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Last-Minute Switches Twice Save Man from Doomed Malaysian Flights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:50
A Dutch cyclist escaped tragedy twice after being scheduled to fly on both Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, and Flight MH 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March.

Emotional rally held for man who died in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:37

Esaw Garner, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry, center, and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in New York. Garner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, which a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a man who died after a police officer used an apparent chokehold to bring him to the ground during an arrest burst into tears Saturday at a Harlem rally in his honor.


Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:31

FILE -This undated file photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to dangerous levels with no medical explanation. Experts say the case of Spears appears to be an example of how social media feed into the disorder known as Munchausen by proxy, in which caretakers harm children and then bask in the attention. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy.


GE to invest $20M, open new plant in Puerto Rico

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:28
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — General Electric plans to open an estimated $20 million plant along Puerto Rico's north coast while closing two other plants in the U.S. territory.

Robbery victim clears man in barricade situation in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:25

Robbery victim clears man in barricade situation in Port RichmondPolice say a man was taken to a robbery victim for identification after he barricaded himself inside a Port Richmond home early Saturday morning.


4 hurt, including 2 police officers in Ocean Co. crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:21

4 hurt, including 2 police officers in Ocean Co. crashTwo southern New Jersey police officers and two other people were injured when a car crashed into a parked police cruiser during a motor vehicle stop.


Lightning a threat to ND saltwater disposal sites

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:39

In this Monday, July 7, 2014 file photo, a saltwater disposal facility burns after it was struck by lightning, near Alexander, N.D. Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling, not the oil wells or drilling rigs, that were to blame. (AP Photo/Josh Wood, File)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame.


2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:37

FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file image from video provided by the United States Humane Society, a Hallmark Meat Packing slaughter plant worker is shown attempting to force a "downed" cow onto its feet by ramming it with the blades of a forklift in Chino, Calif. The yearslong battle between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving to federal courts as ag-gag laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Opponents of the law point to the Chino video and the investigation that followed, which led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history, saying the secrecy puts consumers at higher risk of food safety problems and animals at higher risk of abuse. (AP Photo/Humane Society of the United States, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.


Boy, 4, critically injured after falling from window in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:32

Boy, 4, critically injured after falling from window in SW PhiladelphiaPolice say a 4-year-old was critically injured after he fell from a 2-story window in West Philadelphia Saturday morning.


Howling winds push massive Washington fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:10

Firefighter Kathleen Calvin looks around as she sits atop her fire truck while waiting to begin work as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky behind Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Howling winds pushed a massive wildfire in north-central Washington in new directions Saturday.


Rebels hamper access to plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:55

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash siteArmed separatists hampered access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site Saturday, limiting the movements of international monitors and raising concerns that evidence showing who brought the plane down and killed the 298 people on-board would be lost, tampered with or destroyed.


Archaeologists excavate NY Colonial battleground

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:48

Volunteer Heather Engwer of Lake George examines an artifact during an archaeological field school dig at Lake George Battlefield Park on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Lake George, N.Y. The summer project is focusing on a site that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century, with American, British, French and American Indian forces battling for control of the region’s waterways. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era's largest smallpox hospital.


Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:37

A mailbox stands in a scorched countryside that was hit by the Carlton Complex fire near Pateros(Reuters) - A wildfire raging east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes and displaced hundreds of people, an emergency official said on Saturday, with cooler weather not expected to provide relief for another day. The four-blaze Carlton Complex fire destroyed homes in and around the town of Pateros, about 120 miles (193 kms) northeast of Seattle, said Mark Clemens, a spokesman for the Washington Emergency Management Division. The fire is among more than two dozen burning from southern California to Idaho as drought-parched Western states enter their annual fire season. Both Washington and Oregon have declared states of emergency as wildfires scorched thousands of acres, destroying homes, outbuildings and crops.


5 things to know about drug laws, prison sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:34
Decades of tough drug laws have contributed to a dramatic rise in the federal prison population, with inmates serving more time behind bars. The Obama administration recently encouraged nonviolent federal inmates — most of them drug offenders — to apply for early release. The announcement comes at a time of growing calls for drug sentencing reform, away from the severe punishment. Here are five things to know about the issue:

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:33
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.

Given life term, drug offender hopes for clemency

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:33
GREENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he would die in prison.

Mosque leader accused of trying to cut man's hand off in West Philly

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:21

Mosque leader accused of trying to cut man's hand off in West PhillyPolice say a mosque leader was arrested after trying to cut a man's hand off with a machete in West Philadelphia Monday.


Emotional NY rally held for man's in-custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a New York City man who died in police custody after an officer used an apparent chokehold has burst into tears at a rally held in his honor.

US views on child immigrant crisis, at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:58
U.S. communities have diverged greatly on their attitude toward sheltering throngs of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the border from Mexico since October. Here's a look at how things are playing out across the country:

US communities diverge on child migrant response

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:56

Demonstrators hold signs and flags outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston. The sharp contrast in how Americans are reacting to the immigrant influx mirrors the divisiveness seen in Congress as the nation’s leaders attempt to find solutions to an issue that could worsen in the coming months. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)DALLAS (AP) — As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.