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4 late-night shootings in Boston area leave 5 people dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 08:22
BOSTON (AP) — Five people were killed in four shootings in Boston and its suburbs late Wednesday and early Thursday, including a 21-year-old woman authorities believe was an unintended target, officials said.

Police dog dies at PGA Championship; air conditioner failed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 08:01
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say a police dog assigned to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits died after the air conditioner failed in his partner's squad car.

Fifteen U.S. states seek to block EPA carbon rule

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:57
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fifteen state attorneys general petitioned a federal court in Washington on Thursday to block new U.S. rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants, in the first of several expected legal challenges to the Obama administration measure. States that oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan filed for the stay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The states asked for a ruling by Sept. 8, one year before they need to submit compliance plans to the EPA.

National challenge of leaking mines dwarfs Colorado spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:57

Wastewater flows from a trough and down a steep ravine at the site of the blowout at the Gold King mine which triggered a major spill of toxic wastewater, outside Silverton, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. It will take years, if not decades, and many millions of dollars to clean up and manage the toxic wastewater from a this Colorado mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals, affecting the livelihoods of residents in three states, according to some experts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)SILVERTON, Colorado (AP) — It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers and has likely reached Lake Powell, experts said Thursday.


Yellowstone park officials euthanize bear that killed hiker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:55

Lance Crosby, of Billings, Mont. is seen in an undated photo provided by the National Parks Service. Officials on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, identified a 63-year-old Crosby as the victim of a fatal bear attack in Yellowstone National Park as they awaited results of DNA testing to determine if a grizzly captured nearby was responsible. Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said Monday that Crosby of Billings was killed after encountering the bear last week while hiking alone off-trail without bear spray. His body was found Friday. (National Parks Service via AP)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials euthanized a grizzly bear Thursday after DNA tests confirmed it attacked and killed a hiker last week, a park spokeswoman said.


Fenced security zones will go up in Philly ahead of pope

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:55

City workers toss an abandoned bike in the back of a truck Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. The two-day sweep of abandoned bikes ending Thursday afternoon is an annual cleanup that's also part of the city's preparations for the pope's scheduled visit. A spokeswoman for the mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities says 143 bikes are slated for removal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service will restrict public access to a heavily traveled section of downtown Philadelphia for more than 30 hours before Pope Francis lands in the city next month — time officials said the agency needs to build security fencing and set up metal detectors.


Correction: Prison Riot story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:51

This Jan. 8, 2014 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Hugo Pinell. Pinell, involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead, has been killed by a fellow prisoner. The slaying of Pinell triggered a riot Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Aug. 12 about an inmate's murder in a California prison riot, The Associated Press, relying on a news story from 1986, reported erroneously the name of a prison guard who survived an earlier riot in San Quentin Prison in 1971. His name was Ken McCray, not Frank McCray.


Officer: I kept firing because man kept charging at me

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:51
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A white police officer testified Thursday that he repeatedly fired his gun at an unarmed black man because the man kept charging at him and he didn't think his weapon was even working.

DNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:43

FILE - In this undated file photo, former President Warren G. Harding. DNA testing is rewriting a chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s. AncestryDNA, a division of Ancestry.com, says genetic analysis has confirmed President Warren G. Harding fathered a child out of wedlock with his long-rumored mistress Nan Britton. She set off a scandal when she went public nearly 90 years ago with her tale of forbidden love in the White House. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.


North Carolina police officer testifies he shot black man in self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:42
"No matter what I did, he wouldn’t stop," Randall Kerrick said. Prosecutors say Kerrick, 29, used unnecessary force when he shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, 24, outside Charlotte before dawn on Sept. 14, 2013. Kerrick's defense attorney has told the court the shooting was justified.

The Latest: Mine leak water has likely reached Lake Powell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:33

Water flows down Cement Creek just below the site of the blowout at the Gold King mine which triggered a major spill of toxic wastewater, outside Silverton, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. It will take years, if not decades, and many millions of dollars to clean up and manage the toxic wastewater from a this Colorado mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals, affecting the livelihoods of residents in three states, according to some experts. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):


Calif. prison riot sparked by stabbing of 'San Quentin Six' inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:33
Hugo Pinell, a notorious California inmate whose 50 years behind bars included a violent escape attempt from San Quentin, was stabbed to death by two prisoners, sparking a brief but bloody riot at a prison near Sacramento, authorities said on Thursday. After Pinell was attacked on Wednesday, as many as 70 prisoners began fighting in a 20-minute melee that sent 11 inmates to the hospital, one of whom remained in critical condition on Thursday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Washington state fined $100,000 a day over school funding gap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:31
Washington's top court on Thursday fined the state $100,000 per day for failing to put forward a plan to fully fund education from kindergarten through high school, which the court said was required by its previous orders and the state's constitution. The state's Supreme Court found in 2012 that the state had failed to "amply" fund basic public education for Washington's 1 million school children, and ordered lawmakers to come up with a plan to boost its education budget by billions of dollars over the next five years. "Despite repeated opportunities to comply with the court's order to provide an implementation plan, the state has not shown how it will achieve full funding of all elements of basic education by 2018," the justices wrote in a unanimous opinion.

Glaxo: Meds from plant with Legionnaires' bacteria are safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:29

This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria (Legionnaires' disease). Most deaths from Legionnaires' disease are tied to hospital and nursing home showers, not outdoor cooling towers, new government figures released Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 show. The germ spreads into the lungs through water vapor or mist. (Janice Haney Carr/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP) .ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) — The medications produced at a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical plant are safe despite the decision to close the factory after the discovery of the bacteria that causes potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease, the company said Wednesday.


Arkansas could resume executions soon after buying drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:26

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Rep. Douglas House, R-North Little Rock, looks at a copy of the daily calendar in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. House sponsored legislation to keep the source of drugs used in executions in the state secret. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction has bought the drugs needed to resume lethal injections, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he expects to be asked soon to schedule the state's first execution in 10 years.


Connecticut's highest court abolishes state's death row

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:23

FILE - This undated inmate photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski in West Hartford in 2000. Connecticut's Supreme Court will release a decision Thursday Aug. 13, 2015, in a case that could decide the fate of the 10 inmates currently on death row in the state. It comes in an appeal from Santiago, whose attorneys argue lawmakers improperly passed a death penalty repeal three years ago that only outlawed capital punishment for future crimes. (Connecticut Department of Correction via AP, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's highest court on Thursday ordered the state's death row emptied out, ruling that a 2012 law abolishing capital punishment for any future crimes must be applied to the 11 men facing execution for offenses committed before it took effect.


Ex-NYC schools chancellor named monitor of suburban district

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:16

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott addresses a community meeting in Suffern, N.Y., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, after being appointed monitor in the East Ramapo school district. Walcott will examine tension between the school board, which is dominated by Orthodox Jews who don't use the public schools, and the mostly black or Hispanic families with students in the public school. Behind Walcott is school board President Yehuda Weissmandl. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald).SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was appointed Thursday to monitor a suburban school district in which public school families, mostly black or Hispanic, claim they're being shortchanged by the school board, which is dominated by Orthodox Jews who don't use the public schools.


US, Chile put spotlight on extremist attacks on LGBT people

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Chile are putting the spotlight on "the barbaric treatment" of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people by the Islamic State extremist group.

Gay couples sue Florida over names on birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:07
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Florida sued the state Thursday, saying that the Bureau of Vital Statistics still won't allow hospitals to list both same-sex parents on birth certificates.

Man Killed by Roller Coaster at Cedar Point Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:04
The man entered a restricted area and was struck by a roller coaster