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Representative Cantor to resign House seat early

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 9 min ago

File photo of Outgoing House Majority Leader Cantor arriving for House Republican leadership elections in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in WashingtonRepresentative Eric Cantor said on Friday he will resign his seat effective Aug. 18, months earlier than expected following a stunning defeat in a Republican primary election. Cantor, who on Thursday stepped down from his leadership position in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, said he had asked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to coincide with November's congressional elections. Cantor, who was elected to the House in 2000 and served as House majority leader since 2011, unexpectedly lost to a Tea Party-backed college economics professor in June.


US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 16 min ago

In this July 18, 2014 photo, Dawn Heigl, a waitress at The Harp, serves food at the restaurant in Wilmington, N.C. The Commerce Department reports how much U.S. consumers spent and earned in June on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Matt Born)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.


Argument over fire pit leads to stabbing by sword

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 19 min ago

504576249PM00001_Lord_Of_ThBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who apparently was upset about his neighbor's fire pit has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing the neighbor in the arm with a novelty sword.


Cantor to resign from House seat in August

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 22 min ago

FILE - House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday Aug. 1, 2014 that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.


State on Friday considers new look for edible pot

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 43 min ago

FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Colorado marijuana regulators have drafted an emergency rule aimed at making it easier for new marijuana users to tell how much pot they are eating. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.


Colorado to begin offering licenses for immigrants

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 46 min ago

Adriana Gaytan, who came to Colorado in 1997 from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, second from left, sits at home with her children who were born in the U.S. from left to right, Osbaldo, 11, Oscar 13, Indhira, 14, and their dog Kissy, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday July 31, 2014. Gaytan will get a drivers license soon, as Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to people who are in the country illegally or have temporary legal status. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Thousands of immigrants have signed up to take advantage of a Colorado law that allows them to get drivers' licenses and identification cards beginning Friday, a heavy demand causing frustration for those who must wait.


Allentown teacher killed in motorcycle crash

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 55 min ago

Allentown teacher killed in motorcycle crashPolice say an Allentown, Pennsylvania kindergarten teacher has been killed in a motorcycle crash.


Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 7 min ago

Meriam Ibrahim, left, and her husband, Daniel WaniMANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a "world freedom fighter" and later by cheering supporters waving U.S. flags in New Hampshire.


California killer faces additional death sentences

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 14 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former pizza delivery man on death row as one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history faces additional death sentences.

Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 19 min ago

Man accused of putting needles in packaged meatA 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year.


Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 25 min ago

a wrecked car is loaded onto a flatbed truckAmid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers ...


Teen hit by car had been startled by woodchuck

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 27 min ago
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a woodchuck is to blame for the crash that left a central New York teenager hospitalized.

Cantor tells newspaper he'll resign in August

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 42 min ago

FILE - House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday Aug. 1, 2014 that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor told a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.


U.S. top lawyer calls for greater transparency over execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 57 min ago

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the U.S. ambassador's residence in OsloBy Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on states to be more transparent about the drug cocktails used in executions in the wake of a series of botched lethal injections that have renewed a national debate over the death penalty. States that impose capital punishment have turned to new suppliers of chemical combinations for lethal injections after European drug makers objected to having their products used for that purpose. ...


Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 6 min ago

In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message.


Chrysler US sales climb 20 percent in July

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 19 min ago
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years.

Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 22 min ago

In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message.


For some companies, influx of migrant children into U.S. means business

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 24 min ago

A view inside the first detention center specifically for mothers recently arriving from Central America with children in Karnes City TexasBy Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - For a handful of U.S. companies that have exclusive or longstanding contracts with federal agencies dealing with illegal immigrants, the recent wave of children crossing the southern border with Mexico is a business opportunity. Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilities. In the past six years, Geo Group was awarded nearly $880 million from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to government contracting data compiled by SmartProcure.us. In July, ICE, the agency responsible for immigration detention, modified its contract with Geo Group to convert the company's adult detention center in Karnes County, Texas to house families.


Murder hearing for couple whose dogs killed runner

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 36 min ago
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors say a couple whose two dogs fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on a rural Michigan road are facing a court hearing on murder charges.

Suspect killed by police during ambush, home invasion in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 5 min ago

Suspect dead after woman alerts police to home invasion in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a woman inside a Northeast Philadelphia home was able to signal to an officer at the door that something was terribly wrong. The officer went inside and confronted the two burglars.