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Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington, second state to allow pot without doctor's note

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:07
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington, second state to allow pot without doctor's note .

Containment increases on California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:04

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) — Nearly 2,000 firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in rural Northern California.


Washington poised to start legal marijuana sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:58

George Vargas, left, takes a seat next to first-in-line customer Deb Greene in front of the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City Monday, July 7, 2014, in Seattle. The store will be the first and only store initially in Seattle to legally sell recreational pot when sales begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Marijuana growers loaded trucks with boxes of packaged pot on Tuesday as lines of customers grew outside a handful of stores poised to be the first to sell recreational cannabis legally in Washington state.


Mississippi River rising, but break in sight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:58
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is continuing its slow rise at several Missouri and Illinois towns, but there is reason for optimism after overnight rainfall wasn't as bad as predicted.

U.S. urges countries to combat foreign fighters going to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:57
By Aruna Viswanatha and Gwladys Fouche WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged countries in Europe and elsewhere on Tuesday to do more to keep their own citizens from traveling to Syria to fight, saying the world cannot allow Syria to become a training ground for violent extremists. In a speech in Norway, Holder said other countries could learn from U.S. efforts to conduct undercover sting operations and use laws against preparing to commit attacks, tactics he said have helped confront the threat in the United States. Speaking at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Oslo, Holder also urged Europeans to share information about travelers to Syria with the United States, which does not require visas for travelers from European Union countries. "We have a mutual and compelling interest in developing shared strategies for confronting the influx of U.S.- and European-born violent extremists into Syria," Holder said, according to prepared remarks.

Soda tax's last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:51

In this July 7, 2014 photo, a man drinks out of a coffee cup as he walks under a sign opposed to taxes on sugary drinks posted in the window of Casa Thai Market in San Francisco. San Francisco and Berkeley are aiming to become the first U.S. cities to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WASHINGTON (AP) — If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?


Riders stranded for hours on California coaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:35
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, dislodging the front car, leaving four people slightly injured and keeping nearly two dozen summer fun-seekers hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours as day turned to night.

Suspect sought in Olney armed robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:34

Suspect sought in Olney armed robberyPhiladelphia Police are looking for the suspect wanted for a violent armed robbery in the city's Olney section on Sunday.


Fewer than 100 Americans probed for fighting in Syria, Iraq: U.S. Attorney General

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:23

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stands during a news conference after BNP Paribas pleaded guilty, in WashingtonThe U.S. Justice Department has opened fewer than a hundred investigations into American citizens who may have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight, the U.S. Attorney General said on Tuesday. It is not precise," Eric Holder told reporters after meeting the Norwegian justice minister to discuss the issue of radicalization. "We are concerned about our citizens leaving our shores to go to Syria, to Iraq, to be involved in the fight there and to potentially come back to the United States and do something of a criminal nature in our country." (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche;


Border money request won't include policy change

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:22

Immigrant families and children's advocates rally in response to President Barack Obama's statement on the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the United States, outside the Los Angeles Federal building Monday, July 7, 2014. A top Obama administration official says no one, not even children trying to escape violent countries, can illegally enter the United States without eventually facing deportation proceedings. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly.


Plane returns to Las Vegas after engine problem

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:19
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Allegiant Airlines officials say a plane having engine problems turned around and returned to Las Vegas.

Oregon man impersonates deputy while on test drive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:11
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man impersonated a sheriff's deputy while taking an SUV for a test drive and pulled over a motorcyclist, authorities said.

Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:11

A woman visits the Samsung Electronics Co.'s showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China.


Holiday weekend death toll climbs to 15 in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:10
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Fourth of July weekend death toll has climbed to 15 with the death of a man who was shot just before midnight Sunday.

Two in five U.S. homes have only cellphones: survey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:52

A man stands in Grand Central Terminal, as passengers face limited train service on New Haven Line between Stamford Station and Grand Central Terminal due to Con Edison power problem in New YorkThe number of U.S. homes with only cellphones is growing, with 41 percent of them without landlines in the second half of 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The increase in cellphone-only households is slowing, the CDC report said, and those without landlines tend to be younger, poorer, renters and Hispanic. The percentage of Americans in homes without landline phones in the second half of last year was up 2.8 percentage points from the second half of 2012. Households are identified as "wireless-only" if they include at least one wireless family and if there are no families with landline phone service in the household.


Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:51
OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — The wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into eastern Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago has been found in deep water off Oswego, a team of underwater explorers said Tuesday.

Who's Next? Pot changes won't stop with Washington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:38

Krystal Klacsan prepares artwork to be hung, Monday, July 7, 2014 behind a case displaying glass bongs at the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City in Seattle. When legal sales begin on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the store will be the first and only store in Seattle to initially sell recreational marijuana. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Colorado and Washington. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have allowed marijuana for medicinal purposes, and more could follow. Here's a look at five of the states that may be welcoming more permissive marijuana laws in the near future:


NYPD: Mom of baby abandoned in subway in custody

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:11

In this Monday, July 7, 2014 surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. The 20-year-old woman, who is suspected of abandoning the baby at the Manhattan station, was in police custody on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — A woman suspected of abandoning her baby girl at a Manhattan subway station was in police custody on Tuesday.


Man brings knife in carry-on at Detroit airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:11

This July 6, 2014 photo provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows a knife concealed inside the bottom lining of a shoe belonging to a passenger at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. The TSA says airport police responded, took possession of the knife and arrested the passenger. (AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration)ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an airline passenger was arrested in Michigan after being found with a knife inside the bottom lining of a shoe in his carry-on luggage.


Drone in close call with New York police helicopter, two arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:04
Two men accused of flying a drone so close to a New York police helicopter that it was forced off course to avoid crashing have been charged with reckless endangerment, police said on Tuesday. The close call took place at 2,000 feet (610 meters) high in dark skies near the George Washington Bridge just after midnight on Monday, said Detective Annette Markowski. The drone got within 800 feet (244 meters) of the helicopter, which was operated by two police officers on routine patrol, she said. Arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment were Mendoza Wilkins, 34, and Castro Remy, 23, both of Manhattan, she said.