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New York City says Verizon did not keep FiOS promise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:54
New York City said Verizon Communications Inc has failed to fulfill its promise to extend its FiOS high-speed Internet, television and phone service across the city by mid-2014. An audit released by New City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration on Thursday found the fiber optic Internet service was unavailable in certain residential blocks even though Verizon had built a citywide fiber network. In 2008, Verizon agreed to offer the service to all homes in New York City's five boroughs.

Obama, after South Carolina shooting, says U.S. gun violence too frequent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:53
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed anger over the "senseless" shooting in a black church in South Carolina and said Americans had to confront the fact that frequent incidents of gun violence do not occur in other advanced countries. Obama, in a statement to reporters at the White House, said he and his wife, Michelle, knew Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the historic African-American church in Charleston, who was killed along with eight others on Wednesday night. "To say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn't say enough to covey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel," Obama said, adding it was particularly heartbreaking that the incident occurred in a place of worship.

House easily votes to repeal tax on medical equipment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:48

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, accompanied by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, center, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans discussed a proposal Wednesday to temporarily help millions of people who could lose federal health care subsidies should the Supreme Court annul the aid, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House shrugged off a White House veto threat and voted Thursday to repeal a tax that President Barack Obama's health care law imposed on medical equipment makers.

U.S. top court backs death row inmate over intellectual disability claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:47
A divided U.S. Supreme Court gave a convicted cop killer on Louisiana's death row a chance to avert execution, ruling on Thursday that the man was eligible for a hearing on whether he is intellectually disabled. The court, in a 5-4 decision, threw out a 2014 appeals court ruling that barred Kevan Brumfield from asking for the special hearing in which a lower court judge subsequently found he was intellectually disabled. Brumfield, convicted in 1995 of murdering off-duty Baton Rouge police officer Betty Smothers during an attempted bank robbery, will remain on death row for now.

Colorado massacre trial to hear from youngest victim's mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:37

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialJurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial will hear the youngest victim's mother describe discovering that she was pregnant earlier that day and how she took her six-year-old daughter to a Batman film to celebrate, the judge ruled on Thursday. Prosecutors have spent eight weeks calling more than 200 witnesses in their murder case against gunman James Holmes. Lawyers for Holmes, now 27, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, had sought to block much of what is expected to be a heart-rending account from Moser, arguing that many parts would be irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.

Dylann Roof, Charleston church shooting suspect, in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:34

Dylann Roof, Charleston church shooting suspect, in custodyAuthorities arrested a suspect in the slayings of nine people, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

DNA from ancient skeleton shows ties to Native Americans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:25

FILE - This July 24, 1997 file photo shows a plastic casting of the skull from the bones known as Kennewick Man in Richland, Wash. The ancient skeleton, found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington, is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study published Thursday, June 18, 2015. The finding could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in a river in Washington is related to Native Americans, says a DNA study that could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.

Grocers: Vermont GMO law could lead to fines of $10M a day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:19
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation's grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law.

Ailing Cole Hamels to miss start

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:19
Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled start Friday with what the Philadelphia Phillies called a right hamstring strain.

Dallas consultant to lead search for new Ole Miss chancellor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:17
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Dallas-based consulting firm will lead the search for a new chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

Ancient 'Kennewick Man' skeleton was Native American: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:16
The much-anticipated results of a study of DNA taken from the hand bone of the so-called Kennewick Man, a 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington state in 1996, suggest the man was most closely related to Native American populations, a team of international researchers said on Thursday. The DNA findings, published online in the journal Nature, contradict a 2014 study based on anatomical data that suggested the skeleton was most closely related to Polynesian or indigenous Japanese populations. The Kennewick Man, named for the site of his discovery near the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, has been at the center of a bitter legal dispute between scientists, who want to study the remains, and a coalition of Native American tribes, which is arguing for their reburial.

Husband of NY prison worker tied to escape 'can't stand by her': lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:14

Joyce Mitchell speaks with her lawyer Steven Johnston as she appears before Judge Buck Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court, PlattsburghLyle Mitchell, who like his wife, Joyce Mitchell, worked at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, did not know about the escape plans until they were discovered missing on June 6, his lawyer, Peter Dumas, told NBC's "Today" television program. On the 13th day of the massive manhunt by New York State Police and other law enforcement officers on Thursday, criticism began surfacing over a separate investigation ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo into prison failings that led to the escape. Mitchell visited his wife on Tuesday in jail, where she is being held on charges she supplied hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, Dumas said.

Local family member reacts to SC church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:13

Local family member reacts to SC church shootingMother Bethel AME church in Washington Square is a congregation with ties to the church in South Carolina where nine people were gunned down.

Authorities arrest 243 people in $712 million Medicare fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:07
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that 243 people have been arrested across the country, charged with submitting fake billing for Medicare, a government healthcare program, that totaled $712 million. Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the arrests as the largest criminal health care fraud takedown in the history of the Justice Department. The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes, the government said, including submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, the healthcare program for low-income individuals, for treatments that were medically unnecessary and often never provided.

Teen shark-bite victim released from hospital in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:00
Hunter Treschl had been playing with a cousin on Sunday in waist-deep water off Oak Island, North Carolina, when he was bitten. A hospital statement did not specify when the boy was released. Treschl was one of two youths seriously injured in the shark attacks, which occurred about an hour apart on Oak Island, and which also saw Kiersten Yow, 12, lose part of her left arm and suffer serious leg injuries.

Supreme Court allows use of child abuse evidence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday.

Hugh D. Auchincloss III, stepbrother of Jackie Kennedy, dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:47
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hugh D. Auchincloss III, stepbrother and lifelong friend of Jacqueline Kennedy, has died. He was 87.

Pastor killed in church shooting was also honored legislator

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:40

In this June 3, 2014 photo, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney speaks at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter is still at large. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clementa Pinckney, among those killed in the Charleston church where he was the beloved pastor, was also a state senator lauded Thursday as "the best of the 46 of us in this chamber" as colleagues gathered in tribute near his black-draped desk in the state Capitol.

Public meeting over reading of story of gay couple canceled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:39
EFLAND, N.C. (AP) — A public meeting in a small North Carolina town over the reading of a story about a gay couple to third-graders has been canceled.