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Texas school band practice broken up by plane spraying pesticide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:36
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas high school marching band had to cancel practice this week after a plane dropped pesticide for mosquitoes on more than 300 members going through their paces, school officials said on Friday. Students from the Houston suburb were sent home after the Thursday morning incident and told to wash their clothes and themselves thoroughly, school officials said. Band practice resumed indoors on Friday because another flight with pesticide was planned to fly overhead. The Brazoria County Mosquito Control District, which arranged for the flight, was not immediately available to comment on the incident or give details on the chemicals used.

Ban is sought on Hudson River helicopter tours

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:22
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Tourists who want a bird's-eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck.

Masked men storm California apartment, kill 3

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:15
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine a motive after multiple men in masks stormed a Central California apartment and opened fire, killing three men and wounding another.

Washington man set ablaze by wife could face molestation charge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:12
Detectives in Washington state have recommended a man who was set afire by his wife be charged with first-degree child molestation, police said Friday. Vincent Phillips, 52, was still hospitalized with severe burns to the face and chest following the July 17 attack. Phillips' wife, Tatanysha Hedman, 40, told police she doused him with gasoline as he slept and then set him on fire because he had been abusing her 7-year-old daughter, his stepdaughter, authorities said. Detectives investigating the incident last week recommended charges of child molestation to the King County prosecutor's office, said Renton police spokeswoman Terry Vickers.

First tropical storm in 22 years to hit Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:06

Anne Kllingshirn, of Kailua, Hawaii walks with her daughter Emma, 1, as storm clouds float overhead during the sunrise hours on Kailua Beach, in Kailua, Hawaii, Thursday morning Aug. 7, 2014. The National Weather Service downgraded Hurricane Iselle to a tropical storm about 50 miles before it was expected to make landfall early Friday in the southern part of Hawaii's Big Island. By 2 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday, the storm was swirling about 10 miles from the Kau coastline. (AP Photo/Luci Pemoni)HONOLULU (AP) — This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning as the first tropical storm in 22 years hit Hawaii:

Utility to pay $12M over massive 2011 blackout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:01
EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — The customer-owned electric utility serving Southern California's Imperial Valley will pay a $12 million civil penalty in a vast power outage three years ago.

McDonald's sales hit by China scandal, US weakness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:00

FILE - In this Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, McDonald's sign is displayed at a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto, Calif. McDonald's says a key sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July 2014, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and the impact of a food safety scandal in China. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China.

Woman pleads guilty in Denver child abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:58

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, Lorinda Bailey, left, arrives at court with her attorney Chelsea Reiss and a police escort at the Denver Justice Center, in Denver. Bailey pleaded guilty to a second offense of child abuse on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in exchange, six other counts are being dropped. Bailey and Wayne Sperling were accused of keeping their four boys, ages 2 to 6, in an apartment filled with cat feces and flies. When police found the children in October, they could communicate only in grunts, were malnourished and weren't toilet trained. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — A woman who starved her four young sons and kept them in a filthy, feces-strewn Denver apartment could spend up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to her second offense of child abuse.

Delco hospital shooting suspect moved to prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:47

Delco hospital shooting suspect moved to prisonDelco hospital shooting suspect moved to prison

White House: number of Central American migrant children is decreasing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:45

A view inside the first detention center specifically for mothers recently arriving from Central America with children in Karnes City TexasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A recent surge in migrant children from Central America across the U.S. border has eased, but the numbers are still high compared to historical standards, and could rise again once the weather cools down, the White House said on Friday. "Historical trends also indicate that as the weather cools and as we enter the fall and winter season, traditionally the rates of apprehension - the rates of those who attempt to illegally enter the country - go back up," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. ...

A veteran's Purple Hearts mission began with gift

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:37

Purple Hearts Reunited founder Capt. Zachariah Fike, who was wounded in Afghanistan while serving with the Vermont Army National Guard, displays a Purple Heart from Pearl Harbor which has yet to be reunited with its owner or relatives, during the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Thursday Aug. 7, 2014. Purple Hearts Reunited receives lost Purple Hearts and works to reunite the medals with their original owners. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — His labor of love began with an effort to find the owner of a Purple Heart that was given to him as a gift.

Judge upholds award in Ventura defamation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:33
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled as reasonable $1.8 million in damages awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a defamation case.

In bond filing, Port Authority lists subpoenas over bridge closure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:31
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has disclosed a list of federal and state subpoenas it has received linked to investigations into a scandal over deliberate lane closures at a major transportation route. "The Port Authority has received and is responding to several grand jury subpoenas for the production of records," the authority said in the Aug. 6 document. Authorities launched the investigations after staff in the office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie allegedly colluded with Port Authority staff to shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last year. The subpoenas relate to investigations by the United States Attorney's office and the Manhattan District Attorney.

Authorities investigate woman's possible abduction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:18
BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Southeastern Michigan authorities are investigating the possible abduction of an 18-year-old woman who reported stopping to check on a person lying in a roadside ditch.

Rep. DesJarlais, challenger trade leads in Tenn.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:17

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., speaks to supporters after he was declared the winner of Tennessee's 4th Congressional District Republican primary race Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in South Pittsburg, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy's race was still too close to call Friday as election officials in Tennessee's largely rural 4th Congressional District tallied outstanding votes.

Fla. legislative committees approve new districts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 01:11
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are one step closer to approving a proposal that would make slight changes to seven congressional districts to comply with a court order.

Cool summer sets expectations for a record harvest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 00:59

In this Aug. 5, 2014 photo a farmer drives his tractor past a soybean field toward grain storage bins near Ladora, Iowa. The nation’s corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest time.

DUI suspected in crash that left 1 dead, 4 injured in Washington Twp., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 00:57

DUI suspected in crash that left 1 dead, 4 injured in Washington Twp., N.J.One person is dead and four others, including a 4-year-old boy, are injured following a crash in Washington Township, New Jersey early Friday morning.

Prisoner to get new hearing in 1990 NYC killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 00:48
NEW YORK (AP) — A man imprisoned for nearly a quarter-century in an infamous tourist killing will get a new hearing on his claim of innocence in a case that was seen as an emblem of random urban violence, a judge said Friday.

Plane crashes after landing at Delaware airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 00:48

Plane crashes after landing at Delaware airportDelaware State Police say a single engine plane crashed after landing at Jenkins Airport, west of Wyoming.