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Brett Brown: Sixers not there yet, but will be at some point

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:02

 Sixers not there yet, but will be at some pointWith a roster full of guys who have barely hit their 20s, Brett Brown feels like part coach, part father, as he told me today his "kids", are a good 3 to 5 years away from having a chance to win on a regular basis.


Woman convicted of starving 10-year-old stepson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:57
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas jury took less than an hour to find a woman guilty Tuesday in the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson.

FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:52
The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby.

Gulf oil spill: Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:51
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.

Collingdale road rage stabbing suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:45

Collingdale road rage stabbing suspect in custodyDelaware County authorities have a suspect in custody after an apparent road rage stabbing in Collingdale.


FAA prohibiting all US to Israel flights for 24 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:43

FAA prohibiting all US to Israel flights for 24 hoursThe Federal Aviation Administration is telling airlines that all US flights to Tel Aviv airport in Israel are prohibited for 24 hours.


General: Guard to take observation role at border

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:43
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.

Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:41

Children receive a free lunch at the Phoenix Day @ Central Park Youth Program in downtown Phoenix, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The grant-based lunch and dinner program provides free meals to children ages 5 to 18 in the immediate neighborhood surrounding the facility. New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada continue to earn dismal marks for child well-being as they rank in the bottom five of the annual national report that grades states on education, health care and poverty. (AP Photo/Matt York)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child-welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.


New York police eye retraining after custody death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:39
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will revamp its training on the use of force amid outrage over the custody death of a man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, officials said Tuesday.

Undercover probe finds health law failings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

Man charged in Oklahoma with child abuse in Kenya

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:36
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been charged with sexually abusing boys and girls while volunteering at an organization in Kenya that assists neglected children.

Lawyer for author's estate calls Jesse Ventura publicity seeker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:32

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor and ex-professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is a publicity seeker trying to grab headlines by filing a defamation case against the estate of a fellow ex-Navy SEAL who died after serving his country with honor, defense lawyers said on Tuesday. "Ventura thinks he deserves a pay day anytime someone mentions his name in a book," John Borger, a lawyer for Chris Kyle's estate, told the jury in closing arguments made at a federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota. "Jesse Ventura suffered untold humiliation and embarrassment," his lawyer David Bradley Olsen said in closing arguments.


Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.

Bomb talk suspect to plead to immigration charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:29
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man in Connecticut who authorities say expressed interest in using remote-controlled toy airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building is expected to plead guilty to an immigration charge.

Trial date set in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:27

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are asking for more time before the trial to interview the psychiatrist and others involved in defendant James Holmes' first sanity evaluation.


Hundreds of postal workers protest at Chicago Staples over outsourcing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:27
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of postal workers from around the country protested outside a Staples store in downtown Chicago on Tuesday over a program that allows postal services to be sold at more than 80 Staples retail outlets. Postal workers have complained about the program for months, saying the "mini-post offices" staffed by non-union workers will result in fewer jobs and hours of work at government post offices. Last week, Staples said the office supply chain and the U.S. Postal Service would end the pilot program that began in November, but the union says it is continuing under a different name. "What they attempted to do is convince us we achieved victory and pull back on our campaign," said Rich Shelley, a representative for the American Postal Workers Union, which is having its national convention in Chicago.

Suspect arrested in bomb scare on Louisiana campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:26
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man arrested for phoning in a fake bomb scare that led to the evacuation of a 15-acre university campus last week unsuccessfully attempted to rob a bank the same day, authorities said Tuesday.

Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:17

President Barack Obama embraces Vice President Joe Biden, right, before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, bipartisan job-training legislation which aims to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal alternative in the 2016 presidential race.


Exxon Mobil says it'll follow new anti-bias rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:17
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it will comply with the new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, while still sidestepping the question of whether it will formalize that by changing the language of its corporate policy.

Mysterious white flags replace U.S. stars and stripes on Brooklyn Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:13
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers awoke to find two white flags hung in place of the American flags that traditionally flutter atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, baffling city officials, police and onlookers. Two U.S. flags usually decorate the towers of the iconic bridge, which opened in 1883, but on Tuesday morning on they had been replaced with stark white flags that, on closer inspection, appeared to be the stars and stripes with all the color bleached out, police said. The white flags have since been taken down, and the red, white and blue ones restored. "This may be somebody's art project or may be somebody's attempt at making some kind of statement," John Miller, the deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism, said at a press conference, "but it's not clear what that statement is." Video camera footage shows several people, including some four or five people in a group, crossing the bridge at about 3:30 a.m., Miller said.