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Officials: School worker dead, hazmat team at site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:41
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A custodian was found dead Monday at a Massachusetts elementary school and several public safety employees who responded to the scene developed symptoms of possible chemical exposure, police and prosecutors said.

North Carolina voting law changes fight in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:36
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Sweeping changes to North Carolina's voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, should be put on hold until at least after the November election, the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge Monday.

Maine companies sued over treatment of migrant blueberry pickers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:35

Maine low-bush blueberries are shown in a field in DebloisBy Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) - Two Maine companies and a labor recruiter are being sued for allegedly mistreating Haitian migrant workers during the state's wild blueberry harvest in 2008. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor last week, alleges that a contractor for Coastal Blueberry Service and Hancock Foods lured 18 workers from New Jersey's blueberry fields and elsewhere without contracts. Many workers made the trip crammed three to a seat and in the aisle of an old bus, often without luggage, according to the suit filed by the non-profit Pine Tree Legal Assistance. One man slept in an abandoned vehicle while working in Maine, a woman opted to sleep in a car rather than share a bedroom with several men and others stayed in pest-infested bunkhouses, the lawsuit said.

5 things to know about California lifeguards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:33

In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 photo, beachgoers watch as Newport Beach Lifeguard boats, and lifeguards search for a missing lifeguard in the late afternoon on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Ben Carlson, 32, a Newport Beach lifeguard who drowned while trying to rescue a swimmer, was finally pulled from the water by fellow lifeguards following a frantic, three-hour search. (AP Photo/Richard Koehler)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Southern California lifeguard died over the holiday weekend after jumping from a rescue boat to save a distressed swimmer. Pop culture often depicts the lifeguard as a kid with a tan lounging in a tall chair, but the job can be dangerous and, in some places, a lifelong profession.

Massachusetts judge OKs moving ex-NFLer Hernandez to Boston jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:31

A court officer removes handcuffs from former New England Patriots football player Aaron?Hernandez during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. Prosecutors raised no objection to moving Hernandez from the Bristol jail, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Boston.

West Virginia company fined $11K in chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.

Police identify woman killed by stray bullet in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:26

Police identify woman killed by stray bullet in WilmingtonPolice have identified the woman who was found shot in the chest on the street in Wilmington, Delaware Sunday night.

Deputy who killed unarmed teen won't face charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:16
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an unarmed 13-year-old boy, whose death last year sparked protests and criticism that the officer acted too quickly.

Dozens injured, several dead in bloody holiday weekend in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:10

In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 photo, a Chicago police officer checks on evidence at the scene where a man was shot in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in Chicago, where at least nine people were shot to death and at least 60 others were wounded. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Alex Wroblewski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESThe July Fourth holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to Chicago, where at least 60 people were shot and roughly a dozen killed, authorities said on Monday. The violence was so widespread during the three-day weekend that police were still tallying the dead and wounded, Chicago Police Department spokesman Hector Alfaro said. In a news conference Monday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the violence "unacceptable," and he blamed it in part on a "proliferation of firearms." The Chicago Tribune reported 82 people were shot and 14 killed. To try to quell the violence, SWAT teams patrolled the streets along with police officers and law enforcement brought in SUVs packed with rifles, the paper said.

Prosecutor: Tsarnaev said martyrs go to heaven

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:55
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev texted a friend 90 minutes after the deadly explosions and said, "Don't go thinking it's me," a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening statements at the friend's obstruction trial.

Boeing says no shipment delays from Spirit Aerosystems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:50

Three Boeing 737 fuselages lie on an embankment on the Clark Fork River after a BNSF Railway Co train derailed near Rivulet(Reuters) - Boeing Co said there would be no delay in shipments from supplier Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc, following the derailment of a train last week en route to the planemaker's factories in Washington state. Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit Aerosystems builds all of Boeing's 737 fuselages. The six fuselages involved in Thursday's derailment represent 14 percent of Boeing's current monthly production. Nineteen cars in a 90-car BNSF Railway Co [BNISF.UL] train loaded with six 737 narrow-body fuselages and assemblies for Boeing's 777 and 747 wide-body jets derailed near Rivulet, Montana on Thursday.

