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Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:06

In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 photo, a street is closed off in front of the an oil field supply company facility in Williston, N.D. that was hit by a fire. Officials say the fire started about midnight Monday and burned most of Tuesday. At its height, the blaze sent fireballs hundreds of feet into the air. No one was injured or killed. A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when the facility storing toxic chemicals exploded. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded.


Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:01

Theodore Wafer waits for the start of his trial at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Detroit. Wafer is charged with murder in the shooting of a young unarmed woman on his porch. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn't know there was a round in the shotgun.


1 person hospitalized after shooting in Gloucester Co., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:01

1 person hospitalized after shooting in Gloucester Co., N.J.Police say one person was hospitalized after a shooting in Williamstown, New Jersey Wednesday night.


France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:58

 Air Algerie flight vanishes over N MaliAn Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner ...


Southern hopes to build more U.S. nuclear power reactors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:57
(Reuters) - Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. Nuclear reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. The company is already building two new 1,117-megawatt reactors at its Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia and Southern Chief Executive Tom Fanning said any new reactors would be of the same Westinghouse AP1000 design. Westinghouse is majority owned by Toshiba Corp, a Japanese conglomerate.

Proposed U.S. nuclear power reactors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:57
(Reuters) - Southern Co, a power company, said it hopes to announce plans to build more nuclear reactors by the end of the year, a spokesman said late Wednesday. That makes Southern the first company to actually pursue new reactors since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans earlier this year to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. The following table lists the U.S. ...

Woman rescued from Delaware River at Penn's Landing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:56

Woman rescued from Delaware River at Penn's LandingFirst responders have rescued a woman from the Delaware River in Philadelphia.


19 relatives to share $20 million NJ Lottery jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:52

19 relatives to share $20 million NJ Lottery jackpotThe winner of a $20 million New Jersey Lottery Pick-6 jackpot plans to keep it all in the family and share the winnings with 19 relatives.


Showboat casino workers to protest planned closing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:47

Showboat casino workers to protest planned closingSeveral hundred workers at Atlantic City's Showboat casino will stage a rally to protest its planned Aug. 31 shutdown.


Naked thieves take burgers from Florida restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:36

Naked thieves take burgers from Florida restaurantAfter roaming around the kitchen area, the men took off their underwear and walked around the kitchen before taking refrigerated hamburger meat and red peppers.


How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:28

A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz. where the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:


Multi-vehicle crash slows traffic on Route 1 South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:21

Multi-vehicle crash slows traffic on Route 1 SouthA multi-vehicle crash has slowed traffic on Route 1 in Philadelphia.


Outcry saves rare redwood from chopping block

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:14
COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Woman rescued from Delaware River at Penn's Landing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:11

Woman rescued from Delaware River at Penn's LandingFirst responders have rescued a woman from the Delaware River in Philadelphia.


Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:57

 Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risksHaris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.


Judge: Why wasn't child murder suspect in jail?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:29
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A judge says an ex-convict accused of fatally shooting a 2-year-old girl in front of her father in suburban Detroit should have been behind bars at the time.

Passenger plane disappears over Africa; 116 people on board

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:27

Passenger plane disappears over Africa; 116 people on boardAn Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, the plane's owner and a French government official said.


Midazolam is common thread in 3 lengthy executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:13

Robert Hungerford, of Phoenix, prays as he and a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)Arizona used a two-drug protocol for Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who had been sentenced to die for the 1989 deaths of a former girlfriend and her father.


Fire rips through home in Upper Chichester

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:05

Fire rips through home in Upper ChichesterFire ripped through a home in Upper Chichester, Delaware County Thursday morning.


Senior U.S. Homeland Security cyber official Larry Zelvin to retire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:47

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee stands inside the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in ArlingtonLarry Zelvin, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's center for countering cyber threats, is retiring next month after a government career of nearly 30 years during which he advised U.S. businesses on fighting hostile hackers. Zelvin helped coordinate efforts to advise U.S. banks as they responded to denial of service attacks believed to have originated from Iran, which disrupted their websites in recent years. He also assisted U.S. retailers looking to prevent cyber attacks on their point of sales systems after last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp. A spokesman said a successor has not been named to run the agency's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in suburban Virginia, which helps government agencies and private firms identify and respond to cyber attacks.