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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in coma after wreck at Pocono Raceway

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:43

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in coma after wreck at Pocono RacewayIndyCar driver Justin Wilson was in a coma and in critical condition after sustaining a head injury when he was hit by a large piece of debris that broke off a car Sunday in the crash-filled race at Pocono Raceway.

AccuWeather: Isolated T'Storm Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:40

 Isolated T'Storm This EveningMeteorologist Melissa Magee says a stray thunderstorms moves in Monday night.

That sinking feeling: As China slows, so does Otis Elevator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:35

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2010 file photo, workers, right, prepare to install a piece of glass wall covering an elevator tunnel while a woman, left, looks down from a descending elevator in Beijing, China. Otis elevator, which has staked much on increasing urbanization and soaring skyscrapers in cities across China, is struggling with declining revenue in 2015 as China’s economy sours. For Otis, based in Farmington, Conn., rising competition, particularly for the lucrative repair and maintenance business, also is undermining its Chinese market share. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As China's economy has grown and skyscrapers have sprouted in cities extending ever westward from its coast, Otis Elevator Co. went along for the ride.

Oklahoma labor commissioner killed in restaurant stabbing: local media

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:33
The Commissioner of Labor for Oklahoma, Mark Costello, was killed in a stabbing at a fast food restaurant in Oklahoma City on Sunday, local broadcasters reported, citing unnamed sources. Police declined to confirm that Costello was the victim but said one family member stabbed another family member at least four times with a knife after the pair agreed to meet at the restaurant following a fight earlier in the day.

Police: Man came out of truck in ditch with sawn-off shotgun

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:31

This photo released by the Louisiana State Police shows Kevin Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, La. A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Col. Michael Edmonson, head of state police, said the arrested man, Daigle, had a number of previous arrests, though he did not know details. He said he did not know all the charges that Daigle will face, but they will include attempted murder of a police officer. (Louisiana State Police via AP)A Louisiana state trooper was fighting for life Sunday night after being shot in the head by a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch, and who got out of the truck with a sawed-off shotgun, the head of Louisiana State Police said.

Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids' tests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:29

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, students walk into Lafayette Elementary for the first day of classes in the Lafayette County School District in Oxford, Miss. Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. As schools prepare for a return to classrooms in the coming weeks, the Gallup Poll to be released Sunday, Aug. 23 finds 55 percent of parents surveyed oppose linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. (Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP, File) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey.

Man shot 5 times in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:25

Man shot 5 times in KensingtonA man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Police recruit injured in motorcycle crash in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:20

Police recruit injured in motorcycle crash in North PhiladelphiaA police recruit was injured after a motorcycle accident in North Philadelphia.

The Latest: State trooper has 'severe neurological damage'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:48
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday when he tried to arrest a driver suspected of being drunk or drugged in southwest Louisiana. Here's the latest on that story (all times are local):

Fan struck by line-drive foul ball, taken off on stretcher at Wrigley Field

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:43
A fan was struck by a line-drive foul ball and taken away on a stretcher in the first inning of Sunday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.

Police arrest over 200 'johns' in prostitution crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've now made more than 200 arrests as they try to curb an increase in street prostitution in downtown Washington.

HollyFrontier says Tulsa refinery operations not affected by fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:40
HollyFrontier Corp said operations at the West plant of its 125,000 barrel-per-day Tulsa, Oklahoma, refinery, were not affected by a fire on Sunday morning and that there were no injuries. "The Refinery emergency response team was immediately mobilized and the fire was extinguished with no injuries or impact to plant operations," company spokeswoman Julia Heidenreich said in a statement. The fire did not appear to be near any of the major refinery units.

Softer winds, new trucks buoy fire crews fighting deadly U.S. Northwest blazes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:39

Members of a handcrew prepare to head out during the Okanogan Complex Fire near Tonasket, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Beleaguered ground crews battling newly swelled wildfires across Washington state were aided by softer winds on Sunday as they welcomed the expected arrival of new fire engines and water-carrying tankers to a military base in the drought-stricken U.S. region. The full fleet of 20 large fire engines, to be deployed to hot spots threatening homes, and 10 water tankers will arrive at Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane before Tuesday, officials said. Overall, there were 24 large wildfires or clusters of fires burning across Washington state and Oregon on Sunday, among the nearly 70 blazes raging in Idaho, California and Montana, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise reported.

NY stages topless parade with 60 cities worldwide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:29

Rachel Jessee speaks into a megaphone while riding atop a car during the GoTopless Day Parade, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in New York. The parade took to the streets to counter critics who are complaining about topless tip-seekers in Times Square. Appearing bare-breasted is legal in New York. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner Bill Bratton say the body-painted women in the square who take photos with tourists are a nuisance. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway put on a very different kind of matinee on Sunday: dozens of bare-chested women and men parading down the Great White Way to Times Square.

Western wildfires: Firefighters to get additional resources

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:27

The skeletal remains of a house and garage stand after the structure was destroyed in a wildfire earlier, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Okanogan, Wash. Reduced winds on Saturday helped firefighters gain the upper hand against the series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington that earlier left three firefighters dead. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Firefighters across the West saw little relief over the weekend as wildfires raged in the drought-stricken region, but for those in Washington, other states will soon provide additional resources.

Smoke starting to lift over Washington fires

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:25

Matt Demiter, of the Everett Fire Department, runs his hand through gravel and ash to check the ground temperature while working with crews to stomp out long burning embers remaining after a wildfire near Okanogan, Wash., on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (Ian Terry /The Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTWISP, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state, including those that killed three firefighters (all times local):

Boaters mapping Pacific garbage arrive in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:20

In this Aug. 2, 2015, photo provided by The Ocean Cleanup shows, Mega Expedition crew members, Mario Merkus, left, and Serena Cunsolo on mother ship R/V Ocean Starr with the results of trawling with one 6 meter-wide net for one hour in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Scientists and volunteers who have spent the last month gathering data on how much plastic garbage is floating in the Pacific Ocean say most of the trash is medium to large-sized pieces, as opposed to tiny ones. Volunteer crews on 30 boats have been measuring the size and mapping the location of tons of plastic waste floating between the West Coast and Hawaii. Three of the boats, including this 171-foot mother ship, returned to San Francisco on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (The Ocean Cleanup via AP)-SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Far away from California's coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean Starr, a ship carrying a team of scientists and volunteers gathering data on plastic garbage.

Homes threatened as fire spreads near California ski resort

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:20
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Planes and helicopters are making major liquid drops on a wildfire that broke out near a ski resort in the San Bernardino Mountains, bringing the first gains against the blaze.

Less smoke could mean more fire in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:16

Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost everything he owned except his home in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan, Wash., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He said he stayed as the fire raced over a ridge and barreled down toward his home, flames lapping just feet from his back porch. Surgeon estimates he lost more than $100,000 worth of property, including his shop, his motorcycle, several cars, a travel trailer, and all of his tools.(AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — The massive cloud of smoke began to lift over Washington wildfires on Sunday. But as air quality improves, the fire's behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said.

Police: Man stabs relative, rapes woman in crime spree

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:10
BOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A man allegedly stabbed his relative, raped a woman and then drove both victims from his home in Massachusetts to Ohio before authorities captured him following a chase, police said.