Dad, uncle die trying to save boy in Idaho river

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:46
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy's dad and his uncle have died after they jumped into Idaho's Snake River to rescue him after he fell in.

TV meteorologist loses eye in fireworks mishap

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:45

In this 2010 photo released by WXYZ-TV, Dave Rexroth is shown. According to the station, Rexroth, chief meteorologist at the Detroit ABC affiliate, lost sight in his left eye during a fireworks mishap Friday, July 4, 2014 that occurred while he was vacationing with his family in Iowa City. Rexroth is to undergo surgery that will begin the process of implanting a prosthetic eye on Wednesday, July 9. (AP Photo/WXYZ-TV, Richard Doyle)SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A meteorologist at a Detroit-area television station has lost the sight in his left eye after a fireworks accident in Iowa.

New York governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:42

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo takes part in the annual Pride March on Christopher Street in the Manhattan borough of New YorkGovernor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday he had signed legislation making New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, calling his approach, which forbids smoking of the drug and includes strict limits, the "smartest" any state had taken so far. "This new law takes an important step toward bringing relief to patients living with extraordinary pain and illness," Cuomo told a news conference at the New York Academy of Medicine, flanked by lawmakers and 9-year-old Amanda Houser, who suffers from seizures. The legislation "gets us the best that medical marijuana has to offer in the most protected, controlled way possible,” the Democratic governor said. Medical marijuana is also legal in the District of Columbia.

Dad shocked huge waves killed lifeguard son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:36

In this Sunday July 6, 2014 photo, Newport Beach lifeguard boats converge at the end of the Newport Beach Pier after the three hour search for a missing lifeguard ended. Ben Carlson, 32, a Newport Beach lifeguard who drowned while trying to rescue a swimmer, was finally pulled from the water by fellow lifeguards following a frantic, three-hour search. (AP Photo/Richard Koehler)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Lifeguards along more than 6 miles of pristine sand in this Southern California beach city had rescued more than 200 people by the time the call came to help a distressed swimmer east of one of the main piers.

LA police will require judges to sign off on immigrant detentions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:34

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Los Angeles will no longer hold in jail undocumented immigrants for federal authorities unless a judge requests it, officials said on Monday. The announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck marks the latest move by officials in California to limit cooperation with the U.S. government in a program that has been a top priority for immigration officials and has helped deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. The federal government's Secure Communities program was launched in 2008 in partnership with the FBI and local law enforcement to deport unauthorized immigrants who are arrested by police for other offenses. Under the program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can ask that detainees suspected of entering the country illegally be held for up to 48 hours extra to give federal immigration authorities more time to take custody of them.

Police: Fugitive caught after posing for newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:32
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An alleged New York bail-jumper was arrested on his Pennsylvania college campus after he posed for a news photographer and police spotted his picture in the paper.

Shots fired at police during chase in Wilmington, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:30

Shots fired at police during chase in Wilmington, DelawareShots were fired during a police chase in Wilmington, Delaware Monday afternoon.

Smoke, burns killed NYC firefighter in high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:09

This photo taken on June 26, 2014, and released by the NYFD, shows Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who died at a hospital late Saturday night, July 5, 2014, after battling a blaze that broke out on an upper floor of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise in New York. Two other firefighters were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, and two civilians were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals. (AP Photo/NYFD)NEW YORK (AP) — A 14-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York who was searching for victims in a burning, cluttered high-rise apartment was killed by smoke inhalation and thermal burns, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said Monday.

South Carolina toddler dies after being trapped in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:06
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy died on Saturday after he walked out of a South Carolina home last Wednesday, climbed into his grandmother's car and became trapped, a South Carolina coroner said on Monday. "Apparently on Wednesday he went outside, him and his little dog, and somehow he got in his grandmother's car," Lancaster County coroner Mike Morris told Reuters. "They couldn't find him for 30 minutes."The mother, Amber Bender, fell asleep watching television on the sofa with her son about midday and woke up later to find he was not there, according to a police incident report.