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Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:45

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)JERUSALEM (AP) — The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate the training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of setting up new training camps in Anbar Province, U.S. officials said Tuesday.


San Francisco approves health warning on sugary drink ads

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:35

FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, shows soft drinks for sale at K & D Market in San Francisco. San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for soda pop. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems.


Chicago-area zoo responds to 'rude white people' post by employee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:16

Chicago-area zoo responds to 'rude white people' post by employeeBrookfield Zoo is now apologizing after an employee posted what some may call a racist comment on social media.


10 Things to Know-Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:07

FILE - This April 22, 2009, file photo, shows a prisoner, far right, seen behind layers of wire razor fencing at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, La. Albert Woodfox, the last of three high-profile Louisiana prisoners known as the "Angola Three," could walk free within days after a federal judge ordered state officials to release him immediately. Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 43 years. He was accused, along with three other prisoners, in the stabbing death of Brent Miller, a 23-year-old guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Mother accused of sex with teen in park gets 5 years' probation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:06

Mother accused of sex with teen in park gets 5 years' probationA suburban Philadelphia mother accused of having sex with a 17-year-old soccer player has been placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty to charges in the case.


Woman accused of sex with teen in park pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:05

Mother accused of sex with teen in park gets 5 years' probationA suburban Philadelphia mother accused of having sex with a 17-year-old soccer player has been placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty to charges in the case.


Retrial moved in case of SC police chief who shot black man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:00
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The retrial of a former South Carolina police chief charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man has been moved from the county where the shooting happened.

Judge in Colorado theater shooting trial dismisses 3 jurors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:59

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2015, file photo shows a view of the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes was set to begin at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Three jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial were dismissed Tuesday, June 9, 2015, amid concern they had been exposed to media coverage of the case and were discussing it among themselves. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial dismissed three jurors Tuesday after learning that one was exposed to news coverage of the case and discussed it with the others.


UN: Sex exploitation by peacekeepers strongly underreported

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:51
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication, a sign that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report obtained by The Associated Press.

San Francisco holds off on plan to limit vacation rentals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:51
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares on Tuesday, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year.

Southbound NE Extension shut down again at Lansdale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:51

Southbound NE Extension reopens at LansdaleThe southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension (I-476) near Lansdale are shut down for a second time Tuesday.


Humane Society alleges unsanitary conditions at Pa. egg supplier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:49

Humane Society alleges unsanitary conditions at Pa. egg supplierThe Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday released undercover video footage it said shows the mistreatment of birds and unsanitary conditions at a major national egg supplier in Pennsylvania.


Police descend on small town in search for 2 escaped killers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:43

This photo provided by New York State Governor's office shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a catwalk looking into the cell that inmates escaped from at a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border in Dannemora, NY. Gov. Cuomo said Saturday, June 6, 2015, that Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, "are two dangerous individuals." (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office, via AP)WILLSBORO, N.Y. (AP) — With police helicopters hovering overhead, hundreds of law officers in body armor poured into this small town in the Adirondack foothills Tuesday in a search for two killers who used power tools to break out of a maximum-security prison 30 miles away.


Minnesota man convicted of threatening agents is released

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:42

Mohamed Ali Omar, right, is greeted outside the federal courthouse, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Minneapolis. Omar, convicted of threatening FBI agents who were conducting a terror investigation, was released from custody Tuesday and his sentencing was postponed as a federal judge weighs whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will affect the case. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of threatening FBI agents who were conducting a terror investigation was released from custody Tuesday and his sentencing was postponed as a federal judge weighs whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will affect the case.


Missouri executes man convicted of killing girlfriend, her daughter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:37

Death row inmate Richard Strong is seen in a picture provided by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsRichard Strong, 48, was put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Bonne Terre, Missouri, where he was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m., said prison spokesman Mike O'Connell. Strong was the 16th inmate executed in the United States and the fourth in Missouri in 2015. According to court records, Strong had dark red stains on the knees of his pants and was sweating profusely when police responded to a 911 call at his girlfriend's home near St. Louis in October 2000.


Arkansas judge tells state to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:30

 Gay Rodeo In Little RockArkansas must recognize as lawful some 500 same-sex marriages that were performed during a six-day window in May 2014, a state judge ruled on Tuesday. The marriages have been in legal limbo since the Arkansas Supreme Court halted gay marriages less than a week after they began in order to hear the state's appeal. A lower court had ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated the equal protection clauses of the Arkansas and U.S. Constitutions.


Honolulu homeless families respond after canal banks cleared

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:28

Stefanie Sanchez talks about what it's like to live along the banks of a canal on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Honolulu. Sanchez has lived in a tent there for several months, and the city of Honolulu sent a crew to clean up the area on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — Homeless families in Honolulu are figuring out where to go after the city swept the banks of a canal where they were living in tents.


Los Angeles police panel: 1 officer unjustified in death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:25
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Commission found Tuesday that one officer acted within policy but the other violated it in the fatal close-range shooting of a 25-year-old black man last year.

APNewsBreak: NYC officials want high-sodium warning on menus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:16

A Bistro French Onion Soup Bread Bowl is seen at a Panera bread restaurant, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in New York. New York City could become the first city in the U.S. to require a warning label on high-sodium menu items at chain restaurants, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. A Bistro French Onion Soup Bread Bowl contains more sodium than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams, which is equal to about 1 teaspoon of salt. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — New York could become the first U.S. city. to require warning labels on high-salt dishes at chain restaurants, taking campaigns to cut down on salt into new territory, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.