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VIDEO: Ocean City dealing with flooding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:57

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


Corbett signs budget, vetoes millions in spending

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:53

Corbett signs budget, vetoes millions in spendingGov. Tom Corbett signed the state budget 10 days late on Thursday and used his line-item veto to strike $65 million from the General Assembly's own appropriation, urging a renewed effort to cut public-sector pensions for newly hired teachers and state workers.


Judge: Colorado clerk can keep issuing gay marriage licenses as courts consider state's ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:53
DENVER (AP) — Judge: Colorado clerk can keep issuing gay marriage licenses as courts consider state's ban.

4 adults, 3 children dead in Mass. apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:50

Firefighters work on the top floor inside a burned three-story apartment and business building in Lowell, Mass., Thursday, July 10, 2014, where officials said seven people died in a fast-moving pre-dawn fire. The victims’ names were not immediately made public. The cause and origin of the blaze remain under investigation, State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say four adults and three children have died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire, and nine others have been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.


WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:38

CLEANUP CONTINUES AT WORLD TRADE CENTER.By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said a lower court judge erred in dismissing the claims, after the workers had answered "none" when asked if they had been "diagnosed" with ailments, injuries or diseases. These workers were employed by cleaning companies hired by Verizon Communications Inc, Brookfield Properties and dozens of other owners of downtown Manhattan buildings damaged or destroyed in the attacks, the court said. "The fact that plaintiffs answered 'none' to the interrogatory was an insufficient basis, by itself, for a blanket conclusion that all 211 plaintiffs could not establish their claims against defendants as a matter of law," Circuit Judge Denny Chin wrote for a three-judge 2nd Circuit panel.


Exclusive: Coastal flooding has surged in U.S., Reuters finds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:36

Powerlines hang overhead as a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean CityCoastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis has found. During the past four decades, the number of days a year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds more than tripled in many places, the analysis found. Since 2001, water has reached flood levels an average of 20 days or more a year in Annapolis, Maryland; Annapolis had the highest average number of days a year above flood thresholds since 2001, at 34.


Police: Prostitute left Google exec to die on boat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:32

Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, an alleged upscale prostitute, is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. Tichelman, who is also facing drug and prostitution charges, is being held on $1.5 million bail. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat's blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows.


7 dead in Massachusetts apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:32

Firefighters work on the top floor inside a burned three-story apartment and business building in Lowell, Mass., Thursday, July 10, 2014, where officials said seven people died in a fast-moving pre-dawn fire. A police officer on routine patrol was the first to report the fire just before 4 a.m., while several tenants ran about 100 yards down the street to the nearest fire station to sound the alarm, Fire Chief Edward Pitta said. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, officials said.


Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:26

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Chinese President Xi JinpingWASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times.


Pharmaceutical delivery person shot in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:19

Pharmaceutical deliveryman shot in North PhiladelphiaPolice are on the scene of where a pharmaceutical delivery person was reportedly shot in North Philadelphia.


Crews work to restore power after Eastern storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:16

People sort through debris of a destroyed house after Tuesday night's storm, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Smithfield, N.Y. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed. Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in Smithfield. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Utility crews worked Thursday to restore power in some Eastern states hit hard by severe storms nearly two days earlier, and one rural New York town picked through the debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado.


Parts of US Capitol closed after incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:14

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 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.


PHOTOS: Chain-reaction crash on I-95

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:47

 Chain-reaction crash on I-95Chopper 6 HD was over the scene after a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia.


Beanie Babies creator defends probation sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:47
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies say a federal judge didn't let him off too easily by giving him probation and no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss banks.

4 children, parents killed in Texas shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:45

Law enforcement officers surround a shooting suspect Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. After hours of waiting and negotiations, the man, suspected in the slayings of six people, including four children, emerged from his car, raised his hands and sank to his knees as deputies placed him under arrest. No identity has been released. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)SPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said.


Proposed bill to regulate NYC costumed characters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:40

FILE - In this April 9, 2013 file photo, a Super Mario character, left, uses a woman's mobile phone camera to photograph her with a pair of Elmo characters in New York's Times Square. A New York City Council member is drafting legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square. The bill being proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick would require that the costumed performers be licensed and go through a background check. There have been a number of troublesome incidents involving costumed figures who try to make a living by charming tourists. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council is considering legislation to regulate the costumed characters who roam Times Square.


Massachusetts man injured when dragged by wires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:40
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was injured when overhead wires pulled down by a passing truck wrapped around him and dragged him down the sidewalk.

Union official: Local coming for Volkswagen plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:24

FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The United Auto Workers unions announced on Thursday, July 10, 2014, that it is forming a local chapter in Chattanooga, and that it expects Volkswagen to recognize it once it signs up a "substantial" number of workers at the plant.(AP Photo/ Erik Schelzig, file)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An official with the United Auto Workers, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, said Thursday that it is forming a new local at the plant.


Philadelphia man accused of being Nazi guard denied bail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:05
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A former Nazi concentration camp guard awaiting extradition to Germany has been denied bail by a U.S. judge in Philadelphia. Lawyers for Johann Breyer, 89, had sought his release before an Aug. 21 extradition hearing, arguing in court papers he suffered from dementia and other ailments, and continued confinement could speed his deterioration and make it difficult to assist in his defense in Germany. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice on Wednesday denied bail in a one-page memo because Breyer had failed to show special circumstances required of detainees facing extradition.

U.S. judge blocks New Hampshire law creating abortion clinic buffers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:04
(Reuters) - A federal judge has halted the enforcement of a New Hampshire law set to go into effect on Thursday that would have allowed abortion providers to set up 25-foot (7.6-meter) buffer zones around clinics. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante issued the ruling late Wednesday granting an injunction sought by a conservative religious group, the Alliance Defending Freedom. The group sued the state trying to block implementation of the law, which it argued is unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a similar buffer zone law in Massachusetts. "The plaintiffs persuasively argue that Senate Bill 319 is materially indistinguishable from the Massachusetts statute that the Supreme Court invalidated in McCullen," LaPlante wrote in his ruling, referring to the Massachusetts case.