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Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:27

Rick Ogden who lost his home in the Sand Fire, waits for fire updates from officials at the evacuation center in Shingle Springs, Calif., on Monday, July 28, 2014. Their home of 12 years was completely destroyed at 2pm on Saturday.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.


Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:25

water rushes into the air after a water main burst on Sunset BoulevardLOS ANGELES (AP) — A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.


PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

Argentina talks go long as debt deadline looms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:47

Mediator Daniel Pollack arrives for a meeting in New York, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Argentina's government says it will make another effort to make a deal with U.S. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina's economy minister says two sides locked in a dispute over the country's bonds have finally talked with one another on the eve of a deadline to avoid default.


Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:41

Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescuedA broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air.


Body found in wooded area behind store in Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:37

Body found in wooded area behind store in Del.Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in a wooded area behind a store in Elsmere.


Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:35

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen, in New York. Twitter reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.


2 women stabbed in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:34

2 women stabbed in Southwest PhiladelphiaTwo women are hospitalized after both were stabbed in Southwest Philadelphia, police say.


Car hits building in North Philadelphia, 1 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:31

Car hits building in North Philadelphia, 1 injuredAt least one person is injured after a crash in North Philadelphia.


Hundreds attend vigil for fatal carjacking crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:29

Hundreds attend vigil for fatal carjacking crash victimsHundreds attended a vigil to remember the victims of Friday's carjacking and hit-and-run that killed three young children.


Man, 25, shot near Temple University campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:28

Man, 25, shot near Temple University campusA man is critical after being shot in North Philadelphia near Temple University's campus.


Broken water main that flooded UCLA is shut off

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:17

Water shoots in the air from a broken 30-inch water main under Sunset Boulevard, uphill from UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The resulting flood inundated several areas of UCLA, including Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, a parking structure and several other building. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a broken water pipe that flooded parts of the UCLA campus has been shut off after releasing millions of gallons of water.


Twitter captures water main flood at UCLA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:59
After a massive water main break on Sunset Blvd, students and staff are flooded out of their classes.

4 teens charged with murder in USC student's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:57

George He, left, and Sean Kong, right, both friends of the father of slain Chinese student Xinran Ji, read a statement from the family on behalf of his parents, as they are still in China unable to get a U.S. travel visa, at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Four teens are charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group.


Bellagio robbery suspect is convict from Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:50

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Scott A. Carmitchel, 34, is pictured in this Clark County jail booking photo taken Saturday, July 26, 2014, after his arrest on charges in connection with the armed robbery of $43,500 from the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas police said in releasing the photo on Tuesday that Carmitchel--who also goes by Carmitchell--was combative and uncooperative during the booking process so they had to hold his head steady for the photograph. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Review-Journal)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino was identified late Tuesday as a Kansas man with a criminal record who allegedly celebrated after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip.


Parents of slain USC student urge security boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:38

George He, left, and Sean Kong, right, both friends of the father of slain Chinese student Xinran Ji, read a statement from the family on behalf of his parents, as they are still in China unable to get a U.S. travel visa, at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Four teens are charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of a University of Southern California graduate student who was beaten to death on his walk home say they are concerned about other students and hope the university increases security.


Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34

Water shoots in the air from a broken 30-inch water main under Sunset Boulevard, uphill from UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The resulting flood inundated several areas of UCLA, including Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, a parking structure and several other building. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.


Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34

People smoke during a break outside an office building in midtown New YorkBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 2009 law that raised federal taxes to discourage smoking cost the U.S. government billions of dollars in lost revenue as manufacturers relabeled products and consumers shifted to cheaper pipe tobacco and large cigars, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Tuesday. The GAO estimated $2.6 billion to $3.7 billion in lost revenue from April 2009 to February 2014 as manufacturers exploited loopholes in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act which raised taxes for smoking-tobacco products. "Each of the three tobacco manufacturers that agreed to speak with us explained that their companies switched from selling higher-taxed roll-your-own tobacco to lower-taxed pipe tobacco to stay competitive," the congressional watchdog agency said in the report, which was the focus of a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Showing a third sample, he pointed out that a label saying "all-natural pipe tobacco" covered up a statement that the bag "makes approximately 500 cigarettes." "Everyone knows this is cigarette tobacco," Bernstein said.


Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state

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

In this Aug. 19, 2009, file photo, a smiling Kenneth Ireland leaves Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., after all charges were dropped against him in connection with the rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey. New DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crimes. Ireland filed a wrongful imprisonment claim against the state seeking up to $8 million, and a hearing begins Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to determine how much he should be compensated. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.


Most Americans see unaccompanied immigrant kids as refugees: poll

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

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, in Brownsville(Reuters) - Some 70 percent of Americans think the United States should provide temporary support and housing for unaccompanied Central American minors who illegally cross into the country while their cases undergo review, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Across political leanings and religious backgrounds, most Americans believe the recent influx of immigrant children should be treated like refugees if authorities think they cannot be returned home safely rather than face immediate deportation, according to the poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. The findings come as the United States struggles to cope with a mounting influx of newcomers, mostly from crime-plagued Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Democrats and youth were most compassionate toward the immigrant children, with roughly 80 percent of both groups saying the government should support them until their cases are fully reviewed.