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Q&A: The story behind an invasive plant in the southwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:50

This Aug. 5, 2015, photo provided by Friends of Verde River Greenway shows a tablet used to collect field data of salt cedar in Cottonwood, Ariz. The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading across five states. (Anna Schrenk/Friends of Verde River Greenway via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading out across five states in the West.


Hurricane Danny expected to lose its punch by the weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:27

45 AM EDT shows Hurricane Danny slowly progressing west-northwestward at 12 miles per hour towards the Caribbean region. This tropical system has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Scattered rain showers are currently spread over Cuba and the Lesser Antilles. Thunderstorms are also developing over northern South America and the southern Lesser Antilles. (Weather Underground via AP)MIAMI (AP) — Tiny Hurricane Danny is expected to lose the limited punch it's packing by this weekend.


Rumors fed unrest following St. Louis police shooting: alderman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:19

Firefighters attempt to put out a fire at an abandoned building with the protection of St. Louis City Police in St. LouisThursday's vigil was peaceful following a night of unrest on Wednesday, when officers reported they had been targeted with bricks and bottles and used tear gas to disperse angry crowds, said a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman. St. Louis Alderman Antonio French posted images on his Twitter page of people at the vigil holding candles, hugging and making buttons that call for unity in the community. Wednesday's shooting came less than two weeks after the St. Louis area was flooded with protesters from around the country marking the anniversary of the Aug. 9, 2014, police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.


Explosion at New York high school injures three

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:10

The sixth floor of the John F. Kennedy High School is seen after an explosion in the Bronx borough of New York(Reuters) - A gas line explosion at a New York high school on Thursday injured three construction workers, one critically, and badly damaged at least three floors of the building, authorities said. The explosion occurred at about 8 p.m. EDT at John F. Kennedy High School in New York's Bronx borough while construction work was going on in a sixth-floor laboratory, a police spokesman said. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who held a press briefing from near the school, said the Department of Buildings would evaluate the structural integrity of the building.


U.S. Postal Service to review government email use for infidelity site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:05
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service and its internal watchdog plan to review whether or not some of the agency's employees may have violated federal policies by using their government email on the infidelity website Ashley Madison. "We are looking into this matter and will follow our existing administrative process if misconduct is identified," U.S. Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer said in a statement. Cyber security experts said data dumps on Tuesday and Thursday by a group calling itself Impact Team appeared to be authentic, exposing customer information that included government email addresses.

A summer of pain for NJ commuters who rely on rails to NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:03

FILE- In this June 22, 2015 file photo, commuters read and check their phones as they wait for a New Jersey Transit passenger train to start its trip to New York from Trenton, N.J. Delays this summer on trains between New York and New Jersey have been so bad lately that federal, state and city officials have begun talking with new urgency about long-stalled plans to build a second set of tunnels. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Hudson River is 1,500 yards wide where it flows between Manhattan and Weehawken, New Jersey, but it can feel like 150 miles for the hordes of commuters who make the crossing via a pair of century-old rail tunnels that constitute one of the worst transportation bottlenecks in America.


Gas explosion at New York City high school injures 3 people

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:29
NEW YORK (AP) — A gas explosion during construction at a New York City high school Thursday night seriously injured three workers and caused heavy damage to several floors of the building.

Asian stocks fall further after global sell-off

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:25

FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014 file photo shows a Wall Street sign adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. A fresh sell-off of Chinese shares prompted renewed jitters across global markets on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell further Friday after a survey showed Chinese manufacturing weakened this month.


Wildfires rage in U.S. Northwest, army and foreign crews called in

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:17

Firefighters flee as the Twisp River fire advances unexpectedly near Twisp, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - U.S. crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked across the Pacific Northwest contended with high winds on Thursday, a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. Authorities late Thursday ordered the immediate evacuation of the small community of Tonasket, nestled along the bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Washington, impacting about 1,000 people. On Wednesday, some 4,000 households in the riverfront towns of Twisp and Winthrop, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Tonasket, were also forced to flee the encroaching blaze.


Caitlyn Jenner could face criminal charge for fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:03

Kim Kardashian Tells Caitlyn Jenner Their Family Was Upset By Her Vanity Fair InterviewLOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner could face a vehicular manslaughter charge after sheriff's investigators found she was driving unsafely when she caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a woman in February, officials said Thursday.


Woman sentenced to death in 2010 child murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:52
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge says a woman should die for the 2010 murder of her common-law husband's 3-year-old son.

The Latest: Bodies of 3 firefighters removed from scene

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:46

Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow salutes as ambulances carrying the bodies of three firefighters killed a day earlier fighting a wildfire near the town drive past Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Authorities say the three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was apparently caught by a "hellstorm" of flames as they battled a blaze in Washington state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state that killed three firefighters (all times local):


AP PHOTOS: Deadly Washington wildfire rages on

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:43

Firefighter Mark Groves, who said he was 32 hours into fighting fire, takes a breather Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash., a day after three firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire near the town. Authorities say three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was apparently caught by a "hellstorm" of flames as they battled a blaze in Washington state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)An investigation was underway Thursday after a wildfire in Washington state claimed the lives of three firefighters and left four others injured, one critically.


AccuWeather: Flash Flood Watches Posted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:40

 Flash Flood Watches PostedMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says downpours this evening and overnight could be heavy enough to cause poor drainage area flooding.


Washington state's top court extends SeaTac's $15 wage to airport workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:23
A Seattle suburb's $15 hourly minimum wage for certain employees applies to thousands of workers at the region's main airport, Washington state's top court ruled on Thursday. Voters in the city of SeaTac, where Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is based, approved a 2013 initiative enacting a $15 minimum wage and other benefits for workers in the hospitality and travel industries, but thousands of airport employees were later excluded by court order.

Thousands feast at Diner en Blanc at Navy Yard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:23

Thousands feast at Diner en Blanc at Navy YardThe fourth annual Diner en Blanc may have been damp, but the Navy Yard rivaled Paris, France, where the event originated nearly 30 years ago.


'A hole in our state's heart': 3 firefighters mourned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:55

Steve and Nancy Morse talk on their phones as they watch a wildfire burn above their home on Twisp River Road in Twisp, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The Morses said they felt confident their home would survive, but were playing it safe by being further away from the fire. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TWISP, Wash. (AP) — The firefighters — members of a specially trained unit that is sent into danger ahead of everyone else to size up a wildfire — rushed up a narrow, winding gravel road with steep hills on either side.


No arrests days after fatal shooting of girl in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:38

Ferguson police Sgt. Dominica Fuller speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Fuller gave an update on the investigation into a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl dead and her mother injured after someone fired shots into their home Tuesday in Ferguson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson police are searching for clues about the killing of a 9-year-old girl who was shot when someone fired into a home where she was doing homework on her mother's bed.


Alleged 'Senior Salute' Rape Victim Breaks Down on Stand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:15
The girl, now 16, is being cross examined in court.

Florida woman says she secretly recorded Jared Fogle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:35

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Florida woman says former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle told her years ago about his interest in having sex with minors and that she went to authorities who told her to record the conversations.