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en-US Copyright (c) 2014 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:28:10 -0400 5 Yahoo News - Top Stories http://news.yahoo.com/topstories/ http://l.yimg.com/rz/d/yahoo_news_en-US_s_f_p_168x21_news.png Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/rare-whale-fossil-pulled-california-backyard-221127664.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/bhj17rfWY2JO9UMAhpJgnw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d42aae1e0345961e5b0f6a70670077c1.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team lift a 16-17-million-year-old fossil lodged in a rock weighing about 2,000 pounds out of a hole in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The Palos Verdes Peninsula was once an ocean bottom that over eons has risen hundreds of feet above the Pacific. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)" align="left" title="Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team lift a 16-17-million-year-old fossil lodged in a rock weighing about 2,000 pounds out of a hole in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The Palos Verdes Peninsula was once an ocean bottom that over eons has risen hundreds of feet above the Pacific. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)" border="0" /></a>RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (AP) — A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/rare-whale-fossil-pulled-california-backyard-221127664.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/bhj17rfWY2JO9UMAhpJgnw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d42aae1e0345961e5b0f6a70670077c1.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team lift a 16-17-million-year-old fossil lodged in a rock weighing about 2,000 pounds out of a hole in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The Palos Verdes Peninsula was once an ocean bottom that over eons has risen hundreds of feet above the Pacific. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)" align="left" title="Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team lift a 16-17-million-year-old fossil lodged in a rock weighing about 2,000 pounds out of a hole in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The Palos Verdes Peninsula was once an ocean bottom that over eons has risen hundreds of feet above the Pacific. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)" border="0" /></a>RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California (AP) — A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Correction: Obit-James Garner story
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 20 about the death of TV legend James Garner, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the actor was "found dead." In fact, he died in the presence of family and others.
  • Doctors: Stabbing suspect sees fictional beings
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/doctors-stabbing-suspect-sees-fictional-beings-195741419.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/UdxqHSoU9ysYvR3yrHEbCg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/6435ed0902ab931e5b0f6a7067007e1d.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="One of the two girls accused of stabbing another girl is led back into the courtroom after a recess at Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Mich, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. One of two 12-year-old girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can&#039;t stand trial, a judge said Friday. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)" align="left" title="One of the two girls accused of stabbing another girl is led back into the courtroom after a recess at Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Mich, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. One of two 12-year-old girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can&#039;t stand trial, a judge said Friday. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)" border="0" /></a>WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two preteens accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please a fictional horror character was ordered Friday to receive treatment rather than stand trial, based on doctors&#039; testimony that she claims to see and have conversations with things others cannot — including unicorns and a Harry Potter villain.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • U.S. struggles in Middle East, with fewer allies and less influence
    By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S failure to secure a firm ceasefire in the Gaza Strip despite two weeks of intense diplomacy reflects new regional dynamics in which the world's most powerful actor has diminished influence and fewer allies.     When Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on July 21 on a mission to try to halt the latest Israeli-Palestinian war, more than 400 Palestinians had been killed, mostly civilians, along with 20 Israelis, 18 of them soldiers.     Nearly two weeks later, after Kerry's extensive face-to-face diplomacy in Cairo, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Tel Aviv and Paris and scores of telephone calls, the death tolls have tripled, two ceasefires have collapsed and the violence rages. Israel declared a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire over on Friday within hours of its taking effect, saying that Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it began and apparently captured one Israeli officer while killing two others. Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 70 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions." Beyond the animosity of the two sides - neither of which seem close to achieving its aims - Washington's diplomatic challenge has been made more complex by the erosion of its standing in the Middle East.
  • Records show Arizona inmate was injected 15 times
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona executioners injected Joseph Rudolph Wood with a lethal combination of drugs 15 times during the nearly two hours it took for him to die, according to documents released Friday.
  • Autopsy: Police chokehold caused NYC man's death
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/autopsy-police-chokehold-caused-nyc-mans-death-001308139.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/hxyFK_xh8nE8npr.al75Dw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3B4b2ZmPTUwO3B5b2ZmPTA7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/3cfc478f02ca941e5b0f6a706700413f.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)" align="left" title="FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)" border="0" /></a>NEW YORK (AP) — The city medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer&#039;s chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of &quot;I can&#039;t breathe!&quot; sparked outrage and led to the announcement of an overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation&#039;s largest police department.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Met Opera workers say they hope to avert lockout
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/met-opera-workers-hope-avert-lockout-193858059.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/cPdY2MKT9if6SS49mgWsqg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/0d0b1d6401d88f1e5b0f6a706700f801.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Demonstrators play their musical instruments outside Lincoln Center during a protest over a labor dispute with New York&#039;s Metropolitan Opera, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in New York. Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. The company announced late Thursday that the delay was requested by a federal mediator who had arrived just hours earlier to try to resolve the labor standoff. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" align="left" title="Demonstrators play their musical instruments outside Lincoln Center during a protest over a labor dispute with New York&#039;s Metropolitan Opera, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in New York. Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. The company announced late Thursday that the delay was requested by a federal mediator who had arrived just hours earlier to try to resolve the labor standoff. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" border="0" /></a>NEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers at the Metropolitan Opera said Friday they want to work with management to avoid shutting down one of the world&#039;s most prestigious cultural institutions.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even though the agency's ethics director recommended he do so.
  • Sergio Garcia shoots 61 to take Firestone lead
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/rose-takes-early-lead-woods-takes-step-back-193248104--spt.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/2xHkrwmTG_cVR00Cnx_PFg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/80f5083e0333961e5b0f6a70670066e5.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Sergio Garcia, from Spain, pumps his fist after a birdie on the 18th green dropped him to 11-under par after the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" align="left" title="Sergio Garcia, from Spain, pumps his fist after a birdie on the 18th green dropped him to 11-under par after the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Sergio Garcia doesn&#039;t know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Berkshire Hathaway 2Q profit jumps 41 percent
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company on Friday reported a 41 percent jump in its second-quarter profit that was boosted by a paper gain from a stock-swap deal completed earlier this year.

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