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California drought dries up plans for historic gold rush celebration

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 48 min ago
By Shawn Hubler SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California’s drought has claimed yet another historic casualty in this parched capital city - the annual heritage celebration known as Gold Rush Days. Staged for the past 15 years by tourism groups who turn the city's Old Sacramento district into a dirt-paved scene from the 1850s, the Labor Day weekend tradition was canceled on Monday due to concerns about water use and fire. Steve Hammond, president and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that up to 3,000 gallons of water typically are used daily to dampen the tons of dirt strewn over the streets to create a soft surface for horses, wagons and stunt performers.

Several sickened by unknown chemical in Northampton

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 52 min ago

Several sickened by unknown chemical in NorthamptonHazmat crews are on the scene of a Northampton County recycling center when dozens of people have been exposed to an unknown chemical.

Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 52 min ago

Kristi Harkins watches police activity at an apartment complex where five members of a family, including three children, were found dead Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Saco, Maine. The bodies of a father, mother and children were found inside the apartment, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine history, investigators said Monday.

U.S. marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 55 min ago

A New York Police Officer stands guard inside a cordoned area at the site of a shooting in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New YorkTwo U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in the city's upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood on Monday, authorities said. The detectives tracked 32-year-old Charles Mozdir, who was recently featured on a TV show about fugitives, to the Smoking Culture smoke shop where he worked and attempted to arrest him on child molestation charges filed in the San Diego, California, area, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference. Mozdir was recently on CNN's "The Hunt" reality television show with former "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, which sets out to catch fugitives, said U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue. The U.S. Marshals Service worked on "The Hunt" in Mozdir's case, Donahue said.

Doctor in hospital shooting shares photos of recovery

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 57 min ago

Doctor in hospital shooting shares photos of recoveryThe doctor who was wounded during a shootout inside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital last week is sharing photos of his recovery.

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 57 min ago
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close.

UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 12 sec ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying the illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.

U.S. judge tells jury to take one more shot at Ventura verdict

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 24 sec ago

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By Todd Melby and Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A federal judge asked a jury on Monday to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura after the panel said it could not reach a verdict following about five days of deliberations. Ventura is suing the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle for an undisclosed amount of money, saying the reputation of the pro wrestler-turned-politician was left in shambles by a passage in a book by Kyle about a bar fight between the two. "We the jury have not reached a decision," the 10-member panel said in a note to Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle. After asking the jury to continue deliberations, the judge informed lawyers a "mistrial is a possibility." The jury did not reach a verdict after being sent back and will reconvene on Tuesday.

US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 1 min ago

FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, plaintiff in the Bostic v. Rainey case, Tony London, waves to the crowd as he and his partner, Tim Bostic, right, leave Federal Court after a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va. Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, July 28, 2014 in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South.

Blast at Mississippi fish plant kills one, injures three

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 1 min ago
(Reuters) - One man died and three others were injured in a blast at a fish processing plant in southern Mississippi on Monday, authorities said. The explosion occurred in a large fish oil storage tank at a plant owned by Omega Protein Corp in Moss Point, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, local fire chief Tommy Posey said. In addition to an investigation conducted by local authorities, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was expected at the scene Tuesday morning to carry out its own probe, Posey said. In 2012, an Omega Protein worker died when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor in an accident that federal investigators concluded was avoidable, local CBS and ABC affiliate WLOX-TV reported.

Cuomo defends handling of corruption panel

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 1 min ago

Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point about the creation of jobs in Western New York during a press conference at the University of Buffalo's South Campus on Monday, July 28, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Cuomo is defending his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work. Cuomo says the commission made its own decisions and that his office only offered suggestions. Cuomo, a Democrat, created the commission a year ago and dismantled it this spring. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday defended his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work.

Car reportedly drives into Delaware River at Penns Landing

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 2 min ago

Car reportedly drives into Delaware River at Penns LandingRescue crews are on the scene of where a car reportedly drove into the Delaware River at Penns Landing.

2 men charged, ID'd in fatal Tioga carjacking, crash

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 3 min ago

2 men charged, ID'd in fatal Tioga carjacking, crashPhiladelphia police have identified the two men charged in the carjacking and crash on Friday in the Tioga section of the city that left three children dead and their mother critically injured.

'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 10 min ago

People wait in line to enter the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas Monday, July 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Rick Harrison, owner of the pawn shop and one of the stars of the reality television series Pawn Stars, has proposed building a shopping plaza on land nearby. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.

U.S. surveillance programs threaten freedom of press, report says

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 23 min ago

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityU.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report. The National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which include the collection of telephone "metadata," have heightened government officials' concerns about dealing with the media, as "any interaction - any email, any phone call - risks leaving a digital trace that could subsequently be used against them," the report said.

Storms knock down US-Mexico fence in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 24 min ago

A border patrol vehicle stands guard at a section of collapsed fence just west of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., Sunday, July 27, 2014, after severe storms in southern Arizona over the weekend knocked down a chunk of the metal border fence that divides Mexico and the U.S. Rain runoff from the storms destroyed about 60 feet worth of fence and caused damage to homes just north of it. (AP Photo/Nogales International, Jonathan Clark)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico.

Suburban Boston tornado modest EF-2 on 0-5 scale

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 24 min ago

Homeowner Lenny DiBartolomeo, right, waves a flag as he and his tenant Wayne Devaughn, left, observe damage to their house in Revere, Mass., Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down. Both men said they were grateful that they knew of no injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado that landed just north of Boston was a relatively modest EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of 0 to 5, but it damaged dozens of buildings.

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 25 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say.

Furor engulfs Chicago's red-light camera system

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 32 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances.

Colorado attorney general again seeks to halt gay marriage in Boulder

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 36 min ago
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's attorney general asked the state's highest court on Monday to order the Boulder County Clerk to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples, saying her actions must be governed by the current state of the law, court documents show. In the latest legal maneuver of his weeks-long tussle with Hillary Hall, the clerk of staunchly liberal Boulder County, Republican Attorney General John Suthers submitted the filing to the Colorado Supreme Court. Hall has issued nearly 200 licenses to gay couples since a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled late last month that a same-sex marriage ban in neighboring Utah was unconstitutional.  That ruling was subsequently stayed, and Suthers says Colorado's prohibition on same-sex nuptials remains in force. Last week the Colorado Court of Appeals likewise denied Suthers' request to tell her to cease, setting the stage for a review by the state's top court.