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Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:53

 To create a robot team that can defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright.

Flames erupt in basement of Southwest Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:51

Flames erupt in basement of Southwest Philadelphia homeOfficials say the Red Cross is helping seven people after a fire in a Southwest Philadelphia home late Wednesday night.

No one hurt as commuter train, truck collide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:47
SAN DIMAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a commuter train with about 50 people aboard and a truck collided in San Dimas.

Man gunned down on Wilmington street

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:30

Man gunned down on Wilmington streetPolice are looking for the person who gunned down a man in the middle of a street in Wilmington, Delaware late Wednesday night.

Florida set to execute convicted murderer of 11-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:01
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A Florida man who confessed to the rape and murder of a child is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday, while another convicted murderer in Georgia had his death sentence, also due to be carried out on Thursday, commuted to life imprisonment. Their cases follow a string of executions in the U.S. South last month, including those of two other men in Florida and Georgia, in the wake of a botched Oklahoma execution in April that sparked an uproar among death penalty opponents. Florida's Eddie Wayne Davis, 45, was sentenced to death in Florida after he admitted to taking an 11-year-old girl from her mother’s home, sexually assaulting and strangling her in 1994. The Georgia man, Tommy Lee Waldrip, was convicted of the 1991 shooting death of a man who had been scheduled to testify against his son in an armed robbery trial.

Suspect in Houston-area shooting surrenders: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:00
(Reuters) - The man suspected of a shooting spree that left six people dead and another in critical condition has surrendered to police in the Houston suburb of Spring, a police constable told reporters. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Michael Perry)

Jazz fans seek ways to spend eternity with greats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:49

The headstone of jazz great Miles Davis rests at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx section of New York, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. In order to meet demands of Davis' fans who wish to be buried near him, the cemetery opened up additional burial plots behind his grave in 2014. Almost all the plots have already been sold. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Some jazz fans are devoted to the very end.

Authorities: Prostitute gave exec fatal heroin hit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:45

This image provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows Alix Catherine Tichelman after she was booked into county jail in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. Tichelman was arrested on manslaughter and heroin charges after injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht in Santa Cruz and leaving him to die when he overdosed, according to police and a newspaper. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Police)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left a Google executive dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin.

Parched California proposes steep fines for over-watering lawns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:46
Regulators in drought-stricken California are proposing stringent new conservation measures to limit outdoor water use, including fines of up to $500 a day for using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. The most populous U.S. state is suffering its third year of drought and in January Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, allowing the state to request federal aid. In some cities and towns about half the water residents use is for lawns and cleaning cars, according to the State Water Resources Control Board, which made the proposal public on Tuesday. Urban water agencies would be subject to daily fines of up to $10,000 for not implementing water-shortage contingency plans, which restrict how many days a week residents can engage in outdoor watering, among other limits on their customers.

Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:27

In this photo taken with the fisheye lens, riders go down the world's tallest water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. The 168-foot-tall waterslide is scheduled to open to the public Thursday, after initially being slated to open May 23. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered.

Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:13

FILE - This March 18, 2013 file photo shows Gen. John Campbell speaking at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Campbell, the army’s vice chief of staff and nominee to lead US forces in Afghanistan, cited his son’s experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator’s tough questions last year about a troubled intelligence technology system. But after an inquiry from The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged this week that Campbell misspoke. He also omitted some key facts as he sought to defend a $4 billion system that critics say has not worked as promised. Campbell will likely face more questions about the intelligence system at his confirmation hearing on Thursday before he begins to lead troops in Afghanistan, where gathering and making sense of intelligence will remain a priority even as U.S. troops draw down. (AP Photo/John Milburn, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system.

California man faces prison for economic espionage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:04

File - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Robert Maegerle, left, walks out of a federal courthouse with attorney Jerome Froelich Jr. in San Francisco. Maegerle, a retired DuPont engineer, was convicted of economic espionage charges along with chemical engineer Walter Liew in March. Liew is facing more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday, July 10, 2014, for a rare economic espionage conviction for selling technology for a white pigment to China. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California chemical engineer is facing more than 20 years in prison for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling to China the technology that creates a white pigment.

Researchers try to save huge US salamander

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:00

In this June 18, 2014, photo, Rod Williams, a Purdue University associate professor of herpetology, holds a hellbender that he and a team of students collected in southern Indiana's Blue River near Corydon, Ind., during a survey of populations of the rare amphibian. Hellbenders, an aquatic animal that's North America's largest salamander, are endangered in Indiana and four other states and face habitat loss and other pressures in the 11 other mostly Eastern states where they live in swift-flowing, rocky rivers and streams. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.

Clippers' Sterling berates NBA, wife in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:15

Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made a dramatic scene from the witness stand then an even more dramatic one from the audience.

ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:12

Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners, and Tex Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, pose for a photo near the site of a pipeline spill near Mandaree, N.D., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A pipeline owned by a Crestwood subsidiary leaked around 1 million gallons of saltwater. Some of that liquid entered a bay that leads to a lake that is used for drinking water by the Three Affiliated Tribes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, some of it into a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation, company and tribe officials said Wednesday.

6 dead, 4 children, in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:30

Law enforcement officers surround a shooting suspect in his car Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. A Harris County Sheriff's Office statement says precinct deputy constables were called to the house about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)SPRING, Texas (AP) — A father opened fire at a suburban Houston home Wednesday, killing four of his children as well as two adults who were with them, and critically wounding his 15-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:24
Utah is going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a federal appeals court's ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.

Thousands expected at NYC firefighter's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:09

Signs commemorating Lt. Gordon Ambelas are displayed across the street from a firehouse in New York, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of Ambelas, who became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise blaze, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years. Ambelas died Saturday after suffering multiple injuries while on the 19th floor of the 21-story building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, officials said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of a New York City firefighter killed in a burning, cluttered apartment at a high-rise public housing building.

Shooting at Tennessee National Guard armory leaves one soldier dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:07

generic_fp_shooting_v1By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A 20-year-plus veteran of the Tennessee National Guard was shot to death on Wednesday by an intruder at an armory outside Nashville, and a man described as a "person of interest" in the case was detained hours later for questioning, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 5 p.m. local time in the National Guard armory in Lobelville, a town in Perry County, Tennessee, about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Nashville. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh Devine said late Wednesday night that detectives were probing how the shooter gained access to the building, which is normally kept locked to outsiders for security reasons. The victim was a sergeant first-class in the Tennessee Guard who was rushed to Perry County hospital but died of his wounds while being prepared for a helicopter flight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, authorities said.

New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer finds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:07
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - In one of the largest tests of a novel way to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced on Thursday that 1.1 million people receiving care through its "patient-centered medical homes" last year were hospitalized less often and stayed for fewer days compared to patients in traditional fee-for-service care. Medical homes, a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, have been heralded as one of the best hopes for reducing the cost of U.S. healthcare, the highest in the world, and improving its quality, which lags that of many other wealthy countries. According to CareFirst, its medical home program, in its fourth year, also delivered high-quality care, measured by yardsticks such as whether doctors gave recommended cancer screenings and immunizations. The savings reached a level "I wouldn't have thought possible," said CareFirst President Chet Burrell.