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50 years later, Dylan's electric guitar returns to Newport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 09:38

In this June 10, 2014 photo, Indianapolis Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay holds in Indianapolis the Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Irsay purchased it at auction for just under $1 million. Festival producer Jay Sweet said through a spokeswoman Friday, July 24, 2015, the opening day of this year's three-day outdoor festival in Newport, R.I., that the guitar had returned to the festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the performance when Dylan first went electric on stage. (Michelle Pemberton/The Indianapolis Star via AP)The guitar that Bob Dylan used to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago is back in Newport.


Robot's cross-country hitchhike hasn't left Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 09:05

As pre-game activity begins, hitchBOT rests on the wall along the first base line before a baseball game at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in Boston, Friday, July 24, 2015. The robot's hitchhiking journey across the United States took a detour to Fenway. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — A robot's hitchhiking journey across the U.S. is off to a slow start.


Two young Louisiana women lost in a random burst of gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:54
By Kathy Finn LAFAYETTE, La. (Reuters) - Jillian Johnson was a local art workshop and gift store owner who went to movies to see a comedy with her best friend. Mayci Breaux, who attended the same 7 p.m. show with her boyfriend, was an honor student who aspired to be an X-ray technician. Twenty minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" in a Lafayette, Louisiana theater, the two women were gunned down by a stranger with a long history of mental illness.

Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:54

This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows Pluto made by combining several images from two cameras on the New Horizons spacecraft. The images were taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.


Family hopeful remains found in NC lake are missing man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:27

This photo provided by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office shows a 1968 Pontiac Catalina that was pulled from Lake Rhodhiss in North Carolina on Tuesday July 21, 2015. It contained remains that are believed to be those of Amos Shook. Shook was reported missing in 1972, and his case remained unsolved until investigators searched the lake with sonar at the family’s request. (AP Photo/Caldwell County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office)LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — The widow of a man who disappeared 43 years ago and whose remains are believed to be those found in a car submerged in a western North Carolina lake said Friday that she and her family are relieved that their anguish appears to be over.


University restores Mississippi flag to campus display

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:27
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks has returned a Mississippi flag to a campus display just days after the university removed it, citing an ongoing national discussion about Confederate imagery.

5 airlines accused of price-gouging after deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:15

5 airlines accused of price-gouging after deadly Amtrak crash in PhiladelphiaTransportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.


Oklahoma police scour social media for clues to stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:14

Crime scene tape marks off the area as police investigate scene, Thursday morning, July 23, 2015, in Broken Arrow, Okla., where authorities say five people were found dead late Wednesday night. Police say a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, who are both related to the victims, were taken into custody. (AP Photo/Justin JuozapaviciusBROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma police on Friday scoured social media posts for clues to the motive of a teenager accused of stabbing to death his parents and three siblings in a late night attack that left bodies strewn through a two-story house in a quiet neighborhood.


Man pleads guilty to five California killings, arson in 2008

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:11
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement that Steve Kwon, 44, entered his plea late on Thursday as a jury was being selected for his upcoming trial. The bodies of Shim's former spouse, Jenny Young Park, 34, her 13-year-old daughter, Jamie, her 11-year-old son, Justin, and a 60-year-old relative, Joseph Ciganek, were found in the ruins of a home they shared in the desert community of Quartz Hill, north of Los Angeles. The remains of Park's boyfriend, 34-year-old Si Young Yoon, who had been missing since the day of the slayings, were found in Mexico in December by authorities acting on information Shim provided as part of his plea agreement, prosecutors said.

Two California animal rights activists arrested after vandalism spree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:06
Two California animal rights activists were arrested on Friday over accusations that since 2013 they had wandered the country vandalizing stores and homes and releasing minks and other animals as part of an anti-fur campaign. Joseph Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Kissane, 28, are charged in a six-page indictment with conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Anti-Terrorism Act, in connection with a spree of vandalism of homes, vehicles, shops and farms tied to the meat and fur industries, federal authorities said. According to the indictment, which was unsealed in federal court in San Diego on Friday, they did more than $100,000 worth of damage while they traveled 40,000 miles (64,000 km) across to Pennsylvania, Oregon, and a half dozen other states in their Honda Fit.

