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Mermaids, aquatic creatures turn out for Coney Island parade

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:48

Tash's Mermaid Minions assemble before the start of the 33rd annual Mermaid Parade, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers turned out Saturday for Coney Island's 33rd annual Mermaid Parade despite gray skies and steady drizzle.


Disbelief, defiance in South Carolina town once home to shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:37
At Dooley's Bait shop in Lexington, South Carolina, the talk around the worm bins and minnow tanks was dominated by one subject: Dylann Roof, a previously unremarkable local young man now accused of one of most shocking murders in state history. Roof, a 21-year-old white man who went to high school in this Southern town near the state capital, has been charged with murdering nine African-Americans in cold blood on Wednesday at a landmark church in Charleston, about 100 miles (160 km) away. Many people in Lexington, as in towns across South Carolina, struggled to come to grips with one of their own being charged with such a heinous crime.

New Orleans policeman shot and killed while transporting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:14

A police officer and a police dog search for Travis Boys, suspected of killing New Orleans police officer Daryle Holloway, in New OrleansIt remained unclear how exactly Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, was killed, but police said they were seeking Travis Boys, the suspect who had been handcuffed when Holloway began driving. Holloway, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran, was found with a gunshot wound in his department vehicle after it crashed, police said in a statement.


Clinton: race a 'deep fault line' in America

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 04:40
By Amanda Becker and Robin Respaut WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the deadly mass shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina is a violent reminder of continued institutionalized racism in the United States. "It's tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today's America bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists," Clinton said. "But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America's long struggle with race is far from finished." "Race remains a deep fault line in America," Clinton added.

Dump truck crashes into utility pole in Roxborough

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 04:13

Dump truck crashes into utility pole in RoxboroughPhiladelphia Police are investigating an accident in which a city dump truck crashed and struck a utility pole.


Search resumes in mountains for missing ex-White House chef

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:56

FILE - In this July 27, 2004 file photo, outgoing White House chef Walter Scheib greets chefs from around the world at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Authorities are searching by air and ground in a rugged New Mexico mountain range for Scheib, reported missing on a solo hike. New Mexico State Police said Friday, June 19, 2015 that they have no leads yet on Scheib, 61, the White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Scheib recently moved from Florida to Taos, N.M., and reportedly went for a hike last Saturday in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley.(AP Photo/Matt Houston, Files)TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities resumed a search by air and ground Saturday in a New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef who has now been missing for a week.


Religion and politics: GOP hopefuls' new insight on faith

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:53

Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contenders railed against abortion rights on Saturday as they courted religious conservatives, promising Christian values would guide their personal decisions and public policies should they win the presidency.


Government investigators blast NHTSA in new safety report

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:13

Traffic flows along Coast Highway 101 through San Diego's North County beach town of EncinitasThe U.S. auto safety watchdog is racked by internal problems that have prevented the agency from acting to protect the public from deadly auto defects, including faulty GM ignition switches, according to federal investigators. An official U.S. Department of Transportation report, seen by Reuters, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lacks the data needed to identify safety issues, does not properly screen the data it has and has failed time and again to hold automakers accountable for problems among the more than 265 million cars and trucks on America's roads. "Collectively, these weaknesses have resulted in significant safety concerns being overlooked," investigators said.


DA won't charge man with murder for killing wife at hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:47
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A district attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against an elderly man who shot his paralyzed wife after she reportedly begged to die.

Many U.S. mayors skeptical Charleston will inspire gun law changes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:43
Many U.S. mayors said this week's deadly church shooting in South Carolina should lead to more restrictions on gun ownership, but few believe the violence that killed nine people will propel legislators to enact stricter gun laws. "Among ourselves, it has been coming up," said Bill Harrison, mayor of Fremont, California, during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in San Francisco. Harrison said on Saturday the 2012 school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, where 20 children died, represented a personal turning point, but also made him skeptical about political change.

1 dead, 7 hurt as car careens onto California sidewalk

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:41
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A car that veered onto a California sidewalk has killed a woman and injured seven other people, including the driver and two children.

Search continues in W.Va. for escaped US inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:31
ALDERSON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, West Virginia, remains on the loose.

Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man who raised towel-covered hand

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:25
The man, in his 30s, was walking on a busy street in the Los Feliz neighborhood and "appeared to be in distress" when police approached him around 6:30 p.m. local time on Friday, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said. A passing motorist recorded police arresting the man, who appears to be bleeding from the head, and posted the video online, the Los Angeles Times reported. The incident is the latest in a string of police-involved shootings in Los Angeles, and comes amid nationwide protests over policing tactics and use of force, especially in minority communities.

'You are welcome:' The night Emanuel opened its door to evil

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:51

Barbara Lloyd, of Charleston, S.C., cries during the singing of "We Shall Overcome" at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The current brick Gothic revival edifice, completed in 1891 to replace an earlier building heavily damaged in an earthquake, was a mandatory stop for the likes of Booker T. Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Still, Emanuel was not just a church for the black community.(AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there.


Historic black church where 9 slain to open for Sunday morning service, parishioner says

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:33
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Historic black church where 9 slain to open for Sunday morning service, parishioner says.

Pa.Turnpike EB lanes reopen after fuel truck fire in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:28

Pa.Turnpike EB lanes reopen after fuel truck fire in BensalemThe Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened after a fuel truck that burst into flames was cleared in the eastbound lanes near Richlieu Road in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


Truck hauling trash crashes on Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:22

Truck hauling trash crashes on Pa. TurnpikeA tractor trailer hauling trash overturned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning.


'You are welcome:' The night Emanuel opened its door to evil

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:06

Barbara Lloyd, of Charleston, S.C., cries during the singing of "We Shall Overcome" at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The current brick Gothic revival edifice, completed in 1891 to replace an earlier building heavily damaged in an earthquake, was a mandatory stop for the likes of Booker T. Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Still, Emanuel was not just a church for the black community.(AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there.


Workers clean up oil spill on California beaches by hand

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:54

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. Cleanup work continues one month after the May 19 oil spill north of Santa Barbara, Calif. The ruptured pipeline released up to 101,000 gallons of crude including 21,000 gallons that flowed into a storm drain and out into the Santa Barbara Channel.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.


Police training gets new attention after high-profile deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:42
Across the United States, police training is getting new attention, often after highly publicized deaths. Some examples: