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Anxiety grows as possible NY rail strike nears

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:49

01 a.m. next Sunday, would affect 300,000 daily riders who travel in and out of New York City from Long Island. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Anxiety grew among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute as a weekend strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad grew closer.


Authorities: Nebraska man spotted naked on I-80

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:49
WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man was walking around naked on Interstate 80 before damaging a passing vehicle.

Man killed in front of son in California freeway shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:43
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A blast of gunfire killed an automobile mechanic and wounded a cousin who was driving him home from work as their teenage sons sat behind the two men in a Southern California freeway shooting that has left police searching for suspects and a motive. Agustin Villegas, 32, was riding in the front passenger seat of the family pickup truck through Anaheim on Monday night when the front passenger and driver-side windows exploded in shards of glass, Anaheim Police Lieutenant Bob Dunn said. By the time California Highway Patrol officers arrived on the scene, however, Villegas, was dead from a gunshot wound.

Government report finds 2.3 percent of Americans gay or bisexual

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:41

Bernie Liang and Ryan Hamachek show their rings after getting married outside Seattle City HallU.S. government data released on Tuesday showed that 2.3 percent of American adults are either gay or bisexual and that these men and women more often reported serious anxiety and having self-destructive habits than their straight peers. This year's National Health Interview Survey was the first to ask about sexual orientation in addition to health habits in its 57-year history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Bisexual women were twice as likely to experience serious anxiety while bisexual men were more likely to indulge in binge drinking than others, according to the survey. Bisexual women were twice as likely to report having serious anxiety than any other group, with almost 11 percent saying they had been distressed in the past month.


Judge upholds suit over Marine's missing heart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:36
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a Marine whose body came back from Greece without his heart can pursue negligence claims against the United States, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled. However, the judge found that Greek officials and the Athens hospital where the autopsy was performed are immune from the Pennsylvania family's lawsuit.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:33

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending July 14, 2014:


Not-guilty plea in alleged sheik extortion scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

Judge upholds lawsuit over Marine's missing heart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge says the family of a Marine whose body came back from Greece missing his heart can pursue negligence claims against the United States.

California water wasters could be fined $500 a day

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:30
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.

California drought expected to cost state $2.2 billion in losses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:29

A buoy meant for boaters rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in UkiahBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California’s drought is expected to cost the state an estimated $2.2 billion this year, along with a loss of more than 17,000 jobs, as farmers are forced to fallow some valuable crops, a report by scientists at the University of California in Davis showed on Tuesday. “The 2014 drought is responsible for the greatest absolute reduction in water availability for California agriculture ever seen,” the report said, adding that the results "underscore California’s heavy reliance on groundwater to cope with droughts." "Without replenishing groundwater in wet years, water tables fall and both reduce regional pumping capacity and increase pumping energy costs,” it said. The report, funded in part by the state’s agriculture and water resources departments, was released hours before state water regulators were to consider rolling out new conservation rules that could put strict limits on the amount of water people are allowed to use and impose fines on those who violate the restrictions.


BNSF contractor dies after falling into grain car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:26
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, officials say a contractor for BNSF Railway died after falling into a train car full of grain.

Rush-hour Moscow subway derails: 21 dead, 136 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:23

 21 dead, 136 hurtA rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 21 people and sending 136 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian officials said.


Maggots in food among new prison food complaints

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:22
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of main and side dishes are among new complaints against the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:14
A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:13

In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Crews trying to save rural dwellings in Southern Oregon got help from a natural force they usually dread when winds turned around a spreading wildfire.


Ultrarunner says he was hit by lightning in race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:02
DENVER (AP) — Canadian ultrarunner Adam Campbell was over halfway through Colorado's Hardrock 100 endurance race when he says he and his pacer were knocked to the ground by an indirect lightning strike on one of the state's tallest mountains.

Ohio man in prison for killing ailing wife dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 68-year-old Ohio man imprisoned for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed has died while serving his six-year sentence.

Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor files appeal notice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin filed a formal notice of appeal Tuesday in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years.

House to take up highway bill as deadline looms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:37

FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, the U.S. Capitol building is seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington. The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing for the long term. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp cobbles together $10.8 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With an August deadline looming, the House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term.


Obama presses for more lasting highway funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:37

President Barack Obama smiles as he tries out a driving simulation during a tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, before speaking about the economy, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in McLean, Va. President Barack Obama envisions a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent solution to the longstanding shortfall in funding for road and bridge-building projects.