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Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:28

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Kerry has returned to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Pool)CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.


Three injured when home explodes north of Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:22
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Three people were critically burned when a house exploded near a city north of Houston on Tuesday, with the blast felt for miles, officials said. Video footage of the scene provided by television station KHOU showed the structure reduced to splinters near the city of Willis, about 50 miles (80 kms) north of Houston. Investigators have not yet pinpointed a cause for the blast. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:13

FILE - In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. The average annual pension for police and fire retirees is $32,000, while most other retired city workers get $19,000 to $20,000. Orr has said pension changes are unfortunate but necessary because two funds are underfunded by billions. If investment performance improves in the years ahead, he said, the cuts could be restored. "I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed positive decision about their future and the future of the city," Kevyn Orr said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)DETROIT (AP) — A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.


California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:07
CUTLER, Calif. (AP) — A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Oil gains further on concerns over Ukraine, Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:55

Israeli soldier march during a drill near Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza, the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and expectations of a fall in U.S. crude inventories.


'Slender Man' Stabbing Survivor Receives Anonymous Purple Heart

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:22
First she survived being stabbed 19 times. Police say it was by her 12-year-old friends. The suspects allegedly told police they did it to please an online fictional character named "Slender Man."

U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:45

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. "There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court," Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision.


Closings set in Ventura's suit over sniper's book

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:37
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Tractor trailers collide on Pa. Turnpike NE Extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:36

Lanes reopen after trucks collide on Pa. Turnpike NE ExtensionA crash involving two tractor trailers is slowing traffic on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:36

This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)BALTIMORE (AP) — For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.


Thief steals police bike on camera

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:22

Thief steals police bike on cameraPhiladelphia Police say a thief in Point Breeze chose the wrong bike to steal.


'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:06

Purple Heart medalBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday. "It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart," Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos said in a statement. Her alleged attackers, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide.


'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:05
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday. "It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart," Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos said in a statement. Her alleged attackers, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide.

Couple gunned down near Rite Aid in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:58

Couple gunned down near Rite Aid in Northeast PhiladelphiaOfficers arrived to find a 55-year-old man and his 43-year-old fiance lying side-by-side. Both were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.


GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:49

United States Senate GOP candidate Jack Kingston delivers a short speech during a press conference and campaign stop in the lobby of the office building at the Augusta Daniel Field Airport Monday, July 21, 2014 in Augusta, Ga. Tuesday, Kingston and David Perdue will be in a run-off primary election for the opportunity to go up against Michelle Nunn for the Senate seat. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Sara Caldwell)ATLANTA (AP) — After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to take control of the chamber.


Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:24

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is due to step into the battle of billionaires going on in probate court over the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Dad: Boys charged in homeless deaths once homeless

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:15

Bedding, clothing and broken glass litter a homeless encampment in Albuquerque, Monday, July 21, 2014, where three teenagers are accused of fatally beating two homeless men. The teens, aged 15, 16 and 18, have been charged with open counts of murder in the Friday night killings. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who says he is the father of two of three teens charged with fatally beating two homeless men says that they too were once homeless, and he has no idea what prompted the brutal Friday night attack that police say left the victims unrecognizable.


Arizona execution drug case heads to Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:08

FILE-This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. A federal judge is expected to make a decision Friday, July 11, 2014 on whether to stop the execution of Wood a condemned Arizona inmate amid questions about the drug combination the state plans to use. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections,File)A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Arizona cannot execute a death row inmate without providing detailed information about the drugs intended for his lethal injection, a decision that prompted state officials to say they will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Evangelical group sets sights on secular Portland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:03
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An evangelical Christian group plans to try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and dozens of other gathering spots this summer — a campaign that's got some residents upset.

Theater shooting lawyers in court to discuss video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:49

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are returning to court to discuss whether a doctor should be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.