Civil rights advocate, businessman Francis Guess dead at 69

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:05
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville civil rights advocate, businessman and state commissioner Francis Guess has died. He was 69.

Theater victims were popular student and outgoing artist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:05

In this July 31, 2014 photo, Jillian Johnson and Jason Brown, husband and wife and co-owners of Red Arrow Workshop, pose for a photo in their shop in River Ranch in Lafayette, La. Johnson was slain by a gunman who opened fire Thursday, July 23, 2015, in a crowded Louisiana movie theater. Johnson, 33, was remembered as an all-around "creative force" who ran clothing and art boutiques, played in a rootsy rock band, helped organize a music festival, and used her design skills on T-shirts and other crafts. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities.


AT&T buys DirecTV, now biggest traditional TV provider in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:48

FILE - This file combo made from file photos shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning clearance from the Federal Communications Commission, according to reports, Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country's biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.


Spelman College discontinues its Bill Cosby professorship

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:33

FILE - In this June 4, 2014, file photo, entertainer and former classmate Bill Cosby speaks as Patrick O'Connor, chairman of Temple University's Board of Trustees, right, listens during a public memorial service for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz at Temple University in Philadelphia. Cosby and Temple University have parted ways, but his lawyer is feeling heat for continuing to serve on the university’s board of trustees. The head of the school’s faculty union this week called for O’Connor to resign from the board, where he is the chairman. The administration of the Philadelphia university is strongly backing O’Connor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)ATLANTA (AP) — A historically black college is discontinuing its endowed professorship with Bill Cosby after recent details emerged of his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit.


The Latest: Jindal says 'not time' to discuss gun control

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:32

Mason Matthews, 10, leaves a card at a makeshift memorial for shooting victim Jillian Johnson at Red Arrow Workshop in River Ranch in Lafayette, La., Friday, July 24, 2015. According to The Daily Advertiser, store co-owner Johnson was among the victims that died following the Thursday night shooting at the Grand 16 theater. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater (times are local):


Colorado cop's cute encounter with baby owl posted online

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:22
Video of a Colorado deputy's encounter with a curious, clicking baby owl delighted animal-lovers on Friday after authorities posted footage of the unusual meeting in the mountains to the Internet. The deputy was driving near the small town of Nederland when she and a colleague were stopped in their tracks by the young northern saw-whet owl, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.

California judge indicates he will dismiss assisted suicide lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:18
A San Diego judge said on Friday he would likely dismiss a lawsuit brought by three terminally ill patients seeking a right to assisted suicide, after a bill that would have allowed the practice stalled in the California legislature. The judge is presiding in a case brought in May by lawyers for three terminally ill California residents with the support of Compassion and Choices, a group that fights for legislation to allow assisted suicide. The legal challenge represented one front in an effort by some terminally ill patients and their supporters to win a right to assisted suicide in the nation's most populous state.

Arrest made at Bellagio fountain after swim stops water show

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:08
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A water rescue at the Las Vegas Strip's iconic Bellagio fountain led to one man's arrest.

Freeway in California partially reopens after bridge damage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:06

Traffic flows in both directions at the bypass at the Tex Wash near Eagle Mountain Road, 5 miles west of Desert Center, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2015. A 50 mile-stretch of a vital California interstate linking Los Angeles and Phoenix partially reopened Friday after flash flooding damaged several bridges last weekend. (Rodrigo Pena/The Press-Enterprise via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTDESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — A 50 mile-stretch of a vital California interstate linking Los Angeles and Phoenix partially reopened Friday after flash flooding damaged several bridges last weekend.


Two young Louisiana women lost in a random burst of gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:04
Jillian Johnson was a local art workshop and gift store owner who went to movies to see a comedy with her best friend. Breaux, who attended the same 7 p.m. show with her boyfriend, was an honor student who aspired to be an X-ray technician. Twenty minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" in a Lafayette, Louisiana theater, the two women were gunned down by a stranger with a long history of mental illness.