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United defends bird kill at Houston airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:32
DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines is defending the poisoning of birds at Houston's biggest airport, saying it was done for health and safety reasons.

Feds: Man said he'd blow up London-to-LA plane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal criminal complaint says a passenger on a flight this week from London to Los Angeles threatened to kill flight attendants and blow up the plane.

Wake set for slain Jersey City police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:23

A makeshift memorial is seen for Jersey City Police officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed while on duty at the West District precinct, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Officer Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at about 4.a.m., on Sunday, July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mourners are set to begin saying their goodbyes to a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in the line of duty.


Shooting leaves man critically wounded in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:04

Shooting leaves man critically wounded in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a man was critically wounded after being shot in North Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Local couple's proposal caught on Action News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:02

Local couple's proposal caught on Action NewsFor most couples, the proposal is a private yet special moment. Meet the local couple whose proposal has been seen by thousands after it was caught on Action News.


U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:02

A man sits on downtown Los Angeles' Skid RowBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. I have nowhere else to go," Brown, 65, said outside the U.S. capital's modernist central library after a morning reading sociology books. When it's cold, you come here to stay out of the cold." Brown is among the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who have put the almost 9,000 U.S. public libraries, the most of any country in the world, in the forefront of the battle against homelessness. Moving beyond their old-fashioned image as book custodians where librarians shush people for talking too loud, libraries have evolved to serve as community centers, staffed with social workers and offering programs from meals to job counseling.


NJ officer struck and killed by truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:53

NJ officer struck and killed by truckOfficials say a North Jersey officer, 32-year-old Christopher Goodell was killed in a traffic accident while on duty early Thursday morning.


Jerry Sandusky's son talks of his bedtime 'ritual'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:32

This June 27, 2014 image released by OWN shows Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN on Thursday, July 17. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home _ except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, July 16, released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns) MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE BURNSHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says the former Penn State assistant football coach had a bedtime "ritual" at the family's central Pennsylvania home.


City official's relatives found dead in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:22

City official's relatives found dead in Strawberry MansionPolice are investigating the death of a couple found inside a Strawberry Mansion home early Thursday morning.


After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:10

In this June 26, 2014 photo, a visitor looks at Toyota Motor's new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) on display at the company's showroom in Tokyo. Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.


Seattle: 2 boats collide on lake; 1 woman dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:04

30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, on the western shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Wash. At least four people involved in the crash were pulled from the water. Three people were listed in critical condition and transported to Harborview Medical Center, and a fourth victim died at the scene. Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler says the operators of both boats are being investigated for boating under the influence. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)SEATTLE (AP) — A late night collision between a sailboat and a power boat on a Seattle lake left one young woman dead and seriously injured two other people. Seattle police say the operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence.


China joins counter-piracy part of Hawaii drills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:03

People's Liberation Army sailors pat down U.S. Coast Guardsmen playing the role of merchant mariners aboard the Coast Guard cutter Waesche off Hawaii on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Chinese sailors boarded the Coast Guard cutter Waesche for a drill checking cargo as part of Rim of the Pacific exercises the U.S. is hosting in Hawaii waters this month. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)ABOARD THE USCGC WAESCHE (AP) — China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world's largest maritime exercises for the first time.


Hundreds of homes threatened by Wash. wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:49

A wildfire fills the sky with smoke north and above Bordertown, Nev., Tuesday July 15, 2014. Wildfires were also burning in Idaho, Oregon and California on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — With a wildfire fueled by strong winds tearing through timber in its path, authorities in Central Washington have urged residents of nearly 900 homes to flee.


American teen beaten in Mideast back home in Fla.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:11

This image from an AP video shows Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teen who relatives allege was beaten by Israeli authorities earlier this month addressing the media after arriving at at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday night, July 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/AP Video)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Palestinian-American teenager who relatives say was beaten by Israeli authorities has returned home to Florida and says he will never think of freedom in the same way again.


CHP seizes medical records of woman seen punched

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:44
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Highway Patrol investigators have seized the medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of its officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

3 dead in California bank robbery, gunbattle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:40
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Robbers fleeing a California bank took three women hostage and threw two of them from their getaway vehicle, as they fired repeatedly at police during a high-speed chase. Police shot out their tires but the shooting continued, fatally wounding two suspects and the last hostage.

Justice Dept: Missing emails now part of IRS probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:40

FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from Lerner, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to congressional testimony released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service has expanded to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official.


Should online accounts die when you die?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:29

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2013 file photo shows a printout of the Facebook page for Loren Williams, now deceased, at the Beaverton, Ore. home of his mother, Karen Williams. Williams sued Facebook for access to Loren's account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident at the age of 22. The Uniform Law Commission on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 was expected to endorse a plan to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified. (AP Photo/Lauren Gambino, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?


Senate panel examining role of GM legal department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:19

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barra makes her second appearance before a Senate subcommittee investigating the company's handling of a defective ignition switch in small cars on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel will pose questions to a new set of key players Thursday as it delves deeper into General Motors' delayed recall of millions of small cars.


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Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:01

Tiger Woods, of the United States, signs autographs for fans as he leaves the practice green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday, July 17. (AP Photo)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide