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Community College of Phila. closed Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:46

Community College of Phila. closed MondayThe Community College of Philadelphia will be closed for the rest of the day Monday because of a power outage.


George W. Bush has partial knee replacement on left leg

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:43
Former U.S. President George W. Bush has undergone surgery for a partial replacement of his left knee, six weeks after having a similar procedure on his right knee, his spokesman said on Monday. The outpatient procedure was conducted on Saturday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago by Dr. Richard Berger of Midwest Orthopaedics, who had worked on Bush's right knee in late May. Bush, who turned 68 a week ago, is an active mountain biker and golfer. "President and Mrs. Bush are on their way back to Dallas this morning," said Bush spokesman Freddy Ford.

UN set to authorize cross-border aid to Syrians

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a resolution that would authorize cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas in desperate need of food and medicine, without government approval.

Police: Couple arrested for sex on top of Chipotle

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:40

 Couple arrested for sex on top of ChipotlePolice in Newark, Delaware have arrested a man and woman who were allegedly having sex on top of a Chipotle store.


Police: Suspect arrested in death of La. woman

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:38
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A suburban New Orleans man wanted in death of his girlfriend found bludgeoned to death in her bathtub has been arrested in Texas and the three children he disappeared with have been found.

Boarding house once sought by Trump up for auction

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:10
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former boarding house at the center of a David and Goliath battle between an elderly woman and Donald Trump is going up for auction.

Former POW Bergdahl set to return to active duty

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 23:08
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is transitioning to regular active duty status, having completed therapy and counseling following his return from captivity in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on Monday. Bergdahl, who was released in May after five years as a Taliban prisoner of war in Afghanistan, is being assigned to work at the Army North headquarters at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, the department said in a statement. Officials characterized the move as "the final phase of the reintegration process." The Pentagon also said the Army was still investigating the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan and subsequent capture by Taliban militants. The New York Times reported that he would meet with Major General Kenneth Dahl, who is leading the investigation.

Federal officer fires weapon at pro-Israel rally

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's officials say nobody was hurt when a federal officer fired a single shot while attempting to break up an altercation during a pro-Israel demonstration in Los Angeles.

Panama Canal cost overrun claim headed to Miami arbitration court

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:43

A worker walks at the Panama Canal expansion project site during an organized tour by the Panama Canal authorities in Panama CityBy Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A $180 million claim involving the Panama Canal's disputed $1.6 billion cost overrun is headed to arbitration court in Miami next week, canal officials said on Monday. The $180 million claim by the consortium working on the massive canal expansion project is the first of several disputed construction costs that could end up in the hands of the Miami arbitrators. The cost overrun temporarily halted work on the massive expansion project in February, and the Panama Canal Authority now says the project is on track to open in January 2016. Additional hearings for other claims may also go to arbitration should the canal authority and the construction consortium fail to reach a settlement under two other mechanisms established in the original contract, canal officials told Reuters.


Artist creates 'empowering' wearable sculptures

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:30

In this July 10, 2014 photo, artist-activist Linda Stein runs her hand over the surface of one of her sculptural avatars, a wearable piece of art made of found objects designed to empower and protect the wearer, during a workshop and interactive gallery experience at her studio in New York. Stein's artwork grew out of her sense of vulnerability in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Her studio and living space are only blocks away from the attack site in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art.


Fire destroys restaurant owned by terror suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:30
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a New York restaurant owned by a man charged last month with plotting vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military and the Muslim community.

Sump pump odor blamed for Skippack Township evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:01

Sump pump odor blamed for Skippack Township evacuationsAuthorities say an odor that prompted a voluntary evacuation of about 100 homes in Skippack Township is due to an organic compound coming from the sump pumps in the basements.


Judge bars filming of James Holmes exam, for now

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:00
DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has told a doctor not to video-record the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, at least until a hearing on the matter.

Judge bars filming of James Holmes exam, for now

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:00
DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has told a doctor not to video-record the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, at least until a hearing on the matter.

Partial line built around Oregon wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:55

In this photo provided by South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, smoke from a fire is seen Sunday, July 13, 2014, near Moccasin Hill, Ore. Officials say a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and forced dozens of evacuations. (AP Photo/South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership)KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon that has destroyed homes and led to dozens of evacuations.


Partial line built around Oregon wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:55

In this photo provided by South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, smoke from a fire is seen Sunday, July 13, 2014, near Moccasin Hill, Ore. Officials say a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and forced dozens of evacuations. (AP Photo/South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership)KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon that has destroyed homes and led to dozens of evacuations.


Chemicals found in Torresdale, homes evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:50

Chemicals found in Torresdale, homes evacuatedSome homes have been evacuated in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia after chemicals were found inside an apartment.


Deadline looms in Newark airport wage hike flap

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 21:08

In this photo from Thursday, July 10, 2014, Irwin Carbajal, 23, a aircraft cabin cleaner, poses for a photograph at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Carbajal, who makes $8.25 an hour, is hoping to benefit from a pay increase which the Service Employees International Union is pushing for. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A dispute over workers' wages at Newark Liberty International Airport could be nearing a resolution.


No getting away from it all on the Appalachian Trail

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:49

Appalachian TrailBy Barbara Goldberg HARRIMAN STATE PARK N.Y. (Reuters) - Maybe it was guilt over alarming her parents when she inadvertently dialed 911 from the Appalachian Trail, but Caitlin Belcher wishes she could ditch her cell phone for the rest of the 2,180-mile (3,508-km) hike. I just want to be out in the woods, isolated," said Belcher, 23, who has called home to Fredericksburg, Virginia, twice weekly since her journey began in April and gets constant texts from her parents, who even call her hiking partner's phone as well. Then Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina used "hiking the AT" as an excuse for disappearing for six days in 2009, while in fact he was on a rendezvous in Argentina with his mistress. Today camping gadgets such as a twig-fueled stove that can charge a smartphone while it heats baked beans, and online tips such as using an empty foil-lined potato chip can to boost Wi-Fi signals, mean there is no need to go off the grid while on the trail.     With Twitter, Instagram and blogs, hikers may be safer but lose the solitude and silence once found in the woods.     "The whole idea of the Appalachian Trail is to get away from it all," said Bill Bryson, whose best-selling 1998 book "A Walk in the Woods" about the trail is being made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.     "I am all in favor of gadgets, but my fear is that most people spend all their rest time texting and staring at little screens and miss out on all the glorious solitude around them," Bryson said.     Summer is high season on the trail that draws up to 3 million visitors a year, including 1,100 "thru hikers" like Belcher who hope to conquer the entire 14-state route.


Live birds found in Elmo doll at US-Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:44

 Elmo dollSAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) — Federal agents inspecting a couple's belongings at an Arizona entry port on the U.S.-Mexico border found two live parrots hidden inside an Elmo doll.