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Boy, 4, critically injured after falling from window in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:32

Boy, 4, critically injured after falling from window in SW PhiladelphiaPolice say a 4-year-old was critically injured after he fell from a 2-story window in West Philadelphia Saturday morning.


Howling winds push massive Washington fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:10

Firefighter Kathleen Calvin looks around as she sits atop her fire truck while waiting to begin work as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky behind Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, 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) — Howling winds pushed a massive wildfire in north-central Washington in new directions Saturday.


Rebels hamper access to plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:55

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash siteArmed separatists hampered access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site Saturday, limiting the movements of international monitors and raising concerns that evidence showing who brought the plane down and killed the 298 people on-board would be lost, tampered with or destroyed.


Archaeologists excavate NY Colonial battleground

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:48

Volunteer Heather Engwer of Lake George examines an artifact during an archaeological field school dig at Lake George Battlefield Park on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Lake George, N.Y. The summer project is focusing on a site that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century, with American, British, French and American Indian forces battling for control of the region’s waterways. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era's largest smallpox hospital.


Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:37

A mailbox stands in a scorched countryside that was hit by the Carlton Complex fire near Pateros(Reuters) - A wildfire raging east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes and displaced hundreds of people, an emergency official said on Saturday, with cooler weather not expected to provide relief for another day. The four-blaze Carlton Complex fire destroyed homes in and around the town of Pateros, about 120 miles (193 kms) northeast of Seattle, said Mark Clemens, a spokesman for the Washington Emergency Management Division. The fire is among more than two dozen burning from southern California to Idaho as drought-parched Western states enter their annual fire season. Both Washington and Oregon have declared states of emergency as wildfires scorched thousands of acres, destroying homes, outbuildings and crops.


5 things to know about drug laws, prison sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:34
Decades of tough drug laws have contributed to a dramatic rise in the federal prison population, with inmates serving more time behind bars. The Obama administration recently encouraged nonviolent federal inmates — most of them drug offenders — to apply for early release. The announcement comes at a time of growing calls for drug sentencing reform, away from the severe punishment. Here are five things to know about the issue:

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:33
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.

Given life term, drug offender hopes for clemency

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:33
GREENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he would die in prison.

Mosque leader accused of trying to cut man's hand off in West Philly

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:21

Mosque leader accused of trying to cut man's hand off in West PhillyPolice say a mosque leader was arrested after trying to cut a man's hand off with a machete in West Philadelphia Monday.


Emotional NY rally held for man's in-custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a New York City man who died in police custody after an officer used an apparent chokehold has burst into tears at a rally held in his honor.

US views on child immigrant crisis, at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:58
U.S. communities have diverged greatly on their attitude toward sheltering throngs of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the border from Mexico since October. Here's a look at how things are playing out across the country:

US communities diverge on child migrant response

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:56

Demonstrators hold signs and flags outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston. The sharp contrast in how Americans are reacting to the immigrant influx mirrors the divisiveness seen in Congress as the nation’s leaders attempt to find solutions to an issue that could worsen in the coming months. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)DALLAS (AP) — As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.


US communities diverge on child migrant response

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:56

Demonstrators hold signs and flags outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston. The sharp contrast in how Americans are reacting to the immigrant influx mirrors the divisiveness seen in Congress as the nation’s leaders attempt to find solutions to an issue that could worsen in the coming months. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)DALLAS (AP) — As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.


3 years on, girl's unsolved slaying haunts town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:51

FILE- In this photo taken Wednesday July 27, 2011, New Hampshire State Police Troopers enter the family home of Celina Cass in Stewartstown, N.H. It has been almost three years since the 11-year-old body was found in the Connecticut River. Investigators remain silent about the details of Celina’s death except to call it a homicide. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl whose disappearance prompted a massive search before her body was found against a dam in the Connecticut River remains a haunting presence in her small rural town.


Kentucky town opens filling station to the public

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:45

Samir Cook fills up his vehicle at a city-run station on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Somerset, Ky. The station on the outskirts of Somerset opened to the public on Saturday, selling regular unleaded gas for $3.36 a gallon. In the first three hours, about 75 customers fueled up at the no-frills city station, where there are no snacks, no repairs and only regular unleaded gas. The city’s mayor says he hopes the no-frills station will lower gas prices around town. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Somerset's city hall ventured into the retail gas business Saturday, opening a municipal-run filling station that supporters call a benefit for motorists and critics denounce as a taxpayer-supported swipe at the free market.


Police: Mom, grandparents nearly starved boy, 7

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:43
GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy was nearly starved to death, suffered regular beatings and resorted to catching insects to eat during brief times he was allowed outside, police said in charging his mother and grandparents with assault and other offenses

Police: Mom, grandparents nearly starved boy, 7

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:43
GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy was nearly starved to death, suffered regular beatings and resorted to catching insects to eat during brief times he was allowed outside, police said in charging his mother and grandparents with assault and other offenses

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:42

FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file image from video provided by the United States Humane Society, a Hallmark Meat Packing slaughter plant worker is shown attempting to force a "downed" cow onto its feet by ramming it with the blades of a forklift in Chino, Calif. The yearslong battle between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving to federal courts as ag-gag laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Opponents of the law point to the Chino video and the investigation that followed, which led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history, saying the secrecy puts consumers at higher risk of food safety problems and animals at higher risk of abuse. (AP Photo/Humane Society of the United States, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.


Image found of Confederate White House housekeeper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:40

Mary O’Melia is seen in an undated photo provided by the American Civil War Museum. O’Melia served at the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.,as housekeeper for Jefferson Davis and his first lady, Varina Davis, and was a confidante of the first lady. The image of O’Melia is now in the possession of The American Civil War Museum in Richmond. A woman who says her late husband was related to O’Melia provided the museum with the photograph. (AP Photo/American Civil War Museum) Wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Loc: CS23-2, Box 7RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mary O'Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery.


Image found of Confederate White House housekeeper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:40

Mary O’Melia is seen in an undated photo provided by the American Civil War Museum. O’Melia served at the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.,as housekeeper for Jefferson Davis and his first lady, Varina Davis, and was a confidante of the first lady. The image of O’Melia is now in the possession of The American Civil War Museum in Richmond. A woman who says her late husband was related to O’Melia provided the museum with the photograph. (AP Photo/American Civil War Museum) Wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Loc: CS23-2, Box 7RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mary O'Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery.