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Bridges key piece to toting big soybean harvest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:30

In this July 25, 2014 photo, the owner of Stockland Grain Co. in Stockland, Ill., says this small bridge just west of town is widely used by farmers trying to reach the company's elevator. But the little bridge won't handle fully loaded trucks, forcing farmers to make extra trips and spend extra money. The trade groups that represent soybean farmers say bridges like this all across the country need improvement and they're hoping a campaign to focus attention on this critical piece of the transportation infrastructure they rely on will pay off with better bridges and a better understanding among government decision-makers of their importance to farmers. (AP Photo/David Mercer)STOCKLAND, Ill. (AP) — Small bridges across the soybean-growing Midwest can't handle fully loaded farm trucks.


Young Florida boy talks about surviving gator attack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:07

Young Florida boy talks about surviving gator attackJames Barney, 9, was still recovering from surgery when he was wheeled into a news conference at Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital.


Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unwavering

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:56

Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, left, and Crystal Bergeron-Bauer pose for a photo in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as their 5 year-old son Emmett joins the picture. Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, 34, and her partner of 15 years, Crystal, have been married less than a year, but went through the process of legally changing their names in 2009, after deciding to have a child. Amanda fears that should anything happen to her, the 5-year-old son she bore could be taken from Crystal, who is not recognized by the state of Nebraska as the boy's legal parent, even though she and Amanda have raised the boy together since his birth. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As state bans on same-sex marriages fall across the country, some Nebraska officials are holding strong to that state's status of having one of the nation's most restrictive laws, which affects some of the most basic aspects of gay couples' lives — from driver's licenses to parenting rights.


PHOTO GALLERY: LGBT Ugandans celebrate gay pride

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:50

A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and rights watchdogs. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Ugandans can face a barrage of discrimination and sometimes violence in their everyday lives, but scores of them turned out to march in a gay pride parade Saturday. The gathering in the town of Entebbe was the first since a Ugandan court overturned an anti-gay law on a technicality. Sponsors of the law, which called for jail terms up to life for people convicted of homosexuality, plan to reintroduce it later this month. Some attendees wore masks to conceal their identities.


Obama, Merkel warn Russia against intervention

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:17
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) agree that any Russian intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable and violates international law.

Pa. shop: No wedding gowns for lesbian couple

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:53

 No wedding gowns for lesbian coupleA bridal store's refusal to sell wedding gowns to a same-sex couple is stirring debate in a central Pennsylvania town.


Troopers: Delaware man arrested for stealing from vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:50

 Delaware man arrested for stealing from vehicleTroopers arrested 25-year-old Marque Anthony of Milford, Delaware for allegedly stealing from an unlocked vehicle early Saturday morning.


Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:47

FILE - This May 1, 2014, file photo shows irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif. In Santa Cruz, Calif., dozens of residents who violated their strict water rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. California is in the third year of the state's worst drought in recent history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.


1 injured after car slams into building in Cape May Co.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:38

1 injured after car slams into building in Cape May Co.Police say one person was injured after a car slammed into a building in West Cape May, New Jersey Saturday morning.


Teenage boy dies after climbing accident that killed Phoenix firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:25
A 15-year-old boy has died from injuries sustained in a climbing accident on a popular Phoenix mountain that claimed the life of an off-duty firefighter, police said on Saturday. Police in Phoenix, Arizona, said Trevor Crouse died at a local hospital on Friday night after falling about 30 feet earlier in the day while rappelling on Camelback Mountain with veteran firefighter Gary Johnstone and another teenage boy. Johnstone, 50, an experienced rescuer who served on the Phoenix Fire Department's technical rescue team since 2006, also died in the fall. An investigation continues into what went wrong, said Sergeant Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Bridge protest over NYC man's arrest death to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:19

Reverend Al Sharpton arrives to speak before attending the funeral of Eric Garner in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A march to protest the death of a New York City man in police custody will go ahead later this month on Staten Island, organizers said, although plans to walk over the bridge linking the island to the rest of the city have been scrapped. Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist behind the march, said on Saturday that protesters would drive in a caravan of cars and buses from Brooklyn to the point where Eric Garner, 43, died last month while being arrested by police. City officials said it was not safe for demonstrators to cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on foot. A police officer put him in a choke hold - banned by the New York Police Department more than 20 years ago - and other officers restrained him in a way that compressed his chest as he was being arrested, according to the medical examiner.


Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:15

 America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and other Peanut Corporation of America workers knowingly shipped salmonella tainted nuts with faked data showing they were clean. Their defense, Salmonella tests aren't even required by law. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system.


Troopers Arrest Delaware man after stealing from vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:14

 Delaware man arrested for stealing from vehicleTroopers arrested 25-year-old Marque Anthony of Milford, Delaware for allegedly stealing from an unlocked vehicle early Saturday morning.


Plan draws back feds' monitoring of Detroit police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:06
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and the city of Detroit have asked a judge to scale back federal monitoring of the city's police department, which started more than a decade ago after complaints over the use of force and treatment of crime suspects.

As bombs fall over Iraq, old emotions rise in US

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 00:34

Melrose Larry Green, 62, a comedian and occasional guest on Howard Stern’s radio show, peddles bus tours of celebrity homes on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Green thinks President Obama’s decision to conduct airstrikes on militants in Iraq is one of political expediency, and he said removing U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 was a mistake. On Friday, the U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group as a humanitarian crisis worsens.(AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)It was supposed to be over, America's war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again striking targets in the nation where the United States led an invasion in 2003, lost almost 4,500 troops in the fight to stabilize and liberate it and then left nearly three years ago.


Teen hurt in fall from Phoenix mountain dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 00:15
PHOENIX (AP) — A teenage boy who, along with an off-duty Phoenix firefighter, was critically injured while rappelling down Camelback Mountain has died.

Man, 24, shot 4 times in the face in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 00:10

Man, 24, shot 4 times in the face in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a 24-year-old man was shot in the face four times in North Philadelphia Saturday morning.


From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 00:06
Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals.

Obama proposes broader long-term strategy in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 00:04

Obama proposes broader long-term strategy in IraqPresident Barack Obama on Saturday proposed a broader long-term strategy to confront Islamic militants in Iraq, who have surprised U.S. intelligence with the fast pace of their approach on the Kurdish capital of Irbil.


Hawaii largely dodges one-two storm punch

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 23:48

Surfers and body boarders wait for waves at Sandy Beach Park in Honolulu on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Tropical Storm Iselle is causing higher-than-normal waves in parts of the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii had dodged the one-two hurricane punch that was supposed to hit the state.