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Washington state gets failing grade on school funding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:51

The Washington state Capitol is seen through the columns of the state Supreme Court on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. The court has issued sanctions of $100,000 a day against the state for its lack of progress on a plan to full fund basic education. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is being fined $100,000 a day by the state Supreme Court because justices say lawmakers have failed to adequately pay to educate the state's 1 million school children.


Firefighters contain half of wildfire near California wine region

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:50

Smoke rises from charred trees are seen along Highway 20 during the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, CaliforniaBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Firefighters battling a raging California wildfire near the state's celebrated wine region turned a corner by Friday as they managed to draw containment lines around half of the blaze ravaging drought-parched brush and dry timber. The 24,555-acre Jerusalem Fire broke out Sunday afternoon in rural ranch land north of Napa County's wine-producing region, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The flames spread rapidly, and while it grew by several hundred acres overnight, firefighters have now contained 52 percent of the flames, according to Cal Fire, as the department is known.


Kentucky high school football player dies after equipment hits him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:48
A 17-year-old high school football player in western Kentucky was killed when a heavy piece of metal equipment struck him, police said on Friday. Jayvon Quarles was helping move the football equipment for the Hopkinsville High School team on Thursday afternoon, when it fell and struck him, Hopkinsville, police said. Quarles was taken to the Jennie Stuart Medical Center in the city 70 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Latest: Woman says she filmed officer, handcuffed teen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:24
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on an internal affairs investigation of a Miami police officer; video shot by a bystander shows him jumping on top of a handcuffed teenager in the back of a patrol car (all times local):

Mom arrested in Toms River for DWI after crash; child in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:19

Mom arrested in Toms River for DWI after crash; child in carPolice say a mother was arrested in Toms River, New Jersey for DWI after she crashed her car with her 6-year-old son inside.


American flag raised over US Embassy in Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:17

American flag raised over US Embassy in CubaThe Stars and Stripes rose Friday over the newly opened U.S. Embassy for the first time in 54 years, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba.


Eagles QB Sam Bradford won't play against the Colts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:15

Eagles QB Sam Bradford won't play against the Colts on SundayEagles quarterback Sam Bradford won't play in Sunday's exhibition opener against the Indianapolis Colts.


Llamas on the loose: Officers recapture 3 runaway animals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:14
BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say three llamas that were on the loose in Baltimore County have been returned home.

Ohio zoo to take cubs of bear that killed Yellowstone hiker

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:29
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo will take the two cubs of a grizzly bear that was euthanized after it killed a hiker in Yellowstone National Park.

Authorities: Woman who set 'wreath fires' gets 20 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:28
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville woman who authorities say admitted to setting a series of fires, including setting Christmas wreaths ablaze, throughout the city has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Ohio zoo will house cubs of bear euthanized after hiker death in Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:24
Two female grizzly bear cubs orphaned after their mother was euthanized because she was linked to the fatal mauling of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park will be moved to a zoo in Toledo, Ohio, zoo officials said on Friday. The cubs, both less than a year old, were orphaned when their 259-pound (117-kg) mother was killed on Thursday after DNA testing proved she was involved in the death of hiker Lance Crosby, 63. The 50-to-60 pound (23-to-27 kg) cubs cannot survive on their own in the wild and will be transferred to a captive facility first before arriving at the Toledo Zoo in the fall, zoo officials said.

PHOTOS: Plane crashes into river in Allentown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:19

 Plane crashes into river in AllentownAn aircraft crashed into the Little Lehigh River in Allentown on Friday morning.


Jenna Bush Hager gives birth to second child

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:12

Jenna Bush Hager gives birth to second childThe daughter of President George W. Bush and granddaughter of President George HW Bush gave birth to a baby girl named Poppy Louise Hager.


Lawyer: Ohioan didn't use trash to mask smell of girl's body

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:08
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with corpse abuse after a cable technician found his daughter's decomposed body in a crib didn't put garbage in the room to mask the smell or plan to flee the state as alleged, his attorney said in a request for a lower bond.

Car over side of 118 Freeway in Simi Valley sparks brush fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 00:07

Car over side of 118 Freeway in Simi Valley sparks brush fireA car went over the guard rail following a crash on the westbound 118 Freeway near Rocky Peak Road in Simi Valley, sparking a brush fire Friday morning.


Excessive heat warnings issued in parts of Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 23:59

Excessive heat warnings issued in parts of Southern CaliforniaA high-pressure system brings another hot day Friday with sweltering temps in the 90s and triple digits across the Southland.


Texas court halts ruling to vacate gag order in biker case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 23:56
WACO, Texas (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted proceedings involving a gag order issued by a district judge in the case of a biker arrested following a May shootout in Waco that left nine dead and 177 arrested.

Oklahoma doctors forced to amputate woman's limbs after tick bite

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 23:45

Oklahoma doctors forced to amputate woman's limbs after tick biteJo Rogers, 40, had contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The disease is normally treatable, but Rogers missed the five day window for antibiotics to work.


US flag raised over American embassy in Havana for 1st time in 54 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 23:35

US flag raised over American embassy in Havana for 1st time in 54 yearsThe Stars and Stripes rose Friday over the newly opened U.S. Embassy for the first time in 54 years, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba.


Texans' J.J. Watt reveals he needs 9,000 calories per day to maintain physique

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 23:29

Texans' J.J. Watt reveals he needs 9,000 calories per day to maintain physiqueHouston Texans player JJ Watt tells ESPN that he needs to eat up to 9,000 calories every day just to maintain his physique.