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US workers encountered man left in cell for days

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:37
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed San Diego student locked in a cell for five days without food or water, but did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible, investigators said Tuesday.

Patrol head says he's shocked by beating video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:33

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow takes question from the media outside the CHP offices after a meeting with a group of community activists demanding action in response to a cellphone video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman, in Culver City, Calif., Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the California Highway Patrol said he was shocked and the agency's reputation is hurt by a video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman he pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.


San Francisco passes law allowing forced treatment of mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:06
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco lawmakers approved a law late on Tuesday allowing the forced treatment of mentally ill patients under certain conditions, drawing swift criticism from patient advocacy groups who say the measure tramples civil rights. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which passes legislation for the California city and county, adopted by a vote of 9-2 a measure known as Laura's Law. If given final approval it would allow court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with chronic and severe mental illness deemed a risk to themselves or others or who have been jailed or hospitalized more than once in the prior three years, among other conditions. San Francisco legislator Mark Farrell, who proposed the legislation to the board, said the program would help vulnerable sick people "and provide the families the support they deserve".

Hundreds line up for legal pot sales in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:51

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, shakes hands with clerk Pam Fenstermacher after purchasing marijuana at Cannabis City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, on the first day that sales of recreational pot became legal in the state. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's slow rollout of its legal marijuana market spreads to more cities Wednesday, one day after big crowds lined up outside the state's first licensed pot shops.


Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:34

File - This Oct. 22, 2010, file photo, shows low water levels in Boulder Harbor in Lake Mead, Ariz. Drought in the southwestern U.S. is depleting the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, file)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.


Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:30
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

Utah mother accused of slaying six infants was hooked on meth: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:55

Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoBy Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade told investigators she had been suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction that left her with no means to support or care for the babies, police said on Tuesday. Megan Huntsman, 39, was charged in April with first-degree murder in the deaths of the six newborns who police say she has admitted to strangling or suffocating just after their births between 1996 and 2006 in a rare case of serial infanticide. The infants' remains were found wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags and stuffed inside cardboard boxes in the garage of Huntsman's former home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, a suburb just north of Provo.


Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:53

Debris is visible at Goff Road in Smithfield, N.Y., following severe storm on TuesdaySMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in central New York said four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region.


Severe storms leave four dead in New York state and Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:42
By Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and high winds swept through the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday following tornado warnings, killing three people in New York state and a boy who was crushed to death by a fallen tree in Maryland, weather and emergency officials said. One of the hardest-hit spots was a community outside the hamlet of Peterboro in Madison County, New York, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Syracuse, where a severe storm with high winds struck at about 7 p.m. The full extent of damage there was not immediately clear. CNN reported nearly 500,000 homes and businesses without power Tuesday, mostly in Pennsylvania and New York state. Mark Pellerito, a meteorologist for the Binghamton office, told Reuters the storms in and around Madison County "exhibited a lot of rotation," and a number of tornado warnings were issued earlier in the evening based on radar data.

Progress reported against major western wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:37

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) — A day of diminishing temperatures brought big gains toward containment of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California.


5 things about Cleveland, likely GOP host in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:18

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1995, file photo, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is visible. The hall is Cleveland’s biggest international tourist attraction. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Good or bad, Cleveland — all but certain to host the Republican Party's presidential nominating convention in 2016 — is hard to ignore. It's a city with a rich history and bragging rights to things both quirky and considerable. Here are five things to know about Cleveland:


Philadelphia defends response to fatal fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:17

Solomon Johnson walks to his fire-damaged rowhouse, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. Johnson lived next door to a home where four young children died in a fast-moving blaze that engulfed at least 10 residences over the weekend. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Members of a tight-knit West African community in Philadelphia want to know why four young children died in a porch fire that spread across half a city block — just steps from a fire station.


Foster Farms battles insurers over definition of 'recall'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:07

A package of Foster Farms fresh chicken fillets is seen at a Burbank grocery storeBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Foster Farms and its London insurers are facing off over the definition of "product recall" as the poultry producer seeks payment of $14.2 million in claims arising from a government-mandated shutdown of one of its plants, court documents show. The company in June sued a group of Lloyd's of London [LOL.UL] underwriters, arguing the closure and resulting product losses constituted a recall under the terms of the company's insurance. Foster Farms, one of the largest U.S. chicken producers, filed an amended complaint last Thursday in U.S. district court in Fresno, California, saying three insurance underwriters at Lloyd's acted improperly when they rejected its claims associated with January production stoppages mandated by federal regulators. In essence, the insurers said the Foster Farms policy covered economic losses when the company pulled back its products from customers, not when the company destroyed products that it had not yet shipped to customers, documents in the case show.


1 child killed, 6 injured at Maryland campsite

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00
MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) — A tree fell at a summer camp during a strong thunderstorm, killing one child and injuring six others.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch This Evening

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:39

 Severe Thunderstorm Watch This EveningMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a strong line of gusty thunderstorms moving in tonight.


Sterling testifies in Los Angeles Clippers trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:37

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.


Response timeline released in fatal SW Phila. fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:35

Response timeline released in fatal SW Phila. fireOfficials released a response timeline from the fatal Southwest Philadelphia fire that claimed the lives of four young children. This comes after claims from furious residents that firefighters did not respond fast enough.


Labor dispute briefly shuts LA, Long Beach ports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:32

Members of the Teamsters Union picket at LBCT in the Port of Long Beach, Calif., in support of a strike by port truck drivers Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Nearly 1,000 dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Stephen Carr)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 1,000 dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back.


Well-known Camden drill team loses practice facility

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:31

Well-known Camden drill team loses practice facilityA nationally celebrated drill team from Camden says they have been locked out of their practice facility.


Pa. budget bill passes, but Philly schools in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:26

Pa. budget bill passes, but Philly schools in limboState senators finished Tuesday what Republican majority leaders viewed as the remaining pieces of budget-related legislation, although Democrats went away frustrated and a controversial bill remained undone eight days after the beginning of the new fiscal year.