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U.S. privacy board says NSA Internet spying program is effective but worrying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:04

U.S. spying controversy(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)'s data collection program has been an effective tool to enhance the country's security but some elements of the cyber-spying raises privacy concerns, a U.S. federal privacy watchdog said in a report. Privacy issues have become a hot topic since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the spy agency's phone and Internet spying programs.


Six Los Angeles sheriff's officials convicted in federal jail probe: reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:34
(Reuters) - Six Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials were found guilty on Tuesday of obstructing a federal investigation into violence and other misconduct against prisoners at county jails, California media reported. The six defendants - two lieutenants, two sergeants and two deputies - were convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, charges which carry a possible maximum prison sentence of 15 years, media reported. City News Service, a California news agency cited U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. as saying: "(The defendants) participated in a scheme to thwart a federal grand jury investigation into violations of basic constitutional rights guaranteed to both prisoners and visitors to county jails." Accusations ranged from conspiring to obstruct a 2011 federal investigation including an effort to prevent contact between federal investigators and an inmate informant after his cover was blown.

Police chase ends with several cars damaged in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:22

Police chase ends with several cars damaged in PhillyOfficials say a car involved in a police pursuit struck and damaged several parked cars in the Philadelphia's Port Richmond section early Wednesday morning.


Ky. gay marriage ban nixed, but no weddings yet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:37

Timothy Love, 55, of Louisville, Ky., speaks to reporters Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his attorney's office in Louisville. A federal judge earlier in the day struck down the state's ban on same-sex couples getting marriage licenses and overturned the state's ban on gay couples getting married. The judge put the order on hold pending appeal. Love is the lead plaintiff in the case. (AP Photo/Brett Barrouquere)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gay marriage advocates nationwide heralded the ruling striking down deeply conservative Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage as a significant milestone, though matrimonies won't begin in earnest there anytime soon.


Ahead of July 4th, a tropical storm off Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:52

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path. (AP Photo/NOAA)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path.


90-degree temperatures scorch Pacific Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:51

Rafters cool off in the Clackamas River, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Don't tell the rest of the country, but people in the Pacific Northwest are feeling the heat.


Black farmer head wants part of Indian settlement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:36
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The president of the National Black Farmers Association says he's being stiffed by the attorneys behind a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners who asked him to lobby Congress to fund the payout.

Dead ahead: A pothole in highway construction aid?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:22

President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and the economy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. The president said 700,000 jobs could be at risk next year if Congress doesn't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the summer driving season swings into full gear, states can expect a large pothole in their construction budgets if Congress doesn't reach an agreement quickly on how to pay for federal highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials are warning.


T-Mobile accused of making money off bogus billing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:21

FILE - An Oct. 19, 2012, file photo is of a T-Mobile store in New York. The Federal Trad Commission Tuesday July 1, 2014, is alleging that T-Mobile USA, Inc., made "hundreds of millions" of dollars off its customers through bogus charges. . (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are urging consumers to go through their phone bills line by line after they accused T-Mobile US of wrongly charging customers for premium services, like horoscope texts and quirky ringtones, the customers never authorized.


NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:13

FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The latest study of the the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board takes the opposite view of a different set of National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed last year by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden. The board which was to vote on the report on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, found that the NSA's collection of Internet data within the United States passes constitutional muster and employs "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans. Last January, the first time the board dissected an NSA surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down.


Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:13

This handout photo provide by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, taken March 5, 2014, shows Dr. Christian Bermudez of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center checking patient Jon Sacker, who was being treated with an experimental device called the Hemolung that acts like dialysis for lungs. Doctors credit the experiment with buying Sacker time to improve enough to undergo a lifesaving double lung transplant later that month. (AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs.


Oscar-nominated writer-director Mazursky dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:53

FILE - This 1978 file photo shows American actor and film director Paul Mazursky. Mazursky, the writer-director of such films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman," died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday, June 30, 2014, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.. He was 84. (AP Photo/File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Mazursky, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman," has died. He was 84.


California's Napa County wildfire sparks evacuations, damage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:50
(Reuters) - A fast-spreading wildfire was sweeping through a remote swath of California's Napa Valley on Tuesday, forcing evacuations and damaging structures, fire officials and local media said. The so-called Butts Fire, which erupted on Tuesday afternoon, had burned about 2,700 acres in Napa County's Pope Valley near Lake Berryessa and was only 30 percent contained by the late evening, according to the Cal Fire website. An area winery posted a picture on Twitter of a charcoal plume of smoke stretching out against a bright azure sky, local media reported.

In dry California, water fetching record prices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:32

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif. In dry California, water is fetching record high prices. As drought has deepened in the last few months, a handful of special districts in the state's agricultural heartland have made millions through auctions of their private, underground caches that go to the highest bidders. With the unregulated, erratic water market heating up in anticipation of the hot summer months, the price is only going up. In the last five years alone, it has grown tenfold, shooting to as much as $2,200 an acre foot. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FILE)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.


Lawyer seeks to stop team from paying Hernandez

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:23

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, looks toward defense attorneys James Sultan, left, and Charlie Rankin, right, during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez is charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is expected to be in court Wednesday, July 2, 2014, for a hearing in wrongful death civil lawsuits filed against him by the two men's families. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the families of two men allegedly gunned down by former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge to bar the football team from paying Hernandez a $3.2 million contract signing bonus.


Pacific Northwest declares: 'It's hot! (to us)'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:16

Ainsley MacDonald, right, and Will Walker, 10, try to leap above incoming waves as Calister MacDonald, left, 3, looks on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at a beach on the Puget Sound in Mukilteo, Wash. Temperatures are expected to hit near 90 in nearby Seattle and 97 in Portland Tuesday, which is considered a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest in July. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Don't tell the rest of the country, but people in the Pacific Northwest are feeling the heat.


Dead migrant boy's mom begged him not to make trek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:35

In an undated photo taken with a mobile phone, provided by the Ramos Juarez family, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez poses in an unidentified location in Guatemala. Ramos Juarez was a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The boy's mother said Tuesday she begged him not set out on the dangerous journey from their modest cinder block- and sheet-metal home high in the northern Guatemalan mountains. (AP Photo/Juarez Ramos Family)SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — The mother of a Guatemalan boy whose body was found in the desert about a mile from Texas' southern border said Tuesday she begged him not to make the dangerous journey from their modest cinder block- and sheet-metal home high in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains.


Ranger plucks dog from cliff in Alaska park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51

Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger John Anderson is shown with Sadie after her rescue from a ledge near a glacier on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Mark Thompson)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska plucked a dog off a cliff ledge near Exit Glacier.


AccuWeather: Heat Advisory Wednesday and Strong Storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:46

 Heat Advisory Wednesday and Strong StormsAccuWeather: Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the hottest weather of the year and drenching downpours.


Bear cub rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:40

Bear cub rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jarBear cub gets head stuck in cookie jar