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How prepaid cards work and why Feds are watching

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:33

FILE - This Feb. 15, 2010 file photo shows Visa prepaid cards at a Duane Reade drug store in New York. New rules unveiled Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would protect prepaid card users against unauthorized charges and provide them with monthly billing statements. (AP Photo/Candice Choi, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Prepaid cards allow users to store and spend their money without tying themselves to a traditional bank. Now regulators want many of the protections that cover bank accounts expanded to this product.


AP Exclusive: Drones patrol half of Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:39

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol drone aircraft is prepped prior to it's flight, Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014 at Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border. It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. (AP Photo/Matt York)SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.


New consumer protections for prepaid cards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:32

FILE - This Feb. 15, 2010 file photo shows Visa prepaid cards at a Duane Reade drug store in New York. New rules unveiled Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would protect prepaid card users against unauthorized charges and provide them with monthly billing statements. (AP Photo/Candice Choi, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards.


New Orleans detectives faulted for ignoring sex crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:52
(Reuters) - Hundreds of sex crime complaints to the New Orleans Police Department over a three-year period went virtually uninvestigated, city watchdog and police officials said on Wednesday. Roughly 1,300 sexual assault calls were assigned to five detectives between 2011 and 2013, and in 65 percent of those cases officers filed no follow-up reports, the office of the city's inspector-general said in a report. ...

California leads by example on climate change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:53

In this photo taken Nov. 12, 2014, Lydia Holland fills up at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif. The United States and China can look to California as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming, since the state has imposed some of the world’s toughest air quality standards as it moves to lower emissions. The state has opted to impose extra costs on businesses that emit pollutants, with projections that a spike in fuel prices will hit consumers next year as fuels including gasoline are included under California’s cap-and-trade program.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. and China — the world's top two polluting nations — turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming.


Carmakers unite around privacy protections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

Shots fired at police during standoff in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:28

Shots fired at police during standoff in Upper DarbyShots were fired during a brief standoff that ensued when officers were called to the report of a distraught man in Upper Darby.


South Philadelphia residents protest proposed casino

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

South Philadelphia residents protest proposed casinoResidents came out by the hundreds to protest against the site of a proposed casino at 9th Street and Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.


Teen spreads memoir to classrooms with free guide

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

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Malala Yousafza speaks about her fight for girls' education on the International Day of the Girl, at the World Bank in Washington. Malala, a Nobel Prize winner and global icon for girls’ education, is spreading her philosophies of human rights and youth empowerment to college and high school classrooms across the world. George Washington University, The Malala Fund and publisher of the memoir by Malala Yousafzai are launching a free, online resource guide for college and university classrooms to use while teaching her book, “I Am Malala.” A high school version of the online guide will be available next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Prize winner and global icon for girls' education, is spreading her philosophies of human rights and youth empowerment to college and high school classrooms across the world.


Hong Kong stock regulators struggle to spot fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few American investors have ever visited Hong Kong's stock exchange, a cavernous trading hall at the base of a skyscraper in the city's central district. Their money, however, is far more likely to be acquainted with the Hong Kong Market.

1 dead, innocent bystander wounded in South Philly shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:47

1 dead, innocent bystander wounded in South Philly shootingOne person is dead and an innocent bystander was wounded when gunfire broke out in South Philadelphia.


New Jersey teen sues estranged parents for college tuition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:38

New Jersey teen sues estranged parents for college tuitionShould parents be required to pay for their children's college education? A 21-year-old in New Jersey sued her parents for that right and the judge ruled in her favor.


New York ex-cop acquitted on cannibalism plot gets supervised release

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:36

File photo of Former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle and his mother Elizabeth Valle leaving the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Lower ManhattanBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four months after the reversal of his conviction for plotting to kidnap and cannibalize women, a former New York City policeman on Wednesday walked out of a federal courthouse, sentenced to time already served and supervised release for a lesser offense. Judge Paul Gardephe overturned the conspiracy conviction against Gilberto Valle in July, accepting defense assertions that Valle had merely been fantasizing about kidnapping and cooking women to indulge a sexual fetish. Gardephe ruled that expressions of fantasy were protected under the U.S. Constitution. ...


Town's tobacco ban hearing too rowdy, ends early

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:34

Rowdy citizens hold signs, shout, and wave an American flag, moments before the Westminster Board of Health meeting on the proposed tobacco ban was shut down, at the Westminster Elementary School, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Westminster, Ma. A public meeting on a central Massachusetts town's proposed first-in-the-nation ban on tobacco and nicotine sales ended early Wednesday because officials say the crowd was getting too unruly to continue. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Steve Lanava)WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — Only a handful of people were able to speak on a proposal that could make the tiny Massachusetts town of Westminster the first in the nation to ban all sales of tobacco products when boos and shouts from the crowd shut down the public hearing Wednesday night.


Dangling workers rescued from World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:17

A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the 1 World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper, where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Two window washers were trapped on a dangling scaffold nearly 70 stories up the new 1 World Trade Center tower for nearly two hours on Wednesday before firefighters sawed through a thick double-layered window to reach them.


Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:15

FILE - This April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo. Federal officials are preparing to announce whether the Gunnison sage grouse will be protected under the Endangered Species Act, which could restrict oil and gas development and other land use in Colorado and Utah. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter, File(DENVER (AP) — Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird's habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah.


Tribes to receive Yellowstone bison held by Turner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:44

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont. Almost a decade after they were first captured from Yellowstone National Park, a group of wild bison that has spent years in limbo after government officials could find no place to relocate the animals were due to be shipped from a ranch near Bozeman Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 for placement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of Yellowstone National Park bison is due to finally arrive at a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation on Thursday, almost a decade after they were captured and spared from slaughter.


FedEx workers at New Jersey facility vote against unionization

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:41

FedEx delivery truck is seen in San Diego, CaliforniaCHICAGO (Reuters) - Workers at a Newark, New Jersey, FedEx Freight facility voted against joining a union on Wednesday, in a blow to a concerted drive by the Teamsters to unionize FedEx Corp. "We are proud of our employees for doing their homework on the union and making an informed decision against third-party interference," FedEx Freight said in a statement after the result was announced. ...


Lava burns asphalt at edge of Hawaii town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:21

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, and provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano that began on June 27 pushes its way through a fence of a now-closed refuse transfer station and moves down the slope onto station grounds in Pahoa, Hawaii. The flames are caused by burning asphalt. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — The stream of lava threatening a small Hawaii town is burning asphalt as it oozes into the driveway of a trash transfer station.