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5-year-old boy with cancer hopes for birthday cards

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:23

5-year-old boy with cancer hopes for birthday cardsA 5-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor has one wish for his birthday: a box full of birthday cards with his name on them.


Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:18

Camel cigarettes, manufactured by Reynolds American, are displayed at a tobacco shop on July 11, 2014 in San FranciscoMIAMI (AP) — A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.


Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 08:05

FILE - In this April 8, 2014, file photo a school utility worker mops a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School campus at Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. After the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Malaysia is now grappling with the horrific loss of two of its airplanes, just four months apart. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline.


NYPD: Modified duty for officers in fatal arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:33

Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, mourns at the site of her father's death on a march following a service held in his name at the Mount Sinai Center for Community Enrichment, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The wife of a man who died after a police officer used an apparent chokehold to bring him to the ground during an arrest burst into tears Saturday at a Harlem rally in his honor. Eric was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say two officers involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody are being placed on modified duty.


2 Dead, 22 Shot in 12 Hours in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:50
Escalating gun violence has claimed the lives of two victims and injured 20 others as 22 people were shot over the course of 12 hours in Chicago on Friday.

Florida jury awards $23 billion punitive damages against RJ Reynolds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:32

An R.J. Reynolds sign seen outside cigarette manufacturing facility in TobaccovilleBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker. The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff, according to Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut. Cynthia Robinson of Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola sued the cigarette maker in 2008 over the death of her husband, Michael Johnson.


Federal immigration agent indicted in Utah attack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:14
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent accused of slamming a man's face into a concrete floor has been indicted in Utah.

Fugitive found in Nepal back in New Mexico custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:08
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — A New Mexico man who fled sex abuse and kidnapping charges 14 years ago returned to the state Saturday following his capture in Nepal, the FBI said.

Kidnapped girl dead after Kansas shootout between police, suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:02
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped on Friday night died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said on Saturday. "The matter unfolded quite rapidly," said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens," calling the girl's death tragic. "We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened." Police said the sequence of events began about 7:30 p.m. on Friday when Cadence Harris of Leavenworth was reported kidnapped. Police in both Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in the northeast Kansas town of Leavenworth.

Shooting deaths of 4 horses in Utah prompt outrage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:01
SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) — The shooting deaths of four thoroughbred horses in Utah are prompting outrage and a $5,000 reward for the prosecution of those responsible.

Hundreds rally, seek end to strikes on Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:01
DENVER (AP) — Hundreds gathered for a rally at the State Capitol and a march through downtown Denver to call for an end to what they called a humanitarian crisis brought on by conflict in Gaza.

Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies at 103

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:10

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 17, 2013 file photo, Dixieland jazz musician Lionel Ferbos performs at his 102nd birthday party at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in New Orleans. Lionel Ferbos died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home in New Orleans, according to a family friend. He was 103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos died Saturday at his home in New Orleans, just days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17 with friends and family in the French Quarter.


Prison roof in Texas collapses, 19 inmates injured

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:58
DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals.

Study says national parks boost economy in West

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:26
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study.

Nineteen hurt when ceiling collapses at Texas jail

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 04:00
(Reuters) - A ceiling at a Texas jail collapsed on Saturday, injuring 19 inmates, with one of those hurt airlifted to a Houston hospital, officials said. The suspended ceiling fell onto inmates in a common area of the Diboll Correctional Center in Diboll, Texas, said Bobby Hobbs, a battalion commander with the Lufkin Fire Department.

Sunday marks 2 years since theater massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:18

FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, four-year-old Jake Richards watches as his sister Stephanie makes signs reading "Remember Aurora," during a remembrance event at which the names of people killed by gun violence in America over the previous year were read aloud, at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, Colo. Two years have passed since a man wearing police-style armor killed 12 and wounded 70 during a midnight movie screening. For many of the survivors, the trauma is still fresh. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — On July 20, 2012, a man wearing police-style armor killed 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb of Aurora. James Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings. His attorneys say he was gripped by a psychotic episode. Here are things to know on the second anniversary Sunday:


Prison roof in Texas collapses, 20 inmates injured

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:15
DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and injuring 20 — 10 of whom went to nearby hospitals.

HIV diagnosis rate falls by a third in U.S.: researchers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 03:00

About 2880 candles are seen lit during a World AIDS Day event in JakartaThe annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday. Fewer people in all U.S. groups tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus except for gay and bisexual men ages 13 to 24 and over 45, they wrote in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Among men who have sex with men, unprotected risk behaviors in the presence of high prevalence and unsuppressed viral load may continue to drive HIV transmission," the report said. The United Nations said on Wednesday that there were 2.1 million new HIV infections worldwide in 2013, down 38 percent from 2001.


Last-Minute Switches Twice Save Man from Doomed Malaysian Flights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:50
A Dutch cyclist escaped tragedy twice after being scheduled to fly on both Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, and Flight MH 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March.

Emotional rally held for man who died in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:37

Esaw Garner, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry, center, and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally at the National Action Network headquarters for Eric Garner, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in New York. Garner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, which a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a man who died after a police officer used an apparent chokehold to bring him to the ground during an arrest burst into tears Saturday at a Harlem rally in his honor.