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South Carolina shooting suspect seemed troubled, drawn to white supremacy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:55

Dylann Roof is pictured in this undated photo taken from his Facebook accountThe few images of him found easily online suggest he had a fascination with white supremacy, publicly embracing its symbols. Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having fatally shot nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina. Roof's uncle, Carson Cowles, recalled telling his sister, the suspect's mother, several years ago that he was worried about Roof, and that the "quiet, soft-spoken boy" was too introverted.


Theater shooting defense lawyer clashes with psychiatrist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:54

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. The person closest to the murderous thoughts of Holmes before he carried out his attack could take the witness stand the week of June 15, 2015, as the prosecution wraps up its case. Holmes' death penalty trial has revived unresolved questions about whether he could have been stopped. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater gunman James Holmes pointedly questioned a psychiatrist Thursday on whether he did enough to diagnose and treat Holmes before the deadly attack.


Calico kitty 'Bella' named official cat of the Alamo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:46

Bella, the Alamo's official cat, roams the grounds of the Alamo, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in San Antonio. The Texas General Land Office on Thursday announced the calico kitty has the formal title Miss Isabella Francisca Veramendi de Valero. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Alamo has a new official cat.


Florida seeks to put state parks to commercial use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:44
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida is moving toward expanding cattle grazing, hunting and other commercial activities in state parks to help make them self-sufficient, an idea raising alarms among conservationists. Up first is a plan to sell cattle-grazing rights to 6,630 acres in the Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, one of the state’s most diverse natural areas popular with wildlife photographers, hikers and boaters, according to a draft bid document by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Department spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said commercial timbering and hunting were also under consideration for state parks.

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:43

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2012, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, front left, rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. California state officials on Thursday, June 18, 2015 released reports detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.


New Jersey man charged with plotting to support terror group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:32
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man was charged Thursday with conspiring with three other men to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.

UAW president aims to narrow labor cost gaps at U.S. automakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:31
Labor costs for union workers are much lower for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles than Detroit rivals Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, a disparity that United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to fix. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) average wage and benefit costs for each production worker is about $48 per hour, compared with about $58 per hour at GM and $55 per hour at Ford, a recent study by the Center for Automotive Research found.

South Carolina's 'Mother Emanuel' grieves loss of gifted pastor: politician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:28
Two months before Reverend Clementa Pinckney was gunned down during a Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, he stood before state lawmakers seamlessly blending his faith and politics in urging them to pass a law to protect his community. In this case, he was citing scripture in asking fellow South Carolina lawmakers to support equipping police with body cameras following the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott, a black man killed as he fled a traffic stop. Pinckney's adeptness in persuading lawmakers to support the bill would be among the final political successes for the gifted pastor-politician, who was gunned down at age 41 along with eight others at his church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, on Wednesday night.

Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:15

This undated photo shows Bill Hadley, a menber of the Stephenson County, Ill., board. The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed Thursday, June 18, 2015, a lower court opinion ordering Comcast Cable Communications to identify a subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children. The court said Thursday that the internet service provider must identify the subscriber who commented on a 2011 article in the Freeport Journal Standard about Bill Hadley's candidacy for the Stephenson County board. Hadley filed a defamation lawsuit against the commenter and subpoenaed Comcast demanding that it identify the subscriber. (The Journal-Standard via AP)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Comcast Cable Communications must identify an Internet-service subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.


Pastor killed in church shooting bridged faith, politics

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

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) — When Clementa Pinckney stepped to the well of the South Carolina Senate chamber in April, fellow legislators expected him to lobby for funding of police body cameras. But the charcoal-suited Pinckney, speaking in the rich, deliberate tone that was his calling card, set aside almost any mention of politics or policing, in favor of a biblical story.


Factbox: Hate crimes in the United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:14
While the death toll made the attack one of the worst in recent years in the United States, hate crime is far from uncommon, according to experts. There have been 4,120 reported hate crimes across the country, including 56 murders, from 2003 until 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery, Alabama-based advocacy group. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says a hate crime is "a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias." Under federal law, a hate crime is defined as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation," the FBI says on its website.

Pastor, track coach, recent graduate among Charleston church shooting victims

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

Pastor, track coach, recent graduate among Charleston church shooting victimsThree church leaders, a recent college graduate were among the victims of the shooting Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night.


Victims identified in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:12

Victims identified in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custodyA white man who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured without resistance Thursday after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief said.


At least 9 fin whales found dead near Alaska island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:11
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The carcasses of at least nine endangered fin whales have been found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island.

Phillies empty Cole Hamels' locker, but ailing lefty not going anywhere

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:11
Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled start Friday with what the Philadelphia Phillies called a right hamstring strain.

New Mexico judge gives go-ahead to teacher evaluations lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:07
A New Mexico judge has denied a motion to dismiss a teachers union lawsuit that challenges the state's new educator evaluation system, delighting opponents who say the system is punitive and error-ridden. "This decision makes the community aware of the fact the state's teacher evaluation system is flawed and that you can't label teachers with a flawed system," Stephanie Ly, president of the union, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, said Thursday about the ruling that state District Court Judge David Thomson issued on Wednesday. A spokesman for the New Mexico Public Education Department noted state courts had rejected previous attempts to undermine the teacher evaluation system.

Woman waiting for bus raped in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:07

Woman waiting for bus raped in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice in Southwest Philadelphia are hunting for the man who they say raped a woman while she waited for the bus.


NYC jail digs up apparent escape plot involving 64 bedsheets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:02

In this undated photo provided by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, a rope fashioned from 64 bed sheets tied together is shown stretched out on a gymnasium floor. Investigators believe that an inmate at the Manhattan Detention Center planned to use the makeshift rope to lower himself 11 stories from his cellblock to the street. (Manhattan District Attorney’s Office via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators sweeping a jail after breaking up a contraband smuggling ring uncovered an inmate's apparent escape plot using 64 neatly tied together bedsheets, enough for him to shimmy down 11 stories from his cellblock to the street, city officials said Thursday.


Main Line man charged in burglary spree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:55

Main Line man charged in burglary spreePolice in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania have arrested a man in connection with a burglary spree in Wayne and Berwyn.


Police officer slashed, suspect shot dead outside NYC subway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man on Thursday after the officer was slashed in the neck while trying to stop the man from assaulting an elderly woman, authorities said.