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Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:24

FILE -- In this May 27, 2014 file photo, Mary Saylor, left, sells a $5 raffle ticket to Erica and Jerry Oie prior to the Texas Rangers-Minnesota Twins baseball game, in Minneapolis. As hight-stakes charity raffles gain popularity at sports venues across the nation, California clubs and a leading raffle vendor are lobbying state lawmakers to authorize 50-50 raffles in California. Critics call it an unfair exemption that favors franchise owners over food banks, PTAs and churches. (AP Photo/Jim Mone,file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams.


Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:07

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter opens up a Bible while teaching Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown in Plains, Ga. Carter’s recent diagnosis that cancer has spread to his brain will require him to scale back his work, but Carter Center officials say their programs will continue uninterrupted. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar.


Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:03

Waves crash along the shores of the Malecon in Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. "Erika has degenerated into a trough of low pressure," the Miami-based hurricane center said in a Saturday morning forecast advisory. Erika's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph (56 kph), just below the tropical storm threshold.


Construction accident closes down major San Francisco freeway

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:49
Emergency work was expected to block off the principal freeway connecting San Francisco to the south for at least 20 hours, after a construction crane crashed into and demolished a tower supporting high-voltage power lines. "All southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 are closed down until possibly 5 p.m. today," Officer Eric Anderson of the California Highway Patrol said on Saturday, warning of significant traffic delays. The crane was being used to construct a new freeway overpass in Burlingame, a suburb south of San Francisco.

In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:38

This photo taken Aug. 4, 2012, shows tourists walking to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park just outside Seward, Alaska. President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)WASHINGTON (AP) — With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.


Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:29

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter opens up a Bible while teaching Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown in Plains, Ga. Carter’s recent diagnosis that cancer has spread to his brain will require him to scale back his work, but Carter Center officials say their programs will continue uninterrupted. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar.


Miami security guard shot at Metrorail station dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:23
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a Miami security guard who was shot at a Metrorail station has died.

Hearing set for mom who drove 3 kids into ocean

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:12
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A hearing is set for Monday for a South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach.

Bystander dies after being shot by NYPD undercover officer

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:06
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — An innocent bystander accidentally shot by a plainclothes officer died early Saturday, hours after being wounded when the officer opened fire on an armed suspect during an undercover gun buy that went bad, New York City police said.

Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 01:04

A protester attempts to lead the crowd in a cheer during a protest on the lawn of the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Approximately a hundred people gathered to protest Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis failing to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.


Authorities capture man in 1991 death of former girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:52
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected in the 1991 death of his former girlfriend in North Carolina was arrested in suburban Atlanta.

Inmate awaiting transfer to mental health facility dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:47
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A jail official in Portsmouth says a man awaiting transfer to a state mental health facility for months was found dead in his cell.

Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:38

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, a volunteer walks through a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo.One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.


As Erika weakens, some in Tampa Bay area are still worried

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:30
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika dissipated Saturday, but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully.

Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:03

In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Enid Letourneau looks from the deck of her cottage in Georgia, Vt., at the blue-green algae in St. Albans Bay on Lake Champlain. The town recently reduced the value of 34 homes along the shore by $50,000 each because of the algae, which can be toxic to humans and dogs. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance.


Hometown names school for teacher killed at Newtown

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 00:02
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A teacher who died trying to protect her students during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has had a new school named after her.

Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:48

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, Thomas Demint, left, listens to his attorney Kenneth Mollins at a news conference in Hauppauge, N.Y., after police arrested Demint when he took a cellphone video of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. Demint says three officers tackled him, took away his smartphone and tried, unsuccessfully, to erase the video before arresting him on charges of obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Civil liberties experts say Demint is part of a growing trend of citizen videographers getting arrested after trying to record police behavior. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Thomas Demint's voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. "I'm videotaping this, sir," he tells an officer. "I'm just videotaping this."


Sheriff's Deputy Shot, Killed While Pumping Gas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:20
Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

Search for missing 10-year-old boy from Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:11

Missing 10-year-old boy from Feltonville found safePolice need the public's help in finding a missing 10-year-old boy with diabetes from Philadelphia's Feltonville section.


Like New Orleans, second-line parades struggle but survive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 23:06

Marchers marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina take part in a remembrance and second-line through the Lower 9th Ward in New OrleansIt is fitting that the "second line" parade, a central pillar of New Orleans African-American musical tradition, is playing a prominent role in the events marking the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. Like New Orleans, the marching brass bands and the colorful crowds they attract are survivors whose status is more celebrated than ever: a parade on Saturday in the blighted Lower Ninth Ward, accompanied by some of the city's best known brass bands, has been billed as the biggest in the Big Easy yet. Any threat to second-line parades is a threat to New Orleans itself, say the people behind the city's Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs.