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'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:42

FILE - This is a Nov. 26, 2008 file photo of Dr Oliver Sacks, receiving his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE ), by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82 .Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. (Lewis Whyld/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUTNEW YORK (AP) — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.


AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:41

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Tino Lozano looks into a bucket as the last of his available well water drips from a hose in front of his home in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. "There it goes. That was all," said Lozano, masking his desperation with a smile. "That's how we do it in Okieville now." Millions of Californians are being inconvenienced in this fourth year of drought, but it's worse in places like Okieville, where wells have gone dry for many in the Central Valley community which was built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house to share water from the remaining wells deep enough to hit water. Others benefit from state drought relief that pays for trucked-in water to fill tanks.


When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:37

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Gilbert Arredondo, left, looks down as he talks about his town's water crisis, standing in front of his tenant's sons, in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. Arredondo had just informed his tenant, Tino Lozano, that the well connecting their houses had gone dry. The water is disappearing at a particularly alarming pace in their neighborhood, forcing neighbors to rig lines from house to house to share what underground water is still reachable from the deepest wells. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.


When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:34

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Gilbert Arredondo, left, looks down as he talks about his town's water crisis, standing in front of his tenant's sons, in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. Arredondo had just informed his tenant, Tino Lozano, that the well connecting their houses had gone dry. The water is disappearing at a particularly alarming pace in their neighborhood, forcing neighbors to rig lines from house to house to share what underground water is still reachable from the deepest wells. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.


Trash to treatise: NYC professor sees meaning in garbage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:32

New York University professor and Department of Sanitation of New York anthropologist-in-residence Robin Nagle, right, tosses a bag of garbage into the truck as she accompanies sanitation worker Joe Damiano, during his morning rounds, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in New York. Nagle studies the refuse along the curbs of the nation's biggest city as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — New York's sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the nation's biggest city as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents.


Man enters secure hallway at Newark Liberty Airport

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:24

This photo provided by Richard Krezwick shows man on the ground at gunpoint. A portion of Newark Liberty International Airport was evacuated Sunday, Aug. 310, 2015, after police said a man made his way into a secure hallway. It happened around 7 p.m. in Terminal C, according to Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo. Pentangelo said the man had entered the hallway through an exit door and was confronted by Customs and Border Protection agents. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken into police custody. (Richard Krezwick via AP)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who made his way into a secure hallway at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday, prompting police to evacuate part of an airport terminal, has been taken for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.


Gov. Marvin Mandel, who fell from political grace, has died

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:46

File-This Oct. 6, 2001, file photo shows Gov. Marvin Mandel, accompanied by his wife, Jeanne, walking to the federal courthouse in Baltimore. Mandel, whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95. According to a statement from his family, Mandel passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, after spending two days with family while celebrating his son's 50th birthday. Once considered one of Maryland's most powerful and effective governors, Mandel presided over a major reorganization of state government, built a subway in Baltimore and spent $1 billion on school construction. But his accomplishments were overshadowed by his personal tribulations, which included his trial and a messy divorce when he moved out of the governor's mansion, leaving his first wife behind so he could marry another woman. (AP Photo/Bill Smith)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95.


Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:31

File-This Aug. 4, 2015, file photo shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waving after delivering a speech at Singapore Management University in Singapore. Kerry says history will not look kindly on climate change skeptics who fail to take action to curb warming. Speaking Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, Kerry says scientists are overwhelmingly unified in the conclusion that humans are contributing to global climate change and that steps must be taken to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists are "overwhelmingly unified" in concluding that humans are contributing to global climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday night, and the public is slowly getting the full picture.


Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:28

This undated photo provided by Lion Heart Autographs shows a letter by one of the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic written six months after the disaster, which could fetch $4,000 to $6,000. The letter - saved by a fellow passenger who climbed aboard the so-called “Money Boat” before the ocean liner went down - will be sold by Lion Heart Autographs, along with two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on Sept. 30, 2015. The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the wreckage’s discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. (Lion Heart Autographs via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The Titanic's last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called "Money Boat" before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it's estimated it will bring $50,000 to $70,000.


Cops: Maine driver cited after selfie leads to injuries

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:55
ORIENT, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police have issued a distracted driving summons to a man who they say crashed into a tree while taking a "selfie" with his passengers, injuring several of them.

AccuWeather: The Heat Is Back

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:38

 The Heat Is BackMeteorologist Melissa Magee is tracking another heat wave for the first week of September!


Wes Craven, iconic horror movie director, dies at 76

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:36

Wes Craven, iconic horror movie director, dies at 76Horror movie maestro Wes Craven, who directed films such as "Scream" and "Nightmare on Elm Street," has died at the age of 76.


Service pays tribute to slain television reporter, cameraman

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:34

FILE - This undated file image made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Community religious leaders gathered Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 to remember Parker and Ward, who were shot and killed by a former co-worker on Aug. 26. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week.


White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:31

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of tripThe Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.


Japan defeats Pennsylvania 18-11 in Little League World Series Championship

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:28

Japan defeats Pennsylvania 18-11 in Little League World Series ChampionshipWith more than 42,000 fans cheering against them, the Tokyo players found themselves down eight runs in the first inning of the Little League championship game against Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.


Woman arrested after police say she drowned twin boys in tub

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:22
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 22-year-mother has been arrested on charges that she drowned her 2-year-old twin sons in a bathtub on Sunday, police said.

Little League teams gets hero's welcome as it returns home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:21

Players in the Lewisberry, Pa. dugout watch in the sixth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Japan, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Japan won 18-11. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)LEWISBERRY, Pa. (AP) — The victory went to Tokyo, but members of Lewisberry's Red Land Little League team returned to their small community as hometown champions, escorted by police, firefighters and EMS crews.


White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:52

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2011 file photo shows Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska. President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 said he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.


Off-duty police officer killed in Northeast Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:46

Off-duty police officer killed in Northeast Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'dAuthorities have identified the off-duty Philadelphia police officer who was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on Roosevelt Boulevard.


Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:28
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state's secession from the United States on the primary ballot next spring. Texas is one of only two U.S. states, the other being Hawaii, that were once internationally recognized sovereign nations, with diplomatic ties to other countries. Although legal experts said it would be unconstitutional for Texas to break away via a primary vote, there is still a spirit of Texas independence among many in the Lone Star State.