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US stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

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

US stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streakThe Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances.


Hawaii officials say state had record visitors in July

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:05
HONOLULU (AP) — The state of Hawaii had a record-setting number of visitors in July with more than 816,000 travelers bringing in more than $1.4 billion in spending.

Fire causes extensive damage to Second City theater offices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:04

Fire causes extensive damage to Second City theater officesTwo firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago's famed Second City theater company.


Judge: Current execution drugs may break Mississippi law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:04
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge said that he blocked executions in Mississippi because the sedatives the state plans to use don't align with what's required by Mississippi law.

Mother of conjoined twins to give birth in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:02

In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo provided by KUSA-TV, expectant mother Amber McCullough is pictured during an interview with Colorado's KUSA-TV, a day before she was to give birth to conjoined twins in Aurora, Colo. McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Colorado by C-section on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hospital officials said Wednesday they had no update on the surgery. (KUSA-TV Photo via AP)AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A woman preparing to give birth to conjoined twins in Colorado has been told one of the babies won't survive.


Pennsylvania court unseals pornographic emails sent by officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:42

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's highest court on Wednesday unsealed a trove of pornographic emails exchanged by state officials years ago that Attorney General Kathleen Kane said her political enemies wanted to suppress and her foes said she was using to intimidate them. The emails, consisting of crude jokes and graphics passed among hundreds of people in state government, have formed a subplot in a tangle of investigations stretching over years. The supervisor, Judge William Carpenter, argued that their release would not comprise the secrecy of the proceedings of that grand jury.


Video links white supremacist to Kansas killings: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:40

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasProsecutors presented witnesses, video and forensic evidence on Wednesday they said proved white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross fatally shot three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year. Prosecutors said they expected to rest their case on Thursday after presenting one more witness in the jury trial of Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, who is representing himself and has promised to take the stand. Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, could be sentenced to death if convicted of the April 2014 fatal shootings of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, as well as Terri LaManno, 53, outside the Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.


Chicago fire destroys Second City comedy offices, spares theater

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:31
A fire destroyed the Second City comedy offices, but largely spared the theater of the sketch and improv company in Chicago that has helped launch the careers of many comedians, the Chicago Fire Department said. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries battling the blaze investigators believe started in a kitchen in the first-floor restaurant in a three-story building next to the theater building, the fire department said. The fire spread quickly through vents all the way to the roof of the building, Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told a news conference.

Police officer shot, two stabbed in southwest Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:15
(Reuters) - A police officer was shot and two people stabbed in a southwest Louisiana town on Wednesday, with a suspect barricading himself in a convenience store, police said.

Caretaker charged with stealing $50,000 from elderly victim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:12

Caretaker charged with stealing $50,000 from elderly victimA woman hired as a home caretaker is now accused of stealing from the elderly person she was supposed to protect.


Not in our town: Comedian, retired coach takes on drug addiction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:04

 Comedian, retired coach takes on drug addictionRetired high school football coach Jimmy Graham of Pitman is used to taking on tough challenges.


State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:59

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. The transmission of classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, according to documents previously made public and reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.


Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:56

ADDS DATE AND CITY - In this framegrab from video posted on Bryce Williams’ Twitter account and Facebook page, Williams, whose real name is Vester Lee Flanagan II, aims a gun at television reporter Alison Parker as she conducts a live on-air interview Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Moneta, Va. Moments later, Flanagan fatally shot Parker and WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and injured Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed. The station said Flanagan was also an employee at WDBJ and appeared on air as Bryce Williams. (Vester Lee Flanagan II/Twitter via AP)MONETA, Va. (AP) — He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience, and also recorded by him and then shared worldwide across social media.


Ex-CEO hid antiques sale money while owing SEC millions: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:47
A one-time chief executive at a maker of high-definition television displays was arrested on Wednesday for pocketing $657,000 from the sale of antiques, rather than using it to help pay a judgment obtained by U.S. regulators for illegal stock sales. Robert Olins, a former CEO of SpatiaLight Inc, was arrested in West Hartford, Connecticut, as federal prosecutors in Manhattan unveiled a criminal complaint accusing him of obstructing justice and engaging in bank fraud. The complaint said Olins schemed with an antiques dealer to hide assets from a court-appointed receiver and the courts, personally enriching himself while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was trying to collect on a $3.4 million judgment.

Obama to seek unity with pope on issues in White House visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:46

In this photo taken March 27, 2014, President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the White House next month will put on display his common cause with President Barack Obama on many issues. When he swept into office in 2008, Obama captured near rock-star status among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely passed to the outspoken Francis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display.


'I'll Be There' campaign announced for papal visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:34

'I'll Be There' campaign announced for papal visit to PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia city officials and organizers of the World Meeting of Families announced the "I'll Be There" campaign as the countdown to the papal visit continues.


Robbery suspect shot during alleged police ambush in West Philadelphia identified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:32

Robbery suspect shot during alleged police ambush in West Philadelphia identifiedPolice have identified a robbery suspect shot by police in West Philadelphia. It happened, police say, as the man was waiting to ambush an officer who was pursuing him on foot.


Suspect dead in TV news crew shooting; police search for motive

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

Suspect dead in TV news crew shooting; police search for motiveVirginia police are searching for answers after a former anchor guns down a reporter and photographer live on TV.


Suspect in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:23
By Brendan O'Brien and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black. Vester Flanagan, 41, who went on the air under the name Bryce Williams, was a former employee of WDBJ7 in Virginia, where both of the slain journalists worked.

In TV shooting, a volatile, angry man 'waiting to go BOOM'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:53

This screen shot shows the Twitter page of Bryce Williams, whose real name is Vester Lee Flanagan II, shortly after he fatally shot WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker during a live broadcast in Moneta, Va., early Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2015. The station said Flanagan was also an employee at WDBJ and appeared on air as Bryce Williams. (Twitter via AP)Long before he filmed himself gunning down a TV reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast Wednesday, the man identified as the killer traced a twisted and volatile career path that saw him fired from at least two stations for conflicts with co-workers, leaving behind memories of an "off-kilter" loner easily angered by office humor.