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Lightning strike may have caused Voorhees blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:04

Lightning strike may have caused Voorhees blazeOfficials are investigating if a lightning strike caused an apartment fire in Voorhees, New Jersey Thursday night.

High court upholds pension in Chicago torture case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:00

FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge arrives at the federal building for his obstruction of justice and perjury trial in Chicago. Burge was convicted in 2010 and is now imprisoned of lying about the torture of suspects decades ago. On Thursday, July 3, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that Attorney General Lisa Madigan can't challenge a police pension board vote preserving pension payments to the former Chicago police commander. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — An imprisoned former Chicago police commander accused of overseeing the torture of suspects will keep his $3,000-a-month pension following a ruling Thursday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Lightning possibly to blame for Edgewater Park fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:00

Lightning possibly to blame for Edgewater Park fireOfficials believe a lightning strike was to blame for a house fire in Edgewater Park, Burlington County.

Man struck by lightning in Langhorne

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:59

Man struck by lightning in LanghorneBucks County authorities say a man has been hospitalized after he was struck by lightning in Langhorne.

Seinfeld borrows Pennsylvania man's rare Jaguar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:54

Seinfeld borrows Pennsylvania man's rare JaguarA western Pennsylvania man says Jerry Seinfeld left him a nice "thank you" note after borrowing the man's rare car for the comedian's latest episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

U.S. service sector growth slows slightly in June: ISM survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:42

A waiter serves green champagne during a St Patrick's Day reception at the White HouseThe pace of growth in the U.S. services sector slowed slightly in June as business activity decelerated, even as new orders and employment growth sped up, according to an industry report released on Thursday. The Institute for Supply Management said its services index ticked down to 56.0 last month from 56.3 in May, which was a nine-month high. The reading fell shy of economists' forecasts for 56.3, according to a Reuters survey. Non-manufacturing business activity slipped to 57.5 in June from 62.1 in May, but the new orders index rose to 61.2, the highest since January 2011, from 60.5 in May. Employment rose to 54.4, a five-month high, from 52.4.

Drought won't stop fireworks in dry western states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:38
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

Plane hits passenger bridge at airport; none hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:31
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Frontier Airlines plane approaching the terminal at Cleveland's main airport struck the bridge that passengers use to board and exit aircraft. No injuries have been reported.

Censorship claims as Google cuts search results

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:29
BRUSSELS (AP) — Google's removal of some search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship.

Walgreens, diabetic employee reach $180K deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:19
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Drugstore chain Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a diabetic employee who was fired after eating a $1.39 bag of chips before paying for it during what she said was an attack of low blood sugar.

Maine ear biter cleared of assault charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:13
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who bit off a portion of another man's ear during a fight has been acquitted of assault charges.

California wildfire threatens wine country homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:04
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wildfire in rural Northern California's Napa County damaged two homes and forced the evacuation of 200 others, but so far is not posing a threat to the vineyards that are the region's claim to fame.

No structural harm in Brooklyn Bridge facade fall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:52

This photo provided by Roberto Danino shows emergency personal near a section of the facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge after it had collapsed, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A fire department spokesman says five people were injured. (AP Photo/Roberto Danino)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Department of Transportation says the collapse of a facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge did not cause any structural damage.

June U.S. payrolls surprise hugely to the upside

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:52
(Reuters) - U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1 percent, effectively dispelling fears about the economy's health and underscoring its momentum heading into the second half of 2014. KEY POINTS: * Consensus estimate was 212,000 jobs and 6.3 percent unemployment * May's number was revised up to 224,000 from 217,000; April to 304,000 from 282,000 * The private sector added 262,000 jobs * U-6 unemployment down to 12.1 percent from 12.2 percent, and the lowest since October 2008 * Household survey shows the workforce grew by 81,000, employment by 407,000 COMMENTS: MOHAMED EL-ERIAN, CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER AT ALLIANZ SE, NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA: “This comprehensively strong jobs report is good news for Main Street. Markets are torn between the good economic news and the risk this entails for a super accommodative Federal Reserve.” JACOB OUBINA, SENIOR U.S. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK: “It’s an extremely bullish report.

U.S. services sector activity accelerates in June: Markit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:50

Detroit firefighters try to contain a fire at a shed in DetroitThe final reading for activity in the U.S. services sector hit its highest in 4-1/2 years, pushed higher by increasing new business activity and hiring, a survey showed on Thursday. Financial data firm Markit said its final services Purchasing Managers Index hit 61.0 in June, the highest final reading since the survey began in October 2009, compared with May's final reading of 58.1. The services sector added employees at the fastest rate on record with the employment index coming in at 56.1, higher than the 55.4 preliminary reading. Markit's final composite PMI, a weighted average of its manufacturing and services indexes, hit 61.0 in June, also a record high for a final reading, versus 58.4 in May and a preliminary 61.1.

Feds booed in California after migrant standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:49

People arrive to hear city, county and federal officials speak about a plan to process immigrants detained in Texas at the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol facility, at the Murrieta Mesa High School auditorium Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Murrieta, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Terry Pierson)MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to their city in the first place.

South Dakota man charged in kidnapping of toddler

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:38
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police accuse a South Dakota man of taking a 2-year-old boy hostage and barricading himself inside a home for six hours.

US seeks more security at some overseas airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:30

In this June 24, 2014, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Johnson is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States. The Homeland Security Department would not immediately say July 2 whether the increased measures were in response to intelligence about a specific threat. But a U.S. counterterrorism official says American intelligence has seen indications that certain terrorist groups in Yemen and Syria are working on a bomb that could make it through airport security undetected. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.

US trade deficit drops to $44.4 billion in May

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:28

In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, a worker inspects a crate that will be loaded on the Amsterdam-bound Fortunagracht at the Port of Cleveland in Cleveland. The Commerce Department releases international trade data for May on Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in May as U.S. exports hit an all-time high, helped by a jump in exports of petroleum products. Imports dipped slightly.

Ohioan pleads guilty to taking checks for dead mom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:26
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge alleging he stole $230,000 in Social Security survivor benefits intended for his mother, who died 33 years ago.