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New York City has deadly weekend following violent crime drop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:08
New York saw a spate of killings over the weekend, days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a drop in fatal shootings and stabbings since the start of summer in some of the city's high-crime neighborhoods. Six men between the ages of 20 and 56 were shot or stabbed to death in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx between late on Friday and early Sunday, the New York City Police Department said. The weekend crime follows de Blasio's announcement on Wednesday that murders and shootings had dropped by about a third in areas of each of the boroughs under a police patrol program aimed at preventing a seasonal spike in crime.

Staying safe in the excessive heat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:06

Staying safe in the excessive heatThe Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has activated its heat hotline for the second day in a row. As bad as it is for the rest of us, this heat is downright dangerous for seniors.


Museum at Nixon's presidential library gets makeover

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:05

FILE - This July 26, 2004, file photo shows the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif. The galleries at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum are getting a $25 million upgrade to add more audio and video features and include interactive touchscreens common to most modern museum exhibits, officials said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A museum dedicated to Richard Nixon's presidency is getting a makeover that will include interactive exhibits appealing to younger, tech-savvy visitors, officials said Monday.


Philadelphia area's transit system halts papal pass sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Overwhelming customer demand on Monday forced the Philadelphia area's transit system to halt the sale of special rail passes to be used during Pope Francis' September visit to the city.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs 20-week abortion ban into law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:41
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, signed a bill into law on Monday banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy that makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The law, which makes an exception for medical emergencies, set the cut-off at a time when some abortion rights opponents believe an unborn child can feel pain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists disputes the threshold, saying research has found fetuses do not feel pain until 29 weeks after fertilization at the earliest.

Northern NY tax collector accused of falsifying her own bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:32
CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A tax collector in northern New York has been arrested on allegations she falsified her own tax records to avoid paying up.

Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:30

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking sits in front of a presentation image during a press conference in London, Monday, July 20, 2015. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tech entrepreneur Yuri Milner are pushing the search for extraterrestrial life into higher gear. The pair said Monday the $100 million "Breakthrough Initiatives" program funded by Milner will harness computer power as never before in a search of the heavens. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian-born billionaire Yuri Milner on Monday announced an ambitious bid to combine vast computing capacity with the world's most powerful telescopes to intensify the so far fruitless search for extraterrestrial life.


Highlights of UN resolution endorsing Iran nuclear deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing the landmark deal reached by Iran and six world powers to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Here are the main points:

Toll operator says he was fired for not charging driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:20
ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A 77-year-old Florida man has been fired from his job as a toll booth operator after reportedly using his own money to pay a toll for a tractor trailer whom he had undercharged.

Coroner: Pregnant woman, 2 children killed in Ohio flooding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:16

Jeff Downing, walks around his property in Ripley, Ohio, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Downing's mobile home had previously been in the foreground where the bricks are prior to a late evening flash flood. The flood swept away a mobile home late Saturday, killing three members of a family of six huddling for safety inside, authorities said. (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALESRIPLEY, Ohio (AP) — A pregnant woman was killed along with two of her children when their mobile home was swept away during a weekend torrential downpour, a coroner said Monday as authorities began assessing damage to homes and roads in southern Ohio.


Americans favor Supreme Court term limits: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:09

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonMost Americans would support imposing a term limit on the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, who now serve for life, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found in the aftermath of major rulings by the court on Obamacare and gay marriage. Congress shows no signs of taking up the idea, though Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz has suggested the possibility of justices being voted out of office.


Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, personal info posted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:04

Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, personal info postedThe parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online.


NTSB: Fighter warned of nearby plane seconds before crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 23:44
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of an F-16C fighter jet was warned by air traffic control of the presence of a small plane only seconds before a collision over rural South Carolina earlier this month.

Republican Jeb Bush backs federal hiring freeze, lobbying rules

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 23:42

Bush answers a question from the audience during a town hall campaign stop at the VFW Post in Hudson(Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Monday he would overhaul Washington's culture with a federal balanced budget amendment, a freeze on government hiring and a longer ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. "We need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation's capital – and I mean to do it," Bush, the former Florida governor, said in remarks posted on his campaign website on Monday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson and Luciana Lopez; Editing by Susan Heavey)


New marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:39

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 photo, Frank Conrad, head of pot-testing lab Colorado Green Lab, charts potency levels of marijuana while his co-worker, Cindy Blair, works behind, at the lab in Denver. In states that regulate marijuana, officials are just starting to draft rules governing safe levels of chemicals. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.


Demi Moore 'in shock' after man drowns in her backyard pool

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:20

Demi Moore 'in shock' after man drowns in her backyard poolDemi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a Los Angeles home she owns.


Users report problems buying SEPTA tickets for pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:08

SEPTA suspends sales of pope visit passesUsers are reporting problems while trying to buy SEPTA tickets for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.


5 decades later, US-Cuba diplomatic ties restored

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:00

5 decades later, US-Cuba diplomatic ties restoredThe United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War.


Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, personal info posted

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 21:36
NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online.

'Say 2016!' Sisters snag selfies with presidential hopefuls

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 21:29

In this July 2, 2015 photo provided by Emma Nozell, Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie poses for a photo with Emma Nozell in Nashua, N.H. Nozell and her sister, Addy Nozell, of Merrimack, N.H., are attempting to take photos with every presidential candidate campaigning in the state. They came up with the idea after Emma took this picture with Christie. (Emma Nozell via AP)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Addy and Emma Nozell aren't the first New Hampshire residents to collect photos of themselves with as many presidential candidates as possible. But in the age of selfies, the Merrimack sisters are attracting a lot of attention, so much so that candidates now arrive in the state ready for their close-ups with the teens.