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Fast-moving California wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:46
A rapidly expanding wildfire in Northern California is threatening about 150 structures and has forced evacuations in several rural areas as the wind-whipped blaze rips across parched vegetation, officials said on Wednesday. Experts predict an unusually active and destructive wildfire season in California, as the state grapples with a fourth year of crippling drought. The Wragg Fire near Lake Berryessa, some 75 miles (121 km)north of San Francisco, was sparked around 2:30 p.m. by a vehicle accident, according to CalFire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

Body of man decomposed in car with small arsenal at home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The body of a mystery man was decomposing in his car in the ritzy Pacific Palisades neighborhood in Southern California for nearly two weeks before he was found by authorities, an attorney said Wednesday.

Uber growth unhampered in surprise deal with NYC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:33

FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, Josh Mohrer, far left, New York's general manager for Uber, speaks during a news conference and rally outside New York's City Hall, while inside lawmakers were holding a hearing on the growth of the For-Hire-Vehicle (FHV) industry in the city, with a focus on Uber. A deal has been struck between New York City and Uber on the eve of a highly watched City Council vote that could have placed a cap on the number of the ride-hailing company’s cars on the streets of the nation’s largest city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Uber cars can continue to be a growing presence on the streets of New York City now that an agreement has been reached between the ride-hailing company and the city.

Four adults, three teens shot across Baltimore in overnight gun violence: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:23
The three teenagers, ages 13, 15 and 16, sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds around 11 p.m. on Wednesday in East Baltimore, police said. Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who went to the crime scene, said the community had seen enough violence. "It is certainly unacceptable for this community to see three teenagers being shot on a beautiful summer night like this," he told the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

Patrol: 4 dead in truck-car crash in eastern Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:34
DAVENPORT, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says four people have died in a truck-car crash on Highway 2 in the eastern part of the state.

Murder charge dropped against Texas hotel worker in newborn drowning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:02
The charge was withdrawn against Luz Aurora Granados-Reyes, 25, after the Collin County Medical Examiner said he could not prove the baby girl, believed to be 30 to 32 weeks in gestation, was alive when she was delivered in the toilet. Granados-Reyes was released from the Dallas County Jail, where she had been held in lieu of $500,000 bail on a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6, a felony punishable by death, police said. The medical examiner ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the baby was born alive.

Teen hurt after close call with train in Darby Borough

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:53

Teen hurt after close call with train in Darby BoroughA 16-year-old suffered some minor injuries after a close call with a train in Darby Borough, Delaware County.

Disaster declaration approved after South Jersey storms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:41

Disaster declaration approved after South Jersey stormsOn Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed off on a disaster declaration for parts of South Jersey battered by severe storms last month.

Police make arrest in California officer's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:36

15 a.m. after he stopped a white Chevrolet pickup that was swerving on the road and driving erratically. (AP Photo/Hayward Police Department)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area police sergeant was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop Wednesday, and the man suspected in the shooting has been placed under arrest at a hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds, authorities said.

2 suspects arrested in East Oak Lane carjacking, robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:36

2 suspects arrested in East Oak Lane carjacking, robberyPhiladelphia police have arrested two men accused of robbing and carjacking a man in the city's East Oak Lane section.

Iran deal with US brings thousands to Times Square protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:34

Supporters react to a speech by Republican presidential candidate former New York Gov. George Pataki at the 'Stop Iran' protest Wednesday, July 22, 2015, near Times Square in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of protesters packed into Times Square Wednesday evening to demand that Congress vote down the proposed U.S. deal with Iran.

The Latest: Documents: Bland told officials she had epilepsy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:31

In this July 10, 2015, frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland after she became combative during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Bland was taken to the Waller County Jail that day and was found dead in her cell on July 13. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the recent death of a woman in a Texas jail cell (all times local):

Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:26

FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, demonstrators rally for a $15 minimum wage before a meeting of the state Wage Board in New York. The New York state Wage Board is expected to recommend a higher minimum wage for the industry during a meeting Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in New York City. Board members say they support an increase, though they haven’t offered a specific amount. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees.

Blackface performer plans fundraiser for 6 indicted officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:16
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Bill Cosby loses latest legal bid to block sexual abuse lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:05

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian's petition to review the case. The accuser's attorney, Gloria Allred, said the decision cleared the way for litigation brought by Judy Huth, now in her 50s, to proceed, and that she intended to take Cosby's sworn deposition within the next 30 days. "We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition," Allred said.

After 2 deaths, Ikea warns of risks with 27M dressers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:57

This product image provided by Ikea shows a Malm 6-drawer dresser. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America, is announcing a repair program that includes a free wall anchoring kit, for their Malm 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of Malm 6- drawer chests, and other chests and dressers. The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall. (Ikea via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture — 27 million chests and dressers — away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.

Picture of Tennessee shooting emerges: 3-5 minutes of terror

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:41

An investigator walks by the entrance of a Navy and Marine center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Law enforcement officials for the first time provided details about how Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez crashed the gates with his car and opened fire on the service members inspecting equipment there, killing four Marines and one sailor. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Twenty Marines and two Navy corpsmen were in the middle of an otherwise mundane task, just checking their equipment after a training mission, when the silver Mustang convertible came barreling through the gates of the reserve center on the banks of the Tennessee River.

Greece clears final reform hurdle before new bailout talks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:39

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos speaks during a parliament committee in Athens, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Greece's parliament has begun an emergency debate on a second round of conditions demanded by international creditors for a new bailout - a vote that could threaten the coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's radical left-led government emerged bloodied but alive early Thursday from a key vote in parliament, which overwhelmingly approved new creditor-demanded reforms despite a revolt among hardliners in the main coalition partner.

Philadelphia corrections officer stabbed 12 times by inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:18

Phila. corrections officer stabbed 12 times inside prisonOfficials say a corrections officer was stabbed multiple times by an inmate inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia's Holmesburg section.

Gunman sought after robbing Hunting Park bank

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:17

Gunman sought after robbing Hunting Park bankPhiladelphia police are looking for a gunman who robbed a Hunting Park bank Wednesday afternoon.