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VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:45

Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, testifies to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing to review the Veterans Benefits Administrations progress in ending its disability compensation claims backlog by 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on the storm damage from Voorhees, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:42

Possible tornado, heavy damage as storms hit NJAction News reporter Katherine Scott is in Voorhees, New Jersey, where the storm hit hard.

Guardsman kills 2 people, self in northern Utah

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:22
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home, authorities said.

AccuWeather: Flash Flood Watch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:13

 More Drenching StormsAccuWeather is the Flash Flood Watch will stay posted until Wednesday morning.

Chronology of Pilot Flying J truck stop probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:49
A timeline of events in the federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud at the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:

Haslam-owned truck-stop chain won't be charged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:41
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers.

Obama pushing research on cars that talk to cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:16

FILE - In this July 1, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama walks towards the stage to speak about transportation and the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. Obama on July 15 will visit a federal highway research center in northern Virginia. The trip is part of Obama’s push for Congress to shore up funding for highways and transportation. He says that’s key to keeping the U.S. competitive. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is envisioning a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline.

Residents of Arizona town plan blocking immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:15
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters in a small town near Tucson want to send a message about the immigration debate Tuesday, when they plan to block a bus they believe will be transporting about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths in Oracle, Arizona.

Lightning deaths at national park concern visitors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:55

Yangsook Chung, left, and Manlim Choi, originally from South Korea but visiting from Salt Lake City, where Choi is a visiting scholar at the University of Utah, take a snapshot along a short trail at a scenic overlook off Trail Ridge Road, above tree-line at Rocky Mountain National Park, west of Estes Park, Colo., Monday, July 14, 2014. Lightning killed two people last weekend just miles apart in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are hiking more cautiously after lightning strikes at the popular park killed two people in two days at the height of summer travel season.

Lightning safety tips for mountain visitors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:29

A family stops at a pull off on Trail Ridge Road, inside Rocky Mountain National Park just west of Estes Park, Colo., Monday, July 14, 2014. Two fatal lightning strikes on consecutive days the previous weekend on the high-altitude road pinpoint dangers not always apparent to visitors to the exposed high country of the park. Afternoon storms visible miles away arrive overhead suddenly. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Lightning strikes have killed two tourists and injured others in recent days in Rocky Mountain National Park. The strikes happened along a popular road that is above treeline and is prone to rapidly-developing early afternoon summer thunderstorms. Here are some precautions mountain visitors should take to stay safe:

In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:22

In this photo taken June 5, 2014, Even Cox, co-founder of marijuana delivery company Winterlife, poses for a photo in Seattle as an employee packages pot for delivery behind him. Cox began his business by advertising on Craigslist, and now he has around 50 full and part-time employees. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — William "Jackrabbit" Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn't offer: marijuana.

Decades to justice for Florida man on death row for 1985 murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:21

Undated handout photo of Paul HildwinBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - From his cell on Florida's death row, Paul Hildwin has spent 28 years fighting for his life, waiting between cancer treatments for the state to acknowledge decade-old DNA evidence supporting his claims of innocence. More than two weeks after the Florida Supreme Court threw out his death sentence for a 1985 murder, Hildwin remains in a cell measuring 6 by 9 feet (1.8 by 2.7 meters), one of 395 inmates on the nation's second-largest death row. In Florida, two dozen death row inmates have been found innocent, the most in any state.

Oil halts slide on renewed turmoil in Libya

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:13
The price of oil paused Tuesday after tumbling last week as a deteriorating security situation in Libya raised questions over the restoration of exports following an agreement between the government and a regional militia.

Proposal would fine California water-wasters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:05
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

Officials: Train derails in Virginia; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:32

This photo provided by the Wythe County public information officer, Jeremy T.K. Farley, shows the scene after 14 railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, Va., on Monday, July 14, 2014. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Wythe County, Jeremy T.K. Farley)WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — No injuries or hazardous spills have been reported after 14 Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad cars carrying automobiles and fingernail polish derailed Monday night in southwestern Virginia, a county spokesman said.

Atheist to open NY meeting; top court OKed prayers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:55
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer.

Norfolk Southern train derails in Virginia, no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:05
(Reuters) - A Norfolk Southern Corp train hauling vehicles and nail polish derailed on Monday evening in southwestern Virginia, though there were no injuries or hazardous material spilled, county and company officials said. The 33-car freight train with three locomotives went off its tracks at about 6:15 p.m. local time in the town of Wytheville, about 250 miles west of Richmond, said Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman. The train was headed to Norfolk, Virginia, from Louisville, Kentucky. Wythe County spokesman Jeremy T.K. Farley said about 14 cars, some of which were carrying nail polish, "began to derail" inside the town of roughly 8,000 residents near where the rails intersect a main road, which was been closed.

Police: Teen struck by lightning in Glenolden

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:45

 Teen struck by lightning in GlenoldenA teenager was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County, according to authorities.

Lightning strikes house in Fox Chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:30

Lightning strikes house in Fox ChasePhiladelphia firefighters were still taking care of potential hotspots late Monday night after lightning struck a home in Fox Chase.

Woman's body found in duffel bag in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:26

Woman's body found in duffel bag in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating the discovery of a young woman's body inside a duffel bag in Kensington.