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Oil halts slide on renewed turmoil in Libya

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:13
The price of oil paused Tuesday after tumbling last week as a deteriorating security situation in Libya raised questions over the restoration of exports following an agreement between the government and a regional militia.

Proposal would fine California water-wasters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:05
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

Officials: Train derails in Virginia; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:32

This photo provided by the Wythe County public information officer, Jeremy T.K. Farley, shows the scene after 14 railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, Va., on Monday, July 14, 2014. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Wythe County, Jeremy T.K. Farley)WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — No injuries or hazardous spills have been reported after 14 Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad cars carrying automobiles and fingernail polish derailed Monday night in southwestern Virginia, a county spokesman said.

Atheist to open NY meeting; top court OKed prayers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:55
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer.

Norfolk Southern train derails in Virginia, no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:05
(Reuters) - A Norfolk Southern Corp train hauling vehicles and nail polish derailed on Monday evening in southwestern Virginia, though there were no injuries or hazardous material spilled, county and company officials said. The 33-car freight train with three locomotives went off its tracks at about 6:15 p.m. local time in the town of Wytheville, about 250 miles west of Richmond, said Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman. The train was headed to Norfolk, Virginia, from Louisville, Kentucky. Wythe County spokesman Jeremy T.K. Farley said about 14 cars, some of which were carrying nail polish, "began to derail" inside the town of roughly 8,000 residents near where the rails intersect a main road, which was been closed.

Police: Teen struck by lightning in Glenolden

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:45

 Teen struck by lightning in GlenoldenA teenager was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County, according to authorities.

Lightning strikes house in Fox Chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:30

Lightning strikes house in Fox ChasePhiladelphia firefighters were still taking care of potential hotspots late Monday night after lightning struck a home in Fox Chase.

Woman's body found in duffel bag in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:26

Woman's body found in duffel bag in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating the discovery of a young woman's body inside a duffel bag in Kensington.

Officials: Train derails in Wytheville, Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:16
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Virginia say some railroad cars derailed in Wytheville, but no injuries were reported.

Man accused of bludgeoning girlfriend to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:01
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, who was found bludgeoned in her suburban New Orleans apartment over the weekend, officials said Monday.

PHOTOS: Monday night's lightning storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:57

 Monday night's lightning stormLightning and heavy rains hit the Philadelphia area on Monday night.

VIDEO: Lightning lights up the Philly skyline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:55

 Lightning lights up the Philly skylineSky 6 captured bolts of lightning illuminating the sky over Center City Philadelphia.

APNewsBreak: Missing pregnant woman's ex indicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:36

FILE-This undated file photo released by the Maui Police Department shows Carly Scott from Maui. The ex-boyfriend of Scott who was pregnant and disappeared in February, has been indicted on a murder charge in the case. A Maui grand jury indicted Steven Capobianco on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Scott. She was never found. (AP Photo/Maui Police Department,File)The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime.

Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:33

Timothy Draper, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit New YorkBy Jennifer Chaussee San Francisco (Reuters) - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years. Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities. "It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians," said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. "The idea ... is to create six states with responsive local governments - states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents." Salazar said Monday that the campaign had gathered more than the roughly 808,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the November, 2016 ballot.

First U.S. flight deports Honduran kids under fast-track push

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:12
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - The United States deported a group of Honduran children as young as 1-1/2 years old on Monday in the first flight since President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant minors from Central America. Fleeing violence and poverty, record numbers of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the United States over the past year, testing U.S. border facilities and sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem. Monday's charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, returned 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys, aged between 18 months and 15 years, the Honduran government said.

Missouri governor vetoes bill allowing schools to designate armed officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:57

Missouri Governor Nixon participates in debate with Spence at Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MissouriBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed public school districts to designate certain teachers and administrators as armed protection officers. The legislation would have required a teacher or administrator to have a concealed carry permit and go through special weapons training before being allowed to be armed at school. Nixon, a Democrat, said in a statement that he supported placing law enforcement officers in schools but could not "condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids." The bill passed the Republican-controlled House by a vote of 111-28 and the Republican-led Senate with a 21-7 vote, enough for the two-thirds needed for a veto override. The mass shooting in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, sparked a national debate about whether to arm teachers.

3 charged with trying to extort Saudi sheik

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

Ex-diner manager pleads guilty in murder plot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:49
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — The former manager of a northern New Jersey diner pleaded guilty Monday in what authorities say was a foiled plot to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage.

8 accused of illegal World Cup betting in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:46
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday in Las Vegas of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring that investigators said logged millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:46

 Flash Flood WatchAccuWeather is tracking the severe weather as it moves through the area.