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AccuWeather: Cloudy, Damp Kickoff to the Holiday Weekend

Yahoo! National News - 33 min 29 sec ago

 Cloudy, Damp Kickoff to the Holiday WeekendMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says more showers move in Saturday, but most of the weekend will be dry.

Colorado movie gunman not faking psychosis, defense witness says

Yahoo! National News - 35 min 22 sec ago

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialA neuropsychologist who ran tests on Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes over three days after the 2012 attack told jurors at his murder trial on Thursday there were no signs the shooter was faking mental illness. Prosecutors say Holmes, 27, is a cold-blooded mass killer who aimed to murder all 400 people watching a midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver area cinema, and say he has only pleaded insanity to escape execution. Robert Hanlon, a Chicago-based clinical neuropsychologist, described for the court the tests he performed on Holmes on behalf of the defense team over more than 13 hours of jail house sessions in April 2013.

Fire still burning after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - 35 min 28 sec ago

Smoke rises from a CSX train carrying flammable and toxic gas in Maryville, Tenn., Thursday, July 2, 2015. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fire continued to burn Thursday afternoon at the site where a train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, and officials said firefighters have been trying to keep neighboring rail cars cool as they make efforts to move them away from the flames.

Abandoned as a baby, woman uses Facebook in search of birth mother

Yahoo! National News - 38 min 42 sec ago

Abandoned as a baby, woman uses Facebook in search of birth motherShe was abandoned as a baby and left outside a hospital. But now that she's grown, she's trying to track down her birth mother, and she's taking to the internet to do it.

Police bosses in 137-shot barrage charged in black suburb

Yahoo! National News - 41 min 36 sec ago
CLEVELAND (AP) — Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two black suspects were charged Thursday with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.

Fraternity tied to racist chant hires diversity director

Yahoo! National News - 46 min 59 sec ago

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman, left, D-Oklahoma City, stands with Levi Pettit, right, a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant, during a news conference at Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Pettit apologized for the chant. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity connected to the racist video, has announced the hiring of a diversity director who will be charged with helping the fraternity’s chapters across the nation become more inclusive. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fraternity connected to a racist video featuring University of Oklahoma students that surfaced this spring announced Thursday that it has hired a director of diversity and inclusion.

North Carolina shark attack victim says fortunate to survive

Yahoo! National News - 47 min 43 sec ago

People surround and attend to a 68-year-old man that was bit by a shark in waist-deep water off Ocracoke Island, N.C., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the shark. (Laura I. Hefty via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest survivor in a record-breaking string of seven North Carolina shark attacks says he's very fortunate to have survived, thanks to the emergency help he received after struggling ashore.

The Latest on train derailment: 5,000 evacuated in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - 48 min 49 sec ago

Emergency personnel stand by as evacuees gather at the Foothills Mall early Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Maryville, Tenn., after they were forced to leave their homes when rail car carrying a flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire. (Brittany Bade/ via AP)MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 4:30 p.m.

Oregon Catholic priest put on leave amid hidden camera probe

Yahoo! National News - 50 min 51 sec ago
An Oregon Catholic priest has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Portland as police investigate who placed a hidden camera, carefully disguised as an electrical outlet, in a church bathroom, the archdiocese said on Thursday. The camera was discovered in late April near a toilet in the men’s bathroom of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood by a church member who took it immediately to Father Ysrael Bien, a police statement said. “It is deeply troubling that well-established Church protocols for the protection of parishioners were not followed,” Archbishop Alexander Sample said in a statement.

UN observers say Burundi elections were not free

Yahoo! National News - 54 min 45 sec ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. observer mission concluded Thursday that this week's parliamentary elections in Burundi were not "free, credible and inclusive."

Boy critical after alleged beating for eating cake

Yahoo! National News - 57 min 49 sec ago
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hagerstown police say a 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission.

Vermont man found guilty of lying about war gets new trial

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man who was found guilty of lying about his participation in war crimes that occurred during the 1992 Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict will receive a new trial.

Oregon ballpark fire blamed on boys playing with fire

Yahoo! National News - 58 min 55 sec ago

Onlookers watch the Civic Stadium burn in Eugene, Ore., Monday, June 29, 2015. The stadium was approved by voters in 1938 during the Great Depression and opened that same year. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A massive fire that destroyed Eugene's historic Civic Stadium was caused by four boys playing with fire who fled when the flames got out of control, investigators said Thursday.

Ex-NYC firefighter who responded on 9/11 wins $5M in lottery

Yahoo! National News - 59 min 45 sec ago

Scratch-off lottery ticket nets retired FDNY firefighter $5 millionNEW YORK (AP) — A retired New York City firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket.

Dozens arrested in Delaware drug bust

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 3 min ago

Dozens arrested in Delaware drug bustAuthorities in Delaware have arrested 35 people in a massive bust targeting violent criminals and drug traffickers in Kent and Sussex County.

FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 3 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price — more than $250,000 for a year's treatment.

Body of 17-year-old swimmer recovered from Monroe Township lake

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 5 min ago

Body of 17-year-old swimmer recovered from Monroe Township lakeRescue crews have recovered the body of a teenager who drowned in Monroe Township, Gloucester County.

'Citizen of the year' gets 14 years in California fraud case

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 6 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California real estate developer once honored as his city's citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects.

$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 6 min ago

FILE - In this April 21, 2010, file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday, July 2, 2015, that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement involves Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

Police quickly nab bank robbery suspect in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 9 min ago

Police quickly nab bank robbery suspect in WilmingtonA suspect who robbed a bank in Wilmington and fled was apprehended thanks to some quick police work.