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Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:59

Cars drives by a sign encouraging residents to save water on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The 154,000-customer water district in wealthy southern Orange County had achieved only a 3 percent water reduction rate in the previous 11 months, but that number jumped to 18 percent in May. State water officials cited the Santa Margarita Water District on Wednesday as it announced a record statewide water savings of 29 percent overall in the drought-stricken state, which is experiencing its driest period in recorded history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.

Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco pier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:59
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.

Philadelphia Officer Michael Alice charged in assault on girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:58

Philadelphia Officer Michael Alice charged in assault on girlfriendA Philadelphia police officer has been arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend at their home.

Teen charged with killing teacher loses bid to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:56
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to move the trial of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher.

U.S. probe sees no links among black church fires in South

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:54

Fire crews try to control a blaze at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina in this handout photoFederal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire. The investigation into the fires follows the June 17 shootings at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine black people were killed and a white man linked to racist views was charged in their deaths. A federal law enforcement team including the FBI and the Justice Department's civil rights division are investigating several church fires across five states over the past two weeks, Newman said.

Marine killed in World War II is buried in Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:49
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Marine killed in World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his Massachusetts hometown.

Gov. Brown approves removing 'lynching' from California law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:41
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that removes the word "lynching" from California law.

Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:38
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses at all — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

Police: Bomb found in car during Missouri traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:23
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man arrested after police said they found an improvised explosive device in his vehicle has previous convictions for drug possession and domestic assault.

After nearly closing, Virginia's Sweet Briar names new president

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:15
Sweet Briar College named a new president on Thursday in what supporters hope will be a new beginning for the private Virginia women's college that was on the verge of closing. As called for in the settlement, Sweet Briar's board of directors resigned and a new board stepped in on Thursday, naming attorney Phillip Stone as its new president. Stone is a former president of Bridgewater College, a small coeducational school in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

Mormon Church makes first donation to Utah gay youth program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:08

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los AngelesThe Mormon Church has made its first-ever donation to the Utah Pride Center, a Salt Lake City organization that works with poor and homeless gay young people, in what center officials said on Thursday was a significant moment in the Church's relationship with the gay community. Relations between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the gay community were strained by Mormon support for California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that stripped same-sex couples there of the right to marry until it was ruled unconstitutional in 2010.

World War II POWs from Colorado get long-delayed medals

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

Clayton Nattier, left, looks over a sheet of medals that he is to be awarded with John Pederson, center, and Keith Hereford during a ceremony to honor the trio Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Lakewood, Colo. The three Colorado veterans, who were captured by the German military in World War II, received their decorations more than 70 years after they were liberated. Nattier was a pilot and Hereford was a gunner on B-17 bombers. Both had to parachute from their damaged planes in separate incidents before they were captured. Pederson was an infantryman captured during a battle in France. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Stooped with age but still smiling and joking, three Colorado veterans who were taken prisoner by the German military in World War II got their medals Thursday, more than 70 years after they were liberated.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:05

AP10ThingsToSee - Manushka Doneis, 18, left, and Fritzna Oralist, 12, drink water they collected from a pool of water created by a broken, buried water pipe filtering up into the yard, as they sit inside an abandoned shipping company depot where their families live in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday, June 26, 2015. Squatter families residing in the building have each taken an office as a bedroom, but at night, they say, scores of other homeless workers come to sleep on the floor in the depot and hallways. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:56
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday. The woman from Clallam County, in northwestern Washington, was most likely exposed to measles at a medical facility during a recent outbreak in the area, the state Health Department said in a statement on its website. The cause of her death was ruled by medical examiners as pneumonia due to measles, according to the agency.

New president at women's college saved from brink of closure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:53
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — A new president and governing board took command of Sweet Briar College on Thursday under a mediated settlement that rescued the 114-year-old women's college from the brink of closure.

Anonymous donors raise $3 million for scholarships after U.S. church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:43

People take part in "Black Lives Matter" march around Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonThe large contribution underscores a national outpouring of grief and support for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, site of the racially motivated shooting spree on June 17. The scholarship fund will be named after one of the victims, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's leader and a state senator. The scholarships are intended for the church's extended community, including the victims' relatives.

Kentucky couples sue for marriage licenses after gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:40
Eight people, including two same-sex couples, on Thursday sued an eastern Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone following last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, the Kentucky chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Ashland with the legal support of the ACLU, claims Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has purposefully violated the plaintiffs' rights.

San Francisco creates short-term rental agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:35

General view of the city of San Francisco, California with Alcatraz Island in the background as AC45 catamarans train for Red Bull Youth America's CupSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the creation of a new agency on Thursday to oversee short-term rentals like those arranged by Airbnb, which matches people wishing to rent out all or part of their homes to temporary guests. The new department, the Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement, will manage rental applications as well as coordinate efforts to pursue violators of the city's laws and complaints.

Suspect in pharmacy fire during Baltimore riots charged with arson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:31

Raymon Carter is seen in an undated picture released by the Baltimore Police Department in Baltimore, MarylandA man who prosecutors allege torched a drugstore that came to symbolize the rioting in Baltimore in April was charged on Thursday with federal arson violations that carry the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence. Violence broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody. Nearly 400 businesses across Baltimore were damaged or destroyed in the hours following Gray's funeral, authorities have said.

Connecticut to conduct DNA tests in deciding on retrying disabled man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:30

Richard Lapointe, exits the courthouse after Lapointe was released from jail in HartfordConnecticut prosecutors can conduct further genetic testing before deciding whether to retry a mentally disabled man who spent a quarter century in prison until his conviction for rape and murder was overturned, a judge ruled on Thursday. Although the conviction was overturned in March, prosecutors say they believe Richard Lapointe is linked to the 1987 rape and murder of his wife's grandmother.