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14 killed, dozens hurt in Chicago shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:44

In this Saturday, July 5, 2014 photo, Georgia Utendahl, left, and Shanice Smith, right, grieve after learning that their family member was shot by police on Chicago's South Side. The Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in Chicago, where at least nine people were shot to death and at least 60 others were wounded. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Alex Wroblewski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) — Extra police officers on Chicago's streets were not enough to quell a long weekend of violence that ended with 14 people shot to death and dozens more injured.


Flooding closes 2 Mississippi River bridges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:42
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Mississippi River bridges closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there was growing concern Monday that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois.

Key aspects of report on deputy's shooting of teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:28
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California prosecutor released a 51-page synopsis of a report into the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a sheriff's deputy who mistook the pellet gun the teen was carrying for an assault weapon.

Judge hears arguments in health care lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:15

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson holds a news conference on the steps of Wisconsin Eastern District Federal Courthouse Monday, July 7, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. A government attorney is trying to persuade a federal judge in Green Bay to toss out Johnson's lawsuit challenging rules forcing congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. U.S. Justice Department attorney James Luh told U.S. District Judge William Griesbach on Monday that Johnson can't sue because he hasn't shown how the rules have caused him any injury. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALESGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin senator on Monday argued that his lawsuit challenging rules that call for congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small-business exchanges should be allowed to move forward.


Residents protest response to deadly Philly fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:13
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say two people have been arrested after residents gathered outside a Philadelphia fire station to protest the response to a weekend row house fire that killed four young children.

Hospital settles with New Mexico woman over search

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:13
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas hospital and its emergency room physicians have reached a $1.1 million settlement with a New Mexico woman who sued them and U.S. customs officials after she was subjected to a body cavity search, her attorneys said Monday.

Bahrain orders out visiting U.S. official: state news agency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:11
Bahrain on Monday ordered a visiting senior U.S. official to leave the kingdom immediately because he had "intervened flagrantly" in the country's internal affairs, the state news agency BNA said. BNA said the foreign ministry had declared U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski, persona non grata after he "held meetings with a particular party to the detriment of other interlocutors, thus discriminating between one people, contravening diplomatic norms and flouting normal interstate relations". Bahrain is a U.S. ally in a volatile region and has long provided a base for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States was "deeply concerned" about Bahrain's demand that Malinowski leave immediately.

Washington state issues 24 marijuana shop licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:54

George Vargas, left, takes a seat next to first-in-line customer Deb Greene in front of the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City Monday, July 7, 2014, in Seattle. The store will be the first and only store initially in Seattle to legally sell recreational pot when sales begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday a day ahead of the start of legal sales, and 21 hours before the only store licensed to sell in Seattle was set to open, a line was already forming.


Charges dropped against principal accused of fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:52
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed charges against a former principal who was accused of setting fire to his private North Dakota high school in March, a week after a ruling that statements the defendant made to police were improperly obtained and couldn't be used at his trial.

California deputy who shot teen won't face charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:47

In this photo provided by the Lopez family is a picture of Andy Lopez, who was killed by sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, Calif. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed the 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said. Two Sonoma County deputies on patrol saw the boy walking with what appeared to be a high-powered weapon. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Lopez family via The Press Democrat)Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.


Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:33

A house is damaged as heavy winds brought down trees during a severe storm late Sunday, July 6, 2014 in Kentwood, Mich. A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph injured several people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Joel Bissell) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTKENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.


Protests outside fire station near scene of deadly SW Phila. blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:19

Protests near scene of deadly SW Phila. blazeA group of more than 100 people protested outside a fire station near the scene of a blaze that claimed the lives of four young children in Southwest Philadelphia.


11-year-old among 6 killed in fiery Utah crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:04

This photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety, shows a damaged vehicle from a head-on collision, Sunday July 6, 2014, in southern Utah. A van carrying five people was trying to pass a vehicle on U.S. Route 191 when it struck an oncoming sports car holding two people near Monticello, about 285 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, the Utah Highway Patrol said. Both people in the sports car died after it burst into flames, and three of the van's passengers were killed, Trooper Evan Kirby told KSL-TV. The other two passengers in the van were sent to the hospital in critical condition. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Public Safety)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An 11-year-old girl was among six victims of a fiery, head-on collision that occurred during one of Utah's deadliest Fourth of July weekends in the past two decades, authorities said Monday.


Police: Officer who killed family had raped wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:58

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Lindon City Police Department shows police officer Joshua Boren from Lindon, Utah. Authorities say Boren used his service weapon when he killed his wife, two children and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in January. Spanish Fork City Police Lt. Matt Johnson says the agency's investigation was unable to determine Boren's exact motive. But he says investigators did learn the 34-year-old Boren and his wife were having marital problems. (AP Photo/Lindon City Police Department, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her, new documents show.


Protests outside fire station in wake of deadly SW Phila. blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:48

Protests near scene of deadly SW Phila. blazeA large group of people protested outside a fire station near the scene of a blaze that claimed the lives of four young children in Southwest Philadelphia.


UN recognizes gay marriages for staffers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:43

Kimmy Denny and her partner, Barb Lawrence, drove three hours for the to be at the court hearing on gay marriage in Miami, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.The couple is engaged and plans to wait until it legal in their Palm Harbor, Fla. home, to marry. Attorneys for gay couples and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Like others filed across the country, the lawsuit contends the gay marriage ban added by voters to the state constitution is discriminatory and violates equal protection guarantees. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)The United Nations is recognizing the gay marriages of all its staffers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday.


Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:31

File-This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a wolverine. A top federal wildlife official says there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine, overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the "mountain devil."


Guam rampage suspect accused of witness tampering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:29
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a rampage inappropriately spoke with two witnesses from jail, prosecutors said Monday.

Tropical Storm Fausto forms in Pacific off Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:22
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fausto has formed over the Pacific Ocean far from Mexico's coast, and forecasters say it poses no immediate threat to land.

California wildfire burning in triple-digit heat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 07:14

This Saturday, July 5, 2014, photo provided by the Utah State Parks shows the fire from the Taylor Mountain Road Fire near Vernal, Utah. Authorities say a 5-square-mile wildfire north of Vernal has burned three structures but is now 25 percent contained. Utah fire officials say they plan to continue putting a perimeter around the Taylor Mountain Road Fire on Monday. Rangers say Steinaker State Park remains closed as crews use it as a staging area. (AP Photo/Utah State Parks)WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.