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24 stranded on Maryland roller coaster

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 05:53

This image provided by Prince George's County Fire Dept. shows firefighters reaching riders stranded on a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Prince George's County Fire Dept., Marc Bashoor)UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a roller coaster carrying 24 people has become stuck near the top of the ride and fire officials are trying to rescue them at Six Flags America in Maryland.


Hurricane Julio not expected to threaten Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 05:01

A boy holds an umbrella to a wave in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Iselle, the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees when it crossed onto the Big Island in a rural and sparsely populated region. (AP Photo/Chris Stewart)HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service says Hurricane Julio continues to move away from Hawaii and will not pose a threat on the heels of a damaging tropical storm.


Mother of dead Missouri teen wants officer jailed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 05:01

Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The mother of an 18-year-old black man shot and killed in a St. Louis suburb says she doesn't understand why police didn't subdue her son with a club or Taser, and she says the policeman who shot him should be jailed.


90 years on, push for ERA ratification continues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 04:47

FILE - In this May 16, 1976 file photo, an estimated 10,000 marchers descend on the Capitol building in Springfield, Ill to demonstrate for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Many opponents of the Equal Rights Amendment considered it dead when a 10-year ratification push failed in 1982, yet its backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere fought for the ratification in 2014. (AP Photo/File)Drafted by a suffragette in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment has been stirring up controversy ever since. Many opponents considered it dead when a 10-year ratification push failed in 1982, yet its backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making clear this summer that the fight is far from over.


Husband arrested in Philadelphia jogger's death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 04:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The husband of a jogger found strangled in a park has been charged with her murder, police said Sunday, days after they warned female runners to take extra precautions until the killer was caught.

Texas energy firm worker killed in Egypt

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:48
HOUSTON (AP) — An American employee of Texas-based energy company Apache Corp was killed last week in an apparent carjacking in the western Egyptian desert, officials said Sunday.

Police: Black teen killed in Missouri was unarmed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:47

Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An 18-year-old black man shot and killed by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed, police said Sunday during a news conference that occurred while hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside to demand answers.


NJ wife sentenced for assaulting husband with hot oil

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:38

Dog thrown from moving car on Garden State ParkwayA woman in News Jersey, who threw hot cooking oil on her husband and chased him with a hand ax around their home after he asked for a divorce, is now headed to prison.


Tony Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:38

In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photograph, Tony Stewart stands in the garage area after a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen N.Y. Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York on Saturday night. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.


Winning $90M Powerball ticket sold in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 02:48
DENVER (AP) — Someone in Colorado is holding the winning Powerball ticket for a $90 million prize.

Texas energy company worker killed in Egypt

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 02:45
HOUSTON (AP) — An American employee of Texas-based energy company Apache Corp was killed last week in an apparent carjacking in the western Egyptian desert, officials said Sunday.

Hawaii's governor ousted in stunning primary loss

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 02:25

Hawaii State Sen. David Ige, right, waves to his supporters an thanks Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, right, who promised his support Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Honolulu. Ige defeated incumbent Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie in the state's primary election to win the Democratic Party's nomination. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)HONOLULU (AP) — A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call.


Returning U.S. missionaries to be quarantined because of Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 02:09
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine as a precaution against the spread of the deadly viral disease. The quarantine is set to last for three weeks from the last exposure to someone infected in the West African Ebola outbreak, which is centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the officials said. Missionaries from the North Carolina-based Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse have been working to help combat the world's worst outbreak of the disease. Two of the relief workers contracted the disease and were being cared for at Emory University in Georgia.

Colorado rescuers find plane wreckage; 2 killed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 01:51
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people aboard a small plane that was reported missing have been found dead at the crash site in northern Colorado.

Police: Black teen shot in Missouri was unarmed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 01:42

Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An unarmed 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police in suburban St. Louis after an altercation that involved two people and an officer, authorities said Sunday while hundreds of protesters demanded answers outside.


No optical illusion: Obama balances world crises with golf, time off

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 01:34

U.S. President Barack Obama talks about Iraq at White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason OAK BLUFFS Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background. Four hours later, he offered an altogether different tableau: a golf game with friends at a lush course on Martha's Vineyard, the upscale Massachusetts island where the president and his family began a two-week vacation. With crises boiling in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine, Obama - like his presidential predecessors in similar circumstances - proceeded with plans for a summer break, but only after making his Iraq statement against the very presidential backdrop. "The president will be traveling to Massachusetts with an array of communications equipment and national security advisers and others to ensure that he has the capacity to make the kinds of decisions that are required for the Commander-in-Chief," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday.


Missouri teen shot dead by police had assaulted officer: police

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 01:30
The shooting death of a black teenager that sparked anger in a St. Louis community was started by a fight between the victim and an officer in a squad car that quickly escalated, police said on Sunday. Police said Michael Brown, 18, physically assaulted the officer from the Ferguson police, who then fired multiple shots at Brown after he left the car on Saturday. The officer, who was not identified, is a six-year veteran and has been put on administrative leave, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference. A crowd of some 200 people gathered at the site of the shooting on Saturday, some of them shouting "kill the police" and yelling profanities, a county police spokesman said.

Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 01:10

FILE - This March 17, 2014, file photo shows a stake in the ground wrapped with tape that marks the route of the Keystone XL pipeline in Tilden, Neb. The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department has calculated, according to scientists at a Swedish research facility. They say the U.S. estimates didn’t take into account that the added oil from the pipeline would drop prices by about $3 a barrel, spurring consumption that would then create more pollution. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.


Police: Black teen shot after altercation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:59

Lesley McSpadden, left, is comforted by her husband, Louis Head, after her 18-year-old son, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Mo., near St. Louis on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. A spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department, which is investigating the shooting at the request of the local department, confirmed a Ferguson police officer shot the man. The spokesman didn't give the reason for the shooting. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An unarmed 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police in suburban St. Louis after an altercation that involved two people and an officer, authorities said Sunday while hundreds of protesters demanded answers outside.


Prime chance in Iowa for potential 2016 candidates

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:53

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. The calendar says Iowa's presidential caucuses are more than a year away. But it's never too early for potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016 to court social conservatives in the early-voting state. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AMES, Iowa (AP) — The lineup of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates courting Iowa conservatives Saturday agreed on two things: America is on the wrong track and they could move it in the right direction.