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Meth in toaster among many drug parcels sent to Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth.

California cancer patient with amnesia identified by family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:56
A Southern California cancer patient unable to recall her identity or family since she was found dazed on a street four months ago has finally reconnected with relatives after a nephew spotted her on the evening news, media reported on Thursday. The woman, whose Facebook image has circulated widely on the Internet and was previously known only as Sam, was identified on Wednesday night as Pennsylvania native Ashley Manetta, 53, according to San Diego's NBC television affiliate. The TV station, which originally broke the story about a California cancer patient with amnesia, said the two siblings then spoke by telephone.

Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:54

 Their Greek-issued credit cards were suddenly declined and they were left nearly penniless. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in Queens came to their rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece this Friday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.


Oklahoma court to look at blocking Tulsa grand jury probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:48
The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether to stop a grand jury investigation into an embattled sheriff whose longtime friend and volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man.

Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:46

Smoke rises from a CSX train carrying flammable and toxic gas in Maryville, Tenn., Thursday, July 2, 2015. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea.


Police detain man found in NC mall with rifle, ammunition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:45
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say they have detained a man walking through a mall with an assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, and multiple rounds of ammunition.

Colorado camp resort for pot users falls through

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:38
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing.

Brazil cyclist killed at World Police and Fire Games near Washington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:32
A Brazilian cyclist was killed and two other riders were critically injured in a crash on Thursday during an international bicycle race near Washington, D.C., police said. One cyclist blew out a tire and lost control, colliding with the other two riders at the annual World Police and Fire Games, which drew some 12,000 first responders and law enforcers to compete in sporting events in the Washington area, police said. Carlos Silva, 48, died from his injuries a few hours after the early-afternoon crash in Dumfries, Virginia, about 35 miles (56 km) south of Washington, Prince William County police said.

Timeline: BP oil spill, litigation at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:25
(Reuters) - BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The following is a timeline of key events: * April 20, 2010, RIG EXPLODES: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig at the Macondo exploration well kills 11 workers and releases millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The well is capped in mid-July. BP ultimately sets aside $42 billion to pay for cleanup costs, damages and penalties. ...

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:25

File photo of fire boat response crews battling the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon off LouisianaBy Terry Wade and Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act fines and natural resource damages, plus $4.9 billion to states. The preliminary settlement, subject to all sorts of variables, avoids a substantial amount of further litigation.


White House says hopes BP settlement to help Gulf region recover from spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:25
The White House said on Thursday it was pleased to see an agreement reached with BP to end litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. "While we have not had a chance to review this agreement in detail, we are pleased to see that this historical agreement will help repair the damage done to the local economies of the gulf and to the wetlands, wildlife and fisheries impacted so severely by the Deep Water Horizon spill," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling on Air Force One.

Factbox: BP's $18.7 billion oil spill deal by the numbers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:25
BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. The deal, which is subject to public comment and final approval by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, aims to settle Clean Water Act violation and natural resource damages with U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department and the Gulf states can jointly decide to accelerate payments if BP goes bankrupt or has a change of control, such as a takeover by another company.

Factbox: BP settlement payouts to coastal states in 2010 oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:25
(Reuters) - (This version of the story was refiled to add dropped word 'hit' in paragraph 10 to make it 'hardest-hit') BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of the payouts and reaction from officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas: THE BP PAYOUT: $4.9 billion to resolve the states' economic claims over 18 years. $7.1 billion over 15 years to resolve natural resource damage claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Wife decries police shooting of man, says he had no real gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:13
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire.

Donors Give $3M to Scholarship Fund After Charleston Shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:09
A group of anonymous donors gave $3 million to a scholarship fund for the Mother Emanuel AME Church community in light of the recent Charleston shooting

Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:08

FILE - In this June 16, 2013, file photo, Donald Trump, left, and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady pose onstage after Brady won the 2013 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. The Reelz channel said Thursday, July 2, 2015, it will carry Trump's Miss USA pageant that was dropped by NBC after Trump made critical comments about immigrants from Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:03

In this photo taken July 1, 2015, Kevin Pinnell, second from right, shows that people in Seattle don't just need umbrellas during the rainy season as he stands under his for shade from the sun while selling balloon creations to visitors to the Space Needle in Seattle. From Seattle to Salt Lake City, the West is baking under record heat. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Doctor linked to Sen. Menendez released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 08:55
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement.

Q&A: Defense attorneys try to show theater shooter insane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 08:43

FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Attorneys for Holmes, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the theater shooting, continue their case Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The first week of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes' defense case has provided new details about his mental state around the time he killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a packed midnight movie premiere.


NASCAR cools on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 08:43

Retired fan wears an unofficial Talladega racetrack shirt bearing the Confederate flag, while attending the NASCAR race in DaytonaBy Barbara Liston DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag's presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, but getting U.S. motor racing fans to comply may prove difficult. On the eve of a big holiday race weekend in Daytona Beach, David Childress was among those who ignored the call and packed a t-shirt festooned with the Civil War-era flag for his trip to the world-famous Florida racetrack. "I don't think you're supposed to cherish it, but don't forget it," said Childress, 61, from Mississippi, who said he owns six Confederate flags.