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California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:57

A security officer patrols an area in front of a building damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Christina Farr and Robin Respaut NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - A strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's Napa Valley wine country from their beds on Sunday caused insured property damage likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's total economic losses will be several times that, experts said on Monday. The magnitude 6.0 quake, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25 years, struck before dawn on Sunday near Napa, injuring more than 200 people and damaging dozens of buildings in the picturesque community northeast of San Francisco. At least 49 buildings in Napa, a town of 77,000 residents, were "red-tagged" as unsafe to enter, including the Napa Senior Center and the local courthouse, and that figure was expected to rise as additional structures were inspected, officials said. The quake struck just as the grape-harvesting season was getting under way in Napa County, a significant wine-producing area that generates thousands of jobs in a region famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

US: Bin Laden son-in-law must get life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:29
NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law should be sentenced to life in prison for his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he made "bone-chilling threats" against America, prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.

Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:29

The earthquake-damaged historic winery building dating from 1886 at Trefethen Family Vineyards leans Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The winery hopes to save the building that is in danger of collapse after San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor reach them, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:20
A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. Michael Peck's call to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was in a report he made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013, the AP reported on Monday, a day after a strong earthquake shook California's Napa Valley region.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boosts SC Republicans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:20

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., front left, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, back right, recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the fourth annual "Faith and Freedom BBQ" hosted by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan in Anderson, S.C., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Confronted several times by hecklers demanding immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told attendees at a Republican fundraising barbecue that no country has been more generous to people from elsewhere than the United States.

Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:19

Artists and volunteers work on the Temple of Grace at the annual Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev, on Aug. 24, 2014, a day before the event opens to ticket holders. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTBLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.

California wait period doesn't apply to gun owners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:01
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

Early Emmy wins for Parsons, Burrell, Janney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:58

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy AwardsNetwork comedies including "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family" started out strong at Monday's Emmy Awards, and so did "True Detective" nominee Matthew McConaughey - even before his category came up.

Ala. couple charged in scheme to get girl pregnant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:52
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama couple who wanted a baby repeatedly sexually assaulted an underage girl in hopes she'd get pregnant and give them the infant, authorities said Monday.

Mississippi high school football player dies after falling ill in game

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:47
(Reuters) - A Mississippi high school football player died on Monday, three days after falling ill during a game, school officials said. Walker Wilbanks was playing in a Friday night game for Jackson Preparatory School, a private school in a suburb of Jackson, when he came off the field and complained that he was not feeling well, a school spokeswoman said. Wilbanks was taken to a hospital where he suffered a seizure and swelling in his brain before he died, school spokeswoman Crisler Boone said. A 17-year-old junior, Wilbanks was popular among his fellow students, Boone said.

Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:43

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2005, file photo, shows Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach, Calif. Michael Peck, a senior federal nuclear expert, is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults. Peck, who for five years was Diablo Canyon's lead on-site inspector, says in a 42-page, confidential report that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not applying the safety rules it set out for the plant's operation. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

Emmys get underway with jokes about TV networks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:37

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy AwardsEmmy Award host Seth Meyers kicked off the ceremony Monday by tweaking his home network, NBC, and other broadcasters for being eclipsed in the awards by cable series and online newcomers like "Orange Is the New Black."

Foley killing could complicate embassy bomb trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:36
NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer charged in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa is trying to distance himself from other acts of terrorism even as British investigators reportedly look at his son in the killing of an American journalist.

Peruvian journalist Zileri dead at 83

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:10
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Enrique Zileri, who as longtime director of Peru's leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, died Monday at age 83.

Review: 'Life of Crime' misses Leonard's rhythm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:07

This image released by Roadside Attractions shows John Hawkes, left, and Jennifer Aniston in a scene from "Life of Crime." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Barry Wetcher)Some may pine for George Clooney's chin or Scarlett Johansson's lips, but no body part should be more envied than Elmore Leonard's ear.

Drug-tainted dollar bills spark bank investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:00
MONTE VISTA, Colo. (AP) — A Monte Vista bank teller who reported tingly, numb fingers after accepting some wet dollar bills has prompted a federal investigation.

Blade from power saw impales Houston worker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:57
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw.

Freed US reporter's Dad praises son's noble cause

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:53
JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France (AP) — The overjoyed father of the American journalist freed by Islamic militants said Monday that his son and others who venture into dangerous lands like Syria deserve praise for wanting to "bear witness ... tell the truth about what's going on."

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:53
DALLAS (AP) — Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.

Prosecutors argue against moving Tsarnaev trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:50
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are disputing arguments from lawyers for marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) that he cannot receive a fair trial in Boston.