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Evacuations ordered in Washington state wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:23
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A wildfire burning near Entiat (EHN'-tee-aht) grew to nearly 16 square miles on Thursday, and residents of 109 homes in the area were told to evacuate.

Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:18

FILE - This June 23, 2014, file photo shows Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton as she speaks at the Colorado Museum of Nature and Science, in Denver. Like her parents, Chelsea Clinton has become a sought-after speaker who can generate large fees for her appearances. The 34-year-old Clinton, the daughter of the former president and ex-secretary of state, can command as much as $75,000 per speech. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Like her high-profile parents, Chelsea Clinton is becoming a draw on the speaking circuit, with some organizations shelling out as much as $75,000 per speech.

Taliban post picture of commander with smiling U.S. captive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:18

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years, appeared smiling alongside an alleged Haqqani commander in a photo posted on a Twitter account purporting to be from the Afghan Taliban. "Bowe #Bergdahl was really impressed when he saw the hospitality of #Taliban He first thought that he will be tortured But he was wrong," the Twitter post said. He was released on May 31 in a prisoner swap that freed five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo prison in Cuba. He has not spoken to the media since his release and the Twitter account's description of his time in captivity could not be confirmed.

4 adults, 3 kids die in apartment building fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:18

In this photo provided by Kevin Moav, fire engulfs the top floors of a three-story apartment and business building Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Lowell, Mass. Officials confirmed that seven people died in the fast-moving pre-dawn fire. (AP Photo/Kevin Moav)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors.

Suspect in family slaying dressed as delivery man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:09

This booking photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows Ronald Lee Haskell. Haskell, 33, is charged with multiple counts of capital murder in the killings of two adults and four children Wednesday evening, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman said early Thursday. He also is accused of critically wounding a 15-year-old girl in the shooting rampage. (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff's Office)SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home and held the kids at gunpoint until their parents arrived, police said Thursday.

Police: Prostitute sought defense online in death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:03

Alix Tichelman, 26, of Folsom, Calif., waits to be escorted from Santa Cruz Superior Court after appearing for her arraignment Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left Hayes dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin. Hayes, 51, was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)A high-priced prostitute charged in the overdose death of a Google executive aboard a yacht in California had searched online for how to legally defend herself after giving a lethal dose of heroin, police in California said Thursday, as authorities in Georgia reopened a similar case.

Boy, 9, dies after being trapped in grain bin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:03
LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Wisconsin say a 9-year-old boy has died after becoming trapped in a grain bin on his family's farm.

Man hoping to be executed must get appeal, Florida court rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:02
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A sharply divided Florida Supreme Court told public defenders Thursday they may not withdraw from the appeal of a death row inmate who strangled a cellmate in hopes of being executed. The Charlotte County public defender’s office on Florida's west coast had sought to end representation of James Robertson, who the high court’s ruling said “wishes to argue in favor of the death sentence.” Robertson, 51, was sentenced to die for the 2008 murder of Frank Hart, his cellmate in Charlotte County. Circuit Judge Christine Greider, who imposed the sentence, said Robertson was weary of incarceration after having spent nearly 30 years in jails and prisons, and had killed Hart hoping for a death sentence. A 4-3 majority of the high court told the public defenders to stay on the case, not for Robertson’s sake, but to maintain the legal process for capital cases in Florida.

Work begins on wall for 2 Sandy-devastated towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:01

Construction workers climb atop steel sheeting being prepared for installation on the beach in Mantoloking N.J. on Thursday July 10, 2014. A $23.8 million project to build a sea wall to protect Mantoloking and Brick Township, two of the Jersey shore communities hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, began on Thursday. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Two wealthy New Jersey shore towns that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago began building a 4-mile-long steel wall Thursday, an expensive effort that the state says is needed to protect the communities but that some residents and environmentalists oppose.

Louisiana guard fired after arrest on suspicion of raping inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:00
A male corrections officer in northwestern Louisiana was fired this week after his arrest on suspicion of forcibly raping a female inmate, authorities said Thursday. The arrest of Natchitoches Parish Detention Center guard Lindsey Webster Hoke, 28, comes in the wake of a high-profile Louisiana case settled in March stemming from the 2008 and 2009 sexual abuse of a then-14-year-old female inmate by a guard. "I will not tolerate this type of behavior when a deputy decides to abuse his authority and responsibility to serve the people of Natchitoches Parish," Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones said in a statement.

Teenager charged with killing soldier at Tennessee armory

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:59
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A teenager has been arrested and charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of a Tennessee National Guard soldier at an armory southwest of Nashville, authorities said on Thursday. Christopher Farrar, 15, is accused of gaining access to the Perry County National Guard Armory on Wednesday afternoon and firing several shots, one of which struck the soldier, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Sergeant First Class Michael Braden, 45, died later at an area hospital, the bureau said. Braden served two tours during the Iraq war, in 2003 and 2007, when his unit was stationed in Kuwait to help resupply forces, the Tennessee National Guard said.

Pennsylvania mom drowns trying to save son in Lake Erie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:59
A family vacation turned into tragedy when a mother drowned while trying to rescue her son and his friend in the choppy waters of Lake Erie in western New York, police said. Christen Stefan, 37, swam into the lake in Westfield, New York, on Wednesday to save her 9-year old son, Tyler, and a friend who were riding an inner tube when the wind pushed them into deep waters, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

5 family members among Massachusetts fire victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:52
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A relative has identified five family members who died in a pre-dawn apartment fire that killed seven people in Massachusetts.

Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:48

FILE - This May 26, 2014 file photo shows Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New Delhi, India. Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary lawmakers, content with the level of Afghan aid already in the pipeline, backed the cut, but officials with the U.S. Agency for International Development warn that reducing aid too quickly is risky. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year.

Thousands remain without power after Tuesday storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:43

Thousands remain without power after Tuesday stormsThousands of homes and businesses remain without power Thursday after severe thunderstorms raced across the region.

SC toddler's parents charged in hot-car death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:41
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina couple arrested on neglect charges after leaving their kid in a hot car told police that they forgot the toddler was in the vehicle when they returned home from church, according to reports obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

EPA trying to confirm ND spill didn't reach lake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:35

Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners, and Tex Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, pose for a photo near the site of a pipeline spill near Mandaree, N.D., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A pipeline owned by a Crestwood subsidiary leaked around 1 million gallons of saltwater. Some of that liquid entered a bay that leads to a lake that is used for drinking water by the Three Affiliated Tribes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Officials are assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine affected the lake an American Indian reservation uses for drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

Man gunned down on Wilmington street ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:23

Man gunned down on Wilmington street ID'dPolice are looking for the person who gunned down a man in the middle of a street in Wilmington, Delaware late Wednesday night.

Denver County to issue marriage licenses to gay couples: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:22
DENVER (Reuters) - The Denver County Clerk will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a spokesman said on Thursday, hours after a Colorado judge backed another county clerk who has issued more than 100 of the permits. "We are thrilled that we can finally provide licenses for this fundamental right in the city and county of Denver," said William Porter, spokesman for the Denver County Clerk's Office. (Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Eric Beech)

Police: Prostitute left Google exec to die on boat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:21

 Prostitute left Google exec to die on boatAs a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat's blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows.