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Wildfires bring destruction to central Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 16:58

The foundation of a home and burned-out cars remain from a wildfire the night before, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Pateros, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle.


Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:41

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)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The families of two slain bank robbery suspects said that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with their sons.


Rallies planned after in-custody death of NYC man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:28
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has planned two separate rallies Saturday following the death of a New York City man who died during an arrest in which partial video of the struggle shows an officer placing him in what the police commissioner said appeared to be a choke hold — a tactic prohibited by departmental policy.

Destructive Washington fire empties another town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:39

Forrest Harrison holds the hand of his daughter, Avery, 5, as he looks over the rubble remaining from his home after a wildfire destroyed it the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, in Pateros, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PATEROS, Wash. (AP) — A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said Friday night.


Robber's father says police acted appropriately

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:20

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)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The father of a slain bank robbery suspect said Friday that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with his son.


UN chief Ban heading to Mideast in Gaza peace bid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave Saturday for the Middle East to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, the U.N. political chief said Friday.

Survivors gather to remember 1989 Iowa plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:24

In this July 17, 2014 photo Pastor Ron May, survivor onboard United Flight 232 that crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989, poses for a portrait at his home in Chicago. Through the efforts of the flight crew and emergency personnel on the ground, 184 of the 296 passengers survived. The flight is considered one of the most impressive life-saving efforts in aviation history. May will not be attending the reunion of crew and passengers in Sioux City, this weekend, he will be attending his daughter's wedding. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As he sat in a crippled airliner, Ron May braced his head between his legs and prayed for his wife, who was seven months' pregnant with their first child. Everyone on the jet feared they were about to die.


Finding oil with sound blasts, by the numbers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:16
The Obama administration on Friday approved using sonic air cannons to map offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean by measuring sound reverberating through waters shared by whales and other marine life. Some numbers to help explain it:

Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:14

In this Feb. 2009 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a North Atlantic right whale swims with her calf in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the United States near the border between Florida and Georgia. The Obama Administration is opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades. The announcement made Friday, July 18, 2014, also approved the use of sonic cannons to map the ocean floor identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware. The sonic cannons pose real dangers for whales, fish and sea turtles.(AP Photo/New England Aquarium) ** NO SALES **ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.


Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:56

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — 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.


Delaware woman has lunch with President Obama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:38

Delaware woman has lunch with President ObamaA Delaware woman got the chance to have lunch with President Obama during his visit to the area.


Pit bull found brutally stabbed in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37

Pit bull found brutally stabbed in ChesterA friendly dog was brutally stabbed in Chester and investigators are asking for the public's help to find the person responsible.


Search called off for missing swimmer in Island Beach State Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37

Search called off for missing swimmer in Island Beach State ParkThe Coast Guard has suspended their search for a missing swimmer off the coast of Island Beach State Park, New Jersey.


American in Ukraine crash had lived in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37

Flowers are arranged in a makeshift memorial during a vigil for victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The only American identified so far as a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine lived in New Jersey as a child and returned to the Netherlands when he was 5.


2 persons of interest in deaths of Strawberry Mansion couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:36

2 persons of interest in deaths of Strawberry Mansion coupleAction News has learned that two men are being questioned in connection with an elderly couple found dead in their Strawberry Mansion home.


Victim pistol whipped in Lawndale robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:36

Victim pistol whipped in Lawndale robberyPolice say a person was hospitalized after being pistol whipped during a robbery in Philadelphia's Lawndale section.


2 women killed in Atlantic City apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:35

2 women killed in Atlantic City apartment fireAuthorities say a two alarm apartment fire claimed the lives of two women in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Local Ukrainian-Americans rally against plane disaster

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:34

Local Ukrainian-Americans rally against plane disasterLocal Ukrainian-Americans held an impassioned rally along the Ben Franklin Parkway to condemn those responsible for the Malaysia Flight 17 tragedy and to mourn the victims.


Car involved in bank robbery-hostage taking found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:45

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)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in the Northern California city of Stockton have located a vehicle that was involved in a bank robbery and running gun battle that ended with the death of a hostage.


Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:28

U.S. President Obama discusses the situation in Ukraine during White House news conference in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, the White House said on Friday. The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, senior administration officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has consumed significant attention from the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks.