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Thousands attend Utah counterculture fest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:57
UINTA NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (AP) — A graying man clad in a towering rainbow top hat and neon sunglasses raised a sunflower high above his head in a circle of three dozen listeners.

Migrant flight lands in California without protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:57
EL CENTRO, California (AP) — A flight shuttling Central American immigrant children and families from the Texas border arrived Wednesday in Southern California without trouble, a day after flag-waving protesters blocked another group in buses from entering a suburban border patrol facility.

Gunman kills Inkster toddler, hurts 2 more people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:47

Michigan State Police stand near the site of the previous day's fatal shooting in Inkster, Mich. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Police have arrested a suspect believed to have fatally shot a 2-year-old girl in front of her father on Tuesday before turning the gun on the man and a 12-year-old girl, according to Michigan State Police. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A suspected gunman was in custody on Wednesday after police and a witness said he casually walked up to a suburban Detroit home, fatally shot a 2-year-old girl at close range and injured two more people including a 12-year-old girl.

Evacuation ordered for island on NC's Outer Banks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:44

Latest on Tropical Storm Arthur, strengthening expectedEmergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.

U.S. increases security at overseas airports amid bomb concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:40

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson speaks to the media at the Nogales Border Patrol Station in Nogales, ArizonaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it would increase security at overseas airports with nonstop flights to the country and U.S. officials cited concerns al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes. The new security measures would be required at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have direct flights, the U.S. officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The Department of Homeland Security said "enhanced security measures" would be implemented in the next few days at "certain overseas airports with direct flights into the United States." It did not specify which airports or what countries would be affected, nor did it say what triggered the extra precautions.

Colorado woman accused of supporting Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:40
Federal authorities in Denver have arrested a woman accused of providing material support to Islamist insurgents fighting the governments of Syria and Iraq, and of conspiring to commit an offense against the United States, officials said on Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint filed with U.S. District Court in Colorado, Shannon Maureen Conley knew the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL or ISIS, was designated as a foreign terrorist organization. It said Conley planned to travel to Syria via Turkey to meet Y.M., and first attended military tactics and firearms training with the U.S. Army Explorers in Texas in February of this year.

New York reaches deal with city's biggest public sector union

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:38

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the 2015 city budget at City Hall in New YorkNew York City has signed a tentative contract with the city largest public sector labor group, District Council 37, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. DC37 represents more than 120,000 city employees in jobs such as hospital workers, schools aides, construction workers and administrators. City officials said the agreement, which runs through 2018, would cost the city a gross $1.75 billion and $995 million when healthcare cost savings are taken into account. The agreement conforms to the broad pattern laid out in a deal with city teachers that before healthcare savings is expected to cost the city nearly $20 billion through 2021 when applied to all 300,000 city workers, according to an estimate by the city Comptroller's office.

Grand jury takes case of pastor accused of murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:36

Robert Cox speaks with the media after a court appearance Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Las Vegas. A grand jury is reviewing the case of Robert Cox to decide whether to indict him in the death of Link Ellingson, who died of hemorrhaging about six months after a June 13, 2013 confrontation outside of the Four Kegs pub in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — All they wanted was Stromboli.

Lack of funding forces closure of Prince Music Theater

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:33

Lack of funding forces closure of Prince Music TheaterDue to a lack of funds, the Prince Music Theater in Center City is forced to close its doors, despite a successful 2013 season.

Drug convictions overturned thanks to Death Saint

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:30

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, statues of La Santa Muerte, an underworld saint most recently associated with the violent drug trade in Mexico, are shown at the Masks y Mas art store in Albuquerque, N.M. Two Oklahoma residents have had their federal firearms and drug-trafficking convictions in New Mexico overturned thanks to the skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte, which translates to "Saint Death" in English. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, July 2, 2014, a Santa Muerte expert tainted the convictions of 53-year-old Rafael Goxcon-Chagal and 38-year-old Maria Vianey Medina-Copete. Both were convicted in August 2012 for trafficking methamphetamine. Authorities say a Santa Muerte prayer card was found with the couple during a traffic stop that led to their 2011 arrests. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firearms and drug-trafficking convictions for two Oklahoma residents were overturned Wednesday thanks to a skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte.

