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NKorea tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:58

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 file photo, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. International pressure on North Korea began to mount early this year, when a groundbreaking U.N. report by a commission of inquiry laid out widespread abuses, including a harsh system of political prison camps of up to 120,000 people. The commission head, Michael Kirby, said the country's human rights situation "exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror." Now the European Union and Japan have teamed up on a demand for the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body, to follow the commission of inquiry's advice and refer North Korea's situation to the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen's contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations' bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his name card with a Gmail address and mobile number and suggests a "coffee meeting to exchange views."

Kerry says no quid pro quo in North Korea's release of American

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:44
BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there was no quid pro quo involved in North Korea's release of Jeffrey Fowle and expressed hope that denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang could start again soon. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family. The move comes as international pressure mounts on Pyongyang over its human rights record. Kerry said the U.S. was in contact with the families of the other detained Americans and hoped they would also be released soon. He said the U.S. ...

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:44

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoBy Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record. North Korea has been on a diplomatic campaign to counter charges by a U.N. body that highlighted widespread human rights abuses and a move by some U.N. members to refer the state to an international tribunal. ...

J&J to spend up to $200M on Ebola vaccine program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:42
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson will start safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus.

Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:31
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.

Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:20

Vehicles drive through field of heliostats at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada borderBy Nichola Groom (Reuters) - For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance. If utilities embrace home solar, their deep pockets and access to customers could transform what has been a fast-growing, but niche industry. Solar powers only half a million U.S. homes and businesses, according to solar market research firm GTM Research. ...

U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:11

Jay Radcliffe displays a Medtronic Corp insulin pump at his home in Meridian, IdahoBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...

Hungary planning onerous tax on Internet use

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:04
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Internet users, activist groups and opposition parties are rejecting a government plan to impose a heavy tax on Internet use from next year.

Violent crash splits car, shuts down City Avenue in Wynnefield

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:39

Violent crash kills driver, shuts down City Avenue in WynnefieldA violent crash in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia shut down City Avenue in both directions early Wednesday.

PHOTOS: Car crashes, splits on City Avenue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:37

 Car crashes, splits on City AvenueThe Action Cam was on City Avenue after a car hit a pole and a tree, shutting down a major area thoroughfare.

Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans 'irrational'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:33
By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries would help combat the spread of the deadly virus. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever thought to have originated in forest bats is the worst on record, having killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Travellers from the region have infected two people in the U.S. ...

Bank of England keeps rates steady

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:57
LONDON (AP) — Bank of England policymakers remain split on raising interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting to maintain a record low rate of 0.5 percent amid increasing pessimism about the global economy.

Methodist panel to hear appeal over gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:56
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination.

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:48

Amesbury High School footballCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday.

Germany's Lufthansa to sell IT division to IBM

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:18
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest airline, Lufthansa, says it plans to sell its information technology infrastructure division to IBM as part of a deal aimed at reducing the company's IT costs.

Heineken reports lower third quarter earnings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:10
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower, though sales in developing markets grew strongly.

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:04

Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CaliforniaBy Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday aged 93. Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. ...

Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:40

 A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case.

Judge to hear plea deal in oil patch killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:16

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Sidney, Mont., Police Dept. shows missing Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold. A plea agreement with prosecutors filed Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, calls for a 100-year sentence for Michael Keith Spell, 25, on a charge of deliberate homicide for the 2012 death of Arnold. A charge of attempted kidnapping would be dropped. (AP Photo/Sidney Montana Police Dept., File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge will consider a plea agreement Wednesday that calls for a Colorado man to plead guilty to killing a high school teacher and burying her in a shallow grave in the Bakken oil patch.

Website asks high court to throw out lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:14

People opposed to child sex trafficking rally outside of the Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. The court was hearing a case filed by three victims who say the website helps promote the exploitation of children. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website should be thrown out because the website didn't write the ads, so it's not liable.