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Katrina-scattered families rebuild separately and together

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:47

Chevelle Washington, right, sits in the hospital room of her sister, Chelette Price, in Houston on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. One profound change wrought by Hurricane Katrina was the splitting of families as a mass evacuation from chaotic New Orleans sent thousands, including Washington's family, to the safety of other cities. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington's modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids' shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven.


Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon by ground zero

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:45

FILE - In this June 25, 2015, file photo, the World Trade Center, right, looms behind St. Paul's Chapel with its steeple wrapped in scaffolding for repairs, in New York. The winner of a new competition open to people of all faiths called "The Reconciliation Preaching Prize," has been won by an Army chaplain from Austin, Texas. The Rev. David Peters will have the privilege of delivering an original sermon on Sept. 11, at the chapel near ground zero that was turned into a makeshift memorial shrine and became a place of rest and renewal for volunteers and responders, following the terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks.


Alabama governor's wife files for divorce; pair lives apart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:31
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's first lady has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown."

Train runs into truck on tracks in San Diego; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:29
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fire officials say an Amtrak train crashed into a truck that was on railroad tracks in San Diego, but the driver was able to jump out in time.

Death toll rises as Tropical Storm Erika reaches Hispaniola

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:20

Death toll rises as Tropical Storm Erika reaches HispaniolaHeavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Erika began to bear down Friday on the Dominican Republic.


The Latest: Former President Bush arrives in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:10

Former President George W. Bush poses for photos with students at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Bush is in town to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The latest on former President George W. Bush's trip to New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (all times local):


Shell pauses Arctic offshore drilling for high wind, water

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:53
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC says he's not sure when exploratory drilling will resume off Alaska's northwest coast after high winds and waves shut down operations Wednesday.

What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:43

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.


North Carolina policeman won't face retrial in fatal shooting of black man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:36
North Carolina prosecutors said on Friday they have decided against seeking a retrial for Randall Kerrick, a white police officer whose manslaughter trial in the killing of an unarmed black man ended in a hung jury last week. The North Carolina Attorney General’s office said it would move to dismiss the case after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict, with eight of the 12 panelists favored acquittal. “In consideration of the jurors' comments, the evidence available to the state, and our background in criminal trials, it is our prosecutors' unanimous belief a retrial will not yield a different result,” Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery wrote to District Attorney Andrew Murray.

Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:32
MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.

Man says gun was in his underwear when it fired, killing pal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:32
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a man told them he was adjusting a gun he kept in his underwear when it fired, killing one of his friends.

Kenyan gets 15 years in prison in U.S. for funding Islamist militant groups

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:18
A Kenyan man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday by a judge in Miami after pleading guilty to funneling $11,600 dollars to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Mohamed Hussain Said, 27, for conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda, al Qaeda in Iraq/Nusra Front, and al Shabaab. Said was arrested along with Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, a 31-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen born in India, in Saudi Arabia in August 2013 and turned over to U.S. authorities.

Ex-Energy Secretary Richardson: Keep MOX project going

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:09
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson wants the Obama administration to keep alive a South Carolina project to turn weapons-grade materials into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

It's a boy! National Zoo's surviving newborn panda is male

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:52

This image provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Giant Panda Mei Xiang and her cub at the zoo in Washington. The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son. The zoo announced Friday that the surviving panda cub is male and the son of the zoo's male panda Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to fraternal twins Saturday, but the smaller cub — also a male fathered by Tian Tian — died Wednesday. (Smithsonian's National Zoo via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son.


Gunman in TV crew killings remembered as 'professional victim'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:38

Gunman in TV crew killings remembered as 'professional victim'The man who was news director during Vester Flanagan's rocky tenure at Virginia station WDBJ-TV described him as someone who constantly saw himself being victimized by others.


Tropical Storm Erika soaks Puerto Rico; 4 killed in Dominica

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:36

Tropical Storm Erika soaks Puerto Rico; 4 killed in DominicaTropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico with rain and wind Friday after killing at least four people in Dominica.


Court ruling on NSA data collection shows program is constitutional: White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. appellate court decision on the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata was consistent with the Obama administration's stance that the intelligence gathering programs are constitutional, the White House said on Friday.

SUVs land on top of each other in Bustleton crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:31

SUV lands on top of overturned SUV in Bustleton crashTwo SUVs ended up on top of each other after crashing in a driveway in Philadelphia's Bustleton section.


Driver sought in hit-and-run with Raleigh police cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:24

Driver sought in hit-and-run with Raleigh police cruiserRaleigh police are searching for the driver who collided with a police officer's patrol cruiser and another car early Friday morning.


Obama to New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:05

 You inspire me, and AmericaVisiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.