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AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:34

 Powerful Storms Break Heat WaveA Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 11 p.m.


PECO: More than 160,000 customers without power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:31

 More than 160,000 customers without powerPECO is reporting more than 160,000 customers without power after Tuesday's storms.Delaware and Chester counties were the hardest hit.The outages reported are:Delaware County: 72,803Chester County: 69,072Montgomery County: 9,693Philadelphia: 8,925Bucks 162


Branson says Virgin Cruises will sail out of Miami in 2020

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:28

Richard Branson arrives by helicopter for a news conference at the Perez Art Museum in MiamiRichard Branson’s Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday. "It’s no secret I’ve dreamed of building a cruise line for a very long time," said Branson, 64. The first ship will operate out of Miami, but no decision was announced about the other two Branson arrived at the news conference by helicopter and posed for pictures sporting a cherry red captain’s hat with matching shorts and boat shoes, flanked by two models.


After Charleston, South revisits its many Confederate images

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:28

The Mississippi flag hangs, with the other state flags, in the subway between the U.S. Capitol and Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. In the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a bipartisan mix of officials across the country is calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy. Leaders of the Republican-controlled state of Mississippi are divided on whether to alter the state's flag, a corner of which is made up of the Confederate battle flag. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)ATLANTA (AP) — Calls to remove Confederate imagery from public places multiplied rapidly across the South and beyond Tuesday, with opponents eyeing state flags, license plates and statues of Civil War politicians and generals.


California judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays ballot measure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:26
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge has relieved California's attorney general of the duty to process a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

Battle over Confederate flag unfurls in South Carolina and beyond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:25

The confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina State House grounds in ColumbiaAn initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states. U.S. retailers joined lawmakers in distancing themselves from the banner, with industry leaders Amazon.com Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc pulling the images of the rebel flag from their stores and websites, joining Google Inc, Sears Holdings Corp and eBay Inc. The Civil War-era flag of the South's pro-slavery Confederacy has become a lightning rod for outrage over the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, which authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.


Chicago school pension payment delay to get another House vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:25
The Illinois House will get a second chance to vote on a bill that would give the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS) until Aug. 10 to make a $634 million payment to its pension fund, House Speaker Michael Madigan said. A 53-46 vote in the Democrat-controlled House on Tuesday fell short of the 71 affirmative votes needed to allow the measure to take immediate effect. Madigan told reporters in the state capitol in Springfield that the bill will be called for another House vote on June 30.

SEPTA, NJ Transit experiencing delays after storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:24

SEPTA reports major delays after stormAll SEPTA Regional Rail lines are delayed and some have been suspended following Tuesday afternoon's storm.


Inspectors point to wood rot in fatal California balcony collapse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:23

Workmen examine the damage at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, CaliforniaWooden support beams sheared off in last week's collapse of a fourth-floor apartment balcony that killed six people in Berkeley, California, were found to be badly decayed, apparently from moisture, city building inspectors said in a report issued on Tuesday. "The inspectors observed that the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry rotted," the memorandum said.


House approves bill to overhaul chemical regulation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Wildfires spark evacuations in Alaska, road closures in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:20

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, AlaskaBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Several hundred residents in Alaska were told to leave their homes on Tuesday as swiftly growing wildfires up and down the drought-stricken U.S. West Coast closed highways and destroyed buildings, officials said. Blazes near the tiny northeast Alaska communities of Nulato and Tanana along the Yukon River prompted authorities to call for evacuations of several hundred people, a forestry official said. Farther upstream, another blaze of over 18,000 acres (7,300 hectares) threatened a major roadway linking Anchorage and Fairbanks.


Virginia governor orders Confederate flag removed from license plates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:19

Virginia Gov McAuliffe attends National Governors Assoc discussion on Growth and Jobs in America during its Winter Meetings in WashingtonBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia will phase out vehicle license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag, the state's governor said on Tuesday, following the fatal shootings of nine black worshipers at a historic South Carolina church, allegedly by a white gunman. The state, which was part of the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War, will no longer allow specialty license plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans group that feature the flag, said Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal also said Tuesday that he will seek a redesign of Georgia’s state-issued Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates, which is set on a Confederate battle flag background.


California can refuse anti-gay ballot initiative, judge rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:18

John Lucas stands in front of a rainbow flag at the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival in CaliforniaThe author of a proposed California ballot initiative advocating the murder of gays and lesbians should not be authorized to gather signatures to place it before voters, a judge in the state capital of Sacramento has ruled. "The proposed initiative titled the "Sodomite Suppression Act" ... is patently unconstitutional on its face," Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei wrote in an order released to the public on Tuesday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris had filed a complaint against the author of the measure, which she called unconstitutional and bigoted.


California monk charged in knifing of fellow monk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:17
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Buddhist monk has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of another monk in a San Francisco Bay Area monastery.

U.S. appeals court backs claim under state law in Rocky Flats saga

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:15
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday a decades-old pollution case over nuclear weapons production in Colorado should be sent back to the district court which in 2006 ordered companies that ran the facility to pay damages of $353 million. "This long lingering litigation deserves to find resolution soon," wrote one of the judges, Neil Gorsuch, about a case dating back to the 1980s, when Dow Chemical Co and a unit of Rockwell Automation Inc were involved in operating the Rocky Flats plant. After a four-month trial nine years ago, a federal jury awarded the nine-figure damages to 12,000 property owners who said their land was contaminated by the facility, which made triggers for nuclear bombs 16 miles (26 km) northwest of downtown Denver.

SEPTA Regional Rail suspended after storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:15

SEPTA reports major delays after stormAll SEPTA Regional Rail lines have been suspended following Tuesday afternoon's storm.


Liquor board OKs new rules after Oktoberfest controversy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:14

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2008, file photo, Snowbird staffer Joe Waugh, of Sandy, Utah, pours a beer during Oktoberfest in Snowbird, Utah. Utah's liquor board has approved Tuesday, June 23, 2015, more flexible rules for granting event permits, a year after receiving intense criticism when board members considered denying a permit to serve beer at an annual Oktoberfest celebration. (Jim Urquhart/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's liquor board approved more flexible rules for granting event permits Tuesday, a year after receiving intense criticism when board members considered denying a permit to serve beer at an annual Oktoberfest celebration.


US chides China but avoids clouding cooperation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:12

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 7th US China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and 6th Consultation on People-to-People (CPE) at the U.S. State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States voiced deep concern Tuesday over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp disagreements with China on pressing security issues cloud the outlook for cooperation between the world powers.


Man who drove through home, killed 2 had 2013 health episode

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:09

A makeshift memorial rests outside of a home where two young children were killed inside Monday by an SUV that crashed through the home and into the back yard Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Reno, Nev. The driver, Sheldon Berg, of Reno, is cooperating with investigators as they try to piece together what happened in the moments before Monday's wreck, police spokesman Tim Broadway said. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)RENO, Nev. (AP) — The driver of an SUV that tore through a Reno house, killing two young children inside before ending up in the backyard, was involved in a traffic accident two years ago after he suffered a medical episode, police said Tuesday.


NYC to pay $6.25 million to man cleared in 1989 killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:04

FILE - In this April 18, 2014 file photo, Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder after almost 25 years behind bars, listens during a visit with his lawyer in New York. New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to Fleming the city comptroller said Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.