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Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:48
Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died.

AP PHOTOS: Border agents receive families

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:47

In this photo taken July 3, 2014, mothers from Honduras traveling with their children prepare to get into a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services agent's truck after crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. About 90 Hondurans a day cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. at the Rio Grande near McAllen, according to the Honduran Consulate, and the families are then brought to Central Station in McAllen and each is released on their own recognizance. Though most travelers have enough money to purchase their own bus tickets to meet family in cities across the U.S., many have nowhere to stay before the buses leave, and most are in need of rest, medical attention and sustenance. It falls to the local government and charities to welcome the uninvited visitors to America. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — About 90 Hondurans a day cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. at the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas, according to the Honduran Consulate.


AP PHOTOS: Border agents receive families

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:47

In this photo taken July 3, 2014, mothers from Honduras traveling with their children prepare to get into a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services agent's truck after crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. About 90 Hondurans a day cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. at the Rio Grande near McAllen, according to the Honduran Consulate, and the families are then brought to Central Station in McAllen and each is released on their own recognizance. Though most travelers have enough money to purchase their own bus tickets to meet family in cities across the U.S., many have nowhere to stay before the buses leave, and most are in need of rest, medical attention and sustenance. It falls to the local government and charities to welcome the uninvited visitors to America. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — About 90 Hondurans a day cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. at the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas, according to the Honduran Consulate.


Shelly Sterling returns to witness stand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:45

Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES (AP) — A day after being berated in court by her husband, Shelly Sterling has returned to the witness stand in a trial to determine if Donald Sterling was properly removed from the family trust that owns the Los Angeles Clippers.


Auto union forms branch for workers at VW plant in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:45

A general view of the Volkswagen plant in ChattanoogaThe United Auto Workers on Thursday announced the formation of a local union in Tennessee for workers at a Chattanooga Volkswagen AG plant, reasserting itself at the site of a major defeat for the union earlier this year. The UAW made its move after years of trying to gain a toehold among foreign automakers in the U.S. South, a region traditionally inhospitable to organized labor. The UAW lost an election in February at the Chattanooga plant, workers voting 712-626 against becoming union members. "Earlier this year, the UAW was gratified to earn the confidence and support of many Volkswagen team members," UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement.


AccuWeather: More Storms at the Shore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:42

 More Storms at the ShoreMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the potential for more flooding rain in parts of Delaware and South Jersey.


Border Patrol ends migrant flights to San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:42
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it will stop bringing Central American migrants to San Diego after their arrests in Texas.

Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:36

In this photo provided by Kevin Moav, fire engulfs the top floors of a three-story apartment and business building Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Lowell, Mass. Officials confirmed that seven people died in the fast-moving pre-dawn fire. (AP Photo/Kevin Moav)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A fast-moving fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors.


VIDEO: Ocean City dealing with flooding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:34

 Ocean City dealing with floodingParts of the Jersey Shore are dealing with some flooding.


Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:34

A hallway is closed on the House side on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014, because of an industrial spill involving ongoing asbestos abatement work. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.


Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:33
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.

911 dispatcher: Call for help involved her son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:31
MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in California was startled when a caller turned out to be her fiancee reporting their infant son was choking.

Russia-born student pleads guilty to making bombs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:28

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept. shows Vladislav Miftakhov. Miftakhov, a Russian-born college student pleaded guilty Thursday, July 10, 2014 to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania. Miftakhov, 18, was a Penn State-Altoona student from San Carlos, California, when he was arrested Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept.)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Russian-born college student pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania.


UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:25

FILE - In this March 22, 2013, file photo, Staffan De Mistura, Italy's then-foreign ministry undersecretary, speaks during a news conference in New Delhi, India. Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.


Top Connecticut court hears death penalty appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:15
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Connecticut drug lord sentenced to die for ordering the 1999 murders of a mother and her 8-year-old appealed to the state Supreme Court on Thursday to sentence him instead to life in prison in light of the state's death penalty repeal. The outcome of the case could influence the future of 10 other men sentenced to die in Connecticut before the repeal became law in 2012. The man who was the subject of Thursday's arguments, Russell Peeler Jr., was sentenced to death in 2007 for ordering his brother Adrian to kill Karen Clarke and her 8-year-old son, Leroy "B.J." Brown. Before the killings, prosecutors were planning to have the boy testify against Russell Peeler for the 1998 murder of Clarke’s boyfriend, whom they alleged was also Peeler’s drug rival for the prosperous Bridgeport drug trade.

Police back off on plan to take explicit photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:14
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

Colorado judge backs county clerk over gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:13
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A state judge in Colorado on Thursday backed a county clerk who has issued more than 100 marriage licenses to gay couples, and another county clerk in Denver said she would begin issuing the permits. In a second day of victories for supporters of gay marriage in Colorado, a judge rejected a motion by the state's attorney general seeking to stop Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from handing out more licenses.

Thousands appear for NYC firefighter's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:09

Nanette Ambelas, third from right, holds the hands of her children, Gabriella, 7, second from right, and Giovanna, 5, while the coffin of her husband, Lt. Gordon Ambelas, is lifted onto a fire truck during his funeral in the borough of Staten Island, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. Ambelas died Saturday night, July 5, searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed firefighters from across the country gathered Thursday for the funeral of a fireman labeled "a true hero" by the mayor.


Remington to replace triggers on some rifles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. will replace trigger mechanisms on Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, or provide some compensation to buyers, as part of a settlement of class-action lawsuits, the company said Thursday.

Lightning blamed for Galloway Twp. fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:03

Lightning blamed for Galloway Twp. firePeople living in one Atlantic County neighborhood say a lightning strike set two homes on fire.