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Lightning kills one, injures seven in Colorado's Rocky Mountain park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:36
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A lightning strike killed a woman and injured seven other people on Friday as they hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, a park official said. The group was at an elevation of 11,000 feet (300 meters) on the Ute Crossing Trail when they were hit by the bolt in the early afternoon, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. The woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Estes Park, and five others drove themselves to the medical facility, Patterson said. Kerrie Hill, spokeswoman for the Estes Park Medical Center, said some of the injured were treated and released, but could not comment on the condition of the others or the extent of their injuries due to patient privacy laws.

Northern Liberties clothing store robbed at gunpoint

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:29

Northern Liberties clothing store robbed at gunpointAt least three suspects are being sought in connection with a robbery at a clothing store in the city's Northern Liberties section.


Texas slaying suspect voted school's class clown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:13
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, in Texas this week is a graduate of a suburban Anchorage high school, where he was voted class clown and homecoming king.

Lightning kills 1 at Rocky Mountain National Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 08:04
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — A lightning strike has killed a woman and injured seven other people at Rocky Mountain National Park.

U.S. anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:40

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaFederal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an internal probe found multiple failures by individual scientists and a lack of agency-wide safety policies led to the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax at its Atlanta campus last month. Investigators also discovered a previously unreported incident: Workers at a separate high-security CDC influenza lab sent samples containing a dangerous strain of bird flu to counterparts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in March. Mishandling avian flu could have far graver consequences than anthrax does, though no one has been found to have been infected in either case.


Texas slaying suspect was high school prom king

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:28
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, in Texas this week is a graduate of a suburban Anchorage high school, where he was voted class clown and prom king.

Hundreds battle central Washington wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:26

Smoke rises from the area of a wildfire near Entiat, Wash., Friday, July 11, 2014. Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain the fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in central Washington. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 30 square miles in central Washington.


Ex-chief of huge pension fund guilty of bribery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:22
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former head of the nation's largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

Pryor raises $1.5M over quarter for re-election

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:16
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says he's raised $1.5 million over the past three months in his increasingly expensive and heated fight for a third term in a nationally watched race.

Udall: Problems with Gardner's birth control plan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:11
DENVER (AP) — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall expressed skepticism Friday about his challenger's proposal to allow birth control pills to be sold without a prescription, as contraception issues continued to dominate the competitive contest.

Seattle city attorney's 1st-day pot buy broke rule

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:06
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has admitted he broke a drug-free-workplace rule when he bought marijuana on the first day of legal sales in Washington state.

U.S. agency investigating drone flights after video goes viral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:06
By Travis Reed FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating several videos filmed using drones that flew into and around firework displays, including two apparently shot on the Fourth of July and one from Florida that has received nearly nine million YouTube views. The agency this week confirmed at least three investigations into camera-equipped drones believed to have taken footage in Nashville, Tennessee, Greenville, South Carolina and West Palm Beach, Florida. The video that went viral features eight minutes of dramatic fireworks close-ups, with projectiles almost hitting the camera.

Man dead in Philly hotel reportedly 'Glee' star's boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:04

Man dead in Philly hotel reportedly 'Glee' star's boyfriendA man was found dead in a Philadelphia hotel on Thursday afternoon, and he is reportedly the boyfriend of a 'Glee' star.


Camden man found guilty in 2012 child murder, rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:01

Camden man found guilty in 2012 child murder, rapeA Camden man has been found guilty on all charges in the murder of a young boy and the rape of his older sister.


2nd victim dies after triple shooting in Bristol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:59

2nd victim dies after triple shooting in BristolA second victim has died following a triple shooting in Bristol, Pa. earlier this week.


Florida's electoral map in flux after court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:59
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida's Republicans, stung by a judge's decision to throw out the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan, remained silent on Friday on whether they will appeal the ruling that found they conspired to rig the boundaries to protect the party's majority in Washington. Republican leaders "would like to exercise all due diligence to review the order and discuss it with our attorneys before making any public statements," said Katie Betta, an aide to Republican state Senate President Don Gaetz, who chaired the chamber's redistricting committees from 2010 to 2012. In his ruling on Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state's 27 districts be redrawn because they violated a standard approved by voters in 2010 to ban legislators from favoring or protecting incumbents. "This is a major, major milestone for the process and for progress in Florida," said Deirdre Macnab, state president of the League of Woman Voters, one of the groups that challenged the redistricting plan under which 17 Republicans and 10 Democrats were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Patrons exposed to chlorine gas at amusement park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:59

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 file photo shows Windseeker, Knottís Berry Farm newest ride, holding 64 riders in 32 suspended twin seats, in Buena Park, Calif. Once a regional amusement park chain, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. has become an industry giant. It brought in 23.5 million visitors last year to its amusement and water parks, including Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio and Knott's Berry Farm near Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSome patrons at a western Michigan amusement park have been hosed down after being exposed to chlorine gas near a wave pool.


Ventura: No bar fight with 'American Sniper' Kyle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:57
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura testified Friday that he was not involved in a confrontation or fight with a military sniper who wrote in his book that he decked the former pro wrestler after an argument in 2006 at a California bar.

Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:57

People wait in the heat to enter Cannabis City during the first day of legal retail marijuana sales in Seattle, WashingtonBy Bryan Cohen SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close of business Thursday it was all gone. There were widespread concerns that shortages of pot would afflict retailers this week after the state issued its first 25 licenses to outlets, under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012. Some business owners planned to limit the amount of marijuana early customers could buy to try to make stocks last.


A look at California serial rapist's release rules

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:56
"Pillowcase Rapist" Christopher Hubbart has been conditionally released to live in a desert community outside of Palmdale, California, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.