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Progress reported against major western wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:37

This Saturday, July 5, 2014, photo provided by the Utah State Parks shows the fire from the Taylor Mountain Road Fire near Vernal, Utah. Authorities say a 5-square-mile wildfire north of Vernal has burned three structures but is now 25 percent contained. Utah fire officials say they plan to continue putting a perimeter around the Taylor Mountain Road Fire on Monday. Rangers say Steinaker State Park remains closed as crews use it as a staging area. (AP Photo/Utah State Parks)WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — A day of diminishing temperatures brought big gains toward containment of a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in Northern California.


5 things about Cleveland, likely GOP host in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:18

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1995, file photo, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is visible. The hall is Cleveland’s biggest international tourist attraction. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Good or bad, Cleveland — all but certain to host the Republican Party's presidential nominating convention in 2016 — is hard to ignore. It's a city with a rich history and bragging rights to things both quirky and considerable. Here are five things to know about Cleveland:


Philadelphia defends response to fatal fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:17

Solomon Johnson walks to his fire-damaged rowhouse, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. Johnson lived next door to a home where four young children died in a fast-moving blaze that engulfed at least 10 residences over the weekend. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Members of a tight-knit West African community in Philadelphia want to know why four young children died in a porch fire that spread across half a city block — just steps from a fire station.


Foster Farms battles insurers over definition of 'recall'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:07

A package of Foster Farms fresh chicken fillets is seen at a Burbank grocery storeBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Foster Farms and its London insurers are facing off over the definition of "product recall" as the poultry producer seeks payment of $14.2 million in claims arising from a government-mandated shutdown of one of its plants, court documents show. The company in June sued a group of Lloyd's of London [LOL.UL] underwriters, arguing the closure and resulting product losses constituted a recall under the terms of the company's insurance. Foster Farms, one of the largest U.S. chicken producers, filed an amended complaint last Thursday in U.S. district court in Fresno, California, saying three insurance underwriters at Lloyd's acted improperly when they rejected its claims associated with January production stoppages mandated by federal regulators. In essence, the insurers said the Foster Farms policy covered economic losses when the company pulled back its products from customers, not when the company destroyed products that it had not yet shipped to customers, documents in the case show.


1 child killed, 6 injured at Maryland campsite

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00
MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) — A tree fell at a summer camp during a strong thunderstorm, killing one child and injuring six others.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch This Evening

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:39

 Severe Thunderstorm Watch This EveningMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a strong line of gusty thunderstorms moving in tonight.


Sterling testifies in Los Angeles Clippers trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:37

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.


Response timeline released in fatal SW Phila. fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:35

Response timeline released in fatal SW Phila. fireOfficials released a response timeline from the fatal Southwest Philadelphia fire that claimed the lives of four young children. This comes after claims from furious residents that firefighters did not respond fast enough.


Labor dispute briefly shuts LA, Long Beach ports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:32

Members of the Teamsters Union picket at LBCT in the Port of Long Beach, Calif., in support of a strike by port truck drivers Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Nearly 1,000 dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Stephen Carr)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 1,000 dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back.


Well-known Camden drill team loses practice facility

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:31

Well-known Camden drill team loses practice facilityA nationally celebrated drill team from Camden says they have been locked out of their practice facility.


Pa. budget bill passes, but Philly schools in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:26

Pa. budget bill passes, but Philly schools in limboState senators finished Tuesday what Republican majority leaders viewed as the remaining pieces of budget-related legislation, although Democrats went away frustrated and a controversial bill remained undone eight days after the beginning of the new fiscal year.


4 injured, including baby, in I-95 accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:20

4 injured, including baby, in I-95 accidentAuthorities say four people, including a 7-month-old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in Southwest Philadelphia.


VIDEO: Storm brings down trees, power lines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:20

 Storm brings down trees, power linesThe fast-moving thunderstorms that swept through brought down trees and power lines across the area.


554 Memphis police officers call in sick

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:16
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of Memphis police officers have called in sick over the past week, apparently to protest a decision by city officials to reduce their health care subsidies.

