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Wildfire threatens 150 northern California homes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:51
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-growing wildfire in Northern California has forced the evacuation of about 150 homes near of the historic town of Weaverville.

Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:55
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A large earthquake caused significant damage in California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, sending at least 70 people to a hospital, igniting fires, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Suspect in Los Angeles-area shootings detained

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and wounded four others within the span of an hour Sunday in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody following a standoff, police said.

Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:09

Attorney General Eric Holder participates in closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:07

Father of slain teen Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Sr., left, and Reverend Al Sharpton, right, gesture to the crowd at Peace Fest, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in St. Louis. Tomorrow all I want is peace," Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis’ largest city park Sunday during brief remarks at a festival that promoted peace over violence. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Tensions that flared after a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown have started to ease. Here's a look at key elements of the Aug. 9 shooting and the unrest that followed in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson:


Kansas lawyer is 'go to guy' in battle against Obama on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:05

People are seen through a barrier fence walking through the entry point into Mexico at the United States-Mexico border crossing in BrownsvilleBy Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce major immigration policy changes, conservative attorney Kris Kobach is fighting a case in federal court he says has the potential to “torpedo” the president’s plans. Kobach, the Republican secretary of state of Kansas, is an architect of laws in several states to combat illegal immigration. He is also the most prominent figure among a small group of lawyers working to punch legal holes in Obama's immigration policies. Obama has pledged to act alone in the face of congressional inaction on immigration reform, and an announcement could come in early September.


Survey: Economists say Fed is on 'the right track'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:39
NEW YORK (AP) — A majority of economists believe the Federal Reserve is doing the right things to help repair the U.S. economy, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association of Business Economists.

Slow-moving Cristobal dousing Bahamas with rain

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:03

45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Cristobal moving northward across the Bahamas, as a dense area of clouds with heavy rain and gusty winds. A band 0f clouds present across Bermuda to the Southeast US is associated with a frontal boundary. More scattered clouds are present across Hispaniola and eastern Cuba into the eastern Caribbean Basin. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal doused the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall as it moved slowly on a northern track in the Caribbean. One man died over the weekend and two other people were reported missing when they were caught up by swollen rivers on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Victim killed in head-on crash in Springfield identified

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:54

Victim killed in head-on crash in Springfield identifiedPolice have identified the person who was killed in a head-on crash that also injured three other people in Springfield, Bucks County.


Rap mogul Suge Knight hurt in nightclub shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:53

Rap mogul Suge Knight hurt in nightclub shootingRap mogul Suge Knight and two others were wounded in a shooting at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood early Sunday.


Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:46

Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90Actor and Oscar-winning film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.


Dad of 18-year-old shot by officer asks for peace

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:43

Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, appears at Peace Fest, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in St. Louis. Hundreds of people gathered in St. Louis’ largest city park Sunday at a festival that promoted peace over violence. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a "day of silence" as he lays his son to rest Monday.


Taney Dragons welcomed home before national media tour

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:39

Taney Dragons welcomed home before national media tourPhiladelphia's favorite little leaguers, the Taney Dragons arrived in town to a homecoming celebration before heading to NYC for a media tour.


Exchange student from Ghana dies in California kayak accident

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:10
Lifeguards and dive teams in California on Sunday recovered the body of a 17-year-old exchange student from Ghana whose kayak capsized near San Diego, officials said. Abdul Razak Shanun's body was spotted near San Diego's Mission Bay during a search, San Diego Lifeguards said. Shanun had rented the kayak on Saturday, heading out on the west side of Mission Bay where he capsized and drowned, authorities said. It was unclear whether he had a life jacket in the kayak, and if so, why he chose not to wear it.

Woman struck, killed by train in Claymont

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:08

Woman struck, killed by train in ClaymontA woman was killed after she was struck by a train in Claymont, Delaware.


Pennsylvania student dies in fall from crane on college campus

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:07
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Authorities in Pennsylvania said Sunday they were trying to determine whether a freshman at Penn State University fell or jumped to his death from a crane on a construction site on the State College campus. Jack Crean, 18, of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, landed on pavement after the late Saturday or early Sunday fall from the 85 foot (26 meter) crane, Centre County Deputy Coroner Judy Pleskonko said. Crean was found dead around 11 a.m. local time Sunday by Penn State University Police. Penn State's main campus has about 45,000 students, of whom about 35,000 are undergraduates.

2 SEPTA officers hurt apprehending assault suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:39

2 SEPTA officers hurt apprehending assault suspectAuthorities say two SEPTA police officers were injured while trying to apprehend a suspect in Center City.


Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:17

Mourners pack Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic church during a special Mass for slain journalist James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, N.H., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Foley was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State group posted a Web video on Tuesday, Aug. 19, showing his killing and said it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor.


4 bodies found floating off South Florida coast

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:16
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard said late Sunday it was continuing a search for any more possible bodies or "anyone in distress" after four people were found dead in waters miles off the South Florida coast.

Foley describes captivity in letter to family

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:01
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain American journalist James Foley have released a letter they say their son wrote during his time in captivity.