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Some Alaska residents flee strong quake over tsunami fears

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 40 min ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake sent some coastal Alaska residents running for higher ground in fear they would be swamped by a tsunami.

[More cancer success with drugs that enlist immune system

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 50 min ago

John Ryan poses for a photo in his office at his house in Aldie, Va., Friday, May 29, 2015. For the first time, a major study has shown that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer. