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The Latest: Texas executes man for slaying of mechanic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:01
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White gunman caught in killing of 9 in historic black church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:57

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 by gunfire, allegedly at the hands of a young white man who sat among them through an hour of prayer.

Search on for ex-White House chef missing in New Mexico mountains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:51
Search and rescue teams scoured the rugged mountains above the Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico on Thursday for any sign of a missing former White House chef who was last seen setting off for a hike in the area over the weekend. Walter Scheib, 61, embarked alone on Saturday on the Yerba Canyon Trail, which a spokesman for Taos Search and Rescue said reaches altitudes above 12,000 ft (3,658 meters). Scheib's vehicle was found parked at the trailhead, said the spokesman, Dave Griffith.

Brian Williams dropped from NBC's 'Nightly News,' will join MSNBC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:49

NBC News anchor Brian Williams prepares to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters from George Washington Universityl in WashingtonBy Paricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television newsman Brian Williams, who was suspended for fabricating a story about being on board a helicopter when it was attacked in Iraq, has been dropped as anchor of the top-rated NBC "Nightly News" program, the network said on Thursday. Williams, 56, will join the network's cable channel MSNBC as anchor of breaking news and special reports in mid-August. Lester Holt, who has anchored the "Nightly News" show since Williams' six-month suspension in February, will now be the permanent anchor of the Comcast Corp owned network's flagship news program.

South Carolina shooting victims united by their devotion to church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:37
The six women and three men fatally shot at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church included a high school track and field coach, a studious Dallas Cowboys fan, a dedicated librarian and a state senator and preacher whose voice commanded respect. Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, about 220 miles (350 km) away, on Thursday. Clementa Pinckney, 41, senior pastor at Emanuel and a Democratic member of the state senate, was the most prominent victim.

Man pleads guilty to charge over noose on Ole Miss statue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:36

Former University of Mississippi student Graeme Phillip Harris, right, with his attorney David Hill, enter federal court, where Harris pleaded guilty to a charge of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees at the university, in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Harris, of Alpharetta, Ga., pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge arising from a noose placed on a statue of civil rights activist James Meredith. (Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP)OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A federal prosecutor said in court Thursday that Graeme Phillip Harris hatched a plan, after a night of drinking at a University of Mississippi fraternity house, to hang a noose on a campus statue of James Meredith, the first black student at Ole Miss.

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

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:23

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 man was "blown away" by word that his wife discussed having two inmates kill him as she helped them plot their successful escape from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, his lawyer said on Thursday.

House revives Obama's trade agenda, struggle moves to Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:11

FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama's trade agenda appears to be back on track after an extraordinary bipartisan rescue operation mounted in the week since it was derailed in the House by rebellious Democrats backed by organized labor. "We are committed to ensuring both ... get votes in the House and Senate and are sent to the president for signature," House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a joint statement issued Wednesday in an attempt to reassure pro-trade Democrats whose votes will be needed. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House dramatically rescued President Barack Obama's trade agenda from near oblivion Thursday, and supporters urged the Senate to finish the job and give him a signature achievement in his final years in office.

North Dakota's workers comp claims rise less than expected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:07
The number of workers compensation filings in North Dakota's oil patch rose less than forecast from January through March, leading state officials to curb projections for total fiscal year filings, data released on Wednesday showed. For January through March, 5,845 North Dakota workers filed workers comp claims. North Dakota operates its workers comp program through WSI, providing coverage for businesses when employees are hurt on the job.

2 men indicted in alleged conspiracy to help IS group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:05
BOSTON (AP) — A federal grand jury in Boston has indicted two men on charges they conspired to help the Islamic State group by plotting with a Boston terror suspect to kill U.S. citizens to support the group's objectives.

Police: California monk attacks fellow monk with knife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:04
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was critically injured when a fellow monk stabbed him in a San Francisco Bay Area home.

New York mob boss, capo plead guilty in racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:02
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Six members of the Lucchese crime family, including a top New Jersey capo and a ruling boss in New York, have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation of an international gambling enterprise, the New Jersey attorney general said Thursday.

U.S. cyber hack unsettles, frustrates U.S. defense industry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:57
By Andrea Shalal PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. weapons industry executives say they are disappointed and frustrated about a massive U.S. cyber breach that exposed sensitive information about millions of Americans, including many thousands who work on high-security arms projects. Details are still emerging about major cyber attacks on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that were first disclosed earlier this month and U.S. officials have linked those breaches to China. China denies any involvement.

South Carolina shooting suspect seemed troubled, drawn to white supremacy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:55

Dylann Roof is pictured in this undated photo taken from his Facebook accountThe few images of him found easily online suggest he had a fascination with white supremacy, publicly embracing its symbols. Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having fatally shot nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina. Roof's uncle, Carson Cowles, recalled telling his sister, the suspect's mother, several years ago that he was worried about Roof, and that the "quiet, soft-spoken boy" was too introverted.

Theater shooting defense lawyer clashes with psychiatrist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:54

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. The person closest to the murderous thoughts of Holmes before he carried out his attack could take the witness stand the week of June 15, 2015, as the prosecution wraps up its case. Holmes' death penalty trial has revived unresolved questions about whether he could have been stopped. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater gunman James Holmes pointedly questioned a psychiatrist Thursday on whether he did enough to diagnose and treat Holmes before the deadly attack.

Calico kitty 'Bella' named official cat of the Alamo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:46

Bella, the Alamo's official cat, roams the grounds of the Alamo, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in San Antonio. The Texas General Land Office on Thursday announced the calico kitty has the formal title Miss Isabella Francisca Veramendi de Valero. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Alamo has a new official cat.

Florida seeks to put state parks to commercial use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:44
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida is moving toward expanding cattle grazing, hunting and other commercial activities in state parks to help make them self-sufficient, an idea raising alarms among conservationists. Up first is a plan to sell cattle-grazing rights to 6,630 acres in the Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, one of the state’s most diverse natural areas popular with wildlife photographers, hikers and boaters, according to a draft bid document by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Department spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said commercial timbering and hunting were also under consideration for state parks.

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:43

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2012, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, front left, rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. California state officials on Thursday, June 18, 2015 released reports detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.

New Jersey man charged with plotting to support terror group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:32
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man was charged Thursday with conspiring with three other men to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.