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Seattle adds 'streateries' to America's growing pavement culture

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 20:22

Ted Sherman makes use of a public "parklet," which will soon be converted to a "streatery," in Seattle, WashingtonThe box-shaped wood-frame patio, which juts out into a traffic-clogged roadway in the densely populated Capitol Hill neighborhood, is one of Seattle's "parklets," with a segment set aside for alcohol consumption. The street eateries are platformed oases with decorative shrubs that semi-permanently usurp one or two parking spaces. "American cities really want to activate the public spaces and streets that for way too long have been given over to the automobile," said Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles, who studies the phenomenon.

Hopi sacred masks auctioned in Paris despite protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:55

Sacred Hopi and Acoma objects are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris before auctionA collection of sacred masks and statues belonging to the Native American Hopi tribe have gone under the hammer at a Paris auction despite calls that the sale be canceled. The Hopi, who still live in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, consider the artifacts sacred, representing messengers to the gods and the spirits of ancestors and natural forces such as animals, plants or the sun. "Hopi Indians are totally opposed to the trade of these objects and for these objects to be shown, (their images) published and scattered," said Jean-Patrick Razon, head of Survival International, which defends cultural heritage.

Burglars break into pet store, swipe 15 exotic birds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:38
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania pet store is searching for more than a dozen exotic birds that were swiped from the shop.

Acura recall shows glitch in automatic braking system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:13

FILE - This is a March 27, 2013, file photo showing the 2014 Acura MDX during the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Acura has recalled two models of SUVs because the automatic emergency braking systems can malfunction and put the vehicles at risk of a collision. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)Acura has recalled two models because the automatic emergency braking systems can malfunction and put the vehicles at risk of a collision.

Lawyer: Officer didn't target black teens at Texas pool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:00

Jane Bishkin, left, the Dallas County Police Officer's Association attorney who represents former McKinney Officer Eric Casebolt holds a news conference, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Dallas. Casebolt is the white police officer who resigned after being caught on video pushing a black teenage girl to the ground outside a pool party. At right is Daniel Malenfant, lodge president of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS (AP) — A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer said, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls.

Ahead of the Bell: US retail sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:53

US retail sales flat-line in AprilThe Commerce Department releases retail sales data for May on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. REBOUND: Economists forecast that retail sales climbed 1.2 percent in May, according to a survey by FactSet. ...

Officer hurt in domestic dispute in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:43

Officer hurt in domestic dispute in South PhiladelphiaA Philadelphia police officer suffered a minor injury during a domestic incident in South Philadelphia.

Official admits: 'No information' on escaped killers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:04

 'No information' on escaped killersAuthorities searching for two escaped killers who have been on the loose for the better part of a week acknowledged being in the dark about their whereabouts or doings, even as the hunt for the men expanded past state borders into Vermont.

Fire damages store and apartment in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:55

Fire damages store and apartment in North PhiladelphiaFirefighters battled a blaze that damaged a grocery store and an apartment in North Philadelphia.

Shark dies after transport truck runs off Florida interstate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:35

In this image taken from video provided by Fox35 News, a SeaWorld rescue team (in blue shirts) removes a shark from a truck that ran off a highway in Oak Hill, Fla., Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Authorities say a shark was killed in a Florida traffic accident when a truck carrying four of the big fish blew a tire and ran off the highway. The Florida Highway Patrol says the four sharks were being driven to an aquarium in New York City from Marathon, Florida, when the tractor-trailer transporting them ran off of Interstate 95 near Oak Hill. The SeaWorld rescue team from Orlando moved the remaining sharks to its facility until transportation arrangements can be made. (Fox35 News via AP)OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a shark was killed in a Florida traffic accident when a truck carrying four of the big fish blew a tire and ran off the highway.

Police search for missing teen in Chestnut Hill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:35

Missing 17-year-old girl found safe in Chestnut HillPolice are searching for a 17-year-old girl who went missing in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

Manhunt for escaped New York inmates expands to Vermont

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:58

Vermont Governor Shumlin and New York Governor Cuomo take part in a news conference at the Clinton Correctional Facility in DannemoraThe hunt for two inmates who escaped from a New York maximum security prison expanded to neighboring Vermont on Wednesday as the pair set a record for the longest jailbreak in New York history, authorities said. More than 450 state, federal and local law enforcement agents were searching the area north of New York's rugged Adirondack Park on Wednesday, with the hunt extending into neighboring Vermont, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told reporters.

