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U.S. job growth surges, unemployment rate near six-year low

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:48

the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, OhioBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the jobless rate closed in on a six-year low, decisive evidence the economy was growing briskly heading into the second half of the year. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 288,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent in May, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for April and May were revised to show a total of 29,000 more jobs created than previously reported. ...


Founder of Jewish Renewal movement dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:43

This circa 2009 photo from the Alliance for Jewish Renewal shows Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. Schachter-Shalomi died in his sleep after a long illness at his home in Boulder, Colo., early Thursday, July 3, 2014. He was 89. Schachter-Shalomi started the renewal movement in the early 1960's as a way to use contemporary religious and political scholarship to re-examine Judaism after the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Alliance for Jewish Renewal)BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and a widely influential figure in contemporary Jewish thought and practice, has died in his Boulder, Colorado, home. He was 89.


Police: Dad sent nude photos while boy sat in car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:43

Justin Ross Harris, right, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing at Cobb County Magistrate Court Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris is currently being held without bond on a child cruelty charge and a murder charge. (AP Photo/David Goldman)MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday.


Holmes' lawyers dispute that victims were misled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:41
DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for the man charged with the Colorado theater shootings are disputing prosecutors' allegations that a representative of the defense team acted improperly.

Boat fire spreads to homes in Egg Harbor Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:34

Boat fire spreads to homes in Egg Harbor Twp.Flames broke out on a boat in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County and spread to two homes.


Tennessee man wins $153.5 million in state's largest lottery jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:27
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A self-employed Tennessee man on Thursday claimed a cool $153.5 million cash prize after winning the largest Powerball prize in state history. Roy Cockrum of Knoxville matched all six numbers in the Tennessee Powerball on June 11 to win the $259.8 million grand prize. The 58-year-old chose the $153.5 lump sum rather than a series of payments, the Tennessee Lottery said in a statement. Cockrum said in the statement that when he realized he had won the jackpot, it "literally knocked me to my knees." Cockrum then said a little prayer, picked himself up, put the winning ticket in his wallet and went to pick up his mother.

Oklahoma police arrest rape suspect left in a coma after car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:21
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tulsa Police have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of the sexual assault of eight women after finding the man in a weekend car crash that put him into a coma, police officials said on Thursday. Desmond Campbell, who is in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital, has been charged with seven sexual assaults, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told a news conference. Police were investigating his possible involvement in an eighth sexual assault, he said A police source told the Tulsa World newspaper that DNA evidence was found implicating Campbell. They went to investigate, seeing him as a suspect in a series of sexual assaults.

College presidents say no to unions for athletes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:15

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Northwestern football players walk between their locker room and McGaw Hall, where voting is taking place on the student athlete union question in Evanston, Ill. A national organization representing college and university presidents is disputing a federal ruling that students who receive college athletic scholarships are essentially employees of their schools and thus entitled to join unions and exercise collective-bargaining rights. Student-athletes participate for their own benefit; they do not render services for compensation, said the 1,800 member American Council on Education. Ahead of a midnight deadline, the council filed a 30-page friend-of-the court brief taking strong issue with the ruling earlier this year by a National Labor Relations Board regional director that allows college athletes at Northwestern University to unionize.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university's integration of athletics and education.


AP NewsBreak: Raid at pot club raises questions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:13

This Wednesday, July 2, 2014 photo shows Maryjane's 420 Shop & Cannabis Social Lounge in Denver. A police raid at the Amsterdam-style cannabis lounge has triggered a debate over where adults can smoke pot in a state that allows recreational marijuana consumption _ but not in public. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A police raid at an Amsterdam-style cannabis lounge in Denver has triggered a debate over where adults can smoke pot in a state that allows recreational marijuana consumption — but not in public.


