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U.S. missionaries may still return to Liberia, son says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:19

An ambulance carrying American missionary Writebol, who is infected with Ebola in West Africa, arrives at Emory University Hospital in AtlantaA U.S. missionary being treated for Ebola and her quarantined husband could still return to Liberia after her recovery and his temporary isolation, their son said. In an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Jeremy Writebol said his parents, David and Nancy, still feel called to serve and could return to their Christian mission work in West Africa. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based couple were in Liberia along with other Christian missionaries helping to care for patients at a SIM USA hospital on Monrovia amid the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus on record. Nancy Writebol returned last week and is being treated for Ebola in isolation at Emory University's hospital in Atlanta.

Texas energy company says worker slaying isolated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:14
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. says it believes the carjack-slaying of one of its supervisors in the western Egyptian desert was an isolated incident.

Deaths of 3 in Md. car ruled accidental heatstroke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:04
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A woman and her two young daughters found dead in her stifling car in a middle school parking lot died from accidental heatstroke, the Maryland medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino to close in September

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:10

Atlantic City's Revel Casino to close in SeptemberAtlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel says it will shut down in September after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court.

Minnesota, Wisconsin gubernatorial races to sharpen after primary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:07

Governors speak after their meeting with Obama at the White House in WashingtonBy David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Republican voters in Minnesota on Tuesday will select one of five candidates to challenge Democratic Governor Mark Dayton in what one analyst called the "anything can happen" primary. Also on Tuesday, Wisconsin Democrats are expected to chose Mary Burke in the primary to face Republican Governor Scott Walker in November. The victor in the Minnesota primary, being contested by current and former state lawmakers and businessmen, will face an incumbent governor with more campaign money than any of them and a lead in polls. "No one really has a good idea who is going to win and how that will come about," said Steven Schier, a professor of political science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

NYC official calls for police body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City official is calling for body cameras on police officers as a check on misconduct, citing last month's death of a man who was put in a police chokehold.

Hernandez cousin pleads guilty to contempt charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:46

FILE - In this July 22, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez watches during a hearing in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd of Boston, whose body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough in June 2013. During a hearing Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, Judge E. Susan Garsh took under advisement a motion by his defense to suppress evidence from some electronic devices seized from the former NFL football player's home during the investigation. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge.

US to provide South Sudan with $180M in food aid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:46
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The United States is providing $180 million in emergency aid to address a food crisis in South Sudan.

Mother charged after son sets himself on fire for Facebook video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:42

FacebookWINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina woman is accused of helping record her teenage son set himself on fire after he doused his body with fingernail polish as part of a social media stunt, police said. Janie Lachelle Talley, 41, watched as her 16-year-old son attempted to complete a "fire challenge" video for Facebook on July 29, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said on Monday. The video showed others put out the fire. The "fire challenge" has been spreading on social media with people pouring flammable liquid on themselves, lighting it, trying to quickly extinguish the fire and then posting a video online.

A look at Lake Mead's water levels, impact

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:33

In this July 18, 2014 photo, the bathtub ring of light minerals that delineates the high water mark on Lake Mead is seen at Hemenway Harbor in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. A 14-year drought has caused the water level in the reservoir to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.

Williams a comic force, versatile actor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:18

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2012 file photo shows Robin Williams performing at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert for injured service members and veterans in New York. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) — The question from a fan in a Sirius XM interview last year was innocent — what do you think you'd be doing if you didn't become a comedian? — and within seconds Robin Williams was impersonating physicist Stephen Hawking getting a lap dance at a strip club.

After 23 million rides, no deaths in U.S. bike share programs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:09

The growth of city cyclingBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yanking a bicycle from the docking station outside New York's Grand Central Terminal, a helmetless rider slung a golf bag full of clubs over his shoulder and, along with another rider wearing headphones but no helmet, merged into rush hour traffic. Against all odds - including novice riders, refusal to wear bike helmets and the daily crush of weaving, horn-blaring traffic - not a single rider in New York City's bike share program has been killed since it launched in May 2013, a Citi Bike representative said. ...

Atlantic City's Revel Casino says it will close next month after failing to line up a buyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:05
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Revel Casino says it will close next month after failing to line up a buyer.

Mayor: Woman dies after being stranded in floods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:52

A stranded motorist sits on top his car as he awaits rescue from the flooded Southfield Freeway, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Dearborn, Mich. The Michigan State Police issued an advisory Monday evening, urging drivers to avoid non-essential use of all metro Detroit freeways after heavy rain and thunderstorms left roads flooded and impassable. Interstate 75 at I-94 in Detroit has been shut down in both directions, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit mayor says a woman has died in a vehicle that was stranded in about 3 feet of water after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in southeastern Michigan.

Connecticut Republicans to vote in primary on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:31

Connecticut Governor Malloy offers rebuttal regarding remarks made by Louisiana Governor Jindal following National Governors Association event hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington(Reuters) - Connecticut Republicans went to the polls on Tuesday to choose a candidate to take on the state's Democratic incumbent governor, Dannel Malloy, in the November elections. Tom Foley, a Greenwich businessman and former ambassador to Ireland whom Malloy narrowly defeated four years ago, is facing off against John McKinney, the minority leader of the State Senate. The Hartford Courant has endorsed McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, for the Republican nomination, in part because it said he has the trust of Democrats, who will almost certainly hold onto their majority in the state legislature. Malloy is hoping to turn his response to the mass shooting in late 2012 at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, which left 20 children and six adults dead, into a strength.

North Carolina woman arrested after teen fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:50
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been arrested and accused of helping her son with a video in which he set himself on fire as part of the "fire challenge" trend on social media.

Family of US man held in NKorea to make statement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:46

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, file image taken from video, U.S. citizen Jeffrey Edward Fowle, of Miamisburg, Ohio, speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The family of Fowle, who has been charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea, is expected to attend a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in an effort to help his case, about 10 days after he pleaded with the U.S. government to intervene. (AP Photo/APTN, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The wife and three children of an American man charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea are planning to attend a news conference in an effort to help his case, about 10 days after he pleaded with the U.S. government to intervene.

US budget deficit running below last year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:35

US budget deficit running below last yearHelped by increasing revenues and spending restraint, the federal government is on track to record the lowest annual deficit in six years. The Treasury Department issues its report Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern. ...

Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:21

n this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, third-generation fisherman Randy Slavich, left, and deckhand John Hoffmann pull in oysters in Lake of Second Trees in St. Bernard Parish, La.. Oyster harvests along the Gulf Coast have declined dramatically in the four years since the BP oil spill. Even after a slight rebound last year, thousands of acres of Louisiana oyster beds are producing less than a third of what they did before the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)HOPEDALE, La. (AP) — Fisherman Randy Slavich drags a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters, long before millions of gallons of oil spilled off Louisiana's coast in 2010.