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Crews search for teen in flooded Iowa storm drain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:58

20 p.m. Monday. (AP Photo/The Gazette-KCRG, Liz Martin)CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Rescue crews peered beneath manhole covers, used sonar in a lake and kept divers on standby in the search for a teenager who was swept away in a Cedar Rapids storm drain after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the eastern Iowa city's sewer system.


Woman found dead inside freezer in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:56

Woman found dead inside freezer in Hunting ParkA woman was found dead inside a freezer in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia on Tuesday.


Three men killed crossing Atlanta road likely drunk: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:55
Three men were likely intoxicated when they tried to walk across a busy 12-lane interstate highway in Atlanta and were struck and killed by a pickup truck early on Tuesday, according to local police. The men were struck at about 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) while trying to walk across the southbound lanes of Interstate 85, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

U.S. court strikes down Kentucky same-sex marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:48
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Kentucky as a violation of the U.S. Constitution, the latest in a string of court rulings across the United States voiding state laws that restrict the right to marry. U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville, Kentucky wrote in his ruling that "same-sex couples' right to marry seems to be a uniquely 'free' constitutional right." Heyburn said that to the extent Kentucky law denied same-sex couples the right to marry in that state, it violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. The judge put enforcement of his decision on hold pending further orders from the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, which handles appeals from his court. Since then, every federal court to consider state bans on same-sex marriage and recognition has declared them unconstitutional, which was noted in Tuesday's ruling.

Atlantic season's 1st named storm forms off Fla.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:47
MIAMI (AP) — With a holiday weekend on the horizon, the National Hurricane Center says the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is gradually becoming more organized off Florida.

Conservative group plans conference in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:43
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An international conservative group that opposes homosexuality is planning its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year — a four-day gathering in Utah, a state that has become a focal point in the gay marriage movement.

Police identify teen who drowned in Tacony Creek in Juniata

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:40

Police identify teen who drowned in Tacony Creek in JuniataAction News has learned the name of the teenager who was killed while swimming in the Tacony Creek.


Charge dismissed in White House car incident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a man who drove behind a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daughters through the White House gates.

Aaron Hernandez featured in Gators 2014 calendar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:19

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 28, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killing of three men, is Mr. July in the Florida Gators’ 2014 sports calendar, with the school saying Tuesday, July 1, 2014, that officials approved the publication months before he was charged with murder. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ex-Florida and NFL star Aaron Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killing of three men, is Mr. July in the Gators' 2014 sports calendar. The school said Tuesday that officials approved the publication months before he was charged with murder.


Texas man who sought to blow up pipeline, wrote to Unabomber in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:09
By Jana J. Pruet DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas man accused of trying to blow up a gas pipeline and seeking guidance from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski reached a plea deal with prosecutors under which he will go to prison for an undisclosed term, court documents filed on Tuesday said. Anson Chi, 35, was facing four counts of firearms and weapons violations that could have brought as many as 30 years in jail if convicted. Prosecutors said in their indictment that he tried to destroy a suburban Dallas section of a natural gas pipeline with a bomb in June 2012. "The government and Anson Chi, defendant, have entered into a written plea agreement in relation to the pending charges," Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Stover said in a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Monica Lewinsky revisits 'humiliation' of Clinton affair in interview

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

A man reads the latest edition of Vanity Fair with an article on Monica Lewinsky on a news stand in New YorkMonica Lewinsky, the one-time White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s nearly brought down his presidency, said she ended up feeling like "the most humiliated woman in the world." In her first television interview in a decade, Lewinsky, who became a constant punch line for late-night comedians, is part of a National Geographic documentary, "The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?" that airs on Sunday. In the National Geographic interview, she recalled the day in 1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr issued a report on the scandal, including vivid details about her affair with Clinton, has one of the worst in her life. "I mean it was just violation after violation." Lewinsky largely dropped from sight after the scandal died out but her name resurfaced in U.S. political discourse in February, when former first lady and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as calling her "a narcissistic looney-tune" in an article based on the papers of a Clinton friend.


Idaho university allows armed patrols as law takes effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:05
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Public safety officers armed with semi-automatic pistols will patrol Idaho State University for the first time on Tuesday to safeguard students and staff, in response to a new state law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses. Another Idaho university was considering a similar move. We are increasing our officers' capabilities to respond," Idaho State public safety director Steve Chatterton said in a statement. The Idaho gun law, passed this year by the state's Republican-controlled legislature, allows retired law enforcement officers and those with so-called enhanced concealed-carry permits to possess guns on university grounds, including some child-care centers but not in dormitories or football stadiums.

Washington legal pot effort has enough signatures for vote -chairman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:01

A participant practices rolling a joint at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBackers of legal marijuana in Washington have enough signatures to put the issue to a referendum that faces potential hurdles in Congress, the initiative's head said on Tuesday. Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, said it had collected more than 55,000 signatures to put the measure on a Nov. 4 ballot in the U.S. capital, well above the 22,373 required by law. The referendum could face opposition from Congress, which under the U.S. Constitution has oversight power over the District of Columbia. The Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives last week moved to block a District law that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of pot.


GM returns stolen Corvette to owner after 33 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:45
DETROIT (AP) — The last time George Talley saw his beloved 1979 Chevrolet Corvette was when he parked it on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit in 1981.

Good Samaritan rescues man from burning SUV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:42

This Sunday, June 29, 2014 image provided by the Minnesota State Patrol shows a fireman in front of the burnt wreckage of a sports utility vehicle along Interstate 35W in New Brighton, Minn. A Good Samaritan showed "superhuman strength" when he bent the door of the burning sport utility vehicle and rescued another motorist, a state trooper said. (AP Photo/Minnesota State Patrol)NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (AP) — A Good Samaritan showed "superhuman strength" when he bent the door of a burning sport utility vehicle and rescued another motorist on a Minnesota freeway, a state trooper said.


Storm leaves 240,000 without power in U.S. Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:33
(Reuters) - More than 240,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region overnight. Commonwealth Edison, a unit of U.S. power company Exelon Corp, in northern Illinois said it had almost 200,000 customers still without power. The company said the storm affected about 380,000 customers. The following lists outages by utility: Power Company State Out Now Exelon IL 197,100 Wisconsin Electric WI 28,300 Alliant IA 14,600 Ameren IL 2,800 Total 242,800 (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by James Dalgleish)

Tourniquets make comeback with American police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:22

In this June 3, 2014 photo, Houston police officers learn learn how to apply a tourniquet to a leg at the police academy in Houston. Cities across the country are training and equipping police officers to use tourniquets and combat gauze. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart and cardiac arrest was just moments away.


3 men fatally hit trying to cross Georgia freeway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:15
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Three men who scaled a median and tried to cross about a dozen lanes of a metro Atlanta freeway were struck and killed by a pickup early Tuesday, snarling traffic into rush hour and puzzling police, who said they were unsure why the group made the risky move.

AccuWeather: Hot and Humid Today, Oppressive Tomorrow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:49

 Hot and Humid Today, Oppressive TomorrowAccuWeather: Meteorologist David Murphy says drenching thunderstorms are possible Wednesday and Thursday.


Suspended Lexington sheriff expected in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:42
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is scheduled to appear in federal court for arraignment on bribery charges.