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Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:38

A mailbox stands in a scorched countryside that was hit by the Carlton Complex fire near PaterosBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A wildfire raging unchecked for a sixth day east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes, displaced hundreds of residents and left thousands without electricity, emergency officials said on Saturday. A cluster of lightning-sparked blazes that merged days ago into a conflagration dubbed the Carlton Complex has scorched at least 336 square miles (870 sq km) of dry timber and grasslands in north-central Washington since Monday, officials said. No serious injuries have been reported, said Mike Worden, manager of the emergency dispatch and communications center for the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office.


Officer in fatal NY arrest stripped of gun, badge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:26

Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in New York. Garner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, when a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a chokehold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday.


Trains running again in NY after rock slide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:24
GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Full service has resumed on the nation's second-largest commuter rail system after tumbling rocks damaged a stretch of tracks, halted trains and left hundreds of passengers without rides north of New York City.

Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:22

This undated photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. An attorney representing family said Friday, July 18, 2014 that he is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident that ended with the death of Misty Holt-Singh and two gang members thought to have participated in the robbery of the bank where the mother of two was abducted. (AP Photo/Singh Family)FRESNO, California (AP) — While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said they suspect the same men carried out other area bank heists, including one earlier this year at the same branch that was hit this week.


Tour bus catches fire in New Jersey, no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:42

40 p.m. Initial reports say passengers were seen running along the southbound lanes of Interstate 287, away from the blaze. There's no word yet on what caused the fire. (AP Photo/Jimmy Kastner) MANDATORY CREDITBRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A tour bus caught fire on a busy stretch of New Jersey highway, but no passengers were injured.


Lawyer: Unclear where Casey Kasem's body is

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:57

 Unclear where Casey Kasem's body isA judge has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains, but it's unclear where those remains are or whether they've already been disposed of.


$50,000 reward in 2012 murder in Society Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:57

$50,000 reward in 2012 murder in Society HillIt's been two years since a young man was gunned down after a night out with friends in Society Hill and up to $50,000 is being offered to help find his killer.


Appeals court puts Arizona execution on hold over drugs details

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:53
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Saturday ordered the scheduled execution of an Arizona man condemned for killing of his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989 be put on hold until the state provides more details about the lethal injection procedure he faces. Joseph Wood, 55, had been slated to be put to death on Wednesday at the state prison complex in Florence, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Phoenix.

Terminally ill mom takes risk to save unborn child

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:30

Terminally ill mom takes risk to save unborn childA woman from Texas given only months to live has reason to celebrate life - the life of her baby boy.


2 wounded in shooting in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:28

2 wounded in shooting in Atlantic CityPolice are investigating a shooting that left two people wounded in Atlantic City.


Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:28

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash siteInternational monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses of the victims of a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation of the disaster can be conducted.


Boy, 4, critically injured in fall from 2-story window in SW Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:27

Boy, 4, critically injured in fall from 2-story window in SW Phila.Police say a 4-year-old was critically injured after he fell from a 2-story window in Southwest Philadelphia.


1 injured when truck, motorcycle collide in W. Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:02

1 injured when truck, motorcycle collide in W. Phila.One person was injured in a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle in West Philadelphia.


Rock slide damages NY train tracks, halts service

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:49
GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Tumbling rocks north of New York City have damaged a stretch of train tracks in the nation's second-largest commuter rail system, suspending service and leaving hundreds of passengers without rides.

Plane crashes near New York's Lake Placid; 3 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:39
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) — A small plane crashed Saturday while attempting to land at an airport near Lake Placid, killing all three people on board.

Pedestrian struck in Camden hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:35

Pedestrian struck in Camden hit-and-runPolice are looking for the person who struck a pedestrian in a hit-and-run in Camden.


Body found in area where swimmer went missing in Island Beach State Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:50

Body found in area where swimmer went missing in Island Beach State ParkAuthorities say a body has been found in waters off the Jersey Shore, not far from where a man went missing while trying to swim in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.


Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:33

Emergency workers carry the body of a victim at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted.


Appeals court postpones Arizona man's execution

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:05
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court on Saturday granted an Arizona death row inmate's request to postpone his pending execution, putting it on hold until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

Florida jury awards record $23 billion against RJ Reynolds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:37

An R.J. Reynolds sign seen outside cigarette manufacturing facility in TobaccovilleBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker. The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff, according to Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut. Cynthia Robinson of the Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola sued the cigarette maker in 2008 over the death of her husband, Michael Johnson, claiming the company conspired to conceal the health dangers and addictive nature of its products.