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Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

Friday, 2:55 PM

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, left, and Honduran President Juan Hernandez, right, listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media, after they met to discuss Central American immigration and the border crisis in the Cabinet Room of the White House Friday, July 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.


Moderate quake strikes Alaska coast but little damage seen

Friday, 2:48 PM

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck on the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the state capital city of Juneau but causing little, if any, damage, officials said. "We don't think there is any damage, though it was felt in Juneau," said Jessica Turner, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, which is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Local police also said there were no immediate damage reports. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 81 kilometers, or 50 miles, west of Gustavus, Alaska, and was 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, deep.

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

Friday, 2:55 PM

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, left, and Honduran President Juan Hernandez, right, listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media, after they met to discuss Central American immigration and the border crisis in the Cabinet Room of the White House Friday, July 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.


Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper

Friday, 2:53 PM

A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.

Seahawks star Lynch absent from training camp

Friday, 2:40 PM

Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits in front of the media during an availability January 29, 2014 in Jersey City, New JerseyAs expected, star running back Marshawn Lynch failed to show for the first day of Super Bowl champion Seattle's pre-season training camp over contract issues. Seahawks general manager John Schneider addressed the situation on the team's flagship radio station without saying whether the team was willing to satisfy Lynch's demand to restructure the last two years on his contract. Lynch ran 301 times for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, last season to help Seattle reach the Super Bowl, where they routed Denver 43-8.


Unbeaten Japan leads Crown chase after fightback

Friday, 2:38 PM

Japanese golfer Sakura Yokomine tees off during the LGPA International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, on July 25, 2014Sakura Yokomine sank a 15-foot par putt at 18 to complete an astonishing fightback and keep Japan undefeated and atop the field Friday at the LPGA International Crown matches. Standing 6-down with seven holes to play, Yokomine and Ai Miyazato rallied to split two points with Australia's Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright. Mika Miyazato and Mamiko Higa also rallied in a 3-and-2 win over Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee. Thailand were next on five points and Taiwan, South Korea and the United States all had four points entering Saturday's final four-ball matches.


Miami judge becomes 2nd in Florida to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, 2:59 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Miami judge becomes 2nd in Florida to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriage.

US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

Friday, 2:59 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania said Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

U.S. sets anti-dumping duties on solar imports from China, Taiwan

Friday, 2:55 PM

A worker climbs over a solar panel at a solar factory in Longyou countyThe United States on Friday set new import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan after the Commerce Department found that the solar panels and cells are being sold too cheaply on the U.S. market. Preliminary anti-dumping duties as high as 165.04 percent for Chinese goods would come on top of anti-subsidy levies imposed last month, as the U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG seeks to close a loophole allowing Chinese producers to sidestep duties imposed in 2012. China's Trina Solar faces total import duties of nearly 30 percent and Suntech Power nearly 50 percent as a result of Friday's decision.


Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Friday, 2:51 PM

CORRECTS TO SAY SECOND NATIONAL CONVENTION INSTEAD OF FIRST - FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, protesters gather outside of the McDonald's Corporation headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., the annual shareholders meeting demonstrating for higher wages and the right to unionize. On Friday, July 25, 2014, in Chicago, organizers are holding the second national convention of fast-food workers. They’ll be discussing how to move forward with the protests and other actions calling for higher wages that have been taking place in cities around the country since late 2012.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.


Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

Friday, 2:36 PM

Members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) wear protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry on July 23, 2014Nigeria said Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country. Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists that "thorough medical tests" had confirmed "the virus of Ebola" as the cause of death. The 40-year-old, who died overnight, worked for the Liberian government and had travelled to Nigeria from Monrovia by air via Togo's capital Lome. His final destination was the southern city of Calabar where he was scheduled to attend a meeting organised by the west African bloc known as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the minister said.


Tyson Foods to shut 3 factories, cut 950 jobs

Friday, 2:30 PM

Tyson food meat products are shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, said it will discontinue operations at three of its factories which make frozen foods such as pepperoni, pizza crusts and meat dishes, affecting about 950 people. Tyson, which won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co in June, said the closures were not related to the acquisition. "The decision to close these plants was underway long before the (Hillshire) discussions began", Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told Reuters. Tyson outbid Pilgrim's Pride Corp with its $63 per share offer for Hillshire, valuing the Jimmy Dean sausages maker at $8.55 billion.