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Prison-Issue Underwear Recovered at Cabin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 03:25
Clues from a campsite may lead to the escaped inmates.

Nun who vandalized uranium bunker likely to remain free

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 03:21

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2012, file combo photo shows anti-nuclear weapons activists Sister Megan Rice, left, Michael Walli, center, and Greg Boertje-Obed in Knoxville, Tenn. They were convicted in 2013 of sabotage, but last month, a court of appeals threw out that conviction. The activists will likely remain free after prosecutors said they will not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered. Sister Megan Rice was originally sentenced to three years for vandalizing a bunker storing much of the nation's bomb-grade uranium. Sixty-six-year-old Michael Walli and 60-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed were each sentenced to five years. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists are likely to remain free because the government said Monday that it will not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered.


New Jersey man who carved swastika in family's lawn pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 03:05

New Jersey man who carved swastika in family's lawn pleads guiltyAn Ocean County man accused of carving a swastika in someone's front yard entered a guilty plea Monday


Texas enacts ban on shark fin trade

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:56

File photo of over ten thousand pieces of shark fins are dried on the rooftop of a factory building in Hong KongTexas has banned the trade of shark fins in the state, a move that could end its status as one of the main U.S. centers of activity for the product prized as a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. Governor Greg Abbott during the weekend signed into law the measure to ban the trade, becoming the 10th U.S. state with such a measure, according to Oceana, an international advocacy group to protect the world's oceans. Texas is the first Gulf Coast state to no longer participate in the global fin trade that conservationists blame for global declines in sharks.


Christie's trips abroad carry costs - and benefits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:51

Christie's trips abroad carry costs - and benefitsGov. Chris Christie has stressed that his recent trips to Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom gave him an opportunity to promote New Jersey to international businesses and universities


Police: 2 arrested with drugs at Firefly fest campground

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:51

 2 arrested with drugs at Firefly fest campgroundPolice in Delaware say two Michigan men were arrested with hundreds of doses of LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms and the drug known as bath salts at the Firefly Music Festival campground.


Church shootings a reminder of homegrown extremists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:38

Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, June 19, 2015. The 21-year-old accused of killing nine people inside a black church in Charleston made his first court appearance. The killings of nine people at a black church in South Carolina appear to fit a grim pattern of violence fueled by hateful ideology, joining attacks by extremists in the last five years that have targeted Jewish and Sikh centers, federal government buildings and police officers. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court, of Charleston, S.C. via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting extremists, law enforcement in the U.S. has been focusing on aspiring jihadists who align with the Islamic State, overshadowing longstanding concerns about avowed racists, neo-Nazis and anti-government militias.


Teenager killed by plague in rural northern Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:32
A teenager in rural northern Colorado has died from a rare form of plague that he may have contracted from fleas on a dead rodent or other animal, health officials have said. The 16-year-old from the Cherokee Park area, who was not named, died on June 8 but plague was only recently confirmed as the cause, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment said in a statement. Department spokesman Katie O'Donnell said on Monday officials had not been alerted to any new cases.

Nun who broke into Tennessee nuclear facility likely to stay free

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:26
Megan Rice, 85, was sentenced to three years in prison for the 2012 break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, an incident that embarrassed U.S. officials and prompted security changes. The appellate court had upheld the trio's convictions for the lesser crime of injury to government property.

Tires slashed on several vehicles in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:24

Tires slashed on several vehicles in Strawberry MansionThe tires on a number of cars were apparently slashed in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.


Man who carved swastika in family's lawn pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:15
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of carving a swastika into the lawn of a family he had harassed has pleaded guilty to bias intimidation.

'White rights' group leader cited by South Carolina shooter donated to Republicans: reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:13

People is placed outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonThe head of a white supremacist group cited by the alleged killer of nine people at a black South Carolina church last week has given thousands of dollars to several 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to media reports. Earl Holt III of Texas, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens, has donated a total of $65,000 to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, among other politicians in recent years, Britain's The Guardian newspaper reported late on Sunday.


Ex-MLB Darryl Hamilton fatally shot in apparent murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:58

Darryl HamiltonFormer Major League outfielder and baseball broadcast analyst Darryl Hamilton was fatally shot at a suburban Houston home where his girlfriend was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun wound, police in Pearland said on Monday. The bodies of Hamilton, 50, and Monica Jordan, 44, were taken to a medical examiner. The couple's 14-month-old infant was found unharmed at the home owned by Jordan and was taken into the care of Texas Child Protective Services.


Virginia woman stopped with long-missing son's body in custody

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:57
A Virginia woman charged with concealing the body of her son, who had been missing for more than a decade, in the trunk of her car will remain in custody until her next court appearance on Sept. 1. Tonya Slaton, 44, of Richmond, had been due in Hampton General District Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing, but her appearance has been postponed, according to court records. The remains of the boy were found earlier this month during a routine traffic stop, after a trooper noticed that the license plates on Davis' car were expired, according to state police.

Tribunal: UK spy agency kept data on rights groups too long

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:48
LONDON (AP) — A British tribunal has ruled that the electronic eavesdropping agency GCHQ violated the rights of two overseas human rights agencies by failing to delete intercepted data on time.

Marathon Texas refinery workers vote on contract that may end strike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:41
More than 1,000 striking workers from Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay Refinery on Monday began two days of voting on a tentative contract, which if ratified, would end a five-month work stoppage, union officials said. The hourly workers, members of United Steelworkers union (USW) Local 13-1, were casting secret ballots on the contract and a return-to-work agreement at their union hall within sight of the Marathon refinery in Texas City, Texas. "This has been a long journey," said Larry Burchfield, the Local 13-1 vice president.

Jesse Jackson Jr. released from halfway house in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:35

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the Volunteers of America halfway house in Baltimore, where he'd been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March, Monday, June 22, 2015. Jackson was convicted in 2013 for misuse of campaign funds. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. returned to his family's Washington, D.C., home on Monday after leaving a halfway house where he lived for several months since serving 2½ years in prison for spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.


Teen killed by 650-pound stone slab in Ocean County ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:34

Teen killed by 650-pound stone slab in Ocean County ID'dAuthorities have released the name of a teenager who was killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him outside a southern New Jersey business that makes countertops.


Virginia judge approves deal to keep women's Sweet Briar College open

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:29
School officials in March said they had planned to close the school in August and most faculty contracts were due to expire on June 30. Under the terms of the agreement approved by Bedford Circuit Judge James Updike, supporters' group Saving Sweet Briar Inc is to deliver $12 million in donations for the operation of the college within the next 60 days, with $2.5 million to be made available by July 2. The settlement calls for the appointment of a new president and a new board of directors at Sweet Briar, located on a 3,200-acre campus near Lynchburg, about 115 miles west of Richmond, that was once a slave-holding plantation.

Billy Graham grandson out as pastor in Florida after affair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 01:29
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida megachurch says a grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham has stepped down as its pastor after a "moral failure."