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Bus becomes shower for homeless in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:06

File photo of NASA astronaut Conrad Jr. standing with the U.S. flag on the lunar surfaceBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was canceled in 1972. Instead, NASA was directed to begin planning for a human expedition to an asteroid. This path, however, is fraught with technological cul-de-sacs that do not directly contribute to radiation protection, landing systems, habitats and other projects needed to build the road to Mars, a National Research Council panel concluded in June.


Drive 70mph on parts of Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:05

Drive 70mph on parts of Pa. TurnpikeThe speed limit is going up on parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week.


Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:56

Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurtA hot air balloon crashed into power lines in a Massachusetts neighborhood, injuring five people on board.


Police: Paraplegic man fatally shoots brother to protect sister

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:55

 Paraplegic man fatally shoots brother to protect sisterA paraplegic man fatally shot his brother while trying to protect his sister from being attacked, Philadelphia police say.


Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:51

FILE _ In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo a young man walks in front of a row of abandoned houses in Detroit. Detroit has thousands of decrepit and abandoned homes and buildings. In the little more than a year since emergency manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes' decisions during next month's bankruptcy trial. That includes a greatly accelerated program to salvage homes that can be rehabilitated and level and clear those that cannot be saved. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.


Iraq vet in Ohio cited for therapeutic pet ducks

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:10
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Iraq War veteran in Ohio is facing a $150 fine or worse after getting a citation for his pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Scammers target families of illegal child immigrants to U.S.: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:52

A sleeping detainee is seen through the window of holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in BrownsvilleA Federal Bureau of Investigation official in San Antonio said investigators have uncovered two similar fraud schemes targeting family members of the children who are living illegally in the United States. "One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with their families," said Special Agent Michelle Lee.   Another scheme used what Lee described as "caller I.D. spoofing" to make it appear that the calls were coming from a San Antonio business, which she didn't name, in an attempt to lend credibility to the scheme.   Lee said the callers requested payments from the families of the young immigrants ranging from $300 to several thousand dollars, claiming the money was for travel expenses. The United States in recent months has been facing a surge of unaccompanied children arriving from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, with some 90,000 expected to have arrived over the year by the end of September, according to White House estimates.


Israel Says 13 Soldiers Killed in Gaza Fighting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:42
Israeli military says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza fighting as ground offensive rages

Tour bus catches fire in New Jersey; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:32

40 p.m. Initial reports say passengers were seen running along the southbound lanes of Interstate 287, away from the blaze. There's no word yet on what caused the fire. (AP Photo/Jimmy Kastner) MANDATORY CREDITBRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A tour bus caught fire on a busy stretch of New Jersey highway, but no passengers were injured.


RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:30

RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damagesThe nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.


NY building shows how mod design stacks up as cool

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:27

A reflection in the window of a local storefront captures a seven-story modern modular apartment building, center, between decades-old residences, Wednesday July 9, 2014, in the Innwood neighborhood of New York. Called the Stack, the building aims to show that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money, modular doesn’t have to mean boring. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital.


Private jet recovery from recession an uneven ride

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:24

FILE -- In this Dec. 13, 2006 file photo, workers assemble a PW500 engine destined for a Cesna Citation at the Pratt & Whitney plant in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Sale of private jets, like the Citation, are rising again in 2014 after the deep recession when the company plane was an easy target for spending cuts. Pratt & Whitney Canada laid off more than 400 workers in 2009 and 2010. But company president Paul Adams said in May 2014 that improvements in the top part of the business have driven the market’s recovery, (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Private jet sales are rising again, climbing out of a deep recession when the company plane was an easy target for spending cuts.


A history of casino revenue, jobs in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:19

FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007 file photo, hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. are reflected in the water early in the morning. Now that the shock over the prospect of losing three Atlantic City casinos in the coming months is starting to wear off, many workers and their union are mounting a growing effort to keep them open by attracting new bidders and offering flexibility in contract negotiations with any potential buyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,File)Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978:


Man stabbed to death in Point Breeze

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:19

Man stabbed to death in Point BreezePhiladelphia police are investigating a deadly stabbing in the city's Point Breeze section.


5 things Atlantic City is doing to reverse slide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:18

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2012 file photo, shoppers stroll through The Walk, Atlantic City N.J.'s outlet shopping district a few blocks from the casinos. The shopping district is part of an effort to diversify Atlantic City and make it less reliant on gambling revenue, which has been plummeting since 2006. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Even before a slew of casino closings hit Atlantic City, gambling operators, government officials and regulators had been working to improve the resort's prospects. Here's a look at five things they're doing:


Bus brings showers to San Francisco homeless

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:07
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless people in San Francisco can now hop a bus to take a shower.

Atlantic City doomed by glut of casinos in region

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:03

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2012 file photo, shoppers stroll through The Walk, Atlantic City N.J.'s outlet shopping district a few blocks from the casinos. The shopping district is part of an effort to diversify Atlantic City and make it less reliant on gambling revenue, which has been plummeting since 2006. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers.


How the AP-NORC Center poll was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 21:51
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on finding a doctor and evaluating provider quality was conducted from May 27 to June 18 by NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 21:37

FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the open-pit Antamina mine in San Marcos, Peru, is partially illuminated on a cloudy day. A new law enacted July 11 by President Ollanta Humala, weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation as it prepares to host international climate-control talks. At the same time, it re-establishes tax breaks for big mining multinationals, which already enjoy such benefits as simultaneous, indefinite concessions for both exploration and exploitation as long as they make nominal payments. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate talks this year.