World reacts to death of Nelson Mandela
Flowers and tributes are left on the Nelson Mandela statue on Parliament Square in London December 6, 2013. South African anti-apartheid hero Mandela died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS OBITUARY)
12/06/2013 - 10:00 AM
South Africans, some fearful, wake to life without Mandela
By Peroshni Govender and Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans woke on Friday to a future without Nelson Mandela, and some said they feared the anti-apartheid hero's death could leave their country vulnerable again to racial and social tensions that he did so much to pacify. As dawn broke and commuters headed to work in the capital, Pretoria, the commercial hub, Johannesburg, and Cape Town in the south, many were still in shock at the passing of a man who was a global symbol of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence. South Africans heard President Jacob Zuma tell them late on Thursday that the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate passed away peacefully at his Johannesburg home in the company of his family after a long illness. Despite reassurances from leaders and public figures that Mandela's passing, while sorrowful, would not halt South Africa's advance away from its bitter apartheid past, some still expressed a sense of unease about the physical absence of a man famed as a peacemaker.
12/06/2013 - 02:00 PM
Hillary or Biden? They’d both be great, Obama says
There may come a day when President Barack Obama has to say whether he’d rather hand the keys to the White House to Vice President Joe Biden or former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That day is not today.
12/06/2013 - 09:51 AM
Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up
WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder.
12/06/2013 - 04:27 PM
'Ice Friday' bears down on Texas, much of Midwest
DALLAS (AP) — As Texas residents prepared for what one hardware store manager called "Ice Friday," schools started canceling classes and thousands of shoppers jammed store aisles to buy milk, pet food and other supplies.
12/06/2013 - 05:10 PM
Dems, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end.
12/06/2013 - 05:20 PM
Students in Libya say slain teacher inspired them
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An American chemistry teacher shot to death while jogging in Benghazi was looking forward to his first Christmas in the United States with his wife and toddler son.
12/06/2013 - 02:24 PM
Cargo bikes the new minivan for cycling families
SEATTLE (AP) — One fisherman uses a bike to deliver hundreds of pounds of salmon to local markets. A mom who regularly shuttles her two kids around town once tried to haul a twin mattress home. And some companies are using the bikes to deliver beer kegs or pick up recycling.
12/06/2013 - 05:19 PM
Teen arrested in theft of part from Walker crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Detectives arrested a teenager Thursday accused of stealing some wreckage from the Porsche that "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash, and a second suspect was planning to turn himself in, authorities said.
12/06/2013 - 02:07 PM
No charges for Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
12/06/2013 - 08:31 AM
Biden: Asia's growth a chance to bend history
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Invoking the chance to remake the world, Vice President Joe Biden pledged Friday that the U.S. will play a leading role in creating a new century of prosperity and security in Asia. But he warned that without trust and common ground-rules, growing tensions in the region could threaten that collective goal.
12/06/2013 - 03:49 PM
Major events in the life of Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918 — Born to Hendry Mphakanyiswa, a Thembu chief, and Nosekeni Qunu in the Umtata district of the Transkei, at a time when virtually all of Africa was under European colonial rule.
12/06/2013 - 04:21 PM
South Africans mourn, celebrate Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As the news of Nelson Mandela's death spread across South Africa, residents of the black township of Soweto gathered in the streets near the house where he once lived, singing and dancing to mourn his death and celebrate his colossal life.
12/06/2013 - 02:23 PM
White House changes story on Obama's uncle
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama briefly lived with an uncle who faced deportation from the United States, correcting its previous statements that the president had never met Onyango Obama.
12/06/2013 - 11:55 AM
Budget deal? Big obstacles, New Year's deadline
WASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.
12/06/2013 - 12:28 PM
Whales stranded in Fla.: From despair to optimism
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — When National Park Service volunteers Donna and John Buckley left a pod of 41 stranded whales Wednesday evening, their optimism was starting to wane.
12/06/2013 - 01:47 PM
Obama: Mandela guided by hope
President Barack Obama paid somber tribute to Nelson Mandela Thursday, celebrating the late South African leader’s ”fierce dignity and unbending will" and unquenchable thirst for justice.
12/06/2013 - 06:33 AM
Mandela was just a man, and that made what he did extraordinary
John Carlin, the author of the book "Playing the Enemy," on which the film "Invictus" was based, reveals what it was like to know and cover Nelson Mandela.
12/06/2013 - 05:40 AM
Mandela's 10 memorable moments
Nelson Mandela at the law office he opened with his colleague, Oliver Tambo in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1952. This was the first black legal practice in Johannesburg. Both men were founding members of the African National Congress Youth League.
12/06/2013 - 05:55 AM
A more 'sensitive' GOP? Boehner hopes it'll attract female votes
U.S. House of Representative Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he wants his fellow Republicans to be more "sensitive" as they seek to appeal to women voters in next year's congressional elections. "I try to get them to be a little bit more sensitive," Boehner said at his weekly news conference, when asked what advice he was giving his fellow Republicans as they campaign against Democratic women candidates, and try to attract female voters. There are 81 women members of the House, of whom 62 are Democrats, compared with 19 Republicans. In the Senate, 16 of the 20 women are Democrats and four are Republicans.
