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Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion for immigration crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:56

Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell as the children are separated by age group and gender at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales ArizonaBy Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House asked the U.S. Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending on Tuesday to address a cross-border surge of children from Central America that is taxing public resources and causing a political headache for President Barack Obama. It was Obama's most substantive response to date as he struggles to gain control of a humanitarian crisis along the Texas border with Mexico. The funding move will test Obama's ability to negotiate effectively with Republican lawmakers who have blocked much of his agenda ahead of a November election when they hope to capture the U.S. Senate. Obama has vowed to swiftly return to their home countries the tens of thousands of children under 18 who have flocked to the United States in recent months.

AccuWeather: Hot and Humid, Late Thunderstorms Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:45

 Hot and Humid, Late Thunderstorms TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says the best chance of storms is this evening in areas north and west of I-95.

Jury seated for 'American Sniper' suit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:44

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, left, talks to the media in Minneapolis. Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he’s suing for damages. Kyle, of Texas, was killed last year on a gun range while the lawsuit was pending. His widow, Taya Kyle, is now the central defendant in the case, which goes to trial on Tuesday, July 8, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has been seated in the case of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the widow of slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Delaware County pediatrician guilty of attempted murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:43

Delaware County pediatrician guilty of attempted murderA pediatrician from Delaware County was found guilty of attempted murder stemming from an argument and shooting in Middletown Township last year.

Former New York City hospital executive charged with $5.6 million painkiller theft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:42
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former pharmacy executive at a major New York City hospital was arrested on Tuesday and charged with stealing $5.6 million worth of narcotic painkillers from the medical center, authorities said. Anthony D'Alessandro, 47, former director of pharmacy services at Beth Israel Medical Center, was charged with stealing nearly 200,000 oxycodone pills from the hospital over five years, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said in a statement. D'Alessandro was charged with operating as a major trafficker under the state's Drug Kingpin statute, grand larceny, and 247 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Officials said D'Alessandro was arrested as his home on Tuesday morning, and was expected to be arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court later in the day.

Protests near scene of deadly SW Phila. blaze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:41

Protests near scene of deadly SW Phila. blazePolice were called in to break up a group of nearly 200 people protesting outside a nearby fire station and the scene of a blaze that claimed the lives of four young children in Southwest Philadelphia.

U.S. prosecutors, lawyers for plotter seek sentencing delay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:38
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Jose Padilla, who in 2007 was convicted of terrorism-related crimes, asked to delay sentencing for a fourth time after an appeals court in 2011 ruled his initial 17-year sentence too lenient. United States District Court Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami in 2008 rejected prosecutors' argument that Padilla, a former Chicago gang member turned al Qaeda recruit, deserved a life sentence. Padilla’s past 17 arrests and murder conviction make him a career criminal who deserves "at or near the maximum term," according to a Feb. 5 motion filed by prosecutors. Then-President George W. Bush ordered him to be held as an "enemy combatant" and interrogated in a South Carolina military prison.

Gunman robs Wynnefield Heights tavern

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:38

Gunman robs Wynnefield Heights tavernA Wynnefield Heights tavern was robbed by a lone gunman Tuesday morning.

Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:37

00 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.

FBI: Tsarnaev's friend agreed to toss evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:29

In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, left, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted listening to testimony by FBI Special Agent Phil Christiana, right, during the first day of his federal obstruction of justice trial Monday, July 7, 2014 in Boston. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, but is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — An FBI agent says a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) agreed with another friend to get rid of a backpack containing fireworks found in Tsarnaev's dorm room.

Washington state issues retail pot licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:16

Marijuana is seen in the hand of a person after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, WashingtonBy Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state took the final step in legalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officials began issuing retail licenses to stores that could start selling cannabis 24 hours later. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has said many applicants failed final inspections, and some municipalities also have banned retail pot sales. Washington is the second state after Colorado to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana to adults under a heavily regulated and taxed system that voters approved in November 2012. Possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law, but the U.S. Justice Department has said it will not intervene in states with "strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems." Once a retailer receives a marijuana license, the business is cleared to place an order with a licensed processor that must quarantine the product for 24 hours before delivering it to stores.

Man dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:13
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

Suspect sought for attempted bank robbery in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:03

Suspect sought for attempted bank robbery in North PhiladelphiaPolice and FBI need your help in identifying a suspect who attempted to rob the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union in North Philadelphia Monday.

Ford recalling 100,566 vehicles for safety issues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:56
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling 100,566 vehicles in North America for various safety defects.

Baltimore hospital, workers reach tentative wage accord

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:47
(Reuters) - A tentative agreement has been reached between Johns Hopkins Hospital and 2,000 service employees threatening to strike over wages in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The 1199 Service Employees International Union had called the current pay rate "poverty wages" and had sought a $15-an-hour minimum wage for service workers with at least 15 years of experience. Under the agreement, service workers, including maintenance and grounds crews and service technicians, at Hopkins will get a $15-an-hour minimum wage that will apply immediately to all employees with 20 years of service. “Johns Hopkins Hospital sets the standard for healthcare in our city and that standard has just been raised,” said John Reid, the union's regional executive vice president.

NYPD: Mother of abandoned baby says she's homeless

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:37

In this Monday, July 7, 2014 surveillance camera image provided by the New York Police Department, a woman, top right, pushes her baby girl in a stroller at the Columbus Circle subway station in New York. The 20-year-old woman, who is suspected of abandoning the baby at the Manhattan station, was in police custody on Tuesday. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station told police on Tuesday that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.

15 Crumbs cupcakes we will miss

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:30

15 Crumbs cupcakes we will missSo long Crumbs and so long to these delicious and unique cupcake creations.

Man hit by stray bullet during temple opening

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:18
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A stray bullet struck and injured a man selling food at the opening of a Cambodian Buddhist temple in Charlotte over the weekend, and police said appears to have come from celebratory Fourth of July gunfire.

Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington, second state to allow pot without doctor's note

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:07
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington, second state to allow pot without doctor's note .

Containment increases on California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:04

This Saturday, July 5, 2014, photo provided by the Utah State Parks shows the fire from the Taylor Mountain Road Fire near Vernal, Utah. Authorities say a 5-square-mile wildfire north of Vernal has burned three structures but is now 25 percent contained. Utah fire officials say they plan to continue putting a perimeter around the Taylor Mountain Road Fire on Monday. Rangers say Steinaker State Park remains closed as crews use it as a staging area. (AP Photo/Utah State Parks)WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 2,000 firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire in rugged and steep terrain in rural Northern California.