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NYC reaches $40M wrongful conviction settlement with 5

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 18:36
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say New York City has agreed to pay $40 million to settle civil rights lawsuits filed by five people who claimed they were wrongfully convicted of murder in the Bronx.

6 people injured in Camden house blaze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 18:23

6 people injured, including 4 children in Camden house blazeViewer video shows intense flames of house burning in Camden.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:49

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is lit up in the color purple in New Orleans, Thursday, April 21, 2016, to honor pop legend Prince, who died today. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Volvo profits down as truck sales fall in North America

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:35
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish truck maker Volvo AB says its first-quarter profits dipped by 11 percent as demand dropped in North America.

Prince, Haggard, Bowie, White, Frey: Lousy year for music

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:30

Fans embrace by a makeshift memorial outside Paisley Park, the home of singer Prince, on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minn. The singer died Thursday at the age of 57. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NEW YORK (AP) — It's only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music.


2 hurt in 2-car crash in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:24

2 hurt in 2-car crash in Tioga-NicetownTwo people are in serious, but stable condition after a car crash in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.


AccuWeather: Very Warm, Late Showers, A T'Storm Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:21

 Very Warm, Late Showers, A T'Storm TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says showers and storms are spotty. The weekend looks dry, but a bit cooler.


Flames and smoke damage house in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:13

Flames and smoke damage house in GermantownFire crews battled flames and smoke inside a house in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood early Friday morning.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:52
"Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent." -President Barack Obama, in a statement on the death of music legend Prince.

Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:32

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area in San Francisco. Uber says it has settled a pair of major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will keep its drivers independent contractors instead of employees. The settlement announced by the ride-hailing company Thursday night, April 21, 2016, is a major step toward keeping its current thriving business model that has been threatened as drivers sought more rights. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It will cost Uber up to $100 million and took some significant policy concessions, but the ride-hailing company is forging forward with its thriving business model by keeping its drivers independent contractors, for now.


Everyone's talking about LGBT law -- except state lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:18

 "I don't know that I would at any point be ready to say we are going to make any changes. I just don't see the need for it." (Takaaki Iwabu/The News & Observer via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — While the whole country is talking about the North Carolina law that limits protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, a new survey shows one group that largely refuses to discuss it: the lawmakers who passed it.


The Paris climate deal at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:11

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2015 file photo, French President Francois Hollande, right, French Foreign Minister and president of the COP21 Laurent Fabius, second, right, United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres and United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon applaud after the final conference at the COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change, in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Governments have adopted a global agreement that for the first time asks all countries to reduce or rein in their greenhouse gas emissions. Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday, April 22, 2016, to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations.


One UK steel town, one crisis that affects the nation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 14:47

This Saturday, April 16, 2016, photo shows campaigners marching in an anti-austerity demonstration in central London. Tata Steel, a company based in India, announced plans to sell its U.K. businesses, which were losing 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) a day amid high costs and a glut of cheap Chinese steel in global markets. That raised fears the plant would close if Tata couldn’t find a buyer, eliminating 4,000 jobs and severing the economic lifeline of the town of Port Talbot. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVES; MANDATORY CREDITPORT TALBOT, Wales (AP) — To Mark Turner, the Tata Steel plant in this small Welsh town isn't just a factory. The steel worker sees two dragons, the plant's blast furnaces, breathing fire into the dawn sky over a town where monks first built a forge in the Middle Ages.


Solar plane slowly soaring from Hawaii to California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 14:35

The Solar Impulse 2 solar plane flies into the sunrise out of Kalaeloa Airport, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Kapolei, Hawaii. The solar plane will fly a two-and-a-half day journey to Northern California. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A solar plane on an around-the-world journey has reached the point of no return over the Pacific Ocean after departing Hawaii, and now it's California or bust.


Asian stocks fall after Wall Street snaps winning streak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 13:39

Asian stocks fall after Wall Street snaps winning streakAsian stocks fell Friday after Wall Street broke a three-day winning streak and declined. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.9 percent to 21,416.44 and the Shanghai Composite Index lost ...


Motorcyclist killed in Northeast Philadelphia collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:57

Motorcyclist killed in Northeast Philadelphia collisionA motorcyclist has been killed after a collision in Northeast Philadelphia.


Daimler investigating emissions after US request

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:52
DETROIT (AP) — German automaker Daimler AG is investigating at the request of the U.S. government what it says are "possible indications of irregularities" in its emissions certification process.

Answers to questions about Volkswagen dirty diesel deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:50

Joyce Ertel Hulbert, owner of a 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, holds a sign while interviewed outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Thursday, April 21, 2016. An agreement will give consumers who bought nearly 600,000 Volkswagen vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the cars or fix them, a judge said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)People who own one of 482,000 Volkswagen vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines will be able to sell them back to the company or have them fixed under terms of a deal announced Thursday by a federal judge.


Five from Texas college charged with stealing dinosaur bones in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:26
The bones, worth an estimated $2,500, are about 145-150 million years old and were illegally removed from a Jurassic period fossil trove at the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry in Wayne County, the Salt Lake Tribune said. Four former students and a former employee at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, were charged with theft and trespassing for peeling off from a sanctioned field trip at the quarry and hoarding the ancient fossils, the Tribune said. The accused also damaged the bones and the stone at the quarry, according to the charges cited by the Tribune.

Uber drivers remain independent contractors as lawsuit settled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:24

An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los AngelesBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit which resolves a major challenge to its business model by allowing the ride-hailing service to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as independent contractors. The lawsuit had claimed that Uber [UBER.UL] drivers are employees and thus entitled to reimbursement of expenses. The case against Uber had been closely watched in Silicon Valley, as other companies in the on-demand tech economy share Uber's reliance on independent contractors.