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'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:42

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Cameron Diaz, right, and Jason Segel in a scene from "Sex Tape." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Claire Folger)NEW YORK (AP) — The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.

Thousands Flee Major Battle With Israel in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:32
Panicked residents flee fighting in crowded Gaza neighborhood as Israel widens offensive

How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:30

FILE - This July 24, 2013, file photo shows demonstrators rallying for immigration reform in front of the White House in Washington. Obama had demanded action on a sweeping change in the law that would have given millions of immigrants illegally in the United States a path to citizenship while boosting spending on border security. When Republicans balked, he threatened to act on his own. But now the White House says it’s focused on stanching the influx of border crossers and returning as many as quickly as the government can. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour.

Sharpton appeals for justice in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:17

The Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he addresses the congregation, Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manhattan's Riverside Church in New York. Sharpton demanded justice for the apparent police chokehold death of Eric Garner, who died three days ago in Staten Island. He also said that citizens who kill police officers should be held accountable. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — In a Sunday appeal from the pulpit, the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded justice for a man he said was choked to death by New York City police but added that citizens who attack police officers also should be held accountable.

Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:02
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

No letup as Washington wildfire grows

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:35

An American Flag waves in the breeze as a wildfire approaches on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Malott, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — With no letup from high temperatures and wind, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington is growing, marking a week since flames began to consume homes, farms and scenic hillsides.

In violent weekend, at least 40 people shot in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:22

A general view of city of Chicago(Reuters) - An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday. At least 40 people were shot, and four killed, in weekend violence in the third-largest U.S. city, the NBC affiliate in Chicago reported. The deaths included an 11-year-old girl, shot in the head inside a first-floor bedroom on Friday night after someone fired a gun from outside the house, said Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada. Shamiya Adams, who died the next day, had been sitting on the floor during a sleep-over at her best friend's home, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Florida boy, 4, mauled to death by pit bulls, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:03
A 4-year-old Florida boy was mauled to death by two pit bulls at his uncle's home, said authorities on Sunday, who suggested the child may have let the dogs out of their cage to play with them. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the boy, Logan Shepard, had been left alone on Saturday inside the home while his mother and adult relatives went into a bedroom to talk. The pit bulls had been enclosed in a cage outside the house shortly before his arrival, the Sheriff's office said in a statement. Authorities believe the boy may have gone outside and released the dogs, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter, who said the exact circumstances remained unclear.

No arrests in slaying of 11-year-old Chicago girl

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:02
CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet fired into her friend's home during a slumber party didn't allow the girl or her twin brother to play outside because she was so afraid of Chicago's street violence, the girl's great-grandmother said Sunday.

Congressman's staffer denies guilt in gun case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:51
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge after Capitol police say he carried a gun into a federal office building in Washington.

Bus becomes shower for homeless in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:06

File photo of NASA astronaut Conrad Jr. standing with the U.S. flag on the lunar surfaceBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was canceled in 1972. Instead, NASA was directed to begin planning for a human expedition to an asteroid. This path, however, is fraught with technological cul-de-sacs that do not directly contribute to radiation protection, landing systems, habitats and other projects needed to build the road to Mars, a National Research Council panel concluded in June.

Drive 70mph on parts of Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:05

Drive 70mph on parts of Pa. TurnpikeThe speed limit is going up on parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week.

Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:56

Hot air balloon crashes into power lines, 5 hurtA hot air balloon crashed into power lines in a Massachusetts neighborhood, injuring five people on board.

Police: Paraplegic man fatally shoots brother to protect sister

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:55

 Paraplegic man fatally shoots brother to protect sisterA paraplegic man fatally shot his brother while trying to protect his sister from being attacked, Philadelphia police say.

Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:51

FILE _ In this Sept. 26, 2013 file photo a young man walks in front of a row of abandoned houses in Detroit. Detroit has thousands of decrepit and abandoned homes and buildings. In the little more than a year since emergency manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes' decisions during next month's bankruptcy trial. That includes a greatly accelerated program to salvage homes that can be rehabilitated and level and clear those that cannot be saved. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.

Iraq vet in Ohio cited for therapeutic pet ducks

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:10
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Iraq War veteran in Ohio is facing a $150 fine or worse after getting a citation for his pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Scammers target families of illegal child immigrants to U.S.: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:52

A sleeping detainee is seen through the window of holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in BrownsvilleA Federal Bureau of Investigation official in San Antonio said investigators have uncovered two similar fraud schemes targeting family members of the children who are living illegally in the United States. "One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with their families," said Special Agent Michelle Lee.   Another scheme used what Lee described as "caller I.D. spoofing" to make it appear that the calls were coming from a San Antonio business, which she didn't name, in an attempt to lend credibility to the scheme.   Lee said the callers requested payments from the families of the young immigrants ranging from $300 to several thousand dollars, claiming the money was for travel expenses. The United States in recent months has been facing a surge of unaccompanied children arriving from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, with some 90,000 expected to have arrived over the year by the end of September, according to White House estimates.

Israel Says 13 Soldiers Killed in Gaza Fighting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:42
Israeli military says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza fighting as ground offensive rages

Tour bus catches fire in New Jersey; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 23:32

40 p.m. Initial reports say passengers were seen running along the southbound lanes of Interstate 287, away from the blaze. There's no word yet on what caused the fire. (AP Photo/Jimmy Kastner) MANDATORY CREDITBRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A tour bus caught fire on a busy stretch of New Jersey highway, but no passengers were injured.