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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - 19 min 52 sec ago

A displaced Palestinian child waves to a friend from inside a damaged classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school, in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli tank shells tore through the walls of the U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting. The attack on the U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp was the second deadly strike on a U.N. compound in a week. Tank shells slammed into the compound before dawn, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which is sheltering more than 200,000 people displaced by the fighting at dozens of U.N. schools across Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

Yahoo! National News - 20 min 31 sec ago

Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son was hit by a bullet fired from outside that pierced the wall of the home, hitting the child in bed, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Pearson's son Jakari died at the hospital. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)DETROIT (AP) — Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.


Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

Yahoo! National News - 34 min 17 sec ago

Axel Kicillof, Argentina's economy minister, addresses member of the news media after a negotiation session, Wednesday July 30, 2014, at the Argentinean Consulate in New York. Argentina officials and U.S. bondholders met for the first time in hopes of preventing an Argentine default. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures."


Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

Yahoo! National News - 36 min 25 sec ago

The remains of a burned home lie in the Foresta community in Yosemite National Park in California on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Al Golub)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.


Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison

Yahoo! National News - 39 min 26 sec ago
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON Fla. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Most cell phones are thrown over walls.

Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - 52 min 13 sec ago

FILE - In this April 27, 2007 photo provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anne and Robert Drew, left, join Ed Carter and Grace Guggenheim, right, during an event honoring him at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The "cinema verite" technique and its pioneer, documentary filmmaker Robert Drew, were celebrated by the National Archives and Records Administration and Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Drew’s eldest son, Thatcher Drew, confirmed that the filmmaker died Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at his home in Sharon, Conn. (AP Photo/Neshan Naltchayan, AMPAS)Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.


Los Angeles pipe rupture: A look at the numbers

Yahoo! National News - 52 min 45 sec ago

a broken 30-inch water main under Sunset BoulevardA torrent of water spewed from a nearly century-old pipe that burst in Los Angeles, shutting down a section of Sunset Boulevard and inundating the campus of UCLA. Here are some of the numbers behind Tuesday's rupture:


U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - 52 min 46 sec ago
New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition for grass and property destruction from straying bison. Yellowstone is now home to more than 4,000 bison, or buffalo, constituting the bulk of the country's last pure-bred population of the animals. Dozens from the Yellowstone herd have been relocated to two Montana American Indian reservations in recent years.

Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

Yahoo! National News - 55 min 56 sec ago

Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.


Teen who sneaked to top of World Trade Center pleads guilty: report

Yahoo! National News - 56 min 57 sec ago
A New Jersey teen, who sneaked into New York City's One World Trade Center and ascended to the top of the 104-story building to the antenna, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident, New York media reported. Justin Casquejo, 16, accepted a plea deal that will keep the misdemeanor BASE jumping charge from his record and grant him youthful offender status in exchange for 23 days of community service, NBC New York reported. Though he did not parachute himself, Casquejo faced a charge in connection with the activity, according to NBC New York. Casquejo was carrying his camera when he crawled through a small hole in the construction fence encircling the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan early one March morning, officials said at the time.

Foster parent charged with murder in hot car death

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 7 min ago
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

Minnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 8 min ago
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign.

Minnesota officer killed making traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 10 min ago

A officer with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension photographs an vechicle that was driven by a Mendota Heights Police officer who was shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A potential suspect in the shooting of a police officer in West St. Paul has been captured near the suburb of Woodbury. (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Ben Garvin) MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUTWEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say investigators have found the car sought in the shooting death of a police officer in Minnesota.


Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 17 min ago

Samaritan's Purse team members help with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photoBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.


Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 19 min ago
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday. The case was discovered earlier this week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, where more than 600 people are being held for processing after entering the United States illegally, said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen.

3 people killed, deputies wounded in N.C. shootout

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 22 min ago

People comfort each other after a shooting in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A domestic dispute erupted into a gun battle with deputies Wednesday at a North Carolina mobile home park, leaving three people dead and three officers wounded, officials said. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Cindy Burnham) MANDATORY CREDITAn angry husband sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines, killing two people, after his wife ran to the home during an argument Wednesday.


Pilot sentenced for groping teenage girl on flight

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 29 min ago

Michael James Pascal walks from the federal courthouse after appearing in court Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Pascal, a former Utah airline pilot, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl while he was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City. He was convicted of abusive sexual contact in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah airline pilot was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl in the seat next to him during an off-duty flight.


Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 30 min ago

Samaritan's Purse team members help with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photoBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.


Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 31 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.

Colorado nurse sues after being a 'hostage' in armed gunman drill

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 32 min ago
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman is suing the nursing home where she worked and local police for allegedly not telling her that a gunman who held her hostage was a police officer conducting a safety drill, court documents show. Michelle Meeker claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver that she was terrorized when an armed man confronted her last October at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Meeker, a registered nurse, was tending to one of her long-term patients when another employee told her to see what a "suspicious" man sitting in the center's day room wanted, according to the complaint. Although the man told her in hushed tones that he was a police officer, the lawsuit says, Meeker was not informed beforehand of the drill and was unsure whether he was telling the truth.