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Armed militia group's return to Ferguson raises concern

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:51

Heavily armed civilians with a group known as the Oath Keepers arrive in Ferguson, Mo., early Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The far-right anti-government activists, largely consists of past and present members of the military, first responders and police officers. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the overnight presence of the militia group, wearing camouflage bulletproof vests and openly carrying rifles and pistols on West Florissant Avenue, the hub of marches and protests for the past several days, was "both unnecessary and inflammatory." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The return of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson drew criticism Tuesday from both protesters and the county police chief overseeing security amid ongoing demonstrations marking the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death.


Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:20

In this Aug. 28, 1963 photo, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. onths before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina. Reporters had covered King’s 55-minute speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount on Nov. 27, 1962, but a recording wasn’t known to exist until English professor Jason Miller found an aging reel-to-reel tape in the town’s public library. (AP Photo)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina.


China currency falls for 2nd day after surprise devaluation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:10

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2003 file photo, a Chinese bank worker displays Chinese yuan at a bank in Beijing. China devalued its tightly controlled currency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, following a slump in trade, triggering the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade. The central bank said the yuan's 1.3 percent fall was due to a change aimed at making its exchange rate controls more market-oriented. But any change raises the risk of tensions with China's trading partners. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — China's currency fell further Wednesday following a surprise change in its exchange rate mechanism that rattled global markets and threatens to fan trade tensions with the United States and Europe.


Protest after Texas officer who killed unarmed teen fired

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:04

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows police officer Brad Miller, who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership. Miller was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Arlington Police Department via AP, File)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A police officer who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Tuesday for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.


AccuWeather: Storms Move Out, Comfortable Air Moves In

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:58

 Humidity Dropping TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says the cold front triggering early evening storms will usher in a breath of fresh air.


Troubleshooters: Philadelphia framing store makes demands of customer to get artwork back

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:56

 Philadelphia framing store makes demands of customer to get artwork backThis is the story of a relationship between a local business and one customer gone very, very wrong.


Officer fired for 'troubling' decisions in shooting of Texas teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:47

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. Arlington officer Brad Miller who killed Taylor, an unarmed college football player, during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Angelo State University via AP, File)A white officer who fatally shot a black Texas teenager last week at a Dallas-area car dealership has been fired after making a series of troubling decisions, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said on Tuesday. Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player at Angelo State University, became the latest unarmed black man to die at the hands of a white police officer after officials said he was seen on security surveillance tape vandalizing cars at an auto dealership in Arlington. Taylor was shot multiple times by Arlington police officer Brad Miller, 49, who was still undergoing training with the department, police said.


Some prisoners say they were beaten after pair escaped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:45

FILE- In this June 15, 2015, file photo a guard house spans the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group. Prisoners' Legal Services of New York has received several complaints from inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block, who were later moved to other prisons, managing attorney James Bogin said Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group.


2 ex-presidents witness wounded veteran's marriage proposal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:40

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 photo provided by the office of former President George H.W. Bush, Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries proposes to Lauren Lilly at the Bush summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, his son George W. Bush and their first ladies witnessed the proposal. (Office of George H.W. Bush via AP)KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A soldier who was badly wounded in Afghanistan has proposed to his girlfriend in Maine while two former presidents looked on.


Q&A: What yuan devaluation means for China, other countries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:34

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, a Chinese woman poses for photos near a sculpture depicting a Chinese yuan note at an art district in Beijing, China. China devalued its tightly controlled currency on Tuesday, Aug. 11,2015, following a slump in trade, triggering the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade. The central bank said the yuan's 1.3 percent fall was due to a change aimed at making its exchange rate controls more market-oriented. But any change raises the risk of tensions with China's trading partners. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — China rattled global financial markets by devaluing its currency in what it said was an effort to make its exchange rate more market-oriented. The yuan's value declined 1.9 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one-day drop in a decade, and dropped a further 1.6 percent on Wednesday. The move could help Chinese companies by making their products less expensive in global markets. U.S. stocks sank, partly on fears about a worsening economic slowdown in China.


Judge: New Jersey teen can't use medical marijuana at school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:23

 New Jersey teen can't use medical marijuana at schoolA state judge has ruled that a southern New Jersey teenager cannot use medical marijuana in school to help control her seizure disorder.


No bail for couple accused of trying to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:11

In this Oct. 5, 2012 photo, Jaelyn Young, an honor student at Warren Central High School, poses for a photo in Vicksburg, Miss. Young and another Mississippi resident were arrested on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, on charges that they were trying to travel abroad to join the Islamic State militant group. (Melanie Thortis/The Vicksburg Evening Post via the AP)OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A young Mississippi couple who are charged with attempting to join the Islamic State were ordered held without bail Tuesday, pending federal grand jury action on the charges.


The Latest on athlete's death: Police group seeks fairness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:09

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. Arlington officer Brad Miller who killed Taylor, an unarmed college football player, during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Angelo State University via AP, File)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting by police in Texas of unarmed college football player Christian Taylor (all times CDT):


Police release video they say shows Ferguson suspect with gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:06

People are pictured outside Solo Insurance Services in St. Louis, Missouri in this still image capture from August 9, 2015 surveillance video footage in this St. Louis County Police Department handout photoSt. Louis County Police released a video on Tuesday that they said shows a suspect, who has been accused of firing on police, drawing a pistol from his pants during protests in strife-torn Ferguson, Missouri. Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot by police and is in critical condition. The incident occurred on Sunday in the St. Louis suburb where largely peaceful demonstrations over police shootings of unarmed black men have been punctuated by violence.


Burned body found inside San Francisco Bay Area apartment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:58
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police say a burned body was found inside a San Francisco Bay Area apartment where an explosion and fire injured two sheriff's deputies as they were serving an eviction notice.

California blaze grows, prompting more evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:32

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, a section of brush flares up near power lines at the Willow Fire in Mohave Valley, Ariz. Authorities said 300 firefighters are battling the fire amid strong winds and low humidity. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are charging through several states in the parched West, scorching homes and forcing people to flee. Flames are plaguing some California residents, who had to evacuate for the second time in recent weeks after blazes exploded in size.


Restrictions to remain for rivers hardest hit by Colorado mine waste spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:18

Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near an abandoned mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, ColoradoTwo rivers in Colorado and New Mexico hit hardest by toxic waste spilled from a defunct gold mine will remain closed to drinking water and irrigation intakes for at least another week, but test samples show a gradual ebbing of contamination, environmental officials said on Tuesday. The San Juan River and its northern tributary, the Animas River, have been fouled by the release of more than 3 million gallons (11.3 million liters) of acid mine drainage inadvertently triggered by a team of Environmental Protection Agency workers last Wednesday. The discharge has continued to flow at the rate of about 500 gallons (1,900 liters) a minute from the site of the century-old Gold King Mine, near the town of Silverton in southwestern Colorado, into a stream below called Cement Creek.


U.S. judge strikes down New Hampshire ban on ballot photos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:15
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a New Hampshire law barring voters from sharing photos of their filled-out ballots online, saying the statute violated constitutional free speech laws. New Hampshire's so-called "ballot selfie" law was enacted ahead of the 2014 election. It was intended to revise laws passed about a century ago when vote-buying was relatively widespread and voters shared their marked ballot to redeem promises of cash or other inducements.

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:58
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

NOAA announces plan for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:53

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2009, file photo, a Hawaiian monk seal basks in the late afternoon sun on the beach in Hau'ula, Hawaii, on the north shore of Oahu. Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state’s main islands. Authorities on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, released a draft management plan for the endangered species, of which approximately 200 live in the main Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Jim Collins, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state's main islands.