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Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:35

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., joined by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., criticizes the efforts of Republicans to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel.

House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:14

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

New York Met Opera proposes federal mediators in bitter labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:52
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most bitter labor dispute with musicians and other unionized employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday. The suggestion comes a day before current contracts expire, but will not alter the Met's plans to lock out employees and suspend their health benefits on Friday if new agreements are not reached, the company said. The Met has said its labor force has become too expensive in a time of declining global interest in opera. Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said this week that opera could become obsolete "if measures are not taken to make it fit in the 21st-century economy." The mediation proposal was made at a meeting on Wednesday with the Met's chorus, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, said Alan Gordon, the union's national executive director.

Businessman says helped ex-Virginia governor, wife as part of 'business relationship'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:51

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va (Reuters) - The businessman at the heart of a corruption trial involving former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified on Wednesday he helped them out with gifts and loans strictly for the benefit of his dietary supplement company. "This was a business relationship," Jonnie Williams, a key prosecution witness told a packed federal courtroom in Richmond, Virginia. Williams said he took Maureen McDonnell on a $20,000 New York shopping spree, lent the couple large amounts of money, and paid for the wedding reception of one of their daughters in exchange for the couple using their personal and political prestige to advance his company.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:51

A displaced Palestinian child waves to a friend from inside a damaged classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school, in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli tank shells tore through the walls of the U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting. The attack on the U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp was the second deadly strike on a U.N. compound in a week. Tank shells slammed into the compound before dawn, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which is sheltering more than 200,000 people displaced by the fighting at dozens of U.N. schools across Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Texas search group resumes drone use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:46
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group that had been embroiled in a legal fight over the use of drones in its searches for missing persons resumed using the unmanned aircraft on Wednesday, the first time it had done so after a favorable appeals court ruling earlier this month.

Car crashes into house in Gloucester City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:45

Car crashes into house in Gloucester CityAuthorities say a driver lost control, crashing a car into the side of a twin home in Gloucester City, New Jersey.

Seattle police: 1 officer issued most pot tickets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:42
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer has been reassigned after a review found he wrote about 80 percent of marijuana tickets issued in the city during the first half of 2014.

Vegas victim: Crime spree was 'total terror'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:35

Julie Ramos cries during a news conference at her home Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Las Vegas. Ramos was injured and her husband Richard Ramos was killed in a home invasion Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who was stabbed with a screwdriver while she unsuccessfully fought to save her husband from a pair of home invaders described Tuesday's deadly crime spree in Las Vegas as "total terror."

Minnesota officer killed making traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:33

A officer with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension photographs an vechicle that was driven by a Mendota Heights Police officer who was shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A potential suspect in the shooting of a police officer in West St. Paul has been captured near the suburb of Woodbury. (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Ben Garvin) MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUTWEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A police officer in Minnesota was fatally shot Wednesday while making a traffic stop and authorities said they were searching for a suspect.

San Diego student's near-death in DEA custody avoidable: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:28
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Simple measures, such as a white board listing names of prisoners, might have prevented the near-death of a San Diego college student inadvertently left in a holding cell for nearly five days without food or water, a federal report showed on Wednesday. The student, Daniel Chong, says he survived the 2012 incident by drinking his urine while in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration. His lawyers said he reached a $4.1 million settlement with the DEA last year. Chong, then a University of California San Diego student who is now 26, was arrested in April 2012 during a raid on a home where DEA agents suspected an ecstasy drug ring was operating.

Teen pleads guilty in 1 World Trade Center climb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:19

FILE- In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Justin Casquejo passes through security at a New York City courthouse. Casquejo, who sneaked to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in an escapade that fanned concerns about security at the nation’s tallest building. The teenager expects a sentence of 23 days of community service. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A teenage daredevil who sneaked to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower pleaded guilty Wednesday in an escapade that fanned concerns about security at the nation's tallest building.

Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:11
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device — but authorities say it was turned off.

Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:03

Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son was hit by a bullet fired from outside that pierced the wall of the home, hitting the child in bed, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Pearson's son Jakari died at the hospital. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)DETROIT (AP) — Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.

Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:50

Axel Kicillof, Argentina's economy minister, addresses member of the news media after a negotiation session, Wednesday July 30, 2014, at the Argentinean Consulate in New York. Argentina officials and U.S. bondholders met for the first time in hopes of preventing an Argentine default. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures."

Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:47

The remains of a burned home lie in the Foresta community in Yosemite National Park in California on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 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 and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Al Golub)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:31
New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition for grass and property destruction from straying bison. Yellowstone is now home to more than 4,000 bison, or buffalo, constituting the bulk of the country's last pure-bred population of the animals. Dozens from the Yellowstone herd have been relocated to two Montana American Indian reservations in recent years.

Teen who sneaked to top of World Trade Center pleads guilty: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:27
A New Jersey teen, who sneaked into New York City's One World Trade Center and ascended to the top of the 104-story building to the antenna, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident, New York media reported. Justin Casquejo, 16, accepted a plea deal that will keep the misdemeanor BASE jumping charge from his record and grant him youthful offender status in exchange for 23 days of community service, NBC New York reported. Though he did not parachute himself, Casquejo faced a charge in connection with the activity, according to NBC New York. Casquejo was carrying his camera when he crawled through a small hole in the construction fence encircling the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan early one March morning, officials said at the time.

Foster parent charged with murder in hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:17
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

Minnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:15
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign.