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Family gathers for vigil for 4 victims from balcony collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 12:03

Mourners arrive at a vigil for four Irish students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Oakland Calif. The balcony at Berkeley's Library Gardens apartment complex detached early Tuesday morning killing six during a birthday party. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Victims' family members and dozens of their fellow Irish students — including some who saw them in their final living moments — gathered at a church in Oakland on Friday night for a vigil for four of the six students killed in a balcony collapse this week.


Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 12:03

Gary and Aurelia Washington, center left and right, the son and granddaughter of Ethel Lance who died in Wednesday's shooting, leave a sidewalk memorial in front of Emanuel AME Church comforted by fellow family members Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday in the slayings of several people, including the pastor at a prayer meeting inside the historic black church. (AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."


Judge declares mistrial in South Carolina police chief's murder retrial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 12:02

Former Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs sits with lawyers on the second day of testimony in his trial for the murder of Bernard Bailey in OrangeburgA judge declared a mistrial on Friday night in the re-trial of a former South Carolina police chief accused of murder after a jury failed to reach a verdict despite seven hours of deliberation, a defense attorney told Reuters.     It's up to prosecutor David Pascoe to determine whether Combs will be tried again, defense attorney Wally Fayssoux told Reuters by phone on Friday night. A jury in January failed to reach a verdict in the first murder case against Combs, who was charged with killing 54-year-old Bernard Bailey in 2011 after they argued over a traffic ticket issued to Bailey's daughter.


Camden mom buys billboard to celebrate son's graduation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:34

Camden mom buys billboard to celebrate son's graduationA mom in Camden was so proud of her son's graduation from high school that she decided to show it in a big way: by buying a giant billboard to honor his accomplishment.


Juvenile shot in the leg in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:28

Juvenile shot in the leg in Juniata ParkAuthorities say a male juvenile was shot in the leg in Philadelphia's Juniata Park section.


Man convicted in killing of dismembered New Orleans dancer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:25
A jury convicted a man of second-degree murder on Friday in the 2012 death and dismemberment of a New Orleans nightclub dancer whose body parts were discovered on Gulf Coast beaches. The jury in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna deliberated for less than three hours to reach its verdict, after the man told the court he did not commit the crime. Terry Speaks, 42, was found guilty of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, said Suzanne Ciaccio, law clerk for Judge Stephen Grefer who presided over the case.

Arizona family wins suit involving chemical-coated toys

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:20
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona family won a $435,000 judgment in federal court after a child swallowed a decorative bead coated with a chemical that metabolized into a date-rape drug when ingested, marking the first verdict of its kind in the nation over the toy.

Reports: Mistrial in case of ex-South Carolina police chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:10
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Friday evening in the retrial of a white former South Carolina police chief who was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, media outlets reported.

U.S. man arrested for attempting to provide support to Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:05
A U.S. man was arrested on Friday in Ohio for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said. Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi, 38, was also charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and trafficking marijuana, prosecutors said. Al-Ghazi was arrested in North Olmstead in northeastern Ohio, the Justice Department said.

Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:48

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)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city.


Veteran Associated Press reporter, editor Laura Myers dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:40

FILE--This 2008 file photo shows, Laura Myers, in Washington, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative’s coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday, June 19, 2015, that Myers has died of cancer. The Las Vegas native was the AP’s political editor during the 2000 presidential election and later led an international investigative reporting effort focused on global terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks. She spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada’s largest newspaper. (AP Photos/J. Scott Applewhite, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Laura Myers, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative's coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada's largest newspaper, died Friday.


Man convicted of killing, dismembering Bourbon St. stripper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:31
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A jury Friday night found a Louisiana man guilty of killing and dismembering a stripper he lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar along with his ex-girlfriend, a crime only discovered when pieces of her body washed ashore.

Ton of ivory crushed in Times Square to highlight poaching

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:31

U.S. Fish and Wildlife stand next to a conveyor belt with confiscated illegal ivory to be crushed in an effort to halt elephant poaching and ivory trafficking, Friday, June 19, 2015 at Times Square in New York. Animal advocates say the trade in ivory threatens to wipe out African elephants.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Over a ton of confiscated ivory tumbled off a conveyor belt into a rock crusher in Times Square on Friday in a symbolic display highlighting an illegal trade that activists say threatens the survival of African elephants.


Correction officer put on leave after New York prison escape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:27
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — A correction officer has been placed on administrative leave as part of the investigation into the escape of two convicted killers from an upstate New York prison.

Judge denies bond for Washington man accused of threats on transit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:33
A man who last year appeared on an MTV reality show and is accused of threatening Washington's mass transit system and President Barack Obama in calls to emergency responders was denied release on bond on Friday by a federal judge who called his actions dangerous and harmful. "This is not some sort of childish pranks or phony phone calls," U.S. District Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey said. Jerez Stone-Coleman, 20, of Washington is charged with 10 counts of falsely reporting an attack on mass transit and one count of interstate communication of a threat to kidnap or injure. If convicted, Stone-Coleman faces a possible sentence of between 10 and 20 years in prison, the judge said.

Charleston newspaper places gun ad over church shooting headline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:22

Charleston newspaper places gun ad over church shooting headlineA Charleston newspaper is apologizing after an ad for a gun shop ran on its front page article about the Emanuel AME Church shooting that left nine people dead Wednesday night.


Military contractor's Virginia medical license revoked

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:09
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The medical license of a government contractor was revoked Friday after Army medical students testified about a series of bizarre, invasive and sexually tinged battlefield-trauma procedures he subjected them to.

Chief: Man killed officer so he would be killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:01

30 a.m. in the Madisonville neighborhood, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. Both died at a Cincinnati hospital. (Cincinnati Police Department via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as "suicide by cop."


Police union leader: Activists 'liars' and 'race-baiters'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:01
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For five days after an officer shot a Sudanese refugee on a Louisville street corner, small groups held vigils, stacked flowers on the sidewalk and took to social media to rant about the police.

Push to fix Philadelphia's aging water mains after 2 major breaks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:57

Push to fix Philadelphia's aging water mains after 2 major breaksAfter two major water main breaks in less than a week, Philadelphia lawmakers are calling for better policies for replacing the city's aging infrastructure.