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California's Napa County wildfire sparks evacuations, damage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:50
(Reuters) - A fast-spreading wildfire was sweeping through a remote swath of California's Napa Valley on Tuesday, forcing evacuations and damaging structures, fire officials and local media said. The so-called Butts Fire, which erupted on Tuesday afternoon, had burned about 2,700 acres in Napa County's Pope Valley near Lake Berryessa and was only 30 percent contained by the late evening, according to the Cal Fire website. An area winery posted a picture on Twitter of a charcoal plume of smoke stretching out against a bright azure sky, local media reported.

In dry California, water fetching record prices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:32

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif. In dry California, water is fetching record high prices. As drought has deepened in the last few months, a handful of special districts in the state's agricultural heartland have made millions through auctions of their private, underground caches that go to the highest bidders. With the unregulated, erratic water market heating up in anticipation of the hot summer months, the price is only going up. In the last five years alone, it has grown tenfold, shooting to as much as $2,200 an acre foot. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FILE)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.


Lawyer seeks to stop team from paying Hernandez

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:23

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, looks toward defense attorneys James Sultan, left, and Charlie Rankin, right, during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez is charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is expected to be in court Wednesday, July 2, 2014, for a hearing in wrongful death civil lawsuits filed against him by the two men's families. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the families of two men allegedly gunned down by former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge to bar the football team from paying Hernandez a $3.2 million contract signing bonus.


Pacific Northwest declares: 'It's hot! (to us)'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:16

Ainsley MacDonald, right, and Will Walker, 10, try to leap above incoming waves as Calister MacDonald, left, 3, looks on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at a beach on the Puget Sound in Mukilteo, Wash. Temperatures are expected to hit near 90 in nearby Seattle and 97 in Portland Tuesday, which is considered a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest in July. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Don't tell the rest of the country, but people in the Pacific Northwest are feeling the heat.


Dead migrant boy's mom begged him not to make trek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:35

In an undated photo taken with a mobile phone, provided by the Ramos Juarez family, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez poses in an unidentified location in Guatemala. Ramos Juarez was a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The boy's mother said Tuesday she begged him not set out on the dangerous journey from their modest cinder block- and sheet-metal home high in the northern Guatemalan mountains. (AP Photo/Juarez Ramos Family)SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — The mother of a Guatemalan boy whose body was found in the desert about a mile from Texas' southern border said Tuesday she begged him not to make the dangerous journey from their modest cinder block- and sheet-metal home high in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains.


Ranger plucks dog from cliff in Alaska park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51

Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger John Anderson is shown with Sadie after her rescue from a ledge near a glacier on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Mark Thompson)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska plucked a dog off a cliff ledge near Exit Glacier.


AccuWeather: Heat Advisory Wednesday and Strong Storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:46

 Heat Advisory Wednesday and Strong StormsAccuWeather: Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the hottest weather of the year and drenching downpours.


Bear cub rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:40

Bear cub rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jarBear cub gets head stuck in cookie jar


Motorcyclist killed in Torresdale crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:32

Motorcyclist killed in Torresdale crashPhiladelphia police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Torresdale.


Police: Child falls 30 feet, lands on box spring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:31

 Child falls 30 feet, lands on box springA 2-year-old girl is hospitalized after falling from a third story window in Wilmington, Delaware.


Labor talks for U.S. West Coast ports to continue despite end of deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:18
Labor negotiations between operators of West Coast port terminals and the union representing nearly 20,000 dock workers will continue, even though a six-year labor agreement expired on Tuesday, both sides said. Labor talks at West Coast ports typically extend beyond the contract expiration date, but retailers had expressed nervousness at the impending expiration of the contract. The National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation in a recent report estimated a 10-day work stoppage at West Coast ports would cost the U.S. economy $2.1 billion a day and result in the loss of 169,000 jobs. The talks involve 29 ports along the length of the U.S. West Coast, including major hubs in Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California and Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state.

A look at South Carolina sheriffs in legal trouble

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:08

Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts leaves the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia, S.C. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, after pleading not guilty to federal misconduct charges and being released on a $100,000 bond. South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is accused of lining his pockets by doing favors for friends. (AP Photo/The State, Tim Dominick)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The longest-serving sheriff in South Carolina, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, has pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and fraud charges. But sheriffs charged under the laws they are supposed to uphold is nothing unusual in South Carolina these days. Metts is the eighth in four years to run into legal problems.


Buses with migrant families rerouted amid protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:05

Protesters turn back three buses carrying 140 immigrants as they attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Murrieta, Calif.(AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, David Bauman) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.


General: US assessing whether Iraq forces can hold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:56
HONOLULU (AP) — A key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country's security forces can hold together and whether its leaders are confident they can do their jobs, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday.

Boy Scout killed at camp brought gun from Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:55
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego brought the handgun with him from his hometown of Las Vegas.

Indiana GM plant chemical blast kills 1, injures 5

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:41

FILE - General Motors Orion Assembly Plant's wastewater treatment facilities are shown in this Nov. 29, 2005 file photo. Michigan is fourth in the nation in the share of its workforce associated with industries that develop freshwater technology and services or are highly dependent on plentiful and clean water, according to a report released Thursday May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said. The blast killed James L. Gibson, 48, Grant County Coroner ...


Privacy board: NSA's Internet monitoring is legal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States pass constitutional muster and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found.

11 injured after Philly food truck explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:04
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A propane tank on a food truck exploded in Philadelphia Tuesday, sending a huge fireball into the sky and injuring at least 11 people, including two who suffered serious burns, police said.

Dempsey: US assessing whether Iraq forces can hold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:02
HONOLULU (AP) — A top U.S. military official says a key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country's security forces can hold together and whether its leaders are confident they can do their jobs.

Crews battling 2,500-acre wildfire in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:44
POPE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Crews are battling a raging wildfire in rural Napa County that has burned more than 2,500 acres, damaged five structures and prompted mandatory evacuations.