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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Oregon, no damage reported

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 08:18
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Some Oregonians woke on the Fourth of July to a significant jolt when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Springfield and Eugene.

3 dead bodies found in 2 houses in coastal Maine town

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:55
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Police have found three bodies inside two houses in the coastal Maine town of Boothbay Harbor, and authorities believe they are from the same family.

Slain woman's parents focused on healing, not sanctuary law

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:50

This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez. A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Pier 14 in San Francisco and died at a hospital. Police arrested Sanchez about an hour after the shooting. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a woman killed at a San Francisco pier say they are focused on healing and not on the fact that the man accused of shooting her has been deported five times.


Apartment building with staircase death had earlier collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:08
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A falling staircase that killed a tenant at a Northern California apartment building was due to be repaired after another set of steps collapsed a year ago, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Leaping sturgeon kills five-year-old girl boating in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:06
Jaylon Rippy was boating with her family on the Suwannee River in northwest Florida near Fanning Springs on Thursday evening when the jumping fish injured the young girl along with her mother and her 9-year-old brother, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission said in a statement. The family members, who were from nearby Trenton, were airlifted to a hospital in Gainesville but the girl did not survive. On Friday, two adults traveling in a boat on the Santa Fe River between the Suwannee River and a Branford area campground were also struck by a leaping sturgeon, Fish and Wildlife Commission officials said in a statement.

Police ID suspect charged in murder of 85-year-old East Mt. Airy woman

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 06:38

Police ID suspect charged in murder of 85-year-old East Mt. Airy womanPolice have identified the man arrested in the murder of an 85-year-old woman found in her East Mt. Airy home earlier this week.


Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 06:32

Wanda Sykes speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event marks the 50th anniversary of a protest outside Independence Hall that would be a milestone in the fight for gay rights. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago — but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.


15 new citizens mark Fourth of July in Old City

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 06:32

15 new citizens mark Fourth of July in Old CityThe cloudy and wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of 15 men and women who officially became new citizens this Fourth of July.


Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 06:30

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1947 file photo, actors Kirk and Diana Douglas pose with their second son, Joel, for his first portrait in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, has died in Los Angeles. She was 92. Michael Douglas's production company says she died of cancer on Saturday at a movie industry retirement home in Woodland Hills.(AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.


Funeral for Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer slated for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 05:47

FILE - This April 4, 2015, file photo, shows President Boyd K. Packer, seated, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, leaving the opening session of the Mormon church conference, in Salt Lake City. Mormon leader Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, has died. He was 90. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Packer died Friday, July 3, 2015, at his home in Salt Lake City from natural causes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Funeral services for Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the faith's highest governing body, will be held next week.


Immigrant children given adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 05:21

File-This June 30. 2015, file photo shows a sign at the entrance to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Authorities say about 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a Hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they are being held with their mothers. U.S. Immigration and Customs spokesman Richard Rocha says health care professionals will monitor the children over the next five days for any potential side effects, though no adverse reactions are expected from the incorrect dose.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — About 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they were being held with their mothers, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.


Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 05:05

Matt Stonie gestures after winning Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest men's competition Saturday July 4, 2015 in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, thwarting Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.


Virginia chief says armed suspect killed during police chase

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:50
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police in Newport News, Virginia, say a 23-year-old man was fatally shot by police after he ignored their pleas to put down a sawed-off shotgun.

Union denounces release of officer names in police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:46
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union representing Philadelphia police officers is challenging the department's decision to make public the names of officers in police-involved shootings.

66 riders safely evacuated after 400-foot Ferris wheel stops

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:45

In this photo provided by Orange County Fire Rescue, a technical crew with The Orlando Eye Ferris wheel work to evacuated passengers after it stopped in Orlando, Fla., Friday, July 3, 2015. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told The Associated Press no one was hurt and all were taken off in an operation lasting about three hours with help from firefighters. (Orange County Fire Rescue via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction.


July 4 crowds ignore call to boycott Georgia park over Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:31
By Rich McKay STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (Reuters) - Fourth of July holidaymakers ignored a call to boycott Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, known as the "Confederate Rushmore," over its display of the contentious Confederate flag. Democratic state Representative LaDawn Blackett Jones this week urged people to stay away from the park 10 miles (16 km) east of Atlanta because it flies three flags of the pro-slavery Confederacy alongside the U.S. and Georgia state flags. Bobbie Smith of Fitzgerald, Georgia, who was camping at Stone Mountain with her family, called the boycott call "just stupid." “This whole park is a Confederate memorial.

'Candy Bomber' drops sweets from Utah's air for July 4

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:28

Gail Halvorsen, known as the "Candy Bomber," meets and signs autographs for the crew and their families at the Air Museum located at Utah's Heber City Airport on Friday, July 3, 2015. Halvorsen later helped fly a WWII fixed-wing bomber that dropped 1,000 chocolate bars attached to tiny parachutes at Scera Park. (Sammy Jo Hester/The Daily Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITOREM, Utah (AP) — A pilot who delivered candy to children in Berlin at the end of World War II parachuted sweets down to Orem to celebrate Independence Day.


Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:21

This June 22, 2015 photo shows a drone lifting off at a Georgia Power training complex during power line inspection demonstration in Lithonia, Ga. Power companies across the United States are testing whether drones as small as 10 pounds can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage.


A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:09

In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, 1-year-old Joshua Tinoco pauses while playing at his relative's home in Los Angeles. At a brief hearing, a government lawyer tells the teenage mother that her son is an immigration enforcement priority for the United States and should be sent back to his native Honduras even though she is being allowed to stay and seek a green card. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.


'Lone Wolf' Worries Put U.S. on High Alert for July 4th

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 03:23
On this Fourth of July, law enforcement is fully deployed from Los Angeles to D.C.