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In Philadelphia, pope to use podium where Lincoln gave famed address

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:35

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend an audience for altar servers at St. Peter's Square in Vatican CityWhen Pope Francis addresses a crowd of thousands at Philadelphia's Independence Hall next month, he will speak from the same lectern that slain U.S. President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address, officials said on Friday. The pope's address at Independence Hall will come on the second-to-last day of his first trip as Pontiff to the United States, after he will have spoken to the U.S. Congress and United Nations and before an open-air Sunday mass that is expected to draw up to 2 million attendees. Lincoln's famous 272-word address, given on Nov. 19, 1863 after the bloodiest battle of the U.S. Civil War is famed as a celebration of U.S. values and a defense of the conflict that ended slavery in the then-young nation.


Pope to use Lincoln's Gettysburg lectern in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:29

The lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address is seen as John Meko, with The Union League of Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Pope Francis speaks outside Independence Hall in September, he will stand at the same lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address.


Man charged with shooting police officer held without bond

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:26
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Prosecutors say a grand jury will hear evidence against the man arrested in connection with this week's death of a police officer in the northwest Louisiana city of Shreveport.

Baltimore mayor suspends referrals to psychological firm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:25
BALTIMORE (AP) — A psychology firm under investigation for alleged contract violations involving Baltimore police officers' assessments for mental stability will not get more referrals from the city during the probe, the mayor said Friday.

Q&A: A look at the science on Hawaii's Mauna Kea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:25

FILE - This undated file artist rendering made available by the TMT Observatory Corporation shows the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. On Mauna Kea, where some Native Hawaiians have been peacefully protesting the construction of the TMT project, astronomers have spent the last 40 years observing our universe and helping make some of the most significant discoveries in their field. If the highly contested Thirty Meter Telescope is constructed on the site, scientists say they will be able to explore more of the universe’s unsolved mysteries. (TMT Observatory Corporation via AP, File) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITHONOLULU (AP) — Atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea, where some Native Hawaiians have been peacefully protesting the construction of what would be one of the world's largest telescopes, astronomers have spent the past 40 years observing our universe and helping make some of the most significant discoveries in their field.


Man arrested over gunshot-like sounds near base stays jailed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:25
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man charged in incidents initially reported as gunshots fired near a Mississippi military base remains jailed and could be returned to prison.

Railroad safety: Few likely to meet deadline for technology

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:24

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. Only a handful of railroads are close to meeting a deadline this year to install safety technology that can prevent many crashes, including derailments due to excessive speed like the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May, according to a government report released Friday. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a handful of railroads are close to meeting a deadline this year to install safety technology that can prevent many crashes, including derailments due to excessive speed like the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May, according to a government report released Friday.


Cop said he shot man because he feared he would take his gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:23
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A detective has testified that a North Carolina police officer told investigators the unarmed black man he is accused of shooting two years ago had "crazy-looking eyes," and said he feared the man would take his gun.

Police find bike, clothes of boy who drowned in Darby Creek

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:16

Police find bike, clothes of boy who drowned in Darby CreekPolice in Delaware County say they have recovered the bicycle belonging to an 11-year-old Folcroft boy who was found dead in Darby Creek this week.


Officer fatally shoots man involved in domestic dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:15
ELSMERE, Ky. (AP) — Police say a northern Kentucky officer has fatally shot a man involved in a domestic dispute and a woman injured in the altercation has died.

Patrol probes if prescriptions involved in van-train crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:12
CINCINNATI (AP) — Investigators probing an Ohio crash involving a van and a train that killed an adult passenger and injured 9 children and the van's driver are looking into whether prescription drugs may have played a role.

Appeals court reverses Waco judge's gag order in biker case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:09

FILE - In this June 15, 2015 file photo, Matthew Clendennen wipes away tears in Hewitt, Texas. as he address the media about the Twin Peaks biker shootout and how its affected his life. A Texas appeals court on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 reversed a gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout saying the Waco court had abused its discretion in the case of Clendennen, the only arrested biker who has filed a lawsuit against local authorities alleging that he was arrested without probable cause. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP, File)WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court reversed a gag order Friday in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco that left nine dead and 18 injured.


Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:07
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A sheriff says a French couple who perished during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips for each one they took from their water bottles before the supply was exhausted.

San Francisco 49ers release Aldon Smith after DUI arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:06

San Francisco 49ers' Smith jokes with teammate Culliver as they pose for a team picture during Media Day for the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans(Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Aldon Smith on Friday, a day after police in Northern California arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and vandalism in the latest in a string of brushes with the law for the former Pro Bowl player. "This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues," the 49ers said in a statement announcing his release. "Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue." The Santa Clara Police Department said Smith was arrested on Thursday night.


2 iconic New England lighthouses are back in the spotlight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:06

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Gay Head Light flashes a white signal in Aquinnah, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The lighthouse flashes alternating red and white beams of light. The 160-year-old lighthouse was powered down and began a slow trek on rails in May 2015 to a new home about 135 feet further inland, away from a rapidly-eroding cliffside. A re-lighting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, after lighthouse was anchored at its new location. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BOSTON (AP) — Two beacons that guided New England mariners past treacherous shoals for generations are back in the spotlight.


VIDEO: Musikfest begins in Bethlehem

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:04

 Musikfest begins in BethlehemAction News reporter Annie McCormick reports live from the 6abc tent on all the fun visitors can expect.


Colorado theater shooting: A look at the 12 people killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:03

 Alex Teves, AJ Boik, Alex Sullivan, Gordon Cowden, Jesse Childress, Jessica Ghawi, John Larimer, Jonathan Blunk, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Rebecca Wingo, Micayla Medek, and Matt McQuinn. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Twelve people were killed and 70 were wounded or injured at a midnight movie on July 20, 2012, in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Here's a look at those who died:


Coffee company layoffs hit rebuilding Vermont town hard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:02

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2005 file photo, a Keurig single-serving coffee maker is seen at the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters outlet store in Waterbury, Vt. The company announced Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 that the bulk of about 200 layoffs announced Wednesday in the state would be in Waterbury, a town still rebuilding after the loss of about 1,100 jobs when Tropical Storm Irene flooded the state in 2011. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — For years, the company now known as Keurig Green Mountain provided well-paying, stable employment in Vermont. That's about to change.


Pennsylvania officials have two routes to oust embattled attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:02

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane congratulates Governor Tom Wolf following his inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA on January 20, 2015.Pennsylvania officials have two options if they want to push Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office as she faces criminal obstruction charges, but do not seem to be rushing to act, observers said on Friday. Politicians in both parties, from Governor Tom Wolf, who like Kane is a Democrat, to Republican state legislators, have called on Kane to step down after she was accused of leaking confidential information about a political rival to local media and then lying about her actions to a grand jury. Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected as the state's top prosecutor, has vowed to fight the charges, though she would have to step down if convicted.


Purse theft in Center City caught on surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/08/2015 - 05:01

Purse theft in Center City caught on surveillancePhiladelphia police are searching for two men who were caught on surveillance stealing a woman's purse from the back of her chair inside a Center City restaurant.