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UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:34

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power "Y" shaped juncture where a water rupture occurred, involving two main trunk lines is seen on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Thursday, July 31, 2014. Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe some 30 hours after it burst. Damage costs have yet to be pegged from the rupture of the pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water in the midst of California's worst drought in decades. The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main, the school announced Friday.


Google, Facebook pay for shuttles to use San Francisco bus stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:34

A San Francisco police officer stands in front of a Google commuter bus after clearing demonstrators blocking its path in the Mission District in San FranciscoBy Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification. The private buses, which for years have taken tech workers from San Francisco to their offices in Silicon Valley, have in recent months drawn criticism from groups who say that by catering to well-paid professionals, the buses lead to higher rents in diverse, low-income neighborhoods. ...


Steps North Texas city has taken to save water

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:31
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wichita Falls in North Texas near the border with Oklahoma is dealing with a persistent drought that's in its fourth year. The main lake for residential water use was just 22 percent full Friday. The city's two reservoirs are on a trajectory to run dry by August 2016, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Here is a look at the steps the city has taken to conserve its dwindling water supply while providing water to 150,000 people in the Wichita Falls area:

Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:23
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency has upgraded Greece's government bond rating , predicting a gradual decline of the national debt.

Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:18

FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Bud Gossett looks for artifacts near a turn-of-the-century washing machine, foreground, one of several visible signs of the town of Hasell, Texas, submerged under Lake Arrowhead for nearly 60 years and now visible due to a persistent drought. The North Texas city, trying to deal with its dwindling water supply, hopes that adding a biodegradable palm oil-and-lime-based product to the surface of a lake will cut the evaporation rate of the 6,000 acres lake which is the town's primary water supply. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times-Record-News, Claire Kowalick, File)LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply.


Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:15

Jonnie Williams, right, former Star Scientific CEO, heads into the Federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with two of his lawyers, Toby Vick , center, and Reid H. Weingarten, right, for the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife exchanged 1,200 text messages and phone calls with the CEO of a dietary supplement company in less than two years, including 52 in one day, according to evidence presented Friday intended to contradict the businessman's claim their relationship was strictly business.


Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:11

In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown. On Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta next week for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.


One man killed in police-involved shooting in Winslow Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:09

One man killed in police-involved shooting in Winslow TownshipAuthorities are investigating a deadly police-involved shooting in Winslow Township, Camden County.


Sudanese family 'very tired,' thankful for freedom

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:08

Meriam Ibrahim, left, and her husband, Daniel Wani, of Sudan, are greeted by family and friends shortly after arriving in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ibrahim, who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence that was later overturned, will make their new home in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The husband of a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence said Friday the family is healthy but "very tired" and grateful for the global efforts to free his wife.


Reward offered after man struck, killed on I-95

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:05

Reward offered after man struck, killed on I-95A $1,500 reward is being offered as the investigation into a deadly hit-and-run on Interstate 95 in South Philadelphia continues.


Report disputes mom's claim in school altercation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:03
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A report commissioned by school officials disputes a Northern California mom's claim that she did not put her hands on a boy she accused of bullying her daughter, a newspaper reported.

S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:03

Trader Benedict Willis, left, calls out as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. U.S. markets steadied on Friday a day after a major sell-off. Investors focused on a relatively strong jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks declined for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years.


Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers.

Florida judge awards $16 million to artist Rauschenberg's trustees

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:47
A Florida judge has awarded about $16 million to three trustees of famed contemporary artist Robert Rauschenberg's trust following years of litigation over the value of their services, the Fort Myers News-Press reported on Friday. The trustees, who were close friends of the late artist, had sought about $60 million for services benefiting a foundation to continue Rauschenberg's legacy, according to the News-Press. The full award was $24.6 million, minus about $8 million in fees already paid to the trustees, the News-Press said.

Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:43

A lionfish swims in a fish tank at a pet shop in CaracasBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the barbed, red-and-white striped fish. Lionfish, native to the waters off Southeast Asia, are believed to have arrived in the region as pets for aquariums. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which approved the ban in mid-June, also loosened fishing rules making it easier for recreational divers and fisherman to catch lionfish. Scientists are concerned that lionfish will decimate other species found in Florida waters.


Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:41

Immigrant and longtime resident in the United States Rosalva Mireles is photographed by Jesus Sanchez of Spanish language newspaper El Commercio, after Mireles was processed for her permanent driver's license, and received a temporary license, at a Department of Motor Vehicles office, in Denver, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Colorado began issuing driver's licenses and identification cards on Aug. 1, 2014 to immigrants who are in the country, regardless of legal immigration status. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Colorado has started issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status, marking a dramatic change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.


Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:41

FILE - In this April 29, 2014 photo, a customer fills her car with fuel at a gas station, in Brookline, Mass. Gasoline prices are falling along with oil prices this summer because concerns of global supply disruptions have subsided somewhat despite continued violence in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer.


Trappers search for Washington state otter that attacked swimmers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:37
Wildlife trappers in Washington state searched on Friday for a river otter blamed for a rare attack on humans that sent a boy and his grandmother to the hospital, wildlife experts said. The boy was swimming in the Pilchuck River in Snohomish County, about 36 miles (57 km) northeast of Seattle, when the otter repeatedly bit and scratched him, said Captain Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Official: Police chokehold caused NYC man's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:31

FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a police officer on a New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide.


Prosecutor: Foster father high in hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:28
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas foster father was high on marijuana when he left a 10-month-old girl in a hot car, where she died, prosecutors said Friday.