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Economists lower forecasts for US growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:42

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, a cashier rings up a sale at a Sears store, in Las Vegas. U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.


Federal judge affirms Detroit's access to casino revenue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:27
(Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday ruled that bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc cannot block bankrupt Detroit's access to casino tax revenue. Syncora, which insures some of the city's bonds and interest-rate swaps, appealed an Aug. 28, 2013 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes that gave Detroit access to about $11 million in monthly tax revenue that the insurance company had tried to block. Judge Bernard Friedman said that Rhodes had correctly decided that the disputed money was part of the bankruptcy estate. Syncora's attorney, James H.M. Sprayregen at law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, said an appeal will be filed with the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Man charged in Craigslist knifepoint robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:24

Man charged in Craigslist knifepoint robberyPolice arrested a man in connection with a robbery at a Burlington County mall.


Colorado gay couples wed but on shaky legal ground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:21

Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana show their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office on Thursday, July 10, 2014. They were the first couple to receive a marriage licence in Denver, after clerk Debra Johnson began issuing licenses to same sex couples on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county is issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though the legal fight on the issue isn't over in the state.


Philly man, 81, among 8 child porn arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:13

Philly man, 81, among 8 child porn arrestsThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has announced the arrests of eight men on unrelated child pornography charges.


PHOTOS: 8 arrested for child porn in Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:10

 8 arrested for child porn in Pa.Eight men throughout Pennsylvania have been arrested on child porn charges.


Haskell collapses in Texas court as details of Texas murder read

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:58
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The man accused of fatally shooting four children aged 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home while looking for his former wife collapsed when details of the murder scene were read in court on Friday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who is being held without bond, was in court for a procedural hearing after being charged on Thursday with capital murder and multiple murders. Capital murder can bring the death penalty in Texas. Haskell said "Yes, sir" after his rights were read and then collapsed as details of the crime were listed in the court.

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:40

FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows a sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show. The White House had publicly distanced itself from doing the same against an American news organization. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show.


Correction: North Dakota Saltwater Spill story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:24
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — In a July 10 story about a North Dakota pipeline leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of the pipeline owner and its parent company. The pipeline owner's name is Arrow Pipeline LLC, not Aero Pipeline LLC, and its parent company is Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, not Crestwood Midstream Services Inc.

Man sets small fire at California airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:20
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man is in custody after setting fire to cardboard inside a baggage claim area at a San Francisco Bay Area airport.

More Americans succumb to World Cup fever: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:16

USA fans watch the 2014 World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the U.S., at a viewing party in Redondo BeachThe United States may not yet be in love with football, but more Americans became fans as the World Cup in Brazil progressed, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. Fifty-six percent of Americans said they were following the World Cup as it headed into the semi-finals, compared with 39 percent polled during the first week of the tournament. The World Cup "has been fun to watch," said Josh Morris, 28, of Gladwin, Michigan. "Four years ago, I hardly knew the last World Cup existed," said Morris, who usually follows Major League Baseball and the National Football League on a weekly basis.


Dozens taken to hospital in Teton Park bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:13
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say about two dozen people were taken to a hospital after a bus flipped on its side in Grand Teton National Park.

Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, sites closed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:06
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday.

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:59

In this May 2014, photo provided by Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw stand for a photo on a prototype solar-panel parking area at their company's business in Sandpoint, Idaho. Scott Brusaw's idea for solar-powered roads has gone viral and raised more than $1.4 million in crowdsourced funding. Brusaw is proposing to pave driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways with hexagon-shaped solar panels that will produce electricity and could even propel electric cars. (AP Photo/Solar Roadways)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.


Hazmat response after West Deptford plant explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:32

1 injured in West Deptford chemical plant blastHazmat crews responded to a plant in West Deptford, New Jersey, after an explosion was reported.


Fall elections loom over governors' meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:30

FILE - In this June 26, 2014, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Biden is scheduled to address the National Governors Association conference in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Partisan divisions over immigration, education and health care are intensifying as dozens of the nation's governors meet just months before elections thick with presidential implications.


Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:29

Country music star Garth Brooks speaks at a news conference on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Brooks, one of the last musicians to refuse put his music on iTunes, said he will make his songs available digitally though his own website. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way.


1 injured in south Jersey chemical plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:16
WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.

Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:03

Justin Ross HarrisATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.


Officials: Man loses fingertips on Disney ride

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 20:05
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida.