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Reports: Mistrial in case of ex-South Carolina police chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:10
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Friday evening in the retrial of a white former South Carolina police chief who was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, media outlets reported.

U.S. man arrested for attempting to provide support to Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 11:05
A U.S. man was arrested on Friday in Ohio for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said. Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi, 38, was also charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and trafficking marijuana, prosecutors said. Al-Ghazi was arrested in North Olmstead in northeastern Ohio, the Justice Department said.

Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:48

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof is a suspect in the shooting of several people Wednesday night at the historic The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city.


Veteran Associated Press reporter, editor Laura Myers dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:40

FILE--This 2008 file photo shows, Laura Myers, in Washington, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative’s coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday, June 19, 2015, that Myers has died of cancer. The Las Vegas native was the AP’s political editor during the 2000 presidential election and later led an international investigative reporting effort focused on global terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks. She spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada’s largest newspaper. (AP Photos/J. Scott Applewhite, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Laura Myers, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative's coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada's largest newspaper, died Friday.


Man convicted of killing, dismembering Bourbon St. stripper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:31
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A jury Friday night found a Louisiana man guilty of killing and dismembering a stripper he lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar along with his ex-girlfriend, a crime only discovered when pieces of her body washed ashore.

Ton of ivory crushed in Times Square to highlight poaching

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:31

U.S. Fish and Wildlife stand next to a conveyor belt with confiscated illegal ivory to be crushed in an effort to halt elephant poaching and ivory trafficking, Friday, June 19, 2015 at Times Square in New York. Animal advocates say the trade in ivory threatens to wipe out African elephants.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Over a ton of confiscated ivory tumbled off a conveyor belt into a rock crusher in Times Square on Friday in a symbolic display highlighting an illegal trade that activists say threatens the survival of African elephants.


Correction officer put on leave after New York prison escape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:27
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — A correction officer has been placed on administrative leave as part of the investigation into the escape of two convicted killers from an upstate New York prison.

Judge denies bond for Washington man accused of threats on transit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:33
A man who last year appeared on an MTV reality show and is accused of threatening Washington's mass transit system and President Barack Obama in calls to emergency responders was denied release on bond on Friday by a federal judge who called his actions dangerous and harmful. "This is not some sort of childish pranks or phony phone calls," U.S. District Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey said. Jerez Stone-Coleman, 20, of Washington is charged with 10 counts of falsely reporting an attack on mass transit and one count of interstate communication of a threat to kidnap or injure. If convicted, Stone-Coleman faces a possible sentence of between 10 and 20 years in prison, the judge said.

Charleston newspaper places gun ad over church shooting headline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:22

Charleston newspaper places gun ad over church shooting headlineA Charleston newspaper is apologizing after an ad for a gun shop ran on its front page article about the Emanuel AME Church shooting that left nine people dead Wednesday night.


Military contractor's Virginia medical license revoked

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:09
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The medical license of a government contractor was revoked Friday after Army medical students testified about a series of bizarre, invasive and sexually tinged battlefield-trauma procedures he subjected them to.

Chief: Man killed officer so he would be killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:01

30 a.m. in the Madisonville neighborhood, Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. Both died at a Cincinnati hospital. (Cincinnati Police Department via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as "suicide by cop."


Police union leader: Activists 'liars' and 'race-baiters'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 09:01
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For five days after an officer shot a Sudanese refugee on a Louisville street corner, small groups held vigils, stacked flowers on the sidewalk and took to social media to rant about the police.

Push to fix Philadelphia's aging water mains after 2 major breaks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:57

Push to fix Philadelphia's aging water mains after 2 major breaksAfter two major water main breaks in less than a week, Philadelphia lawmakers are calling for better policies for replacing the city's aging infrastructure.


Mormon church to make available records of 4 million freed slaves

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:53
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has sponsored a non-profit organization called FamilySearch, which made the announcement alongside senior LDS officials in Los Angeles on the 150th anniversary of "Juneteenth," the day when word reached the last group of slaves that the Civil War was over and they were free. "One of our key beliefs is that our families can be linked forever and that knowing the sacrifices, the joys and the paths our ancestors trod helps us to know who we are and what we can accomplish," Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told the launch.

Crews search in New Mexico for missing ex-White House chef

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:36

FILE - In this July 27, 2004 file photo, outgoing White House chef Walter Scheib greets chefs from around the world at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Authorities are searching by air and ground in a rugged New Mexico mountain range for Scheib, reported missing on a solo hike. New Mexico State Police said Friday, June 19, 2015 that they have no leads yet on Scheib, 61, the White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Scheib recently moved from Florida to Taos, N.M., and reportedly went for a hike last Saturday in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley.(AP Photo/Matt Houston, Files)TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Friday again searched by air and ground in a rugged New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef reported missing on a solo hike.


California water districts challenge state's drought order

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:31
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three California irrigation districts sued the state on Friday, claiming officials overstepped their authority by ordering farmers with some of the strongest water rights to stop pumping from some rivers during the drought.

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:23

FILE- In this March 11, 2010, file photo, Comcast Corporation founder Ralph Roberts, attends a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumers, competition, and the proposed Comcast-NBC merger, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Roberts, a businessman with a gentle demeanor who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95. Comcast said in a statement that Roberts died Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Philadelphia of natural causes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, a cable pioneer who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth, has died. He was 95.


Cincinnati officer killed by suspect who called police himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:06
Officer Sonny Kim, 48, the first to respond to the call, was shot by Trepierre Hummons, 21, who in turn was killed in a gunfight with other officers, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told a news conference. "The suspect posted on Facebook just prior to the shooting and sent several text messages to friends indicating, or demonstrating, that he was planning suicide by cop," Blackwell said. Hummons fired on a county probation officer who came to Kim's aid and then wrestled Kim's service weapon from him while he was lying wounded in the street and used it to fire at a third officer, who ended the gunfight, Blackwell said.

Jewish family appeals ruling in Nazi-seized masterpiece

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 08:05
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Jewish family has appealed a federal California judge's ruling declaring that a museum in Spain is the rightful owner of a painting seized from a woman fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939.

Parade, large rally celebrate NBA champion Warriors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:57

Golden State Warriors fans cheer from the sidewalk holding pictures of players Stephen Curry, left, and Clay Thompson as they wait for the start of the NBA basketball team's world championship parade in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 19, 2015. In a rare moment of glory, Oakland will shine in the national spotlight as the Golden State Warriors parade through the city with their NBA championship trophy. (AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The streets of Oakland were awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watched and cheered the Golden State Warriors victory parade, which has been 40 years in the making.