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How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:29
The Associated Press-GfK poll on the midterm elections was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 16-20. It is based on online interviews of 1,608 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2013 file photo, stickers wait for voters at a polling place in Philadelphia. Two weeks before election day, the nation’s likely voters have started seeing eye-to-eye with the election prognosticators. Most now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, more say that’s the outcome they’d like to see. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.


More than 20 children attacked by bees at Texas school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:25
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A swarm of bees attacked two dozen children at a school near Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday after a student appeared to rattle a nest during a gym-class soccer game, a school spokeswoman said, Four of the children, who are in sixth grade, were taken to the hospital. There was no immediate information on their condition. The nest was in an underground irrigation box at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, said Kristin Courtney, a spokeswoman for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

5 Jonestown victims buried in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:18
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five victims of the 1978 mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, were laid to rest after their cremated remains were recently discovered inside an abandoned Delaware funeral home.

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was liar or high

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:17

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, Robel Phillipos, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrives at federal court to attend his trial in Boston. Closing arguments are being held in the case Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Phillipos is charged with lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room while two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence several days after the April 15, 2013 attack. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn't remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight.


Fate of accused Boston bomber's friend hinges on marijuana defense

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

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys clashed in court on Tuesday over whether a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber was too high on marijuana to have deliberately lied to investigators about his role in the aftermath of the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. A federal prosecutor said Robel Phillipos, 21, lied repeatedly to FBI agents after the April 15, 2013, attack before finally confessing to entering Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room with two other men to remove a backpack containing empty fireworks shells. ...


Ukraine, Russia end gas talks without breakthrough

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:12

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin lunch together after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian leader Vladimir Putin was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key Western leaders in an attempt to negotiate a full end to hostilities in Ukraine that could ease sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, POOL)BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume European Union-sponsored talks next week.


Dish drops Turner channels as contract renewal talks fail (Oct. 21)

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:02

The sign in the lobby of the corporate headquarters of Dish Network is seen in the Denver suburb of EnglewoodBy Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Dish Network has stopped carrying Turner Broadcasting's channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, as the companies failed to renew their distribution deal. Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner Inc, said on Tuesday it worked for months to come to an agreement with Dish and accused the satellite TV company of "operating in a disruptive manner". ...


Real estate agent testifies about fatal carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:54
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One stranger tapped on the passenger-side window. Another popped up at her door and jumped in the back.

Stinky seaweed piling up at upscale Laguna Beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:51
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Warmer water and recent storm swells are to blame for mounds of stinky kelp piling up on the sand in the upscale Southern California resort city of Laguna Beach, scientists say.

Judge drops hints as Detroit bankruptcy case nears finish line

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:48

A mural that reads "Detroit Lives!" is displayed on the side of a building in DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy dropped hints on Tuesday on what he wants to hear in the city's closing statements and what he may be scrutinizing in creditor settlements. The city's emergency manager also testified in federal court on Tuesday that a recent settlement with the last major holdout creditor was important to keeping elements of Detroit's debt adjustment plan together. "We are getting finality and stability going forward," state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr told U.S. ...


Correction: Pennsylvania Employees-Porn story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:40
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, The Associated Press attributed a statement to an attorney for McCaffery, Dion Rassias. The statement was distributed by Frank Keel, who said Tuesday he wrongly attributed the comments to Rassias due to miscommunication. Keel, who described himself as an unofficial media adviser to the court, said the statement was from him.

Dominican Republic joins entry ban for Ebola-affected countries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:40
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country's Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in the Americas, including Colombia, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, to issue travel bans. ...

New Jersey school officials to tackle hazing scandal, suspensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:39
By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been suspended and charged with sexually abusing four freshmen members of the team. The head coach and four coaching assistants were suspended as well last week, according to local media. School officials have not officially confirmed those suspensions. ...

'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:36

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie and his dog, Buster, search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — Increasingly, police investigators and courts are putting their faith in four-legged tools — canines that can detect even small particles of human remains.


Campaign consultant pleads guilty to embezzling $1.8 million in Texas race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:33
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A political consultant hired for the failed 2012 campaign of Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for a U.S. Senate seat pleaded guilty on Tuesday to siphoning off about $1.8 million in campaign funds for his personal use, prosecutors said. Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield was charged with embezzling campaign funds and using the money for his mortgage, tuition for his children, investments and other personal expenses, prosecutors said. ...

Law signed to curb Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:24

Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, reaches out to hug Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett after he signed into law the Re-victimization Relief Act bill Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Corbett signed into law the measure he says is intended to curb the "obscene celebrity" he says is cultivated by convicts like Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Daniel Faulkner. Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is on left. (AP Photo/Michael Sisak)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the cause célèbre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the "obscene celebrity" cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims.


'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:15

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie points as his dog Buster sets off to search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He's clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California's Eastern Sierra region.


Zoo boosts security after Tasmanian devil's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:10

This April, 30, 2014 photo provided by ABQ BioPark shows a male marsupial, known by keepers as "Jasper," who is one of four Tasmanian devils introduced to Zoo visitors last Dec. 2013. Keepers found Jasper dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 as staff prepared to open the zoo to the public. The killing of the rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at the New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. (AP Photo/Raymond Watt, ABQ BioPark)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at a New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


Northrop protests U.S. Air Force radar award to Raytheon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:10

The corporate logo of Northrop Grumman is shown on a Fire Scout MQ-8 B unmanned helicopter in CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp on Tuesday said it had filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office against the U.S. Air Force's decision to pick Raytheon Co to develop a next-generation, long-range radar system. Raytheon beat out Northrop and Lockheed Martin Corp to develop a replacement for the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960s. ...