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U.S. Navy triples maternity leave to 18 weeks for women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:55

US Navy handout photo of the USS Abraham LincolnThe U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on Thursday the change was effective immediately and would be retroactive to Jan. 1. "When the women in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children - sometimes for prolonged periods of time - so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do," Mabus said in a statement.


Marijuana-laced gummy bears seized in New Jersey drug raid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:42

Marijuana-laced gummy bears seized in New Jersey drug raidSeven people are facing criminal charges stemming from a sweeping drug raid in West Windsor Township.


US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:41

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Sophia Lewis, left, with PSEG Long Island, speaks to an attendee about employment opportunities during a job fair at Citi Field in New York. U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September. Economists predict that employers added 233,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May, according to data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.


Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:33

 An American Biography," agrees. "We don't have a monarch or a state religion," he says. "In some ways, the flag is a substitute." (AP Photo/AJ Mast)Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.


'All clear' after false alarm over gunshots at Washington Navy Yard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:32

 Washington PostBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police issued an "all clear" on Thursday after a false alarm about gunshots fired at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, the site of a mass shooting that took 12 lives two years ago. Thursday's incident came as U.S. law enforcement agencies are on high alert heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend due to concerns about possible attacks inspired by al Qaeda or Islamic State militants."An employee thought they heard something of concern, they made a call," said Chief Cathy Lanier of Washington's Metropolitan Police Department. The phone call was placed from inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Building around 7:29 a.m. (1129 GMT) and was relayed to city police, she said.


Man arrested in Port Richmond shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:31

Man arrested in fatal shooting in Port RichmondPolice have arrested a man after a shooting in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


PHOTOS: Suspects in West Windsor drug raid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:29

 Suspects in West Windsor drug raidAuthorities have released images of six of the seven people charged in connection with a drug raid in southern New Jersey.


Last funeral for victim of Charleston shooting in Columbia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:26
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last of the victims of the Charleston church shooting to be eulogized was remembered Thursday as a man known by the nickname "Super," who lived his life with a driving force to serve his fellow men and his God.

Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:25
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

Manco & Manco pizzeria owners plead guilty to tax evasion, lying to IRS agents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:22

Manco & Manco pizzeria owners plead guilty to tax evasion, lying to IRS agentsThe owners of popular Ocean City, New Jersey, pizza chain Manco & Manco have admitted to tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Thursday.


Wawa looks to put beer on shelves in Delaware County store

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:17

Wawa looks to put beer on shelves in Delaware County storeWawa wants to add a beer aisle in at least one of its Delaware County stores.


1 dead after stabbing at southwest Ohio apartment complex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:16
CINCINNATI (AP) — A stabbing attack at an apartment complex in a Cincinnati suburb left one person dead and four young people, including children, injured, authorities said Thursday.

Woman falls 400 feet to death in Colorado's Royal Gorge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:08
A 44-year-old woman plummeted 400 feet (120 meters) to her death from an observation deck overlooking the Royal Gorge canyon in the mountains of south-central Colorado, authorities said on Wednesday. The victim fell from a platform at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, just northeast of a landmark bridge than spans a chasm 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the Arkansas River, the Canon City Police Department said in a statement. Early on Tuesday, the Fremont County Search and Rescue Team located the woman's body on a cliff face, 400 feet below the observation deck, police said.

Brain-eating amoeba kills 21-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:08

Brain-eating amoeba kills 21-year-old womanA 21-year-old Bishop, Calif., resident died from an extremely rare infection called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis


Trash truck catches wires, brings down utility pole

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:02

Trash truck catches wires, brings down utility poleA trash truck traveling with its bucket in the raised position caught wires overhead bringing down a utility pole in Wilmington.


Maryland governor out of hospital after 1st round of chemo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:59
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is out of the hospital and back at work after his first round of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of cancer.

Top U.S. auto regulator expects action on Fiat Chrysler

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Thursday his agency could take action on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's recall performance as soon as July 31.

How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:49
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here's how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being made over nearly two decades:

2 charged in death of baby who ingested heroin, cocaine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:38
KINGSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Two people have been charged in the overdose death of a 13-month-old New York girl who ingested heroin and cocaine.

Unpaid internships legal when they boost interns' learning, U.S. court rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:34

Getting an internship in Silicon Valley is so cut throat, one student filled out 100 applicationsAs long as internships are designed chiefly to further young people's knowledge in a particular field, the court said, interns do not have to be paid. "The purpose of a bona?fide internship is to integrate classroom learning with practical skill development in a real-world setting," Circuit Judge John Walker wrote. In a separate decision, the court upheld a judge's ruling that The Hearst Corp did not have to pay interns who worked on its popular magazines.