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Commercial U.S. cargo ship reaches space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:52

Still image taken from NASA TV shows the International Space Station's robotic arm grappling the Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo craftBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - An Orbital Sciences Corp cargo ship reached the International Space Station on Wednesday with a delivery of food, supplies, science experiments and a fleet of tiny Earth-imaging satellites that will be launched from the orbital outpost. Working from a control panel inside the station’s Cupola module, commander Steven Swanson delicately steered the station’s 58-foot long (18 m) robotic arm to pluck the Cygnus capsule from orbit at 6:36 a.m. EDT (1036 GMT) as the ships sailed 260 miles (418 km) above northern Libya. "I think everyone is breathing again," NASA robotics officer Melanie Miller radioed to the crew from Mission Control in Houston. "We now have a seventh crew member," Swanson radioed to Mission Control.


Dems seek political edge in contraception ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:48

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A four-term senator _ Washington state’s Patty Murray _ and a vulnerable freshman, Udall, have pushed legislation that would counter last month’s court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's health care law.


FDNY calendar has its first female firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:43

In a photo provided by the New York City Fire Department, firefighter Danae Mines autographs a copy of the 2015 Calendar of Heroes, which features her as Miss March, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York's Times Square. Mines, of Engine Co. 6 in the South Bronx, is an 11-year veteran, one of only 41 female firefighters in the department, and the first female firefighter to appear in the famed charity calendar of hard bodies. (AP Photo/FDNY)NEW YORK (AP) — The FDNY calendar has a new look.


California seeks to send message to water-wasters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:37

Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. In an effort to force the public to conserve water, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to approve a proposal that includes fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Reservoirs are running dry, the Capitol's lawn has turned brown, and farmers have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted.


Appeals court to take up Missouri execution case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:35

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A last-minute stay from a federal judge has put a Missouri inmate's execution temporarily on hold.


Murdoch's Fox makes bid for Time Warner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:33
Time Warner has rejected a takeover bid from Twenty-First Century Fox and says it has no interest in further discussions with Rupert Murdoch's media entertainment giant.

Arraignment for prostitute in Google exec's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:29

Alix Tichelman during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior CourtSANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin is scheduled to appear in a California courtroom Wednesday to answer to manslaughter, drug and prostitution charges.


Man trying to kill spider caused house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:23
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Fire Department says a man using a spray paint can and a lighter to try and kill a spider started a West Seattle fire that caused $60,000 worth of damage.

NYC mayor's plan for rail strike? I'm outta here

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:04

01 a.m. next Sunday, would affect 300,000 daily riders who travel in and out of New York City from Long Island.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — New York's tabloid newspaper front pages next week are easy to imagine: a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the largest U.S. commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of Mayor Bill de Blasio sunning himself on an Italian beach.


Commercial shipment arrives at space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:59

In this image from NASA-TV shows the Cygnus cargo spacecraft just prior to being grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm Wednesday July 16, 2014 as the pair flew over Northern Libya. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station in the company's second contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted a fresh delivery of goods Wednesday.


Christie to address Wall Street crowd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:13
NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be speaking and lunching with a Wall Street crowd.

2 injured in crash on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:08

2 injured in crash on Roosevelt BoulevardPolice say a man and a woman were injured in a crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.


Texas woman to be sentenced in ricin letters case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:04
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman faces sentencing for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ku Klux Klan hands out candy in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:56

Ku Klux Klan standing by an airplane, out of which they dropped publicity leafletsSENECA, S.C. (AP) — Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan.


No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:52

Hillary Rodham Clinton on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," TuesdayNEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't give Jon Stewart any hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become "a cottage industry."


Pregnant mom accused of killing 11-month-old son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:48

Pregnant mom accused of killing 11-month-old sonPolice say a 20-year-old pregnant mom is accused of killing her 11-month-old son in Reading, Pennsylvania.


Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:12

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2011, photo released by the U.S Army National Guard shows an AH-64D Apache Longbow with the South Carolina Army National Guard releasing flares during a test over Camp Tajo, Iraq. The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders. (AP Photo/U.S. Army National Guard, Tracci Dorgan)FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) — The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.


Princeton professor accused of stealing lawn signs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:01
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Police have charged a Princeton University professor with stealing lawn signs belonging to a computer repair business.

Person of interest in case of body found in duffel bag

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:22

Person of interest in case of body found in duffel bagPhiladelphia police are questioning a person of interest in the case of a young woman found dead in a duffel bag in Kensington.


Closing arguments set for bombing suspect's friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:22
BOSTON (AP) — Jurors are set to hear closing arguments Wednesday in the obstruction of justice case against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.