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SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:28

Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An animal rights group said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, known for its dolphin and killer whale performances, sent an employee on secret missions to infiltrate events organized by the group in an attempt to undermine its work. For years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has campaigned against SeaWorld over its treatment of killer whales. In 2011, the group sued the company for violating the civil rights of a captive orca.


Pluto up close: Spacecraft achieves flyby, then calls home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:17

This July 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows Pluto, seen from the New Horizons spacecraft. The United States is now the only nation to visit every single planet in the solar system. Pluto was No. 9 in the lineup when New Horizons departed Cape Canaveral, Fla, on Jan. 19, 2006 (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.


AccuWeather: Quiet Evening, More Rain By Dawn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:44

 Quiet Evening, More Rain By DawnMeteorologist Adam Joseph says downpours between 2am-7am tomorrow could drop a quick 2"-4" of rain and cause spotty flooding.


Harper Lee's hometown celebrates release of 'Watchman'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:28

Atticus Finch impersonator, Eric Richardson, left, entertains literature fans that gathered outside of the Ol' Curiosities & Book Shoppe during the midnight book of the new novel "Go Set a Watchman," in the hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Monroeville, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Author Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville buzzed with excitement Tuesday over the release of her novel "Go Set a Watchman," which was actually the first draft of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird."


Body of fisherman pulled from Wissahickon Creek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:27

Body of fisherman pulled from Wissahickon CreekThe body of a 63-year-old man was pulled from the Wissahickon Creek Tuesday night in Manayunk.


The Latest: Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:05

This Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows David Zink, who was convicted of abducting and killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Here are the latest developments involving the execution Tuesday of Missouri inmate David Zink (all times CDT):


Family of New York chokehold victim renews calls to charge officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:58

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, stands with the Rev. Al Sharpton before entering the Interfaith Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliationat the Mt. Sinai United Christian Church in the Staten Island borough of New YorkThe family of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a white police officer put him in a chokehold a year ago, renewed calls to criminally charge the police officer on Tuesday, a day after the family reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City. A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in the chokehold, a maneuver banned by the New York City Police Department. After the state grand jury declined to indict, then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in December promised a full investigation into Garner's death.


The Latest: De Blasio: Garner's death could bring change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:54

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pauses as he speaks during a memorial service for Eric Garner at the Mount Sinai United Christian Church in the Staten Island borough of New York Tuesday, July 14, 2015, just short of a year after Garner died while being taken into custody by New York City police officers. A $5.9 million settlement in Garner's death, a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer's chokehold, was reached with the city this week, days before the anniversary of his death. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the settlement between New York City and the family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer's chokehold (all times local):


Family: Settlement isn't victory in NY police chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:52

The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, is joined by Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr, left, daughter Erica Garner, second from left, son Eric Garner, third from left, daughter Emerald Snipes, second from right, and wife Esaw Snipes, as he speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in New York. The family of Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer's chokehold, discussed the $5.9 million settlement it reached with the city days before the anniversary of his death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The relatives of an unarmed black man who died after being put in a white police officer's chokehold said Tuesday that the nearly $6 million settlement they reached with the city wasn't a victory as they continued pressing for federal civil rights charges.


Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:25

This Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows David Zink, who was convicted of abducting and killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate who sexually attacked a 19-year-old woman before tying her to a cemetery tree and killing her was executed Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor declined to intervene.


FBI aiding inquiry of man's death after police encounter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:20
STONEWALL, Miss. (AP) — Authorities are pleading for patience in a small Mississippi town as they investigate why a black man died following a physical encounter with a white police officer.

Iran deal sets 2016 clash between Clinton and GOP hopefuls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:17

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton is attend meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced a landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling it the most effective path for the U.S. to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But she warned it would need strict enforcement, underscoring the tension between President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy and the White House aspirations of his first secretary of state.


Wisconsin asks federal court to clarify food stamp drug testing law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:56
Wisconsin's attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, asking a federal judge if the state can drug test some food stamp recipients, a policy supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker, a presidential candidate. The lawsuit asks a judge to clarify whether federal law allows Wisconsin to drug test food stamp recipients who participate in the state's Foodshare employment program, which is required for able-bodied adults without dependents. "Our reforms offer a hand up to those who need it, so they can get back on their feet through drug treatment and access to employment training," Walker said in a statement.

Missouri man is first to be executed since Supreme Court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:54

David Zink is seen in an undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsDavid Zink, 55, was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. CDT after receiving a fatal dose of drugs at a state prison, said Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. "David Zink callously took a young woman's life, and it is fitting he pay by losing his own," Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement.


Planned Parenthood slams secret video as false portrayal of fetus tissue program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:53

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonThe non-profit organization said the video had been heavily edited and recorded by a group that was established to damage its reputation. The video, which has gotten widespread exposure on the Internet, was produced by the California-based Center for Medical Progress, a self-described organization of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.


Truck hits driver's ed car, killing 2 teenagers, injuring 2

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:41
WARWICK, N.Y. (AP) — A truck slammed into a driving lessons car in a rural intersection on Tuesday, killing two 16-year-old high school students and injuring two others and their instructor.

Diplomat: US to circulate UN resolution on Iran agreement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:39
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. Security Council diplomat says the United States will circulate a draft resolution Wednesday that will authorize the agreement between six major powers and Iran to rein in its nuclear program.

Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby, then calls home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:39

 Spacecraft makes flyby, then calls homeNASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.


2 dead, 6 missing in Kentucky floods; storms strike again

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:36

Doris Hardin talks on the phone as she takes a break from looking for her missing cats and other belongings from her trailer which was swept away after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Ky., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Flash floods in northern Johnson County outside of Paintsville destroyed homes and vehicles and residents were reported missing a day after the floods. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Doris Hardin watched the water rise from the window of her mobile home in rural Johnson County. Her lights flickered off then her neighbor banged on the door, shouting for her to flee.


The Latest: 2 killed by severe flooding in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:31
FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Floodwaters in Kentucky have killed one man and one woman, left six more missing and sent rescue crews to comb the hilly Appalachian terrain Tuesday, as the threat of more floods bore down on rescue efforts.