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AccuWeather: Windy, Dangerous Cold Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:15

 Dangerous Cold Today, Snow TomorrowMeteorologist David Murphy says snow arrives Saturday afternoon.


Significant events before and during 2014 California rampage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 17:42

FILE- This undated file photo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows the driver license photo of Elliot Rodger, 22, who went on a murderous rampage Friday, May 23, 2014. Authorities concluded that Rodger who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last year acted alone. The Sheriff's Office released a report Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, on its eight-month investigation into the massacre. (AP Photo/California DMV, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Santa Barbara sheriff released a 64-page report Thursday detailing the May 23 rampage by Elliot Rodger that killed six University of California, Santa Barbara students and injured 14 others.


U.S. West Coast ports talks break for night without deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 16:33

Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los AngelesShipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports ended a third straight day of contract talks late on Thursday without a settlement, despite arm-twisting from the U.S. labor secretary, but planned to meet again on Friday. Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined the talks in San Francisco on Tuesday at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under growing political pressure to intervene in a dispute that has rippled through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain and could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.


Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 16:31

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, eggs for sale are seen in a Des Moines, Iowa grocery store. Drink less sugary soda, but an extra cup of coffee or two is OK. So are eggs. And as always, don’t forget your vegetables. A government advisory committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugars, but backs off stricter ones for salt and cholesterol intake. It calls for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.


Dollar Drag: surging buck hits US corporate earnings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 16:09

In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, a worker inspects bottles of Sprite at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Cibitung , West Java, Indonesia. When beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo turned in their quarterly results last week, both blamed the dollar for cutting into their profits because, like most U.S. corporations, they rely on overseas sales. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar.


Sheriff: N. Idaho escapee wounded by homeowner, captured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:26
WALLACE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner who escaped earlier from the county jail in Wallace, Idaho, was captured after he was shot and wounded by a homeowner.

Food companies aim to reinvent diet foods to stay relevant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:04
By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers are shifting away from weight-management foods, forcing companies ranging from Kellogg Co to Nestle SA to change ingredients and focus their marketing on different health benefits as sales slip. Food companies are grappling with how to market brands such as Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Special K, and come out with new products tailored to changing tastes. Nestle will shift its Lean Cuisine frozen dinners from a diet brand to one built around "healthy eating and healthy lifestyles," said Jeff Hamilton, president of the prepared food division, in an interview on Thursday. The company, whose 2014 sales fell below its long-term goals, said that its performance in North America was hurt by its frozen foods business.

'Parks and Recreation' writer-producer Harris Wittels dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:25

Parks and Recreation Producer Found Dead of Apparent Drug OverdoseLOS ANGELES (AP) — Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," was found dead Thursday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 30.


California refinery unit was down with problems before blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:21

The ExxonMobil refinery is seen after an explosion in a gasoline processing unit at the facility, in Torrance, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Two workers suffered minor injuries and a small fire at the unit was quickly put out. The incident triggered a safety flare to burn off flammable substances. The facility about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles covers 750 acres, employs over a thousand people, and processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day, according to the company. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday.


SF archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:18
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The archbishop of San Francisco sent a letter to California lawmakers on Thursday asking them to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings.

Clown from amusement park found in sex offender's home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:14

Wichita police burglary detective Matt Lang discusses how he located Joyland's organ-playing mascot Louie the Clown, foreground, at the daily police briefing in the Wichita City Hall police headquarters, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Wichita, Kan. Louie, who went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago, was found at the home of a sex offender who used to work at the park. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A ceramic clown that went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago has been found at the home of a sex offender who once worked at the park and two decades ago helped restore the clown.


For Obamacare challengers, a Supreme Court case built for speed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:05

A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court case that could shatter President Barack Obama’s healthcare law this year was launched as a backup plan by a libertarian group and a powerful Washington lawyer frustrated by the slow progress of their original lawsuit. Most states had declined to set up exchanges and the federal government stepped in to facilitate insurance-cost comparisons and enrollment.


US, Britain say Libya needs government before weapons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:01

In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Libyan military soldiers stand guard, east of the city of Misrata, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two of the most powerful members of the U.N. Security Council are rejecting Libya's call to lift a U.N. arms embargo so it can defend itself against the Islamic State group, saying Thursday that the chaotic country needs a national unity government first.


Raiders, Chargers plan possible shared Los Angeles-area home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:44

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 file photo,The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers face off against each other during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns. The teams announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a joint statement Thursday night, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement Thursday night, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.


Ferguson officials: No word on federal investigations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:33

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo, Ferguson mayor James Knowles III listens during a meeting of the Ferguson City Council in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, they haven’t heard from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding two federal investigations, one into the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and the other into the city police department’s practices. Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr and Knowles said they have not been contacted by the Department of Justice about any findings, nor given a timeline for completion of the investigations, which began soon after Ferguson officer Darren Wilson fatally shot the black 18-year-old on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson leaders said Thursday they haven't heard from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding two federal investigations, one into the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and the other into the practices of the city's police department.


Perez gives 2 sides in West Coast port talks Friday deadline

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:24

Loaded container trucks line-up at a gate at the Port of Seattle Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Seaports in the U.S. West Coast that were all but shut over the weekend because of a contract dispute are reopening as the nation's top labor official tries to solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that already has disrupted billions of dollars in U.S. international trade. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez plans to meet Tuesday in San Francisco with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and the maritime association, which represents shipping lines that carry cargo and port terminal operators that handle it once the ships dock. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official ratcheted up pressure on the two sides haggling over a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, telling them if they don't reach an agreement by Friday, they'll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington.


AccuWeather: Coldest Night In 21 Years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:44

 Coldest Night In 21 YearsMeteorologist Adam Joseph says records will fall Friday before snow Saturday.


INVESTIGATION: Teens getting high on easy-to-get drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:41

 Teens getting high on easy-to-get drugsThere is a new and dangerous way teens are getting high.


2 sought in armed robbery at T-Mobile store in Rhawnhurst

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:39

2 sought in armed robbery at T-Mobile store in RhawnhurstTwo suspects are being sought in an armed robbery of a T-Mobile store in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section.


Wynnewood couple celebrates 72nd wedding anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:27

Wynnewood couple celebrates 72nd wedding anniversaryA couple from Wynnewood is celebrating an incredible and rare milestone - their 72nd wedding anniversary.