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Judge asked to reconsider mob beating sentences

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:50
DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors are returning to court to ask a judge to reconsider the sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April.

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:08

NJ couple killed, dozens hurt after tornado hits Va. campgroundAlbert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

Ohio State band marches on after director's firing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:05

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) — The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director: A day after he was fired, the band is performing with the Columbus Symphony in what is often considered its unofficial season kickoff.

Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:55
The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime ...

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:54

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 5, 2008 file photo, water levels at the Colorado River's Horseshoe Bend begin to rise along the beaches just hours after the Glen Canyon Dam jet tubes began releasing water, in Page, Ariz. Drought, climate change and an increasing population in the West are pushing the Colorado River basin toward deep trouble in the coming decades, scientists say. (AP Photo/Matt York)Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday ...

Colorado appeals court denies bid to block gay marriages in Boulder County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:06

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado appeals court on Thursday denied a motion by the state's top lawyer seeking to block a county clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the long-running legal battle is resolved by higher courts. In its ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals said Attorney General John Suthers had not "established the factors required" for it to reverse a lower court's decision allowing a county clerk to issue licenses to gay couples. The decision by the three-judge appeals court panel comes after judges at the state and federal level have both ruled Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but stayed their decisions pending challenges to higher courts. The ruling is the latest twist in a legal spat between Suthers, a Republican, and Hillary Hall, the clerk in Democratic-leaning Boulder County.

Officials ID caseworker killed on campus of Delaware County hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:49

Accused gunman in Delco hospital shooting had violent pastThe District Attorney has identified the caseworker who was killed inside a building on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Calif. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:28

This image, date not known, provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows one of several dolls that have been found left on doorsteps in the last week in San Clemente, Calif. As many as eight homes have had porcelain dolls left on their doorsteps. Families in each of the homes where porcelain dolls were left, voiced concern that the dolls resembled their daughters. The investigation continues in an attempt to discover their origin. (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Department)SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn't mean any harm.

Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:22

A dead tree stands beside a highway near Miami in the Florida Everglades. A fungus that follows an invasive beetle from Asia is killing trees across the Everglades, and there’s no way to stop the blight from spreading. Since first detected west of Miami 2011, laurel wilt has killed swamp bay trees scattered across 330,000 acres of the Everglades, a roughly 2 million-acre system of state and federal lands. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.

Va. Gov. McAuliffe to tour tornado damage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:11

In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUTCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers — a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay.

Man, 19, stabbed to death in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:09

Man, 19, stabbed to death in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in North Philadelphia Thursday evening.

Pizza delivery man finds woman's body on the road in Camden Co.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:54

Pizza delivery man finds woman's body on the road in Camden Co.Police say a pizza deliveryman found a woman's body on the side of the road in Winslow Township, New Jersey early Friday morning.

Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:33

File - This July 17, 2014, file photo show people walking amongst the debris at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down as it flew over the country, killing all 298 people on board. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.

APNewsBreak: Gun law based on flawed estimate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:19

In this July 20, 2014 photo, gun dealer Mel Bernstein carries box for a rifle while making a sale at his store, Dragonman's, east of Colorado Springs, Colo. When Colorado lawmakers expanded background checks on firearms last year, they were expecting a huge increase. But the actual number the first 12 months of the law is far lower than projected, according to an analysis of state data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:58
DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.

Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:22

A tire rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in UkiahUnderground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows. The study released Thursday by the University of California, Irvine, shows that groundwater in the Colorado River basin has dropped by 40 million acre-feet over the past five years, the equivalent of two of the nation's largest reservoirs. "If drought conditions like this continue, there is a possibility we will entirely deplete our groundwater storage," said researcher Stephanie Castle, the report's author. Using satellite data, Castle tracked the ebbing water in the Colorado River basin, which stretches through seven states.

Exoneration hearing set for convicted rapist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:17
DALLAS (AP) — A North Dallas prosecutor is set to ask a judge to exonerate a Texas man who said he pleaded guilty to the 1990 rape of a 16-year-old girl because his attorney advised him to avoid trial.

Federal inspector to examine Alaska tour train derailment site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:53
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A federal inspector has been sent to examine the Alaska site where a tourism train derailed this week, leaving 19 people with minor injuries, a U.S. Transportation Department spokesman said on Thursday. Department spokesman Kevin Thompson said the agency had yet to determine whether a full-fledged federal investigation into the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway’s Wednesday afternoon accident was warranted. "Any injury connected to our rail operations, whether to our passengers or employees, is always considered serious," company president John Finlayson said in a statement. The accident happened during a round trip between Skagway, Alaska, and Canada, a route taken annually by thousands of tourists along the region’s historic Klondike Gold Rush.

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:45

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, is seen with Guatemalan President Otto Molina, right, and Honduran President Juan Hernández on Thursday, July 24, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world's most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:42

An arrival information screen shows the delayed Air Algerie flight 5017OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.