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Western wildfires: Firefighters to get additional resources

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:27

The skeletal remains of a house and garage stand after the structure was destroyed in a wildfire earlier, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Okanogan, Wash. Reduced winds on Saturday helped firefighters gain the upper hand against the series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington that earlier left three firefighters dead. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Firefighters across the West saw little relief over the weekend as wildfires raged in the drought-stricken region, but for those in Washington, other states will soon provide additional resources.


Smoke starting to lift over Washington fires

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:25

Matt Demiter, of the Everett Fire Department, runs his hand through gravel and ash to check the ground temperature while working with crews to stomp out long burning embers remaining after a wildfire near Okanogan, Wash., on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (Ian Terry /The Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTWISP, Wash. (AP) — The latest on wildfires in Washington state, including those that killed three firefighters (all times local):


Boaters mapping Pacific garbage arrive in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:20

In this Aug. 2, 2015, photo provided by The Ocean Cleanup shows, Mega Expedition crew members, Mario Merkus, left, and Serena Cunsolo on mother ship R/V Ocean Starr with the results of trawling with one 6 meter-wide net for one hour in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Scientists and volunteers who have spent the last month gathering data on how much plastic garbage is floating in the Pacific Ocean say most of the trash is medium to large-sized pieces, as opposed to tiny ones. Volunteer crews on 30 boats have been measuring the size and mapping the location of tons of plastic waste floating between the West Coast and Hawaii. Three of the boats, including this 171-foot mother ship, returned to San Francisco on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (The Ocean Cleanup via AP)-SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Far away from California's coast, where the Pacific Ocean currents swirl, the blue of the sea was replaced by fishing nets, buckets, buoys, laundry baskets and unidentifiable pieces of plastic that floated past the Ocean Starr, a ship carrying a team of scientists and volunteers gathering data on plastic garbage.


Homes threatened as fire spreads near California ski resort

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:20
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Planes and helicopters are making major liquid drops on a wildfire that broke out near a ski resort in the San Bernardino Mountains, bringing the first gains against the blaze.

Less smoke could mean more fire in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:16

Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost everything he owned except his home in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan, Wash., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. He said he stayed as the fire raced over a ridge and barreled down toward his home, flames lapping just feet from his back porch. Surgeon estimates he lost more than $100,000 worth of property, including his shop, his motorcycle, several cars, a travel trailer, and all of his tools.(AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — The massive cloud of smoke began to lift over Washington wildfires on Sunday. But as air quality improves, the fire's behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said.


Police: Man stabs relative, rapes woman in crime spree

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:10
BOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A man allegedly stabbed his relative, raped a woman and then drove both victims from his home in Massachusetts to Ohio before authorities captured him following a chase, police said.

10 Things to Know for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:10

Alek Skarlatos attends a press conference held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence with Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento University in California, and U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, in Paris, France, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone helped foil a potentially deadly attack when they subdued a man armed with an assault rifle and other weapons on board a high-speed train bound for Paris two days ago. The man was known to intelligence services in three countries and had ties to radical Islam, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


Tropical depression Kilo still expected to strengthen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:57
HONOLULU (AP) — The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu says tropical depression Kilo could strengthen into a tropical storm as early as Sunday.

7 months after Edgewater fire, officials renew plea for tougher laws

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:38

7 months after Edgewater fire, officials renew plea for tougher lawsThe January fire quickly spread through the complex, destroying nearly half of it. Following the destruction, the Bergen County Fire Chiefs Association led a push for tougher state laws. During an event in Edgewater on Sunday, the association said legislators promised action, but no new laws or regulations were put into place.


Boston police thwart possible shooting at Pokemon game competition

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:55
The men, 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, were stopped as they tried to enter the event on Thursday at Boston's Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Police Department said. Detectives learned they had toted a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife in their car from Iowa, Boston police said in a statement. The suspects, who could not be reached for comment, are to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court, police said.

'Go Topless' parade takes to streets of New York City

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:46

'Go Topless' parade takes to streets of New York CityIt is part of the worldwide GoTopless Day campaign aimed at making female toplessness 'a non-event'.


NYC to probe secular education at Jewish schools

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:42

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2013 file photo, children and adults cross a street in front of a school bus in Borough Park, a neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York that is home to many ultra-Orthodox Jewish families. Critics have charged for years that the rudimentary level of secular education at private yeshiva schools serving New York's Hasidic communities are deficient in teaching science, geography and math to grade school students. Now, for the first time, the city Department of Education is investigating more than three dozen of the schools to make sure their instruction is up to the most basic standards. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — There was no science, no geography and no math past multiplication at the ultra-Orthodox Jewish school Chaim Weber attended. And the only reason he ever heard of the American Revolution was when a seventh-grade teacher introduced it as "story time."


Zoo staff help Washington panda with newborn twins

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:21

Smithsonian's National Zoo image of one of the giant panda cubs born on SaturdayNational Zoo staff are helping giant panda Mei Xiang adjust to life with her newborn twins by occasionally switching out one cub and keeping it in an incubator, zoo officials said on Sunday. Mei Xiang, a star tourist draw, took staff by surprise on Saturday by giving birth to twins about four-and-a-half hours apart. Giant pandas are among the world's most endangered species and she had been artificially inseminated.


American on Train Attack: 'It Was Either Do Something or Die'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:00
The three friends confronted an alleged gunman.

Anti-crime group Guardian Angels launching chapter in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:58

Anti-crime group Guardian Angels launching chapter in WilmingtonThe Guardian Angels walked the streets of Wilmington Sunday meeting police and the public.


Gas prices in New Jersey keep plunging, expected to go even lower

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:41

Gas prices in New Jersey keep plunging, expected to go even lowerThis week marks the 9th straight week that prices dropped, and they're only expected to go lower.


2 dead in fire in Far Rockaway, Queens

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:38

2 dead in fire in Far Rockaway, QueensTwo people were found dead Sunday afternoon after a fire at a two-story house on Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway. Officials say the cluttered conditions inside the home complicated the operation.


Guardian Angels walk streets of Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:32

Anti-crime group Guardian Angels launching chapter in WilmingtonThe Guardian Angels walked the streets of Wilmington Sunday meeting police and the public.


Driver crashes into house in Wilmington, flees

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:24

Driver crashes into house in Wilmington, fleesThe search is underway for the driver who left a hole in the side of a house in Wilmington.


Zookeepers optimistic about survival chances for twin pandas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:18

Smithsonian's National Zoo image of one of the giant panda cubs born on SaturdayWASHINGTON (AP) — In more than three decades of trying to breed pandas at the National Zoo, there's been plenty of heartbreak. More cubs born in Washington have died than survived, and news of a birth has often been greeted warily.