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Winds aid crews battling fire in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:13

In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Crews trying to save rural dwellings in Southern Oregon got help from a natural force they usually dread when winds turned around a spreading wildfire.


Ultrarunner says he was hit by lightning in race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:02
DENVER (AP) — Canadian ultrarunner Adam Campbell was over halfway through Colorado's Hardrock 100 endurance race when he says he and his pacer were knocked to the ground by an indirect lightning strike on one of the state's tallest mountains.

Ohio man in prison for killing ailing wife dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 68-year-old Ohio man imprisoned for fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed has died while serving his six-year sentence.

Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor files appeal notice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin filed a formal notice of appeal Tuesday in the corruption case that resulted in a guilty verdict on 20 criminal counts and a prison sentence of 10 years.

House to take up highway bill as deadline looms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:37

FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, the U.S. Capitol building is seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington. The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing for the long term. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp cobbles together $10.8 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With an August deadline looming, the House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term.


Obama presses for more lasting highway funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:37

President Barack Obama smiles as he tries out a driving simulation during a tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, before speaking about the economy, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in McLean, Va. President Barack Obama envisions a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent solution to the longstanding shortfall in funding for road and bridge-building projects.


Woman loading child into pickup struck by car in NE Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:36

Woman loading child into pickup struck by car in NE PhiladelphiaEmergency crews responded to the scene of where a woman was struck by a vehicle in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday morning.


Prosecutors won't use graphic pics in sexting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:32
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won't use any photos of a 17-year-old's genitals in their effort to prove a sexting case against the teen.

Missouri appeals stay of execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:27
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is asking an appeals court to overturn a stay of execution for John Middleton, scheduled to die early Wednesday for killing three people in northern Missouri in 1995.

Three women avoid prison in NYC payroll fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:21
By Nate Raymond and Patience Haggin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three women avoided prison on Tuesday for crimes stemming from a massive fraud and kickback scheme involving a New York City payroll project that prosecutors say pushed its costs to $700 million. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan ordered Svetlana Mazer and Anna Makovetskaya to serve three-year probation terms and pay fines of $3,000 each. He imposed probation of three years, including six months home confinement, on Larisa Medzon.     The three are all relatives of Mark Mazer, the former manager of the CityTime payroll project, whom prosecutors said directed the women to carry out acts that furthered the fraud. Mazer was sentenced to 20 years in prison in April.

Yellen defends loose Fed policy, says job market still too weak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:21

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Yellen delivers remarks at the inaugural Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the International Monetary Fund in WashingtonBy Howard Schneider and Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said U.S. labor markets are far from healthy and signaled the Fed will keep monetary policy loose until hiring and wage data show the effects of the financial crisis are "completely gone." Despite strong recent jobs reports and other signs of continuing recovery, Yellen emphasized in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee that she won't conclude the economy has recovered until wages start rising and discouraged workers return to the labor force. In its latest semiannual report to Congress, the Fed did cite unease about some aspects of U.S. securities markets, taking the unusual step of singling out biotechnology and social media stocks for their "stretched" valuations.


Yellen and Fed raise flag over some U.S. equity valuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:21
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday voiced concern about stretched valuations in certain corners of the U.S. markets, including small cap, biotechnology and social media stocks, as well as the leveraged loan market. The unusual comments from the Fed's monetary policy report - the first time in 14 years that the Fed has commented specifically on valuation of a particular equity sector - that accompanied Fed Chair Janet Yellen's semi-annual testimony to Congress, hit stocks in riskier sectors of the market. Yellen said in remarks to the Senate Banking Committee that valuations across equity markets remain generally in line with long-term averages, but the Fed's report said the forward price-to-earnings multiples for smaller companies and those in the biotechnology and social media sectors appear "high relative to historical norms." Well-known names such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Yelp slipped after the news.

4 teens charged in New Jersey sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:20

This combination made with photos provided by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 shows, from left, Justin Draper, Craig Howe and Ashari Wilson, all 18. The three are facing aggravated sexual assault charges from what New Jersey authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone. A 17-year-old faces the same charge as a juvenile. (AP Photo/Bergen County Prosecutors Office)ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — Four teenagers are facing charges in what authorities say was the sexual assault of a highly intoxicated 15-year-old girl that was videotaped on a cellphone.


Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin files notice to appeal 10-year sentence in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:20
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin files notice to appeal 10-year sentence in corruption case.

Woman gets life sentence for Northwest crime spree

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:17
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has sentenced a woman to life in prison for her role in a Pacific Northwest killing spree that authorities say was part of a white supremacist scheme.

Man charged with 3 murders in California rampage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:16

Pasadena emergency services operator Diane Marin, left, speaks during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, July 14, 2014. During a 20-minute emergency phone call, Marin talked to a barricaded suspect, who called Saturday afternoon and said, "I killed someone." She persuaded the man to surrender while another operator relayed information to officers surrounding the house where he was holed up. Alexis Bartoli, the other emergency services operator is at left. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man arrested after a weekend shooting rampage in Pasadena, California, has been charged with three counts of murder.


House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

California water use rises amid severe drought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:09
Californians have increased their water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining.

California water use rises despite governor's pleas to conserve during severe drought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:02
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water use rises despite governor's pleas to conserve during severe drought.

2 dead in western Pennsylvania house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:56
DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A husband and wife were killed Tuesday in an early-morning house explosion Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.