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Philadelphia woman arrested for trying to support Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 00:28
U.S. authorities arrested a Philadelphia woman on Friday and charged her with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State militant group by planning to travel overseas to join the organization, the U.S. Justice Department said. Thirty-year-old Keonna Thomas, also known as Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness, was charged with trying to provide material support and resources, including herself as a fighter, to a foreign terrorist organization, the department said. Prosecutors allege that Thomas communicated with an Islamic State fighter in Syria, who asked her whether she wanted to take part in what was termed a martyrdom operation, to which she responded: "that would be amazing... a girl can only wish." The criminal complaint also alleges that Thomas did online research on indirect travel routes to Turkey and bought an electronic visa to the country. Turkey is a common transit point for people traveling from Europe to enter Syria and join Islamic State.

Indiana pizza shop owners in hiding as donations pour in

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 00:02
WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana pizza shop that came under fire after its owners said their religious beliefs wouldn't allow them to cater a gay wedding is closed indefinitely, and its operators say they've gone into hiding.

Clinton campaign headquarters expected in Brooklyn

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 23:43

Clinton campaign headquarters expected in BrooklynHillary Rodham Clinton has signed a lease in a Brooklyn, New York, building for what is expected to house her presidential campaign headquarters. A person familiar with the plans says Clinton has signed ...


Family of slain Illinois man fearful after killer's escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 23:25

In this photo taken Feb. 27, 2015, Kamron T. Taylor, sits in a Kankakee County courtroom in Kankakee, Ill., after being convicted of murder. Authorities said Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that Taylor, who escaped from jail early Wednesday, may be traveling with a 15-year-old girl. The 23-year-old Taylor was awaiting sentencing when authorities say he beat a guard into unconsciousness, took his keys and uniform and sped off in his SUV. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal, Mike Voss)KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Relatives of an Illinois man slain during a botched robbery said they fear for their safety after the killer's escape from jail this week and the failure of authorities to catch up with him.


Ex-drug dealer loses coaching job after trial testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 23:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A police corruption trial in Philadelphia is far from over, but already one trial witness has been handed a losing verdict.

Racism a lingering problem among collegiate millennials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 23:08

March 24, 2015 photo, University of Maryland student Kayla Tarrant speaks during a town hall meeting about racism in universities and what can be done to stop it, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Tarrant loves the University of Maryland. But the sophomore campus tour guide says a racist email and photo attributed to her schoolmates makes her reluctant to encourage other black students to enroll “in a place where you feel unsafe and no one cares about you.” “We’re literally begging people to care about our issues,” Tarrant said with tears in her eyes to applause from about 100 students _ blacks, Hispanics, Asians and a few whites _ gathered to discuss the racial climate at the predominantly white, 27,000-student campus. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kayla Tarrant loves the University of Maryland. But the campus tour guide says a racist email and photo attributed to her schoolmates makes her reluctant to encourage other black students to enroll "in a place where you feel unsafe and no one cares about you."


West Chester Univ. student charged with rape at frat house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 22:56

West Chester Univ. student charged with rape at frat houseA suburban Philadelphia college student has been arrested in connection with an alleged rape at a fraternity house.


Sex abuse lawsuit settled against elite NYC prep school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 22:54
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — An elite New York City prep school has settled a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against it in New Jersey.

San Francisco homeless man brutally beaten by man with metal rod

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 22:34

San Francisco homeless man brutally beaten by man with metal rodSan Francisco police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in an unprovoked attack on a homeless man in the Tenderloin.


CDC: Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 22:32

 Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in USHealth officials say a drug-resistant strain of a nasty stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May


Fire breaks out at GE's Appliance Park in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fire erupted Friday morning at General Electric's Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky, shutting down production at the sprawling manufacturing center that employs thousands.

2 arrests after shooting outside party near Temple University campus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:51

2 arrests after shooting outside party near Temple University campusPhiladelphia police say two suspects are in custody after a shooting outside a party near Temple University that wounded two men, one critically.


Some maple sap this season headed from tree tap to beer tap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:35

In this Friday, March 20, 2015 photo, brewer Matthew Perry cleans a tank before making maple amber beer at Chatham Brewing in Chatham, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)CHATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis' upstate New York sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets and — for years now — beer kegs.


Study: NYC health workers' ethics are compromised in jails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:32

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, a security fence surrounds the inmate housing on New York's Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. The two-year study at New York’s sprawling jail complex concluded with a bold recommendation to remove health workers entirely from the most contentious dilemma they face, whether to put an inmate in solitary. That’s because many doctors believe the confinement, which involves 23-hour stretches of isolation, could harm inmates. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City jail health workers say their medical ethics are often compromised by the demands of treating patients who are also prisoners, such as when they witness guards' use of force or are asked to approve stints in solitary confinement, according to a first-of-its-kind city study.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:13

In this Friday, March 20, 2015 photo, a maple amber beer is among the offerings at Chatham Brewing in Chatham, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Medical device maker settles lawsuit for $4.4 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:53
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Medtronic has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government accusing the company of selling medical devices made in China and Malaysia to the U.S. military.

Belk department store chain considers sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:38
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Department store chain Belk is considering a possible sale.

Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:18

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a rice farmer walks across a dried-up irrigation ditch at his rice farm in Richvale, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.


Florida woman's self-written obit popular on social media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:16
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's self-written obituary is getting rave reviews, bringing more than 3,000 Facebook "likes."

Parts of NY's Fire Island closed to fight beetle infestation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 19:18
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — More than 600 trees will be cut down on New York's Fire Island to battle an infestation of southern pine beetles.