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Trio wanted in 8 drug store burglaries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 13:29

Trio wanted in 8 drug store burglariesPolice are looking for three suspects wanted in several drug store burglaries.

Officials: Homeless welcome during pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 13:23

 Homeless welcome during pope visitDespite their fears, of the many preparations being made to welcome the pope to the city, running the homeless out of town isn't one of them.

California's new, unending fire season takes toll on firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 13:22

A firefighter watches over animals at a property evacuated and partially burnt by the Valley Fire in Hidden Valley LakeThe damage from California’s fast-spreading wildfires is usually expressed in acres destroyed, homes razed or people killed. Currently in the fourth year of a devastating drought, California has seen 1,500 more blazes this year than last. "I have no idea when I'm going home,” said Scott Gillespie as he finished a 24-hour shift fighting the 70,000-acre “Valley Fire” near Napa in what is shaping up to be a record year.

Pope's U.S. visit may deepen Republicans' Hispanic problem

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 13:16

The U.S. flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New YorkBy James Oliphant ORLANDO (Reuters) - Bob Cortes, a Republican legislator in Florida, fears he is losing the Hispanic vote that helped get him elected. The culprits: Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump who are railing against immigration. The upcoming visit by the most socially progressive pope in generations threatens to alienate them even more, driving a further wedge between Cortes' party and the Hispanic voters it needs to win back in order to retake the White House.

Missouri lawmakers stop cities from raising minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:54
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's majority Republican legislature voted on Wednesday to block Kansas City, St. Louis and other municipalities from raising minimum wages above the state's ceiling, overriding a veto of the bill by Governor Jay Nixon. The Missouri House voted 114-46 and the Senate later voted 23-9, exceeding the two-thirds voted needed in each chamber to override the veto that Nixon, a Democrat, issued in July. The House and Senate had passed the bill last spring after movements in the state's two largest cities to raise minimum wages beyond the state minimum of $7.65 per hour Nixon called the bill "a clear example of unwarranted government intrusion" into the policymaking of local governments and their local control.

The Latest: California sheriff's sergeant among flood's dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:53

A member of a search and rescue team wades in to Virgin River during a search Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah. Seven hikers who entered a narrow desert canyon for a day of canyoneering became trapped when a flash flood filled the chasm with water, killing at least five of them in Zion National Park in southern Utah, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)HILDALE, Utah (AP) — The latest on the deadly flash flooding to hit the Utah-Arizona border region (all times local):

Zion National Park floods trapped 7 people in narrow canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:50

In this aerial photo searchers continue looking for 6-year-old Tyson Lucas Black in Zion National Park, Utah, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Multiple hikers who entered a narrow desert canyon for a day of canyoneering became trapped when a flash flood filled the chasm with water, killing several of them in Zion National Park in southern Utah, officials said Wednesday. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park rangers regularly warn hikers that flash flooding during monsoon season can turn southern Utah's beautiful canyons into deadly channels of fast-moving water and debris. But dozens of adventure-seekers go anyway, eager to rappel down the colorful, undulating sandstone walls.

Key events in General Motors' ignition switch recall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:29
General Motors was the subject of multiple government investigations and hundreds of civil lawsuits for taking more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with a deadly ignition switch defect.

Wal-Mart worker group splits in two; both sides vow to continue wage fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:20

A shopper pushes a cart in front of a Wal-Mart store in Mexico CityCHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Wal-Mart Stores Inc worker group that has been one of the loudest voices pushing the retailer to boost wages and improve conditions has splintered over a disagreement about funding and strategic direction, according to people on both sides of the split. Both wings are claiming the name OUR Walmart and vow to continue their work, moves that could sow confusion among supporters. The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which for years has provided important funding and resources to the OUR Walmart worker group, will only financially support the wing that it believes represents the broader set of workers.

NY-NJ project for Hudson tunnel faces long list of obstacles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:53

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses the media, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in New York. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wrote to President Barack Obama on Tuesday asking the federal government to pay for half the cost of a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River — a sign that the long-delayed project could be moving ahead. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Despite signs of progress, a long-delayed new rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey is anything but shovel ready.

Alabama probate judge asks not to marry same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:52
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A probate judge has asked the Alabama Supreme Court for an order protecting him and other officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Ex-Va. 1st lady makes final written plea to appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:56
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written arguments to a federal appeals court that is reviewing her public corruption convictions.

Cops arrest woman at home filled with 3,500 knives, swords

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:55
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Florida woman who they say tried to stab a deputy with a large sword or machete inside a mobile home filled with thousands of knives, swords and bladed instruments.

Aide to New York governor dies from stray bullet wound

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:46
An attorney in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration who was critically wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month has died from his wounds, a family spokesman said on Wednesday. Carey Gabay, 43, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on Sept. 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years. By late Wednesday, he was taken off a respirator and pronounced dead, a family spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Sides reach deal to end 42-day bus strike in Tucson, Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:26
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The transit bus system in Tucson and a union representing hundreds of workers have reached a new contract agreement to end a 42-day strike.

No charges for Muslim student after clock mistaken for bomb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:25

Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, poses for a photo at his home in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by Irving Police officers on Monday after bringing a homemade clock to school. Police don't believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive. He was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALESDALLAS (AP) — A 14-year-old Muslim student will face no criminal charges for taking a homemade clock to class that his suburban Dallas high school teachers thought resembled a bomb, the police chief said Wednesday.

Jimmy Carter disses chair, stands behind podium at town hall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:23

Former President Jimmy Carter answers a question during the annual Carter Town Hall meeting at Emory University in Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 where he takes questions from students. (Ben Gray/Atlanta-Journal Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT, GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT, LOCAL TV OUT (WXIA, WGCL, FOX 5)ATLANTA (AP) — The white cushioned chair assigned to Jimmy Carter at Emory University sat empty Wednesday night.

Ohio court: Wording of pot legalization ballot is misleading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:22

FILE - In this June 30, 2015, file photo, the executive director of ResponsibleOhio, Ian James, tells media in Columbus, Ohio, about a campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in the state. Ohio's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Sept. 16, that part of the ballot wording describing a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state is misleading and ordered a state board to rewrite it. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that part of the ballot wording describing a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state is misleading and ordered a state board to rewrite it.

2 bodies found in ruins of Sierra Nevada foothills fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:20

Firefighter Jeff Ohs looks into a burned out car that was also hit by a tree at the Harbin Hot Springs resort in a wildfire several days earlier, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, near Middletown, Calif. The fire that sped through Middletown and other parts of rural Lake County, less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, has continued to burn since Saturday despite a massive firefighting effort. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Officials searched the burned-out remains of homes in Northern California on Wednesday, looking for a former police reporter and several other people who authorities fear were killed in a fast-moving blaze in that part of the state.

Alaska residents to receive record payment from oil royalty fund

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:19
About 645,000 residents will receive the payout from The Alaska Permanent Fund, said Jerry Burnett, deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Revenue. Alaska residents must have lived in the state an entire calendar year before becoming eligible to receive the money.