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Dallas consultant to lead search for new Ole Miss chancellor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:17
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Dallas-based consulting firm will lead the search for a new chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

Ancient 'Kennewick Man' skeleton was Native American: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:16
The much-anticipated results of a study of DNA taken from the hand bone of the so-called Kennewick Man, a 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington state in 1996, suggest the man was most closely related to Native American populations, a team of international researchers said on Thursday. The DNA findings, published online in the journal Nature, contradict a 2014 study based on anatomical data that suggested the skeleton was most closely related to Polynesian or indigenous Japanese populations. The Kennewick Man, named for the site of his discovery near the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, has been at the center of a bitter legal dispute between scientists, who want to study the remains, and a coalition of Native American tribes, which is arguing for their reburial.

Husband of NY prison worker tied to escape 'can't stand by her': lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:14

Joyce Mitchell speaks with her lawyer Steven Johnston as she appears before Judge Buck Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court, PlattsburghLyle Mitchell, who like his wife, Joyce Mitchell, worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, did not know about the escape plans until they were discovered missing on June 6, his lawyer, Peter Dumas, told NBC's "Today" television program. On the 13th day of the massive manhunt by New York State Police and other law enforcement officers on Thursday, criticism began surfacing over a separate investigation ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo into prison failings that led to the escape. Mitchell visited his wife on Tuesday in jail, where she is being held on charges she supplied hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, Dumas said.


Local family member reacts to SC church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:13

Local family member reacts to SC church shootingMother Bethel AME church in Washington Square is a congregation with ties to the church in South Carolina where nine people were gunned down.


Authorities arrest 243 people in $712 million Medicare fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:07
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that 243 people have been arrested across the country, charged with submitting fake billing for Medicare, a government healthcare program, that totaled $712 million. Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the arrests as the largest criminal health care fraud takedown in the history of the Justice Department. The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes, the government said, including submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, the healthcare program for low-income individuals, for treatments that were medically unnecessary and often never provided.

Teen shark-bite victim released from hospital in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:00
Hunter Treschl had been playing with a cousin on Sunday in waist-deep water off Oak Island, North Carolina, when he was bitten. A hospital statement did not specify when the boy was released. Treschl was one of two youths seriously injured in the shark attacks, which occurred about an hour apart on Oak Island, and which also saw Kiersten Yow, 12, lose part of her left arm and suffer serious leg injuries.

Supreme Court allows use of child abuse evidence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday.

Hugh D. Auchincloss III, stepbrother of Jackie Kennedy, dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:47
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hugh D. Auchincloss III, stepbrother and lifelong friend of Jacqueline Kennedy, has died. He was 87.

Pastor killed in church shooting was also honored legislator

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:40

In this June 3, 2014 photo, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney speaks at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter is still at large. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clementa Pinckney, among those killed in the Charleston church where he was the beloved pastor, was also a state senator lauded Thursday as "the best of the 46 of us in this chamber" as colleagues gathered in tribute near his black-draped desk in the state Capitol.


Public meeting over reading of story of gay couple canceled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:39
EFLAND, N.C. (AP) — A public meeting in a small North Carolina town over the reading of a story about a gay couple to third-graders has been canceled.

Lobster prices rise as summer season gets off to slow start

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:22

FILE - In this June 12, 2015 file photo, a hardshell lobster, left, and soft-shelled "shedder" look nearly identical prior to being boiled at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine. American lobster prices are rising as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England. The season picks up after the bulk of lobsters sheds shells and reach legal harvesting size, and lobstermen said that hasn’t happened yet. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England.


Most evacuated by Arizona brush fire allowed to go home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:16

Justin Winsor watches a wildfire from the Breezeway Trailer Park Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Kearny, Ariz. The blaze is not contained at all, but it's mostly relegated to a riverbed and about 200 firefighters have kept it burning away from the town of 2,000 residents, officials said. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITKEARNY, Ariz. (AP) — A smoky brush fire near a rural Arizona community forced hundreds of residents to evacuate as flames tore through at least two residences, but most have been allowed to go home, officials said Thursday.


Justice Department to review all facts, motivations in South Carolina shooting: Lynch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:14
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday said the Justice Department will investigate the motivations and facts behind the shooting at a black South Carolina church now that a suspect has been taken into custody. "We will now be looking at all of the facts, all of the motivations all the things that led this individual - if he is in fact the shooter - to commit this crime.

Teen attacked by shark in NC waters released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:13
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The 16-year-old whose arm was amputated after a shark attacked him has been released from a North Carolina hospital.

Ocean County special police officer arrested on child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:13

Ocean County special police officer arrested on child porn chargesPolice in Ocean County, New Jersey have arrested a special police officer on child pornography charges.


Teen attacked by shark in NC waters released from hospital; 2nd shark victim in good condition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:11
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Teen attacked by shark in NC waters released from hospital; 2nd shark victim in good condition.

Rikers Island guard gets 5 years in prison for inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:05
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Rikers Island guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate dabbed tears from his eyes Thursday after he was handed a five-year prison term by a judge who said the sentence was intended to be a deterrent to others.

U.S. top court upholds Texas refusal to issue Confederate license plate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:04

Handout of the design of a proposed "Sons of the Confederacy" Texas state license plateThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Texas did not violate free speech rights when it rejected a proposed specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag, to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism. The 5-4 ruling will give states that issue specialty license plates wide latitude to decide which ones to approve. The court's four liberals were joined in the decision by conservative Clarence Thomas.


Delaware Senate set to vote on marijuana bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:03

Delaware Senate set to vote on marijuana billA bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana faces its next test in the Delaware legislature.