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Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:46

In a photo provided by Citizens Foundation, Haris Suleman, center right, in blue shirt, and his father, Babar Suleman, center left, stand with the plane in early July 2014 in Pakistan that they were flying on an around-the-world trip. Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight, was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Citizens Foundation)PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.


Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:45

Attorney Mari Newman, center, talks with members of the media, as she stands with her plaintiffs and their supporters following a court hearing on sam sex marriage at the Federal District Court, in Denver, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry.


Virginia police: 2 dead after storm at campground

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:43

A tractor trailer truck lies on its side in the median of U.S. Route 13 in Cheriton, Va. while a fire engine responds to a nearby campground after a severe storm passed through the area, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem) NO SALESCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — A fierce storm packing powerful winds and rain toppled trees and flipped campers Thursday at a Virginia campground Thursday, killing at least two people and sending at least 20 more to hospitals, officials said.


Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:39
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Marine Corps officers have launched a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or months later after returning to the United States, a military spokesman said Thursday.

AP names Derl McCrudden head of int'l video news

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:23

Derl McCrudden stands in the Associated Press newsroom in London, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. McCrudden, head of video newsgathering for The Associated Press, has been promoted to head of international video news. The appointment was announced Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Sandy MacIntyre, AP vice president and director of global video. McCrudden, 43, will continue to be based at AP’s global video headquarters in London as he oversees AP's international video operations. (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)NEW YORK (AP) — Derl McCrudden, head of video newsgathering for The Associated Press, has been promoted to head of international video news.


U.S. launches $10 billion rural infrastructure fund

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:12

In this July 20, 2014 photo, a setting sun silhouettes corn stalks growing in Ashland, Ill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn crop is maturing faster than normal and faring well. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)The Obama administration on Thursday launched a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund that it hopes will jump-start investments in a wide range of projects in farm states. CoBank, a cooperative bank that serves rural America and is a member of the Farm Credit System, will be the fund's anchor investor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. "Many major investors in urban centers aren't always aware of the significant investment opportunities in rural communities," said Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary and chair of the White House Rural Council. "This fund represents a new approach to our support for job-creating projects across the country." Denver-based investment firm Capital Peak Asset Management will manage the new fund and work to recruit more investors.


Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:08
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police: 2 dead, 20 hurt as severe storm slams campground on Eastern Shore.

Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:08

Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in Montgomery CountyOne Powerball ticket worth $1 million for the Wednesday, July 23, drawing was sold at a beer distributor in Montgomery County.


Miami Seaquarium fined by OSHA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:57
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Seaquarium has been issued a $7,000 fine for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections.

Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:51

Skagway, AlaskaA vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured ...


Passenger plane disappears over Africa; 116 people on board

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:48

 Fidel Castro's niece aboard plane missing in AfricaAn Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.


Chicago police arrest man in 11-year-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:32
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they've arrested a man in the slaying of an 11-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet while at a sleepover last week.

AP reporter's account of Arizona execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:24

The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the people making preparation for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms.


Deliberations in Ventura trial enter Day 3

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:21

Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at U.S. District Court wearing dog tags around her neck, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. There was no verdict Wednesday as jurors try to decide whether Kyle, a decorated military sniper, libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury in St. Paul has reconvened for a third day to deliberate whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir.


Injuries reported as possible tornado hits Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:12
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia emergency management officials say numerous injuries are being reported following a possible tornado at a campground at Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:06

In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 photo, a street is closed off in front of the an oil field supply company facility in Williston, N.D. that was hit by a fire. Officials say the fire started about midnight Monday and burned most of Tuesday. At its height, the blaze sent fireballs hundreds of feet into the air. No one was injured or killed. A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when the facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded.


Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:01

Theodore Wafer waits for the start of his trial at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Detroit. Wafer is charged with murder in the shooting of a young unarmed woman on his porch. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn't know there was a round in the shotgun.


1 person hospitalized after shooting in Gloucester Co., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:01

1 person hospitalized after shooting in Gloucester Co., N.J.Police say one person was hospitalized after a shooting in Williamstown, New Jersey Wednesday night.


France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:58

 Air Algerie flight vanishes over N MaliAn Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner ...


Southern hopes to build more U.S. nuclear power reactors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:57
(Reuters) - Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. Nuclear reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. The company is already building two new 1,117-megawatt reactors at its Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia and Southern Chief Executive Tom Fanning said any new reactors would be of the same Westinghouse AP1000 design. Westinghouse is majority owned by Toshiba Corp, a Japanese conglomerate.