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Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 23:04

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, Buzz Miller, executive vice president of nuclear development at Southern Co., stands in front of the high-pressure vessel that will be used in a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Before it started building, the nuclear industry promised its new generation of plants would be constructed using giant Lego-like modules that make building faster, cheaper and produce a higher-quality result. Instead, the Louisiana factory building these modules has failed to master quality control rules, stick to schedule or replicate the approved designs, adding time and significant cost to first-of-their-kind projects. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source.


California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 23:02

In this photo taken Monday, July 21, 2014, is the unused water fountain located across the street from the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The fountain was drained earlier in the year for repairs, but due to the one of the worst droughts in California history, the repairs and refilling the fountain have been delayed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.


2 carjackers who killed 3 kids still on the run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:52

Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia, Friday July 25, 2014. Two children were killed and three people critically injured when a hijacked car lost control and hit a group of people near a fruit stand, according to police. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia are still hunting for a pair of carjackers who rammed a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings.


Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:23

Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia, Friday July 25, 2014. Two children were killed and three people critically injured when a hijacked car lost control and hit a group of people near a fruit stand, according to police. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three siblings and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim.


Woman escapes flames in Kensington home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:58

Woman escapes flames in Kensington homeOfficials say a woman escaped a fire that destroyed her Kensington home early Saturday morning.


27th annual Irish Pub Tour De Shore.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:15

27th annual Irish Pub Tour De Shore.Two-thousand bikers will make the 65-mile journey from Center City, Philadelphia across the Ben Franklin Bridge, to Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Woman's body found on the road in Camden Co. ID'd, suspect charged

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:31

Woman's body found on the road in Camden Co. ID'd, suspect chargedPolice say a woman's body found by a pizza deliveryman on the side of the road has been identified and the suspect has been charged with murder.


5-year-old girl falls out of 2nd story window in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:40

5-year-old girl falls out of 2nd story window in MantuaA 5-year-old girl was hospitalized Friday night after falling from a second story window in Philadelphia's Mantua section.


Brother of victim killed in hospital shooting speaks to Action News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:39

Brother of victim killed in hospital shooting speaks to Action NewsThe brother of a woman gunned down inside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital is sharing his pain with Action News.


DA: Hospital gunman had 39 bullets, intended to kill more

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:37

 Hospital gunman had 39 bullets, intended to kill moreInvestigators said that the gunman accused of killing his caseworker and wounding a doctor in a Delaware County hospital building on Thursday had 39 bullets on him.


Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:02

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the economy at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. Striking a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, Obama is demanding "economic patriotism" from American corporations that seek overseas mergers to avoid U.S. taxes. Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.


FBI found bomb-making cache in Tucson rampage gunman's home: LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:19

The front door on the home of Jared Lee Loughner, 22, who is accused of killing six people dead and wounding 13 others in Tucson(Reuters) - Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 rampage, kept bomb-making components in a safe in his bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files released to the newspaper showed that agents and sniffer dogs, who stormed Loughner's home just after his capture, found equipment including batteries, a circuit board, wires, and a numeric keyboard, the LA Times said. The files, amassed as the FBI investigated Loughner and released this week at the LA Times' request under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed his love of guns, erratic behavior and an obsession with Giffords. The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:34

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.


Hospital shooting suspect had history of violence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:05

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatric patient who killed his caseworker — and grazed his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back — has a lengthy history of gun arrests, violence and mental health problems, authorities said.


Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:58

An officer stands guard near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.


Wildfire managers tap military for aid in U.S. West

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:41

Smoke rises from the Carlton Complex Fire near WinthropBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history. The U.S. Forest Service has its own fleet of more than 20 air tankers, but has in the past called on the military to provide aircraft to help suppress wildfires. Blazes that have raged across hundreds of thousands of acres (ha) of forests and grasslands in Washington state and Oregon triggered the call for the two aircraft, Steve Gage, a senior official with the U.S. Forest Service, told reporters in a conference call on Friday. Chronic drought has also parched much of California, New Mexico and Arizona, heightening the risk and intensity of wildfires.


Wildfire managers tap military for aid in U.S. West

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:41

Smoke rises from the Carlton Complex Fire near WinthropBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history. The U.S. Forest Service has its own fleet of more than 20 air tankers, but has in the past called on the military to provide aircraft to help suppress wildfires. Blazes that have raged across hundreds of thousands of acres (ha) of forests and grasslands in Washington state and Oregon triggered the call for the two aircraft, Steve Gage, a senior official with the U.S. Forest Service, told reporters in a conference call on Friday. Chronic drought has also parched much of California, New Mexico and Arizona, heightening the risk and intensity of wildfires.


Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:33

In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters poses for a photograph at the Steinbrener Band Center in Ohio Stadium before practice, in Columbus Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Eamon Queeney)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band director accused of ignoring a "sexualized" culture of rituals among band members.


County official in Texas accused of taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:06
DALLAS (AP) — A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday.

Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:57

Texas Department of Safety Troopers patrol on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)MISSION, Texas (AP) — Three heavily armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on a recent afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats as the men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others, and a crew of troopers peeked through the tall reeds on the U.S. side for whatever load had just been deposited.