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Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2006 file photo, Tom Rider, a former circus elephant trainer, shows a bullhook that is used by elephant trainers to members of Nebraska's Judiciary Committee in Loncoln, in support of a bill that would ban the use of the devices Nebraska. The Oakland, Calif., City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks, an instrument resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that is used by trainers to control the animals. Oakland is now the second city in California, after Los Angeles, to ban the use of a bullhooks. Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, says the ban takes effect in 2017. The Oakland Zoo and animal rights activists supported the ordinance. Payne says Ringling Bros. might work with the incoming City Council to reconsider the ban. The circus will stop performing in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:46:09 -0500 - Yahoo News - Top Stories
Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers. -- read full article
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:47:49 -0500 - Yahoo News - Top Stories
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Logan building with business, homes catches fire

Logan building with business, homes catches fireHuge flames ripped through a business and homes in Philadelphia's Logan section on Thursday.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:56 -0500 - U.S. News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:04:11 -0500 - U.S. News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:05:59 -0500 - World News Headlines - Yahoo News
US-Cuba rapprochement isolates Venezuela: analysts

This picture released by Cuba Debate shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) speaking with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro during on August 19, 2014Cuba's surprise move to restore diplomatic relations with Washington leaves Havana's close ally Venezuela further isolated in a shifting political landscape, analysts here say. The stunning announcement on Wednesday was welcomed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro but it is likely to undercut the stridently anti-American stance he has adopted as his country slides into a deepening economic crisis. "This announcement shakes up the Maduro government's US policy, including its political discourse, which is based in large part on the anti-imperialist struggle and the condemnation of the US embargo on Cuba," analyst Nicmer Evans told AFP. Warmer ties between the United States and Cuba will likely have "profound implications for Venezuela," Evans added.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:16:55 -0500 - World News Headlines - Yahoo News
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MPs brawl as Kenya passes controversial terror law

Policemen arrest a man protesting the passing of a controversial new security legislation that would crack down on terror suspects and curtail journalists' freedoms if they're deemed to "undermine" investigations, on December 18, 2014 in NairobiThe new law gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on terror suspects and curtail press freedoms in a country that has suffered a string of attacks by Somalia-based Shebab Islamists. The government argues the measures are necessary to confront the militants, but rights groups and the opposition say they are an assault on basic freedoms. It was finally approved to loud boos from opposition MPs, who bombarded Speaker of Parliament Justin Muturi with books and documents. Opposition MPs had earlier mobbed his rostrum in an attempt to block the vote.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:15:07 -0500 - Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News
Namibians grab land in midst of housing crisis

Namibians queue outside a polling station to vote in a general election in Windhoek on November 28, 2014The land grab comes weeks after the ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) won national elections with an overwhelming 80 percent of the vote. "We are tired," said Gotthardt Kandume of the Christian Democratic Voice (CDV).


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:30:36 -0500 - Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News
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Amazon's new Prime Now service promises one-hour delivery

Amazon's new Prime Now service promises one-hour deliveryInitially rolling out only for parts of Manhattan, Prime Now is the latest attempt by Amazon to compete with brick-and-mortar stores by offering speedy delivery of household items.>


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:35:51 -0500 - Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Google aims to put kibosh on Android antitrust lawsuit

Google aims to put kibosh on Android antitrust lawsuitThe search giant wants a dismissal of a suit that claims the company violates antitrust laws by requiring smartphone vendors to make its own apps the default on Android devices.>


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:50:56 -0500 - Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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Pulseway's Enterprise IT Monitoring and Management Solution

Pulseway's Enterprise IT Monitoring and Management SolutionSystem monitoring can be expensive and difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Pulseway changes the enterprise monitoring and management game with its mobile management solution. Now you can receive alerts and manage your systems from anywhere on any device. Monitor and manage all of your Windows, Linux, and Mac servers and workstations with a simple app on your mobile device.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:56:52 -0500 - Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
What VR needs next

What VR needs nextVirtual reality is actually real, and it's finally here. But there's a lot of work that needs to be done before it's ready to be experienced by everyone.>


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:01:40 -0500 - Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
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Sport-It took a year to get used to new golf clubs - McIlroy
By Tony Jimenez LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy received plenty of criticism when he switched club manufacturers almost two years ago and he has now conceded that it took nearly 12 months to feel totally at ease with his new equipment. The Northern Irishman was flying high at the top of the world rankings when he signed a 10-year contract with Nike in January 2013 that, according to media reports, was worth $250 million. ... -- read full article
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:03 -0500 - Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Golf-World number one Rory McIlroy
LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Factbox on world number one Rory McIlroy who enjoyed a stellar year in 2014, winning two major championships. EARLY LIFE Born: May 4, 1989 in Hollywood, County Down, Northern Ireland Strikes a 40-yard drive at the age of two and becomes youngest member of Hollywood golf club aged seven. TEENAGER 2004 - Member of Europe's Junior Ryder Cup-winning team 2005 - Becomes youngest winner of West of Ireland Championship, shooting record score of 61 around Royal Portrush Golf Club. First European Tour appearance at British Masters. ... -- read full article
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:04 -0500 - Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News
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Freud's goal: Keep Chicago's Lyric Opera relevant

In this Dec. 11, 2014, photo, Anthony Freud, general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, poses on the mezzanine overlooking the foyer at the Lyric. When Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, “dreaming about how I could do it better when I ran a company of my own some day.” Remarkably, he's gotten his chance, not once but three times: first in Wales, then in Houston, and now in Chicago where he has been general director since 2011. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, "dreaming about how I could do it better when I ran a company of my own some day."


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:36:54 -0500 - Entertainment News Headlines — Yahoo! News
Actress Diane Guerrero writing memoir

FILE - In this May 15, 2014 file photo, actress Diane Guerrero attends Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that the Colombian-American actress known for “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin” is working on a memoir scheduled for early 2016. The book is called “In the Country We Love,” and will tell of her family’s ordeal when her parents and older brother were taken from their home in Boston and deported to Colombia in 2000. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Through her own story, Diane Guerrero wants to change the lives of others.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:25:23 -0500 - Entertainment News Headlines — Yahoo! News
Science | view all science news
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New MissionNASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. The spacecraft has been incredibly successful to date, finding nearly 1,000 confirmed planets — more than half of all known alien worlds — along with about 3,200 other "candidates," the vast majority of which should turn out to be the real deal. The spacecraft finds planets by the "transit method," watching for the telltale dimming caused when a world cross the face of, or transits, its parent star from Kepler's perspective.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:58:44 -0500 - Science News Headlines - Yahoo News
Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014

Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science. The European Space Agency's comet-studying Rosetta mission is telling scientists more about the origins of the solar system, according to representatives with Science. Rosetta has been orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since August and released the Philae lander down to the icy cosmic body's surface in November. "Even though the landing was rougher than expected — Philae bounced off the unforgiving surface of 67P and came to rest on its side, quite a distance from its target — it was nonetheless the first-ever soft landing on a comet," Science representatives said in a statement.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:35:55 -0500 - Science News Headlines - Yahoo News
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Weekly weigh-ins associated with weight loss: study

Weekly weigh-ins associated with weight loss: studyThe more frequently dieters step on the scale, the more weight they lose, according to a new study from the Cornell Food & Brand Lab.


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:39:06 -0500 - Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations

Syrian refugees play at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of MafraqBy Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015. As well as calling for cash for essential humanitarian aid for millions of Syrians inside and outside their homeland, the annual appeal included for the first time development plans to help neighboring countries hosting Syrian refugees. Launched at a donor meeting in Berlin, the 2015 appeal includes $2. ...


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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:37:16 -0500 - Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
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Holloway disappearance hits cold case file
None of the three suspects in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway will be charged, the Aruban public prosecutor's office said today. Hans Mos, the island nation's chief public prosecutor, said there was not enough evidence to take the case to trial.
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Tue, 18 Dec 2007 18:16:59 EST - CNN.com - Law
Girl who shielded mom is a hero at school
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Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:42:28 EST - CNN.com - Law
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Americans won't be traveling in droves to Cuba just yet
The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles from Key West, Florida.
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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:03:48 EST - CNN.com - Travel
Meet the stars of New York's cat cafe
Meow Parlour, New York City's first cat cafe, is now open.
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:39:51 EST - CNN.com - Travel
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