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Police locate car belonging to woman who was brutally murdered in East Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:46

Police locate car belonging to woman who was brutally murdered in East Mt. AiryHomicide detectives are working leads after officers discovered a car belonging to a woman who was found brutally murdered inside her East Mt. Airy home.

Milwaukee bus union members to hold three-day work stoppage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:44
Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee will take part in a three-day work stoppage starting on Wednesday morning after negotiations with transit system officials stalled over a new labor contract, union officials said on Tuesday. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 will stop working at 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday and return 72 hours later, union officials said. "We had no intention to go out on strike, we wanted to sit down and talk," union president James Macon told a news conference.

Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

Escapee practiced fleeing New York prison where chief on leave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:35

Handout photo shows a note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New YorkEscapee David Sweat made a practice run before he and Richard Matt broke out of an upstate New York prison where on Tuesday the superintendent and 11 other employees were placed on leave. Sweat, 35, who was shot and captured on Sunday after a three-week manhunt, told investigators he completed a test run before they made their elaborate escape from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said. Matt, 49, was shot and killed on Friday.

Lead lawmaker's bill would address Chicago school pension shortfall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:19
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday proposed legislation aimed at providing pension funding relief for the Chicago Public Schools, while meeting Governor Bruce Rauner's call for a local property tax freeze. The bill, set to be heard by the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, would require the state to pay a much bigger share of Chicago teachers' pensions and reduce the nation's third-largest public school district's contributions going forward. Payments due in fiscal 2018 through 2063 would be in amounts that would bring the funded ratio for the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund to 90 percent by 2063.

Texas county will issue same-sex marriage licenses, reversing earlier stance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:16
A Texas county clerk said on Tuesday her office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reversing a previous decision that was based on religious objections. Some counties in other socially conservative states such as Kentucky have declined to issue such licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. The controversy could result in a new round of lawsuits over gay marriage.

New Hawaii law legalizes traditional 'clean burial' practice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:16
In Hawaii, the dead can now be put to rest following an ancient Hawaiian custom called "clean burial" in which only a person's bones are buried, under a new law signed by Governor David Ige on Tuesday. The law legalizes the now-rare practice, once considered a violation of Hawaii's penal code, of allowing family members to handle bones of deceased loved ones after their flesh is removed in a partial cremation. The burial practice, in use for thousands of years by Native Hawaiians, involves wrapping a family member’s bones in special Hawaiian-made cloth and placing them in a burial container in a public or private cemetery.

State Department Releases Nearly 2,000 Clinton Emails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:12
The State Department has released nearly 2,000 emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton in her first year as Secretary of State.

VIDEO: Hail falls outside 6abc Action News studios

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:52

 Hail falls outside 6abc Action News studiosTuesday's storm brought hail, wind, and rain to our area, including outside the 6abc studios. Action News photographer Dan Sheridan was recording as the hail was falling.

Escapee Says He Was Almost Caught Twice, Practiced Escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:42
David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility with Richard Matt, was hiding in a hunting tree stand when an officer walked past him, according to the DA.

Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:36
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said Tuesday.

Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-California senator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:31
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It could be weeks before the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in steep, rugged terrain in southeast Alaska, killing nine people, is recovered.

Oklahoma judge orders grand jury probe of Tulsa sheriff's office

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:18
An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday ordered a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. Judge Rebecca Nightingale issued the order after an activist group submitted a petition aimed at compelling a grand jury investigation into Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his department. A community civil rights group called "We the People Oklahoma" submitted the petition on June 19 with more than 8,800 signatures calling for the probe into Glanz and the sheriff’s office.

Stranded woman gives birth in forest, starts wildfire to signal for help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:16

Stranded woman gives birth in forest, starts wildfire to signal for helpAuthorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.

Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:13

Canvassers leave flyers on their routes to drum up support for Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonMarijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on Tuesday, the first step in a voter-approved initiative that will usher in retail weed stores in 2016 like those operating in Washington state and Colorado. "We are thrilled with the end of adult marijuana prohibition, but we are far from where we need to be," said Russ Belville, of pro-marijuana group NORML's Portland chapter.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:10

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington. Bush is releasing more than three decades of personal income tax returns, a disclosure far more extensive than any previous candidate for president. The records Bush plans to release late Tuesday afternoon will include the eight years since Bush left office as Florida governor, a time when he served on numerous corporate boards and saw his income rise sharply. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Widow of prominent Ky. defense lawyer sues over his killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:00
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer's widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer's fatal shooting last year.

Family of immigrant killed by Wash. police gets documents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:59
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco, Washington, has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.

US Beats Germany to Get to Women's World Cup Finals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:56
The team beat Germany 2-0.