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Oily spill closes popular beach at New York's Lake George

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:58
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A popular beach at New York's Lake George is closed after an oily substance was spilled into the water.

SUV and van land on top of each other in Bustleton crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:54

SUVs land on top of each other in Bustleton crashAn SUV and van ended up on top of each other after crashing in a driveway in Philadelphia's Bustleton section.


Student killed in shooting at Savannah State University

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:28

Student killed in shooting at Savannah State UniversityAuthorities are investigating after a shooting at Savannah State University killed a student and prompted a lockdown at the Georgia school.


Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:27

Stairs, which are all that remain where a house once stood, are pictured in WavelandThe columned facade of Pass Christian's city hall looks out over the Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails.     A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Louis, tourists strolled through the colorful galleries, antique stores and cafes that dot its quaint main street.     Ten years ago this week, the eye of Hurricane Katrina ripped through these two small towns, which face each other across a small bay 60 miles (97 km) east of New Orleans.


Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:03

A sign marks the entrance to St. Paul's School in ConcordA New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable aspects of the culture of St. Paul’s School, a nearly 160-year-old academy whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry.


Firefighter injured in 2-alarm blaze in Reading, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:41

Firefighter injured in 2-alarm blaze in Reading, Pa.A firefighter was injured in a 2-alarm house fire in Reading, Pennsylvania.


Associated Press photographers reflect on Katrina coverage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:03

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2005 file photo, Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. Photographer Eric Gay recalled, "It was a sweet moment. Kind of uplifting despite the whole ordeal." (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With Hurricane Katrina headed for the Gulf Coast in late August 2005, The Associated Press deployed dozens of staffers to support its New Orleans and Mississippi bureaus.


Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:50

William Smith Jr., right, and Mary Hargis embrace outside the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Smith, and his partner, James Yates, were denied a marriage license for the third time despite the ruling of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding an earlier decision instructing the clerks to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A familiar scene repeated itself at a Kentucky courthouse: a gay couple marched into the clerk's office and requested a marriage license. But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' office again defied court orders and turned them away.


Oakland officer fatally shoots assault suspect after bike chain attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:18

Oakland officer fatally shoots assault suspect after bike chain attackAn Oakland police officer fatally shot an assault suspect Thursday morning after police say he attacked her with a bike chain.


Murphy leads Mets to sweep of Phillies, 9-5 in 13 innings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:36

Murphy leads Mets to sweep of Phillies, 9-5 in 13 inningsDaniel Murphy's offense and defense helped the New York Mets remain on a roll.


Student dies after shooting at Georgia university

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:27
Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an "altercation" late on Thursday at the university's student union and transported to a local hospital where he died, said school spokeswoman Loretta Heyward. The campus of the historically black university is in the heart of Savannah, an Atlantic seaport that is Georgia's oldest city.

Californians cut water without state imposing fines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 16:03

FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo a lawn is irrigated in Sacramento, Calif. A report is due out Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 on monthly state water conservation figures. Many California cities are conserving well, and officials are turning their attention to the few cities/agencies that aren’t doing so well. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said.


Things to know: EPA water rules take effect in some states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday — but only in some states.

On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:22

This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV, shows Vester Lee Flanagan II, who killed WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Moneta, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Flanagan was a former employee at WDBJ who appeared on air as Bryce Williams. (WDBJ-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDITROANOKE, Va. (AP) — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said.


29 to become citizens at DC's MLK memorial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-nine people will become citizens during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington.

Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:14

FILE- In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood Federation of America held a conference call Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, to discuss what it calls a “smear campaign” against the organization and its affiliates by a California-based anti-abortion group. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research.


Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:11

In this July 31, 2015, photo, Goodyear's Spirit of America blimp floats near Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles. The Goodyear Blimp is retiring, but a cigar-shaped craft with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side will still be at sports events, it just won't be technically a blimp. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring.


The Latest on TV shooting: AG joins hundreds for vigil

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 13:39

Members of the WDBJ-TV7 news staff prepare for the early morning newscast at the station, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Roanoke, Va. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former colleague during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. The balloons and flowers, at right, are addressed to Ward's fiancee, Melissa Ott, who was celebrating her last day at WDBJ on Wednesday, before moving to a station in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):


Horse riding program teaches sport of kings to at-risk youth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 13:24

In this July 29, 2015, photo, Work to Ride participant Marisol Jimenez, 9, prepares the pony Lyric for a ride in Philadelphia. Marisol's mother decided to get Marisol involved in Work to Ride, a non-profit program at the Chamounix Equestrian Center in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carmen Sharpe doesn't let her children play outside their home in a dangerous, gritty section of Philadelphia she refers to as "The Badlands."


Firefighters holding their own against giant wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 13:19

An airplane tanker flies through smoky air as it drops fire retardant on a wildfire that flared up in the late afternoon near Omak, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Firefighters were holding their own Thursday against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters were holding their own Thursday against the largest wildfire on record in Washington state, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames.