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Prince George Walks in Photo to Mark His First Birthday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:20
He's grown up in front of our eyes, and now Prince George Alexander Louis is about to celebrate his first birthday. To mark the occasion, the royal family released a photo today showing the young prince walking.

RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:06

In this Feb. 6, 2008 photo, a smokestack of an old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco plant frames the Reynolds American building in Winston-Salem, N.C., A Florida jury has slammed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by Cynthia Robinson, the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The damages the jury awarded to Robinson on Friday, July 18, 2014, after a four-week trial come in addition to $16.8 million in compensatory damages. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)MIAMI (AP) — The 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.


Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:51
CLINTON, Mass. (AP) — A hot air balloon crashed into power lines in a Massachusetts neighborhood, injuring five people on board.

High winds push growing Washington wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:22

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Pushed by howling, erratic winds, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington was growing rapidly and burning in new directions Saturday.


In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the limelight

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 14:12

A boy holds up a sign during a rally by gay rights supporters on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capital in HarrisburgBy Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With legal battles over gay marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children. Lawyers are recruiting same-sex couples who have children, putting interviews with kids as young as seven in court filings, and organizing media events featuring teenagers. In May, for example, after a Virginia federal appeals court hearing, 16-year-old Emily Schall-Townley told a televised news conference: “These are my two moms. Advocates were wary of provoking negative responses from judges and the public at a time when prevailing opinion was more likely to view children as harmed by gay marriage.


Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:38

A mailbox stands in a scorched countryside that was hit by the Carlton Complex fire near PaterosBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A wildfire raging unchecked for a sixth day east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes, displaced hundreds of residents and left thousands without electricity, emergency officials said on Saturday. A cluster of lightning-sparked blazes that merged days ago into a conflagration dubbed the Carlton Complex has scorched at least 336 square miles (870 sq km) of dry timber and grasslands in north-central Washington since Monday, officials said. No serious injuries have been reported, said Mike Worden, manager of the emergency dispatch and communications center for the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office.


Officer in fatal NY arrest stripped of gun, badge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:26

Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in New York. Garner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, when a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a chokehold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday.


Trains running again in NY after rock slide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:24
GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Full service has resumed on the nation's second-largest commuter rail system after tumbling rocks damaged a stretch of tracks, halted trains and left hundreds of passengers without rides north of New York City.

Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:22

This undated photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. An attorney representing family said Friday, July 18, 2014 that he is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident that ended with the death of Misty Holt-Singh and two gang members thought to have participated in the robbery of the bank where the mother of two was abducted. (AP Photo/Singh Family)FRESNO, California (AP) — While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said they suspect the same men carried out other area bank heists, including one earlier this year at the same branch that was hit this week.


Tour bus catches fire in New Jersey, no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:42

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.


Lawyer: Unclear where Casey Kasem's body is

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:57

 Unclear where Casey Kasem's body isA judge has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains, but it's unclear where those remains are or whether they've already been disposed of.


$50,000 reward in 2012 murder in Society Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:57

$50,000 reward in 2012 murder in Society HillIt's been two years since a young man was gunned down after a night out with friends in Society Hill and up to $50,000 is being offered to help find his killer.


Appeals court puts Arizona execution on hold over drugs details

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:53
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Saturday ordered the scheduled execution of an Arizona man condemned for killing of his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989 be put on hold until the state provides more details about the lethal injection procedure he faces. Joseph Wood, 55, had been slated to be put to death on Wednesday at the state prison complex in Florence, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Phoenix.

Terminally ill mom takes risk to save unborn child

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:30

Terminally ill mom takes risk to save unborn childA woman from Texas given only months to live has reason to celebrate life - the life of her baby boy.


2 wounded in shooting in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:28

2 wounded in shooting in Atlantic CityPolice are investigating a shooting that left two people wounded in Atlantic City.


Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:28

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash siteInternational monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses of the victims of a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation of the disaster can be conducted.


Boy, 4, critically injured in fall from 2-story window in SW Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:27

Boy, 4, critically injured in fall from 2-story window in SW Phila.Police say a 4-year-old was critically injured after he fell from a 2-story window in Southwest Philadelphia.


1 injured when truck, motorcycle collide in W. Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:02

1 injured when truck, motorcycle collide in W. Phila.One person was injured in a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle in West Philadelphia.


Rock slide damages NY train tracks, halts service

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:49
GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Tumbling rocks north of New York City have damaged a stretch of train tracks in the nation's second-largest commuter rail system, suspending service and leaving hundreds of passengers without rides.

Plane crashes near New York's Lake Placid; 3 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:39
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) — A small plane crashed Saturday while attempting to land at an airport near Lake Placid, killing all three people on board.