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Police: Man apparently shot, killed by young son in accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:27
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his father in what police in Alabama on Wednesday called a horrible accident.

El Paso abortion clinic will be first to reopen in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:21
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An El Paso clinic shuttered by Texas' tough abortion laws is set to become the first to reopen since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of key restrictions nearly two months ago.

Cause sought in deadly New Mexico scaffold collapse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:18
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Six of the remaining seven construction workers injured in the collapse of a six-story scaffold outside a New Mexico medical center were released from hospitals Wednesday as investigators began work on trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Western wildfires burn unchecked as resources stretched thin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:08

Firefighters and Washington National Guard soldiers work to extinguish hot spots on a hillside as they fight the First Creek Fire, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, near Chelan, Wash. Firefighters braced Wednesday for high winds and heat that could fuel wildfires that have evacuated towns and destroyed houses in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — This summer's massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a longstanding debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or to sometimes just let it burn out.

Suspect pleads guilty to Texas campus stabbing rampage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:55
HOUSTON (AP) — A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder for a 2013 stabbing rampage on a Houston-area community college campus that wounded 14 people.

U.S. movie chain Regal starts bag searches after recent violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:50
Regal Entertainment Group has become the first large U.S. movie theater chain to introduce bag searches for moviegoers following a series of shootings at cinemas around the country. Rival chains AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc, Cinemark Holdings and Carmike Cinemas could not immediately be reached for comment on whether they also planned to adopt bag searches.

The Latest: Business partner of brothers hopes they survived

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:47

Construction workers and emergency crew members look at the damage caused by a landslide on Kramer Drive, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Sitka, Alaska. Homes in the town have been flooded, and there were reports of residents not being able to reach their homes or leave their neighborhood, said a spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. (James Poulson/The Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest on the deadly landslide in Sitka, Alaska (all times local).

Oil lease sale western Gulf's lowest ever in bids, money

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The smallest oil lease sale ever in the western Gulf of Mexico and one of the smallest in the entire Gulf brought only five bidders Wednesday, with low oil prices limiting interest in the prospects. Most seats in a Superdome meeting room were empty as a federal energy official read the 33 bids for tracts off the Texas coast.

The Latest: Officials: Still interest in Gulf of Mexico oil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:40
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest on the federal oil lease sale Wednesday in the western Gulf of Mexico, off the Texas coast (all times local).

Feds: Man arrested for hoax bomb threat at Statue of Liberty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:35

FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Federal authorities say they've arrested a man for making the hoax bomb threat to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, resulting in an evacuation of Liberty Island. They say the West Virginia man has held in Texas. A complaint filed Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in federal court in New York says John Paul Smith identified himself as Abdul Yasin when he called 911 from his iPad on April 24. Yasin is the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A man who used the name of a 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator and threatened to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, forcing the evacuation of Liberty Island, has been arrested, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Fresh racial unrest in St. Louis after police shoot black suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:34
Police fatally shot a black man they say pointed a gun at them in St. Louis on Wednesday, drawing angry crowds and recalling the racial tensions sparked by the killing of an unarmed African-American teen in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, just over a year ago. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the shooting took place as officers were issuing a search warrant in a crime-ridden neighborhood, when two young black men ran out the back door of the targeted house. Police officers ordered the men to stop in the alley behind the house and one suspect pointed a gun at officers who then fired approximately four times, killing him, Dotson said.

Homicide total in Baltimore matches killings in all of 2014

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:34
BALTIMORE (AP) — With Baltimore's 211th homicide on Wednesday, the city has matched the number of killings committed all of last year.

Colorado widow sues after police kill mentally ill husband

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:30
The widow of a mentally ill Colorado man who was fatally shot by police in 2013 has sued in Denver federal court accusing the officers of violating her husband's rights, court documents showed on Wednesday. Quianna Vigil also said in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that police in the Denver suburb of Thornton provide "deliberately indifferent training" to its officers in dealing with disturbed individuals. Named as defendants are the Thornton Police Department and two of the responding officers, William Husk and Dante Carbone.

Ex-chemical company president pleads guilty in West Virginia spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:25
(Reuters) - The former president of a chemical company charged in the contamination of West Virginia's biggest source of drinking water pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three federal pollution counts. Gary Southern, 53, was the last Freedom Industries Inc executive charged in the Elk River spill in January 2014. The leak of a coal-washing chemical near Charleston contaminated the drinking water of about 300,000 people.

Boy charged with arson in wildfire costing millions to fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:23
MADERA, Calif. (AP) — A boy has been charged with arson after authorities say he started a blaze in central California that led to evacuations and cost more than $18 million to fight.

Man shown in video charged with stealing Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:22
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a man who appeared in a video stealing a Confederate flag from the outside of a Tampa Bay-area home.

Spike in Hartford homicides creates challenge for governor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:17
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It's not unusual for a question about Hartford's rising homicide rate to come up as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pitches his new Second Chance Society initiative to help nonviolent criminals and touts an overall reduction in crime across Connecticut.

Wall Street Journal denies accusations about Iran reporter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday denied Iranian state media accusations that one of the newspaper's senior reporters of conspiring against Iran's government.

Neighbors identify child shot in the head in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:08

Neighbors identify child shot in the head in WilmingtonAction News has learned the name of the boy who was critically injured in a shooting Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

Marriage ruling for Kentucky clerk expires Aug. 31

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:04
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge clarified on Wednesday that his decision to let a Kentucky county clerk continue not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples will expire on Aug. 31.