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Medical examiner IDs man in Chicago work shooting

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 50 min ago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks to the media outside a downtown high-rise office building following a shooting inside the building, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Chicago. Police said a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — The local medical examiner has identified the man accused of shooting and wounding his boss before fatally shooting himself inside a Chicago high-rise office building.

Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 52 min ago

FILE - This May, 15, 2014 file photo shows the entrance of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. A leading Washington philanthropist is presenting an alternate plan to save one of the nation’s oldest museums in court hearings this week over whether to break up the trust from 1869 that established the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later its college. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve an independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions.

Therapies hope for major DNA project

BBC World News - 2 hours 54 min ago
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.
Categories: BBC World News

Game thread: Mariners at Indians -- July 31, 2014

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 54 min ago
Sorry for the late start. Trade deadline has been crazy.

Beyoncé and Jay Z near perfection at Safeco Wednesday night

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 55 min ago
The official theme for the joint Beyoncé and Jay Z concert Wednesday night at Safeco Field was “On the Run,” harkening back to the singer and rapper’s duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde” — a statement of solidarity when Jay Z was a bigger star than Beyoncé (i

Watershed weekend

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 55 min ago
Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum (pictured) and Jake Owen roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the Watershed Festival. Now in its third year, the country-music shindig has been sold-out for weeks on the strength of a solid lineup that includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Billy Currington, pl

Federal Home Loan Bank here eyes merger with Midwest counterpart

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 55 min ago
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and its larger sister bank in Des Moines, Iowa, said Thursday they are exploring a merger that would create the national finance network’s largest cooperative by membership.

US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 55 min ago
For investors, there were few havens on Thursday.

Top UN aid official urges daily 'pauses' in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 56 min ago

Rockets are fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014, as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need in Gaza, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from the war.

Now growing underground: Food swapping

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 58 min ago
For home preservers and urban gardeners who grow or process on a small scale, food swaps are a place to offload abundance, as well as try ideas.

U.S. CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms' chicken appears over

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 59 min ago
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The salmonella Heidelberg outbreak, which public health investigators say began on March 1, 2013, and ended July 11 this year, made 634 people sick in 29 states and Puerto Rico, the agency said. Scientists identified seven strains of the bacteria in the outbreak, including some that were resistant to antibiotics used to treat humans for illnesses other than salmonella. "Epidemiologic, laboratory and trace-back investigations conducted by local, state and federal officials indicated that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken was the source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections," the CDC said in a statement.

No trades for Phillies, Amaro says some were close

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 4 min ago

No trades for Phillies, Amaro says some were closeThe Major League Baseball trade deadline has passed with no movement from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Argentina blames US for debt default

BBC World News - 3 hours 5 min ago
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
Categories: BBC World News

Crews tighten battle lines around Yosemite fire threatening Sequoias

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 8 min ago
Firefighters tightened their grip Thursday on a blaze roaring for a sixth day through drought-parched timber and brush on the western edge of Yosemite National Park as they took special measures to protect a famed grove of giant Sequoia trees. The El Portal fire has blackened more than 3,900 acres (1,580 hectares) since it erupted on Saturday, destroying a vacation home and duplex, prompting the evacuation of dozens of other dwellings and forcing the closure of three campgrounds, fire officials said. Wednesday night, park officials reopened a stretch of Highway 120, a key route across Yosemite, after halting the advance of flames encroaching on the road, said fire command spokesman Mark Savage.

Sudan woman arrives in US, faced death over faith

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 9 min ago

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican. Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday, July 31, 2014, for the United States, where she will make her new home. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed by the mayor of Philadelphia as a "world freedom fighter."

Seahawks Daily Top 10: Harvin, offensive line, Wright's future, and more

Seattle Seahawks - 3 hours 10 min ago
Lots to get to today in the Top 10 on a day when the Seahawks will again hold and open practice --- and just a week away from the team's first game of the preseason at Denver:
Categories: Sports Center

Final day of preps ahead of Musikfest

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 10 min ago

Final day of preps ahead of MusikfestThursday was the final day of preparations ahead of Musikfest. The 10 day festival in Bethlehem is expected to draw nearly 1 million people for music, food and fun!

California zoo animals feast on 13,000-pound fruit donation

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 12 min ago
By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - Animals at a zoo in California's Bay Area received an unexpected and unusual feast after a delivery truck carrying exotic fruit crashed and spilled an estimated $50,000 worth of produce across a highway, officials said on Thursday. Some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo were initially hesitant to tuck into the 13,000-pound (590 kg) donation of Thai bananas, a type of plantain, and prickly-skinned jackfruit, which can cost more than $35 each in California stores. "Jackfruit is definitely more of an unusual fruit than our animals are used to," said Nicky Mora, a spokeswoman for the zoo.

Prosecutors to appeal dismissal of Minnesota shooting plot charges

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 14 min ago
(Reuters) - Prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of attempted murder and property damage charges against a Minnesota teenager who allegedly planned bombings and shootings at a high school, a court official said on Thursday. John David LaDue, 17, was charged in May with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal property damage and six counts of possessing explosives. Police said they believe LaDue had gathered gun powder, weapons, ammunition and other material in a storage unit in a plan to set off bombs and shoot students at a high school in Waseca, Minnesota.