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Anti-immigration protesters block undocumented migrants in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:56

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in CaliforniaA group of protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of two buses carrying undocumented Central American families to a U.S. Border Patrol station in California on Tuesday after they were flown to San Diego from Texas. The migrants, a group of adults and their children numbering about 140 people, were en route to the facility in Murrieta, California, where U.S. immigration officials said they most likely would be released under limited supervision to await deportation proceedings. The arrival of the undocumented immigrants at a border patrol station in Murrieta, about 60 miles (97 km) north of San Diego, sparked an outcry from the town's mayor, Alan Long, who said the migrants posed a public safety threat to his community.

Boy's death highlights danger of border crossings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:42

This undated image provided by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office shows a piece of clothing that was worn by Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas earlier this month. When authorities found the body of the 11-year-old boy in South Texas, a phone number for his brother in Chicago was scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle. The boy, wearing "Angry Birds" jeans, black leather boots and a white rosary around his neck, had come from his home country of Guatemala and apparently got lost in the Texas brush, near the border with Mexico and less than a mile from the nearest home. (AP Photo/Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — The parents of a young Guatemalan migrant whose body was found in the Texas desert say he was 15 years old, not 11.

U.S. fans catch soccer fever, but team slumps to defeat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:36

USA fans react during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Germany and the U.S. at a viewing party in Hermosa BeachAmerican soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to stadiums and giant TV screens on Tuesday to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game. Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil had ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer, and free viewing parties were held from coast to coast while fans crammed into sports bars and restaurants. "All in all, Belgium deserved the win, but I'm pissed as hell," said Christina Psomopoulos, 17, a high school student who watched the match in New York's Bryant Park with two American flags painted on her face. Showing the spread of World Cup fever in areas more often obsessed with a different sort of football, some 2,000 fans had lined up an hour early at the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys - the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas - to watch on one of the biggest video screens in the world.

Thousands expected at Utah counterculture fest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:27

A man who identified himself as Glowing Feather walks along a trail in the Rainbow Family encampment Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in the Uinta National Forest, Utah. About 4,000 members of a counterculture group known as the Rainbow Family have poured into the woods about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City for an annual festival that culminates in a four-day celebration beginning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of young people and some more weathered hikers are trekking up a path that cuts through aspen and pine to a summit of a Utah mountain about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City.

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:24
Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday and trying to clean up damaged homes and clear roads after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States. Illinois was hit particularly hard, as flooding, downed trees and fires caused by lightning strikes snarled traffic, cut power and delayed or canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago. Iowa also took a direct hit, with hail measuring 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) in diameter and peak winds of 90 mph (145 kph) recorded, said National Weather Service spokesman Pat Slattery. Authorities in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday afternoon recovered the body of a 17-year-old boy who was swept into a storm drain on Monday night after heavy rains hit the area, said Greg Buelow, the city’s public safety spokesman.

Prosecutors: Holmes defense misleading victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:14
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case accused a representative of the defense team of misleading victims, offering to leak sensitive information to them and trying to line up opposition to the death penalty.

Hyundai Motor recalls 58,000 Elantra Touring cars in North America

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

Logo of Hyundai Motor is seen on the steering wheel of a car at a Hyundai dealership in SeoulHyundai Motor Co is recalling 58,000 Elantra Touring cars in the United States and Canada from model years 2010 to 2012 because a support bracket to the car's headliner may become displaced during a side curtain air bag deployment, U.S. safety regulators said. If this bracket makes contact with anyone during a crash, it may cause lacerations, said the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hyundai dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, NHTSA said.

6 sheriff's employees convicted in LA jail probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six Los Angeles County sheriff's employees were convicted Monday of obstructing a federal investigation into the abuse of inmates at county jails.

Boy skips church, father charged with endangering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:10
BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old boy who skipped church and was found alone at a store about a half-mile from his home has been charged with child endangering.

12 injured in Feltonville food truck explosion

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

12 injured in Feltonville food truck explosion12 people are hospitalized after a food truck explosion near a Feltonville auto body shop.

10 injured in Feltonville food truck explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:01

12 injured in Feltonville food truck explosion12 people are hospitalized after a food truck explosion near a Feltonville auto body shop.

Body of Iowa teen swept into storm sewer found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:59

20 p.m. Monday. (AP Photo/The Gazette-KCRG, Liz Martin)Cedar Rapids police say the body of a teenager swept into a storm drain has been found more than a mile away in a lake.

Doctor gets 3 years for attack on son-in-law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:52

Assistant prosecuting attorney Jesse W. Canonico demonstrates how Georges Bensimhon hit Seth Hoffer during Bensimhon's sentencing Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — A respected Pennsylvania anesthesiologist who attacked his daughter's estranged neurosurgeon husband with a clawed pry bar in a Cleveland suburb was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday.

UN: Over 4,000 child soldiers in armed conflicts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:50
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has documented more than 4,000 cases of children recruited and used in conflicts in 2013 and said in a report Tuesday that thousands more are estimated to have joined armies and rebel groups around the globe.

New York state senator faces charge of lying about getting son a job

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:50
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful Republican New York state senator has been indicted on a charge of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a business deal involving his son, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Thomas Libous, the deputy majority leader in the New York Senate, was under investigation for allegedly telling an unnamed law firm that it would have to "build a new wing" to handle all the extra business he would bring the firm in exchange for hiring his son Matthew Libous, said the indictment secured by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. A separate indictment was unsealed for Matthew Libous, claiming he failed to report some $280,000 worth of income on his taxes between 2007 and 2011.

California so-called 'nightmare nanny' says was exploited by family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:48
A woman dubbed the "nightmare nanny" in U.S. media after she refused to move out of the house of a California family she was working for has said she was being exploited. Speaking out publicly for the first time, Diane Stretton, 64, told Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070 and television station KTLA in interviews on Monday that she was forced to work for days on end without breaks looking after Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte's three children, and quit before she was fired.   "They were the ones that were trying to exploit me as if I was some poor migrant worker from a foreign country that they could just exploit and work 24/7," Stretton told KNX.  The Bracamontes have said they hired Stretton in March to watch their children and do chores for room and board in their Upland home but that she stopped working within weeks. They say the nanny told them she had chronic pulmonary disease, ignored repeated requests to leave and made them scared for their property and the safety of their children, ages 11, 4 and 1. Stretton said she was doing her job.  "There wasn't a single day I was there except for the two days I was sick that I didn't do dishes or about two to three hours of cleanup," she told KTLA.  She also told the station the family tried to feed her dog food and that Marcella Bracamonte had a temper.  The Bracamontes could not be reached for comment.

Worker killed in explosion at GM Indiana auto stamping plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:46
One worker was killed on Tuesday and eight others hurt in a chemical explosion at a General Motors Co auto stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, the company said. Four injured workers were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Marion General Hospital. Four additional workers were treated for injuries at the scene, GM said. Production at the Marion Metal Center was suspended after the early afternoon incident, GM said.

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:44

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEOA Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, ...

San Francisco outreach counselor fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators were working Tuesday to identify a gunman who fatally shot a San Francisco outreach counselor in broad daylight in front of dozens of kids attending a summer camp.

Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:44
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letter from a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medical help - an offer that she said came nearly two years after his death. Douglas Chase, a Vietnam veteran, died in August 2012 of complications from melanoma, several months after he applied for transfer to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Massachusetts. The VA is embroiled in a scandal over widespread evidence of delays. President Barack Obama has pledged to overhaul the agency, which he says has frayed under the strain of caring for more than 6 million patients a year.