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Washington marijuana shops prep for historic sales

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:31
SEATTLE (AP) — One year and eight months after voters in Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by legalizing marijuana, the sale of heavily regulated and taxed cannabis begins in Washington this week.

Houston barbershop owner shoots, kills customer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:25
HOUSTON (AP) — Police say a Houston barbershop owner shot and killed a customer during a heated argument when the man refused to leave.

Lawsuits seek to stop work at mines in 3 states

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:19

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, a mechanized shovel loads coal onto a haul truck at the Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in the West could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally-owned reserves. In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.


Sheriff, feds: Rancher must be held accountable

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:15
RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they agree with a Nevada sheriff's position that rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for his role in an April standoff between his supporters and the federal agency.

Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices

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

FILE - This June 30, 2014 file photo shows a demonstrator holding up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington on the day the court decided in the Hobby Lobby case to relieve businesses with religious objections of their obligation to pay for women's contraceptives among a range of preventive services the new health law calls for in their health plans. How much distance from an immoral act is enough is the difficult question behind the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the new health law that is likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals who oppose some or all contraception as immoral is how far the Obama administration must go to accommodate them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — How much distance from an immoral act is enough?


Indiana police officer found fatally shot in patrol car

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:04
(Reuters) - An Indiana police officer was discovered fatally shot in his patrol car early Sunday, state police said. Jeffrey Westerfield, who had served on the Gary Police Department for 19 years, was on duty when he was shot by an unknown assailant, an Indiana State Police official said. State police, federal law enforcement and dozens of officers from Gary, a city located in the southeastern Chicago metropolitan area, have launched a manhunt for the suspect, the official said. It was unclear if Westerfield was specifically targeted in the shooting, local officials said during a news conference Sunday.

U.S. needs 'to do right' for immigrant children: official

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:57

Demonstrators picket before the possible arrival of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, CaliforniaA top U.S. official said on Sunday the U.S. border is not open to illegal entry into the country, but acknowledged the government does need to be sensitive to the tens of thousands of migrant children flowing into detention centers. "We have to do right by the children, but at the end of the day, our border is not open to illegal migration and we will stem the tide," Jeh Johnson, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Johnson said that the government administers deportation proceedings to illegal migrants seized at the border, including children. "We are looking at ways to create additional options for dealing with the children, in particular, consistent with our laws and our values," Johnson said.


U.S. tightens security on electronics at overseas airports

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:47
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said on Sunday. The new measure is part of the TSA's effort announced last week to boost security amid concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, U.S. officials said. As part of the increased scrutiny at certain airports, security agents may ask travelers to turn on their electronic devices at checkpoints and if they do not have power, the devices will not be allowed on planes, the TSA said. U.S. officials are concerned that a cellphone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device could be used as a bomb.

Fundraiser for firefighter battling cancer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:31

Fundraiser for firefighter battling cancerA fundraiser this past week has raised thousands of dollars for a firefighter and South Jersey native who's in the fight for his life.


Jewish Israeli attackers suspected in teen death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:25

6 Jewish suspects arrested in slaying of Arab teenIsraeli authorities have arrested a number of Jewish suspects in the killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel, an official said Sunday.


Great White Shark 'Came Out of Nowhere,' Says Bite Victim

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:17
A swimmer described the moment he was bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Southern California, saying he went into shock when he "felt the teeth clamping on to my thigh and ribs."

Oregon mental hospital to honor 'forgotten souls'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:33

In this undated photo provided by the Oregon State Hospital, a copper urn contains the cremated remains of S. Erickson, a former patient at the Oregon state mental hospital. More than 3,000 urns were discovered a decade ago and dubbed the "forgotten souls." A research effort to unearth their stories, and to reunite them with surviving relatives, takes center stage Monday, Juky 7, 2014 as officials dedicate a memorial to those patients who were never claimed. (AP Photo/Oregon State Hospital)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — They were dubbed the "forgotten souls" — the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns.


