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Sterling ordered to testify at Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:46

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, who's challenging his wife's $2 billion deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, was ordered to testify after he skipped the opening of the case.

A look at legal pot as Washington stores prepare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:20

Cannabis City owner James Lathrop briefly leans against the exterior of his new recreational marijuana store Monday, July 7, 2014, in Seattle. The shop will be the first and, initially, only store in Seattle to legally sell recreational pot when sales begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:

Shooting victim's organs being donated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:15
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a bullet while riding a scooter in a northern New Jersey neighborhood will help save the lives of others as an organ donor.

Two dozen rescued after being stranded on California roller coaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:12
Two dozen people, four of them slightly injured, were left stranded high off the ground after a roller coaster ride struck a tree branch at a Six Flags amusement park in southern California on Monday evening, fire officials said. The Ninja roller coaster, which races at highway speeds suspended from an elevated track, stalled about 20 to 30 feet in the air, leaving some of its occupants trapped in the ride's open cars for more than two hours before they were rescued. The trouble at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Los Angeles, started at about 6 p.m. local time when the ride struck a branch of an adjacent tree, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Michael Pittman said. Department spokesman Ed Pickett said the last of the 24 riders stranded by the mishap were extricated by about 8:30 p.m. Local media footage showed rescuers in hard hats working from an elevated platform and a perch atop the ride's support beams aiding the roller coaster's occupants, one of whom could be seen gripping a safety harness.

Brewer's immigrant driver's license policy blocked

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:07
PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya is one of nearly 19,000 young immigrants in Arizona who have been allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration's deferred action policy, but the benefits of the program in the state have been limited.

In deep South Texas, a daily tide of poor migrants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:02

In this June 25, 2014 photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The epicenter of the recent surge in illegal immigration is a 5-mile slice of deep South Texas that has become a hot spot for migrants, human smugglers and drug cartels. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)MISSION, Texas (AP) — MISSION, Texas (AP) — The influx of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has grown so large that it now requires its own transportation system: government buses that spend each night idling on a Texas roadside, awaiting the latest arrivals.

4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only, skip landline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:30
ATLANTA (AP) — More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:27

In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 photo, a model wears a FingerReader ring at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. Researchers designed and developed the instrument, which enables people with visual disabilities to read text printed on paper or electronic devices. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

Dry conditions hinder fight vs. Western wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:13

This Saturday, July 5, 2014, photo provided by the Utah State Parks shows the fire from the Taylor Mountain Road Fire near Vernal, Utah. Authorities say a 5-square-mile wildfire north of Vernal has burned three structures but is now 25 percent contained. Utah fire officials say they plan to continue putting a perimeter around the Taylor Mountain Road Fire on Monday. Rangers say Steinaker State Park remains closed as crews use it as a staging area. (AP Photo/Utah State Parks)WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.

Survey: Math, science grads earn top dollar

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:13

Graphic shows job status for 2008 college graduates; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems to matter less whether your alma mater is public or private than what you study — math and science in particular — when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Education.

4 hurt in Los Angeles-area roller coaster accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:40
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, dislodging the front car and leaving four people slightly injured and about two dozen others stranded about 20 feet in the air for hours, authorities said.

AccuWeather: The Heat Peaks Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:37

 The Heat Peaks TuesdayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says it will feel like the upper 90s Tuesday with storms near the Lehigh Valley.

Police open fire on suspect at Mt. Laurel hotel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:33

Police open fire on suspect at Mt. Laurel hotelShots were fired when police attempted to make an arrest at a hotel in Mount Laurel, New Jersey Monday afternoon.

Memorial fund for Hunting Park teen who drowned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:28

Memorial fund for Hunting Park teen who drownedThe family of a Hunting Park teenager who drowned in Ocean City, New Jersey asking for help raising the money for his burial.

California cop spared charges in mistaken killing of boy with toy gun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:07

Hundreds of protesters march towards the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office to demand justice for Andy Lopez Cruz in Santa RosaNorthern California prosecutors have decided against bringing criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a plastic replica of an assault rifle that the officer mistook for a real gun. The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office concluded in a report unveiled on Monday that deputy Erick Gelhaus "honestly and reasonably" believed he faced an imminent of threat of death or serious bodily harm to himself or others when he shot the youth, Andy Lopez, last October. The gun in question turned out to be an imitation AK-47 capable of shooting pellets or BBs, investigators said. The orange tip of the barrel designed to distinguish the replica from a real gun had been broken off.

Truckers strike at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:06

Truck drivers and supporters picket outside the offices of Green Fleet Systems in Carson, Calif., on Monday, July 7, 2014. The truckers say the companies have prevented them from unionizing and improperly classified them as contractors, rather than full-time employees, to minimize wages and benefits. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began what they said would be an indefinite strike Monday.

Arizona utility to pay $3.25M for 2011 blackout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:42
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal regulators said Monday that they've approved a $3.25 million settlement with an Arizona utility over a 2011 blackout that left millions of people without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.

Activists want inquiry into Highway Patrol beating

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:40

In this July 1, 2014 image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her in the head on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. The woman had been walking on Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles, endangering herself and people in traffic, and the officer was trying to restrain her, according to a CHP assistant chief. The officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation. (AP Photo/David Diaz)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Civil libertarians are calling on the California Highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation into an officer who was videotaped repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

2 arrested in protest over response to deadly fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two people were arrested Monday night after residents gathered outside a fire station to protest what they say was a delayed response to a weekend row house fire that killed four young children.

Wounded Colorado officer released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:15
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — One of two suburban Denver police officers who were shot over the weekend has been released from the hospital, and authorities have arrested the suspect, officials said Monday.