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Closing of Baltimore detention center marks a milestone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:23

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, poses at Baltimore City Detention Center, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baltimore, at the end of a news conference to announce his plan to immediately shut down the jail. Hogan, who announced in June he has non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, was making light of a picture of him that his office posted on Facebook showing his hair loss after a second round of chemotheraphy. Pictured alongside Hogan is Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Stephen Moyer. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An announcement by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan that he is closing the Baltimore City Detention Center marked a milestone in long-standing problems with the state's dangerously decrepit correctional facilities.

Pennsylvania jail escapee suspected of killing woman: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:10
Robert Crissman, 38, escaped from Armstrong County jail, about 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, early Thursday morning while helping serve meals to other inmates, law enforcement officials said. Crissman was dressed in his green jail jumpsuit when he fled, and is now a suspect in a nearby homicide, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Confederate flags placed at Martin Luther King's church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 16:26

Confederate flags sit in the back of a police car as tourists walk by Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, but it wasn't clear whether they had committed a crime.

November retrial date expected for former BP engineer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 16:04
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Dig returns to artifact-rich Colonial American site in NY

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:05

In this Thursday, July 23, 2015 photo, Brooke Wendling and Danielle Silverman look for a building foundation at an archaeological dig at Lake George Battlefield Park in Lake George, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — An archaeological project has returned to an artifact-rich state park in the southern Adirondacks on what was the focal point of the warring British and French empires more than 250 years ago.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:02
"I knew immediately it was part of an aircraft, but I didn't realize how important it was, that it could help to solve the mystery of what happened to the Malaysian jet." — Johnny Begue, an environmental worker on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, who claimed he stumbled upon the wing part that may be linked to the missing Boeing 777.

California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:02

FILE -- In this July 9, 2014 file photo a woman works among drought-tolerant plants in her front yard in San Diego. Water use in San Diego plunged 24 percent in June well past it's target of 16 percent. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June.

Mother murdered in Port Richmond while her 2-year-old was home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:47

Mother murdered in Port Richmond while her 2-year-old in homeNeighbors heard the gunfire and found the woman shot in the head, and the child unharmed.

Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:43

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County, Calif., Fire Department, Henry Duncan, left, and Bob Seiler, legs covered in oil, foreground, stand in the Goleta Beach parking lot with their oil-covered kayaks, on the truck at rear, in Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The pair encountered a large oil sheen and called the fire department to investigate. The Coast Guard is investigating this new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. (Mike Eliason/ Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage.

Federal judge takes nuanced approach in US terrorism cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:17

In this photo taken July 8, 2015, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis poses in his chambers his Minneapolis chambers. Davis, who became chief judge of the Minnesota district in 2008, and recently stepped down from that post, will turn 68 later this month, but hasn’t said whether he’ll reduce his caseload. Several men and women have been prosecuted on terror charges in Minnesota since 2009, and all of them have eventually landed in front of Davis. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before — a young Somali-American who hadn't previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group.

Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:46

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday, July 30, 2015, about who has the right to sell a hilltop convent that is the subject of competing offers from pop superstar Perry and a local businesswoman. The dispute has pitted Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop against an order of elderly nuns with only five surviving members, at least two of whom oppose selling their former home to Perry. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer.

California man who helped kidnap busload of kids paroled after 37 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:30
One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a California quarry was granted parole on Thursday, state officials said. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived the ransom plot, kidnapper James Schoenfeld, now 63, has been in prison for 37 years for the 1976 abduction in the Central California town of Chowchilla. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials granted parole approval in April.

Several blazes thrust Northern California into fire season

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:41

A helicopter flies over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds thrust Northern California into full-fledged wildfire season Thursday with several new blazes flaring up, forcing hundreds of people from their homes.

Woman jailed for outburst during Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:50
A woman protesting against capital punishment stood up in court on Thursday and shouted "Don't kill him!" before bailiffs tackled her during the penalty phase of James Holmes' mass murder trial in Colorado. The disturbance by spectator Deborah Cave came as the district attorney addressed jurors who will ultimately decide whether Holmes, convicted of fatally shooting 12 people in a movie theater in 2012, will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. It is mental illness!" Caves cried as she climbed over rows of seats toward Holmes, 27, in the crowded courtroom at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the outskirts of Denver.

Wild turkey sparks hunt for angry bird at University of Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:48
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A wild turkey is ruffling feathers at the University of Michigan, chasing pedestrians and cyclists, sneaking into dorms and even causing traffic delays by lying down in the middle of streets. The turkey, which has been living on the Ann Arbor school's North Campus for months, is now the target of a bird hunt because of its aggressive behavior, a campus official said. "The challenge with turkeys is they can become very angry and aggressive," said University of Michigan police spokeswoman Diane Brown.

Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:45
A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, U.S. court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S. authorities said they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems.

AccuWeather: Storms Bring Relief from the Humidity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:40

 Storms Bring Relief from the HumidityMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says Friday will be hot, but much less humid.

Phillies fans react to news of Cole Hamels trade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:37

Phillies fans react to news of Cole Hamels tradeIt's the news Phillies fans knew was coming.

Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:06
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into watercraft in the Willamette River after spending more than 40 hours suspended from a bridge as temperatures soared over 100 F (30 C). Shell aims to return to the Arctic for the first time since 2012, when it experienced a series of mishaps including the grounding of an oil rig.

Governor allows parole for California school bus hijacker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:03

This is a Jan. 12, 2012 photo released by the California Department of Corrections showing James Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld is one of three men convicted in the kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver nearly 40 years ago in Chowchilla, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Thursday, July 30, 2015 to decide to allow the recommended parole to go forward after parole officials recommended in April that he grant parole to the 63-year-old Schoenfeld. (California Department of Corrections via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.