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Attorney: Detroit boy who went missing doing well

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29
DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer for a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in the basement of his home says the child is doing well living with his mother, while his father and stepmother deny any abuse and demand a jury trial in their fight for custody.

Buckyball magnetic toys recalled, ending legal fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:06
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Magnetic toys called Buckyballs, which can be swallowed and have been blamed for numerous injuries, are being recalled at the end of a years-long legal fight, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. Millions of the loose, high-powered rare earth magnets were sold as toys and desktop accessories. Under a settlement accord, owners of Buckyballs and similar Buckycubes can obtain refunds through a trust overseen by the CPSC, the agency said in a statement. Craig Zucker, co-founder of the former distributor of Buckyballs, Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, will fund the trust.

Man arrested after Seattle deadly boat collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:00

30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, on the western shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Wash. At least four people involved in the crash were pulled from the water. Three people were listed in critical condition and transported to Harborview Medical Center, and a fourth victim died at the scene. Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler says the operators of both boats are being investigated for boating under the influence. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)SEATTLE (AP) — The driver of a motorboat has been arrested after a deadly collision with a sailboat that killed a young woman and injured two others on Seattle's Lake Washington, police said Thursday.


Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:50

MicrosoftLOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.


EPA: Duke finishes cleaning large pockets of coal ash from river after spill at NC plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:47
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — EPA: Duke finishes cleaning large pockets of coal ash from river after spill at NC plant.

Police end search for girl after finding body

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:39
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Police in coastal Mississippi say they have called off the search for a missing 5-year-old girl after finding a young girl's body in an abandoned mobile home.

New Jersey police officer killed in crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:38

This June 11, 2014 image provided by the Waldwick Police Department shows Waldwick, N.J. police officer Christopher Goodell during a ceremony honoring him for his DWI efforts. Authorities say the experienced police officer in northern New Jersey has died early Thursday July 17, 2014 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car while he was operating radar to look for speeders on Route 17. Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was 32 years old. (AP Photo/Waldwick Police Department)WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A police officer checking for speeders in an unmarked car was killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended him in northern New Jersey early Thursday morning, making him the second New Jersey officer to die in the line of duty this week.


Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:31

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash siteA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Obama hits road for transportation funding push

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:31

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, left, next to Biden's wife Hallie Biden, far left, and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell as he arrives at New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del., Thursday, July 17, 2014, en route to Wilmington where he is expected to visit the site of the damaged I-495 bridge in Wilmington to speak about transportation and infrastructure. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With federal transportation funding about to run dry, President Barack Obama is taking steps to boost the flow of private dollars into public works projects.


Transgender sibling of NBA player found slain in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:29
(Reuters) - A transgender woman whose brother is an National Basketball Association player has been found slain in a Baltimore alley, police said on Thursday. The body of Mia Henderson, 26, who was born as Kevin Long, was found shortly before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the victim of "severe trauma," police spokesman Lieutenant Eric Kowalczyk said. Henderson's brother, Reggie Bullock, was a first-round draft pick last year for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Gone but not forgotten.” Henderson's is the second killing of a transgender person this summer in Baltimore.

Ukraine military: Malaysia flight shot down by Russian missile

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:25

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash siteA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:24

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.


For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:24

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a media conference at the end of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, early Thursday, July 17, 2014. European Union leaders ordered tougher sanctions against Russia early Thursday because of its actions in Ukraine, asking the European Investment Bank to sign no new financing agreements with Moscow. The leaders, meeting in Brussels, also agreed to act together to suspend financing of the new European Bank for Reconstruction and Development operations in Russia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow for its threatening moves in Ukraine.


Florida judge overturns state's ban on same-sex marriage; ruling applies only to Florida Keys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:22
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Florida judge overturns state's ban on same-sex marriage; ruling applies only to Florida Keys.

New York transit strike averted, says one labor union in contract talks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:19
A threatened strike on New York's Long Island Rail Road has been averted after a tentative contract agreement was reached on Thursday, one of the labor unions involved in the negotiations said on its website. There was no immediate comment from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the region's public transit, said it could not confirm that a tentative deal had been reached. The negotiations appeared to have reached a stand-still on Monday and the unions' chief negotiator said workers would begin a strike on Sunday.

Official to AP: Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:13

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash siteA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:13

FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, a footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after blastoff from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on July 16, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Now's the time to get moonstruck.


Pregnant woman's jawbone helped move on case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:11

Kimberlyn Scott speaks with a reporter in Makawao, Hawaii, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Scott's daughter, Carly "Charli" Scott, went missing in February and has not been seen since. Her former boyfriend has been charged with murdering her and burning her vehicle. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Four days into the search for a missing pregnant woman in Maui, her half-sister and a group of volunteers got their first serious clues, finding a skirt, shirt and bra that appeared stained with blood. The sister recognized the items as belonging to 27-year-old Carly Scott and the searchers called police.


Police seize medical records of woman seen punched

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Highway Patrol investigators have seized the medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of its officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

PHOTOS: Malaysia Airlines plane reportedly crashes in Ukraine near Russia border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:08

 Malaysia Airlines plane reportedly crashes in Ukraine near Russia borderA plane that went missing in Ukraine Thursday near the Russian border may have crashed, and reports from Ukraine have indicated that the plane was shot down by a missile.