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Sammy Davis Jr. pendant among Elvis artifacts auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:23

FILE - This August 2010 file photo, shows Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn. Over a hundred authenticated artifacts are up for auction Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, as part of Elvis Week at Graceland. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 authenticated artifacts sold Thursday evening during an auction at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 15:05
"We're going to keep coming back. We're going to fight this to the very end." — Karen Roberts, who along with her partner of 11 years was denied a marriage license by a county clerk in Kentucky, who cited religious beliefs for the denial.

Gulf eats away at coast outside levee-protected New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 14:37

This aerial photo shows Delacroix Island surrounded by fragmenting and eroding marshland and coastal waters in St. Bernard Parish, La., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The shrinking fishing community lies outside the the New Orleans area storm risk reduction system, and is vulnerable to potential future storm surges. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)DELACROIX, La. (AP) — Rocky Morales is watching his small Louisiana town of Delacroix slowly melt into the water. The woods where he played hide-and-seek as a boy are gone. It's all water and mud back there now. So, too, is the nearby marsh where townsfolk once trapped for muskrat, otter and mink.


Judge tosses murder conviction of man in prison for 34 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 13:53
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who spent 34 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl was released from prison Thursday after a judge vacated his murder conviction, citing new DNA evidence.

Oregon cat is world's oldest at 26 years, 13 days: Guinness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 13:34

Handout photo of Corduroy, the new "oldest living cat" according to Guinness World Records in Sisters OregonCorduroy lives in the rural community of Sisters, Oregon, about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Portland, and spends plenty of time outside, the organization said in a statement. Since kittenhood, Corduroy has lived with owner Ashley Reed Okura, who was only seven years old when the cat entered her life, Guinness officials said.


Poor roots, water weight may have toppled tree onto children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:31
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An 85-foot-tall tree that fell in a Pasadena park last month, injuring eight children, had root problems, was leaning and may have absorbed a heavy load of water from a recent storm, according to an arborist's report released Thursday.

1 person rescued from blast zone in China's Tianjin port

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:29

An injured firefighter grimaces as he is examined in a hospital following explosions in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Chinese state media reported huge explosions at the Tianjin port late Wednesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTTIANJIN, China (AP) — Rescuers have pulled a survivor from an industrial zone about 32 hours after it was devastated by huge blasts in China's Tianjin port.


Lightning strike injures 40 U.S. Army Ranger students, four instructors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:24
All 44 individuals were taken to a local hospital for treatment following the Wednesday afternoon incident at Eglin Air Force Base, in north Florida, the Army said in a statement. Seventeen students and three instructors remained overnight at the hospital while the remaining students and instructor were treated and released, the statement said. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly,” said Colonel David Fivecoat, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade commander.

Family of student on bus that slammed into Irvington building speaks out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:06

Family of student on bus that slammed into Irvington building speaks outCity officials said the mini school bus was carrying two adults and 11 children, nine of them students aged 10 to 16, who suffered minor injuries including lacerations, broken bones and possible whiplash.


Washington state fined $100,000 a day over school funding gap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:48
Washington's top court on Thursday fined the state $100,000 per day for failing to put forward a plan to fully fund education from kindergarten through high school, which the court said was required by its previous orders and the state's constitution. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that Washington lawmakers had failed to "amply" fund basic public education for its 1.1 million public school children, and ordered lawmakers to come up with a plan to boost its education budget by billions of dollars over the next five years. "Despite repeated opportunities to comply with the court's order to provide an implementation plan, the state has not shown how it will achieve full funding of all elements of basic education by 2018," the justices wrote in a unanimous opinion.

Pickup truck slams into rear of tractor trailer on NJTP

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:47

Pickup truck slams into rear of tractor trailer on NJTPNew Jersey State Police are investigating a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Gloucester County.


New video emerges of massive explosion in Tianjin, China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:37

New video emerges of massive explosion in Tianjin, ChinaHuge, fiery blasts at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals killed at least 50 people and turned nearby buildings into skeletal shells in the Chinese port of Tianjin.


Federal experts: This El Nino may be historically strong

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:37

FILE - In this June 25, 1998 file photo, a Caltrans bulldozer terraces a sliding hillside below the condemned home above Pacific Coast Highway near Las Flores Canyon Road in Malibu, Calif. The home and at least one other at the top of the slide was scheduled for demolition. Federal meteorologists said Thursday that the current El Nino is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could go down as one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration recorded unusual warmth in the Pacific Ocean the last three months. El Nino is a heating of the equatorial Pacific that changes weather worldwide, mostly affecting the United States in winter. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The current El Nino, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say.


Tempers flare at Colwyn council meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:34

Tempers flare at Colwyn council meetingThe mayor of Colwyn, Delaware County had some choice words for council members Thursday night.


Pedestrian struck in possible hit-and-run in Washington Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:32

Pedestrian struck in possible hit-and-run in Washington Twp.A pedestrian is hospitalized after being struck by a possible hit-and-run driver in Gloucester County.


Official: Not enough parking spots in Camden for pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:28

 Not enough parking spots in Camden for pope visitPeople who want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia next month had better bring their walking shoes.


Security zones, fence, more announcements for pope visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:26

Security zones, fence, more announcements for pope visit to PhiladelphiaMayor Michael Nutter addressed everything from security zones, to a fence, to school closures and taxi service for the pope's visit next month.


Intense thunderstorm pounds Vegas area, prompts flood alerts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:19

This photo provided by the Golden Nugget Las Vegas shows water-soaked craps tables, temporarily out of commission due to rain leaking through the casino roof, as an intense thunderstorm swept over Las Vegas, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Multiple lightning strikes pounded the area and power outages were reported throughout much of the Las Vegas valley. (Golden Nugget Las Vegas via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — An intense thunderstorm over Las Vegas that grounded flights and diverted arrivals elsewhere has settled down. The storm that slowly swept through the area Thursday afternoon prompted warnings of flash floods through 7 p.m. and winds faster than 60 mph.


Man struck, killed by roller coaster at Ohio amusement park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:00

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Matt Ouimet, chief executive of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., greets a guest at Cedar Point amusement park, in Sandusky, Ohio. A man who entered a restricted area at the amusement park to look for a lost cellphone has been struck by a roller coaster and killed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A man who entered a restricted area at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park to look for a lost cellphone has been struck by a roller coaster and killed.


State of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, extended at least 24 hours

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:59

St Louis County police officers watch as anti-police demonstrators march in protest in Ferguson, MissouriCounty Executive Steve Stenger extended the state of emergency in Ferguson, a suburb of the city of St. Louis, through at least Friday, said his spokeswoman, Allison Blood. In consultation with police, Stenger put the state of emergency in place on Monday for Ferguson and surrounding areas after police officers shot and critically wounded a man in an exchange of gunfire Sunday night, marring what had been a day of peaceful demonstrations.