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Man to plead guilty to hiding friend's church shooting plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 04:17

Crowds take part in the morning service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina man will plead guilty to federal charges he lied to investigators and concealed knowledge of his friend's plans for a deadly mass shooting that killed nine parishioners at a Charleston church last year, court papers showed on Monday. Joseph Meek, 21, will plead guilty to two charges, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court. An attorney for Meek and federal prosecutors declined to comment.


Guard was wrong to silence school choir, 9/11 Memorial says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 04:16

People walk near the 9/11 memorial in Exchange Place, New JerseyA security guard who stopped a middle-school choir from singing the national anthem at the September 11 memorial in Manhattan acted inappropriately and the students are welcome to come back and sing the anthem, a memorial official said on Monday. Fifty-one choral students led by their teacher from Waynesville Middle School in North Carolina started signing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the National September 11 Memorial in New York last week when a security guard stopped them because they lacked the required permit to perform. Although the rules require a permit, which takes 10 business days to process and carries a $35 fee, it was still appropriate for middle-school students to sing the national anthem at the site, where more than 2,700 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a spokeswoman for the 9/11 Memorial said.


Sheriff: Deputy fired for pepper spraying restrained inmate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 04:14

This arrest photo made available by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office on Monday, April 25, 2016, shows Sgt. Charlesetta Hawkins. Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher says he fired Hawkins and had her charged with cruelty to an inmate after security video showed her using pepper spray on an inmate who spit in the deputy’s face while his hands and feet were bound to a restraint chair. (Chatham County Sheriff's Office via AP)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy was fired Monday and charged with a felony after an investigation found she used pepper spray to punish a jail inmate who spit in her face while his hands and feet were in restraints, the sheriff said.


Markets Right Now: Oil drop, weak earnings weigh on stocks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 04:09

 British pound buoyed by ObamaNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on financial markets (all times local):


Dad of missing Florida teen fisherman will share phone data

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 04:03

FILE - This file combination made from photos provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos. Cohen and Stephanos were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. A cellphone belonging to Austin Stephanos was inside a boat spotted in the Atlantic Ocean in March 2016 by the captain of a Norwegian supply ship. The mother of Perry Cohen issued a statement Sunday, April 24, 2016, saying the state attorney's help is needed because Austin Stephanos' father, Blu Stephanos, hasn't given Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators permission to search his son's iPhone. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP, File)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Florida teen who went missing at sea while on a fishing trip with a friend said Monday he will share whatever information is found on his son's recovered cellphone with the other boy's family and law enforcement.


Truck overturns onto car on Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:52

Truck overturns onto car on Pennsylvania Turnpike in BensalemTraffic is at a standstill on the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County where a tractor trailer overturned onto a passenger vehicle.


Maine's eels, on way to becoming sushi, having stronger year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:50
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's money-making elvers fishery, the only significant fishery in the U.S. for the baby eels, is having a much stronger year as favorable weather has allowed fishermen to capture their quarry.

U.S. appeals court restores Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:47

New England Patriots quarterback Brady exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkA U.S. appeals court on Monday restored the four-game "Deflategate" suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, handing the National Football League a victory in the latest round in a battle with one of its marquee players. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a federal judge's ruling that had overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to penalize Brady, twice the league's most valuable player, over his alleged involvement in a scheme to deflate footballs used in a 2015 playoff game. The Patriots won that game over the Indianapolis Colts, sending them to the Super Bowl, where they defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks to give Brady his fourth championship title.


U.S. motor travel rises at record pace in February

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:44

Gasoline drips off a nozzle during refueling at a gas station in AltadenaU.S. motor travel surged at a record pace in February as Americans took to the road again after January's historic snowstorms, U.S. data released on Monday showed, fueling optimism about gasoline demand as refiners brace for the busy summer driving season. U.S. motorists logged 232.2 billion miles, the most for any February and up 5.6 percent from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. The data suggest that the slowdown caused by a late-January snowstorm which stranded millions in the U.S. Northeast was unusual.


Idaho official: Kobe Bryant's remarks help save potato truck

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:39

FILE - In this March 30, 2012, file photo, the Idaho Potato Commission displays its six-ton tuber replica on the street in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise. The Idaho Potato Commission says its traveling advertisement, the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, could roll on indefinitely. (AP Photo/John Miller, File)EAGLE, Idaho (AP) — Kobe Bryant's recent mention of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck might have helped save the traveling advertisement from a premature retirement, according to the head of a state agency that promotes Idaho potatoes.


The Latest: Dad of teen lost at sea will share phone data

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:36

FILE - This file combination made from photos provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos. Cohen and Stephanos were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. A cellphone belonging to Austin Stephanos was inside a boat spotted in the Atlantic Ocean in March 2016 by the captain of a Norwegian supply ship. The mother of Perry Cohen issued a statement Sunday, April 24, 2016, saying the state attorney's help is needed because Austin Stephanos' father, Blu Stephanos, hasn't given Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators permission to search his son's iPhone. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP, File)TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the recovery of a cellphone from a boat belonging to two Florida teens who went missing last summer (all times local):


Two accused in Mexican cartel lawyer slaying on trial in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:33
Two men accused of tracking an alleged high-level member of a Mexican drug cartel for two years to help set up his ambush slaying in Texas in 2013, go on trial on Monday afternoon in U.S. federal court in Fort Worth. Testimony at the trial is expected to show how brutal feuds between Mexican drug cartels leak over the border into the United States. Jesus Ledezma, 59, and his cousin Jose Cepeda, 60, are charged with interstate stalking, and aiding and abetting in the death of Juan Guerrero, 43, at an upscale shopping center in Southlake, a suburb of Fort Worth, near where he lived.

Colorado court: ruling stands that baker can't cite religion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:27

FILE - In this March 10, 2014, file photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo. Colorado's Supreme Court has refused to take up the case of Phillips, who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, letting stand a lower court's ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing service. The American Civil Liberties Union applauded the Monday, April 25, 2016 development, saying it affirmed that no one should be turned away from a business serving the public because of who they are or who they love. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, letting stand a lower court's ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing service.


Ammon Bundy questions authority of feds to prosecute him

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:24
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for Ammon Bundy revealed plans to contest the authority of the federal government to prosecute their client for the takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Court: Law doesn't bar suits against cigarette manufacturers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 03:06
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cigarette manufacturers aren't immune to lawsuits by smokers who get sick, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a decision that bolsters the case of a smoker who was stricken with laryngeal cancer and won a $28 million judgment against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Autopsy: Toddler died of pneumonia because of malnourishment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:44
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy report concludes a 3-year-old North Carolina girl died from pneumonia because she was so severely malnourished.

Delaware justices to hear arguments on death penalty law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:35
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the constitutionality of the state's death penalty.

Dubai pushes the pedal to the metal on driverless cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:34

In this Monday April 25, 2016 photo made available by Dubai Road and Transport Authorities, RTA, a ten-seater driverless car is being test run during the second Middle East and North Africa, MENA, Transport Congress Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced plans Monday to have 25 percent of all trips in the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates be by driverless vehicles by 2030. (RTA via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads to be done by driverless vehicles.


Clinton, Sanders campaigning in Pennsylvania, Delaware Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:27

Clinton, Sanders campaigning in Pennsylvania, Delaware MondayThe Democratic presidential candidates are making stops in the Delaware Valley Monday ahead of Tuesday's primaries in Pennsylvania and Delaware.


3 in custody after shooting, standoff in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 02:26

3 in custody after shooting, standoff in LoganThree people are in police custody following a shooting and standoff in Philadelphia's Logan section.