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Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:04

Julio Valenzuela Jr. and Julio Valenzuela Sr. take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation of the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm.

DC to Philly Amtrak service resumes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service resumed between Washington and Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon after being shut down for a time.

Residents concerned after Southwest Philadelphia attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:00

Residents concerned after Southwest Philadelphia attackResidents of a close-knit Southwest Philadelphia community are calling on police to protect them after at least one disabled resident was targeted by violent thieves.

Threat conviction tossed in violent poem case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:58
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed the conviction of a Utah man who was found guilty of threatening to kill a professor by sending an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem.

Court's expert witness on Detroit bankruptcy qualified to testify: judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:57
By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - An expert witness hand-picked by the federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case will testify on the feasibility of the city's debt adjustment plan without restrictions, the judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said Martha Kopacz, a senior managing director at Phoenix Management Services in Boston, is qualified to give her expert opinion, noting that her "specialized knowledge will help the court to understand the evidence and to determine whether the city’s plan of adjustment is feasible. ...

Margaritaville casino owners seek bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:55
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The owner of Biloxi's Margaritaville casino has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, only hours before a hearing where the landlord aimed to seize the property.

Transgender teen back in custody after escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:54
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A troubled transgender girl whose confinement case has attracted national attention escaped from a Connecticut treatment program Tuesday and was found by police several hours later, state officials said.

Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:50

David Friedman, the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, testifies at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles.

Amtrak restores service from Philly to DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:46

Amtrak restores service from Philly to DCAmtrak says service from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia has been restored.

New York state denied federal funds for flagship bridge project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:36
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government has rejected most of a $511 million loan request for the renewal of New York state's Tappan Zee Bridge, dealing a blow to one of governor Andrew Cuomo's most prominent infrastructure projects just weeks ahead of state elections. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that the $3.9 billion project was ineligible for funds from a federal clean water fund because "construction activities arising from transportation projects do not advance water quality. ...

Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track incident to be heard by grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:35

 Tony Stewart-Press ConferenceBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The case of a fatal dirt-track incident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be referred to a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday. Stewart, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward during a non-NASCAR sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. ...

Scottish independence vote cheers supporters of Texas secession

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:33
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The upcoming vote to decide whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom has bolstered those campaigning to split the state of Texas from the United States. Texas Nationalist Movement president Daniel Miller, who wants the state's legislature to put the secession question on a statewide ballot, said Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum is a good sign for his movement. "If Scotland can do it, so can Texas," Miller said. The top U.S. ...

Tropical Storm Polo to strengthen to hurricane off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:30
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Polo is forecast to become a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, just days after a severe storm battered the Baja California peninsula. As of Tuesday afternoon, Polo was about 260 miles (418 km) south of Mexico's beach resort of Acapulco and moving in a northwesterly direction at 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour), the NHC said. ...

Officials: Officer chases suspect who shot him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:30
DUVALL, Wash. (AP) — A police officer in Washington state got back in his patrol car after being shot in the leg and pursued the fleeing gunman until other officers arrived to take over the chase and make an arrest following a standoff, authorities said Tuesday.

History books spark new Texas classroom battle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:23

State Board of Education board members, from left, Donna Bahorich, David Bradley, and Thomas Ratliff, raise their hands to ask questions during a public hearing for new textbooks up for adoption and use in classrooms statewide, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases.

Police: Man fed up with barking kills neighbor dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:13
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man fed up with barking fatally shot his neighbors' dog in front of them. But the corgi apparently wasn't the one barking, authorities said.

CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:13

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, an overweight man rests on a bench in Jackson, Miss. Rising numbers of American adults have the most dangerous kind of obesity, belly fat, despite evidence that overall obesity rates may have plateaued, government data shows. Abdominal obesity affects 54 percent of U.S. adults, versus 46 percent in 1999-2000, and the average waist size crept up an inch, too, according to the most recent statistics. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

Montana man charged with assaulting 4 women

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:12
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man assaulted four women in five instances over the past six months, causing injuries that required medical care and left one woman hospitalized for six days with a brain injury and a collapsed lung, prosecutors said.

Suspect named in killing of pregnant woman, baby in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:09

Suspect named in killing of pregnant woman, baby in FrankfordA suspect has been named in connection with a shooting that left a pregnant woman and her newborn baby dead.

School bus driver killed during safety drill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:09

Student book bags are removed from the scene of an accident on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. A police spokesman says the 51-year-old driver sacrificed her life to save a 10-year-old girl who was about to jump out of the emergency exit at the back of the bus Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr) MANDATORY CREDITCLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.