Neighbors help families after fire kills 4 children, destroys homes in SW Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:14

Neighbors help families after fire kills 4 children, destroys homes in SW Phila.The tragic deaths of four young children in Saturday morning's rowhome blaze in Southwest Philadelphia has touched not only those who lost their homes, but also people from across the city.


Boeing 737 fuselages damaged in train derailment

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

Three Boeing 737 fuselages lie on an embankment on the Clark Fork River after a BNSF Railway Co train derailed near RivuletA train derailment in Montana this week damaged a shipment of jetliner fuselages and other large parts on its way to Boeing Co factories in Washington state from Spirit Aerosystems, Boeing said on Saturday. Boeing's production depends on a complex supply chain that deliver many parts just in time for assembly, but the company often has the ability to prevent minor problems in logistics from idling its factories. Boeing said a BNSF Railway Co[BNISF.UL] train loaded with six 737 narrowbody fuselages and assemblies for its 777 and 747 widebody jets derailed in Montana while en route from Wichita on Thursday. A total of 19 cars in the 90-car train derailed in the incident about 18 miles (30 km) east of Superior, Montana, said Rail Link Montana.


Veterans turn to American Legion for medical help

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:01

In this June 27, 2014 photo, Navy veteran Rik Villarreal greets American Legion official Verna Jones at the El Paso American Legion in El Paso, Texas. The American Legion is hosting crisis centers in different cities to help veterans get doctor’s appointments and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A counselor at the local Veterans Affairs office looked at Rebecca King, a victim of domestic violence and abuse who was seeking help for depression, and told her she would not be able to see a psychologist. She looked too nice and put together for someone depressed, King was told.


NYC mourns death of firefighter in high-rise blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:11

This photo taken on June 26, 2014, and released by the NYFD, shows Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who died at a hospital late Saturday night, July 5, 2014, after battling a blaze that broke out on an upper floor of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise in New York. Two other firefighters were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, and two civilians were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals. (AP Photo/NYFD)NEW YORK (AP) — The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of a lieutenant who became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise blaze, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years.


Creditors face deadline for bankruptcy plan vote

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:04

Retiree Evelyn Smith, left, protests near the federal courthouse in Detroit, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Ballots submitted by city workers, retirees, pensioners and other creditors likely will determine how quickly Detroit exits its historic bankruptcy. The city’s two pension groups have been pushing their members to vote “yes” on a restructuring plan that seeks to cut their income. Rejection of the plan could lead to what’s known as a cram down and steeper reduction in pension payments. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The most anticipated vote in Detroit this summer isn't for a city office. Instead, ballots submitted by city retirees could determine how quickly Detroit exits its historic bankruptcy and how much of the financial weight pensioners will bear.


Deadline approaches for bankruptcy plan vote

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:04

Retiree Evelyn Smith, left, protests near the federal courthouse in Detroit, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Ballots submitted by city workers, retirees, pensioners and other creditors likely will determine how quickly Detroit exits its historic bankruptcy. The city’s two pension groups have been pushing their members to vote “yes” on a restructuring plan that seeks to cut their income. Rejection of the plan could lead to what’s known as a cram down and steeper reduction in pension payments. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The most anticipated vote in Detroit this summer isn't for a city office.


Ventura must show sniper disregarded truth in book

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 22:59

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, left, talks to the media in Minneapolis. Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history detailed his kills in a bestselling autobiography, he also included details about a 2006 incident in which he says he punched a guy he called "Scruff Face" — later identified as former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.


Backlash stirs in US against foreign worker visas

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 22:57

FILE- In this June 15, 2013 file photo, Infosys Executive Chairman N. R. Narayana Murthy reacts to a shareholders comment during the company's 32th Annual General Meeting in Bangalore, India. In 2013 Infosys was accused of bringing thousands of foreign workers to the United States using incorrect visas, but denied any allegations as part of the settlement reached with a $34 million settlement in Texas. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company.