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2 dead, 3 injured in northwest Georgia shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:34
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Northwest Georgia authorities are investigating a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded.

Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:30

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, an airplane takes off from Dayton International Airport, passing over one of the airport's prairies in Vandalia, Ohio. In an effort to keep birds away from aircraft, the airport is experimenting by planting the tall prairie grass. Heavy birds like geese, which cause the most damage to planes, are believed to avoid long grasses because they fear predators might be hiding within. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)NEW YORK (AP) — When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That's why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks.

Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:30

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2011 file photo, Apple employees walk between buildings at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. A breakdown released Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are handled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

Delco firefighter charged with arson after 3 fires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:29

Delco firefighter charged with arson after 3 firesA volunteer firefighter from Glenolden, Delaware County is accused of setting fire to homes he was supposed to help save.

Officer who shot Missouri teen was 6-year veteran

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:24
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police are releasing a few more details about the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager but are still not identifying him.

Sinkhole swallows car in western Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:21

Handout shows a man looking at a car as it falls into a sinkhole on McKnight Road in Ross Township of Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaNews footage showed the sinkhole in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, was about three times the width of a car and filled with water. The woman was backing out of a parking space when her car sank, and local media photos showed a white sedan falling into the hole rear-end first. She escaped out of her car window before the vehicle submerged and was listed in good condition at an area hospital, according to WPXI television.

New York man accused of online death threats against Obama, Cuomo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:20
(Reuters) - An upstate New York man was accused on Tuesday of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other political leaders just days after he was arraigned on charges that he had made previous online death threats against them, authorities said. Brandon Correa, 30, of Rochester, faces a seven-count indictment charging him with threatening the president, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, according to a statement by the office of William Hochul, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.

US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

Pipeline explodes in Rusk County, Texas: website

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:18
(Reuters) - A 12-inch pipeline exploded in Rusk County, Texas, on Tuesday, news website said. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the majority of the pipelines in the area carry natural gas, the report said, adding the scene was about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Henderson.

Documents detail death of infant at Oregon motel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:16
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Notes left by a mother accused of drowning her infant daughter and cutting the throat of her teenager recounted the attack and said the "baby didn't suffer as she fell asleep in the water," according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed on Tuesday.

Family: Missouri shooting victim had eerie dream

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:09

Eric Davis, a cousin of Michael Brown, speaks during an interview Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Racial tensions have run high in in the predominantly black city of Ferguson, where crowds have looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted police after following the shooting death by police of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black man. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Relatives of a Missouri teenager who was fatally shot by a policeman say he had an eerie dream shortly before his death.

Officials: US to send 130 more advisers to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants, officials said Tuesday.

Ohio animal park worker killed in horse cart crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:08
BERLIN, Ohio (AP) — A horse-drawn wagon has run over an animal park worker in Ohio's Amish country and crashed, killing the worker and injuring nine passengers.

Missouri shooting victim called quiet, respectful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:04
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial.

Gunman hunted in New Mexico looks to have killed himself: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Police in Albuquerque say a man who was being hunted on suspicion of shooting to death one woman and injuring three others was found dead on Tuesday, apparently after taking his own life with a handgun. Officers had warned members of the public to be on the lookout for 47-year-old Marcos Delgado after the shooting rampage on Friday lunchtime at a downtown industrial park in New Mexico's biggest city. Officer Tanner Tixia of the Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that Delgado had been spotted late on Monday night traveling in an SUV with two other people.

Obama signs disaster declaration for wildfire-scorched Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57

U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday approved federal disaster aid for wildfire-scorched Washington state, as the U.S. West Coast struggles with a near-record fire season that experts say will likely worsen in the coming weeks. The declaration allows federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in parts of Washington that were affected by wildfires between July 9 and Aug. 5. The order did not approve a request for individual assistance to affected homeowners in central Washington, a decision Governor Jay Inslee said he would appeal. The West Coast fire season, which runs from May to October, is on track to break records for both the number of blazes and acres burned, according to fire teams.

Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself with a belt in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.

Cuomo invited to visit Palestinians on Israel trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday invited New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators who are heading to Israel this week to visit the Palestinian territories and experience "all sides of the conflict, not just one."

White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:51

U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president's efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington. Obama came to office pledging to curtail the sway of lobbyists and banned lobbyists from serving on such panels, which guide government policy on a range of topics ranging from cancer to towing safety. A spokesperson for the White House Office of Management and Budget said the administration was revising its earlier guidance on lobbyists serving on federal advisory panels to clarify that lobbyists may now serve on such panels when they are representing the views of a particular group.

Flooding slows production at Detroit automakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:46
DETROIT (AP) — Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production, automakers said Tuesday.