son, then self in Juniata ParkTwo people were reportedly shot in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia on Monday.


Yosemite National Park wildfire burns four square miles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:58
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire that prompted the rescue of 185 hikers in Yosemite National Park has blackened four square miles of back country wilderness, officials said Monday, as crews hoped rainy weather would give them a chance to gain some control over the flames. The so-called Meadow Fire, which flared out of control on Sunday afternoon, stranded 85 hikers on top of Half Dome, the park's signature rock formation, requiring them to be flown out by helicopter, Yosemite spokeswoman Ashley Mayer said. Another 100 park visitors were evacuated from Little Yosemite Valley and a number of hiking trails were closed because of the encroaching flames, Mayer said. There were no reports of injuries or damage to structures from the blaze, which was burning in Yosemite's back country away from populated areas and tourist attractions.

Rep. Dingell hospitalized with abdominal pain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:49

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, was hospitalized Monday after experiencing abdominal pain but is "doing well" and is expected to be released in a few days, according to his office.


U.S. Representative John Dingell, 88, hospitalized: staff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:35

FILE - In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Dingell is being hospitalized in Detroit after experiencing abdominal pain. The Dearborn Democrat's office says the 88-year-old Dingell was admitted Monday to Henry Ford Hospital and doctors expect to release him in a few days. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)(Reuters) - Representative John Dingell of Michigan, the longest serving member of the U.S. Dingell, a Democrat, is 88 years old and earlier this year announced he would not run for re-election in November. His wife, Debbie Dingell, in August won the Democratic Party primary election to run for his seat. If she wins in November she would be the third in an unbroken linen of Dingells in the seat, which began in 1933 when John Dingell Sr. was first elected to Congress.


Teen shot in the chest during robbery in Torresdale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:33

Teen shot in the chest during robbery in TorresdaleAuthorities say a teenager was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery in Philadelphia's Torresdale neighborhood.


Gov. Christie directive will allow sports betting in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:32

 NJ casinos, tracks can offer sports bettingGov. Chris Christie has issued a directive letting casinos and racetracks offer sports betting in New Jersey.


Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:23

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 file photo provided by Robert A. Franco, a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposes deep-injection wells. Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on the billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater, says the messages are coming down. Boals told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners are ending his lease agreement Tuesday, Sept. 9. He said a July lawsuit contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks prompted them to end his three-month verbal agreement after two months. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.


Body found in Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:23

Body found in Schuylkill River near Boathouse RowPolice are investigating the discovery of a body in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.


University of Miami President Shalala to retire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:12
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — University of Miami President Donna Shalala plans to step down in 2015, ending a tenure in which she raised the school's profile but also guided the athletic department through a controversial move to the Atlantic Coast Conference and a scandal involving a rogue former booster.

Indiana police officer killed in apparent ambush

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:03
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana police officer has died after being shot in an apparent ambush by a man who subsequently killed himself.

Tennis star Nishikori mania hits Japan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:01

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, flips his racket in the air during a practice session in preparation for Monday's final match against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)TOKYO (AP) — Surging tennis star Kei Nishikori is all the rage in Japan after becoming the first Asian player to reach the U.S. Open men's final. His Uniqlo-brand tennis shirts have sold out, as have the Wilson rackets he uses. Thousands of people have signed up for the satellite TV channel showing the U.S. Open. Many Japanese plan to wake up early Tuesday Japan time to see if Nishikori can make history again when he faces Marin Cilic from Croatia in the finals.


Southwest changing the look of its planes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:57
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is putting a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes.

Prince William and wife Kate thrilled at second baby news

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:55

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sit on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in LondonBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William said on Monday he and wife Kate were thrilled to be expecting their second baby, after news of the pregnancy was released early because the Duchess had been suffering from morning sickness. The baby will be fourth-in-line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder brother George, the couple's first child born in July last year. The announcement was made on Monday after Kate was forced to pull out of an official engagement at the University of Oxford because she was feeling unwell. "We're immensely thrilled, it's great news, early days but I'm hoping that things settle down, she feels a bit better," Prince William told reporters on the visit.


Families mark 20th anniversary of Pa. plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 23:50
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — The families of 132 passengers and crew killed when USAir flight crashed near Pittsburgh International Airport 20 years ago are gathering one last time to remember the tragedy.