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Suspect killed by police during ambush, home invasion in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:32

Suspect dead after woman alerts police to home invasion in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a woman inside a Northeast Philadelphia home was able to signal to an officer at the door that something was terribly wrong. The officer went inside and confronted the two burglars.


Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:20
CALVERTON, N.Y. (AP) — A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump.

10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:10

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Obama commemorates Special Olympics anniversary at star-studded White House event

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:50

President Obama attends celebration of Special OlympicsBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Katy Perry, Jason Derulo and Stevie Wonder were all there - but the only guest who got to give President Barack Obama a hug during his speech was restaurant owner Tim Harris. Harris has Down syndrome, but he owns his own restaurant and is a Special Olympics star in year-round sports. "Presidents need encouragement once in a while too...Thank you, Tim," Obama said after Harris left his seat during the president's remarks to give him a hug, Harris' trademark at his restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Court clears way for California to sell $8 billion of bullet-train bonds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:49
(Reuters) - A California appeals court has ruled a state authority may issue $8 billion in bonds to help finance a high-speed rail system in the most populous U.S. state, removing a substantial obstacle to the proposed $68 billion plan. In overturning on Thursday a state court's 2013 ruling, the three-judge panel in Sacramento said the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is overseeing the high-speed rail project, "properly found that issuance of bonds for the project necessary or desirable," court documents show. The panel also vacated a lower court order that the state re-do its financial plan for the project. Last year, Sacramento County Superior Court judge Michael Kenney ruled there was too little information to support a decision by the authority overseeing the project to move forward with the sale of the bonds.

Ginsburg: Court right to void clinic buffer zones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:33

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is defending a rare Supreme Court decision that put her at odds with women's rights groups.


Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:29

Jonnie Williams, right, former Star Scientific CEO, heads into the Federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with two of his lawyers, Toby Vick , center, and Reid H. Weingarten, right, for the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions — but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.


Suspected burglar killed in police-involved shooting in NE Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:16

Suspect dead after woman alerts police to home invasion in Northeast PhiladelphiaOfficials say a suspected burglar was killed in a police-involved shooting in Northeast Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Attorneys to open Georgia peanut salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:12
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys are scheduled to make opening statements in the criminal trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

Tropical Storm Bertha approaching the Caribbean

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:07
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean.

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:39
GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is regrouping to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.

USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:30

FILE - This Aug. 24, 2010 file photo shows chickens in Sparks, Md. The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. The final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by around a fourth. But those that remain will focus more on food safety than quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. There would also be more inspectors checking the facilities to make sure they are clean. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.


For sale: A nearly nonexistent insurance agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the country's largest overseers of troubled home loans, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., is quietly trying to sell a $100 million insurance agency that doesn't appear to exist.

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:59
The Associated Press-GfK poll on foreign policy and President Barack Obama's approval ratings was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications July 24-28. It is based on online interviews of 1,044 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:38

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows CIA Director John O. Brennan speaking in Washington. The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed July 31 with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Those internal conclusions prompted Brennan to abandon months of defiance and defense of the agency and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.


Town changed, even with girls' killer behind bars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:31

FILE - In this April 23, 2012, file photo, Kevin Sweat leaves court in Okemah, Okla. Sweat, accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008 but who was not arrested until after being questioned in his fiancee's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)WELEETKA, Okla. (AP) — Folks once settled in this sleepy central Oklahoma town to get away from the crime and hubbub of big-city life. Many residents didn't bolt their doors or draw their shades at night. Most here never worried about people like Kevin Sweat.


Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:30

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power "Y" shaped juncture where a water rupture occurred, involving two main trunk lines is seen on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Thursday, July 31, 2014. Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe some 30 hours after it burst. Damage costs have yet to be pegged from the rupture of the pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water in the midst of California's worst drought in decades. The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.


Yosemite wildfire weakened, evacuations to end

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:02

This Monday, July 28, 2014 photo released Thursday, July 31, 2014 by the U.S. Forest Service, shows flames and smoke in the Sierra National Forest, Calif. On Thursday, Fire crews are battling a blaze in Sierra National Forest about 60 miles northeast of Fresno, Calif. that was creeping closer to the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, a popular recreation spot that supplies drinking water. (AP Photo/U.S. National Forest Service, Burt Stalter)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A day of big firefighting gains against a wildfire in Yosemite National Park means the last evacuations will soon end and threats to a rare grove of giant sequoias will shrink further.


Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:30

45 AM EDT shows widely scattered clouds across the Caribbean Basin. A cluster of clouds is present north of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. A tropical wave is struggling to organize well east of the Lesser Antilles as it tracks westward. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.


Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 14:29

In this July 16, 2014 photo, Jan and Terry Blumberg, left, talk with Richard and Mary Dunkley during lunch at Blum’s Landing in Ocqueoc Township, Mich. The Blumbergs used benefits and insurance money from their son Trevor's 2003 death in Iraq to help build Blum’s Landing. Now in its third year, the two-story home serves as a retreat for those fighting the war on terror. Veterans can stay at Blum’s Landing free of charge for up to five days. Richard Dunkley earned his family’s stay by serving in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)OCQUEOC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and "take care of my guys."