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Arthur, no longer a hurricane, pelts southeast Canada

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 03:45

Vacationer Cornwell of Tennessee carries her eight-month-old son Riley, through a flooded street after Hurricane Arthur passed through in ManteoArthur weakened from hurricane force on Saturday and pelted parts of southeast Canada with heavy rain and strong winds, leaving 250,000 homes and businesses without power, as the storm swept away from New England. Arthur weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday morning after having reached landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks late on Thursday as a Category 2 hurricane, snarling plans for tourists at the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. North Carolina reported only slight damage from the hurricane, which quickly traveled northeast. Arthur, now a post-tropical storm, was centered near Moncton in New Brunswick after making a second landfall in Canada on Saturday afternoon, Environment Canada's Canadian Hurricane Center said.


Philadelphia row home fire may have begun in couch

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 03:44

A woman cries as she walks past Philadelphia firefighters working on burned row homes on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. A fast-moving fire in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday left four children dead and burned through a number of adjoining homes. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fire that raced through a row of two-story homes in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday, killing three 4-year-olds and a baby and engulfing at least 10 houses, may have started in a couch on a porch, officials said.


Shark bites man off Southern California beach

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 03:38
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-foot-long great white shark bit a man swimming off of Southern California's Manhattan Beach.

Shark attack injures man off Southern California beach; swimmers warned to stay out of water

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 03:34
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Shark attack injures man off Southern California beach; swimmers warned to stay out of water.

Six hurt in shooting and stampede at Houston Caribbean festival

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:58
A shooter opened fire into a crowd at a Caribbean festival in Houston in the early hours of Saturday, critically wounding one man and injuring three others, and police said they were looking for the attacker. In addition to the four men hurt in the shooting, two women were hurt in the stampede for the exits that followed the attack, which occurred at 1:55 a.m. local time, Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva said . A representative for the Houston Caribbean Festival could not be reached for comment.

4 children dead, homes destroyed in SW Philly blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:31

4 children dead, homes destroyed in SW Philly fireOfficials say four children are dead after eight homes went up in flames in Southwest Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Democrats' Florida push calls for US shift on Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:13

 end the trade embargo against Cuba. “If you really care about people on the island, we need to get rid of the embargo and let freedom reign,” he said, shouting above a small band of protesters who responded with chants of “Shame on you!” Crist’s supporters cheered louder. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)MIAMI (AP) — When Charlie Crist went to Miami's Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: End the trade embargo against Cuba.


Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:12

FILE - This April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo. The obscure, chicken-sized bird, best known for its mating dance, could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres of the bird’s habitat across 11 Western states. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)DENVER (AP) — An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.


Louis Brown, father of Nicole Brown Simpson, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:01

FILE - In a Jan. 21, 1997 file photo, Juditha and Louis H. Brown Jr., parents of Nicole Brown Simpson, arrive for the start of closing arguments in the O. J. Simpson wrongful death civil suit at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, Calif. Louis H. Brown Jr. died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at his Southern California home, said family attorney Natasha Roit. He was 90. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Louis Brown Jr., the father of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, has died at his Southern California home, a family attorney said Saturday. He was 90.


7 people injured in Indianapolis shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:59
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seven people were shot early Saturday morning in an Indianapolis neighborhood known for its nightlife, police said.

Fire officials: Philly fire likely began in couch

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:34

A woman cries as she walks past Philadelphia firefighters working on burned row homes on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. A fast-moving fire in southwest Philadelphia early Saturday left four children dead and burned through a number of adjoining homes. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia fire officials say a preliminary investigation suggests a blaze that killed four children as it ripped through row homes started in a couch on a porch.


6 shot at Houston music festival; no arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:25
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say six people have been injured in a shooting at Houston music festival.

Threatening call prompts evacuations, bomb search at Harvard

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:22
A call from a man claiming to have an assault rifle at Harvard University and to have planted bombs there prompted police on Saturday to evacuate several buildings at the campus and launch a search for explosives, but the area was later declared safe, authorities said. Investigators did not find any evidence that a man had been on the campus with an assault rifle, Cambridge Police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said.

Photos: 4 children dead in SW Philly blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:14

 Fatal Southwest Philadelphia blazeOfficials say four children are dead after eight homes went up in flames in Southwest Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Police search for mentally challenged man

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:08

Police search for mentally challenged manPolice are searching for a mentally challenged man from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


American Teen Brutally Beaten by Israeli Police, Family Says

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:05
A 15-year-old American high school student was beaten and jailed by Israeli police in what his mother called an "attempted murder," as the incident happened a day after his cousin was killed.

Conjoined Ohio twins, 62, mark a milestone

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:48
Donnie and Ronnie Galyon turn 62 years, 8 months and 8 days old, thereby outliving Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins who lived from 1811 to 1874. The twins live with their younger brother Jim Galyon and his wife Mary. Jim Galyon said his older brothers toured with their father, and at times seven other siblings, as a “human oddity” until the shows fell out of fashion in the 1970s. “They were on the road from (age) 4 to 40," Jim Galyon said.

Newtown victim's animal shelter dream turning real

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:42

In this April 2012 photo provided by Jenny Hubbard, her daughter Catherine Hubbard hugs their dog Sammy at their home in Newtown, Conn. Despite her tragic death in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, Catherine’s dream of helping animals is close to becoming a reality. By early August 2014, the state is expected to finalize transferring 34.4 acres of the former Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation Inc., which is raising money to fund the new Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Jenny Hubbard)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Before she was killed in the Newtown school massacre, 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard raised money from returnable bottles and cans to buy bones for dogs at the pound and designed business cards for an imaginary animal shelter, listing herself as "caretaker."


Police: Driver slams into NE Philly building and flees

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:40

 Driver slams into NE Philly building and fleesPolice say a driver slammed into an apartment building in Northeast Philadelphia early Saturday morning then fled the scene.


Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:23

 torn lingerie, a half-eaten corn cob, a sticky Starbucks cup, molding bread, a dented deodorant aerosol can. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail, or squatting at someone else's house for 30 years.