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U.S. capital panel OKs controversial Eisenhower Memorial design

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The design for the long-delayed Eisenhower Memorial by famed architect Frank Gehry received final approval from a Washington planning commission on Thursday, though disputes over costs may keep the $142 million work from ever being built. Planned for years for a spot just off the National Mall, a short walk from the U.S. Capitol, the memorial has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Congress has cut off construction funds for the project for three years in a row.

Female Grevy's zebra born at Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:56
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A newborn female Grevy's zebra is now on display with its mother at Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted until 11pm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:55

 Severe Weather TonightMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says tonight's storms could contain damaging winds and heavy downpours.


Arizona teacher and 12-year-old grandson die during hike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:53
An Arizona science teacher and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead after they went hiking in hot temperatures on an historic desert trail southwest of Phoenix, and the boy's efforts to save them failed, authorities said on Thursday. The bodies of Thomas Gillespie, 63, and Robert Miller, 12, were found on Wednesday night by deputies near the small town of Gila Bend, said Officer Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Authorities believe Gillespie, who taught science at a high school for teenage parents in Tucson for the last 23 years, died from a medical emergency or from heat exposure, with temperatures in the area surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) at the time.

Civil War-era soldier buried at San Diego national cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:49

A rifle squad fires a salute at the conclusion of the ceremony as a bugler plays taps for Army Sgt. Charles Schroeter, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in an 1869 battle during the Indian Wars, during a service with full military honors at Miramar National Cemetery, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego. Schroeter’s remains were located only recently, when the Congressional Medal of Honor Historical Society traced them to San Diego’s Greenwood Memorial Park, where they had rested since 1921. The remains were interred in an unmarked crypt, along with other unclaimed remains. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient forgotten in an unmarked grave for nearly a century finally got a funeral Thursday when he was given full military honors and reburied at a national cemetery.


Man gets 35 years in murder-for-hire plot against parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:47

FILE - This 2012 law enforcement file photo provided by the Wyoming Department of Corrections shows Andrew Silicani. On Thursday, July 9, 2015, a judge sentenced Silicani to an additional 35 years behind bars for trying to hire a hit man to kill his mother and stepfather while incarcerated. (Wyoming Department of Corrections via AP, File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Wyoming prison inmate Thursday to an additional 35 years behind bars for trying to hire a hit man to kill his mother and stepfather while incarcerated.


The Latest: Group to fight for Confederate license plates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:46

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs Senate Bill 897 into law, Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The law enables the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds more than 50 years after the rebel banner was raised to protest the civil rights movement. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the Confederate flag debate in the South Carolina (all times local):


Country music acts quietly abandon Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:41

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, John Rich of the musical group, Big & Rich, performs at a rally for 23rd Congressional District candidate, Doug Hoffman, in Watertown, N.Y. Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for years, but as the debate reignites following a massacre at a black church in South Carolina on June 17, country artists still struggle to articulate their feelings about the flag’s history and symbolism. Rich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he agreed with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr.


Mother visits site where officer fatally shot unarmed son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:40

Judy Scott, grieves Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the site where her son, Walter Scott, was shot and killed on April 4 by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager is charged with murder and could face life in prison without parole if convicted. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Judy Scott prayed and wept Thursday as she viewed for the first time the site where her son Walter was shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer three months ago.


NYPD making some undocumented stops, monitor report says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:40
NEW YORK (AP) — The federal monitor overseeing changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy said Thursday the reform effort is moving in a positive direction, but some officers now avoid making or documenting stops, possibly because they fear legal and departmental reproach.

Montana tribe breaks off talks over drilling on sacred land

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:37
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American Indian tribe in Montana has taken the rare step of breaking off formal talks with the U.S. government and a Louisiana company that has been seeking for decades to drill for natural gas on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet people.

Lawsuit: Immigrants got $1 a day for work at private prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:31

Alejandro Menocal, 53, a legal permanent resident in the United States who emigrated from Mexico in 1973, stands near one of the machines he operates as an employee of a tree trimming business, in Golden, Colo, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Menocal is one of a group of immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility who are filing a lawsuit against GEO, the private company that held them, alleging that they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary confinement. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary confinement.


DEA agents raid Advanced Urgent Care facilities in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:27

DEA agents raid Advanced Urgent Care facilities in PhiladelphiaThe Drug Enforcement Administration raided at least seven Advanced Urgent Care facilities in Pennsylvania on Thursday including Philadelphia locations.


Michigan judge detains kids for refusing lunch with father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:26
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan judge sent three children to juvenile detention for refusing to have lunch or talk to their father after chastising them and their mother during a recent hearing in a years-long custody fight. And two weeks later, the children — ages 15, 10 and 9 — remained in custody.

Colorado movie gunman's defense close to wrapping up case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:24

Century Aurora 16 movie theater is pictured in ColoradoDefense lawyers trying to spare the life of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes neared the end of their case on Thursday, with their star witness sticking to her diagnosis he was legally insane when he planned and carried out the attack. "Would you put your reputation on the line and testify falsely in a case of this magnitude?" lead defense attorney Daniel King asked Raquel Gur, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Schizophrenia Research Center. The state statute requires prosecutors to prove Holmes was sane when he rigged his apartment with explosives, donned body armor and a helmet, then sprayed bullets at the crowd watching a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex.


Defense calls 1 witness in Indianapolis home explosion trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:17
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than 160 witnesses testified for the prosecution in the monthlong trial of a man accused of planning a home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision in 2012, killing two neighbors.

DA: Grand jury says officer justified in shooting man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:17
ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury found that a police officer was justified in shooting a man outside a metro Atlanta tire store where he worked, recommending no further action in the case, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Arrest made in massive Upper Darby business fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:16

Arrest made in massive Upper Darby business fireA homeless man is now in police custody, charged in connection with the 4-alarm fire in the Upper Darby business district.


Appeals court rips state attorney for misconduct at trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:15
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court overturned a jury verdict because of egregious misconduct by a state Department of Transportation lawyer who portrayed an injured motorcyclist minister as a low-life Nazi biker.

British man denies being disorderly, hitting woman on plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:14
BOSTON (AP) — A British man accused of becoming belligerent on an international flight, hitting a woman traveling with him and urinating on the plane's seats and floor pleaded not guilty on Thursday.