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2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

In this Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt poses for a portrait at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. Eberhardt was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) CHICAGO (AP) — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."


Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

Firefighters hose down a hot spot in the rubble of home Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, that was destroyed by a wildfire in Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) WEED, Calif. (AP) — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.


Woman faces sentencing for buying killer his guns

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking an extra-long sentence for a woman who bought the guns used by her former neighbor to kill two upstate New York firefighters on Christmas Eve.

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royce cars for Macau hotel

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms for his luxury Macau hotel-resort.

Hospitals struggled during Sandy, report says

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, an ambulance departs Bellevue Hospital in New York where patients were being evacuated. When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn’t get to work _ problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Inspector General Office released a study Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014 on the emergency preparedness and response during the storm at 172 hospitals in the hardest-hit areas of New York, most of Connecticut and all of New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.


Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Luger told the AP about the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul participating in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terrorist organizations overseas. Authorities have said a handful of people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria. At least one man has died while fighting for the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.


Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National Forest By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...


Man accused of trying to aid Islamic State group

FILE- In this June 2, 2014, file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y., is shown. Elfgeeh, who was accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others, is now facing new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File) ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.


AccuWeather: Just Chilling

AccuWeather: Just Chilling Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a cool workweek and a warmer weekend.


Today in History

Today is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.

Bucket list response amazes expecting parents

Bucket list response amazes expecting parents A mom and dad from our area are helping their baby live its life to the fullest before it is even born.


CHOP: 4 patients tested positive for Enterovirus D68

CHOP: 4 patients tested positive for Enterovirus D68 Four children in the Philadelphia area have tested positive for enterovirus D68, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Up to 12 suspects sought in Center City Philadelphia hate crime

Up to 12 suspects sought in Center City Philadelphia hate crime Philadelphia police say as many as 12 suspects are being sought for an assault in Center City that is being characterized as a hate crime.


City, Council Comes To Compromise On Granting Legacy Funds (VIDEO)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – When it comes to Legacy money for snow removal, the City will get some of the funding they asked for, but not the full amount.

Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on gay marriage

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo is Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington. Ginsburg discusses the work of the court in an appearance Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Law School. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states' gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.


Markets cheer $81 bln China stimulus report

Cleaners take a break near the Huangpu River, with the skyline of Shanghai's Lujiazui Financial District seen in the background, on July 23, 2014 A reported $81 billion injection into China's major banks is the first of a series of expected stimulus measures by Beijing to boost the world's second largest economy, analysts said on Wednesday.


Hurricane Edouard weakening, moving away from U.S. coast: NHC

Three images of Edouard are shown as it transitions into a hurricane, from September 12, to September 13 and as a hurricane on September 14 in the Atlantic Ocean (Reuters) - Hurricane Edouard, the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is weakening and accelerating north-eastward, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. Edouard was about 495 miles (795 km) east-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained wind of 90 mph (150 kph), NHC said. (Reporting by Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Anand Basu)


US organizing summit on UN peacekeeping next week

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is organizing a summit on U.N. peacekeeping on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week that will be addressed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

St. Louis activist Anthony Shahid confronts councilman Steve Stenger during the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown disrupted a government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowing political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor.


Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing

This undated PennDOT identification photo released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Penn., being sought in Friday's shooting that left one trooper dead and another critically wounded at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. A gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change, then slipped away. (AP Photo/PennDOT via Pennsylvania State Police) Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.


Seventh Los Angeles sheriff's official found guilty in jail probe

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was found guilty on Tuesday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for his role in trying to thwart a federal probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the United States' largest jail system. A U.S. District Court jury convicted James Sexton of charges he helped hide an inmate informant from federal investigators after the inmate's cover was blown, altering computer records to make it appear the informant had been released, then re-booking him under false names. ...

USDA chief says urged Buffett to ready BNSF for record crops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year. Vilsack said on Tuesday that Buffett, who heads the sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, recognized the challenge and indicated his company was taking steps. "I said, 'Warren, you've got to make sure that your railroad understands what's going on here,'" Vilsack said he told Buffett during a 45-minute conversation. ...

Lava on Hawaii continues moving through vacant lot

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to move slowly through a vacant lot in a rural subdivision.

City rejects deal from Mahogany's owner

The city of Cincinnati has declined a deal proposed by Mahogany's owner Liz Rogers, who asked the city to forgive her $35,000 debt.

