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Volunteers continue sorting mementos after church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:13

A quilt presented as a gift to Emanuel AME Church after nine people were shot and killed during a June Bible study is seen at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 11, 2015. A group of archivists said that almost five months after the tragedy, the laborious work of cataloguing and preserving mementoes left outside or given to the church continues. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Five months after nine black parishioners were gunned down at a Charleston church, volunteers continue the laborious job of sorting and cataloguing thousands of letters, mementos and gifts that poured in after the tragedy.

University of Missouri names African-American alumnus as interim president

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:11
The school's Board of Curators named former University of Missouri-Columbia Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton as interim president for the four-campus system, effective immediately. “Mike Middleton is the best person to lead the system during this critical period of transition, with 30 years of leadership experience on the MU campus and past service as a civil rights attorney,” Donald Cupps, chair of the Board of Curators said in a statement. Middleton, a former law professor at the school as well as an alumnus, said he was looking forward to working with leaders on the four campuses.

Suspect surrenders in West Goshen hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:09

Suspect surrenders in West Goshen hit-and-runPolice say a suspect has surrendered in the hit-and-run near West Chester University's campus that left a man critically injured back in late October.

Baltimore IDs suspect killed, officer injured in exchange

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:08
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have identified the officer and suspect involved in a shootout that left the suspect dead and office wounded in Northwest Baltimore.

Stocks continue November skid as prices of oil, metals fall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:03

FILE - This July 9, 2015, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign near the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets drifted lower Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, as investors looked past some fairly dovish remarks from the head of the European Central Bank and awaited a slew of comments from Federal Reserve officials, notably those of Fed Chair Janet Yellen. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Thursday, weighed down by weakness in mining and energy companies as commodities prices fall. Metals including gold and copper slipped to their lowest levels in six years, and oil reached a two-month low. Stocks are heading for their sixth drop in seven days.

NSTB: Sunken ship bridge deck found, search on for recorder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 04:00
MIAMI (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a search has turned up the bridge deck of a cargo ship that sank last month with 33 crew members off the Bahamas after encountering Hurricane Joaquin.

Chase in Chester after suspect rams police vehicles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:58

Chase in Chester after suspect rams police vehiclesChester police are currently engaged in a pursuit with a suspect who allegedly struck several police vehicles.

Military service held for dog killed in Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:52
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A former military dog was remembered as loyal and brave as it was buried with honors after it was shot and killed by a bicyclist who said the animal had attacked him.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo rejects proposed gas terminal off coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:51
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rejected a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in the waters off New York and New Jersey, effectively killing the project amid an outcry from residents of some coastal communities that it could endanger the environment and be a target for terrorists.

Drexel University rescinds honorary degree for Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:45

Drexel University rescinds honorary degree for Bill CosbyDrexel University has joined a number of other schools in rescinding an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby amid accusations of sexual assault.

University of Missouri board names senior black administrator the system's interim president

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:39
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri board names senior black administrator the system's interim president.

U.S. postal workers union backs Sanders' presidential bid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:29

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in North Las VegasNEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. postal workers union on Thursday endorsed Bernie Sanders in his bid for the White House, delivering a boost to the Vermont senator's underdog campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The American Postal Workers Union, which represents more than 200,000 postal service workers and retirees, praised Sanders as a champion of workers. It's time for a political revolution," said Mark Dimondstein, president of the union, citing efforts by Sanders to keep post offices and mail facilities open amid budget cuts.

Aunt of missing Alabama teen sentenced for child sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:29
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The aunt of a missing south Alabama teenager believed to be a victim of a family child sex abuse ring was sentenced Thursday on sodomy and child sex abuse charges.

Ex-BNY Mellon employee sentenced to six months in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:27

A BNY Mellon sign is seen on their headquarters in New York's financial districtA former Bank of New York Mellon Corp employee was sentenced on Thursday to six months in prison after admitting to illegally making $737,000 trading on tips a friend at Merck & Co Inc supplied him about potential pharmaceutical mergers. David Post, 42, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan to pay more than $787,600 in fines and forfeit proceeds in light of his guilty plea in October 2014 to charges including securities fraud. Just a month ago, the same judge sentenced Zachary Zwerko, a former senior finance analyst at Merck, who was involved with performing work on potential corporate deals, to 37 months in prison after he likewise pleaded guilty.

South African farmers face losses as drought worsens

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:26

Riaan du Plessis, a farmer, stands on the cracked earth that three weeks ago was the bottom of a reservoir on his farm in Groot Marico, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Six of South Africa's nine provinces, including the North West province where the Du Plessis have a farm, have been hit by drought, with three provinces declared disaster areas. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)GROOT MARICO, South Africa (AP) — "Is that a rain cloud, or am I imagining things?" asks Jana du Plessis, speaking Afrikaans.

Double stabbing outside Lincoln Technical Institute in Torresdale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:25

Double stabbing outside Lincoln Technical Institute in TorresdaleTwo men are hospitalized following a stabbing outside the Lincoln Technical Institute in Philadelphia's Torresdale section.

Traffic gridlock in Miami spurs search for transit solutions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:17

Rush hour traffic is shown on Interstate 95 near downtown Miami, FloridaWith little land left to build on between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, Miami developers are going vertical, converting the city from a sprawling suburbia to a dense metropolis. Dazzling luxury condo towers designed by top architects highlight what some have called the "Manhattanization of Miami." But with the glamor come mounting traffic woes, and politicians and residents are scrambling for long-neglected mass transit solutions. Miami has risen to between 7th and 12th on two U.S. indexes for worst traffic congestion.

Clinton proposes $30 bln plan to help coal-producing areas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:14

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage for the Center for Global Business and Government speaker series at Dartmouth College in HanoverU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed a $30 billion plan to help displaced workers in coal-producing areas find new jobs and continue receiving health benefits as the country shifts to using renewable energy and more natural gas. Clinton’s proposals, which also include expanding broadband Internet access and establishing a fund that would award competitive grants to small businesses, begin to detail her pledge to protect and build on President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which Republicans have criticized as a “war on coal” that will devastate producing regions. Clinton, facing pressure from environmental activists and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has tacked left on environmental issues, saying in September she did not support TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline to let oil flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials: Man raised gun at deputies, who fired; is wounded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:14
WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Tennessee say deputies have shot an armed man who raised his gun at them.

Lasers hit 20 aircraft flying in U.S. overnight: FAA

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 03:06
No injuries were reported in the incidents, which took place from New York City to Sacramento, and resulted in at least one arrest. "Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime," the FAA said in a statement. Laser beams can lead to temporary blindness in pilots and, in some cases, pilots have reported eye injuries that required medical treatment.