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Detroit mayor announces water bill collection plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:08

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks to the media during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Detroit. Duggan announced the city will offer affordable payment plans to many delinquent customers. Detroit shut off water service to around 17,000 to 18,000 residential customers, about 10 percent of the roughly 170,000 total. About 60 percent to 70 percent have been restored, and officials said restorations continue. Shutoffs have been halted until Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Todd McInturf) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Facing international criticism for mass water shutoffs aimed at resolving millions of dollars' worth of unpaid bills, Detroit's mayor announced Thursday the bankrupt city will offer affordable, consistent payment plans and financial assistance to many delinquent customers.


Florida boy killed by 2 family pit bulls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:07
FANNING SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old north Florida boy is dead after two family pit bulls attacked him outside his home.

Police: Pennypack Park murder may not be random

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:06

 Pennypack Park murder may not be randomInvestigators say a woman whose body was found in Pennypack Park was strangled and police believe this may not have been a random act.


Hundreds evacuated from path of fast-growing Oregon wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:03
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A wind-whipped Oregon brush fire forced the evacuation of 600 people and shut a highway by Thursday as firefighters struggled against steady winds to tame the growing blaze and tamp down others across the U.S. Pacific Northwest, fire officials said. The so-called Rowena fire, which grew eight-fold overnight to 1,900 acres in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon, led to 275 homes being evacuated by morning. The National Weather Service issued a "red flag warning" for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington state on Wednesday, indicating new wildfires are likely to spark and spread quickly in the region. In Oregon alone, firefighters were battling a dozen wildfires across some 100,000 acres, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group said.

Massive red tide bloom washing off Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:01
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The largest red tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore as expected in the next two weeks, researchers said on Thursday. Red tide occurs when naturally occurring algae bloom out of control, producing toxins deadly to fish and other marine life. "It could have large impacts if it were to move inshore," said Brandon Basino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The phenomenon has existed for centuries, but such a large bloom is being closely monitored in Florida because it could impact beach tourism and commercial fishing.

Utah gay couples ask Supreme Court to hear appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:55
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even though they scored a key victory in federal appellate court, attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples said Thursday they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take Utah's appeal of a favorable gay marriage ruling.

New Mexico truck explosion forces evacuation of Navajo community

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:54
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A semi-tractor trailer carrying hazardous materials crashed and exploded on a New Mexico highway on Thursday, officials said, forcing authorities to evacuate temporarily hundreds of people from a nearby Navajo Nation reservation community. Navajo Nation spokesman Rick Abasta said about 300 residents were told to leave their homes in Naschitti, 180 miles northwest of Albuquerque, following the accident. Emergency response officials said the fire has been extinguished and the cause of the crash is under investigation, while U.S. Highway 491 is likely to be closed for the rest of the day. "Please avoid the accident area and ... follow instructions provided by first responders," Navajo Nation President Ben Shelley in a statement.

Detroit-area porch shooter convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:51

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Thursday in the killing of a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life and had acted in self-defense.


NYC school workers charged with abusing Korean exchange-students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:45
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of a private school owner and an employee were accused of withholding food and bathroom privileges from underage foreign-exchange students from Korea to discipline them, prosecutors said on Thursday. Sun Kyung Park, 33, and Min Kyung Chea, 34, both residents of the New York borough of Queens, also were accused of hitting the four students, who range in age from 9 to 11 years old, at Crown Academy. "The young victims in this case came to the United States from Korea without their parents who paid considerable sums of money to send their children abroad to learn English and obtain an education," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement "The defendants had an obligation to provide a safe environment for the students and keep them from harm – which they are accused of failing to fulfill," Brown said. Prosecutors say Chea and Park punished students for getting bad grades or being noisy by forcing them to hold stacks of books above their heads for extended time periods, striking them with spiral notebooks and throwing school supplies at their faces.

FDA: Georgia plant waited to disclose salmonella

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:43
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

Martha's Vineyard prepares for Obamas' summer stay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:36

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013 file photo Meghan Ford of Marshfield, Mass., left, looks through a rack of clothes near a cut-out photograph of President Barack Obama, right, at a shop in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama and his family are returning to the island off the Massachusetts mainland Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, for the longest summer vacation of his six-year presidency. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family are heading to the wealthy island resort of Martha's Vineyard for a vacation starting Saturday, a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local business even if it comes with added hassles during what's typically the busiest tourist month of the year.


Montana's Walsh drops out of Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:35

This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democrat close to U.S. Sen. John Walsh's campaign says the senator is dropping out of the race amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper.


Montana's Walsh drops out of Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:34

FILE-This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democrat close to U.S. Sen. John Walsh's campaign says the senator is dropping out of the race amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper.


Baby giant anteater born at Rhode Island zoo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:33

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo released by the Roger Williams Park Zoo, a baby giant anteater clings to his mother "Corndog" at the zoo in Providence, R.I. The yet-to-be-named baby was born July 25. Anteaters, which can eat up to 35,000 termites and ants per day, are native to Central and South America. Only 5,000 are thought to remain in the wild. (AP Photo/Roger Williams Park Zoo, Brett Cortesi)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new arrival at Rhode Island's Roger Williams Park Zoo has a super-long snout and a tongue to match.


FDA agent: Ga. plant waited to disclose salmonella

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:23
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A federal investigator says officials at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose any of their products had tested positive for salmonella as authorities rushed to find the source of a deadly national outbreak.

2 Virginia schools blamed for restraining students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia schools denied students with emotional disabilities the right to a free, appropriate public education by frequently subjecting them to seclusion and physical restraint.

Man charged with starting 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite park, California's 3rd-largest wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:21
GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — Man charged with starting 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite park, California's 3rd-largest wildfire.

Fed survey: 25 pct of households 'just getting by'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — A quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows.

Soaked for charity: Ice-bucket challenges get cool

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:16
BOSTON (AP) — Getting soaked with ice cold water for charity is in vogue.

Police: Woman who stowed away on flight from San Jose arrested again at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 04:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police: Woman who stowed away on flight from San Jose arrested again at Los Angeles airport.