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Jury selection begins in Wisconsin kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:16
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.

Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:14

This product image provided by real estate website operator Zillow shows the Zillow app on various mobile platforms. Zillow is buying competitor Trulia in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. Trulia’s stock rose more than 14 percent in premarket trading on Monday, July 28, 2014, while Zillow’s stock fell more than 3 percent. (AP Photo/Zillow)NEW YORK (AP) — Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.

September 11 museum allowed to display Ground Zero cross-shaped beam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:14

A man stands in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum during a press preview in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York days after the September 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed in the national memorial museum at the site, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. An atheist group in 2011 sued the museum and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seeking to block the display as unconstitutional, arguing that the cross was a religious symbol that had no place in a government-sponsored institution. In 2013, U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts dismissed the lawsuit, and a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld her ruling in a unanimous decision on Monday. Rescue workers unearthed the crossed set of girders two days after the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people when al Qaeda members deliberately flew two hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

Trial in salmonella outbreak begins in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:05
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection is underway in the trial for three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

Red Lobster goes vertical on plate to push quality

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:04

This photo provided by Red Lobster shows its Wood Grilled Tilapia on a circular plate on which slabs of fish are piled over the rice, an architectural presentation that is common at higher-end restaurants. The new plating style marks the latest attempt by the struggling seafood to right its course as it embarks on a new era. (AP Photo/Red Lobster)NEW YORK (AP) — Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier restaurants.

Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:50

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Tornado damages city north of Boston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:48

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in the coastal city of Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:39

Residents survey damage in ReverePolice and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of injuries or fatalities from the storm. "We are in the process of evaluating the aftermath of the severe storm that passed through Revere this morning," Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo said on his official Twitter page.

Man killed in plane crash was on anniversary trip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:38
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sometime Sunday morning, Ommy Irizarry posted a message on Facebook to mark his ninth wedding anniversary.

Air assault helps control Yosemite wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:35
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Yosemite National Park say a relentless air assault helped limit the spread of a wildfire that has forced the evacuation of about 100 homes and sent smoke into Yosemite Valley.

Powerful storms cause damage across the region

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:35

Powerful storms cause damage across the regionA powerful line of thunderstorms ripped across the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys overnight Sunday into Monday, causing damage in several areas.

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:26

The U.N. Security Council convenes on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, Monday, July 28, 2014. The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight Monday morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."

Lawyer IDs person of interest in fatal carjacking crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:25

Lawyer IDs person of interest in fatal carjacking crashThe attorney for one of two "persons of interest" in the fatal carjacking crash in the city's Tioga section has identified his client, saying he expects the man to be charged in the case.

Storied New York City deli Katz's wins name battle with Florida cafe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:24

People stand in line at Katz's Delicatessen, the famous deli founded in 1888, in New York's lower East SideBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City delicatessen Katz's has won a legal battle to force a Florida restaurant to change its name, according to court documents made public on Monday. Katz's Delicatessen, founded in 1888, sued Katz's Deli of Deerfield Beach in June, claiming that the Florida restaurant had blatantly infringed on its trademark rights and tried to profit illegally from its name and reputation. Katz's Delicatessen of Deerfield agreed to change its name in the settlement, which was signed in Manhattan federal court last week. The Deerfield Beach restaurant owner, Charles Re, said he agreed to the change because keeping the name was not worth the legal troubles.

Florida support for medical marijuana stays near 90 percent: poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:17

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despite weeks of vigorous campaigning by opponents ahead of a November referendum on the issue, a poll released on Monday showed. The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, did not specifically ask about the ballot measure but indicated support was well beyond the 60 percent threshold needed for the constitutional amendment to become law. A Quinnipiac poll in May also found that 88 percent of voters backed legalizing marijuana for medical use, up from 82 percent in November 2013. The Florida Sheriffs Association launched its campaign against medical marijuana in April.

Alleged hospital shooter arraigned on murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:15

Doctor in hospital shooting shares photos of recoveryAction News has learned that alleged Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital shooter Richard Plotts was arraigned late Saturday night.

Storms leave thousands without power

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:57

Storms leave thousands without powerSevere weather knocked out power to some in our region overnight.

Crews increase containment on California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:52
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews increased containment Monday on a wildfire burning near vineyards in Northern California, and officials discussed the possibility of lifting evacuation orders for at least some of the roughly 1,200 people affected.

Mom on teen's 9-month absence: She wasn't pregnant

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:51

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday July 22, 2014, a missing person poster of Abigail Hernandez displayed in a storefront window in North Conway, N.H., shows Hernandez has been found. Hernandez, 15, returned home nine months after vanishing on her way home from high school. But the happy ending did not put an end to the mystery of where she was, who she was with and just what happened to her. (AP Photo)NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The mother of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren't true.

2 questioned in search for Philly carjackers

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 23:46

Richard Starchia pays his respects Monday, July 28, 2014, at a makeshift memorial for three children who were killed Friday by a hijacked car that lost control and hit a group of people in Philadelphia. Police investigators are talking to two people in connection with the search for two carjackers who rammed a stolen sport utility vehicle into a family in north Philadelphia, killing three children. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The manhunt for two suspects in a fatal carjacking is on hold as detectives question two men believed to have information, Philadelphia's police commissioner said Monday.