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'Transformers' tops 'Tammy' on weak July 4 weekend

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

 Age of Extinction." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Andrew Cooper)NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.


4 young adults ID'd as victims in Fla. boat crash

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

4 young adults ID'd as victims in Fla. boat crashFour young adults have been identified as the victims in a Fourth of July boating crash in Florida.


Commissioner: NY firefighter died in accidental fire started by air-conditioning electric cord

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 04:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner: NY firefighter died in accidental fire started by air-conditioning electric cord.

States look to gun seizure law after mass killings

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:31
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

Push to keep incoming college students on track

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:30

In this photo taken June 10, 2014, counselor Shauna Cunningham works at the St. Louis High School to College Center in St. Louis. A drop-in counseling center akin to a pop-up retail store, the center helps low-income students make the transition to college by negotiating financial aid agreements, housing contracts and the other myriad details of college enrollment. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The excitement of acceptance into that dream college has passed. The first day of classes is still weeks away. But the resources provided by high school teachers and computer labs are no longer available for recent graduates.


4 young adults ID'd as victims in Fla. boat crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:26

Emergency workers bring an injured person to a helicopter on Friday night, July 4, 2014 after three boats collided near a Miami marina around the end of a fireworks display. Four were killed and a dozen others injured. (AP Photo/Miami Fire Rescue, Lt. Ignatius Carroll Jr.)MIAMI (AP) — The fireworks in Miami had just concluded when a white, 32-foot boat carrying five young adults crashed violently with another vessel in the night.


California man blows off hands with firework

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:22
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California say a man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when the devise exploded prematurely.

Charges against bombing suspects' pals questioned

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:11

FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, sits during a hearing in federal court in Boston. His federal trial is set to begin Monday, July 7, 2014 in Boston on obstruction of justice charges. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, but is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — In the weeks after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, prosecutors charged three of the surviving suspect's friends with obstructing the investigation or lying to authorities.


Great white shark bites swimmer near California beach

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:02

Great white shark bites swimmer near California beachA swimmer was bitten Saturday by a 7-foot great white shark in the water off Southern California's Manhattan Beach Pier, officials said.


Cause of blaze that killed NYC firefighter probed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:59

Firefighters solemnly watch as other firefighters hang bunting over the firehouse in honor of Lt. Gordon Ambelas in New York, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of Ambelas, 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. Ambelas died Saturday after suffering multiple injuries while on the 19th floor of the 21-story building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, officials said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Fire marshals were working Sunday to determine what sparked a blaze that killed a lieutenant who became trapped while looking for possible victims in a burning public-housing high-rise.


Power is back on, so Ocracoke Island reopens

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:48
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — Power has been restored on Ocracoke Island and officials have reopened the remote Outer Banks town to visitors after Hurricane Arthur slammed the island.

Smoke alarms installed in home where 4 kids died

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 02:33

Philadelphia firefighters work on burned row homes on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. Authorities say the fast-moving fire early Saturday has killed four children. Fire department officials say there is no immediate word on how many others were injured in the blaze that destroyed eight homes in the row and engulfed a total of 10 houses. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Smoke detectors were installed last year inside a row home where four young children died in a fast-moving blaze that engulfed at least 10 residences, fire officials said.


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.