12/06/2013 - 03:03 AM
White House reverses course, says Obama lived with Kenyan uncle
The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Barack Obama lived with a Kenyan uncle targeted for deportation — after initially saying there was no evidence they had ever met.
12/06/2013 - 04:20 AM
10 memorable Mandela quotes
A group of American and South African students, aged from 11 to 19, met with Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, on June 2, 2009. This was part of a series of activities ahead of Mandela Day on 18 July, 2008.
12/06/2013 - 05:56 AM
Bloodbath in Central African Republic as UN backs force
A French military operation in the Central African Republic has started with French soldiers patrolling in the capital Bangui, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. "The operation has started," Le Drian told Radio France Internationale, saying patrols of Bangui had already begun. France ordered more troops into its former colony on Thursday, hours after a sectarian bloodbath left more than 120 people dead in Bangui. Shortly after the UN Security Council issued a green light for the military intervention, French President Francois Hollande ordered an additional 600 troops to the African country, doubling the force it already had in and around the capital.
12/06/2013 - 04:30 PM
New poison gas attack alleged in Syria
Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, and said victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth. The activists told Reuters two shells loaded with gas hit a rebel-held area in the town of Nabak, 68 km (40 miles) northeast of Damascus, on a major highway in the Qalamoun region. Separately, the Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union also accused Assad's forces of using poison gas. "We have documented nine casualties from poison gas used by the regime in neighborhoods of Nabak," it said on its Facebook page.
12/06/2013 - 04:55 AM
No responsibility claimed in American teacher's death in Benghazi
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12/06/2013 - 05:10 AM
Baby, it's cold outside: Readers share their cold-snap stories
Areas further east are bracing for the frigid blast as the storm creeps into the Southern plains, the Tennessee Valley and the Northeast later this week. Yahoo News is collecting anecdotes from residents in the storm’s path. Below are lightly edited excerpts from stories they shared with us this week.
12/06/2013 - 01:06 AM
Vatican to draft expert panel to fight sex abuse
Boston Archbishop O'Malley says Pope Francis worried church's approach has been too legalistic.
12/05/2013 - 09:27 PM
New NYC mayor's top cop pick was 'stop and frisk' advocate
In the most highly anticipated pick of his new administration, the incoming New York City mayor picked a veteran law enforcement official as police commissioner.
12/06/2013 - 01:34 AM
No charges against FSU's QB
Jameis Winston's attorney says sex in assault investigation was consensual.
01/01/1970 - 08:00 AM
49 Russian diplomats illegally collected U.S. Medicare benefits: FBI
By Emily Flitter and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members with participating in a scheme to get health benefits intended for the poor by lying about their income. The charges come against a backdrop of tense exchanges between Russia and the United States over law enforcement actions in both countries. Russia's deputy foreign minister expressed disappointment Thursday that the U.S. had not tried to discuss the charges with Russia through diplomatic channels, but a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said she did not expect the issue to harm relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, according to the charges, the family members had their housing costs paid for by the Russian government and spent "tens of thousands of dollars" on vacations, jewelry and luxury goods from stores like Swarovski and Jimmy Choo.
12/06/2013 - 05:48 AM
'We can't survive on $7.25!'
Fast food workers strike for higher pay, which is now $15,000 a year.
12/06/2013 - 12:18 AM
Prelude, the world's largest ship, launches
Shell's 1,601-foot, 600,000-metric-ton, liquified-natural-gas vessel has hit the water in South Korea.
12/05/2013 - 11:31 PM
Bill Bratton named next New York police commissioner
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Bratton, a veteran police chief who has led departments across the country, was named on Thursday as New York City's next police commissioner, taking over a force credited with a sharp drop in violent crime but criticized for its tactics. Bratton, 66, who was police commissioner under New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and has run police departments in Los Angeles and Boston, will return to the NYPD on January 1, taking over from Ray Kelly.
12/06/2013 - 03:22 AM
U.S. growth speeds to 3.6% rate in Q3
01/01/1970 - 08:00 AM
'Duck Dynasty' congressman: 'I pray everyday for the president'
Republican Rep. Vance McAllister says he prays for President Obama daily.
12/05/2013 - 08:25 PM
Officials blamed in deaths of 19 Ariz. firefighters
A report says forestry officials put property protection ahead of safety in the June blaze.
12/05/2013 - 10:08 AM
Report: NSA tracks billions of cellphones daily
The agency tracks 5 billion overseas phones every day, says the Washington Post.
12/05/2013 - 08:55 AM
Nearly week of frigid temperatures for West
DENVER (AP) — The jet stream hunkered to the south Wednesday, promising to bring nearly a week of temperatures that could dip to minus 20 or worse in the northern midsection of the country, and forcing much of the rest of the nation to deal with unexpectedly cool temperatures.
12/05/2013 - 01:43 PM
Mexico: Stolen radioactive box found empty
Radioactivity was detected nearby, the country's nuclear safety director said.
12/05/2013 - 07:37 AM
Newtown 911 audio: calm and chaos
Newtown 911 recordings: Chaos in an impossible situation.
12/05/2013 - 03:08 AM
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