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Underground blasts rock downtown Indianapolis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:47

30 p.m. outside the Circle Centre shopping and entertainment mall rattled windows and sent police officers rushing into the area to evacuate workers and other onlookers to a safe distance away, Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Fire Department, Capt. Rita Reith)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A series of small underground transformer explosions rocked downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, sending brownish-gray smoke billowing into the streets and forcing evacuations from nearby buildings.


Colorado Powerball winner claims $90M prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:41
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A tow truck driver from a small western Colorado city claimed his $90 million Powerball jackpot and told reporters he has been waking up and feeling like his win wasn't real.

Sterling loses appeal to block LA Clippers sale

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:37

Sterling loses appeal to block LA Clippers saleLOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling's latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court.


Philadelphia hosting Democratic convention site visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:34

Philadelphia hosting Democratic convention site visitDemocratic National Committee representatives considering where to host the 2016 convention were greeted by local politicians and hundreds of supporters when they arrived Wednesday at a downtown hotel for a two-day visit.


Case involving killing of dogs sparks outrage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:29

This booking photo released by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, shows Jason Brown, 24, accused of killing and dismembering several dogs in a Reno, Nev., motel room. Brown was arrested July 9, 2014, after a maid told police she found a decapitated dog in a room he was renting. (AP Photo/Washoe County Sheriff's Office)RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nancy Frank could no longer care for her two Chihuahuas so she was glad to find a young man she thought would give them a good home.


Never too old: 97-year old New Jersey grandma drives big rig

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:25

 97-year old New Jersey grandma drives big rigUnder the heading, you're never too old to try something new, a great-grandmother in New Jersey is checking off one of the must-do items of her 'bucket list'.


Man claiming immunity from US law convicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:22
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A man who claimed he had immunity from U.S. law has been convicted of producing and distributing false diplomatic credentials.

Woman drives to hospital after Alaska bear mauling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:14
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear in Alaska, state troopers said Wednesday.

Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:09
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.

Mississippi seeks new ruling on restrictive abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:07
Mississippi on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to review a decision deeming unconstitutional its 2012 law that would shut down the state's sole abortion clinic and force women seeking the procedure to go out of state. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking a hearing before the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the law, which required abortion clinics to obtain hospital admitting privileges for their doctors. A three-judge panel from the circuit issued a 2-1 ruling against the law last month, finding that Mississippi could not rely on other states to uphold its constitutional duty to provide women access to abortion. Doctors with Jackson Women's Health Organization, Mississippi's only abortion clinic, tried but failed to obtain admitting privileges.

3 charged in gun brought to Atlanta school campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:04
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say charges have been filed against three students accused of handling a gun that led to a school lockdown.

Saudis give UN $100 million to fight terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia handed over a check for $100 million to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to help finance the U.N.'s center to combat global terrorism.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:55
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, authorities have resisted calls to release the name of the officer while imploring protesters to keep their demonstrations calm and avoid new trouble in the city north of downtown St. Louis. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:

Woman Says She Was Denied Job Due to Peanut Allergy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:50
A Massachusetts woman is fighting for the job she claims she lost due to her severe peanut allergy.

Mississippi appeals ruling against restrictive abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:49
Mississippi filed an appeal on Wednesday to a federal court decision deeming unconstitutional its 2012 law that would shut down the state's sole abortion clinic and force women seeking the procedure to go out of state. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking a hearing before the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the law, which required abortion clinics to obtain hospital admitting privileges for their doctors. A three-judge panel from the circuit issued a 2-1 ruling against the law last month, finding that Mississippi could not rely on other states to uphold its constitutional duty to provide women access to abortion. Doctors with Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, tried but failed to obtain admitting privileges.

Start of Detroit bankruptcy trial pushed to Aug. 29

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:47
A federal judge on Wednesday once again delayed the start of the key phase of Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, pushing it to Aug. 29 from Aug. 21. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday had raised the possibility that the confirmation trial, on Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, may be delayed to allow time for the city to incorporate a major settlement over $5.2 billion of water and sewer revenue bonds into the plan. Starting Sept. 2, the hearing will move onto opening statements from Detroit and from attorneys representing major creditors opposing the plan, including Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurance company that has launched a fierce battle on many fronts of the bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Kevyn Orr's 18-month term as Detroit's emergency manager is scheduled to end in late September and the city's attorneys have been pushing for a speedy trip by the city through bankruptcy court as a result.

You too can be a Broadway producer with just $10K

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:37

FILE - This 1950 file photo originally released by MGM shows Gene Kelly, right, and Frank Sinatra in a scene from "On the Town." The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of “On the Town” are offering accredited folk an opportunity to invest in the production for as little as $10,000. "On the Town," which was last on Broadway in 1998, features the songs "New York, New York," "I Can Cook Too," "Lonely Town," and "Some Other Time." (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of "On the Town" are offering a modern twist for its financing: accredited folk can buy a part of it for as little as $10,000.


Court: Transgender man can keep pursuing divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:33
PHOENIX (AP) — A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

Mississippi seeks new ruling on abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:31
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges.

More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:30

In this July 16, 2014 photo, what was once the Echo Bay Marina sits high and dry next to Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. A 14-year drought has caused the water level in Lake Mead to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year, but that won't be enough to pull Lake Mead back from near-record lows.