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Alaska vintage tourist train to resume Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:15
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush was expected to resume operations Friday, two days after a derailment left 23 people with minor injuries, officials said.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:09
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 ...

Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 21:26

This July 3, 2014 photo shows Jim Denny of Brighton, Colo., inspecting the growth of a field of hemp on his property. Denny learned the hard way that he needed neighbors’ permission before growing hemp. He learned about marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin at an event earlier this spring and decided to try the crop on a 75-by-100-foot plot in his yard. But Denny’s hemp plot ran afoul of his homeowners’ association, which ruled the hemp experiment unacceptable. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.


Man says he was carjacked after online hook-up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:53

Man says he was carjacked after online hook-upA man told police he was carjacked after an online hook-up in New Orleans, Louisiana.


3 jump to escape house fire in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:27

3 jump to escape house fire in South PhiladelphiaTwo adults and a child are hospitalized after jumping from a second floor to escape a rowhouse fire in South Philadelphia that police are investigating as suspicious.


Corinthian faces uphill struggle to sell Everest colleges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:24
It took a cryptic message on her college login page to alert Stephenie Wickiser to the plight of the company that owns her online university. Corinthian Colleges Inc is the first university operator in the United States to feel the force of a government crackdown on the $28 billion for-profit education sector. As part of an agreement with the Department of Education - the same deal to which Wickiser's login page made reference - Corinthian has six months to sell most of its campuses or close them down. "I am just worried that I am going to be stuck with all these student loans, and my degree means absolutely nothing," said Wickiser, a paralegal student at Corinthian's Everest University Online.

NJ couple killed, dozens hurt after tornado hits Va. campground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:53

NJ couple killed, dozens hurt after tornado hits Va. campgroundAlbert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.


Judge asked to reconsider mob beating sentences

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:50
DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors are returning to court to ask a judge to reconsider the sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April.

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:08

NJ couple killed, dozens hurt after tornado hits Va. campgroundAlbert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.


Ohio State band marches on after director's firing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:05

In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters poses for a photograph at the Steinbrener Band Center in Ohio Stadium before practice, in Columbus Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Eamon Queeney)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director: A day after he was fired, the band is performing with the Columbus Symphony in what is often considered its unofficial season kickoff.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:01

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:55
The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime ...

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:54

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 5, 2008 file photo, water levels at the Colorado River's Horseshoe Bend begin to rise along the beaches just hours after the Glen Canyon Dam jet tubes began releasing water, in Page, Ariz. Drought, climate change and an increasing population in the West are pushing the Colorado River basin toward deep trouble in the coming decades, scientists say. (AP Photo/Matt York)Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday ...


Colorado appeals court denies bid to block gay marriages in Boulder County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:06

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado appeals court on Thursday denied a motion by the state's top lawyer seeking to block a county clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the long-running legal battle is resolved by higher courts. In its ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals said Attorney General John Suthers had not "established the factors required" for it to reverse a lower court's decision allowing a county clerk to issue licenses to gay couples. The decision by the three-judge appeals court panel comes after judges at the state and federal level have both ruled Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but stayed their decisions pending challenges to higher courts. The ruling is the latest twist in a legal spat between Suthers, a Republican, and Hillary Hall, the clerk in Democratic-leaning Boulder County.


Officials ID caseworker killed on campus of Delaware County hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:49

Accused gunman in Delco hospital shooting had violent pastThe District Attorney has identified the caseworker who was killed inside a building on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Thursday afternoon.


Calif. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:28

This image, date not known, provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows one of several dolls that have been found left on doorsteps in the last week in San Clemente, Calif. As many as eight homes have had porcelain dolls left on their doorsteps. Families in each of the homes where porcelain dolls were left, voiced concern that the dolls resembled their daughters. The investigation continues in an attempt to discover their origin. (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Department)SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn't mean any harm.


Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:22

A dead tree stands beside a highway near Miami in the Florida Everglades. A fungus that follows an invasive beetle from Asia is killing trees across the Everglades, and there’s no way to stop the blight from spreading. Since first detected west of Miami 2011, laurel wilt has killed swamp bay trees scattered across 330,000 acres of the Everglades, a roughly 2 million-acre system of state and federal lands. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.


Va. Gov. McAuliffe to tour tornado damage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:11

In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUTCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers — a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay.


Man, 19, stabbed to death in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:09

Man, 19, stabbed to death in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in North Philadelphia Thursday evening.


Pizza delivery man finds woman's body on the road in Camden Co.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:54

Pizza delivery man finds woman's body on the road in Camden Co.Police say a pizza deliveryman found a woman's body on the side of the road in Winslow Township, New Jersey early Friday morning.