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A look at statements to Charleston church shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:41

Dylann Roof appears Friday, June 19, 2015, at a bond hearing court in North Charleston, S.C. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder and firearms charges in the shooting deaths Wednesday night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Representatives for the families of some of the nine victims of a fatal shooting at a black church in Charleston addressed shooting suspect Dylann Roof in court just ahead of a bond hearing Friday. Roof appeared via video link and seemed to show no emotion as family members spoke, showing anger, sadness and even forgiveness.

White House says Obama believes Confederate flag belongs in museum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:38
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum, the White House reiterated on Friday in the wake of a deadly shooting of nine black South Carolinians.

In South Carolina, shootings reignite debate over Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:38

File photo of the Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaThe shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston this week has revived demands that South Carolina stop flying the Confederate flag on the state house grounds, an issue that still divides residents of a state haunted by its legacy of slavery. The flag of the Confederacy, a blue saltier emblazoned with white stars on a red background, has fluttered near the state legislature since the early 1960s when it was put up during the peak of the civil rights movement.

NAACP president takes aim at Confederate flag after church killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:38
NAACP President Cornell Brooks said on Friday the Confederate flag must come down following the slayings of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, by a white man who reportedly told police he wanted to incite a race war. "We cannot have the confederate flag waving in the state capital," Brooks, head of the oldest civil rights organization in the United States, said at an appearance in Charleston. The Confederate battle flag, a vestige of the Civil War, continues to fly over state grounds.

Families of South Carolina church massacre victims offer forgiveness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:36

A note on the sidewalk includes photos of the nine who were killed at a memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is accused of killing nine people during a Wednesday night Bible study at the church. ( Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTAs the young white man charged with murdering nine people inside an historic black church in South Carolina stood blankly silent during a court hearing on Friday, relatives of slain worshippers addressed him one by one, offering tearful words of grief and forgiveness. Dylann Roof, 21, who authorities say spent an hour in Bible study with parishioners at the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Church before opening fire on them, stood quietly, stoically, as he appeared via video feed for an initial bond hearing before a magistrate judge. Dressed in a black-and-white prison uniform and flanked by two guards in body armor, Roof showed no reaction as the judge ordered him held without bail.

Prosecutors wrap up emotional case in theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:31

FILE- In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, Ian Sullivan holds up a collage memorializing his late 6-year-old daughter Veronica, who was killed by shooter James Holmes in the 2012 Aurora movie theater mass shooting, at Sullivan's home in Evergreen, Colo. The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial says the jury can hear testimony from Veronica's mother Ashley Moser, who was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage in the attack that left her 6-year-old daughter Veronica dead. In a ruling announced Thursday, June 18, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. also said prosecutors can briefly show jurors a photo of Veronica. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial were wrapping up their case Friday against James Holmes after eight weeks of testimony in which they sought to show that the former neuroscience student meticulously planned and carried out the 2012 massacre while knowing it was wrong.

Man accused of dismembering New Orleans dancer testifies at trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:21
The case of a man accused in the 2012 murder and dismemberment of a New Orleans nightclub dancer went to a jury on Friday after the man testified he did not commit the crime. The testimony of Terry Speaks, 42, came near the end of a four-day trial that brought grisly evidence, including photos of dancer Jaren Lockhart's body parts and a witness who suggested her killers had cut tattoos off her body to prevent the identification of her remains. Prosecutors say Speaks and his then-girlfriend Margaret Sanchez went to Temptations Gentlemen's Club in New Orleans' French Quarter on June 6, 2012, and offered hundreds of dollars for a dancer who would join them for a private party.

Oklahoma group files petition for grand jury probe of sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:19
An Oklahoma activist group submitted a petition on Friday aimed at compelling a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, under scrutiny since a white part-time sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. The petition containing 8,800 signatures was submitted to the Tulsa County Clerk's Office by a group called "We the People Oklahoma" and accuses the sheriff's department of violating its duty to preserve the peace and uphold the law. Robert Bates, a 73-year-old volunteer reserve deputy, has been charged with manslaughter in the April 2 death of Eric Harris in a police sting operation.

Battle over proposed Yellowstone River dam ramps up

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:18

In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo, the Yellowstone River flows over the Intake Diversion Dam, a rock structure that captures water for agriculture, northeast of Glendive, Mont. near the North Dakota border. A federal judge is being asked to block a $59 million proposal to build a solid-rock weir across the river, which environmentalists say it could permanently block endangered pallid sturgeon from reaching upstream spawning areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that has been blocked from its spawning grounds for decades.

Northeast Ohio man accused of supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:17
CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man was arrested Friday on a criminal complaint alleging he attempted to provide support to the Islamic State terrorist group while living in the Cleveland area.

Woman says miscarried after shackled in immigration facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:15
An asylum seeker from Mexico suffered a miscarriage after she tripped and fell while shackled in immigration detention, even though pregnant detainees are not supposed to be restrained, her lawyers said.

Honda confirms eighth death linked to Takata airbags

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:00

A logo of Takata Corp is seen with its display at a showroom for vehicles in TokyoU.S. highway safety regulators also confirmed that the death of Jewel Brangman in a 2001 Honda Civic is the seventh U.S. death, and the eighth fatality worldwide related to Takata airbag inflators that can explode, sending shards of metal through the passenger compartments of cars. U.S. regulators have ordered the recall of vehicles equipped with about 34 million Takata airbag inflators. Honda, in a statement, said the 2001 car had been issued a salvage title in October 2011, and then purchased by a rental car agency in San Diego, California.

Timeline of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:55
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Here is a timeline of the shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina:

Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:46

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting.

Colorado movie massacre trial prosecution wraps up case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:42

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A woman whose six-year-old daughter and unborn child were killed in the Colorado movie theater massacre in 2012 gave a heartrending account on Friday of the shooting, as prosecutors wrapped up their case against gunman James Holmes. "I went to stand up to reach for her hand to try to exit," partially paralyzed survivor Ashley Moser said, weeping. Veronica died after Holmes shot her several times.

Texas Supreme Court upholds divorce of same-sex couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:40
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court effectively upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple Friday, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place.

Google cracks down on 'revenge porn' under new nudity policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:40

FILE - This Thursday, April 12, 2012 file photo shows a Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. According to new rules announced on Friday, June 19, 2015, Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a practice known as "revenge porn." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as "revenge porn."

California Legislature approves compromise $115.4B budget

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:23

FILE - In this May 14, 2015, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing the increase in education spending as he discusses his revised state budget plan during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With Gov. Brown’s blessing, the California Legislature is expected to easily approve a revised $115.4 billion state spending plan Friday, June 19, 2015, that sends billions of dollars more to public schools and universities, lifts some working poor families out of poverty and extends health coverage to poor children regardless of their legal status. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Friday passed a compromise budget to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's demands for restrained spending, even as the package sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care and social services.

NRA board member blames victim for Charleston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:21

A Nov. 22, 2010 photo shows the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney, a Ridgeland Democrat and pastor at Mother Emanuel AME Church, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in the mass shooting at the church. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims, saying the slain pastor had opposed concealed carry legislation as a state senator that could have saved him and his fellow worshippers.

Presidential hopefuls in town at GOP conference

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:20

Presidential hopefuls in town at GOP conferenceThere's a meeting in town today for the Republican leadership, and that brought presidential hopefuls to our area to make their pitch to their fellow party members.