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Three hurt in electrical accident at NYC's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:20
Three people were injured on Tuesday in an electrical accident at the New York City pier where the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located, fire officials said. Two people were transported to a local hospital with burns to their arms, and a third was being evaluated at the scene after the morning accident involving a malfunctioning transformer, the New York City Fire Department said.

Washington pot shop customers cheer 1st legal sale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:14

00 a.m. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Cale Holdsworth strode to the register at Top Shelf Cannabis after inspecting and sniffing a glass jar filled with marijuana and said: "I'll take two grams."

Connecticut school shooting responders honored

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:14

Connecticut state Trooper First Class Matthew Bell, left, talks with state police Sgt. Troy Anderson on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn., following a ceremony to honor first responders and others who helped in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Bell was among the first police officers to enter the school after 20 first-graders and six educators were shot to death in December 2012. Bell and Anderson, who runs the state police behavioral health programs, were among more than 300 people honored for outstanding and meritorious service. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Matthew Bell thought he would never again experience an event as momentous as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when he helped people evacuate lower Manhattan as a member of the Coast Guard.

South Carolina Episcopalians take fight to court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:02

Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein presides over a trial in a lawsuit between the Diocese of South Carolina and the national Episcopal church on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in St. George, S.C. The diocese broke away from the national church two years ago, and now the national church is demanding the breakaway churches return $500 million in land and buildings. Goodstein will rule on the suit without a jury. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — About 50 conservative Episcopal churches in South Carolina are in court this week, trying to keep their name, seal and $500 million in land and buildings after they broke away from the national denomination in a wide-ranging theological dispute.

Body count up to 17 after Chicago's bloody holiday weekend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:53
The death toll from a spree of gun violence in Chicago during the Fourth of July holiday weekend has risen to 17, the medical examiner's office said on Tuesday. The holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to the third-largest U.S. city, with 53 people shot, including five by police, according to the Chicago Police Department. Cook County Medical Examiner Anthony Brucci said the tally of dead after a series of shootings on Friday through Sunday came to 17. "We've got a big job on our hands." At a news conference on Monday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the violence unacceptable and blamed it in part on a "proliferation of firearms." There were 21 shooting incidents on Sunday alone, police said.

2 charged in police chase, shooting in Wilmington, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:52

2 charged in police chase, shooting in Wilmington, DelawareTwo men have been charged after an undercover police vehicle was hit by gunfire in Wilmington, Delaware Monday afternoon.

Car service Uber, New York AG reach deal on emergency pricing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:52

New York Attorney General Schneiderman speaks to reporters during the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates Arms Fair in Saratoga SpringsBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc, a car service that allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, has agreed to cap prices during emergencies and natural disasters in New York state to prevent price gouging, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday. The company also agreed to announce a national policy to limit pricing in emergencies, Schneiderman said in a news release. The three-year agreement calls on Uber to limit pricing during "abnormal disruptions of the market," to abide by a New York price-gouging law passed in the late 1970s amid escalating heating oil prices, according to the news release. Uber, whose rates rise and fall with demand, will cap prices during such disruptions to the normal range of prices charged in the preceding 60 days, Schneiderman's office said.

Chicago mayor's panel recommends hiking minimum wage to $13

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:48

Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel arrives at the public unveiling of Motorola Mobility global headquarters in Chicago(Reuters) - Chicago's minimum wage would rise to $13 an hour from $8.25 by 2018 under a proposal announced on Tuesday by a panel that Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed to chart a path for raising the wage floor in the nation's third largest city. The proposal, which would be phased in over four years, would affect about 410,000 workers in the city and add $800 million to the Chicago economy, the panel said. The panel recommended waiting to act on its proposal until Illinois residents vote in an advisory referendum in November about a proposed state minimum wage hike and state lawmakers have an opportunity to address the minimum wage later in 2014. "We don't think it is wise at this point to raise the minimum wage and in doing so it potentially could do more harm than good to the local economy," said John Carpenter, the chamber's vice president of external affairs.

