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Long Island rail strike may cost economy $50 million/day: N.Y. comptroller

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:57
A strike by workers at New York's Long Island Rail Road could cost $50 million a day in lost economic activity, a blow for a region still overcoming the effects of the recession and Superstorm Sandy, the state's top financial watchdog said on Tuesday. Talks to avert a strike at Long Island Rail Road broke down on Monday and the unions representing workers at the country's largest commuter railroad said they were proceeding with plans to strike on Sunday, increasing the chances of rush hour chaos in one the country's most densely populated regions. "A LIRR strike would cause headaches and financial hardships for riders and businesses," New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in statement. "Both sides must go the extra mile to reach a reasonable settlement so we can avoid the costly impact of a strike." The LIRR serves 300,000 passengers each day, carrying commuters between Long Island and New York City as well as within Long Island itself.

Rallies begin in Arizona town over immigration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:48
ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters have begun gathering in a small town near Tucson after an Arizona sheriff said that the federal government plans to transport about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths.

Woman struck by vehicle in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:48

Woman struck by vehicle in Northeast PhiladelphiaEmergency crews responded to the scene of where a woman was struck by a vehicle in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday morning.


Memorial for man who killed New Jersey cop removed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:47

A pedestrian stands at a memorial to Lawrence Campbell, who allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Campbell was also killed at the scene after police officers returned fire. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A memorial for a man who was killed after he ambushed and shot to death a 23-year-old rookie police officer in New Jersey has been removed.


Peace Corps allowing its applicants more choice

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Peace Corps launched a new online application Tuesday that allows applicants to choose the countries and programs where they want to serve and removes red tape that was dissuading people from completing the international service organization's application process.

Man kills wife, granddaughter; gets life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:29
YORK, S.C. (AP) — A suicidal South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his bedridden wife and their 9-year-old granddaughter, saying he wanted to spare them the pain of living without him, prosecutors said.

Prosecutor: 2 ex-Utah attorneys general arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:03
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say two former Utah attorneys general have been arrested as part of a bribery investigation.

4 teens charged in New Jersey sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:02

This combination made with photos provided by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 shows, from left, Justin Draper, Craig Howe and Ashari Wilson, all 18. The three are facing aggravated sexual assault charges from what New Jersey authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone. A 17-year-old faces the same charge as a juvenile. (AP Photo/Bergen County Prosecutors Office)ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — Four teens are facing charges from what New Jersey authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone.


California drought threatens to dry up farm wells

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:02
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Researchers say farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see wells run dry next year.

NWS: No tornado in Burlington County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:00

 No tornado in Burlington CountyThe National Weather Service says it has determined that damage in Burlington County during strong storms on Monday evening was caused by straight-line winds, not a tornado.


Highlights: Yellen's Q&A testimony to Senate Banking Committee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:59
Following are highlights from the question and answer session of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. YELLEN ON LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT "While long-term unemployment remains at exceptionally high levels and is a grave concern, I do think we are seeing improvements as the job market is strengthening." YELLEN ON TIMING OF RATE RISE The Federal Open Market Committee will be looking at "maximum employment and price stability... There's no formula and no mechanical answer that I can give you about when the first rate hike will occur. Of course this is something we need to watch carefully and are doing so.... "The Federal Reserve does need to be quite cautious with respect to monetary policy.

Man's bail set at $100K in bogus bear report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:39
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who told police he urged his girlfriend to jump off a cliff in a drug-induced haze because of an imagined bear attack was being held on $100,000 bail on charges including attempted murder and arson.

Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:37

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2006 file photo, Ralph Whitworth, co-founder and principal of Relational Investors LLC, poses in a conference room at the company's headquarters in San Diego. Whitworth, Hewlett-Packard’s Interim Chairman, has resigned from the company’s board to concentrate on personal health issues, the company announced Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard's interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues.


Hot, dry weather encouraging western wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:36

In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A destructive wildfire in southern Oregon is now 15 percent contained.


Murder charge in missing Maui pregnant woman case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:35

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.


VIDEO: Could Kate be pregnant with no. 2?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:31

 Could Kate be pregnant with no. 2?The royal baby gossiping and knitting of baby socks has begun.


Federal Reserve's Yellen giving Congress good news

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:04

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Yellen testifies to a Senate committee to deliver the Fed's twice-a-year report to Congress on interest-rate policy and the economy on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.


Kraft, Belichick interviewed in Hernandez probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:58
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick were interviewed by police investigating a homicide in which former player Aaron Hernandez has been charged.

Los Angeles seeks to halt cannabis farmers market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles are seeking an injunction to stop an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market in Boyle Heights.

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.