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Rock slide damages NY train tracks, halts service

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:49
GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Tumbling rocks north of New York City have damaged a stretch of train tracks in the nation's second-largest commuter rail system, suspending service and leaving hundreds of passengers without rides.

Plane crashes near New York's Lake Placid; 3 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:39
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) — A small plane crashed Saturday while attempting to land at an airport near Lake Placid, killing all three people on board.

Pedestrian struck in Camden hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:35

Pedestrian struck in Camden hit-and-runPolice are looking for the person who struck a pedestrian in a hit-and-run in Camden.


Body found in area where swimmer went missing in Island Beach State Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:50

Body found in area where swimmer went missing in Island Beach State ParkAuthorities say a body has been found in waters off the Jersey Shore, not far from where a man went missing while trying to swim in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.


Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:33

Emergency workers carry the body of a victim at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted.


Appeals court postpones Arizona man's execution

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:05
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court on Saturday granted an Arizona death row inmate's request to postpone his pending execution, putting it on hold until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

Florida jury awards record $23 billion against RJ Reynolds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:37

An R.J. Reynolds sign seen outside cigarette manufacturing facility in TobaccovilleBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker. The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff, according to Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut. Cynthia Robinson of the Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola sued the cigarette maker in 2008 over the death of her husband, Michael Johnson, claiming the company conspired to conceal the health dangers and addictive nature of its products.


5-year-old boy with cancer hopes for birthday cards

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:23

5-year-old boy with cancer hopes for birthday cardsA 5-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor has one wish for his birthday: a box full of birthday cards with his name on them.


Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:18

Camel cigarettes, manufactured by Reynolds American, are displayed at a tobacco shop on July 11, 2014 in San FranciscoMIAMI (AP) — A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.


Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:05

FILE - In this April 8, 2014, file photo a school utility worker mops a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School campus at Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. After the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Malaysia is now grappling with the horrific loss of two of its airplanes, just four months apart. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline.


NYPD: Modified duty for officers in fatal arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:33

Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, mourns at the site of her father's death on a march following a service held in his name at the Mount Sinai Center for Community Enrichment, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. 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. Eric was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say two officers involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody are being placed on modified duty.


2 Dead, 22 Shot in 12 Hours in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:50
Escalating gun violence has claimed the lives of two victims and injured 20 others as 22 people were shot over the course of 12 hours in Chicago on Friday.

Florida jury awards $23 billion punitive damages against RJ Reynolds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:32

An R.J. Reynolds sign seen outside cigarette manufacturing facility in TobaccovilleBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker. The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff, according to Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut. Cynthia Robinson of Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola sued the cigarette maker in 2008 over the death of her husband, Michael Johnson.


Federal immigration agent indicted in Utah attack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:14
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent accused of slamming a man's face into a concrete floor has been indicted in Utah.

Fugitive found in Nepal back in New Mexico custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:08
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — A New Mexico man who fled sex abuse and kidnapping charges 14 years ago returned to the state Saturday following his capture in Nepal, the FBI said.

Kidnapped girl dead after Kansas shootout between police, suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:02
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped on Friday night died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said on Saturday. "The matter unfolded quite rapidly," said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens," calling the girl's death tragic. "We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened." Police said the sequence of events began about 7:30 p.m. on Friday when Cadence Harris of Leavenworth was reported kidnapped. Police in both Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in the northeast Kansas town of Leavenworth.

Shooting deaths of 4 horses in Utah prompt outrage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:01
SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) — The shooting deaths of four thoroughbred horses in Utah are prompting outrage and a $5,000 reward for the prosecution of those responsible.

Hundreds rally, seek end to strikes on Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:01
DENVER (AP) — Hundreds gathered for a rally at the State Capitol and a march through downtown Denver to call for an end to what they called a humanitarian crisis brought on by conflict in Gaza.

Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies at 103

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:10

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 17, 2013 file photo, Dixieland jazz musician Lionel Ferbos performs at his 102nd birthday party at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in New Orleans. Lionel Ferbos died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home in New Orleans, according to a family friend. He was 103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos died Saturday at his home in New Orleans, just days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17 with friends and family in the French Quarter.


Prison roof in Texas collapses, 19 inmates injured

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:58
DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals.