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Man shot and killed in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 05:17

Man shot and killed in West Oak LanePhiladelphia police are looking for the person who gunned down a man in the West Oak Lane section of the city.

Missing French man's body found off Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 05:15
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a body found in waters off the Jersey Shore has been identified as that of a French man who disappeared while trying to swim in the Atlantic Ocean off the New Jersey coast.

Decision coming on bomber training area expansion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 04:27

FILE - In a March 25, 2003 file photo, a B-1 bomber proceeds on its mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker in the skies near Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Air Force officials are expected to decide by next month whether to go forward with a huge expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains. The Air Force says expanding the Powder River Training complex to cover an area larger than West Virginia is needed to maintain readiness, and it’s too expensive fly some bombers from the Dakotas to Utah and Nevada for combat exercises. Elected officials, pilots and others are resisting what a Montana official called a federal government “airspace grab.” (AP Photo/Staff Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, file)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.

Scores Dead in First Major Ground Battle in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 04:24
Scores killed in first major ground battle in 2 weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting

Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 04:21
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

Crews make progress in calming massive Washington state wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:58

Firefighters Smith and Delyea converse as they keep watch over a controlled burn while battling the Carlton Complex Fire near WinthropBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A massive wildfire raging east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains showed some sign of calming Sunday, with fire crews saying they had slowed the expansion of a wind-whipped blaze that destroyed about 100 homes and displaced hundreds of people. The Carlton Complex blaze did not grow overnight, the first time since the fire was triggered by lightning strikes six days ago that it showed any sign of abatement, local officials said. By early Sunday, the fire was still burning over 280,000 acres (113,311 hectares) in Washington’s Methow Valley, about 120 miles (195 km) northeast of Seattle, but its perimeters were not expanding. "It seems to be calming down a whole lot," said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:42

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Cameron Diaz, right, and Jason Segel in a scene from "Sex Tape." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Claire Folger)NEW YORK (AP) — The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.

Thousands Flee Major Battle With Israel in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:32
Panicked residents flee fighting in crowded Gaza neighborhood as Israel widens offensive

How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:30

FILE - This July 24, 2013, file photo shows demonstrators rallying for immigration reform in front of the White House in Washington. Obama had demanded action on a sweeping change in the law that would have given millions of immigrants illegally in the United States a path to citizenship while boosting spending on border security. When Republicans balked, he threatened to act on his own. But now the White House says it’s focused on stanching the influx of border crossers and returning as many as quickly as the government can. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour.

Sharpton appeals for justice in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:17

The Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he addresses the congregation, Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manhattan's Riverside Church in New York. Sharpton demanded justice for the apparent police chokehold death of Eric Garner, who died three days ago in Staten Island. He also said that citizens who kill police officers should be held accountable. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — In a Sunday appeal from the pulpit, the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded justice for a man he said was choked to death by New York City police but added that citizens who attack police officers also should be held accountable.

Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:02
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

No letup as Washington wildfire grows

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:35

An American Flag waves in the breeze as a wildfire approaches on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Malott, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — With no letup from high temperatures and wind, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington is growing, marking a week since flames began to consume homes, farms and scenic hillsides.

In violent weekend, at least 40 people shot in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:22

A general view of city of Chicago(Reuters) - An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday. At least 40 people were shot, and four killed, in weekend violence in the third-largest U.S. city, the NBC affiliate in Chicago reported. The deaths included an 11-year-old girl, shot in the head inside a first-floor bedroom on Friday night after someone fired a gun from outside the house, said Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada. Shamiya Adams, who died the next day, had been sitting on the floor during a sleep-over at her best friend's home, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Florida boy, 4, mauled to death by pit bulls, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:03
A 4-year-old Florida boy was mauled to death by two pit bulls at his uncle's home, said authorities on Sunday, who suggested the child may have let the dogs out of their cage to play with them. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the boy, Logan Shepard, had been left alone on Saturday inside the home while his mother and adult relatives went into a bedroom to talk. The pit bulls had been enclosed in a cage outside the house shortly before his arrival, the Sheriff's office said in a statement. Authorities believe the boy may have gone outside and released the dogs, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter, who said the exact circumstances remained unclear.

No arrests in slaying of 11-year-old Chicago girl

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:02
CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet fired into her friend's home during a slumber party didn't allow the girl or her twin brother to play outside because she was so afraid of Chicago's street violence, the girl's great-grandmother said Sunday.

Congressman's staffer denies guilt in gun case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:51
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge after Capitol police say he carried a gun into a federal office building in Washington.

Bus becomes shower for homeless in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:06

File photo of NASA astronaut Conrad Jr. standing with the U.S. flag on the lunar surfaceBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was canceled in 1972. Instead, NASA was directed to begin planning for a human expedition to an asteroid. This path, however, is fraught with technological cul-de-sacs that do not directly contribute to radiation protection, landing systems, habitats and other projects needed to build the road to Mars, a National Research Council panel concluded in June.

Drive 70mph on parts of Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:05

Drive 70mph on parts of Pa. TurnpikeThe speed limit is going up on parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week.

Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:56

Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurtA hot air balloon crashed into power lines in a Massachusetts neighborhood, injuring five people on board.