News from Yahoo

Subscribe to News from Yahoo feed News from Yahoo
The latest news and headlines from Yahoo! News. Get breaking news stories and in-depth coverage with videos and photos.
Updated: 59 min 16 sec ago

Pope Francis set to bring his message to world leaders at UN

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 21:23

NEW YORK (AP) — From the world stage of the United Nations to an inner-city school, Pope Francis is emphasizing themes that have shaped his popular papacy as he packs in encounters with the powerful and the poor in New York City.

China's Xi arrives in Washington for first U.S. state visit

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:43

By Michael Martina and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama that are expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Vice President Joe Biden greeted Xi and his wife as they landed at Andrews Air Force Base on the second leg of a weeklong trip that begin in Seattle.

Pope challenges Congress to be better; Congress continues as usual

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:17

His powerful message of "social responsibility" stands in stark contrast to the rest of the congressional day.

Catholic Justices Scalia, Alito, Thomas are no-shows for the pope

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 18:17

Conservatives Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas skip the House chamber speech.

6 killed in Texas while being transported by smuggling ring

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:54

EDNA, Texas (AP) — Six people who were killed when the SUV they were in crashed following a police chase were being transported by a smuggling organization, federal officials said Thursday.

China's Xi arrives in Washington for first U.S. state visit

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 13:23

By Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Vice President Joe Biden led the welcoming delegation as Xi's plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base on the second leg of a weeklong trip that began in Seattle, where the Chinese leader sought to reassure U.S. companies that he is working to create a more favorable Chinese investment climate.

Senate stops bill defunding Planned Parenthood

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:43

Democrats in the U.S. Senate, joined by some Republicans, on Thursday blocked an effort denying federal funds for the women's healthcare group Planned Parenthood in a move that could help avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. Most Senate Republicans had supported the plan to attach the Planned Parenthood defunding to a bill keeping government operating with the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. At least one of the Republicans, Tom Cotton of Arkanas, said he cast his vote against the bill to protest inadequate military funding.

Pope tells Congress U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 06:42

By Philip Pullella and Scott Malone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis told Congress on Thursday that the United States should reject hostility to immigrants and treat them humanely, directly addressing a thorny subject that is dividing the country and stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign. In the first speech by a pope to a U.S. Congress, the Argentine pontiff said the United States "must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past," when dealing with immigrants. "Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility," the 78-year-old Francis told the Republican-dominated legislature.

Live: Pope Francis addresses Congress

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 06:16

U.S. business spending plans measure slips in August

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 05:49

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of U.S. business investment plans fell slightly in August while the number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits barely rose last week, signs that global economic headwinds were doing little to impede U.S. growth. The Commerce Department said on Thursday capital goods orders excluding military wares and aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, dropped 0.2 percent last month, a slightly bigger fall than analysts polled by Reuters had expected. A separate report from the Labor Department showed initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000 for the week ended Sept. 19.

Saudi Arabia says 310 pilgrims dead in hajj stampede

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 01:59

Hundreds of others were injured in the crush on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca.

Pope prepares for historic address to Congress

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 23:28

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff in history to speak to a joint meeting of Congress.

Xi trades football for hardball political negotiations

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 18:43

SEATTLE (AP) — With his feel-good tours of Boeing, Microsoft and a local high school complete, Chinese President Xi Jinping departs Washington state Thursday for the other Washington, where tougher discussions on cybersecurity, intellectual property protections and human rights await.

China's Xi promises better investment climate, cyber war deal seen

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:19

By Michael Martina, Eric M. Johnson and Joseph Menn SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seeking to warm bilateral ties and project a sunny climate for U.S. business, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Wednesday to cut restrictions on foreign investment, while his chief Internet regulator appeared to lay the groundwork for a basic agreement later this week on cyber warfare. Xi's busy stop on the West Coast is the first leg of a week-long trip to the United States and offers him a chance to highlight China's cooperation with U.S. companies before he heads to Washington, where he will contend with the full spectrum of irritants in relations, from tension in the South China Sea to human rights. The Chinese leader started the day by publicly assuring U.S. business leaders that he is making it easier to invest in China, and he was later quizzed in a private session about intellectual property protection, common standards and clear, transparent regulations, according to the Paulson Institute, which hosted the event.

Judge rejects latest stay request from Kentucky clerk Davis

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:31

A federal judge on Wednesday denied Kim Davis a stay of his order requiring her office to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples who want one, the latest setback for the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail rather than issue licenses to gay couples. Lawyers for couples suing Davis have said that since her return to work, the Rowan County clerk has interfered with the issuance of marriage licenses in violation of orders by U.S. District Judge David Bunning's in Louisville. Davis, 50, has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that made gay marriage legal across the United States.

Police: N. Carolina girl dies after dad's drowning attempt

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:03

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl died after her father tried to drown her and her siblings in an apartment complex pond, police said Wednesday.

China dissident's wife rejects invite to State Department

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of Chinese dissidents met Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry as the Obama administration sought to demonstrate it won't gloss over human rights during this week's state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Lawyer for accuser of NHL's Kane sees possible evidence tampering

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:07

The attorney for a woman accusing NHL star Patrick Kane of sexual assault said on Wednesday an evidence bag that once contained the case's rape kit was delivered anonymously to the home of the accuser's mother. Attorney Thomas Eoannou said he would request an independent investigation "by a separate law enforcement agency into how this breach could have possibly happened." He declined to speculate how the disclosure would affect the investigation, but added: "If you're looking for a surefire way to scuttle a prosecution, you may tamper with the evidence." Kane's accuser told police that Kane, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and one of the National Hockey League's top players, raped her in his lakeshore home in Hamburg, New York, early on the morning of Aug. 2 after the two met at a Buffalo nightclub.

A pope for the poor in D.C.

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:45

Pope Francis will travel to the streets of D.C. to break bread with the patrons of a small meal program.

Clinton plan to cut health costs includes tax credits, more sick visits

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:01

By Amanda Becker DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan on Wednesday to lower out-of-pocket health costs, including expanded coverage of sick visits to the doctor and tax credits for those with substantial medical bills. Clinton, who has promised to build on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare initiative, also pledged to try to strengthen efforts to block or modify what her campaign called "unreasonable" health insurance rate increases. The proposals were released by Clinton's campaign one day after her pledge to battle "price gouging" by pharmaceutical companies battered shares in some of those companies.