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Democrats reframe debate on health care

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:15

FILE - In this file photo taken June 14, 2014, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, left, campaigns for re-election with his father, former U.S. Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., center, in Warren, Ark. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation’s new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing.


Fitbit to Schumer: We don't sell personal data

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:13
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:04
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday.

Philly, blue-collar workers union reach contract deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:56

Philly, blue-collar workers union reach contract dealThe city of Philadelphia and the union representing its blue-collar workers have reached tentative agreement on a new labor contract after years of negotiations.


Philadelphia Police: Man killed trying to break into vehicle in Frankford; owner questioned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:53

 Man killed trying to break into truck in Frankford; owner questionedPolice say the man who was shot and killed on Friday morning in the Frankford section was trying to break into a car at the time of the shooting.


Woman with no fingerprints faces theft, forgery charges in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:51

Ann Marie Miller is seen in an undated picture released by the Allen County Sheriff's Office in Lima, OhioBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A disbarred lawyer who removed her fingerprints to hide her identity will be extradited to Colorado to faces charges that she swindled at least two people out of their homes, authorities said on Wednesday. Ann Marie Miller, 40, made national headlines this month after Ohio authorities went public seeking to identify a woman they arrested in July who had used chemicals to obscure her fingerprints. She is set to go on trial next month in Allen County, Ohio, on a felony tampering charge. Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors have a detainer hold on Miller, and that they will file extradition papers to move her to Colorado after she is tried in Ohio.


Lawyer wants seized $125K wine collection back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:51
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer convicted of selling high-end wine from his home cellar despite strict Pennsylvania liquor laws hopes to win back the seized collection before it's destroyed.

Philadelphia Police: Man killed trying to break into car in Frankford; owner questioned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:50

 Man killed trying to break into truck in Frankford; owner questionedPolice say the man who was shot and killed on Friday morning in the Frankford section was trying to break into a car at the time of the shooting.


Police officer stalked, harassed ex-girlfriend through texts, social media, grand jury says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:43

Police officer stalked, harassed ex-girlfriend through texts, social media, grand jury saysA Brick Township police officer has been suspended without pay after a grand jury found he used phone calls, text messages, and social media to stalk and harass a former girlfriend.


Alabama teacher suspended after shooting lesson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:38
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

Suspect in killing cites 'stand your ground' law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:34
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor says an Alabama man accused of stabbing his cousin to death over borrowed movies is citing the state's "stand your ground" law in asking that the case be dismissed.

Union group seeks quick ruling on Illinois pension reform lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:26
A coalition of public labor unions is seeking an expedited ruling in consolidated lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a new Illinois pension law. We Are One Illinois and other parties filed a motion in Sangamon County Circuit Court on Thursday asking for a ruling in their favor in light of a July Illinois Supreme Court decision that underscored state constitutional protection for public sector retirement benefits. The state's high court ruled on July 3 that health care for retired state workers is a pension benefit protected by a state constitutional provision prohibiting the diminishment or impairment of those benefits. The same provision is the focus of the lawsuits filed against the pension reform law the Illinois legislature passed in December.

Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:14

 Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slavesA northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said.


Guidelines spell end of Ohio schools' pink cookie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:44
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A favorite — and locally famous — cafeteria treat is off the menu forever in one northeast Ohio school system because of new federal nutritional guidelines.

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:38

Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, right, hugs a member of the medical staff that treated him, after being released from Emory University Hospital Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Atlanta. Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, who was also infected with the Ebola virus, was released from the hospital Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus.


Early grape crush kicks off California's winemaking season

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:36

Schiopettino grapes are shown on a vine at the University of California Davis during a wine grape harvest in DavisBy Jennifer Chaussee DAVIS California (Reuters) - At the University of California's prized winemaking institute near Sacramento, a sleek metal wine crusher on Thursday morning let out a deep rumble and began to shake, jostling grapes made sweeter by the state's ongoing drought into sticky juice. "All right, let's go!" hollered Chik Brenneman, resident winemaker at U.C. Davis, to his team of four student workers. A teal-colored tractor dumped a square plastic drum of freshly harvested Chardonnay grapes into the mouth of the roaring machine and an earthy, tangy smell like fall leaves and sour fruit filled the air. The early harvest has stoked winemakers' concerns that ongoing drought conditions could pose a serious threat to wine quality next year, since grapes that ripen too fast can become too sweet for winemaking.


Stocks little changed on Ukraine, Yellen speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:35

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. European stock markets turned lower on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, while Wall Street was expected to open flat, amid concerns of an escalation in the Ukrainian crisis after a Russian aid convoy entered the country. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were little changed Friday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure on how the nation's most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.


Oklahoma Catholic bishop drops suit over planned 'black mass'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:25
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma on Thursday dropped a lawsuit filed a day earlier against a Satanic church after it turned over to a Catholic priest a consecrated host, or communion wafer, Satanists planned to use in a "black mass." "I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual. A lawyer for the Angra Mainyu Satanic group named in the suit turned over the communion wafer on Thursday. The Catholic Archdiocese claimed the communion wafer was obtained "by illicit means." Adam Daniels, leader of Angra Mainyu, said the wafer was sent to him from a priest in Turkey who is also a Satanist.

Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:24

After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.


Ace Bayou recalls 2.2 million beanbag chairs after two deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:07
Ace Bayou Corp is recalling about 2.2 million beanbag chairs after the suffocation deaths of two children, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday.