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Firefighters save homes from Oregon wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:28

A helicopter drops water on the Rowena fire in Oregon amid high winds and dry conditions on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. The Rowena fire began in brush Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Stuart Tomlinson)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters pouring water into drought-parched trees and brush saved a cluster of homes in Oregon's Columbia Gorge from a wind-driven wildfire.

China exchange student drowns in pool of California host family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:28
(Reuters) - An exchange student from China who recently arrived in the United States has drowned in a swimming pool belonging to his Southern California host family, police said on Thursday. The family found the 16-year-old student at the bottom of their backyard pool in Anaheim on Wednesday evening and called police, Anaheim Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Bob Dunn said. The death was the latest blow to strike California's Chinese community, after a graduate student from China attending the University of Southern California was fatally beaten last month.

Donovan to retire at end of MLS season

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:27
Landon Donovan has announced he will retire from football at the end of the current Major League Soccer season in October.
Categories: BBC World News

Poor U.S. households hit hardest by import taxes, study shows

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:26
Poor U.S. households are the hardest hit by tariffs on imports that push up the price of goods from fruit to furniture, according to research from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Households earning less than $20,000 a year are hit twice as hard as households earning more than $150,000, and almost twice as hard as households earning $100,000 to $150,000. The biggest squeeze was due to cigarettes and other tobacco products, which have tariffs of close to 90 percent and account for a much higher share of poor households' shopping budget than rich households'. "But often forgotten is the impact of the U.S. tariff structure on the wallets of American consumers when they visit shopping malls and have to pay a higher price for the goods they purchase." For example, tobacco made up 1.3 percent of consumption for the poorest households, on less than $5,000 a year, compared to 0.2 percent for the richest households.

Child's body found near home of missing East Bremerton girl

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:26
Update at 12:15 p.m.: Searchers have found the body of a child near the home of a missing East Bremerton girl, investigators said Thursday afternoon.

Woman charged with setting husband on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:23
KENT, Wash. (AP) — A woman who told police she set fire to her husband because shooting him would be too nice pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic violence assault, the King County prosecutor's office said.

US consumer credit increases at slower pace June

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:22

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, credit card decals adorn a store window in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The Federal Reserve reports on consumer borrowing data for June 2014 on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers expanded their borrowing at a slower rate in June compared to the prior month.

IBM Develops New Computer Chip Designed to Work Like the Brain

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:20
The processor, named TrueNorth, may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers.

Authorities searching for missing Washington girl find child's body.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:20
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities searching for missing Washington girl find child's body.

Washington man wanted for first-degree murder caught in Leesburg

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:20
LEESBURG — A man wanted for first degree murder in Washington State was captured Thursday morning by a Lake County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Mediators seek to extend Gaza truce

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:19
Palestinian and Israeli officials continue indirect talks in Cairo on a long-term truce in Gaza as the three-day ceasefire enters its last 24 hours.
Categories: BBC World News

Murray faces Tsonga in Toronto quarters

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:16
Andy Murray faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto after his opponent Richard Gasquet pulled out.
Categories: BBC World News

Google using its clout to widen use of encryption

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:16
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services.

Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:16
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude-4.5 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.

Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:15

Vendors display their wares at the Outdoor Retailer's summer show in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. The biannual show brings thousands to Utah. The world's largest outdoor-gear trade show runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can.

Police: Man kills wife in Drexel Hill, briefly abducts 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:14

Man, suspect in wife's killing in Drexel Hill, is dead; abducted kids safeThe boys' father has been found dead in an apparent suicide after police say he killed their mother and fled to New York.

The Skanner Newspaper - State Supreme Court Amps Up Washington School Funding Fight

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:13
The fight over the Washington State Legislature’s school funding plan -- and the 2018 deadline for ample funding for basic education required by the state Supreme Court – is turning into a brawl.

Undocumented Mexican migrant eyes sanctuary in Arizona church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:08
By Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - An undocumented immigrant from Mexico will take refuge on Thursday in an Arizona church that offered her sanctuary, unless the federal government offers her a chance to stay in the United States, her attorney said. Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto is due to be deported on Friday. On Wednesday she applied for a stay that would allow her to remain in the country temporarily, said Margot Cowan, a local immigration attorney who is helping her. The longtime Tucson resident was identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials after a traffic stop, detained by Border Patrol agents and later released, Cowan said.

LA stowaway has history of sneaking aboard flights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:06

This combination of four 2014 booking photos released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass was homeless and had recently left mental treatment ordered after at least seven past attempts to sneak aboard flights, officials said.

Aug. 7 TV Picks: Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘The Honorable Woman’ on Sundance

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 03:02
TV picks for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, include “The Honorable Woman” on Sundance, “Working the Engels” on NBC and “House Hunters International” on HGTV.