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Phillies empty Cole Hamels' locker, but ailing lefty not going anywhere

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:11
Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled start Friday with what the Philadelphia Phillies called a right hamstring strain.

New Mexico judge gives go-ahead to teacher evaluations lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:07
A New Mexico judge has denied a motion to dismiss a teachers union lawsuit that challenges the state's new educator evaluation system, delighting opponents who say the system is punitive and error-ridden. "This decision makes the community aware of the fact the state's teacher evaluation system is flawed and that you can't label teachers with a flawed system," Stephanie Ly, president of the union, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, said Thursday about the ruling that state District Court Judge David Thomson issued on Wednesday. A spokesman for the New Mexico Public Education Department noted state courts had rejected previous attempts to undermine the teacher evaluation system.

Woman waiting for bus raped in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:07

Woman waiting for bus raped in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice in Southwest Philadelphia are hunting for the man who they say raped a woman while she waited for the bus.


NYC jail digs up apparent escape plot involving 64 bedsheets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:02

In this undated photo provided by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, a rope fashioned from 64 bed sheets tied together is shown stretched out on a gymnasium floor. Investigators believe that an inmate at the Manhattan Detention Center planned to use the makeshift rope to lower himself 11 stories from his cellblock to the street. (Manhattan District Attorney’s Office via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators sweeping a jail after breaking up a contraband smuggling ring uncovered an inmate's apparent escape plot using 64 neatly tied together bedsheets, enough for him to shimmy down 11 stories from his cellblock to the street, city officials said Thursday.


Main Line man charged in burglary spree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:55

Main Line man charged in burglary spreePolice in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania have arrested a man in connection with a burglary spree in Wayne and Berwyn.


Police officer slashed, suspect shot dead outside NYC subway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man on Thursday after the officer was slashed in the neck while trying to stop the man from assaulting an elderly woman, authorities said.

Bond revoked for Oklahoma woman charged with slashing corpse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:54
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman charged with slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home viewing is back in jail after a judge revoked her bond.

Bills to help prevent suicide at colleges approved by panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:52

Bills to help prevent suicide at colleges approved by panelSuicide-prevention legislation inspired by a New Jersey high school track star and Ivy League college student who took her own life was advanced Thursday by a state Senate committee.


Three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central U.S. states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:48

The Galveston Island Pleasure Pier is pictured from a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter as it flies over GalvestonBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Depression Bill pelted Oklahoma with heavy rains, triggering flooding that killed a 2-year-old toddler who was swept out of his father's arms by raging waters, officials said on Thursday. One person in neighboring Missouri was killed by flooding caused by rains from the storm hitting the region and a woman died in central Texas when she lost control of her car while driving through the storm, officials said. Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to dump between 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of rain as it travels northeast through Arkansas and Missouri into West Virginia.


2 unsolved NY dismemberments are women who knew each other

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:41

A memorial honoring murder victim Terri Lynn Bills is assembled in the yard of a vacant house on Thursday, June 18, 2015, near the Niagara Falls, N.Y., house where Bills' dismembered body was found Tuesday, June 16, 2015. In 2012 another woman was found similarly dismembered in Niagara Falls. The case remains unsolved. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — As she looked past yellow police tape to a vacant house where the partial remains of a woman were discovered, Amanda Gates said Thursday she was convinced the killer was the same person who murdered and dismembered her sister three years earlier.


New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:35
U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a New Jersey man with conspiring to support the militant group Islamic State, the fourth person arrested in recent days in and around New York City as part of a broader investigation. Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was arrested at his home on Wednesday, the Justice Department said. According to a criminal complaint, he had communicated frequently with Munther Omar Saleh, a college student from Queens who was arrested on Saturday along with an unnamed co-conspirator when they ran at a surveillance vehicle.

Two girls murdered in Texas taxi: Were they honor killings?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:27
The last words from Sarah were “Oh my God, I’m dying.” Then the 911 emergency operator heard a barrage of gunshots. The chilling emergency call opens the documentary "The Price of Honor", which recounts the lives of two vivacious American teenagers growing up in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, and their attempts to escape the grip of an Egyptian father who planned Muslim marriages.

Investigators show up at Kathleen Kane's office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:25

Investigators show up at Kathleen Kane's officeAction News confirms that Montgomery County investigators traveled to Harrisburg on Thursday and delivered additional search warrants to Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office.


As president, Bush would face entanglements from board roles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:23

In this June 17, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens to local residents during a backyard meet and greet in Washington, Iowa. Bush’s years in corporate America could trigger complications for him if he wins the White House. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush's deep dive into corporate America, where he served on the boards or as an adviser to more than a dozen companies, could trigger complications for him if he wins the White House.


McDonald's says number of U.S. restaurants will shrink this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:22

A McDonald's logo is seen at one of the chain's restaurants in San FranciscoMcDonald's Corp said Thursday that it will have fewer restaurants in the United States in 2015 than it did last year. In April, McDonald's announced 350 restaurant closings in the United States, China and Japan, in addition to the 350 closings it had planned globally.


Crews battle wildfires raging across four Western U.S. states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:16

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, AlaskaJUNEAU, Alaska/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Wildfires raging in four West Coast states have forced more than 1,000 people to be evacuated from their homes this week in rapidly growing blazes that mark an early start to what experts say may be a particularly destructive fire season. In a national forest outside Los Angeles, some 500 firefighters backed by air tankers and bulldozers were battling the Lake Fire, which was raging across some 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) and was just 5 percent contained, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. In Alaska, crews of up to nearly 500 firefighters have been battling two massive fires all week that have destroyed more than 100 structures, forced nearly 1,000 people from their homes and restricted traffic on a major highway.


Woman hurt by lightning strike in western Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:12
BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a woman is recovering from a lightning strike at a western Maryland state park.

Review shows deaths seldom occur in balcony collapses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:11
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Cole Hamels to miss start for Phillies with strained hamstring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:10
Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled start Friday with what the Philadelphia Phillies called a right hamstring strain.

White suspect arrested in killing of nine at black U.S. church

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

Police identify gunman who killed nine in South Carolina church attackBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white man was arrested on Thursday on suspicions he killed nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina after sitting with them for an hour of Bible study in an attack U.S. officials are investigating as a hate crime. The mass shooting set off an intense 14-hour manhunt that ended when 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested in a traffic stop about 220 miles (350 km) north of Charleston, South Carolina, where the shooting occurred, officials said. Wednesday's mass shooting at the almost 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, comes after a year of turmoil and protests over race relations, policing and criminal justice in the United States.