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Western wildfires: Wind, heat, dry land fueling large blazes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 17:06

The steep slope above U.S. Highway 12 and right up to the Clearwater River west of Kamiah, Idaho, smolders Thursday, Aug.. 13, 2015, while firefighters battle a fire complex. Wildfire season accelerated in Idaho on Thursday as evacuations were ordered in the northern part of the state. (Barry Kough/Lewiston Tribune via AP)Winds in the West are helping stoke wildfires sweeping across the Northern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, posing problems for firefighters trying to contain the flames fed by drought.


Disney teases 'Finding Dory,' 'Toy Story 4' at fan event

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 16:30

Carson Van Osten, right, who helped bring Disney characters to life in a variety of media, all around the world, for three decades accepts the Disney Legend Award honor from Disney CEO Bob Iger, second from left, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The Walt Disney Company honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy by naming them Disney Legends. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Beanstalks will grow, animals will walk upright, oceans will part, a forgetful fish will remember her family, and toys will fall in love in Disney and Pixar Animation's upcoming films.


He may be a mystery, but Kasich challenges Bush in NH

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 15:22

In this Aug. 12, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to a packed crowd during a campaign stop at the VFW in Derry, N.H. Even at his own rallies, Kasich is a stranger to some New Hampshire voters. Even as a mystery, Kasich has emerged as a threat to his better-known Republican rivals. He is among those betting they can capitalize on New Hampshire’s tendency to favor pragmatists over ideologues. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Even at his own rallies, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is a stranger to some New Hampshire voters.


Zach Ertz has 'core muscle' surgery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 14:08
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had surgery Friday to repair a torn "core muscle," the team announced. A league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan that Ertz had suffered a groin injury.

U.S. female hostage raped by Islamic State leader before death: U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:58

Eric Mueller reads a poem about his late sister aid worker Kayla Mueller at the Prescott's Courthouse Square in Prescott, ArizonaKayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker killed this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday. Mueller was 26 at the time of her death and would have turned 27 on Friday.


California defense attorney, three state highway police arrested for murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:14
A California defense attorney and three state highway patrol officers were arrested on Friday in connection with the 2012 killing of a man thought to be stealing scrap metal and other items from private property, police said. A total of nine people were arrested near the city of Modesto, about 92 miles (68 km) east of San Francisco, on a string of charges related to the murder of 26-year-old Korey Kauffman, according to the Stanislaus County sheriff's office. Criminal defense attorney Frank Carson, who last year made an unsuccessful run for Stanislaus County district attorney, was named as ringleader of the plot and charged with first degree murder, conspiracy and the special circumstance of lying in wait, which could qualify for the death penalty under California law.

California Highway Patrol officers, others eyed in killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:11
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three current and former California Highway Patrol officers, a prominent criminal defense lawyer and five other people were arrested Friday in connection with the disappearance and killing of a Central Valley man.

US attorney says no truth to stolen baby claim in St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:11

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan speaks at a press conference on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, to reveal contradictory findings regarding the stolen baby claims at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Recently discovered medical files further dispute a St. Louis woman's allegations that her baby was stolen from a hospital here five decades ago and a federal investigation into the matter has now been closed, a U.S. attorney said Friday. (Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recently discovered medical files further dispute a St. Louis woman's allegations that her baby was stolen from a hospital here five decades ago and a federal investigation into the case has now been closed.


Islamic State leader raped American hostage, US finds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 13:07

In this May 30, 2013, photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz. The parents of the late American hostage Kayla Mueller say they were told by American officials that their daughter was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Jo. L. Keener ) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June.


Large Washington fire burns buildings near Canadian border

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 12:21
SEATTLE (AP) — A wildfire in a rugged area of northern Washington state near the Canadian border was one of several that chased hundreds of people from their homes Friday in the drought-stricken state, authorities said.

Race car driver killed in crash at Pennsylvania speedway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:57
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sprint car driver James Campbell Jr. was killed Friday night in a crash at Williams Grove Speedway.

Tree limb falls on tent killing 2 young campers in Yosemite

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:39

FILE - In this 2005 file photo, visitors view Half Dome from Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park, Calif. Officials say an oak tree limb fell on a tent in the heart of Yosemite National Park killing two young campers early Friday morning, Aug. 14, 2015. Park spokesman Scott Gediman declined to release the ages or any details about the two, describing them only as under age 18. Gediman said the campground is one of the most popular with a view of Half Dome.(AP Photo/Dino Vournas, File)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — An oak tree limb fell on a tent in the heart of Yosemite National Park, killing two young campers, officials said.


AccuWeather: Hot and Increasingly Humid Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:37

 Sunny and hot this weekend!Meteorologist Cecily Tynan says our fourth heat wave of the year is on the way.


Firefighters fight blazes across U.S Northwest, California wine region

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:29

Smoke rises from charred trees are seen along Highway 20 during the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, CaliforniaBy Eric M. Johnson and Curtis Skinner SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More than a thousand residents in north-central Washington state fled their homes on Friday after a cluster of wildfires erupted around the town of Chelan, while fierce blazes blackened a swath of the drought-stricken U.S. West, officials said. Firefighters were also dealing with wildfires in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, while crews battling a wildfire near California's celebrated wine region north of San Francisco managed to draw containment lines around more than half of a 24,555-acre (9,940-hectare) blaze that forced about 150 people from their homes.


Local Cuban community reacts to U.S. flag raising in Havana

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:29

Local Cuban community reacts to U.S. flag raising in HavanaSecretary of State John Kerry was on hand In Havana Friday, praising the leaders of both Cuba and America for making the decision to "stop being prisoners of history."


Pacific search called off for pilot of experimental plane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:22
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Coast Guard in Northern California says it has found debris from an experimental aircraft that plummeted into the Pacific, but it has ended the search for the pilot who was apparently unconscious before it crashed.

City residents react to security zones for papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:20

City residents react to security zones for papal visitPeople who live and work in Philadelphia are reacting to the new security measures announced for the papal visit.


Fiat Chrysler recalling 85,816 Chrysler 200 sedans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 11:11
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 85,816 Chrysler 200 sedans globally because of an electrical problem that could cause the vehicles to stall.

Fire at DrillChem plant north of Houston, no injuries: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:59
Explosions and a fire erupted on Friday at a DrillChem plant in Conroe, Texas, sending up flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles around, but there were no initial reports of injuries, police said. "We have not been advised of any injuries," said an official with the police department in Conroe, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Houston. A dispatcher with the police department confirmed that the fire followed explosions at the plant on Friday afternoon.

1 rescued from 3 alarm fire in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:57

1 rescued from 3 alarm fire in TrentonFire crews battled a multi-alarm house fire Friday night in Trenton, New Jersey.