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Body in home may be woman, 95, who died in 2010

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:39
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A badly decomposed body found in an apparently abandoned house in this Phoenix suburb may be that of a 95-year-old woman who died nearly four years ago, police said Tuesday.

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:35
Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States. Illinois was particularly hard hit as flooding, downed trees and fires caused by lightning strikes snarled traffic, cut power and delayed or canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago. About 400,000 ComEd customers lost power in the storm and 153,000 remained without power on Tuesday afternoon, mainly in the region south of Chicago, the company said. Iowa also took a direct hit, with hail measuring 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) in diameter and peak winds of 90 mph (145 kph) recorded, said National Weather Service spokesman Pat Slattery.

Defense, prosecutors in Colorado theater massacre case trade accusations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:31
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Colorado movie theater massacre case responded on Tuesday to defense charges of foul play by accusing lawyers for gunman James Holmes of seeking to exploit victims' families to gain a legal advantage. His defense team and the prosecution each says the other side has misled victims' families. Last month, Holmes' defense accused the prosecution of interfering in their investigation by telling victims' families that defense lawyers wanted them to speak out against the death penalty in a bid to save Holmes' life. A defense motion said the prosecution had "sabotaged the defense's credibility with the victim-witnesses ... and wrongly inflamed the victims and their families." Prosecutors fired back on Tuesday, alleging a member of the defense team had set up meetings between victims' families and anti-death penalty groups, and had encouraged at least one relative of a victim to speak out publicly against capital punishment.

Prosecutors oppose moving marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:30
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are opposing a defense request to move the November trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Washington, D.C., saying they believe he can get a fair trial in Boston.

First tropical storm of Atlantic season could soak U.S. holiday plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:30
(Reuters) - The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed on Tuesday and was poised to strengthen into a hurricane, forecasters said, threatening to dampen July 4 holiday celebrations along the U.S. East Coast. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the central Florida coast and was expected to bring heavy rain, gusty thunderstorms, coastal flooding, rough seas and dangerous rip currents to beaches from Florida to southern New England this week, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Computer forecast models showed Arthur was not a threat to key oil and gas producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters and emergency management officials were urging beachgoers to use caution when going into the surf.

4 guilty in California in fake kidnapping scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:25
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have pleaded guilty to running a scheme that collected ransoms from 128 families across the United States by falsely claiming their loved ones had been kidnapped.

Measles outbreak complicates 2 big Amish events

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:18

In this June 25, 2014 photo, young Mennonite girls gather at the health and safety clinic, which included a Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccinations in Shiloh, Ohio. Health officials said Ohio’s current outbreak of measles consists of more than 360 cases and is the biggest in the U.S. since 1994. The outbreak started after Amish travelers to the Philippines contracted measles this year and returned home to rural Knox County Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)SHILOH, Ohio (AP) — Visitors from around the world to two upcoming events in the state's Amish country could come away with more than they bargained for, health officials fear — a case of measles from the nation's largest outbreak in two decades.

US World Cup ends with 2-1 OT loss to Belgium

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:16

US World Cup ends with 2-1 OT loss to BelgiumThey captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game.

Jersey shore unfazed by great white shark surge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:01

In this Monday, June 30, 2014 photo, beachgoers play in the surf in Ship Bottom, N.J. Despite a surge in the population of great white sharks along the East Coast of the United States, and two documented sightings at the Jersey shore in recent weeks, most beachgoers say they're not afraid and plan to carry on with beach vacations as usual this Fourth of July weekend. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — Despite a surge in the great white shark population and several recent sightings off the Jersey shore, beachgoers still plan to hit the beach for the Fourth of July weekend.

AIDS scientist pleads not guilty to faking study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:55

Former Iowa State University researcher Dong-Pyou Han leaves the Federal Courthouse, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. Han was making his initial court appearance on charges that he falsified data to make a proposed AIDS vaccine appear promising and win millions of dollars in federal grant money. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.

Chicago police: Shootings up, homicides down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:45
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides in Chicago fell during the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, but the total number of people shot and the number of shooting incidents climbed, according to statistics released Tuesday by the police department.

Design issues may delay California driver's licenses for undocumented migrants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:44
By Jennifer Chaussee SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California may have to delay its plan to start issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants next year if a conflict between state and federal authorities over the design of the permits is not resolved soon. The most populous U.S. state has been negotiating for two months with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which said the permits look too much like licenses issued to legal residents. "From what I understand, they are not budging.” California was one of 10 states that enacted laws last year allowing unauthorized immigrants to receive driver's licenses or permits. The state is home to about 2.6 million undocumented immigrants, according to a study last year by the University of Southern California.

NASA resets launch of carbon-monitoring satellite

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:38
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rescheduled for early Wednesday.

Dockworkers' contract expires, but trade continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:34

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, container ships wait to be off-loaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. The contract that keeps workers on the job at 29 West Coast ports expires on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Both sides have said not to expect a deal, and that they will continue to bargain. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at ports from San Diego to Seattle expired Tuesday afternoon, but both sides pledged to continue negotiations without a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the West Coast waterfront.

Video shows Feltonville food truck explosion, 12 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:32

Video shows Feltonville food truck explosion, 11 injuredA surveillance camera captured the moment a food truck exploded in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia sending 12 people to the hospital.

Christie touts tax vetoes, promises benefits cuts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:26
CALDWELL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his new $32.5 billion state budget on national TV and at a local town hall meeting on Tuesday, proudly touting his vetoes of Democratic tax hikes and railing against public employee benefits he says threaten to bankrupt the state.

Christie touts budget vetoes at Caldwell town hall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:24
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his new $32.5 billion state budget on national TV and at a local town hall meeting Tuesday.

Long faces, but chins up for USA fans in Brazil

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:24

Fans of the United States national soccer team react, in frustration, as they watch their team's World Cup round of 16 match against Belgium on a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Belgium beat the United States 2-1 in extra time to reach World Cup quarterfinals. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was all long faces, but heads held high, for the legion of American fans who traveled to Brazil for the World Cup, only to watch their team lose 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.

PHOTOS: Food truck explodes in Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:23

 Food truck explodes in FeltonvilleMultiple people were injured when a food truck exploded in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

Buses carrying migrants rerouted after protests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:15

Protesters stand in the road blocking a bus carrying 140 immigrants on the way to be processed at the Murrieta border patrol station on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The immigrants are bused to a border patrol facility in Murrieta, about an hour north of San Diego, for processing. Federal immigration authorities there will determine whether they will be held or released pending deportation proceedings.(AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Sarah Burge) (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, ) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families have been rerouted to a customs and border facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.