After sex assault plea, focus shifts to student's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:32

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. A woman who authorities say was sexually assaulted by the same man charged with killing a University of Virginia student came face to face with her alleged attacker in a Fairfax courtroom Thursday. The encounter was brief, and the woman's testimony was focused on a narrow legal question, though she did testify that his face looked familiar. But it provided a preview of the courtroom drama expected next week, when a jury trial begins for 33-year-old Jesse Matthew. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool, File)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Gil Harrington, mother of slain student Morgan Harrington, summed up the state of affairs after Jesse Matthew entered a plea Wednesday in a decade-old sexual assault that has been linked by DNA evidence to two other crimes: "We're one third of the way there."

Georgia woman who used abortion pills still faces legal woes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:59

In this May 23, 2015 photo released by the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Kenlissia Jones, 23, poses for a booking photo. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards issued a statement saying he had dismissed a malice murder charge against Jones, who was released from jail after about three days in confinement. Abortion-rights advocates and opponents of abortion alike had said they were stunned by the murder charge. Georgia has prohibited the prosecution of women for feticide or for performing illegal abortions in cases involving their own pregnancies. (Dougherty County Sheriff's Office via AP)ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman spent nearly three days in jail without bond before prosecutors decided police had wrongly charged her with murder after being told she had used pills ordered online to terminate her pregnancy.

Last of Angola 3 inmates awaits court's decision on release

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:45

In this Feb 12, 2015 image made from video and released by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Albert Woodfox walks into a courthouse in Louisiana. A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of Woodfox, the last of the “Angola Three” inmates who spent decades in isolation after forming a Black Panther Party to protest prison conditions. Tuesday’s order came a day after a federal judge ruled that the state can’t fairly try Woodfox, now 68, a third time for the death of a prison guard 43 years ago. (WBRZ-TV via AP)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert King plans to be there if and when his friend Albert Woodfox is released from behind bars after more than four decades in solitary confinement.

Bobblehead hall of fame, museum finds home in Milwaukee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:29

In this April 16, 2015, photo, Phil Sklar, seated, and Brad Novak sit with some of the bobbleheads they have collected since quitting their jobs last year to start the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Milwaukee. They’ve already collected 4,000 bobbleheads of sports players, mascots, characters, regular and famous people and hope to have 10,000 by the time they open next year. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)MILWAUKEE (AP) — There's a puppetry museum in Utah. A vacuum museum in Oregon. A roller skating museum in Nebraska. So, why not a bobblehead hall of fame and museum in Wisconsin?

Florida high school principal removed after defending Texas officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:10
(Reuters) - A Florida high school principal has been removed from his job after commenting online in support of the Texas police officer who resigned after a video surfaced showing him manhandling a black bikini-clad teenager and pulling his gun on other black teens, according to officials and local media.

Californian oil spill clean-up costs exceed $60 million: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:30

Crews clean up El Capitan State Beach after a massive oil spill on the Californian coast in Goleta(Reuters) - Clean-up costs associated with a Californian oil pipeline rupture that dumped as much as 2,400 barrels of crude onto a pristine stretch of coastline and into the Pacific Ocean have exceeded $60 million, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Plains All American Pipeline spokeswoman Meredith Mathews told the newspaper that expenses for restoring the affected area near Santa Barbara ran as high as $3 million a day. On Tuesday Santa Barbara County rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's emergency permit application to temporarily haul crude using tanker trucks following the spill.

Sexy ads promote water saving with a wink in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:20

This image is a copy of an ad created and released by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. San Francisco is hoping racier-yet ads promoting water conservation _ like “Go Full Frontal,” for water-saving front-loading washers _ will encourage Bay Area residents to save yet more, to meet a state-mandated 10 percent cut in water use for the drought. Even with sexy public service announcements, it may be a tough sell. Bay Area residents already are among the thriftiest water users in the state, and the area’s water reservoirs are 90 percent full. (AP Photo/San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Too sexy for the drought?

SUV hits 4 students near Bellingham, Washington, killing 2

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:03
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — An SUV jumped a curb and plowed into a group of Washington state high school students out for a gym class walk on Wednesday, killing two boys and seriously injuring two others, the Washington State Patrol said.