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Grief and memories at funeral for 8 fatally shot in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:44

Members of the Jackson family arrive for a memorial service at Fallbrook Church, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Houston for a couple and six children killed in a mass shooting Aug. 8 in northwest Harris County. David Conley, the father of one of the children, faces capital murder charges from the shooting. Killed in the Aug. 8 shooting were Conley's former domestic partner, 40-year-old Valerie Jackson, her husband, 50-year-old Dwayne Jackson; 13-year-old Nathaniel, 11-year-old Honesty, 10-year-old Dwayne, 9-year-old Caleb, 7-year-old Trinity and 6-year-old Jonah. Authorities say Nathaniel was Conley's son with Valerie Jackson. The Jacksons were the parents of the other five children. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP )HOUSTON (AP) — Dozens of relatives, friends, teachers and classmates converged on a Houston church Monday to share grief, hope and memories of a family of eight, including six children, who were killed at their home earlier this month.


Man says he killed neighbor because he threatened wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:43
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with killing a neighbor in a long-running feud testified Monday that he believed the man was threatening his wife, even though he couldn't hear what his neighbor was telling her.

Woman believed to be nation's oldest veteran dies at age 110

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran has died a month after meeting the president. The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Didlake died Sunday, Aug. 16 in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died, about a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.


Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Florida health agency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:36

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood sought an emergency legal injunction on Monday against Florida health officials to block the use of what it says are new and unpublished standards to define pregnancy gestation periods. The legal move filed in circuit court in Tallahassee came after Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott ordered a probe last month of the state's 16 Planned Parenthood locations, resulting in three clinics being cited on Aug. 5 for illegally performing abortions in the second trimester. Planned Parenthood said the abortions in question were first-trimester abortions and that the state appeared to have arbitrarily shortened its measurement of the first trimester.


Stevie Wonder performs free pop-up concert in Dilworth Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:29

Stevie Wonder performs free pop-up concert in Dilworth ParkMusic superstar Stevie Wonder performed a free pop-up concert in Center City Monday afternoon.


Savannah River nuclear site not in danger: U.S. official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:19
A bomb-sniffing dog at the Savannah River nuclear site apparently over reacted when it halted a delivery truck on Monday and there does not appear to be a serious security threat there, a U.S. government official said. The dog barked at truck that services vending machines at the site in South Carolina, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Washington, D.C. set tourism record in 2014 as foreign visits surged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:56
The District of Columbia hosted a record 20.2 million visitors last year, including a 16 percent surge in foreign tourists, the U.S. capital's tourism organization said on Monday. Tourism spending hit $6.8 billion in 2014, up 1.9 percent from 2013, Destination DC said in a statement, as visitors flocked to the city's museums, monuments, historic sites and events. The 1.9 million foreign tourists in 2014 marks the biggest yearly increase in overseas visitors in five years, Destination DC said in a statement.

Batman impersonator who did charity work dies on roadway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:55

ph-batmanHAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who delighted thousands of children by impersonating Batman at hospitals and charity events died when he was hit by a car while standing in the fast lane of Interstate 70, checking the engine of his custom-made Batmobile, police said Monday.


Florida National Guard reopens centers; Guardsmen armed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:54
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida National Guard has reopened the state's six storefront recruitment centers nearly a month after Gov. Rick Scott ordered recruiters to relocate to armories after a Tennessee shooting.

U.S. labor board dismisses Northwestern football players' union bid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:52

Officials from the National Labor Relations Board leave the Northwestern University campus after football players voted to determine if athletes want to form a union in EvanstonNorthwestern University football players lost a bid to unionize on Monday when the U.S. National Labor Relations Board dismissed their case, in a setback for elite U.S. student athletes seeking a chunk of the riches generated by college sports. The case had spurred a national debate over whether college athletes are truly amateurs when colleges and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) benefit handsomely from ticket sales, television contracts and licensing deals. The Evanston, Illinois-based university is one of just 17 private members of the overwhelmingly state-run 125 teams grouped in NCAA Division I football.


Closing arguments Tuesday in Charlotte police shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:49

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick listens to testimony, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C., during his voluntary manslaughter trial, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Derrick Ferrell in September of 2013. Technical difficulties at the defense table have brought testimony to a halt in the trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, Pool)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After two weeks of testimony, a jury will hear closing arguments Tuesday in the case of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man.


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:46
U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Monday as investors weighed mixed news on the U.S economy.

AccuWeather: Still Hot, Humid Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:46

 Still Hot, Humid TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says our heat wave will likely last until Thursday when the heat eases a bit.


US: Patriot pullout from Turkey reflects weaker Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decided to pull its Patriot missile defense force out of Turkey mainly because it sees a declining Syrian military threat, including a depleted stockpile of Scud missiles capable of striking Turkish territory, the Pentagon said Monday.

Funerals held for eight family members shot dead in Houston home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:28

Sheriff's Investigator makes his way to his vehicle at the scene of a shooting in which eight people were killed, in Houston, TexasEight matching white caskets adorned with flowers were lined up on Monday at the funeral service for a family of two parents and six children who were killed more than a week ago. David Conley, 48, has been charged with capital murder for shooting his former girlfriend Valerie Jackson, her husband Dwayne Jackson and six children, in their Houston-area home. Eric Jackson, the brother of Dwayne Jackson, described him as a caring father and a wonderful man.


Massachusetts governor vows full probe of foster child's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:27

 Boston 2024-Press ConferenceMassachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Monday vowed a full investigation into how a toddler died over the weekend at a state-licensed foster home, in the latest black eye for the state's child custody system. The 2-year-old girl was found dead and a 22-month-old child discovered unresponsive by police in Auburn, in central Massachusetts, on Saturday after her foster mother called 911. ?"My heart goes out as a father to the foster mom and to the mom and to the family involved in this most recent tragedy," Baker told reporters.


Ohio man pleads not guilty to setting girlfriend on fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:26
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of throwing gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire behind an Ohio gas station has pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated arson.

Key dates in the effort to create college athletes' union

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:25
CHICAGO (AP) — Some key dates in the push by Northwestern University football players to create the first-of-its-kind college athletes' union:

Worker falls after being shocked in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:23

Worker falls after being shocked in North PhiladelphiaFirst responders have converged on a work site in North Philadelphia after a worker was shocked.


Rescuers pull person from burning home in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:21

Rescuers pull person from burning home in Chester CountyOne person was hospitalized after a house fire in Chester County Monday afternoon.