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Man accused of killing stripper returns defense to lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:21
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A man accused of killing and dismembering a stripper lured from New Orleans' French Quarter has returned his defense to lawyers after one day of cross-examining prosecution witnesses.

Prosecutors: Man charged in shootout at anti-Islam event in Texas wanted to attack Super Bowl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:08
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors: Man charged in shootout at anti-Islam event in Texas wanted to attack Super Bowl.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:02

Ruth Hindal, left, shows Ann Thomas, both of Des Moines, Iowa, a shirt for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before his arrival at a rally, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Q&A on history of Berkeley building where balcony collapsed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:52

Police and officials stand outside of the Library Gardens apartment complex, where a fourth floor balcony rests on the balcony below after collapsing in Berkeley, Calif., Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Berkeley police say several people are dead and others injured after a balcony fell shortly before 1 a.m., near the University of California, Berkeley. (AP Photo/Kristin Bender)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The site of a fatal balcony collapse is one of Berkeley's biggest downtown developments in recent years. Here are some answers about the apartment complex where six people were killed and seven more injured:

U.S. Marine general keeps 'careful eye' on F-35 spare parts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:52

An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, FloridaThe top U.S. Marine in charge of aviation is "very confident" about the $391 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program ahead of a decision on the jet's combat-readiness, but said he is keeping "a careful eye" on the spare parts supply. Lieutenant General Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, said on Tuesday the 10 jets in an initial squadron had completed retrofits and were being repainted. "I believe that we'll be OK, but I want to take a look if we are short on spare parts," Davis said in an interview at the Paris Airshow.

Prosecutors fight for Eric Garner grand jury record secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers battling over whether the grand jury record in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man should stay sealed came under sharp questioning by an appeals court on Tuesday, with one judge asking whether secrecy was a way of glossing over prosecutors' role in a decision not to charge a white police officer in the case.

Baltimore police union accuses city of stonewalling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:46
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's police union is accusing city officials of stonewalling requests for information about what happened during riots in the city after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

AP source: Cardinals allegedly hacked Astros player database

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:28

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013, file photo, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, right, talks to St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, left, and second baseman Daniel Descalso before an exhibition spring training baseball game in Jupiter, Fla. Major League Baseball says it is cooperating with a federal investigation into an illegal breach of the Astros' internal operations database, amid a report that the Cardinals were responsible for the hack. The New York Times, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported Tuesday, June 16, 2015 , that the FBI and Justice Department are investigating whether Cardinals' front-office officials are responsible for the effort to steal information about player personnel. The The teams were rivals in the National League Central until Houston moved to the American League in 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on their former division rival's players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

Panel: Name countries whose troops commit sexual abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level panel urged a major overhaul of U.N. peacekeeping operations Tuesday that would make political solutions the paramount goal, speed up deployment of peacekeepers, and require the naming and shaming of countries whose troops commit acts of sexual abuse.

Alaska wildfires spread amid windy, hot weather

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:24

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, AlaskaTwo Alaska wildfires that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate and destroyed dozens of homes spread on Tuesday in windy, hot and dry weather conditions conducive to extreme fire behavior, state officials said. "Considering the weather we are dealing with, these guys are going to be challenged," said Sam Harrel, spokesman for the Alaska Forestry Division.

Irish students killed on balcony were with cultural program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:15

A woman leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial for victims of a balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, Calif., Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Berkeley police said several people were killed and others injured after a balcony fell shortly before 1 a.m., near the University of California, Berkeley. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Five of the Irish college students who died when a fifth-floor balcony collapsed were part of a popular cultural exchange program allowing foreign students to work and travel in the United States.

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter never revealed murderous plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:13

FILE - This file photo released on Sept. 20, 2012 by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012. The person closest to the murderous thoughts of Holmes before he carried out his attack could take the witness stand the week of June 15, 2015, as the prosecution wraps up its case. Holmes' death penalty trial has revived unresolved questions about whether he could have been stopped. (AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The psychiatrist who treated James Holmes before he attacked a Colorado movie theater said Tuesday that she would have called police and had him detained if she had known his plans.

Police tout success in unique fight against drug epidemic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:12
BOSTON (AP) — A police chief in a small New England city combating its drug epidemic through a unique program that allows drug users to turn over their drugs and get immediate treatment said Tuesday that there's been a strong early response.

South Bend, Indiana, mayor announces he's gay in newspaper piece

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:09
"Any day now, the Supreme Court will issue a decision on same-sex marriage that will directly affect millions of Americans," Democrat Pete Buttigieg wrote in an essay in the South Bend Tribune. Buttigieg, 33, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has been mayor of South Bend since 2012, when at 29 he became the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with over 100,000 residents.

Oklahoma teen gets life in prison for killing of Australian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:50

FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015 file photo, Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Luna. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma teenager charged with killing an Australian college baseball player was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole.

Wake held for American killed fighting Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:48

Mourners walk past a Hudson, Mass., law enforcement official, front right, as they enter Grace Baptist Church, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Hudson, during a wake for Keith Broomfield who was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. Broomfield, 36, of Westminster, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)HUDSON, Mass. (AP) — Friends and family have gathered in Massachusetts to honor an American killed while fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Gap closing 175 namesake stores to boost brand

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:46

Gap closing 175 namesake stores to boost brandGap plans to close 175 of its namesake stores in North America, or 18 percent of its current total, and cut 250 jobs at its headquarters as the company tries to strengthen the struggling brand.

Teacher resigns after reading students book about gay couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:44
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After a third-grader tearfully recounted how another boy had called him "gay" during gym class, teacher Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.

Is Texas spending $800M to create its own border patrol?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:42

FILE - In this July 24, 2014 file photo, Texas Department of Safety Troopers patrol on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Mission, Texas. The state’s new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, this month approved $800 million for border security over the next two years, more than double any similar period under 14 years of Perry, and by comparison, more than the state spends on environmental regulation. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — When former Gov. Rick Perry ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, Texas bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande.

USDA turkey report hints at fewer birds for Thanksgiving meals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:39

Turkeys look around their enclosure at Seven Acres Farm in North ReadingThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly turkey hatchery report on Tuesday showed a significant decline in the number of poults, or young turkeys, placed on feed in May, suggesting supplies of fresh whole birds may tighten this Thanksgiving. The worst-ever U.S. outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu, has raised concerns about higher turkey prices this holiday season.