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East Coast wakes up to power cuts after storms kill five

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 19:48
By Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) - Thousands of people in U.S. East Coast states woke up to power cuts and a major clean-up operation on Wednesday after severe storms and high winds killed five people. One of the hardest hit spots was the Syracuse-area community of Smithfield, New York, where four of the deaths were reported and at least four homes destroyed on Tuesday, Madison County Undersheriff John Ball said in a statement. The storms uprooted trees and tore down power lines across several counties in central New York, as the extreme weather raged from the Ohio Valley and parts of New England through the mid-Atlantic region, police and weather officials said. Roughly 174,000 people were without power in the Philadelphia region, Pennsylvania utility PECO spokeswoman Jackie Thompson said.

Government made $100B in improper payments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 19:16

Graphic shows top programs for improper payments; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.


Naked man arrested after standoff in A.C.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 18:45

Naked man arrested after standoff in A.C.Officials say an armed man was arrested after a standoff with police in Atlantic City, New Jersey late Tuesday night.


Travel agent accused of stealing clients' money in South Jersey

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

Travel agent accused of stealing clients' money in South JerseyMedford police say a travel agent was arrested on charges that she stole $45,000 from clients in South Jersey.


Boston bombing obstruction trial hears from suspect's roommate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 18:07
The college roommate of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to continue testifying on Wednesday at the trial of a friend charged with obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombing attack. The roommate, Andrew Dwinells, who has largely avoided the spotlight since the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264, testified on Tuesday that he had not known Tsarnaev before the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth assigned them to be roommates in September 2012. We talked about TV or movies, whatever was on, but just small talk," Dwinells said in U.S. District Court in Boston. "We were just acquaintances." He testified that defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, accompanied by two other friends of the accused bomber, arrived at his room three days after the bombing and said that Tsarnaev had told them to take a few things.

Disgraced former New Orleans Mayor Nagin due for sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:04

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin leaves the courthouse in New OrleansBy Kathy Finn and Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Disgraced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was set to be sentenced by a federal judge on Wednesday on 20 corruption charges that could land him in prison for two decades. A jury in February found Nagin guilty of charges that include bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion, all in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Nagin stirred national controversy with his erratic behavior after Katrina in 2005 breached floodwalls and inundated New Orleans, killing at least 1,500 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Prosecutors have asked for a stiff sentence of about 20 years, while Nagin's attorney, citing his lack of a criminal record, has urged leniency.


VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on area storm damage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:01

Strong storms knock out power across the regionHomeowners will be cleaning up damage Wednesday morning from some late night storms.


Armed man arrested after standoff with police in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:57

Naked man arrested after standoff in A.C.Officials say an armed man was arrested after a standoff with police in Atlantic City, New Jersey late Tuesday night.


US, China vow to improve cooperation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:47

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, third right, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, second left, tour the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China with Chen Fei, left, deputy director of the Badaling Great Wall Special District, and Guo Jiaqiang, right, deputy director of the Badaling Foreign Affairs Office, in Beijing, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China vowed Wednesday to improve their economic and security cooperation, saying they wouldn't let persistent differences over maritime claims, cyberhacking and currency hamper a relationship critical to global peace and prosperity.


A look at the states with live greyhound racing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:42
Greyhound racing is illegal in 39 states, and waning interest and profits have shuttered racing in four others. In most of the places where it continues, track operators want lawmakers to boost or continue to boost their businesses.

Sterling testily takes stage in Clippers trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:43

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, battling to stop the sale of his beloved Los Angeles Clippers, turned a courtroom into his personal stage, railing at a lawyer questioning him, denouncing doctors who deemed him incompetent and insisting he can get far more than the $2 billion price offered for the team.


US workers encountered man left in cell for days

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:37
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed San Diego student locked in a cell for five days without food or water, but did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible, investigators said Tuesday.

Patrol head says he's shocked by beating video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:33

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow takes question from the media outside the CHP offices after a meeting with a group of community activists demanding action in response to a cellphone video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman, in Culver City, Calif., Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the California Highway Patrol said he was shocked and the agency's reputation is hurt by a video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman he pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.


San Francisco passes law allowing forced treatment of mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:06
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco lawmakers approved a law late on Tuesday allowing the forced treatment of mentally ill patients under certain conditions, drawing swift criticism from patient advocacy groups who say the measure tramples civil rights. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which passes legislation for the California city and county, adopted by a vote of 9-2 a measure known as Laura's Law. If given final approval it would allow court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with chronic and severe mental illness deemed a risk to themselves or others or who have been jailed or hospitalized more than once in the prior three years, among other conditions. San Francisco legislator Mark Farrell, who proposed the legislation to the board, said the program would help vulnerable sick people "and provide the families the support they deserve".

Hundreds line up for legal pot sales in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:51

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, shakes hands with clerk Pam Fenstermacher after purchasing marijuana at Cannabis City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, on the first day that sales of recreational pot became legal in the state. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's slow rollout of its legal marijuana market spreads to more cities Wednesday, one day after big crowds lined up outside the state's first licensed pot shops.


Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:34

File - This Oct. 22, 2010, file photo, shows low water levels in Boulder Harbor in Lake Mead, Ariz. Drought in the southwestern U.S. is depleting the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, file)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.


Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:30
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

Utah mother accused of slaying six infants was hooked on meth: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:55

Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoBy Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of killing six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade told investigators she had been suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction that left her with no means to support or care for the babies, police said on Tuesday. Megan Huntsman, 39, was charged in April with first-degree murder in the deaths of the six newborns who police say she has admitted to strangling or suffocating just after their births between 1996 and 2006 in a rare case of serial infanticide. The infants' remains were found wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags and stuffed inside cardboard boxes in the garage of Huntsman's former home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, a suburb just north of Provo.


Official: 4 dead after homes collapse in NY storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:53

Debris is visible at Goff Road in Smithfield, N.Y., following severe storm on TuesdaySMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in central New York said four people are dead and four homes have been destroyed in building collapses amid severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region.


Severe storms leave four dead in New York state and Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:42
By Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and high winds swept through the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday following tornado warnings, killing three people in New York state and a boy who was crushed to death by a fallen tree in Maryland, weather and emergency officials said. One of the hardest-hit spots was a community outside the hamlet of Peterboro in Madison County, New York, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Syracuse, where a severe storm with high winds struck at about 7 p.m. The full extent of damage there was not immediately clear. CNN reported nearly 500,000 homes and businesses without power Tuesday, mostly in Pennsylvania and New York state. Mark Pellerito, a meteorologist for the Binghamton office, told Reuters the storms in and around Madison County "exhibited a lot of rotation," and a number of tornado warnings were issued earlier in the evening based on radar data.