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AccuWeather: Heat Advisory Issued

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:29

 Heat Advisory TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking near record highs and oppressive humidity Friday.


'Grand Ole Opry' star Jim Ed Brown dead at 81

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:27
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Jim Ed Brown, a star on the "Grand Ole Opry" radio program for more than a half-century, died on Thursday night in a Nashville-area hospital at the age of 81. Brown died at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee after a long battle with lung cancer, according to Webster Public Relations. Bobby Bare, who produced some of Brown's work and was a long-time friend, told Reuters: "He had class and he had style and he had a great voice... He was a real artist." Brown is set to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame set for this fall, an honor he had been looking forward to receiving.

$17,000 in electronics stolen from West Philadelphia school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:21

$17,000 in electronics stolen from West Philadelphia schoolPolice say more than $17,000 worth of electronics, including several iPads and computers, were stolen from a Catholic school in West Philadelphia.


80 displaced in Lansdowne apartment building fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:21

80 displaced in Lansdowne apartment building fireA fire broke out at an apartment building in Lansdowne, Delaware County, leaving approximately 80 people displaced.


Rhode Island man arrested in connection with terror probe: CBS

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:39
An FBI representative told the broadcaster that Nicholas Rovinski, 24, was taken into custody on Thursday night, but they would not say what he had been charged with. Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston, could only confirm the arrest but not if it was linked to the case. Last Tuesday, police said they fatally shot 26-year-old Usaamah Abdullah Rahim when FBI agents and a Boston police officer approached him in a parking lot to question him after wire-tapped phone calls revealed he was planning to behead police officers.

Alaska passes budget to avoid partial government shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:39
Alaska Governor Bill Walker on Thursday rescinded his plan to furlough more than 10,000 state employees after state lawmakers reached a $5 billion budget agreement, avoiding a partial government shutdown from July 1. Lawmakers had been at odds for more than four months on how to fund day-to-day operations with Alaska beset by a budget shortfall as large as $4 billion, worsened by a global oil price plunge.

Judge: Enough evidence to charge police in black boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:32

FILE- In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A judge has ruled that evidence exists to charge two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was holding a pellet gun outside a recreation center, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge said Thursday that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy who was holding a pellet gun, a largely symbolic ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them.


Gap widens between blacks, whites over view of U.S. race relations: Gallup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:04
The Gallup survey comes after a series of police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, New York's Staten Island, and Baltimore, Maryland, have fueled a national debate about justice for U.S. minorities. After weeks of protests over the August 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, blacks became just as likely to name race relations as the nation's top problem as they were to name unemployment, the polling company found. In the last quarter of 2014, 15 percent of blacks cited race relations as the top U.S. problem, compared with 3 percent of whites in the same quarter - a 12 percent gap, the survey found.

Investigators believe prison employee was in on escape plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:02

This aerial photo shows the Clinton Correctional Facility on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Dannemora, N.Y. Police continue to search for David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, two escaped inmates from the correctional facility. Schools were closed, and residents received automated calls warning them to lock their doors, close their windows and leave outside lights on. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators believe a female prison employee had agreed to be the getaway driver in last weekend's escape by two killers but never showed up, a person close to the case told The Associated Press on Thursday.


Union-backed Dems make final push to kill Obama's trade bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:29

US budget deficit drops to $82.4 billion in MayWASHINGTON (AP) — Union-backed Democrats launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to scuttle President Barack Obama's trade agenda by sacrificing a favored program of their own that retrains workers displaced by international trade.


Double shooting leads to barricade in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:16

Double shooting leads to barricade in FrankfordAuthorities say a suspect opened fire on a man and woman, then briefly barricading himself inside a home in Philadelphia's Frankford section.


No charges against black Virginia college student in bloody arrest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:14
A Virginia prosecutor said on Thursday he will not pursue misdemeanor charges against a black college student whose arrest and rough handling by white officers prompted the governor to order a state police investigation. University of Virginia student Martese Johnson, 20, made national headlines when a video surfaced on social media showing him on the sidewalk, his face bloodied, and with state alcoholic beverage control agents standing over him. It came at a time when confrontations between black citizens and white police officers had prompted protests around the country.

Minnesota Somali-American ordered held for trial on charges of trying to help Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:12
A federal judge in Minnesota ordered on Thursday that a Somali-American man remain in custody pending trial on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State and lying to federal agents. Mohamed Farah, 21, who was born in Minneapolis and was a full-time college student before his arrest in April, was one of six men charged as a group in April with conspiring to support Islamic State militants. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that Farah was a flight risk and danger to the community, despite the defense's contention he had no criminal record or history of violence and that the case against him was weak.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:04

The families of Germanwings plane crash victims arrives at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris Thursday, June 11, 2015, to meet with prosecutor Brice Robin, to discuss the release of their loved one's remains and belongings from the ongoing investigation into the Germanwings aircraft crash. After months of waiting, families of the 150 people killed when a Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps in March 2015, will finally start burying their loved ones as the airline begins the release of victims and their belongings. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


2-alarm fire at Lansdowne apartment building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:59

80 displaced in Lansdowne apartment building fireA 2-alarm fire broke out at an apartment building in Lansdowne, Delaware County.


Charges dropped against Va. student bloodied during arrest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:32
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest sparked a public uproar and a state police investigation, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Former Va. first lady files final brief with appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:31
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell made her final written plea to a federal appeals court Thursday, restating her claim that her public corruption convictions were based on an overly broad definition of bribery.

Theater shooter's ex asked him to see therapist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:27

Theater shooter's ex asked him to see therapistCENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Months before James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, his ex-girlfriend said she urged him talk to his therapist after he mentioned having thoughts about killing people, thoughts that to her "seemed very philosophical" and not a concrete threat.


Small oil spill reported after 10-inch pipeline ruptures in Louisiana: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:24
A small oil spill was reported on Thursday after a pipeline, the owner of which is unknown, ruptured in Carlyss, Louisiana, according to a local official. The spill from a 10-inch line was quickly contained, according to Norman Bourdeau, operations manager for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security.

Aging cemetery provides Native Hawaiian genealogical details

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:21

A row of graves sit in Pauoa Hawaiian Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, June 11, 2015. There’s an effort underway to preserve and repair grave markers at aging cemeteries like this one. Cemeteries can provide a wealth of information for people tracing their Native Hawaiian genealogy, according to Nanette Napoleon, a freelance historical researcher whose work focuses on cemeteries. But little or no burial records were kept at these mid- to late 19th century cemeteries. The vast majority of Hawaii's 300 cemeteries are like Pauoa's, where a chapel once stood near where a monkeypod tree now looms tall and wide. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — Sarah Kailikele was 84 years old when she died on Aug. 14, 1909, according to the inscription on her toppled tombstone, which was leaning on the base it was once mounted on.