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California fire crews lose contact with air tanker fighting blaze near Yosemite National Park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:51
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California fire crews lose contact with air tanker fighting blaze near Yosemite National Park.

Wynnefield Heights deli robbed for second time in 2 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:44

Wynnefield Heights deli robbed for second time in 2 weeksTwo armed men are being sought in connection with a holdup at a Wynnefield Heights deli.


Dead bear cub in Central Park likely hit by auto

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:43

Florence Slatkin, with her dog Paco, points to the spot where she and a friend discovered a dead bear cub Monday in New York's Central Park, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that they were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The cub's head was on top of the back bicycle wheel, Slatkin said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A bear cub found dead under a bush in Central Park likely was hit by a motor vehicle and wasn't the victim of animal cruelty as was first suspected, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.


North Korea, at UN, mentions its labor camps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:39

FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador Ri Tong Il, responds to a question during his news conference at United Nations headquarters. North Korea publicly acknowledged the existence of its labor camps for the first time Tuesday, Oct. 7, an admission that appeared to come in response to a highly critical U.N. human rights report earlier this year. The deputy U.N. ambassador said the secretary of his country's ruling Workers' Party had visited the EU, and that "we are expecting end of this year to open political dialogue between the two sides." The human rights dialogue would follow. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean official publicly acknowledged to the international community the existence of his country's "reform through labor" camps Tuesday, a mention that appeared to come in response to a highly critical U.N. human rights report earlier this year.


3 injured in North Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:34

3 injured in North Philadelphia shootingPolice are investigating a triple shooting in North Philadelphia.


Terror trial defendant seeks statement suppression

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:29
NEW YORK (AP) — A Libyan man facing trial in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa says his statements to the FBI should be kept from his trial next month because they were coerced from him after he was abused physically and psychologically aboard a U.S. ship for a week.

Jury questionnaire in Colorado cinema massacre case finalized

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:27
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prospective jurors in the upcoming murder trial of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes will be asked to respond in writing to at least 75 questions, a court document made public on Tuesday showed. The disclosure was made in an order by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour that finalized a sealed questionnaire that will be used to screen potential jurors. ...

More than 50 sperm whales spotted off California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:14

This Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 photo provided by Capt. Dave Anderson/DolphinSafari.com, shows sperm whales swimming in the waters off the the coast of Dana Point, Calif. Several pods of sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement. More than 50 mothers and juveniles were rolling and playing with dolphins. (AP Photo/Capt. Dave Anderson/ DolphinSafari.com)LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — More than 50 sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement.


Judge: Work out security for Russian prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:04
SEATTLE (AP) — After a federal prosecutor told a judge Tuesday that he expects to produce 4 terabytes, or 4 trillion bytes, of data as they make their case against a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses, the judge said Roman Seleznev will need better access to his lawyers than speaking to them through a glass wall.

Attempted fire-bombing of Missouri federal office brings new charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:56
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Kansas City man on three new charges for his alleged attempt last month to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver, prosecutors said. Eric King, 28, had been charged in a criminal complaint with using a dangerous instrument - two bottles filled with charcoal lighter - to oppose, impede, intimidate and interfere with a federal official while engaged in the performance of his official duties. ...

Gay marriage opponents pick new battleground of religious freedom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:35
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - With the U.S. gay marriage battle looking increasingly like a lost cause for conservative opponents, a last battleground may be their quest to allow people to refuse services to gay men and women on religious grounds. Some conservative groups have seized on what they consider religious freedom cases, ranging from a Washington state florist to bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are fighting civil rights lawsuits after refusing to provide goods and services to gay couples. ...

FBI investigating swastikas at Ga. frat house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:34
ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University officials say the FBI has joined an investigation into swastikas that were painted on the exterior of a historically Jewish fraternity house at the Georgia school.

Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:33

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in Bentonville(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would no longer provide health benefits to some part-time workers in the United States due to ballooning healthcare costs. The company said on Monday it would stop health benefits for part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. The move is expected to impact about 2 percent of the company's workforce, the company said in a blog post. Wal-Mart cut its full-year profit forecast in August, citing higher employee benefit costs, among other things. The company said then that it expected to spend $500 million on U.S. ...


NYPD investigating Stephen Collins sex abuse allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:33

NYPD investigating Stephen Collins sex abuse allegationsActor Stephen Collins is under investigation for possible sexual abuse after TMZ released an audio tape of the "7th Heaven" star reportedly admitting to molestation.


Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:10

Map shows states with laws allowing same-sex marriage and federal circuit courts; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's gay marriage decision has reignited a debate inside the GOP that many Republican leaders hoped to avoid ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.


Ex-headmaster in Delaware accused of child porn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:04
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — As he moved through the ranks of tony prep schools, Christopher Wheeler seemed right at home. An accomplished musician and composer who flew his own airplane, he seemed adept at raising money and catering to wealthy families who entrusted him with their children.

Choke hold complaints against N.Y.C. police on the rise: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:02
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Complaints against the New York Police Department about the use of illegal choke holds are increasing, and the incidents are not always properly investigated or subject to discipline, an agency that handles police complaints said on Tuesday. The use of choke holds, banned under police guidelines because they can be deadly, has come under intense scrutiny with the July death of Eric Garner as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. ...

North Carolina scrambles after new voter law blocked by court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:01
By Ken Otterbourg WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina officials, scrambling to comply with a court ruling that blocked parts of a restrictive voter law just weeks before the November election, were in federal court on Tuesday to detail a proposed overhaul of their election plans. North Carolina was ordered to restore provisional ballots and same-day voter registrations last week when a U.S. appeals court found some provisions of a wide-ranging voter law, with restrictions considered among the nation's most stringent, could disproportionately harm black voters. ...

A Closer Look: What map apps can do for you

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:58

This combination of screen shots shows mapping apps, from left, Apple Maps for iPhones, Microsoft Here for Lumia-branded Windows phones, and Google Maps for Android. Mapping apps have grown more sophisticated in the last five years. (AP Photo)CHICAGO (AP) — Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway.


Virginia's black-majority district map rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:57
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday.