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Billy Joel's mother dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:55
HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at the age of 92.

Some in Arizona town plan to block immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:40
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters in a small town near Tucson want to send a message about the immigration debate Tuesday, when they plan to block a bus they believe will be transporting about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths in Oracle.

California freeway shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:30
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A shooting on a Southern California freeway has left one person dead and another injured.

Missing pregnant woman's ex-boyfriend indicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:23

This April 14, 2014 booking photo released by the Maui County Police Dept. shows Steven Capobianco. Capobianco, the ex-boyfriend of a Maui, Hawaii woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February, has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime. (AP Photo/Maui County Police Dept.)HONOLULU (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime.


Police: Taco Bell employee shot customer with BB

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:18
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts Taco Bell employee used a BB gun to shoot a customer who was enraged when no one came to the drive-thru window to take his order.

Indianapolis officer's death suspect set for court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:08

The casket of fallen Indianapolis police Officer Perry Renn is draped with an American flag during a funeral service Friday, July 11, 2014, in Indianapolis. Renn died Saturday night after being shot three times by a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The man accused of killing an Indianapolis police officer was pushed in a wheelchair to make his first court appearance on murder charges.


PHOTOS: Damage, lightning from Monday's storms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:41

 Damage, lightning from Monday's stormsLightning and heavy rains hit the Philadelphia area on Monday night.


Possible tornado, heavy damage as storms hit NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:39

 No tornado in Burlington CountyStrong storms hit South Jersey prompting a possible tornado Monday night.


Oil slips to near $100 despite turmoil in Libya

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:11
The downward drift of oil prices continued Tuesday with the benchmark rate down near $100 a barrel even as the deteriorating security situation in Libya has raised questions over the restoration of crude exports.

At Elvis Fest, impersonations are reverent tribute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:09

In this July 12, 2014 photo, from left, Daniel Jenkins, Tyler James and Jacob Roman joke around during the Las Vegas Elvis Festival in Las Vegas. The three, along with other Elvis tribute artists, performed in a competition at the convention. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton don't want to be called Elvis impersonators.


Transformer fire causes detours in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:45

Transformer fire causes detours in Center CityFire crews on the scene of an underground electrical fire in Center City, Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.


Florida woman arrested for leaving toddler in car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:42
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay-area police have arrested a woman for leaving her 19-month-old daughter in a car while she shopped.

12 dead, 150 injured in Moscow subway derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:12

20 dead, 150 injured in Moscow subway derailmentA rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 12 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian emergency officials said.


Ahead of the Bell: US retail sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:01

US retail sales tick up 0.2 percent in JuneThe Commerce Department releases rPiletail sales data for June. The report will come out at 8:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday. SALES REBOUND?: Economists forecast that retail sales rose 0.6 percent in June, according ...


Seattle eases limit on ridesharing companies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:40
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle lawmakers eased limits on ridesharing companies on Monday, handing a victory to a nascent industry that has emerged in scores of cities to compete with traditional taxis. Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to remove restrictions imposed earlier this year on the numbers of cars used by UberX, Lyft and other companies, which let customers hail rides through smartphone apps from drivers using their own vehicles. Many traditional taxi companies and a number of city administrations have balked at the rise of the rideshare industry, protesting against what they see as a lack of regulation covering licensing, safety and insurance coverage. Austin, Texas, began threatening to impound ridesharing cars last year, prompting another service, Sidecar, to leave town.

Possible tornado warning, heavy damage as storms hit NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:39

Possible tornado, heavy damage as storms hit NJStrong storms hit South Jersey prompting a possible tornado warning early Tuesday morning.


Tornado warning, heavy damage as storms hit South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:32

Possible tornado, heavy damage as storms hit NJStrong storms hit South Jersey prompting a tornado warning early Tuesday morning.


2 missing in western Pennsylvania house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:08
DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two people are unaccounted for after an early morning house explosion in a rural area of western Pennsylvania.

Sidewalk memorial honors New Jersey cop killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:00
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A day after a rookie police officer was gunned down in an ambush, mourners came to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial with candles, balloons, empty liquor bottles and messages of love from friends scrawled on T-shirts taped to a brick wall — to his killer.

VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:45

Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, testifies to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing to review the Veterans Benefits Administrations progress in ending its disability compensation claims backlog by 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.