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McDonald's to pare U.S. menus, ingredient lists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:50

A McDonald's restaurant is pictured in Encinitas, California(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said on Wednesday it plans to cut the number of items on its U.S. menus and use fewer ingredients in food as it moves to speed up service, bolster sales and offer consumers personalized options to compete better with Subway and Chipotle Mexican Grill.


Man kills himself at MGM Grand in Vegas, forcing evacuation: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:46
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Several rooms at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel And Casino were evacuated on Wednesday after a suicidal man barricaded himself in a room at the massive resort hotel before shooting himself to death, police said. A SWAT team responded to the hotel and sought to establish contact with the man but was unable to, said Larry Hadfield of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. When members of the SWAT team entered the room, they found the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said. The incident was being investigated as a suicide. ...

New York real estate scion on trial for trespassing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:45

Real estate heir Robert Durst leaves for a lunch break after appearing in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Real estate heir Robert Durst appeared in a New York courtroom on Wednesday on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family. Durst, who has been questioned about but never charged with several mysterious deaths and disappearances, is accused of violating a restraining order to keep away from relatives, including his brother, Durst Organization President Douglas Durst, in June 2013. "Douglas set me up and caught me," Durst, 71, told reporters outside Manhattan's criminal court. ...


Obama to Congress: give all kids chance at preschool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:41

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Early Education at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced more than $1 billion in public and private investments in preschool, but called on Congress to make more money available to programs. Obama praised Republican-led states like Oklahoma and Georgia for their preschool programs, saying the federal government can help other states follow their lead. "They’re not known as wild-eyed liberal states," Obama said. "But it just goes to show you that this is an issue that's bigger than politics." Fewer than a third of U.S. ...


Vegas high-roller living includes luxury, views

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:38

This photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, shows the chairman's suite on the 35th floor at the Venitian Hotel in Las Vegas. Few rarely see how the good life is lived in Sin City’s high-roller suites. There are no passwords to gain entry, often just long walks down hallways to an unassuming door that held ample room and amenities inside. Most are modern with glass and metals, snakeskin accents and plush bedding. The largest among them, at the Venetian, is classic with dark woods, elaborate tile and art that looked as if it could have been literally ancient. (AP Photo/Kimberly Pierceall)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The best view of the Las Vegas Strip might very well be from a toilet. Granted, a toilet inside a two-story, two-bedroom 1,450-square-foot suite on the 56th floor of Vdara in the CityCenter complex of hotels and casinos. It can run about $800 on a not-so-busy Vegas night.


NY man fined for calling boss a foreign spy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:29
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An electrical engineer for a defense contractor was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 180 hours of community service for falsely accusing his boss of spying for another country.

Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:28

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, a grocery store employee wipes down a soup bar with a display informing customers of organic, GMO-free oils in Boulder, Colo. House lawmakers expressed skepticism about mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods Wednesday as several states have moved to require such labels. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms _ or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs _ would be misleading to consumers since there is no evidence that such foods are unsafe. The food industry has made a similar argument. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.


Police say drug suspect brought heroin to court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:16
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man arriving in court to face heroin possession charges ended up making things worse for himself by showing up with hypodermic needles and what authorities believe was a ball of heroin in his pocket.

U.S. top court weighs Hong Kong woman's suit over strip-search

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:14

The Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court appeared divided on Wednesday as it weighed whether a Hong Kong woman who was strip-searched while in immigration detention waited too long before suing the U.S. government for monetary damages over her treatment. During a one-hour argument in the case, the liberals on the nine-member court seemed sympathetic to the plight of Kwai Fun Wong, a minister of a religious organization called the Wu-Wei Tien Tao Association. She was detained in Oregon in 1999 after the U.S. government concluded she had entered the country illegally. ...


California student hospitalized after allergic reaction to friend's medication

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:13

California student hospitalized after allergic reaction to friend's medicationA young woman is in intensive care after having an allergic reaction to her friend's medication that has caused her body to burn from the inside out.


The mystery of where Earth's water came from deepens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:11

The image comprised of four images taken with the navigation camera on Rosetta and released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 17, 2014 from a distance of 42 km (26 miles) from the center of the comet. The mystery of where Earth’s water came from has gotten murkier, with astronomers essentially eliminating one of the chief suspects: comets. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe closely examined the type of comet that some scientists theorized could have brought water to our planet 4 billion years ago. It found water, but the wrong kind.(AP Photo/ESA)WASHINGTON (AP) — The mystery of where Earth's water came from got murkier Wednesday when some astronomers essentially eliminated one of the chief suspects: comets.


Congress told US lags other nations on drones

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:09

FILE - In this March 12, 2014 file photo, a drone flies over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. A government watchdog says commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations to would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries. The Government Accountability Office (GAO_ also estimated Wednesday in prepared congressional testimony that it will be nearly years or longer before the Federal Aviation Administration issues final rules to permit commercial use of small drones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday.


'20th hijacker' seeks transfer to Guantanamo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:58
MIAMI (AP) — An imprisoned man known as the "20th hijacker" in the 9/11 terror attacks asked a South Florida federal judge Wednesday for a transfer to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where several alleged senior terror plotters are awaiting trial.

Three arrested for vandalizing Mary, Joseph statues in Chicago suburb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:49
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Suburban Chicago police have arrested three male juveniles for taking the heads off statues of Mary and Joseph in the garden of a Catholic church during the weekend, officials said on Wednesday. One of the three was heard yelling "Long live Satan!" while committing the vandalism at St. Odilo in west suburban Berwyn. The vandals also knocked down a statue of Jesus and threw eggs at a Nativity scene in front of the church, said city administrator Brian Pabst. ...

Man's body found in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:47

Man's body found in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating the discovery of a man's body in Kensington.


Four missing after fire rages through Connecticut home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:43
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Four adults were missing and feared dead in Enfield, Connecticut, on Wednesday after an early morning house fire that spread rapidly through their home near the Connecticut River, fire officials said. While the fire has been brought under control, firefighters said smoke was still bellowing from the duplex until midmorning. The four adults not yet found in the two-story building range in age from 40 to late 60s, fire officials said. They said five other people who were in the house when the fire broke out shortly before 6:15 a.m. ...

Official: Tubman's home located here, not there

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:41
FLEMING, N.Y. (AP) — A New York public official wants to set the record straight on where Harriet Tubman's upstate home is located.

Loaded gun found woman's bag at Yeager Airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:33
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman won't face charges after a loaded gun was found in her carry-on bag at an airport.

Funeral arrangements announced for Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:31

Funeral arrangements announced for Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig-LewisFuneral arrangements have been announced for Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis who died in the line of duty battling a fire in West Oak Lane.


Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:23

Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill CosbyA woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s has filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian in Massachusetts, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar when his lawyer called her claims "absolutely false."