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St. Louis police chief defends fatal shooting by officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:49

Adam's Market owner Sanad Motan stands inside his ransacked store, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in St. Louis. The store is near where officers arrested several people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis following the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police Wednesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at them while attempting to serve a search warrant in a crime-troubled section of the city's north side. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief on Thursday unapologetically defended the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old who was killed by two white officers in a confrontation that drew protesters and unrest back to the streets.

Court says minimum wage increase applies to airport workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:49
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a first-in-the nation initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of SeaTac should apply to thousands of workers at the airport.

Sunken 1715 Spanish treasure ship yields more gold coins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:42
SEBASTIAN, Fla. (AP) — Diver William Bartlett had just started exploring a 300-year-old shipwreck with a metal detector late last month in the waters off Florida's Atlantic Coast when he found his first Spanish gold coin. Then one coin became two and two became so many he had to stuff them into his diving glove.

Study sees dying wildlife, bigger fires if drought lasts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Mike Marty, of the California Fish and Wildlife Department, hoists a net full of splashing rainbow trout as one jumps back into the holding tank, at the San Joaquin Hatchery near Fresno, Calif. A new study says dying wildlife, bigger wildfires and drying-up farm towns will be the biggest crises if California’s four-year drought continues. A report released overnight Wednesday to Thursday, Aug. 20, by the Public Policy Institute of California non-profit think-tank sketches that picture of California in 2016, and 2017, if the state’s driest four years on record stretches into a fifth, or sixth, year of drought. (John Walker/The Fresno Bee via AP) LOCAL PRINT OUT (VISALIA TIMES-DELTA, REEDY EXPONENT, KINGBURG RECORDER, SELMA ENTERPRISE, HANFORD SENTINEL, PORTERVILLE RECORDER, MADERA TRIBUNE, THE BUSINESS JOURNAL FRENSO); LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KSEE24, KFSN30, KGE47, KMPH26); MANDATORY CREDITSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California.

Woman accused in Jamaican lottery scam pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:41
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A woman accused of helping a man who was convicted for spearheading a Jamaican lottery scam that bilked dozens of mostly elderly people out of their retirement savings has pleaded not guilty.

Bergdahl lawyer slams candidate Trump over 'traitor' comments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:41

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The lawyer for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan charged with desertion, on Thursday chastised U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for calling his client a "traitor." "Sergeant Bergdahl is not charged with treason or anything like it," attorney Eugene Fidell said in a statement. "I condemn Mr. Trump's reckless disregard for the truth.

Accuser in prep school rape case finishes testimony on stand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:37

Defendant Owen Labrie, left, and his attorney Jay Carney are seen in court at his trial at the Merrimack County Courthouse Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Concord, N.H., after Carney's cross examination of the former student who accused Labrie of raping her in May of 2014. Labrie is charged with raping the then-15-year-old girl at St. Paul's School in Concord two days before he graduated in 2014. (Geoff Forester/Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A teenage girl who accuses a recent graduate of an elite prep school of raping her as part of a campus tradition of sexual conquest testified Thursday that she was traumatized and in shock when she spoke to police five days later.

Diabetes drug shows 1st protection from heart complications

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:30
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the first time, there's evidence that a diabetes medication, Jardiance, reduces risk of the complications that are the top killer of diabetics: heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular damage.

Dad of 15-year-old who crashed SUV, killing 3 Bucks County teens, sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:21

Dad of 15-year-old who crashed SUV, killing 3 Bucks County teens, sentenced to prisonHe was sentenced Thursday to up to 16 years in prison by a judge who called his actions "reckless, stupid and selfish."

Source: Chip Kelly's excitement for Tim Tebow growing stronger

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:20
Eagles coach Chip Kelly continues to be impressed by Tim Tebow, who will earn a spot on the team if he avoid major errors in the rest of the preseason, a team source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Operator injured after crane accident in Manayunk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:19

Operator injured after crane accident in ManayunkA crane operator was injured in an accident on Thursday in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.

No charges against police in fatal Bridgeton, NJ shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:17

No charges against police in fatal Bridgeton, NJ shootingA grand jury has voted not to file charges against two police officers in the fatal shooting.

Alleged victim in U.S. prep school rape trial 'traumatized'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:14

A sign marks the entrance to St. Paul's School in ConcordBy Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A teenager broke down in tears under intense questioning on Thursday about charges she was raped last year by a popular classmate at a New Hampshire prep school in a trial that has put a harsh spotlight on the elite institution's traditions. The school - whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders, including Secretary of State John Kerry - has said the charges do not reflect its culture. The school's nurse, Mary Marcelli, testified that the teen had come to her office two days after the incident to request the morning-after contraceptive pill.

Charity: Man killed after North Carolina standoff had PTSD

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:10
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder was killed in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement at a church in the North Carolina mountains, officials and a charity said Thursday.

Court: Woman who left child in car deserves new hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:02
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman who was found to have neglected her 19-month-old daughter by leaving the child in a car while she went shopping will get another chance to argue her case, the state Supreme Court wrote in an opinion released Thursday.

Rumors fed unrest following St. Louis police shooting: alderman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:00

Police line up to block the street as protesters gathered after a shooting incident in St. LouisRumors that a black teenager killed by St. Louis police was only 13 years old helped stoke angry clashes between police and protesters, a city alderman said on Thursday, and police said they were ready should protests flare anew.City streets were largely calm a day after Wednesday's fatal shooting during a house search triggered the protests, but St. Louis Alderman Antonio French said it was hard to say if protesters would take to the streets again Thursday night. Small groups typically stage peaceful demonstrations nightly in Ferguson but others, not part of organized groups, can be unpredictable, he said, adding: "It's hard to say right now about what the mood is. Many arrived angry because they heard a 13-year-old kid was killed," said French, a prominent voice in the community since police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson killed an unarmed black teenager last year and sparked months of sometimes violent protests.

First wolf pack in decades spotted in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 04:55

In this Aug. 9, 2015 still image from video released by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife shows evidence of five gray wolf pups and two adults in Northern California. California has its first wolf pack since the state’s last known wolf was killed in 1924. State and federal authorities announced Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, that a trail camera captured photos earlier this month of two adults and five pups in southeastern Siskiyou County. They were named the Shasta pack for nearby Mount Shasta. (California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife via AP)California has its first wolf pack since the state's gray wolf population went extinct in 1924.

UN fears 11 typhoid cases in Syria are 'tip of the iceberg'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 04:50
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees warned Thursday that 11 typhoid cases among civilians from a besieged Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital may be just "the tip of the iceberg."

Report: Far fewer homeless in New Orleans than after Katrina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 04:50
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homelessness was an out-of-control problem after Hurricane Katrina, but has been reined in a decade after the catastrophic storm, according to a report released Thursday.

Police investigate jogger's death in Montco

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 04:48

Police investigate jogger's death in MontcoPolice have a lot of questions after an avid runner died during a run in Fort Washington State Park in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania.