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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

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.

NC officials: Anglers shouldn't lure sharks to swim areas

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

Vacationers sit in chairs in the surf in Oak Island, N.C., Monday, June 15, 2015. A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury, and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado lost his left arm about an hour later and 2 miles away in two separate shark attacks late Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are urging anglers to voluntary avoid shark fishing when people are swimming nearby as the town where two young beachgoers were almost killed is weighing a ban.

Mississippi man admits role in draping of noose on statue of black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:05
Graeme Phillip Harris, who is white, faces up to a year in prison and a possible $100,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge that he knowingly and willfully intimidated and interfered with African-American students and staff because of their race and color. Harris, who was 19 at the time of the offense, originally pleaded not guilty to the charges but agreed to change his plea in a deal with prosecutors, who are dropping a felony charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights. "He wants to admit his involvement in what was a considerably ill-conceived, ill-advised, thoughtless and insensitive drunken act," said his attorney, David Hill.

Analysts see several reasons for Colt's slide to bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:04

FILE - In this April 19, 2010 file photo, a visitor tries out a M4 carbine rifle, manufactured by Colt Defense LLC in the United States, at the 12th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 179-year-old gun maker filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday, June 14, 2015, estimating it owes up to $500 million. Analysts cite several reasons behind Colt's bankruptcy filing, including struggles to recover from the loss of military business and failure to capitalize on consumer interest in guns. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bankruptcy being sought by Colt Defense was fueled by missteps with gun owners, a misreading of the police firearms market and a fall in gun sales to the public after an initial spike several years ago, analysts and industry observers say.

UAW president says union wants to expand healthcare pool

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:56

UAW President Dennis Williams addresses their Special Bargaining Convention held at COBO Hall in DetroitUnited Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to enter talks with the three major U.S. automakers to pool active union and nonunion workers and UAW retirees to bargain for lower healthcare costs. Such a pool of about 900,000 people connected to Detroit's three automakers would not mean a single healthcare plan, but instead a collective to wield more leverage in negotiations with drug companies, hospitals and insurance companies, he noted. The union is still forming its strategy on how a larger pool would be created, Williams said at a press conference at the UAW's headquarters in Detroit.

Arts panel gives final OK to Eisenhower memorial design

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key arts panel has given final approval to a design for a memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, another step toward groundbreaking.

$3.9 billion World Trade Center transit hub nears completion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:50

Construction workers install a glass panel on the Oculus structure at the World Trade Center transportation hub, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in New York. When the $3.9 billion transportation hub opens later this year, commuters and visitors will get to decide for themselves whether Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s bird-in-flight design has been translated into a grand public space that justifies years of delays and cost overruns. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion transportation hub at New York's World Trade Center will open later this year.

In California, Uber driver is employee, not contractor: agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:44

Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick is seen at her home in San FranciscoThe California Labor Commissioner's decision could ripple through the burgeoning industry of providing services via smartphones, with potential implications for other “crowdsourced” services such as Uber rival Lyft, chore service TaskRabbit, and cleaning service Homejoy. The ruling - which Uber insisted applied to only one driver - was the latest in a series of legal and regulatory challenges facing the company and other highly valued start-ups in the United States and other countries. The June 3 ruling, which applies only in California, came to light on Tuesday after Uber appealed it in a filing in state court in San Francisco, where both the company and the driver in the case are based.