Alaska man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:43

FILE - This July 2, 2011 file photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows, from left, Jim Wells, retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, Coast Guardsmen Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Beauford as they help erect a communications antenna on Shemya Island, Alaska. Sentencing is scheduled for Wells, who was convicted of murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of co-workers Belisle and Hopkins at a Coast Guard communications station on Alaska’s Kodiak Island. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man was sentenced Tuesday to four consecutive life terms in the 2012 shooting deaths of two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station that mystified an island community for nearly a year before an arrest was made.

Mississippi River's rise continues; rainfall lower

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:43

An Illinois Department of Transportation sign crew from Jerseyville, Ill., lays out road closure signs along Route 100 in Grafton, Ill., Tuesday July 8, 2014. Grafton is on the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The Mississippi River continued its slow rise Tuesday at several Missouri and Illinois towns, but there was reason for optimism after overnight rainfall wasn't as bad as predicted. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman) BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT OUT; ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River continued its slow rise Tuesday at several Missouri and Illinois towns, but there was reason for optimism after overnight rainfall wasn't as bad as predicted.

Connecticut police: Toddler left in hot car dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:42
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A 15-month-old boy who was left unattended inside a parked car on a hot day has died, Ridgefield police said Tuesday.

Judge sentences 'evil' stepmother to 20 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:37
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a stepmother to 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to murder in the 2005 death of a 5-year-old child.

Obama seeks money, fast hearings to curb young migrant surge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:36

Detainees are escorted to an area to make phone calls as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, ArizonaBy Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration sought on Tuesday to halt a cross-border surge of unaccompanied children from Central America, asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending and putting in place plans to quicken the youngsters' deportation hearings. It was President Barack Obama's most substantive effort to gain control of a humanitarian crisis along the Texas border with Mexico and fend off Republican Party critics demanding a tougher response. One of those critics, Texas Governor Rick Perry, was due to meet Obama in Dallas on Wednesday during a roundtable Obama has scheduled on the topic with faith leaders and local officials, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Report: Prison health care costs stabilize

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:35
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday.

The toking gun: Boston bomb obstruction trial in pot lingo haze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:35
Lawyers defending a man charged with obstructing the Boston Marathon bombing investigation had no problem hearing their client described as "cooked," but wanted to be clear on Tuesday that the slang term meant high on marijuana. The first two days of Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov's trial on obstruction charges featured repeated debate about the meaning of drug slang, with witnesses describing regular marijuana use in the accused bomber's social circle. It has nothing to do with bombs," defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge asked a college friend of Tazhayakov, referring to a text message in which Tsarnaev used that term to describe the defendant. The witness, Alexa Guevara, said Tsarnaev and his friends used a variety of code-words to refer to smoking pot: "There was 'roll up,' as in 'let's smoke,' 'do you have bud?'" But under prosecutors' examination, she denied defense lawyers' contention that three days after the deadly blasts Tsarnaev would have used the "smiley face" emoticon in a text message urging a college friend to go to his room and "take anything you want" as a code for smoking pot.

Parents of missing woman vie for insurance funds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:31

Charles Cox, the father of missing Utah mother Susan Powell walks out of the courtroom in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Attorneys and family members of Powell were in court to argue about how a judge should distribute about $2 million in life insurance proceeds that are set to flow into a trust this December when she is declared legally dead — five years after her disappearance. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — December will mark the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of Susan Powell — a Utah mother who has never been found despite her family's continued searches.

Correction: Girl Killed-Stray Bullet story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:27
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — In a story July 6 about the shooting of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon in northern New Jersey, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Paterson Police Department, reported erroneously on her condition. Police initially said the day after Saturday's shooting that she had been killed, but a family spokeswoman said Rincon was removed from life support Monday night.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:26

FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

DNA shows husband was father of 7 dead babies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:17
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah authorities say DNA results confirm that the biological father of the seven dead babies found stored in a garage is the estranged husband of the woman charged with murder in the case.

'Free the weed'; scenes from Washington pot sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 04:16

Julian Rodriguez, right, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales. At left is Tom Beckley, the owner of the store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22-year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.