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Fire at Germantown home filled with debris

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:48

Fire erupts at Germantown home filled with debrisPhiladelphia firefighters battled a stubborn fire at a home on Bloyd St.


Woman dies after suspected smuggling boat hit by U.S. border vessel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:33
A woman aboard a suspected immigrant smuggling boat died on Thursday after the skiff collided with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel in the waters off the coast of southern California, customs officials said. The vessel was first spotted off the coast of Encinitas, a city about 22 miles (35 km) north of San Diego, by Customs' Office of Air and Marine, according to a Customs spokeswoman.

LA photo exhibition seeks to recapture the Rosie Riveter era

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:33

In this Friday, June 12, 2015, photo, a photo of Maria Elena Durazo, the first female president of UNITE HERE Local 11 from 1988 to 2006, photographed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Deanne Fitzmaurice, is displayed as part of an exhibit at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The exhibit features 15 color photographs by Fitzmaurice juxtaposed against 25 World War II-era photos of "Rosie the Riveter," the catchall name for the women who, with rivet guns and other tools in hand, kept American manufacturing running while their male counterparts were off fighting the war. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Her male colleagues jokingly call her a forewoman, and Ami Rasmussen jokes right back that she's really a fivewoman because when it comes to building trains she can do the work of five men.


Federal monitor to oversee reforms at New York's Rikers Island: source

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:57
A federal monitor will oversee reforms at New York's Rikers Island jail complex as part of a settlement between the city and the U.S. Justice Department of a lawsuit over systemic civil rights violations against teenage inmates, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for New York's southern district, joined a class action suit in December against the city after an investigation into the treatment of teenage male inmates. The New York Times reported on Thursday that, among other provisions, the deal would also bar corrections officers from striking inmates in the head and would introduce body cameras for guards.

Lawyer: Man shocked by wife's role in prison escape plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:51

Joyce Mitchell heads into Plattsburgh City Court for her hearing, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell is charged with helping convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from Clinton Correctional Facility. (Rob Fountain/Press-Republican via AP)A woman charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from prison told her husband that when she backed out of a plan to be the getaway driver the inmates threatened his life, the husband's lawyer said.


Sheriff apologizes for jail inmate's death from dehydration

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:34
COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state sheriff has apologized for a county jail inmate's death from dehydration and malnutrition in April, saying it resulted from a systematic breakdown of jail operations.

Military jury sentences U.S. Marine convicted of Iraq murder to time served

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:57

United States Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III departs from his arraignment hearing with his wife Reyna Hutchins at Camp PendeltonA U.S. Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of a former Iraqi police officer was sentenced on Thursday to time he had already served in confinement, in a decision by a military jury at Camp Pendleton in California. The jury also gave Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps. After the killing in Iraq came to light, then-U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called it a "cold-blooded murder".


At least three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:31

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 the central United States with heavy rain on Thursday after causing at least three deaths in the region, including a toddler in Oklahoma who was swept out of his father's arms by raging waters, officials said. In the southern Oklahoma city of Ardmore, emergency workers on Thursday found the body of the 2-year-old boy who died in flooding the day before after he and his father were swept into a creek, said Ardmore Police Captain Eric Hamblin. One person in neighboring Missouri was killed this week 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.


1 dead after California crash of suspected smuggling boat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:11
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A boat packed with migrants suspected of trying to enter the U.S. illegally collided with an American border vessel seeking to stop it off California's coast Thursday, capsizing the migrant boat and leaving a woman dead, authorities said.

White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs: media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:05
No one was injured in the incident at the United Nations Church International, about 4 miles from downtown in the predominantly black capital city of Virginia, and police quickly took the person into custody, WRIC reported. The confrontation came a night after a white man opened fire inside an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study, killing nine people in an attack that is being investigated as a hate crime. A video of the Richmond incident posted online by WRIC showed the man outside the church rapping on the window with an object and using a racial epithet as those inside frantically called for the doors to be locked.

Friend says church shooting suspect ranted about race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:02

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof is a suspect in the shooting of several people Wednesday night at the historic The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — In recent weeks, Dylann Storm Roof reconnected with a childhood buddy he hadn't seen in five years and started railing about the Trayvon Martin case, about black people "taking over the world" and about the need for someone to do something about it for the sake of "the white race," the friend said Thursday.


White gunman caught in killing of 9 in historic black church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:56

This image has been provided by the Charleston Police Department, Thursday, June 18, 2015. A man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, S.C., Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, killing nine people, including the pastor in an assault that authorities are calling a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday. (Charleston Police Department via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It was an act of "pure, pure concentrated evil," Charleston's mayor said — a black community's leading lights extinguished in a spray of bullets, allegedly at the hands of a young white man who was welcomed into their Bible study session. And so the nine victims at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church joined the ever-lengthening list of America's racial casualties.


Deal between New York, feds on jail reforms expected soon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:47
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said Thursday that negotiations between the city and federal authorities over reforms at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex should reach "a successful conclusion" soon.

How churches are working to keep congregations safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:31

How churches are working to keep congregations safeAfter nine people were fatally shot inside a church in South Carolina, some worry that no place is safe - not even houses of worship.


Hundreds gather at Mother Bethel AME Church to remember Charleston victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:22

Hundreds gather at Mother Bethel AME Church to remember Charleston victimsHundreds of people of many faiths gathered at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia's Society Hill section for a prayerful service remembering the nine people fatally shot at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.


Bill's remnants flood Oklahoma along path to US midsection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:19

Construction equipment sits in high water from overnight rains off Interstate 35 on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Pauls Valley, Okla. Tropical Depression Bill swamped Oklahoma and Arkansas on Thursday, pushing rivers toward record levels after the Gulf-fueled storm slowed to a crawl over the nation’s midsection. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUTOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The remnants of a tropical storm that moved in from the Gulf of Mexico this week focused most of its fury Thursday on Oklahoma and Arkansas, pushing rivers to record-high levels and causing flooding as it crawled northward through the central U.S.


9 killed in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:17

9 killed in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custodyA white man who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured without resistance Thursday after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief said.


Western wildfires: Blazes burn in 4 states amid hot weather

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:09

A wildfire burns south of Barton Flats in the San Bernardino, Calif., Mountains on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The wildfire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them children, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest. (John Valenzuela/The Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, where temperatures are rising Thursday. Here's a look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them.