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City official's relatives found dead in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:22

City official's relatives found dead in Strawberry MansionPolice are investigating the death of a couple found inside a Strawberry Mansion home early Thursday morning.


After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:10

In this June 26, 2014 photo, a visitor looks at Toyota Motor's new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) on display at the company's showroom in Tokyo. Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.


Seattle: 2 boats collide on lake; 1 woman dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:04

30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, on the western shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Wash. At least four people involved in the crash were pulled from the water. Three people were listed in critical condition and transported to Harborview Medical Center, and a fourth victim died at the scene. Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler says the operators of both boats are being investigated for boating under the influence. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)SEATTLE (AP) — A late night collision between a sailboat and a power boat on a Seattle lake left one young woman dead and seriously injured two other people. Seattle police say the operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence.


China joins counter-piracy part of Hawaii drills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:03

People's Liberation Army sailors pat down U.S. Coast Guardsmen playing the role of merchant mariners aboard the Coast Guard cutter Waesche off Hawaii on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Chinese sailors boarded the Coast Guard cutter Waesche for a drill checking cargo as part of Rim of the Pacific exercises the U.S. is hosting in Hawaii waters this month. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)ABOARD THE USCGC WAESCHE (AP) — China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world's largest maritime exercises for the first time.


Hundreds of homes threatened by Wash. wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:49

A wildfire fills the sky with smoke north and above Bordertown, Nev., Tuesday July 15, 2014. Wildfires were also burning in Idaho, Oregon and California on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — With a wildfire fueled by strong winds tearing through timber in its path, authorities in Central Washington have urged residents of nearly 900 homes to flee.


American teen beaten in Mideast back home in Fla.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:11

This image from an AP video shows Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teen who relatives allege was beaten by Israeli authorities earlier this month addressing the media after arriving at at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday night, July 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/AP Video)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Palestinian-American teenager who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities has returned home to Florida and says he will never think of freedom in the same way again.


CHP seizes medical records of woman seen punched

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:44
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Highway Patrol investigators have seized the medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of its officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

3 dead in California bank robbery, gunbattle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:40
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Robbers fleeing a California bank took three women hostage and threw two of them from their getaway vehicle, as they fired repeatedly at police during a high-speed chase. Police shot out their tires but the shooting continued, fatally wounding two suspects and the last hostage.

Justice Dept: Missing emails now part of IRS probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:40

FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from Lerner, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to congressional testimony released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service has expanded to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official.


Should online accounts die when you die?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:29

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2013 file photo shows a printout of the Facebook page for Loren Williams, now deceased, at the Beaverton, Ore. home of his mother, Karen Williams. Williams sued Facebook for access to Loren's account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident at the age of 22. The Uniform Law Commission on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 was expected to endorse a plan to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified. (AP Photo/Lauren Gambino, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?


Senate panel examining role of GM legal department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:19

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barra makes her second appearance before a Senate subcommittee investigating the company's handling of a defective ignition switch in small cars on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel will pose questions to a new set of key players Thursday as it delves deeper into General Motors' delayed recall of millions of small cars.


Your Top Plays for Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:01

Tiger Woods, of the United States, signs autographs for fans as he leaves the practice green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday, July 17. (AP Photo)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


American teen beaten in Mideast returns to Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:37

This image from an AP video shows Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teen who relatives allege was beaten by Israeli authorities earlier this month addressing the media after arriving at at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday night, July 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/AP Video)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Palestinian-American teenager who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities returned home to Florida late Wednesday, saying he will never think of freedom in the same way again.


Wildfire prompts evacuation of nearly 900 Washington state homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:12
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Wildfires stoked by high winds and dry, hot weather threatened homes and businesses across parts of Washington state on Wednesday, with nearly 900 dwellings evacuated near the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth in the Cascade mountains. The Chiwaukum Creek fire scorched some 465 acres by early Wednesday as it raged unchecked through timber in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and private land owned by Weyerhaeuser company, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Laurie Dowie said. Evacuation orders were issued for some 860 homes north of Leavenworth as flames advanced on the area, Dowie said. A lengthy stretch of U.S. Highway 2 from Leavenworth, a resort town modeled to resemble a Bavarian hamlet, to another Alpine ski area at Stevens Pass was closed to traffic, she said.

Attacks in Israel weigh heavily on lacrosse team

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:49

In this July 15, 2014 photo, a stack of traditional Jewish caps bear the words Israel Lacrosse inside a hotel room used for storage of the Israeli Lacrosse team's gear, in Commerce City, Colo. In its first tournament appearance, the Israeli lacrosse team is handily defeating opponents in the Lacrosse World Championship, even as its players' minds are on their homeland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Israeli forward Noach Miller is leading his team on quite a run at the world lacrosse championships, even if his mind is thousands of miles away.


Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:48

A wildfire fills the sky with smoke north and above Bordertown, Nev., Tuesday July 15, 2014. Wildfires were also burning in Idaho, Oregon and California on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of hundreds of homes were urged to evacuate Wednesday as a wind-driven central Washington wildfire raced through heavy timber, sending up a towering column of smoke.


NYC mayor's plan for rail strike? He's outta here

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:18

A conductor checks the platform at the Jamaica station of the Long Island Rail Road, in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Negotiations aimed at avoiding a walkout at the nation's largest commuter railroad resumed Wednesday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo prodded both sides to find an agreement that would keep 300,000 daily riders from being forced to find alternate ways of getting in and out of New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A screaming headline that reads "Good luck on that, I'm off to Italy." A composite photo depicting his family in a gondola in Venice. Withering criticism from a former mayor.


Top GM lawyer, Delphi CEO to face Senate on deadly ignition flaw

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:09

Michael Millikin GM's general counsel since 2009 and a key counselor to Chief Executive Mary Barra looks on as Barra gets ready to depart after testifying on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more major figures in General Motors Co's safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the automaker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw. Michael Millikin, the general counsel of GM, and Rodney O'Neal, the chief executive of Delphi Automotive, the maker of the defective part, are due to testify before a Senate Commerce subcommittee. Millikin is expected to receive harsh scrutiny because his legal department dealt with numerous private lawsuits related to crashes involving the defective switches, but apparently did not urgently warn other parts of GM. "Claire will be posing some tough questions that haven't yet been answered about the role GM's legal department played in delaying this recall," said Andy Newbold, spokesman for McCaskill.


3 dead after California bank robbery, gunbattle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:53

 2 suspects, 1 hostage deadSTOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said.


Plane's near-miss in Alaska becomes a whale of a tale online

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:53
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck. Thomas Hamm, a San Diego businessman, was in the remote village of Angoon, about 60 miles (35 km) southwest of Juneau, last week when he recorded the footage with his cellphone. In the video, the aircraft descends on a shallow run and is about to land in a seemingly calm bay but then pulls up abruptly as the surfacing whale blows a geyser of spray up over the plane's windshield. ...