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Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:08

Balloons held by Yes supporters float next to balloons and posters held by No supporters after a No campaign event where a number of speeches were made by different people and politicians in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday's referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory — but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.


Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:32

Drag queens from left, Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.


Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:27

This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a geologist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory using a radar gun to measure the speed of the lava flow from the June 27th flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the slow-moving lava is expected to bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island.


Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:47

The smoldering empty shell of a local library and a Head Start center are all that remain Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, the day after a wildfire swept through Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, a saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.


AccuWeather: Summer Makes A Comeback

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:41

 Lots of Sun, 70s Again TodayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says summer will make a final appearance before Fall officially arrives Monday.


Catholic HS coach fired in connection to gay couple attack in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39

Catholic HS coach fired in connection to gay couple attack in PhiladelphiaThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia says they have fired an assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School in connection to an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia.


Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:32

FILE - In this June 13, 2014 file photo, a menu of eel dish is displayed at an eel specialized restaurant in Tokyo. Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agriculture ministry reported the agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan, reached Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the end of a meeting on conservation measures for eels. It calls for reducing eel hauls by 20 percent for one year, beginning in November. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species.


Drexel University receives $50 million gift for law school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:29

Drexel University receives $50 million gift for law schoolDrexel University received $50 million, the largest gift in its history, for the university's law school.


Sale of toy guns banned in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:28

Sale of toy guns banned in Atlantic CityAtlantic City officials have voted to ban the sale of toy guns.


Manhunt intensifies for suspect in Pa. trooper shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:26

Manhunt intensifies for suspect in Pa. trooper shootingPolice have released new photos and an updated description of the suspect in the killing of one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and the wounding of another.


Several questioned in connection to gay couple attack in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:19

Catholic HS coach fired in connection to gay couple attack in PhiladelphiaPolice say they are questioning several people in connection to an attack on two gay men in the Center City Philadelphia area.


Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:16

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman discusses voting trends with a class at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Capital Journal, Chris Neal)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison for insider trading.


Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:12

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell tells an audience in Anchorage, Alaska, the amount of this year's Permanent Fund Dividend that will go to most residents just for living in the state, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The $1,884 payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's a highly anticipated day of the year in Alaska, when residents learn how much money they'll receive from the state's oil-wealth savings account — a payout people receive just for living in The Last Frontier.


South Carolina father accused of killing kids feared them: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:55
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in Alabama feared that they were going to chop him up and feed him to the dogs, a local television station reported, citing arrest records. Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, is being held in South Carolina on murder charges after he allegedly killed his children, ages 1 to 8, and then drove their bodies through five states before dumping them in Alabama, according to authorities. ...

Man found shot dead in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:15

Man found shot dead in ChesterPolice are investigating a fatal shooting in Chester, Delaware County.


School district police stock up free military gear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:13

Sgt. Andres Vega, a Corpus Christi Independent School District police officer from Moody High School, prepares to enter a classroom room with a mock shooter inside during an active shooter training exercise Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the old Lamar Elementary in Corpus Christi, Texas, Officer's with the district's police department go through active shooter simulations before each school year. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUTSchool police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.


Man charged in attempted fire bombing of Missouri congressman's office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:13
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Kansas City man was charged on Wednesday with trying to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver using two bottles filled with charcoal lighter fluid, prosecutors said. Eric King, 28, is accused of breaking windows and tossing the bottles at Cleaver's central Kansas City office shortly before 3 a.m. on Sept. 11 in an incident captured on security video, authorities said. ...

Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:09

Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault chargesPhoenix police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges.


U.S. contractor gets seven years for passing secrets to Chinese girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:55
HONOLULU (Reuters) - A former U.S. military contractor in Hawaii was sentenced on Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for passing national defense secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and illegally keeping numerous classified documents at his home. Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a retired Army lieutenant colonel assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu, admitted in March to the espionage offenses and agreed to cooperate with investigators in a plea deal that staved off additional charges. ...

46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:46

A 1967 Jaguar XK-E convertible that was stolen 46 years ago is shown to the media by the U.S. Customs and Protection agency in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The car was recovered at the Port of Long Beach by the California Highway Patrol along with four other cars in a container en route to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.