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Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:59

This May 17, 2014 photo from Wolves of the Rockies shows a black female wolf known as 889F wearing a satellite tracking colla,r in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. This black female wolf has a white and black satellite collar on her neck. Government researchers have lost their license to a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk at Yellowstone. Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith said Thursday, July 2, 2015 that new licensee NorthWestern Energy is letting the research work continue, allowing the park to avoid more than $450,000 in estimated costs to restart the program.(Wolves of the Rockies via AP)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk.


Image released of girl found dead in bag in Boston Harbor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:59

This flyer released Thursday, July 2, 2015, by the Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney includes a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl, whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, inside a bag that also contained a black and white zebra-print blanket. She was wearing white leggings with black polka dots. Officials believe the brown-haired, brown-eyed girl was about 4 years old and are hoping the information generates clues about her identity. (Suffolk County District Attorney via AP)BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have released a computer-generated image of a young girl found dead last week inside a plastic bag along a Boston Harbor shoreline and are hoping it generates clues about her identity.


Sex offenders sue, cite Indiana's religious objections law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:58
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of two registered sex offenders cites Indiana's new religious objections law in arguing they've been wrongly prohibited from worshipping at churches that have schools on the same property.

Motorcyclist killed near Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:58

Motorcyclist killed near Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks CountyPennsylvania State Police are investigating a deadly accident near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County.


Philadelphia Police to name officers involved in shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:50

Philadelphia Police to name officers involved in shootingsThe Philadelphia Police Department will no longer keep the names of officers involved in shootings a secret


Man arrested in fatal shooting in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:47

Man arrested in fatal shooting in Port RichmondPolice have arrested a man after a deadly shooting in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


Summer is sizzling: Heat records fall across US West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:46

Children play in the Salmon Street Springs fountain in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. A heat advisory is in effect for Portland from noon Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the national weather service. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)From Seattle to Salt Lake City, the West is baking under record heat. Temperatures reaching the triple digits have made fire conditions extreme and sent folks looking for relief heading into the Fourth of July weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast in many areas calls for more sun and sweat.


Bail set for Florida doctor tied to Senator Menendez corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:44

Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen arrives to the Federal court in Newark, New JerseyA judge set bail on Thursday at $18 million in a Medicare fraud case for a doctor who has also been accused of bribery and political corruption for giving lavish gifts to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, his attorney said. Salomon Melgen, 60, has pleaded not guilty to 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records in federal court in southern Florida. Melgen is accused of ordering unnecessary tests and falsifying records at his Florida practice.


9 days later, South Jersey still cleaning up after storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:40

9 days later, South Jersey still cleaning up after stormIt's been over a week since last week's storms and many neighborhoods in South Jersey are still nowhere near back to normal.


Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:40

FILE - This combination of file photos released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt. Matt, who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison with Sweat and had been hunted for three weeks was shot and killed Friday, June 26, 2015. Sweat was shot and captured on Sunday, June 28. (New York State Police via AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The body of a convicted murderer who broke out of prison and was fatally shot after three weeks on the run was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard.


North Carolina shark attack victim says fortunate to survive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:37

People surround and attend to a 68-year-old man that was bit by a shark in waist-deep water off Ocracoke Island, N.C., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the shark. (Laura I. Hefty via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest survivor in a record-breaking string of seven North Carolina shark attacks said Thursday he's very fortunate to be alive and thankful for the emergency help he received after struggling ashore.


Officials say N.Y. prison escapee pointed gun moments before death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:32

Escaped convict Richard Matt is pictured in a handout photo released by the New York State PoliceNew York prison escapee Richard Matt was aiming a shotgun at a federal agent when the fugitive was shot and killed following an intense three-week manhunt, officials said on Thursday. The convicted murderer was discovered last Friday lying behind a fallen tree near Malone, a town about 27 miles (43 km) northwest of Clinton Correctional Facility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Matt, 49, refused to put up his hands, authorities said.


Colorado movie gunman not faking psychosis, defense witness says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:18

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialA neuropsychologist who ran tests on Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes over three days after the 2012 attack told jurors at his murder trial on Thursday there were no signs the shooter was faking mental illness. Prosecutors say Holmes, 27, is a cold-blooded mass killer who aimed to murder all 400 people watching a midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver area cinema, and say he has only pleaded insanity to escape execution. Robert Hanlon, a Chicago-based clinical neuropsychologist, described for the court the tests he performed on Holmes on behalf of the defense team over more than 13 hours of jail house sessions in April 2013.


Abandoned as a baby, woman uses Facebook in search of birth mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:15

Abandoned as a baby, woman uses Facebook in search of birth motherShe was abandoned as a baby and left outside a hospital. But now that she's grown, she's trying to track down her birth mother, and she's taking to the internet to do it.


Police bosses in 137-shot barrage charged in black suburb

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:12
CLEVELAND (AP) — Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two black suspects were charged Thursday with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.

Fraternity tied to racist chant hires diversity director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:06

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman, left, D-Oklahoma City, stands with Levi Pettit, right, a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant, during a news conference at Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Pettit apologized for the chant. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity connected to the racist video, has announced the hiring of a diversity director who will be charged with helping the fraternity’s chapters across the nation become more inclusive. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fraternity connected to a racist video featuring University of Oklahoma students that surfaced this spring announced Thursday that it has hired a director of diversity and inclusion.


Oregon Catholic priest put on leave amid hidden camera probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:02
An Oregon Catholic priest has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Portland as police investigate who placed a hidden camera, carefully disguised as an electrical outlet, in a church bathroom, the archdiocese said on Thursday. The camera was discovered in late April near a toilet in the men’s bathroom of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood by a church member who took it immediately to Father Ysrael Bien, a police statement said. “It is deeply troubling that well-established Church protocols for the protection of parishioners were not followed,” Archbishop Alexander Sample said in a statement.

UN observers say Burundi elections were not free

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. observer mission concluded Thursday that this week's parliamentary elections in Burundi were not "free, credible and inclusive."

Boy critical after alleged beating for eating cake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:55
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hagerstown police say a 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission.

Vermont man found guilty of lying about war gets new trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:55
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man who was found guilty of lying about his participation in war crimes that occurred during the 1992 Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict will receive a new trial.