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Two dead, massive outages after windstorm slams Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:34
(Reuters) - A powerful windstorm toppled trees, killing two people in Washington state as work crews scrambled on Sunday to restore power to 450,000 customers, a TV report showed. A father driving with his three-year-old daughter in Gig Harbor, just west of Tacoma, was killed on Saturday when a tree fell on his car, KOMO 4 TV reported. Within two hours, a falling branch struck and killed a 10-year-old girl in Federal Way, just east of Tacoma, the television station reported. Gusting winds were blamed for massive power outages affecting as many as 450,000 customers. ...

Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-long tuition deal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:19

In this Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015, a sign outside the town hall in Wheelock, Vt., tells of the relationship between the tiny rural community and Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Wheelock resident Noah Manning is attending Dartmouth tuition free thanks to a quirky scholarship that enables any student from his hometown who is able to get in to attend Dartmouth tuition free. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)WHEELOCK, Vt. (AP) — For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free.


New York town's large collection of WWII vet photos endures

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:11

In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 photo, WWII veteran Francis "Dick" Varone poses with a portrait of himself that was taken in a Mechanicville tavern during the war, at the Mechanicville Public Library in Mechanicville, N.Y. Seventy years after the war officially ended with Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, Siciliano’s Restaurant in Mechanicville is long gone, but the black-and-white portraits endure. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York.


When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:01

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Gilbert Arredondo, left, looks down as he talks about his town's water crisis, standing in front of his tenant's sons, in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. Arredondo had just informed his tenant, Tino Lozano, that the well connecting their houses had gone dry. The water is disappearing at a particularly alarming pace in their neighborhood, forcing neighbors to rig lines from house to house to share what underground water is still reachable from the deepest wells. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.


When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:45

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Gilbert Arredondo, left, looks down as he talks about his town's water crisis, standing in front of his tenant's sons, in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. Arredondo had just informed his tenant, Tino Lozano, that the well connecting their houses had gone dry. The water is disappearing at a particularly alarming pace in their neighborhood, forcing neighbors to rig lines from house to house to share what underground water is still reachable from the deepest wells. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.


Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:35

FILE - This file photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Clerk’s Office shows Terry Lee Loewen. Loewen, a former avionics technician who admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport, faces sentencing after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year imprisonment. Loewen pleaded guilty in June 2015 to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Aug. 30. (Sedgwick County Clerk’s Office via AP, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man's odyssey into terrorism culminated when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the Wichita airport where he worked, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at causing "maximum carnage" during which Terry L. Loewen would die as a martyr.


A timeline of Texas' 30 years of school finance legal fights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:32
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawsuit challenging how Texas pays for its public schools will soon reach the state Supreme Court — the sixth time since 1984. Here's a look at major milestones in 30-plus years of legal battles:

Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:32

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2013 file photo, Cate Foughty, 6, of Frisco, Texas, takes part in a rally for Texas public schools at the state Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas’ latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year. There’s no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in front of the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year.


AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:22

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Tino Lozano looks into a bucket as the last of his available well water drips from a hose in front of his home in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. "There it goes. That was all," said Lozano, masking his desperation with a smile. "That's how we do it in Okieville now." Millions of Californians are being inconvenienced in this fourth year of drought, but it's worse in places like Okieville, where wells have gone dry for many in the Central Valley community which was built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house to share water from the remaining wells deep enough to hit water. Others benefit from state drought relief that pays for trucked-in water to fill tanks.


Officer shot, wounded in Delaware County; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:07

Suspect awaiting arraignment after officer shot in Delaware County"The subject, after a few minutes, opened the door," said Norwood Police Chief Mark Delvecchio. "And the officers tried to get in, at which time the subject shut the door and shot through the door, striking an officer."


PHOTOS: Deadly crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 21:16

 Deadly crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a husband and wife were trapped after their car was struck by another vehicle on Woodhaven Road.


Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 20:09

South Miami-Dade County as seen during a fire department aerial reconnaissance..By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice. If authorities were quicker to heed warnings about the devastating potential of Katrina before it made landfall in Louisiana on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, some of the nearly 1,800 lives that were lost may have been saved, forecasters speculate.


AccuWeather: Hot, More Humid

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 19:51

 Hot, More HumidMeteorologist Chris Sowers says another heat wave in underway!


18-year-old man questioned after deadly hit-and-run in Vineland

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 19:26

18-year-old man questioned after deadly hit-and-run in VinelandPolice are questioning an 18-year-old man after a 69-year-old man was struck and killed by a driver who left the scene in Vineland.


New Orleans, Gulf coast mark Katrina milestone

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:21

Waveland fireman Tim Burchett rings a bell each time a name of an area resident killed by Hurricane Katrina is read at a 10th anniversary memorial service, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in Waveland, Miss.,(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Gulf Coast and New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms in American history, in ways both devout and festive. Church bells rang and brass bands played as people across the storm-ravaged coast remembered the past and looked to the future.


Missing hiker found alive after 9 days lost in Sierra Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:10
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days while suffering from some broken bones survived by using a water filter to drink from a creek, authorities said.

Houston police officer killed because of uniform: county sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 18:04

Deputy Darren Goforth is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's office(Reuters) - The killing of a U.S. police officer on Friday in a Houston suburb was unprovoked, a county sheriff said, saying the victim was a target because of his uniform. "It appears to be clearly unprovoked," said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman on Saturday, speaking of Friday's shooting of Darren Goforth at a gas station. Sheriff's deputies on Saturday arrested Shannon Miles, 30, who will be charged with capital murder for the shooting, which Hickman said was captured on surveillance video.


Ten years later, 'unbowed' New Orleans reflects on Hurricane Katrina disaster

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 16:47

Savannah Shange (facing camera) is comforted at the site where the Industrial Canal levee failed in 2005, flooding the Lower Ninth Ward, as she participates in a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LouisianaBy Kathy Finn and Edward McAllister NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Superdome, New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. It was the culmination of a week of reflection about a storm that left 80 percent of the Louisiana city famed for its Mardi Gras under water and displaced 130,000 residents. On Saturday, dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died, brass bands marched through the streets and neighbors gathered for block parties across New Orleans, where the mood shifted in turns from somber to reflective to celebratory.


Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Turner Field during Braves-Yankees game

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 16:05

Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Turner Field during Braves-Yankees gameA fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.


Suspect arrested and charged with fatally shooting Texas deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 16:00

Suspect arrested and charged with fatally shooting Texas deputyJust a couple hours after Harris County officials made a plea to help find Deputy Darren Goforth's killer, the sheriff's office tweeted that a suspect has been arrested.