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NC officials: Anglers shouldn't lure sharks to swim areas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:06

Vacationers sit in chairs in the surf in Oak Island, N.C., Monday, June 15, 2015. A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury, and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado lost his left arm about an hour later and 2 miles away in two separate shark attacks late Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are urging anglers to voluntary avoid shark fishing when people are swimming nearby as the town where two young beachgoers were almost killed is weighing a ban.

Mississippi man admits role in draping of noose on statue of black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:05
Graeme Phillip Harris, who is white, faces up to a year in prison and a possible $100,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge that he knowingly and willfully intimidated and interfered with African-American students and staff because of their race and color. Harris, who was 19 at the time of the offense, originally pleaded not guilty to the charges but agreed to change his plea in a deal with prosecutors, who are dropping a felony charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights. "He wants to admit his involvement in what was a considerably ill-conceived, ill-advised, thoughtless and insensitive drunken act," said his attorney, David Hill.

Analysts see several reasons for Colt's slide to bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:04

FILE - In this April 19, 2010 file photo, a visitor tries out a M4 carbine rifle, manufactured by Colt Defense LLC in the United States, at the 12th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 179-year-old gun maker filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday, June 14, 2015, estimating it owes up to $500 million. Analysts cite several reasons behind Colt's bankruptcy filing, including struggles to recover from the loss of military business and failure to capitalize on consumer interest in guns. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bankruptcy being sought by Colt Defense was fueled by missteps with gun owners, a misreading of the police firearms market and a fall in gun sales to the public after an initial spike several years ago, analysts and industry observers say.

UAW president says union wants to expand healthcare pool

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:56

UAW President Dennis Williams addresses their Special Bargaining Convention held at COBO Hall in DetroitUnited Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to enter talks with the three major U.S. automakers to pool active union and nonunion workers and UAW retirees to bargain for lower healthcare costs. Such a pool of about 900,000 people connected to Detroit's three automakers would not mean a single healthcare plan, but instead a collective to wield more leverage in negotiations with drug companies, hospitals and insurance companies, he noted. The union is still forming its strategy on how a larger pool would be created, Williams said at a press conference at the UAW's headquarters in Detroit.

Arts panel gives final OK to Eisenhower memorial design

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key arts panel has given final approval to a design for a memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, another step toward groundbreaking.

$3.9 billion World Trade Center transit hub nears completion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:50

Construction workers install a glass panel on the Oculus structure at the World Trade Center transportation hub, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in New York. When the $3.9 billion transportation hub opens later this year, commuters and visitors will get to decide for themselves whether Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s bird-in-flight design has been translated into a grand public space that justifies years of delays and cost overruns. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion transportation hub at New York's World Trade Center will open later this year.

In California, Uber driver is employee, not contractor: agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:44

Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick is seen at her home in San FranciscoThe California Labor Commissioner's decision could ripple through the burgeoning industry of providing services via smartphones, with potential implications for other “crowdsourced” services such as Uber rival Lyft, chore service TaskRabbit, and cleaning service Homejoy. The ruling - which Uber insisted applied to only one driver - was the latest in a series of legal and regulatory challenges facing the company and other highly valued start-ups in the United States and other countries. The June 3 ruling, which applies only in California, came to light on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in a filing in state court in San Francisco, where both the company and the driver in the case are based.

Fitbit shows off its pipes in NYSE debut as shares soar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:43

Fitbit CEO James Park shows off one of his devices as he poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange, before his company's IPO, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Fitbit makes devices that can be worn on the wrist or clipped to clothing to monitor daily steps, calories burned and grab other data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit flexed some muscle Thursday and its shares rocketed almost 50 percent higher in the first day of trading for the fitness tracking gear maker.

Boston bombers' friend sentenced to 2-1/2 years for lying to investigators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:36

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonA citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the Boston Marathon bombers apologized on Thursday for lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack and was then sentenced to 2-1/2 years in federal prison. Cab driver Khairullozhon Matanov is the fourth person connected to ethnic Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev to face jail time for misleading investigators during the massive search for the men who killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs. Matanov's case dates back to the morning of April 19, 2013, when he went to a police station in Braintree, Massachusetts, south of Boston, to say that he recognized the Tsarnaevs in surveillance photos the FBI had released the night before.

Charleston shooting took place at 1 of oldest black churches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:20

The steeple of Emanuel AME Church is visible as police close off a section of Calhoun Street early Thursday, June 18, 2015 following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The slayings of nine people in Charleston wrote a grim new chapter into the history of one of the oldest black churches in the South.

Prosecutor upgrades charge against Zimmerman's shooter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:15
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor on Thursday upgraded to attempted murder the most serious charge against a man accused of shooting into George Zimmerman's vehicle while they were driving down a busy road last month.

Seattle settles $2 million lawsuit for excessive force by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:12
Seattle has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to a man who was shot in the face by police, the largest known settlement in the city's history for excessive use of force by police, an official said on Thursday. Nathaniel Caylor, 35, had filed a federal lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department arguing that officers Eugene Schubeck and Don Leslie used excessive force and violated his Fourth Amendment guarantee against illegal seizure during a 2009 incident in which he was badly wounded. The officers had gone to a Seattle home to check on Caylor after a family member called 911 saying he was suicidal and had his 20-month-old son in his care, court records show.

Jurors weigh case of Oklahoma man charged with molesting Kenyan orphans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:59
A jury at a federal court in Oklahoma City began deliberations on Thursday in the case of an Oklahoma man charged with molesting eight orphans in Kenya when he was in the country for Christian missionary work. The management of the Kenyan nursing home notified U.S. authorities of the suspected crimes after Durham had returned to the United States and U.S. prosecutors brought charges against him.

Victim in Jesse Matthew attack testifies about aftermath

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:58

Fairfax County, Va., Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh, center, talks to reporters in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, June 18, 2015, after a hearing in which the victim of a 2005 sexual assault gave victim-pact testimony that will be used at the sentencing of Jesse Matthew, 33, of Charlottesville, Va. Matthew is charged in an unrelated case with the abduction and killing of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Morrogh is joined by Gil Harrington, mother of slain student Morgan Harrington, whose case has been linked by DNA evidence to the 2005 attack in Fairfax, left, and Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Casey Lingan. (AP Photo/Matt Barakat)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — She flew half way around the globe to tell the world about a horrific attack that happened a decade ago, something she had placed into emotional "cold storage" and didn't want to relive.

Feds: 48 charged for links to Boston's most-feared gang

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:57
BOSTON (AP) — More than 40 people arrested Thursday on drug and gun charges were affiliated with Boston's largest and most-feared gang, according to authorities who said the criminal organization ran a vast drug empire that stoked New England's heroin epidemic.

PHOTOS: Water main break in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:57

 Water main break in Hunting ParkFirefighters evacuated stores afer a 48-inch water main ruptured in Philadelphia.

Flash audit: 'Serious concerns' about personnel computer fix

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:57

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The agency that failed to secure data on millions of federal workers is now being criticized by its own independent watchdog over a plan to modernize its aging computer networks. In a “flash audit,” issued Wednesday, the inspector general for the Office of Personnel Management raised “serious concerns” about a proposed $91 million computer overhaul, saying it had not followed management guidelines and granted a no-bid contract with a single vendor. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that failed to secure data on millions of federal workers is now being criticized by its own independent watchdog over a plan to modernize its aging computer networks.

48-inch water main ruptures in Hunting Park, stores evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:55

Major water main break at Hunting Park shopping center, stores evacuatedA 48-inch water main has ruptured in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.

Justice Thomas focuses on victims in 2 death penalty cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:55

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2014 file photo, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas sits for a conversation at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Thomas has taken unusual steps in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court rules in two death-penalty cases. In one case, Thomas dissented from a 5-4 opinion that barred Louisiana from executing Kevan Brumfield, a convicted killer who is mentally disabled. Thomas included a picture of the crime victim at the end of his dissent and even referred to a video of the killer’s confession that was posted on the Supreme Court’s web site. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas took unusual steps Thursday in calling attention to crime victims as the Supreme Court ruled in two death penalty cases.

Activists file appeal to get Cleveland officers arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:53
CLEVELAND (AP) — A group of activists filed an appeal Thursday that seeks to compel a Cleveland municipal judge to file criminal charges against two white police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun.