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Growing wildfire empties Washington town

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:30

A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said.


Woman Loses Relatives in 2 Malaysia Air Disasters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:28
Kaylene Mann lost her brother on Flight 370 and her stepdaughter on Flight 17.

Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall-Museum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:26

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, from left, outfits from Beyonce's 2013 Super Bowl performance, 2011"Sweet Dreams," 2003 "Single Ladies" and 2003 "Dangerously in Love" are displayed in a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The Rock Hall announced Friday, July 18, 2014, that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)NEW YORK (AP) — A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers.


Republican gaining on Democrat in Massachusetts governor's race: poll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:23

Candidate for U.S. Senate Attorney General Martha Coakley gestures to the crowd during a campaign rally at Northeastern University in BostonA Republican former hospital executive has pulled into a statistical tie with Massachusetts' Democratic attorney general in the race to be the state's next governor, according to a Boston Globe poll released on Friday. The poll showed Attorney General Martha Coakley holding the support of 39 percent of likely voters, while Republican Charlie Baker had the backing of 36 percent, a 3 percentage point gap that is within the poll's 4 point margin of error. While Massachusetts has a reputation for liberal politics, it had a string of four Republican governors including Mitt Romney, who went on to become the 2012 Republican White House contender, before current Governor Deval Patrick took office. Coakley, who in 2010 lost a bid for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by liberal icon Edward M. Kennedy to little-known Republican Scott Brown, faces a three-way primary before she can win her party's nomination.


Republican gaining on Democrat in Massachusetts governor's race: poll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:23

Candidate for U.S. Senate Attorney General Martha Coakley gestures to the crowd during a campaign rally at Northeastern University in BostonA Republican former hospital executive has pulled into a statistical tie with Massachusetts' Democratic attorney general in the race to be the state's next governor, according to a Boston Globe poll released on Friday. The poll showed Attorney General Martha Coakley holding the support of 39 percent of likely voters, while Republican Charlie Baker had the backing of 36 percent, a 3 percentage point gap that is within the poll's 4 point margin of error. While Massachusetts has a reputation for liberal politics, it had a string of four Republican governors including Mitt Romney, who went on to become the 2012 Republican White House contender, before current Governor Deval Patrick took office. Coakley, who in 2010 lost a bid for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by liberal icon Edward M. Kennedy to little-known Republican Scott Brown, faces a three-way primary before she can win her party's nomination.


UN Security Council wants probe of Ukraine crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approved a statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" of a downed Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.

Vandals topple headstones at Del. cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:04

Vandals topple headstones at Del. cemeteryPolice are looking catch vandals who toppled more than 70 tombstones at a Delaware cemetery.


Diplomats: UN emergency meeting on Gaza on Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:04
Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the conflict in Gaza on Friday afternoon.

APNewsBreak: UConn settles sex assault lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:57
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

Malaysia Air Victims Come Into Focus as US Poised to Inspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:57
Investigators are navigating regional hostility and charred wreckage trying to uncover answers into the downed a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, an act that left 298 people dead.

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:54

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuseJerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives two years ago.


Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:51

Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, shake hands in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a tentative labor agreement was reached at Cuomo's office in New York on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike — while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image as a pragmatist skilled at managing chaos.


Ukraine rebels say they have most plane recorders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:43

Ukraine rebels say they have most plane recordersEmergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners - dressed in overalls and covered in soot - searched Friday through wreckage and bodies scattered over a vast stretch of Ukrainian farmland after a Malaysian jetliner flying high above Ukraine's battlefield was shot from the sky, killing 298 people.


Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:22
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is ...

This Week in the Civil War

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:01
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, July 20: Fighting near Atlanta.

Twelve bodies found in Massachusetts storage unit, prosecutors say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:01
An investigation into a former Massachusetts funeral-home operator has turned grisly, with authorities discovering 12 bodies at a storage unit outside Boston leased by the man, Joseph O'Donnell, authorities said. Police late Thursday recovered 12 human bodies from a storage unit in Weymouth, Massachusetts, about 13 miles (20 km) southeast of Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

EPA proposes to block Alaska mine over salmon risk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:55

FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska. The Friday July 18, 2014 announcement comes as the EPA is being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, the Pebble Limited Partnership, and the state of Alaska for exceeding its authority. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.


Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited service

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow users unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:56

FILE - In this July 11, 2013 file photo, then Nokia CEO Stephen Elop desicribes the company's Nokia Lumia 1020, in New York. On Thursday, July 17, 2014, as part of an announcement to cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, Microsoft said it would discontinue its Nokia X phones and shift future product designs to its Lumia line of Windows phones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.


Lower Manhattan economy taking off but many new jobs are low wage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:08

The skyline of Lower Manhattan is seen under the arrival of a summer storm in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff New York (Reuters) - Lower Manhattan’s economy is set to take-off. New shopping centers, hotels and food courts are opening in the area that looked more like a war zone after the attacks on September 11, 2001.     The massive developments are bringing back jobs lost as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center, which killed 2,753 people. The workers say that isn't surprising given they aren't offering the kind of compensation needed to build a life in New York City. "This is the challenge for us all, isn't it?" said Andrew Breslau, a spokesman for the Downtown Alliance, a research and advocacy organization that promotes development of Lower Manhattan.