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Amid respite, West readies for more wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:35

Donna Garner, right, embraces former employee Napua Gonsales-Merck while they shift through the remains of the Fireside Village, a restaurant and shop owned by the Garners for over 30 years, in the aftermath of the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires, like earthquakes, are a frightening fact of life in California, just more predictable. So as thousands of firefighters made progress in taming more than a dozen blazes that have pockmarked the northern half of the state, fire officials and anxious residents of drought-afflicted rural communities breathed a shallow sigh of relief they knew might not last long.

Bumpy road now paved to Grand Canyon Skywalk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:32
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists.

Life in Virginia executive mansion probed in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:30

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen probed their personal life on Wednesday, with an ex-aide saying the first lady had wanted more time with her husband and yelled at staffers. The testimony by Mary Shea Sutherland, Maureen McDonnell's former chief of staff, counters defense contentions that the marriage was so frayed that the couple could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a businessman. Sutherland testified in U.S. District Court that Maureen McDonnell had asked about having more time with her husband, and staffers tried to get them together for dinner as often as possible. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Defense attorneys have asserted that the couple’s marriage was crumbling and that the first lady had a “crush” on Williams.

Search for missing Washington girl enters third day with few clues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:28
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities in Washington state said on Wednesday they had searched homes, trash bins and the woods surrounding the mobile home park of a missing 6-year-old girl but remain uncertain whether she may have been abducted. Jenise Wright was last seen Saturday night going to bed at her family's mobile home in Bremerton, on the Kitsap peninsula across from Seattle, but was not reported missing by her parents until Sunday night, about 24 hours later, law enforcement said. The girl's parents told the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office their daughter was often left to wander alone for long periods. The FBI and dozens of volunteers have joined the search, which is still considered a recovery mission, according to Frank Montoya, special agent in charge of the FBI's Seattle Division.

Venezuela considers selling US oil company Citgo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:26
CARACS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is considering selling its oil refining and distribution network in the U.S. amid a worsening economic crisis.

Officials: Woman who sneaked onto flight arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:26
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a woman arrested three times trying to sneak onto flights at San Francisco International Airport managed to fly from nearby San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket — the second person to stow away aboard a flight at San Jose's airport in recent months.

Car crashes into Darby sneaker store, then flees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:19

Car crashes into Darby sneaker store, then fleesPolice in Darby are searching for the diver who crashed into a shoe store and then fled the scene.

Police: Men tried to remove housemate's arm tattoo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:12

This photo combo provided by Wicomico County sheriff's office shows, from left, Paul Hurst and Cary Edwards. A Maryland judge has ordered two men held without bond on charges of attacking a housemate and trying to forcibly remove a tattoo from his arm. Investigators say 33-year-old Paul Martin Hurst of Hebron, Md., and 35-year-old Carey Lee Edwards of Williamsburg, Va, savagely beat the victim, then tried to carve and burn a tattoo from his arm. Wicomico County sheriff Mike Lewis says all three men are affiliated with the Juggalos, a cult fan base of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse that the FBI has described as ganglike. Lewis says the suspects thought the victim disrespected the Posse and didn't deserve to wear the tattoo. (AP Photo/Wicomico County sheriff's office)HEBRON, Md. (AP) — Two men face charges including attempted murder after officials say they attacked a housemate and tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from his arm.

Second corpse in 3 years found in Chicago home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:03
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have discovered the decomposed body of a man in a Chicago home where his mother's body was found in similar condition three years earlier.

Man pleads guilty in Sen. Thad Cochran photo case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:58
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the men charged in a conspiracy to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's ailing wife has pleaded guilty.

Police: Mother-son firefighters hurt, killed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:51
GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — A mother and her son, both firefighters, were in the "mop up" phase of putting out a van fire along a busy interstate when semitrailer slammed into their fire engine early Wednesday, killing the son and injuring his mother, police said.

Deputy VA secretary cites leadership failures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:50

U.S. Veterans Administration Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks during the opening session of the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014. Gibson says more employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Failed leadership is one reason some veterans hospitals are falling short as others excel, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said.

Walgreen turns down inversion to cut tax bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:49

In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, a customer walks toward an entrance to a Walgreens store, in Boston. Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed its U.S. taxes but drew political scorn.

7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:44

FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Internet users browse their Facebook website by the free wifi internet service in an underground station in Hong Kong. This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of uncovering online security breaches. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)NEW YORK (AP) — With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

Donald Trump sues to strip his name from NJ casinos in 'disrepair'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:20

A man walks past sandbags ready to be used to protect Trump Plaza Casino from water damage on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey in this file photoDonald Trump wants his name taken off two Atlantic City, New Jersey, casinos he founded but no longer controls, saying in a lawsuit that they have become so dilapidated that they damage his brand image. Trump says Trump Entertainment Properties, which owns and operates the Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, have let the casinos fall into “an utter state of disrepair,” said a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court. The Plaza in particular, the lawsuit states, “has failed to meet industry standards across a wide range of categories, ranging from food and beverage services to overall cleanliness of the property.” Trump founded the Plaza in 1984 and helped usher in a new era in Atlantic City, bringing in big name concert groups such as the Rolling Stones, along with high-profile boxers including heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Trump's stake in Trump Entertainment Properties was wiped out when the firm filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

New York City subway cars fumigated after bedbug sightings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:12
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three New York City subway trains had to be fumigated after riders and staff spotted bedbugs in the cars, a transit spokesman said on Wednesday. The bedbugs were found on the N train, which links Brooklyn's Coney Island with lower and midtown Manhattan and Astoria in Queens. Two trains were taken out of service to be fumigated by exterminators on Sunday, and another on Tuesday, said Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state-controlled agency that runs the subway. Ortiz said he was not aware of previous reports of bedbugs on the subway.

Grand jury indicts three New Mexico teens for murdering homeless men

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:10
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A grand jury has indicted three Albuquerque teens for first degree murder in the beating deaths of two homeless American Indian men, which shocked New Mexico's biggest city. Kayla Anderson, spokeswoman for the Albuquerque District Attorney's Office, said the grand jury took the decision late on Tuesday in the case of 18-year-old Alex Rios and two other suspects aged 16 and 15. The two younger teens are being charged as Serious Youthful Offenders, Anderson said in a statement, meaning their cases will proceed through the District Court's Criminal Division as though they are 18 or older.

NYPD: Bus driver arrested in Times Square crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:09

 Bus driver arrested in Times Square crashThe driver of a double-decker tour bus has been arrested in connection with a crash with another tour bus that injured 14 people in Times Square.

Study: Oceans more tainted with man-made mercury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 01:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.

Fact sheet: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 00:51
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD LTZ