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Charge: 2 Mississippi residents aimed to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:29

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)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi residents were arrested over the weekend on charges that they were trying to travel abroad to join the Islamic State militant group.


Asia currencies fall, stocks mixed after China devalues yuan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:22

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks opened higher Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, as investors assessed the latest corporate deal news. Precision Castparts led industrial stocks higher after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy the maker of aircraft components for $32 billion. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets wavered and the region's currencies tumbled Tuesday after China unexpectedly devalued its tightly-controlled yuan in response to weakening trade and growth.


Google forms a new holding company, 'Alphabet'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:16

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 announced it is changing its operating structure and will become part of a holding company called Alphabet. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating a new company to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit.


2 philosophers share Kluge Prize from Library of Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two philosophers have been honored with a prize handed out by the Library of Congress for fields not covered by the Nobel prizes.

Cutting terms for some violent crimes key to easing U.S. mass incarceration: analysis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:02

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval BaseBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mass incarceration, a problem that President Barack Obama and nearly all 2016 White House hopefuls agree must be tackled, can only be substantially reduced by easing punishments for some violent criminals, according to an analysis released on Tuesday. A range of ideas for shrinking the swelling U.S. prison population, now at 2.2 million, was advanced by the Urban Institute, a policy think tank, in the wake of Obama's historic prison visit last month and call for congressional sentencing reform legislation. The Urban Institute unveiled an online tool, called the Prison Population Forecaster, to measure how the changes would affect the prison population, which grew exponentially over the past four decades even as crime dropped to all-time recorded lows.


AccuWeather: Tracking Heavy Storms Overnight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:42

 Tracking Heavy Storms OvernightMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says downpours could slow down the Tuesday morning commute.


Twin sisters torn apart in Cuba reunite after 20 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:29

Twin sisters torn apart in Cuba reunite after 20 yearsMargarita and Ramona de Saa are identical twins who, from the beginning, were simply inseparable.


Drive-by shooting in Chester leaves woman injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:21

Drive-by shooting in Chester leaves woman injuredA woman was injured during a drive-by shooting in Chester, Delaware County.


Woman killed, child injured in Wilmington shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:20

Woman killed, child injured in Wilmington shootingA mother was killed and her young child and a neighbor were injured during a shooting in Wilmington.


Community service for 2 men after World Trade Center jumps

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Two men convicted of parachute-jumping from the top of One World Trade Center were sentenced on Monday to community service and each ordered to pay $2,000 in fines.

Searchers find body of missing 5-year-old boy in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:53

This undated family photo released by the Coconino County Sheriff’s office shows missing boy, Jerald Joseph Williams. The search for the 5-year-old Arizona boy who went missing from a campsite north of the Grand Canyon entered its fifth day Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, as volunteers walked shoulder to shoulder in thick vegetation and heavy rain looking for any sign of the child. (Coconino County Sheriffs via AP)JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a 5-year-old Arizona boy was found Monday after he went missing from a campsite north of the Grand Canyon last week, authorities said.


Charges filed against Washington Post reporter who covered 2014 Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:21

This image taken from video provided by Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post shows a police officer confronting Lowery in a fast-food restaurant in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Lowery of The Washington Post, and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post, said they were handcuffed and put into a police van after officers came in to quickly clear the fast-food restaurant where they were doing work while covering the protests in the town. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Wesley Lowery) MANDATORY CREDIT TO WASHINGTON POST AND WESLEY LOWERY.A Washington Post reporter arrested last year while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager has been charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer, the newspaper said on Monday. Wesley Lowery, 25, was arrested after police asked him and another reporter to leave a McDonald's restaurant being used as a staging area for press coverage of the demonstrations that occurred after the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of Michael Brown. The Post said Lowery received a court summons dated on Aug. 6 ordering him to appear in St. Louis County municipal court on Aug. 24 or face the risk of arrest.


California man guilty of trying to support Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California college student who lied on a passport application so he could travel to Syria and join the Islamic State pleaded guilty Monday to a terrorism-related charge.

Wildfire burning near massive blaze expands

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:57

In this photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, smoke from a fire billows in the sky in northwestern Arizona, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Worsening conditions at the wildfire have prompted authorities to issue a second evacuation order this weekend. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management via AP)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that erupted near a destructive blaze in Northern California's rural, rocky hills expanded farther.


Texas athlete's brother not angry at police after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:48

This photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. A police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed Taylor, a Angelo State University football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Officers were responding to a burglary call in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department. The statement said police approached the suspect and a struggle ensued. At some point during the struggle, an officer shot Taylor. (Angelo State University via AP)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The brother of a college football player killed by police at a Texas car dealership questioned Monday whether deadly force was needed in the confrontation, which can't be seen on video because there were no surveillance cameras inside the showroom.


The Latest on athlete's death: Dozens demonstrate in protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:46
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting by police in Texas of unarmed college football player (all times CDT):

U.S. Coast Guard unloads $1 billion in seized narcotics in San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:07
The 32 metric tons of cocaine and 2 tons of heroin were stacked on pallets at the bow of the new Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, the lead ship among three vessels that took part in its maiden operation from April through July. The contraband was seized during some 30 separate interdictions of drug-running vessels, including two submarines and dozens of small outboard-powered boats called pangas, the Coast Guard said. “Every one of these bricks of cocaine was headed for the United States,” Coast Guard Admiral Paul Zukunft told reporters, adding that the United States consumes about 420 metric tons of cocaine each year.

Google to be part of new holding company, 'Alphabet'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:07

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 announced it is changing its operating structure and will become part of a holding company called Alphabet. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of tech's biggest names, Google, is reorganizing under a new moniker — "Alphabet" — in a move underscoring its founders' ambitions to pursue ventures far beyond the company's Internet search core, from self-driving cars to cutting-edge medical research.


911 calls released in North Carolina police shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:04
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The stepson of a man shot to death by a suspect who died later in a police shootout told a 911 operator that the gunman told his victim "I got you, didn't I?" after shooting him several times, according to emergency tapes released Monday.

Things to Know: Unarmed college football player fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:03

This photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. A police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed Taylor, a Angelo State University football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Officers were responding to a burglary call in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department. The statement said police approached the suspect and a struggle ensued. At some point during the struggle, an officer shot Taylor. (Angelo State University via AP)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An unarmed college football player was shot dead at a suburban Dallas car dealership by a trainee police officer during a middle-of-the-night burglary call. The death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor has raised some of the same questions as other recent police shootings involving unarmed suspects.