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10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:04

The families of Germanwings plane crash victims arrives at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris Thursday, June 11, 2015, to meet with prosecutor Brice Robin, to discuss the release of their loved one's remains and belongings from the ongoing investigation into the Germanwings aircraft crash. After months of waiting, families of the 150 people killed when a Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps in March 2015, will finally start burying their loved ones as the airline begins the release of victims and their belongings. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


2-alarm fire at Lansdowne apartment building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:59

80 displaced in Lansdowne apartment building fireA 2-alarm fire broke out at an apartment building in Lansdowne, Delaware County.


Charges dropped against Va. student bloodied during arrest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:32
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest sparked a public uproar and a state police investigation, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Former Va. first lady files final brief with appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:31
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell made her final written plea to a federal appeals court Thursday, restating her claim that her public corruption convictions were based on an overly broad definition of bribery.

Theater shooter's ex asked him to see therapist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:27

Theater shooter's ex asked him to see therapistCENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Months before James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, his ex-girlfriend said she urged him talk to his therapist after he mentioned having thoughts about killing people, thoughts that to her "seemed very philosophical" and not a concrete threat.


Small oil spill reported after 10-inch pipeline ruptures in Louisiana: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:24
A small oil spill was reported on Thursday after a pipeline, the owner of which is unknown, ruptured in Carlyss, Louisiana, according to a local official. The spill from a 10-inch line was quickly contained, according to Norman Bourdeau, operations manager for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security.

Aging cemetery provides Native Hawaiian genealogical details

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:21

A row of graves sit in Pauoa Hawaiian Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, June 11, 2015. There’s an effort underway to preserve and repair grave markers at aging cemeteries like this one. Cemeteries can provide a wealth of information for people tracing their Native Hawaiian genealogy, according to Nanette Napoleon, a freelance historical researcher whose work focuses on cemeteries. But little or no burial records were kept at these mid- to late 19th century cemeteries. The vast majority of Hawaii's 300 cemeteries are like Pauoa's, where a chapel once stood near where a monkeypod tree now looms tall and wide. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — Sarah Kailikele was 84 years old when she died on Aug. 14, 1909, according to the inscription on her toppled tombstone, which was leaning on the base it was once mounted on.


Miami officer fatally shoots man with a metal pipe in park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:17

Miami Police officers at the scene where a man holding a pipe has been shot by a Miami police officer in a downtown park ,Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Miami. The man’s condition and identity were not immediately available. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — A Miami police officer fatally shot a man holding a metal pipe in a downtown park where dozens of people were present Thursday, including several children, authorities said.


New Michigan law lets adoption agencies decline referrals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:15

FILE - This June 20, 2014 file photo shows Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder during a ceremony in Detroit. Snyder on Thursday, June 11, 2015 signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples.


Boston mayor creates gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:00
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has signed an executive order creating gender-neutral restrooms inside City Hall.

Cops: Man kills self with chemical gas, 11 sent to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:57

Members of an emergency management team carry gear from the scene of a home in Lowell, Mass., Thursday, June 11, 2015, where authorities say a man who was apparently distraught over a failing relationship released chemical gases killing himself and sending 11 other people to the hospital. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A man who was apparently distraught over a failing relationship released chemical gases in his apartment on Thursday, killing himself and sending 11 other people to the hospital, authorities said.


Ohio judge recommends police officers face charges in Tamir Rice case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:54

 Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland judge on Thursday found probable cause that a police officer who shot to death a 12-year-old boy last year should face a murder charge in an opinion that puts pressure on prosecutors. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine said Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, whose shooting of Tamir Rice was captured on video, should face charges including murder, involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. Loehmann's partner, Frank Garmback, should face negligent homicide and dereliction of duty charges, he found.


Colorado dust storm triggers 11-vehicle pileup that kills 2

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:47
LAMAR, Colo. (AP) — A dust storm that enveloped a highway and triggered an 11-vehicle pileup in southeastern Colorado has killed two people and injured four others.

3 sheriff's officials convicted of covering up use of force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:43
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Three Georgia law enforcement officials have been convicted in a cover-up after a former deputy who is the son of a sheriff was accused of hitting a man in the face with a flashlight, authorities said.

Man shot dead in North Philadelphia ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:34

Man shot dead in North Philadelphia ID'dAuthorities have identified the man who was shot and killed in North Philadelphia.


Pregnant mom of 12 pleads not guilty to child neglect charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:29
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A pregnant mother of 12 pleaded not guilty to a child neglect charge Thursday after authorities found her children in a trash-strewn Tulsa home with collapsing ceilings and no running water.

American teenager pleads guilty to helping Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:28
A 17-year-old from Virginia pleaded guilty in court on Thursday to charges of conspiring to help Islamic State militants, the first time the United States has prosecuted a minor as an adult in such a case. Ali Amin, of Manassas, Virginia, used Twitter and his blog to provide instructions on how to use the virtual currency Bitcoin to send funds to the militants, according to court documents. Prosecutors said Amin also helped another Virginia resident, Reza Niknejad, to travel to Syria to join the group that has taken control of areas of Iraq and Syria over the past year in a campaign marked by mass killings and beheadings.

California barber who slashed customer's throat gets 10 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:21
A San Diego judge sentenced a barber on Thursday to 10 years in prison for inexplicably slashing a customer’s throat during a haircut and shave before pedaling away on his bike. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Timothy Vaughn, 33, was at Vic’s Barber Shop in Imperial Beach, just south of San Diego, for a haircut in October when barber Daniel Roberto Flores calmly slashed a straight razor across Vaughn's throat twice. “Mr. Flores waited until people left the room,” Deputy District Attorney Laura Evans said.

Prosecutors seek to seize assets of Iraqi currency dealers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:18

FILE- In this Dec. 8, 2003 file photo, stacks of old Iraqi dinars portraying ousted leader Saddam Hussein lay in the port of Basra, Iraq. Federal authorities want to seize airplanes, homes, luxury cars and beach properties from a Georgia-based corporation dealing in Iraqi currency. In a federal complaint, prosecutors say Atlanta-based Sterling Currency Group LLC is among the largest sellers of the Iraqi dinar in the U.S. Prosecutors say the business is built on what they describe as a scam to defraud investors hoping to cash in on a "revaluation" of the currency. (AP Photo/Nabil Aljurani, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities want to seize airplanes, homes, luxury cars and beach properties from a Georgia-based corporation dealing in Iraqi currency.


Federal regulators go after crowdfunding scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are going after people who raise money online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe but don't follow through on their promises.