Obama shoots pool in night out on the town in Denver

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:13

U.S. President Obama shoots pool during stop in a bar in DenverBy Steve Holland DENVER (Reuters) - A man shouted "get that man a beer" and sure enough, President Barack Obama soon had a cold pint in his hand and prepared to play billiards with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. This Tuesday night out on the town in Denver, which included slices of pizza with a group of people who had written to him, was Obama's way of escaping the confines of Washington, where partisan gridlock reigns supreme. It was a case of "the bear is loose," the president's own description of the times when he is able to break free of the trappings of Washington and experience what everyday Americans see. Shaking hands with dozens of bystanders along a Denver street, the "bear" came face-to-face with a person wearing a horse's head mask, in honor of the Denver Broncos NFL football team.


Ex-Coast Guard employee gets life for killing two others on Alaska base

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:31
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A former U.S. Coast Guard employee convicted of shooting two co-workers to death at a remote Kodiak Island communications station two years ago was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said. A federal court jury in Anchorage found James Michael Wells, 63, guilty in late April of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of murdering a U.S. employee and two counts of a firearms offense, capping a 19-day trial. The victims, Coast Guard electrician's Mate First-Class James Hopkins, 42, and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle, 51, were found slain on April 12, 2012, at the sprawling Coast Guard installation on Kodiak Island, about 250 miles (400 km) southwest of Anchorage. All three men served as communications experts on the base, one of the largest in the Coast Guard system.

Judge fulfills 20-year sentencing deal for stepmom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:28

File - This Nov. 10, 2003, file photo, released by Tarshia Williams shows Williams' daughter Talia Williams in Orangeburg, S.C. The acknowledged role of Delilah Williams in the abuse of her stepdaughter Talia Williams helped keep her husband Naeem Williams from receiving the death penalty after he was convicted of murdering his daughter. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October. (AP Photo/Tarshia Williams, File)HONOLULU (AP) — An "evil" stepmother derived pleasure from severely beating her husband's 5-year-old daughter while they lived in Army housing in Hawaii, a federal judge said Tuesday as he upheld a plea deal the woman made with prosecutors to receive a 20-year sentence for the murder of the child.


Stockton bankruptcy judge says city's collateral not worthless

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:28

A view of downtown Stockton, CaliforniaBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The judge in Stockton, California's bankruptcy on Tuesday ruled that the city has collateral worth $4 million with which it could pay holdout creditor Franklin Templeton, dismissing the city's contention its collateral was worthless. At the same time, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein made no ruling on Tuesday on whether the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, should be made to accept less than the entire amount it is owed while bondholders take losses in the case. Klein's ruling on the collateral in the case of Stockton, which filed for bankruptcy in June 2012, followed a trial that concluded last month and centered around Franklin's objection to the city proposing to repay it less than a penny on the dollar for a debt of about $36 million. The city's collateral against bonds held by Franklin includes two golf courses, a community center and a park, which the city had estimated had no value while Franklin had pegged their value at $6.12 million to $17.34 million.


Combative Sterling says NBA's Clippers worth more than $2 billion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:19

Shelly Sterling arrives at court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday sparred with his estranged wife's attorney at a trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA franchise, interrupting and shouting during testimony and saying he wants to keep the team for financial reasons.     The 80-year-old real estate billionaire, who has been deemed by physicians to have Alzheimer's disease and is unable to handle business affairs, said he was blocking the sale brokered by his wife to former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer because he believed the team's value could be more than double. It is the first time Sterling has spoken publicly since a televised interview in May shortly after he was banned from the NBA for life for taped racist remarks that were made public. "It showed you the enormous hypocrisy of this guy, who will spout all these things about how he loves his wife, but he's suing her." Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas to confirm her as the sole trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers and to back the NBA-record deal.


Visitor trapped in Chicago jail for about 30 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:16
CHICAGO (AP) — A visitor to Chicago's Cook County Jail was trapped inside for about 30 hours over the July Fourth weekend.