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Hurricane Dolores weakens further in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:18
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Dolores has weakened further in the Pacific off Mexico's coast on Wednesday although it remains a Category 3 storm.

Farewell FAO Schwarz: Last day of business at NYC toy store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:06

Ana Assuncao, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, second left, poses for photos with four "toy soldiers" in front of the flagship FAO Schwarz toy store on Fifth Avenue in New York, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The store, probably the best-known toy store in the world, is closing Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks danced on a large floor piano there in the movie "Big." Multitudes of children wandered through the aisles over the years, hopped up on sugar from the candy store and wide-eyed with delight at the giant stuffed animals and other toys. And a fair number of parents winced at some of the price tags.


Crews recover bodies from 2 Washington state plane crashes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:57

In this undated photo provided by Newton Goss, Goss, right, takes a photo with his girlfriend, Autumn Veatch, left. Veatch was a passenger on a plane that crashed Saturday, July 11, 2015, with two other people on board. She survived and was picked up by a motorist Monday after walking out of the rugged and remote crash site. (Newton Goss via AP)SEATTLE (AP) — Ground search crews recovered two bodies Wednesday from the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed into a north-central Washington state mountainside last weekend, forcing a teenager who survived the impact to hike her way off a rugged slope to safety.


Obama: Iran Nuclear Deal Makes 'World Safer'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:28
The president answered questions from reporters at the White House.

Alaska Boy Scout rescued after massive boulder pins his legs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:19
A team of Alaska medics and firefighters rescued a Boy Scout whose legs had been pinned under a 3,000-pound (1,361-kg) boulder that rolled onto him at a riverfront camp in Juneau, rescue officials said on Wednesday. The young man was climbing in a rocky area near the mouth of the Herbert River on Monday when the boulder came loose, trapping him, said Ed Quinto, assistant chief of Capital City Fire and Rescue. Several other Boy Scouts, scout personnel and the boy’s father managed to free one leg caught between the boulder and the sandy ground, but his second leg remained wedged between the boulder and another rock.

Testimony from Rosenberg brother released in famous spy case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:49

FILE - In this 1951 file photo, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are shown during their trial for espionage in New York. The couple is accused of conspiring to recruit her brother, David Greenglass, into gathering "classified information concerning the atomic bomb for the Soviet Union." The federal government has unsealed new grand jury testimony in the sensational Cold War spying case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The couple was executed in 1953 after being convicted in New York of conspiring to give atomic secrets to the Soviets. The previously sealed testimony is from David Greenglass, the brother of Ethel Rosenberg and the government’s star witness in the trial. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The brother of Ethel Rosenberg, who was a star trial witness against his sister and brother-in-law in a sensational Cold War atomic spying case, never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury and said that they had never discussed her role "at all," according to secret court records unsealed Wednesday.


Arm found at Connecticut bridge near where legs found before

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:22
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A human arm has been found in Connecticut near where a pair of legs was found earlier.

PHOTOS: 2015 ESPY Awards Winners

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:18

 2015 ESPY Awards WinnersFind out who's taking home the top prizes tonight at the 2015 ESPY Awards.


Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:16

FILE - In this July 9, 2002 file photo, President George W. Bush lets out a laugh after failing to get the clasp together on Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he holds, after Bush tried to put on the entertainer, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama is rejecting the idea of revoking Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations. Obama says there's no precedent or mechanism to take back the medal. He declined to talk about the specific allegations against Cosby because there are pending legal matters. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.


Robots do check-in and check-out at cost-cutting Japan hotel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:02

A receptionist dinosaur robot performs at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)SASEBO, Japan (AP) — The English-speaking receptionist is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one speaking Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. "If you want to check in, push one," the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:01

Iranians celebrate following a landmark nuclear deal in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Overcoming decades of hostility, Iran, the United States, and five other world powers struck a historic accord Tuesday to check Tehran's nuclear efforts short of building a bomb. The agreement could give Iran access to billions in frozen assets and oil revenue, stave off more U.S. military action in the Middle East and reshape the tumultuous region. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Mud, rain, debris, hamper search for Kentucky flood victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:00

Kevin Johnson searches the debris and creek banks for his son, Scott Johnson, who was missing after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Ky., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Flash floods in northern Johnson County outside of Paintsville destroyed homes and vehicles and residents were reported missing a day after the floods. Johnson said that his son went missing while trying to save his grandmother, Willa Mae Pennington, 74, whose body was found about a mile downstream from where her mobile home had been washed away. Johnson also credited his son with saving his life and the lives of many of his family by getting them out of the flood waters before he went missing. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — As the Johnson family dug through the wreckage where their trailers once stood, they found a mud-soaked box of family photos, cherished heirlooms and a tiny porcelain statue of Jesus, but not what they were looking for.


VIDEO: Motorcyclist attacked in Arizona road rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:51

 Motorcyclist attacked in Arizona road rage incidentAn Arizona driver turned violent after he was allegedly cut off by a motorcyclist.


Mother pleads guilty to homicide in daughter's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:49
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose death became emblematic of the lack of justice on tribal lands has pleaded guilty to a homicide charge in Navajo Nation court.

Giant pandas turn 2 at Zoo Atlanta; only living twins in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:45

Twin giant panda sisters Mei Huan, rear, and Mei Lun, play with their presents filled with biscuits as they celebrate their second birthday at Zoo Atlanta, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Atlanta. The sisters are the only surviving pair of giant panda twins ever born in the U.S. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — The only surviving giant panda twins ever born in the U.S. are celebrating their second birthday.


Greek lawmakers pass austerity bill despite dissent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:43

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos react as they attend a parliament meeting in Athens, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Greece's Parliament has approved an austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite a significant level of dissent from the governing leftist Syriza party. The bill to impose sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts was approved with the support of three pro-European opposition parties. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers voted overwhelmingly early Thursday to approve a harsh austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite significant dissent from members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' own left-wing party.


Arizona county settles parts of U.S. rights suit against sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:41
An Arizona county agreed on Wednesday to settle three key parts of a 2012 lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department against controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies over alleged civil rights violations, a spokesman said. In a unanimous vote, Maricopa County supervisors approved agreements they said were aimed at preventing any repeats of alleged past abuses that included retaliating against public officials, discriminating against Latino inmates and improperly conducting workplace immigration raids. Under the agreements, the county agreed to oversight by the Justice Department and to new policies, procedures and training to remedy the claims.

John Gotti's ex-son-in-law charged in Ohio in connection with car-theft ring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:37
An ex-son-in-law of late New York mob boss John Gotti was arrested in Ohio on Wednesday in what police described as a scheme to scrap stolen cars. Carmine "The Bull" Agnello was charged with theft, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the alleged car-scrapping operation. "We are not going to let the Mafia sink their teeth back into Cleveland and make this into an outpost for their New York-based corrupt enterprises," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a statement.

Jury adjourns for the day in Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:33

In this image taken from video, accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, on the upper far left, listens to defense attorney Daniel King give closing arguments during his trial, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The jury in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has adjourned for the day without reaching a verdict.


Mars Inc. to expand candy-making plant in Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:31
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company's first new plant in 35 years.