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Woman sentenced for failing to help 4-year-old son in fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:22
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman who pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge after authorities say she failed to help her 4-year-old son who died in an apartment fire has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

District of Columbia clears path to vote on $15 per hour minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:21
The District of Columbia could raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by mid-2020 under a ballot initiative cleared this week, making it the latest U.S. city to consider raising base pay for hourly workers. Washington's elections board on Wednesday allowed backers to start a petition drive that could put the $15-an-hour minimum wage on the November 2016 ballot. If approved, the hike would raise Washington's minimum wage to above that of any other city on the East Coast.

Obama's top initiative to aid Africa is now in jeopardy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:01

In this photo taken on Saturday, June 13, 2015, a street vendor walks past the Obama restaurant in Conakry, Guinea. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama returns to Africa this week, his major initiative to help the continent double access to electricity is in jeopardy, undermined by Congress.


Tornado mows down trees in Colorado forest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 22:48
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (AP) — A tornado barreled through a Colorado campground, mowing down trees over a 6-acre swath of forest.

Comcast adds Internet customers; box office pumps up revenue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 22:37

FILE - This June 11, 2013, file photo, shows the Comcast Corp. logo during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington. Comcast reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a slowdown in subscriber growth, the Internet is still propelling Comcast.


Fire burns part of historic West Virginia town Harpers Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 22:21
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — A fire has devastated the commercial area in the historic town of Harpers Ferry, destroying some buildings that were constructed in the 1800s.

Feds: Philadelphia postman didn't deliver 22,000 pieces of mail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:59

 Philadelphia postman didn't deliver 22,000 pieces of mailFederal prosecutors say a Philadelphia postman didn't deliver 22,000 pieces of mail that were later found at his home.


After expensive fight, ex-prosecutor gets to see transcripts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:42
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — After an expensive legal fight, a former prosecutor who sued Gov. Chris Christie's administration over his 2010 firing has been granted access by a judge to secret grand jury transcripts he says will help show he was terminated because he questioned the dropping of an indictment that involved a Christie donor who served on the governor's transition team.

Swimmers take dip in long-polluted New York lake to hail cleanup

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:42

Mayor of East Syracuse Robert Tackman swims with others in Onondaga Lake near LiverpoolA group of swimmers took a plunge in a New York lake long considered one of the most polluted U.S. waterways to prove it is now safe for recreation. About 40 swimmers participated in the symbolic swim on Wednesday in Onondaga Lake, northwest of Syracuse, the first time since 1940 that people have been allowed in the water. "The restoration has just been incredible," said swimmer Neil Murphy, former president of the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an expert on Onondaga Lake.


Prosecutors lay out case against former Eagle in fraud trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:42

Prosecutors lay out case against former Eagle in fraud trialA prosecutor told jurors that former Philadelphia Eagles star Irving Fryar resorted to a scheme to defraud banks when he needed money.


4 killed in Washington when car collides head-on with semi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:41
DAVENPORT, Wash. (AP) — A car on a Washington highway failed to negotiate a turn, crossed over the center line and slammed head-on into a semi-truck, killing four people, including an infant.

Cosby's embattled lawyer remains chairman of Temple trustees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:05

FILE - Int his June 4, 2014, file photo, Patrick O'Connor, chairman of Temple University's Board of Trustees, speaks during a public memorial service for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz at Temple University in Philadelphia. Bill Cosby and Temple University have parted ways, but his lawyer is feeling heat for continuing to serve on the university’s board of trustees. The head of the school’s faculty union this week called for O’Connor to resign from the board, where he is the chairman. The administration of the Philadelphia university is strongly backing O’Connor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby, once the very public pride of Temple University, parted ways with the school last year amid allegations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted women. Now that his own words show behavior that was at least unsavory, his lawyer is feeling heat for continuing to serve as the chairman of the university's board of trustees.


1 dead, 4 hurt in I-495 crash; SB lanes remain blocked

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:00

I-495 South reopens after crash leaves 1 dead, 4 hurtDelaware State Police say 1 person was killed and 4 injured in a crash on I-495 in New Castle, Delaware. All southbound lanes remain closed at Route 13.


Sandra Bland's Voicemail from Jail: 'I'm Still Just at a Loss'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 20:29
She left a message for a relative while she was still in jail.

New tropical depression forms in the Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 20:08
MIAMI (AP) — A new tropical depression has formed over the open waters of the Pacific but isn't an immediate threat to land.

Serious crash blocking traffic on I-495 in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 20:07

I-495 South reopens after crash leaves 1 dead, 4 hurtA serious crash has shut down traffic on I-495 in Delaware. It happened at 7:06 a.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes just south of Route 13.


Serious crash blocking traffic on I-495 in Delawware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:58

Serious crash blocking traffic on I-495 in DelawareA serious crash is slowing traffic on I-495 in Delaware.


Feds: Philly postman didn't deliver 22,000 pieces of mail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:57
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Philadelphia postman didn't deliver 22,000 pieces of mail that were later found at his home.

Court rejects NYC's efforts to restrict sex shops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:47
NEW YORK (AP) — A court has rejected New York City's efforts to restrict sex shops.

Police: 1-year-old dies after fall from 9th floor in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:39
LAKEWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 1-year-old has died after falling from the ninth-floor window of a northeast Ohio apartment building.