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Man suspected in $55M cyberattacks pleads not guilty in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:43
NEW YORK (AP) — A Turkish man accused of masterminding a series of cyberattacks that resulted in a loss of more than $55 million to the global financial system was extradited to the United States and pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a New York courtroom.

U.S. to alter long-term detention of immigrant families with children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:34

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives by the 18-foot (five-metre) high rusty steel barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border at sunset in Brownsville, TexasThe flood of immigrants coming mostly from Central America and crossing the southern U.S. border has slowed from peaks last year, but is still high, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. "I have reached the conclusion that we must make substantial changes in our detention practices with respect to families with children," he said. Two large, privately operated centers were set up last year in Texas, in Dilley and Karnes City.


Alabama governor orders Confederate flags removed from state capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:34

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference in Mobile, AlabamaBy Wayne Hester BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Alabama's governor ordered Confederate flags removed from the grounds of the Southern state's Capitol, his office said on Wednesday, joining a growing movement of politicians to spurn an emblem widely associated with slavery and racism. "This is the right thing to do," Governor Robert Bentley said in a statement that came a week after the massacre of nine black worshippers at a Bible study session in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. The four flags located around the Confederate Memorial on the State Capitol grounds in Montgomery were taken down on Wednesday morning.


U.S. likely to file hate crime charges in Charleston shooting: New York Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:27

Dylann Storm Roof appears by closed-circuit television at his bond hearing in CharlestonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department likely will file federal hate crime charges against the suspect in the recent South Carolina church shooting, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing law enforcement officials.


More than 350,000 still without power after storms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:23

More than 350,000 still without power after stormsPower was slowly being restored to customers across the tri-state area following a line of severe storms on Tuesday afternoon, but Peco says some in the hardest-hit areas may be in the dark until this weekend.was slowly being restored to customers across the tri-state area following a line of severe storms on Tuesday afternoon.


National Weather Service: No evidence of tornado in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:23

 No evidence of tornado in Gloucester CountyThe National Weather Service says there is no evidence a tornado hitting Gloucester County, New Jersey during severe storms on Tuesday.


5 things to know about US public opinion on health care case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:18

FILE - In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Amy Brighton from Medina, Ohio, who opposes health care reform, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington during a rally as the court continues arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to polls in recent months. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama's health care law, according to polls in recent months.


Feds call for end of long-term detention of migrant families

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:12

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says federal officials are making "substantial changes" to end the long-term detention of migrant families who are being held mainly at two large facilities in Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to end the long-term detention of hundreds of migrant families who are being held mainly at two large facilities in Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday.


GOP Sen. Cochran joins Wicker: Mississippi should remove Confederate emblem from state flag

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:06
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — GOP Sen. Cochran joins Wicker: Mississippi should remove Confederate emblem from state flag.

Texas grand jury declines to indict vet who killed cat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:03
BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict a veterinarian who bragged on social media about killing a cat with an arrow.

Chopper 6 over William Penn statue after lightning srike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:56

Chopper 6 over William Penn statue after lightning srikeChopper 6 was up over Philadelphia City Hall on Wednesday, looking for any damage to the William Penn statue following the storm on Tuesday.


Theater shooting: Things to know as defense case begins

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:54
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are preparing to open their case Thursday with witnesses they hope can illustrate the severity of his mental illness at the time of the attack.

Denver drops marijuana exhibits from county fair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:51
DENVER (AP) — The Denver County Fair is dropping marijuana exhibits from the event — a year after some people said they were unwittingly served pot-infused chocolate in the "Pot Pavilion."

There's gold in them thar shallow California creeks, rivers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:36
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — California's prolonged drought has created opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold.

US attorney general: Shooting under review for federal crime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:32

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks with cadets as she visits the Birmingham Police Academy, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the government is reviewing the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, to determine whether any federal crimes were committed.


UN envoy warns of impending famine in conflict-torn Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen says the conflict-torn Middle East nation is "one step" from famine, with 31 million people needing humanitarian assistance compared to just 7 million two years ago.

More than 30 Americans held hostage outside U.S.: White House adviser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 30 American are currently being held hostage outside the United States, President Barack Obama's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said on Wednesday. The Obama administration, which is formally unveiling changes to the nation's hostage policy, has said that more than 80 Americans have been taken hostage by terrorist or pirate groups since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey)

In new hostage policy, U.S. will not prosecute families for paying ransom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:28

U.S. President Barack Obama announces a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in WashingtonThe White House on Wednesday released a new policy aimed at becoming more sensitive to the needs of families of U.S. hostages held abroad, saying the government needed to "evolve" to take account of a shift in the way groups take captives. After a six-month review that included discussions with families of people held overseas, the White House said the government will continue its longstanding policy of not making concessions to hostage-takers. The government may communicate with hostage-takers and intermediaries, and it may help families who are trying to pay ransom, the White House said.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Official says 2 former Vanderbilt football players jailed in rape case are released on bond.

PHOTOS: Images of storm damage from air, ground

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:21

 Images of storm damage from air, groundChopper 6 was in the air and the Action Cam was on the ground surveying the damage from Tuesday's storms.