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Boater charged after 2 friends drown

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 24 min ago

Boater charged after 2 friends drownThe only survivor of a boating accident on the Susquehanna River is now being blamed for the tragedy.


No-pot city takes aim at Washington marijuana law

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 25 min ago

 the argument that federal law prohibits the state from regulating marijuana. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)FIFE, Wash. (AP) — To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.


Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 30 min ago
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.

Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 31 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) — A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges of conspiring to use improvised explosive devices against U.S. forces in Iraq, the FBI said Thursday.

California environmentalists decry wildfire plan

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 42 min ago

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.


Arizona investigating fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 43 min ago

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsArizona occupational health and safety officials said on Thursday they were investigating a gun range accident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, and an Arizona newspaper reported the range had closed indefinitely. Charles Vacca, an instructor at Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, was shot in the head on Monday morning when the girl lost control of the submachine gun, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. A spokeswoman for the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Rachel Brockway, confirmed that the agency was investigating the shooting, but said state law prevented her from disclosing any details.


Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 44 min ago

Nexenta CEO Tarkan Maner, left, presents former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with a pair of his company's trademark orange sneakers during the Nexenta OpenSDx Summit Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.


Gunmen rob University of the Sciences fraternity

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 48 min ago

Gunmen rob University of the Sciences fraternityPolice are looking for two men that robbed members of a University of the Sciences fraternity in Philadelphia's University City section.


Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 53 min ago
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according to data released on Thursday by the city's health department. Heroin overdoses killed 420 people in the city in 2013, the highest in a decade, the department said. It was the most common substance tied to overdose deaths, involved in 54 percent of them. The largest increase in heroin overdose rates was seen in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, the department said, rising to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013, from 1.9 in 2010.

Detroit says Barclays agrees to $275 million financing

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 54 min ago
(Reuters) - Barclays Capital Inc has agreed to raise up to $275 million to fund Detroit's exit from municipal bankruptcy, the city announced on Thursday. The funding will involve financial recovery bonds issued through the Michigan Finance Authority then purchased by Barclays at a price equal to par, according to deal's term sheet. Barclays will be the exclusive underwriter and syndication agent for the so-called exit facility. The bonds, which include up to $200 million of tax-exempt debt, will be secured by a lien on Detroit's income tax revenue.

NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 55 min ago
An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.

US says Oklahoma schools not meeting standards

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 58 min ago
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is losing its independence to decide the best way to spend about $29 million in federal dollars to improve how students perform in its public schools, education officials said Thursday.

NFL's Goodell: Players subject to 6-week suspension for 1st domestic violence offense

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 2 min ago

 Players subject to 6-week suspension for 1st domestic violence offenseNFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.


Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes role

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 6 min ago

Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes rolePhiladelphia Phillies President David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence, the team announced Thursday.


Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 34 min ago
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 38 min ago
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people in southeast Louisiana.

Group trips across Grand Canyon will need permit

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 43 min ago
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit.

Four killed in New Mexico medical transport flight crash

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 50 min ago
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A small medical transport plane bound for Arizona crashed in New Mexico outside of Las Cruces late on Wednesday, killing a patient and three crew members aboard, a state police official said on Thursday. The plane, en route to Phoenix, crashed shortly after take-off from Las Cruces Airport, according to Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez. "When officers arrived on scene, the twin engine plane was fully engulfed in flames about a mile south of Interstate 10," Gutierrez said in a statement. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why was a 9-year-old allowed to use an Uzi?

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 52 min ago

Why was a 9-year-old allowed to use an Uzi?A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun.


Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 59 min ago

This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows Augustine Goba, laboratory director at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. On Thursday, officials at the National Institutes of Health announced that they were launching safety trials on a preliminary vaccine for Ebola. Researchers have already checked that still-not-tested vaccine against some of the more than 350 mutations in this strain of Ebola to make sure the changes the disease is making won’t undercut science’s hurried efforts to fight it, said Pardis Sabeti, a scientist at Harvard University and its affiliated Broad Institute. She and Gire, also at Broad and Harvard, are two of the lead authors of a study published Thursday in the journal Science that maps the killer disease strain based on specimens collected from 78 patients. (AP Photo/Stephen Gire, Science)WASHINGTON (AP) — A single funeral caused many.