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Flames force residents from apartment in Montgomery Co.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 18:34

Flames force residents from apartment in Montgomery Co.One woman was hospitalized after a frightening night for more than a dozen residents in Ambler, Pa.


2 hospitalized after crash in Gloucester Co., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:56

2 hospitalized after crash in Gloucester Co., N.J.Police say two people are in the hospital after a crash in Washington Township, New Jersey early Friday morning.


Iselle weakens to tropical storm as it lashes parts of U.S. state Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:51
(Reuters) - Iselle weakened to a tropical storm late on Thursday with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph (110 kph) as it lashed parts of the Hawaiian archipelago, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The storm, which has left thousands on the Big Island without power, was moving west at 10 mph (17 kph), with its eye still about 50 miles (80 km) south of the town of Hilo, the center said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson)

Portugal flag carrier pilots stage 24-hour strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:45
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — TAP Air Portugal pilots are staging a 24-hour strike on Saturday over what they say is a deterioration in work conditions, with their walkout disrupting the flag carrier's operations during the peak summer vacation period.

Tropical Storm Iselle weakens on Hawaii approach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:42

Crowds line up inside the departures terminal at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday they are waiving change fees for passengers trying to leave before the hurricanes hit the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — The first storm in a one-two punch that sent Hawaii scrambling to brace itself weakened on its approach to the state, while a second system close behind was largely expected to pass north of the islands.


Iselle downgraded to tropical storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:35

Crowds line up inside the departures terminal at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday they are waiving change fees for passengers trying to leave before the hurricanes hit the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm.


Suspect in wife's killing in Drexel Hill is dead; abducted kids safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:27

Suspect in wife's killing in Drexel Hill is dead; abducted kids safeThe boys' father has been found dead in an apparent suicide after police say he killed their mother and fled to New York.


Rep. DesJarlais holds on in Tenn. despite scandals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:45

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., speaks to supporters after he was declared the winner of Tennessee's 4th Congressional District Republican primary race Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in South Pittsburg, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais defied expectations of a blowout defeat in his bid for a another term, instead emerging from the Republican primary with a razor-thin margin that left the race too close to call.


First hurricane in 22 years aiming for Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:18

Clouds hang over Honolulu, seen from the top of Tanalus Drive on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning as the first hurricane in 22 years bears down on Hawaii:


Hawaii bracing as hurricane nears the islands

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:14

Crowds line up inside the departures terminal at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday they are waiving change fees for passengers trying to leave before the hurricanes hit the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years and whose path another hurricane closely followed.


Colorado lawsuit alleges cannabis overdose from fairground candy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:06
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man overdosed on the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana after eating chocolate bars obtained from a fairground vendor promoting the drug but whose products should have been cannabis-free, court documents showed. Colorado last year became the first U.S. state to begin the regulated sale to adults of marijuana for recreational use. This year's County Fair in the state capital Denver included exhibitors selling marijuana-themed merchandise and other products at a "Pot Pavilion", where Jordan Coombs said he was given the confections. In a negligence lawsuit filed in state court on Thursday, Coombs said he was hospitalized after ingesting the chocolate, which was handed out by staff at an exhibition booth for LivWell, a Denver-based marijuana retailer.

Jury rejects self-defense in porch shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:33

Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride, cries during the reading of verdict of guilty of of second-degree murder and manslaughter for Theodore Wafer, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Detroit. Walter Ray Simmons, Renisha's father, is at right. Wafer, 55, shot Renisha McBride through a screen door on Nov. 2, hours after she crashed into a parked car a half-mile from his house. The jury convicted Wafer of second-degree murder and manslaughter after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who said he fatally shot an unarmed woman on his porch out of fear prompted by early morning pounding on his doors faces up to life in prison after jurors rejected his claim of self-defense.


Hawaii bracing as hurricane draws closer to island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:41
HONOLULU (AP) — Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years and whose path another hurricane closely followed.

Sen. Lamar Alexander fends off tea party in Tenn.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:29

Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar AlexanderNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race Thursday, defeating a state lawmaker who had used a familiar tactic in trying to cast him as an out of touch insider.


Criminal probe now the focus in young girl's case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:09

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Now that authorities believe they have found the body of a 6-year-old Washington girl who vanished from her home last weekend, they are focusing on a criminal investigation of the death.


Criminal probe now the focus in Wash. girl's case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:57

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Now that authorities believe they have found the body of a 6-year-old Washington girl who vanished from her home last weekend, they are focusing on a criminal investigation of the death.


WTO upholds 'rare earth' ruling against China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:50
BERLIN (AP) — The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products.

Senator Alexander defeats Tea Party challenge in Tennessee primary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:45

U.S. Senator Alexander interacts with supporters as he campaigns in Dickson, TennesseeBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday earned the Republican spot on the November general election ballot after defeating a state representative with Tea Party support in Tennessee's primary. In front of supporters, Alexander declared victory over state Representative Joe Carr, his closest competitor, who had Tea Party backing, and five other conservatives, calling on his opponents to join in supporting his bid for reelection. "I want to take Tennessee's get-it-done kind of leadership, put it in the United States Senate and move our country in a different direction," he said, during his victory speech. Although Senate Republican incumbents like Alexander have fared well this primary season, the defeat of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June at the hands of a Tea Party candidate shook the Washington and Republican establishments.


Storm impact on Hawaii election, tourists, transit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:32

Staff members of the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua, Hawaii take down umbrellas as the resort prepares for Hurricane Iselle on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Hurricane Iselle is expected to arrive on the Big Island on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains, winds gusting up to 85 mph and flooding in some areas. Weather officials changed their outlook on the system Wednesday after seeing it get a little stronger, giving it enough oomph to stay a hurricane as it reaches landfall. (AP Photo/Chris Stewart)HONOLULU (AP) — Residents and tourists in Hawaii are bracing for two major storms swirling toward the island chain. Hurricane Iselle is expected to hit the Big Island late Thursday evening or early Friday morning, canceling flights and shaking up the final days of campaigns before the state's primary election. Hurricane Julio is following in the Pacific, having strengthened into a Category 3 storm but forecast to pass just north of the islands sometime Sunday morning.


Baby dies, mother in critical after stabbing attack near Sacramento

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:32
A six-month old baby died and his mother was in critical condition after a family member stabbed them both on Thursday in a Sacramento suburb, police said. The 20-year-old alleged assailant, the woman's nephew, was shot by police and also died, Folsom police spokesman Andrew Bates said. The baby's mother is in intensive care, in critical condition, at a local hospital, he said.