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Donations by the pint at Preston and Steve Blood Drive

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 07:19

Donations by the pint at Preston and Steve Blood DriveAlmost 1,200 pints of blood were collected Saturday at the 10th annual "I Bleed for Preston and Steve" Blood Drive.


Racist manifesto linked to Charleston shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 07:05

Handout of photograph posted to a website with a racist manifesto appears to show Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday's Charleston church massacre, posing with a burning American flag in an unknown locationDylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday's church massacre in Charleston, appears to have written a racist manifesto, posing in photographs with a handgun and standing in front of a Confederate military museum and plantation slave houses. An FBI spokesman in Columbia, South Carolina, declined to comment on the website or its contents. Many of the local landmarks shown in the photos appeared chosen to highlight Charleston's segregated past and to touch a nerve with the city's black community by singling out sites with a special importance and sensitivity in African-American history.


National Guardsman surprises his 6 children at Nevada rodeo

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 06:43

In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo, Nevada Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Glen Spadin watches the rodeo action with his children after his surprise return from Afghanistan during Patriot Night ceremonies at the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nev. Spadin returned after a year in Afghanistan to surprise his six children. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada National Guardsman has marked the end of a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with a surprise Father's Day weekend homecoming with his wife and six children at the Reno Rodeo.


Virginia attorney general announces rescue plan: Sweet Briar College will remain open

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 06:28
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia attorney general announces rescue plan: Sweet Briar College will remain open.

Speed the 150-year-old tortoise dies at San Diego Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 06:00

This undated photo from the San Diego Zoo shows Speed, a Galapagos tortoise that has been at the zoo since 1933. The zoo reported Friday, June 19, 2015 that Speed had been euthanized at an estimated age of more than 150 years. The massive tortoise had been in geriatric decline for some time. He was brought to California as part of an early effort to preserve the endangered species from the Volcan Cerro Azul Island of the Galapagos Islands, off Ecuador. (San Diego Zoo via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of San Diego's oldest residents has died.


Search resumes in mountains for missing ex-White House chef

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:59

Search resumes in mountains for missing ex-White House chefAuthorities are resuming a search by air and ground in a New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef who has now been missing for a week.


Washington State President Elson Floyd dies at 59

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:52

FILE - In this June 18, 2007 file photo, Washington State University president Elson Floyd speaks with a reporter in his office in the French Administration Building on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Floyd died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Pullman Regional Hospital, said a school spokeswoman, Kathy Barnard. (AP Photo/Dean Hare, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in rural eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. He was 59.


Mermaids, aquatic creatures turn out for Coney Island parade

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:48

Tash's Mermaid Minions assemble before the start of the 33rd annual Mermaid Parade, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers turned out Saturday for Coney Island's 33rd annual Mermaid Parade despite gray skies and steady drizzle.


Disbelief, defiance in South Carolina town once home to shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:37
At Dooley's Bait shop in Lexington, South Carolina, the talk around the worm bins and minnow tanks was dominated by one subject: Dylann Roof, a previously unremarkable local young man now accused of one of most shocking murders in state history. Roof, a 21-year-old white man who went to high school in this Southern town near the state capital, has been charged with murdering nine African-Americans in cold blood on Wednesday at a landmark church in Charleston, about 100 miles (160 km) away. Many people in Lexington, as in towns across South Carolina, struggled to come to grips with one of their own being charged with such a heinous crime.

New Orleans policeman shot and killed while transporting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:14

A police officer and a police dog search for Travis Boys, suspected of killing New Orleans police officer Daryle Holloway, in New OrleansIt remained unclear how exactly Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, was killed, but police said they were seeking Travis Boys, the suspect who had been handcuffed when Holloway began driving. Holloway, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran, was found with a gunshot wound in his department vehicle after it crashed, police said in a statement.


Clinton: race a 'deep fault line' in America

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 04:40
By Amanda Becker and Robin Respaut WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the deadly mass shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina is a violent reminder of continued institutionalized racism in the United States. "It's tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today's America bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists," Clinton said. "But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America's long struggle with race is far from finished." "Race remains a deep fault line in America," Clinton added.

Dump truck crashes into utility pole in Roxborough

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 04:13

Dump truck crashes into utility pole in RoxboroughPhiladelphia Police are investigating an accident in which a city dump truck crashed and struck a utility pole.


Search resumes in mountains for missing ex-White House chef

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:56

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 resumed a search by air and ground Saturday in a New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef who has now been missing for a week.


Religion and politics: GOP hopefuls' new insight on faith

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:53

Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contenders railed against abortion rights on Saturday as they courted religious conservatives, promising Christian values would guide their personal decisions and public policies should they win the presidency.


Government investigators blast NHTSA in new safety report

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:13

Traffic flows along Coast Highway 101 through San Diego's North County beach town of EncinitasThe U.S. auto safety watchdog is racked by internal problems that have prevented the agency from acting to protect the public from deadly auto defects, including faulty GM ignition switches, according to federal investigators. An official U.S. Department of Transportation report, seen by Reuters, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lacks the data needed to identify safety issues, does not properly screen the data it has and has failed time and again to hold automakers accountable for problems among the more than 265 million cars and trucks on America's roads. "Collectively, these weaknesses have resulted in significant safety concerns being overlooked," investigators said.


DA won't charge man with murder for killing wife at hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:47
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A district attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against an elderly man who shot his paralyzed wife after she reportedly begged to die.

Many U.S. mayors skeptical Charleston will inspire gun law changes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:43
Many U.S. mayors said this week's deadly church shooting in South Carolina should lead to more restrictions on gun ownership, but few believe the violence that killed nine people will propel legislators to enact stricter gun laws. "Among ourselves, it has been coming up," said Bill Harrison, mayor of Fremont, California, during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in San Francisco. Harrison said on Saturday the 2012 school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, where 20 children died, represented a personal turning point, but also made him skeptical about political change.

1 dead, 7 hurt as car careens onto California sidewalk

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:41
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A car that veered onto a California sidewalk has killed a woman and injured seven other people, including the driver and two children.

Search continues in W.Va. for escaped US inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:31
ALDERSON, W.Va. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, West Virginia, remains on the loose.