Patriots: Team owes Aaron Hernandez nothing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:29

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, looks toward defense attorneys James Sultan, left, and Charlie Rankin, right, during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez is charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is expected to be in court Wednesday, July 2, 2014, for a hearing in wrongful death civil lawsuits filed against him by the two men's families. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots don't owe "another penny" to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in three killings, a team lawyer told a judge Wednesday.

NYC construction firms accused of safety scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:24

Manhattan Disctrict Attorney Cyrus Vance, right, speaks alongside New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters during a round table news conference with reporters at the Manhattan District Attorney's offices, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in New York. Vance announced the indictment of several individuals and businesses on charges including grand larceny, fraud, forgery, and evidence tampering through a building site safety inspection scam. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City say two companies used cooks, hairdressers and bellhops to sign construction inspection logs.

U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July 4 holiday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:22

Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer BanksTropical Storm Arthur threatened to douse some July 4 holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials in several states closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season ( was close to reaching hurricane strength, forecasters said on Wednesday, leaving some businesses worried about taking a financial hit. Dave Dawson, owner of the Cape Hatteras Motel on North Carolina's Hatteras Island, which was in the storm's path, said he had no cancellations despite predictions of a soaked holiday. "And of course, at this time you don't know what to tell them." A hurricane warning was in effect along North Carolina's coast, while part of the South Carolina shore was under a tropical storm warning, the National Hurricane Center said.

Wildfire near California's wine country threatens homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:20
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In the midst of a statewide drought, a wildfire has consumed 3,200 acres (1,295 hectares) near Northern California's Napa Valley wine country, threatening nearly 400 homes and prompting evacuations, officials said Wednesday. The fire, which started on Butts Canyon Road in Napa County Tuesday, was 30 percent contained on Wednesday, but could spread if winds kick up later in the afternoon and evening, said Janet Upton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire. The fire mostly burned in a rural, undeveloped area, but mandatory evacuations were in effect in neighboring residential areas in Napa County and parts of the Lake County border.

Police: Mom forgets infant in stifling hot car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:16
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police officer rescued a 5-week-old baby locked for more than a half hour inside a sweltering car on a summer day after someone noticed the child unconscious in the back seat and called 911, authorities said.

New York construction companies accused of safety scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:13
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New York City construction companies and seven people have been accused of leaving 40 Manhattan construction sites unsupervised, conducting fraudulent inspections and falsifying records, prosecutors said on Wednesday. They accused one company, Avanti Building Consultants Inc, of hiring short-order cooks, window treatment specialists, hotel bellhops, hairdressers, eBay vendors and a musician to sign safety logs at active construction sites. Prosecutors said none of those people, who were recruited online on Craigslist. ...

US Army: Bergdahl venturing out in public

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:10

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his “reintegration process” back into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

U.S. investigators will not reopen TWA Flight 800 crash probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:10

The remains of the TWA Flight 800 reassembled from recovered wreckage on display in Ashburn VirginiaThe U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday it will not reconsider its finding that the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 was caused by a fuel tank explosion. Former NTSB investigator Henry Hughes has said he believes a bomb or a missile caused the Boeing Co 747 to crash into the Atlantic Ocean off New York's Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. The NTSB concluded in 2000 that the jet broke apart and crashed because of an explosion in the center fuel tank, likely caused by faulty wiring. "After a thorough review of all the information provided by the petitioners, the NTSB denied the petition in its entirety because the evidence and analysis presented did not show the original findings were incorrect," the agency said.

Woman found dead inside freezer in Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:09

Woman found dead inside freezer in FeltonvilleA woman was found dead inside a freezer in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Doctors: 12-year-old stabbing suspect incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:09
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors believe that one of the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character is not mentally competent to stand trial, attorneys said Wednesday.