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US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:53

In this July 17, 2014 photo, construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The government issues its first of three estimates of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the April-June quarter on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

Florida mother charged after baby left in minivan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:52
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother is facing a felony charge after leaving her 2-month-old baby in a hot minivan parked outside a doctor's office for about an hour.

Detroit boy killed by stray bullet while sleeping in bed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:46
(Reuters) - An 8-year-old Detroit boy who was sleeping in his bed was struck and killed on Wednesday by a stray bullet fired from outside his home, police said. The boy died at a hospital of a single gunshot wound. No arrests have been made yet but there is a person of interest who is being investigated, they said. The boy, identified by family and neighbors as Jakari Pearson, lived at the home with his mother. At least three shots were fired into his bedroom, broadcaster WDIV Local 4 reported. "He was just a little boy, trying to enjoy life," his aunt, Denise Berry, told the TV station. ...

Man pleads guilty in Minnesota cartel house case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:37
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the four men accused of keeping a "stash house" for a Mexican drug cartel in St. Paul has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

Detroit drops post-bankruptcy monitor from exit plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:35

A man walks past graffiti in Detroit(Reuters) - Detroit has dropped the idea of having a court-appointed monitor keep an eye on its finances when it exits bankruptcy after determining the move was not needed, a city spokesman said on Wednesday. The city scratched references to a monitor in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Tuesday, just days after it submitted a revised bankruptcy plan that called for creating the watchdog role. "After discussing it with the mayor and with the state of Michigan, the emergency manager determined such a monitor would be superfluous to the financial oversight and reporting requirements already required as part of the 'grand bargain' legislation that was signed into law," said Bill Nowling, spokesman for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. To ease pension cuts for city retirees and protect the city's art collection, Detroit has garnered money from the state and $466 million in pledges from private groups and the Detroit Institute of Arts in what is called the grand bargain.

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:32

detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,TexasSAN DIEGO (AP) — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.

Iraqi Kurdish pipeline stopped; tanker in limbo off Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:21
By Humeyra Pamuk and David Sheppard ISTANBUL/LONDON (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdistan's attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry sources said the autonomous region's pipeline to the Mediterranean has been shut for the past week. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not launched any oil tankers from the Turkish port of Ceyhan in over a month as Baghdad has moved to block the vessels from unloading at foreign ports. The latest set-back comes as Iraqi Kurdistan's increasingly bitter legal and diplomatic struggle with Baghdad over oil sales threatens to spill over into the United States.

Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:14

6 Philadelphia narcotics officers arrestedU.S. Attorney Zane Memeger has announced the arrests of 6 Philadelphia narcotics officers.

APNewsBreak: Ventura passage to be cut from book

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:12

former Minnesota Gov. Jesse VenturaMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The passage from the best-selling memoir "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against author Chris Kyle will be removed, publisher HarperCollins said Wednesday.

Fact sheet: Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:11
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4X4

Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:11

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. With the addition of an impressive diesel V-6 from Jeep’s parent, Fiat of Italy, the 2014 Grand Cherokee 4X2 now boasts a federal government travel range of 615 miles on a single tank of fuel, the best ever for a Grand Cherokee. It is rated at 22 miles per gallon for city driving and 30 mpg on the highway, for an average of 25 mpg. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)The flagship of the Jeep line — the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle — is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014.

U.S. relief worker 'fighting through' Ebola virus: son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:08
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - An American aid worker infected with Ebola while responding to the outbreak of the deadly virus in Liberia and neighboring African countries is "fighting through it," her son said on Wednesday. Jeremy Writebol told NBC's "Today" show that his mother, missionary Nancy Writebol, is moving around on her own and receiving a lot of fluids as she is treated in isolation. Nancy Writebol and another U.S. colleague who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly, have both been described as stable but suffering from some symptoms of the contagious disease, for which there is no known cure. Writebol and Brantly were part of a team from two North Carolina-based relief organizations, Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, which on Tuesday said they would evacuate all nonessential personnel from Liberia as Ebola cases there mount.

Police: Boy, 8, shot and killed in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:07
DETROIT (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who was lying in bed early Wednesday died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit him, Detroit police said.

Police charge man with raping woman at raucous Massachusetts concert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:06
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with raping a woman at a raucous country music concert south of Boston on Saturday where dozens of people received treatment for alcohol-related medical problems. Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the site of the concert by Australian singer Keith Urban, charged Sean Murphy, 18, with raping a woman on the outdoor venue's lawn during the performance while dozens of concert-goers looked on, some taking photos of the incident. "Mr. Murphy deeply regrets this incident and I am sure the young woman does as well." Police in Mansfield, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Boston, said in a statement that a female witness "pushed Murphy off the victim" and a male witness reported the incident to a police officer. Some 22 concert-goers were taken to hospitals during the show and about 50 people were taken into protective custody.

Action News Investigation: Major delays in Philadelphia's federal court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:48

 Major delays in Philadelphia's federal courtImagine waiting five years, eight years, or even longer to get justice.

Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:22

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The meeting focused on measures to encourage Russian companies to pull their assets back from offshores. The United States and the European Union on Tuesday announced a raft of new sanctions against Russian companies and banks over Moscow’s support for separatists in Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:09

Japanese soldiers on a reconnaissance team come ashore at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii during amphibious landing practice on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan’s military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own.

Firefighters battle six-alarm Boston blaze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:03
BOSTON (Reuters) - Six companies of Boston firefighters on Wednesday battled a large blaze that engulfed multiple buildings in the city's residential eastern section, fire officials said. Live television images showed a plume of smoke hanging over the city's east near Logan International Airport. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been injured in the fire, which was reported at 8:35 a.m. ET. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Bill Trott)

Heavy rains flood roads, strand cars in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:03
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — Northern Colorado got the brunt of heavy rains that flooded streets and stranded drivers up and down the Front Range.