Suspected Seattle killer may have met victims through gay social app

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:10
By Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) - A man suspected of killing two gay men in Seattle last month may have targeted his victims using a social networking app geared toward gay men and police are investigating their deaths as a possible hate crime, authorities said on Thursday. Seattle police said the suspect, 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown, remains at large. He is charged with aggravated first-degree murder for the deaths of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, who were found shot to death on June 1. A friend of the victims told investigators he had spent the evening with Said and Anderson-Young at a popular gay pub in Seattle and that Said had plans to meet someone outside the pub later in the evening.

1 killed, 3 injured in Texas fireworks explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:10

This photo from video provided by WFAA-TV in Dallas shows the aftermath of a fireworks explosion in Comanche, Texas, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A trailer loaded with fireworks exploded near a Texas high school, killing one person and injuring three other people who were setting up for a Fourth of July show. It's unclear what triggered the explosion, which occurred near a baseball field adjacent to the high school in Comanche, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth. The trailer was hooked to a pickup truck.(AP Photo/WFAA-TV) TELEVISION OUTCOMANCHE, Texas (AP) — A trailer loaded with fireworks exploded Thursday near a Texas high school, killing one person and injuring three other people who were setting up for a Fourth of July show, authorities said.


4 protesters get $185,000 over convention arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:06
NEW YORK (AP) — Four people arrested at a protest march during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City have been awarded $185,000. Theirs was the first trial stemming from lawsuits over convention-related arrests.

Dead South Carolina teen's family skeptical of police suicide probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:06
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Civil rights advocates and the family of a 19-year-old former Army recruit fatally shot during a June 20 encounter with a South Carolina police officer are questioning the claim by law enforcement that his death appears to have been a suicide. The officer is on paid leave as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigates the shooting of Denzel Curnell in Charleston, who died after a gunshot wound in the head. They described the case as a "possible suicide," saying there was no evidence that the officer, Jamal Medlin, fired a weapon. They are pushing for the release of footage from surveillance cameras that might have recorded the incident at an apartment complex and for the coroner's report, said Charleston attorney Andrew Savage, who is representing Curnell's family.

AP PHOTOS: Group offers yoga in face of violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:05

In this June 24, 2014, Karl Mables, left, takes part in a yoga class sponsored by a local non-profit group called 'I Grow Chicago' along the often violent streets of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. But threats are never far away. During the classes, a large man stands guard over the students, just in case any gang members should pass by. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)The streets of one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods might seem an unlikely site for a yoga class. But nonprofit group I Grow Chicago is offering the class in hopes that slow movements, deep breathing and meditative focus will help people turn away from violence as a go-to solution to conflicts.


Phones, shoes to face scrutiny as airport security tightened: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:05

Police officers patrol at a security gate inside the main terminal of Frankfurt AirportBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by Apple Inc and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. U.S. security officials said they fear bombmakers from the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have figured out how to turn the phones into explosive devices that can avoid detection. Airlines or airport operators that fail to strengthen security could face bans on flights entering the United States, the officials said.


Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:45

Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East CoastA strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.


American flags stolen from streets in Doylestown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:40

American flags stolen from streets in DoylestownPolice in Bucks County are trying to track down the person responsible for stealing several American flags that lined the streets of downtown Doylestown.


Son surrenders after mom found dead in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:37

Son surrenders after mom found dead in freezerThe son of a woman who was found dead inside a basement freezer in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia has surrendered to police.


Welcome America: Singer Ariana Grande drops out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:36

 Singer Ariana Grande drops outCity officials have confirmed that singer Ariana Grande will no longer be performing at Wawa Welcome America's Party on the Parkway.


Waitresses at Colorado eatery carry loaded guns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:31

A sign on the front door of Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., June 23, 2014, welcomes sidearms. A western Colorado restaurant doesn’t just allow open gun carrying. Its waitresses carry loaded weapons right on their hips. At Shooters Grill in Rifle, open display of firearms is encouraged. A sign on the front door reads, “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.” The restaurant also hosts concealed carry training that qualifies customers for Colorado and Utah permits. The $75 price tag includes dinner. (AP Photo/Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Christopher Mullen)RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly — and its waitresses do, too.