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Huge flames destroy twin home in Pennsauken

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:52

Huge flames destroy twin home in PennsaukenFirefighters battled flames at a twin home in Pennsauken, New Jersey early Thursday morning.


Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:38

Hurricane Arthur forms in the AtlanticArthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on Independence Day.


Corporations are people? It's a real legal concept

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:33

FILE - This June 30, 2014, file photo shows customers walking into a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. There may be more to that "we the people" notion than you thought.These are boom times for the concept of "corporate personhood." Corporations are people? Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea. But it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a century, and the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave it more oomph this week when it ruled that certain businesses are entitled to exercise religious rights just as do people. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be more to that "we the people" notion than you thought.


California student dies on hiking trip with fraternity: reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:18
(Reuters) - A California university fraternity has been ordered to stop all activities after a student died on hiking trip with group members in the Angeles National Forest, the university said, according to local media. A 19-year-old California State University-Northridge student died on Tuesday after running out of water and passing out, local media quoted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as saying. The university was investigating the incident involving the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which it had ordered to "cease and desist" all activities, school spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler said, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The university and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

California student dies on hiking trip with fraternity: reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:18
(Reuters) - A California university fraternity has been ordered to stop all activities after a student died on hiking trip with group members in the Angeles National Forest, the university said, according to local media. A 19-year-old California State University-Northridge student died on Tuesday after running out of water and passing out, local media quoted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as saying. The university was investigating the incident involving the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which it had ordered to "cease and desist" all activities, school spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler said, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The university and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Boston Pops' annual July Fourth show a day early

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:17
BOSTON (AP) — The annual Boston Pops Fourth of July outdoor concert and fireworks show, one of the city's signature events, has been moved up a day because of potential heavy rain ahead of Hurricane Arthur.

Brooklyn Bridge underpass facade collapses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:08

This photo provided by Roberto Danino shows emergency personal near a section of the facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge after it had collapsed, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A fire department spokesman says five people were injured. (AP Photo/Roberto Danino)NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a section of the facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge has collapsed, injuring five people.


Signed Lou Gehrig glove could sell for $200K

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:06

In this photo taken on Monday, June 30, 2014, Howard Henderson, who as a boy in New York played catch with baseball legend Lou Gehrig, holds a signed baseball mitt given to him by Gehrig when he was young, near Henderson's Greenwich, Conn., home. Gehrig, a Yankee first baseman and a friend of Henderson's songwriter father, visited his home and Henderson visited him when he had ALS. The mitt, that was autographed by Gehrig with a hot instrument, will be auctioned in July, expecting to fetch $200,000 to $300,000. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — It was some 80 years ago that Lou Gehrig and the 12-year-old son of a songwriter got bored with talk of music and opted to play catch instead.


AccuWeather: Still Humid, More Drenching Storms Late Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:52

 Still Humid, More Drenching Storms Late TodayAccuWeather: Meteorologist David Murphy says a Flood Watch is in effect though Friday morning.


AccuWeather: Still Humid, More Drenching Storms Late Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:52

 Still Humid, More Drenching Storms Late TodayAccuWeather: Meteorologist David Murphy says a Flood Watch is in effect though Friday morning.


Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:24

35 p.m. EDT and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Tropical Storm Arthur moving north off the east coast of Florida. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season prompted a hurricane warning for a wide swath of the North Carolina coast and spurred authorities to order a mandatory evacuation for visitors to the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island as of 5 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014. Residents also were advised to leave the island. A voluntary evacuation was announced for the Outer Banks' Ocracoke Island, accessible only by ferry. (AP Photo/NOAA)RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early Thursday and threatened to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues.


Police: Toddler left in hot car while couple drinks at bar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:04

 Toddler left in hot car while couple drinks at barPolice say a two-year-old boy was left in a hot car while his parents drank at a bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Wednesday.


FBI seeks victims of child rape after suspect dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:39

This undated arrest photo made available by the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, in Georgia, shows Matthew Coniglio, 46. Coniglio was arrested in April 2014, after a Pooler, Ga., police officer identified him as someone who possessed and distributed child pornography. Officers found videos of Coniglio molesting or raping unconscious girls. Coniglio allegedly hanged himself while in custody, days after his arrest. The FBI is trying to identify and find his victims. (AP Photo/Chatham County Sheriff's Office)Investigators combing through a stash of more than 50,000 images and videos of child pornography hidden in a bedside table in Matthew Coniglio's Georgia home made an even more horrifying discovery: cassette tapes they say show him raping and molesting girls.


More Central American migrants sent to California despite backlash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:28

Residents and protestors attend a town hall meeting to discuss the processing of undocumented immigrants in Murrieta, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman and Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Residents of a Southern California town confronted their mayor on Wednesday over the arrival of Central American migrants for processing after they slipped across the Mexico border into Texas, extending an influx that has swamped authorities there. Most have shown up in Texas, swamping detention and reception centers there and leading U.S. immigration authorities to set up overflow sites in California and other states in the Southwest to help screen and manage the influx. Dozens more migrants were shipped to California for processing on Wednesday, a day after protesters blocked buses full of Central American families bound for a Border Patrol station north of San Diego.


Hearing for dad in Georgia hot SUV child death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:02
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta man charged with murder in his 22-month-old son's death in a hot SUV is due in court to discuss his bond.

Feds booed in Calif. city after migrant standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:31
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to Murrieta in the first place.

5 things to know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:08

FILE - This July 2, 1964 file photo shows President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Standing, from left, are Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill.; Rep. Clarence Brown, R-Ohio; Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn.; Rep. Charles Halleck, R-Ind.; Rep. William McCullough, R-Ohio; and Rep. Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is considered one of the most celebrated legislative achievements in U.S. history. Signed on July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, this law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and public facility discrimination, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements.


Young, active war wounded pushing medical science

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:57

In this photo taken on May 23, 2014, retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer, center, gets laser treatment from Navy Cmdr. Peter Shumaker, right, at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Meyer lost his right leg above the knee, his right hand above the wrist, and three fingers on his left hand while disarming a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011. The Naval Health Research Center is launching a major, six-year study on wounded warriors to track their quality of life and better understand the road to recovery. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer's leg and hand.


Illinois high court to rule on reach of pension protections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:50
A ruling expected Thursday from the Illinois Supreme Court involving a change to public worker benefits could provide insight on how justices may eventually rule on the constitutionality of a landmark state pension reform law. The case before the state's highest court involves a 2012 Illinois law that allowed the state to impose healthcare insurance premiums on its retired workers. Retirees and others appealed a March 2013 ruling by Sangamon County Circuit Court Associate Judge Steven Nardulli, who found that state-sponsored health insurance is not a guaranteed pension benefit protected by the Illinois Constitution. The constitutional provision in question states that membership in any public sector pension or retirement system "shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired." The same provision in the Illinois Constitution is also the center of attention in lawsuits pending in Sangamon County Circuit Court against the pension reform law the Illinois legislature passed in December.

Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:36

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path. (AP Photo/NOAA)RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along the shore.