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White House hires first openly transgender staff member

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:26
The White House has hired its first openly transgender employee, according to a U.S. official, winning praise from activists for President Barack Obama's support for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, 28, a longtime advocate for transgender rights, will be an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel, according to a statement from the Obama administration. "Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions," Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, said in a statement.

Expert: Convicting New Mexico officers of murder a challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:22

Defense attorney Luis Robles, left, talks to former Albuquerque detective Keith Sandy, center, and Albuquerque officer Dominique Perez, right, during a preliminary hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. A judge is listening to testimony and will decide if Sandy and Perez should stand trial for the fatal shooting of a homeless man in 2014. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Experts say it will be a challenge for prosecutors to convict an Albuquerque police officer and a retired detective of murder after they were ordered to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a homeless man.


A meal and a webcam form unlikely recipe for S. Korean fame

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:21

 2 million won ($1,700) in his most successful episode. Better known to his viewers by the nickname Patoo, he is one of the youngest broadcasters on Afreeca TV, an app for live-broadcasting video online launched in 2006. (AP Photo/Julie Yoon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Every evening, 14-year-old Kim Sung-jin orders fried chicken, delivery pizza or Chinese food to eat in a small room in his family's home south of Seoul. He gorges on food as he chats before a live camera with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of teenagers watching.


Power restored after outage at Sesame Place amusement park in Langhorne, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:21

Power restored after outage at Sesame Place amusement park in Langhorne, Pa.Power has been restored after an outage shut down part of the Sesame Place amusement park in Bucks County.


Ex-Massey coal chief wants testimony excluded from trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:20
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's lawyers say his compensation and stock holdings and the testimony of a former subordinate are irrelevant to his criminal case and should be excluded from his trial.

Power outage at Sesame Place amusement park in Langhorne, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:57

Power restored after outage at Sesame Place amusement park in Langhorne, Pa.A power outage shut down part of the Sesame Place amusement park in Bucks County Wednesday morning.


The Latest: Lawyer: Agent justified in shooting Detroit man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:56
DETROIT (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a Detroit man by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent (all times local):

Mother of missing boy arrested on child neglect charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:55
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a missing toddler has been accused of child neglect and giving false information to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators.

Oklahoma 13-year-old may face trial as adult for death of toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:52
A 13-year-old Tulsa boy has been charged with child abuse murder in the death of his 2-year-old cousin and may be tried as an adult for the crime, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The 13-year-old was charged on Tuesday for the death of Charity Simmons in Tulsa in June. Medical examiners said the death was caused by violent blunt force trauma.

2015 Volkswagen Golf still nimble, picks up power and space

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:49

This undated photo made available by Volkswagen shows the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The new GTI shed up to 82 pounds from its predecessor's weight and now is just over 3,000 pounds. (Volkswagen via AP)The fun, nimble Volkswagen Golf GTI, Germany's original hot hatchback, has more power, new features, roomier seating and better fuel mileage for 2015. There's also sharp-looking plaid upholstery that makes the compact car look as special on the interior as it is on the road.


Man struck and killed in hit-and-run in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:19

Man struck and killed in hit-and-run in WilmingtonPolice say a 47-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in Wilmington, Delaware.


Fact sheet: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:18

This undated photo made available by Volkswagen shows the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The new GTI shed up to 82 pounds from its predecessor's weight and now is just over 3,000 pounds. (Volkswagen via AP)2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI S


Wayne County prosecutor won't charge US customs agent in fatal shooting of Detroit man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:17
DETROIT (AP) — Wayne County prosecutor won't charge US customs agent in fatal shooting of Detroit man.

Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:14
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Shooting wounds Mississippi police officer; suspect sought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:10
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A manhunt was underway Wednesday for a suspect who shot a police officer with the officer's gun when the two got into a struggle, authorities said.

Fall trial set for cop charged in fatal traffic stop in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:04
CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder for shooting a motorist he had stopped over a missing front license plate is scheduled for trial in November.

Gatherings in Julian Bond's honor as family scatters ashes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:04

FILE- In this July 8, 2007, file photo shows NAACP Chairman Julian Bond addresses the civil rights organization's annual convention in Detroit. Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Relatives of civil rights leader Julian Bond are inviting people who wish to honor him to spread flower petals in water at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday.


Hackers post data stolen from cheating website Ashley Madison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 23:02

Hackers post data stolen from cheating website Ashley MadisonA message posted by the hackers alongside a massive trove of leaked files accused Ashley Madison's owners of deceit and incompetence and said the company had refused to bow to their demands to close the site.


Armed man arrested outside Disneyland gates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 22:59

Armed man arrested outside Disneyland gatesA man armed with a loaded handgun was arrested in the esplanade area between Disneyland and California Adventure last month after making it past security checkpoint, police said.


Mother of missing boy arrested on child neglect charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 22:58
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a missing toddler has been accused of child neglect and giving false information to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators.