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American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:58

This 2012 photo provided by Rabbi Asher Hecht, shows Nissim Sean Carmeli, left, with Hecht in Jerusalem. The Israel Defense Forces said Sunday, July 20, 2014, in a statement that Carmeli was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas, said Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Maya Kadosh. (AP Photo/Rabbi Asher Hecht via Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley)The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.

JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:57

JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bustA JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common.

Md. parents allegedly locked up autistic twin sons

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:52
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple is accused of keeping their autistic, 22-year-old twin sons locked in a basement room at night with no furniture and only a tiny window for light.

JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:40

Jet Blue pilot John Manwaring stands as he is arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a heroin possession charge Monday, July 21, 2014, in Boston. Manwaring, who listed his home as Maitland, Fla., was among six people arrested Sunday during an investigation into drug dealing near the Boston Common, Boston police said. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common.

Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:37

A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Wawona Packing recalls fruit over listeria concerns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:30
Wawona Packing Co is recalling fresh Sweet 2 Eat brand peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots because of potential contamination by listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The Cutler, California, company is pulling about three dozen brand products of bulk and packaged fruit nationwide, the FDA said in a statement on Monday. Wawona shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the plant and retested. Subsequent tests have been negative, the FDA said.

Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio museum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:25
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due.

Man guilty of cliff push faces August sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:57

FILE - This undated file booking photo released by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office shows Charles Black, found guilty in a Rockland, Maine, court Monday, July 21, 2014, of six felonies for bashing his then-wife Lisa Zahn on the head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff in in April 2011 in Maine's Camden Hills State Park. Both Zahn and Black, retired teachers from Kansas who had moved to Maine, tumbled down the mountainside and both were hospitalized for more than a week. They had argued over an affair Black had with an Arizona woman and how he spent money from the inheritance, which was from her father.(AP Photo/Knox County Sheriff’s Office, File)ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors and a defense attorney for a man convicted of bashing his wife's head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff say the man's sentencing will likely take place next month.

Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:28

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Kerry has returned to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Pool)CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

Three injured when home explodes north of Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:22
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Three people were critically burned when a house exploded near a city north of Houston on Tuesday, with the blast felt for miles, officials said. Video footage of the scene provided by television station KHOU showed the structure reduced to splinters near the city of Willis, about 50 miles (80 kms) north of Houston. Investigators have not yet pinpointed a cause for the blast. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:13

FILE - In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. The average annual pension for police and fire retirees is $32,000, while most other retired city workers get $19,000 to $20,000. Orr has said pension changes are unfortunate but necessary because two funds are underfunded by billions. If investment performance improves in the years ahead, he said, the cuts could be restored. "I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed positive decision about their future and the future of the city," Kevyn Orr said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)DETROIT (AP) — A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 21:07
CUTLER, Calif. (AP) — A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Oil gains further on concerns over Ukraine, Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:55

Israeli soldier march during a drill near Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza, the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and expectations of a fall in U.S. crude inventories.

'Slender Man' Stabbing Survivor Receives Anonymous Purple Heart

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:22
First she survived being stabbed 19 times. Police say it was by her 12-year-old friends. The suspects allegedly told police they did it to please an online fictional character named "Slender Man."

U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:45

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal government to continue making employer contributions to Congressional health insurance plans even when lawmakers and their staff purchase coverage through new Obamacare online exchanges. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, in Green Bay, dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, saying Johnson had failed to show he had been harmed by the regulation. "There is nothing in the Constitution stipulating that all wrongs must have remedies, much less that the remedy must lie in federal court," Griesbach, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, said in his decision.

Closings set in Ventura's suit over sniper's book

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:37
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Tractor trailers collide on Pa. Turnpike NE Extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:36

Lanes reopen after trucks collide on Pa. Turnpike NE ExtensionA crash involving two tractor trailers is slowing traffic on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:36

This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)BALTIMORE (AP) — For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.

Thief steals police bike on camera

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

Thief steals police bike on cameraPhiladelphia Police say a thief in Point Breeze chose the wrong bike to steal.

'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:06

Purple Heart medalBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday. "It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart," Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos said in a statement. Her alleged attackers, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide.