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8 children hurt, 2 critical, by falling tree in California

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 11 min ago
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A huge, ancient pine tree uprooted and fell onto kids at a summer day camp Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically, fire officials said.

Oregon 'kayaktivists' to protest Shell Arctic oil search

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 19 min ago
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, the Portland "kayaktivists" said they would conduct a vigil overnight on the Willamette River, which runs through downtown Portland. "Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell’s plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic,” said Meredith Cocks, organizer with environmental activist group Portland Rising Tide.

Administration would give prisoners access to student grants

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 25 min ago

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks in Arlington, Va. The Obama administration is taking steps to expand a student aid grant program _ so prisoners would be eligible. Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have scheduled a visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Md., Friday to announce the plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.


Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 40 min ago

FILE - In this undated photo provided by the Bland family, Sandra Bland poses for a photo. Bland, a black 28-year-old from suburban Chicago, was found dead in jail on July 13, 2015. Texas authorities have said Bland hanged herself with a garbage bag, a finding that her family disputes. She was in custody after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation with a white state trooper. (Courtesy of Bland family, File)HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.


'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 42 min ago

People walk past signs announcing the "Book of Mormon" musical at the Capitol Theatre, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons is finally coming to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two week run on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at a theater two blocks from the church’s flagship temple and headquarters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters.


Holmes' father says he worried when son stopped calling

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 48 min ago

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, left, questions Robert Holmes, top right, the father of James Holmes, background left, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The father of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls.


8 children hurt, 3 critically, by falling tree near Pasadena museum

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 49 min ago

8 children hurt, 3 critically, by falling tree near Pasadena museumFire officials in Southern California now say a tree that fell near a children's museum has injured eight kids, three of them critically.


Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 56 min ago

Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon to NationalsThe Philadelphia Phillies have traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals in exchange for a minor league pitcher, the team announced Tuesday night.


Sexual-assault accuser says Cosby didn't realize she was gay

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 9 min ago

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women's cues. The revelation by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before assaulting her in 2004, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia. In it, Constand's lawyers argue that Cosby, 78, breached the confidentiality clause of their settlement through a series of public comments by his attorneys as they mounted a media campaign seeking to put his "spin" on the widening scandal.


Northern California wildfire jumps line, forces evacuations

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 24 min ago

Two fire fighting helicopters pass near each other over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 200 people were ordered from their homes Tuesday when a wildfire jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state.


Man shot and killed in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 31 min ago

Man shot and killed in West KensingtonA man was shot and killed in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


UN says it could help 3 million in Yemen if a pause holds

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 38 min ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest attempt at a humanitarian pause in Yemen "has not been respected by any party to the conflict," the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday, adding that a plan to reach 3 million Yemenis with aid is ready to go if only the fighting would stop.

2 injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 41 min ago
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled the state.

Police: Driver in deadly bus crash had suspended license

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 48 min ago
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy died and 11 others were hurt when their church bus overturned near Indianapolis in an accident that police said appeared to be the result of an error by a driver with a suspended license.

Police release photos of movie theater gunman's car

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 55 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows the car John Russel Houser was driving before he opened fire in a movie theater July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. Lafayette police said in an email Tuesday, July 28, that they are releasing the photographs in hopes that people may have seen the blue 1995 Lincoln Continental and may remember encountering Houser. (Lafayette Police Department via AP)LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana have released photos of a car that a gunman was driving before he opened fire in a movie theater.


Diner en Blanc: NYC leads world's biggest popup picnic

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 59 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Five thousand people dressed in white got together for the world's largest popup picnic — at a Manhattan location that was revealed only at the last moment.

US man accused in African lion death thought hunt was legal

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 1 min ago

This photo shows the dental offices of Walter James Palmer in Bloomington, Minn., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Palmer, an avid hunter, is accused of illegally killing a well-known and protected lion, named Cecil, during a big game hunt in Zimbabwe. The killing has outraged animal conservationists and others worldwide. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt."


Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who became mentally ill and is not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes is expected to testify on Wednesday.

Minnesota man says he had 'no idea' lion killed on Zimbabwe hunt was beloved local animal

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 16 min ago

Minnesota man says he had 'no idea' lion killed on Zimbabwe hunt was beloved local animalAn avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt."


A look at cases where kids are accused of killing kids

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 22 min ago
Police in California are questioning a 15-year-old boy in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor girl who disappeared while riding her new scooter.