Man with history of stabbing women gets 25 years

FILE- In this undated file photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office in White Plains, N.Y, Lucius Crawford, is shown. Crawford, 61, was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2012. The killing was a chance discovery by investigators who wanted to question Crawford for two other fatal stabbings. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney's Office, File) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man who has been attacking women with knives for decades — and has spent half his life in prison as a result — is unlikely to get out again.


California judge blocks release of report into police shooting of teen

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order preventing the release of an independent review into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by police in Southern California, officials said. Results of the probe, conducted by the Office of Independent Review, has been sought by civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP as well as the Los Angeles Times and the mother of the victim. ...

3 survive capsizing, make night swim to safety

In this Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 photo provided by Holo Holo Charters, a capsized 19-foot boat is seen off of Kekaha, Hawaii. A man with a broken leg, a 10-year-old boy and a boat owner were able to swim to safety after a wave capsized their 19-foot vessel off the west coast of Kauai. Boat owner Zack Romanak of Port Allen said he wanted to stay close to the capsized boat Sunday night until dawn, but the pain experienced by his guest made them decide to swim to shore., The Garden Island reported. (AP Photo/Holo Holo Charters, Mel Willis III) LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A man with a broken leg, a 10-year-old boy and a boat owner were able to swim to safety after a wave capsized their 19-foot vessel off the west coast of Kauai.


Search for Md. sisters missing since 1975 resumes

Law enforcement officials say investigators are searching near Lynchburg, Virginia, in connection with the unsolved 1975 abduction of two young sisters from Maryland.

NBA's Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine : court records

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida driver's license of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show, but the team said on Tuesday he was playing basketball in Texas the day of the alleged infraction. According to the court records, Howard's license had been suspended since at least Aug. 15 for his nonpayment of a $285 fine for running a red light in Winter Park, Florida, on April 14. ...


Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL The NFL players' union has appealed the league's indefinite suspension of Ray Rice.


House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

LA County deputy convicted in corruption case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Tuesday of trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.

Ban: UN 'taking lead' on global fight on Ebola

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations said Tuesday that the world body is "taking the lead now" on international efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed some 2,400 people and could spread further.

Donald Trump's Atlantic City history

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One Atlantic City casino bearing Donald Trump's name closed Tuesday and another is threatening to close in November, but Trump himself has mostly cut ties with the struggling seaside resort.

S&P downgrades Venezuela over default risk

A view of an oil rig at Maracaibo Lake in Venezuela on October 27, 2010 Caracas (AFP) - Ratings agency Standard & Poor's lowered Venezuela's credit rating Tuesday one notch to CCC+, saying "continued economic deterioration" put it at risk of a debt default in the next two years.


Casino resort Atlantic City falls on hard times

Atlantic City (United States) (AFP) - For decades, Atlantic City was a popular vacation destination, with glittering casinos, sandy beaches and the boardwalk running along the Atlantic Ocean. Tourists poured in and locals reaped the rewards.

India and China look to put knotty relations on new footing

Police personnel stand guard in front of a boarding with images of India's PM Modi, China's President Xi and Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, ahead of Xi's arrival in Ahmedabad By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD India (Reuters) - The electricity board in this Indian city has been instructed to avoid any power cuts and officials have been told to have their shoes polished and their shirts tucked in: Nothing has been left to chance for this week's visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is determined to build closer relations with the world's second-largest economy, whose leader comes with pledges to invest billions of dollars in railways, industrial parks and roads. ...


The obstacle to treating China's contaminated soil is finding someone to pay

A rail track which was used to transport steel is pictured outside a former main steel mill of the Shougang Group, at Mentougou District in Beijing By David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - Nearly four years after a massive state-run steel mill on the outskirts of Beijing was closed to help cut smog in the Chinese capital, little has been done to clean up the contaminated site. The factory's idled chimneys dominate a landscape of rust-encased piping and rail tracks that once fed 8 million tonnes of steel into China's economy each year. The 95-year-old former mill, owned by Shougang Group, China's fifth biggest steel producer, is one of thousands of sites across China where soil has been polluted by industrial and agricultural waste. ...


Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses parliament prior to a confidence vote, on September 16, 2004 at the French national assembly in Paris Paris (AFP) - France's crisis-hit government on Tuesday narrowly won a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence in its economic reform path, in a rare respite for the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande.


Bank of Canada cheered by exports, but sees slack in job market

Bank of Canada Governor Poloz takes part in a news conference in Ottawa By Allison Lampert DRUMMONDVILLE Quebec (Reuters) - Recent Canadian economic data has been encouraging, particularly on exports, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday, but he pointed to a substantial amount of slack in the job market. His remarks followed a speech in which he said the central bank does not try to manipulate the value of the Canadian dollar or even guide currency markets, a stance that he said gives it the freedom to opt out of matching U.S. interest rate hikes. ...


Stocks end higher on bet Fed won't change rate stance

The London Stock Exchange is seen during the morning rush hour in the City of London By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday, ending near session highs as investors bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve wouldn't adjust its guidance about how soon it would raise interest rates. The Fed began its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, and the central bank has said it wouldn't raise rates for a "considerable time." Many investors interpreted that as mid-2015, though recent economic data has fueled speculation that the first hike could come sooner. ...


Minnesota governor says Vikings' Peterson should be sidelined

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson runs with ball against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team's decision to reactivate the NFL player. Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The incident is one of a series of domestic abuse cases that has rocked the National Football League. ...


U.S. Senate confirms two new members for nuclear regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday approved the nominations of Jeffery Baran and Stephen Burns to fill vacancies on the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Baran currently serves as the Democratic staff director for energy and environment with the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Burns, a former general counsel for the nuclear regulator, is currently the head of legal affairs at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris. (Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Bill Trott)

Kansas City Southern Provides Full-Year 2014 Guidance Update

Kansas City Southern today updated its guidance for full-year 2014 earnings. The Company now expects its full-year adjusted operating ratio to improve by approximately 150 basis points from the 68.8% reported in 2013, primarily due to strength in the grain and automotive commodity groups.

French PM Valls sees off revolt to win confidence vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris By Emile Picy PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls headed off a backbench revolt against his government on Tuesday, winning a confidence vote after promising to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms intended to boost economic growth. The centrist leader had demanded the parliamentary vote in an attempt to end weeks of speculation about the stability of his reshuffled government, which he and President Francois Hollande purged of three rebel leftist ministers last month. The vote tally showed 269 deputies backed Valls with 244 against. ...


European stock markets slide ahead of Fed meet

A child plays with a pro-independence 'Yes' flag on the streets of Aberdeen in Scotland, on September 15, 2014 as the referendum looms London (AFP) - European stock markets slid on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a policy meeting of the US Federal Reserve and the looming referendum on Scottish independence.


TD Bank's outgoing CEO urges tighter Canada lending rules

General view of a TD Bank branch and its drive-thru after the company held its annual general meeting in Calgary By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government should tighten lending rules further to discourage consumers from taking on too much debt in an environment of low interest rates, the outgoing chief executive of Toronto-Dominion Bank said on Tuesday. Ed Clark, who will step down as CEO of Canada's No. 2 lender in November, said the central bank's low interest rates were appropriate given the economic outlook, but this meant the federal government should use administrative measures to check a jump in household debt that has followed a housing boom. ...


OECD unveils proposals to curb corporate tax avoidance

A zoomed image of a computer screen showing the Amazon logo is seen in Vienna By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - New international tax rules proposed on Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies such as Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc to shave billions of dollars off their tax bills. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced a series of measures that, if implemented by members, could stop companies from employing many commonly-used practices to shift profits into tax havens. ...


BoC's Poloz: won't try to control C$ value, market should decide

Bank of Canada Governor Poloz takes part in a news conference in Ottawa By Randall Palmer OTTAWA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The Bank of Canada is not trying to manipulate or even guide markets as to the value of the Canadian dollar, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday, adding that this gives the bank freedom not to match possible U.S. interest rate hikes. In a business speech in Quebec, Poloz said floating rates helped Canada ride the tides of the global economy without overheating or unduly slowing. ...


French PM vows to hold firm on reform ahead of crunch vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the 577-members of the National Assembly ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote in Paris, on September 16, 2004 Paris (AFP) - A defiant French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday pledged he would not be swayed from his key economic reforms ahead of a crunch parliamentary confidence vote.


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