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Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies at 103

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:10

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 17, 2013 file photo, Dixieland jazz musician Lionel Ferbos performs at his 102nd birthday party at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in New Orleans. Lionel Ferbos died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home in New Orleans, according to a family friend. He was 103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos died Saturday at his home in New Orleans, just days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17 with friends and family in the French Quarter.


Prison roof in Texas collapses, 19 inmates injured

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:58
DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals.

Study says national parks boost economy in West

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:26
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study.

Nineteen hurt when ceiling collapses at Texas jail

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:00
(Reuters) - A ceiling at a Texas jail collapsed on Saturday, injuring 19 inmates, with one of those hurt airlifted to a Houston hospital, officials said. The suspended ceiling fell onto inmates in a common area of the Diboll Correctional Center in Diboll, Texas, said Bobby Hobbs, a battalion commander with the Lufkin Fire Department.

Sunday marks 2 years since theater massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:18

FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, four-year-old Jake Richards watches as his sister Stephanie makes signs reading "Remember Aurora," during a remembrance event at which the names of people killed by gun violence in America over the previous year were read aloud, at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, Colo. Two years have passed since a man wearing police-style armor killed 12 and wounded 70 during a midnight movie screening. For many of the survivors, the trauma is still fresh. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — On July 20, 2012, a man wearing police-style armor killed 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb of Aurora. James Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings. His attorneys say he was gripped by a psychotic episode. Here are things to know on the second anniversary Sunday:


Prison roof in Texas collapses, 20 inmates injured

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:15
DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and injuring 20 — 10 of whom went to nearby hospitals.

HIV diagnosis rate falls by a third in U.S.: researchers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:00

About 2880 candles are seen lit during a World AIDS Day event in JakartaThe annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday. Fewer people in all U.S. groups tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus except for gay and bisexual men ages 13 to 24 and over 45, they wrote in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Among men who have sex with men, unprotected risk behaviors in the presence of high prevalence and unsuppressed viral load may continue to drive HIV transmission," the report said. The United Nations said on Wednesday that there were 2.1 million new HIV infections worldwide in 2013, down 38 percent from 2001.


Last-Minute Switches Twice Save Man from Doomed Malaysian Flights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:50
A Dutch cyclist escaped tragedy twice after being scheduled to fly on both Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, and Flight MH 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March.

Emotional rally held for man who died in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:37

Esaw Garner, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry, center, and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in New York. Garner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, which a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a man who died after a police officer used an apparent chokehold to bring him to the ground during an arrest burst into tears Saturday at a Harlem rally in his honor.


Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:31

FILE -This undated file photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to dangerous levels with no medical explanation. Experts say the case of Spears appears to be an example of how social media feed into the disorder known as Munchausen by proxy, in which caretakers harm children and then bask in the attention. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy.


GE to invest $20M, open new plant in Puerto Rico

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:28
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — General Electric plans to open an estimated $20 million plant along Puerto Rico's north coast while closing two other plants in the U.S. territory.

Robbery victim clears man in barricade situation in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:25

Robbery victim clears man in barricade situation in Port RichmondPolice say a man was taken to a robbery victim for identification after he barricaded himself inside a Port Richmond home early Saturday morning.


4 hurt, including 2 police officers in Ocean Co. crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:21

4 hurt, including 2 police officers in Ocean Co. crashTwo southern New Jersey police officers and two other people were injured when a car crashed into a parked police cruiser during a motor vehicle stop.


Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:39

In this Monday, July 7, 2014 file photo, a saltwater disposal facility burns after it was struck by lightning, near Alexander, N.D. Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling, not the oil wells or drilling rigs, that were to blame. (AP Photo/Josh Wood, File)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame.


2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:37

FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file image from video provided by the United States Humane Society, a Hallmark Meat Packing slaughter plant worker is shown attempting to force a "downed" cow onto its feet by ramming it with the blades of a forklift in Chino, Calif. The yearslong battle between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving to federal courts as ag-gag laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Opponents of the law point to the Chino video and the investigation that followed, which led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history, saying the secrecy puts consumers at higher risk of food safety problems and animals at higher risk of abuse. (AP Photo/Humane Society of the United States, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.


Boy, 4, critically injured after falling from window in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:32

Boy, 4, critically injured after falling from window in SW PhiladelphiaPolice say a 4-year-old was critically injured after he fell from a 2-story window in West Philadelphia Saturday morning.


Howling winds push massive Washington fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:10

Firefighter Kathleen Calvin looks around as she sits atop her fire truck while waiting to begin work as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky behind Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Howling winds pushed a massive wildfire in north-central Washington in new directions Saturday.


Rebels hamper access to plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:55

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash siteArmed separatists hampered access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site Saturday, limiting the movements of international monitors and raising concerns that evidence showing who brought the plane down and killed the 298 people on-board would be lost, tampered with or destroyed.


Archaeologists excavate NY Colonial battleground

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:48

Volunteer Heather Engwer of Lake George examines an artifact during an archaeological field school dig at Lake George Battlefield Park on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Lake George, N.Y. The summer project is focusing on a site that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century, with American, British, French and American Indian forces battling for control of the region’s waterways. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era's largest smallpox hospital.


Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:37

A mailbox stands in a scorched countryside that was hit by the Carlton Complex fire near Pateros(Reuters) - A wildfire raging east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes and displaced hundreds of people, an emergency official said on Saturday, with cooler weather not expected to provide relief for another day. The four-blaze Carlton Complex fire destroyed homes in and around the town of Pateros, about 120 miles (193 kms) northeast of Seattle, said Mark Clemens, a spokesman for the Washington Emergency Management Division. The fire is among more than two dozen burning from southern California to Idaho as drought-parched Western states enter their annual fire season. Both Washington and Oregon have declared states of emergency as wildfires scorched thousands of acres, destroying homes, outbuildings and crops.