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Fundraiser held for families of fatal SW Philly fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:26

Fundraiser held for families of fatal SW Philly fireNot far from where a fire ripped through a Southwest Philadelphia block, killing four children, people gathered to raise money for the families impacted.


Firefighter killed in East Bradford Twp. motorcycle crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:26

Firefighter killed in East Bradford Twp. motorcycle crashTragedy struck twice for a Chester County family and community - a firefighter was killed in a motorcycle crash and it comes 14 months after his own brother died also in a crash.


Braves win over Phillies 8-2

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:22

Braves win over Phillies 8-2Tommy La Stella drove in three runs and Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer to back Alex Wood and help the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Sunday.


Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:42

Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in UkrainePro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site.


Irish praise arrest of peacekeeper killing suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:29
DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — U.S. agents have arrested a man the Irish government calls a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago.

Crews make progress in calming massive Washington state wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:26
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Firefighters made progress on Sunday slowing a massive wildfire in Washington state that has raged unchecked for nearly a week, destroying between 80 and 150 homes and charring a wide swath of wilderness east of the Cascade Mountains. Containment efforts were aided by cooler weather and slowing winds, allowing some 1300 firefighters battling the Carlton Complex blaze about 120 miles (195 km) northeast of Seattle to halt the spread of flames and lower evacuation orders in some areas. "Firefighters are working hard to take advantage of today’s predicted quieter winds to help them get the remaining portions of the fire lined," incident Commander Bruce Holloway said in a statement. "They are focusing near homes and communities where needed." The fire, one of about 18 raging from northern California to Idaho as the Pacific Northwest enters its annual fire season, has been especially vexing because it is near populated centers in Washington’s picturesque Methow Valley, home to about 10,000 people.

4 killed in Arizona plane crash that sparks fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:09
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Four people were killed after their plane crashed near Sedona, and officials say it might have caused a fire.

Van and driver sought in Camden hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:30

Van and driver sought in Camden hit-and-runPolice are looking for the person and the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run in Camden.


Alleged gambling cheat arrested at Pa. casino

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:02

Alleged gambling cheat arrested at Pa. casinoOne of the fugitives most wanted by Nevada gambling regulators has been arrested across the country at a Pennsylvania casino.


Oil trains, born of U.S. energy boom, face test in new safety rules

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:02

A worker climbs onto a crude oil train to set the handbrake at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. LaramieBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This July 18 2014 story was corrected to show that the Greenbrier executive estimate of tank car capacity to 30,300 gallons, not 33,000 gallons. Also corrects impact of new tank car design weight in paragraph 23.) North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks. Within weeks, the Obama Administration is due to unveil a suite of reforms that will rewrite standards conceived long before the rise of the shale oil renaissance, at a time when crude rarely moved by rail and few Americans had ever seen the mile-long oil trains that now crisscross the nation. Taken separately, the changes appear incremental - a question of a fraction of an inch of steel in tank cars, a few miles an hour of speed or rerouting trains;


Oil trains, born of U.S. energy boom, face test in new safety rules

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:02

A worker climbs onto a crude oil train to set the handbrake at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. LaramieBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This July 18 2014 story was corrected to show that the Greenbrier executive estimate of tank car capacity to 30,300 gallons, not 33,000 gallons. Also corrects impact of new tank car design weight in paragraph 23.) North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks. Within weeks, the Obama Administration is due to unveil a suite of reforms that will rewrite standards conceived long before the rise of the shale oil renaissance, at a time when crude rarely moved by rail and few Americans had ever seen the mile-long oil trains that now crisscross the nation. Taken separately, the changes appear incremental - a question of a fraction of an inch of steel in tank cars, a few miles an hour of speed or rerouting trains;


Four emergency workers barred from 911 duty in NYC arrest death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:49
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four emergency responders have been put on modified duty while authorities investigate their response to a man, suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, who died after New York police put him in a chokehold, a fire department official said on Sunday. The two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians will not be permitted to respond to 911 calls while the death of Eric Garner, who was 43, is investigated, the fire department official said. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to improve frayed relations between police and the public when he took office in January, called the death a "terrible tragedy" and promised a "thorough" investigation by the Staten Island district attorney and the police department's internal affairs bureau. The four suspended emergency workers are not employees of the fire department but work for a Staten Island hospital, the fire department official said.

Four emergency workers barred from 911 duty in NYC arrest death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:49
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four emergency responders have been put on modified duty while authorities investigate their response to a man, suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, who died after New York police put him in a chokehold, a fire department official said on Sunday. The two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians will not be permitted to respond to 911 calls while the death of Eric Garner, who was 43, is investigated, the fire department official said. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to improve frayed relations between police and the public when he took office in January, called the death a "terrible tragedy" and promised a "thorough" investigation by the Staten Island district attorney and the police department's internal affairs bureau. The four suspended emergency workers are not employees of the fire department but work for a Staten Island hospital, the fire department official said.

NV veteran gets surprise $1K check after robbery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:30
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A 101-year-old veteran in Carson City who was the victim of a home invasion robbery over the Memorial Day weekend has received a $1,000 check during a surprise visit from supporters.

Police: California bank robber linked to 2 heists

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:21

This undated photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. An attorney representing family said Friday, July 18, 2014 that he is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident that ended with the death of Misty Holt-Singh and two gang members thought to have participated in the robbery of the bank where the mother of two was abducted. (AP Photo/Singh Family)FRESNO, California (AP) — Police in Stockton, California, confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.


Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:14

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) — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.


Israeli-American soldiers from Texas, California killed in Gaza, officials and family say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Israeli-American soldiers from Texas, California killed in Gaza, officials and family say.

American teen beaten in Mideast talks about ordeal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:04

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, speaks during interview at his home, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Khdeir flew home to Tampa last week and said in an interview Sunday that he hopes one day to visit loved ones anew and “come back safe.” Israeli authorities released Tariq three days after he was detained and sentenced him to nine days of house arrest while they investigated what they said was his participation in violent protests over the death of his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Palestinian-American teen detained by Israeli security forces while on a family visit to the Middle East said Sunday he had been beaten, kicked and blindfolded after a cousin there was abducted and killed.


Reactions to the death of James Garner

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:52

James Garner, who will accept the 41st annual life achievement award, arrives with his family including his wife Lois Clarke, far left, for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, died Saturday July 19, 2014 according to Los angeles police. He was 86. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)"Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." — Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files."


Florida teen recovering from beating in Israel-Palestinian conflict

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

Florida teenager Tariq Khdeir is greeted by family members after his arrival from Israel at Tampa airportBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Despite the red scars on his wrists, a souvenir from a summer vacation to see Palestinian relatives that became a nightmare, Tariq Khdeir felt lucky on Sunday as he described his apparent beating by Israeli police earlier this month. "I want to go back so bad," he said.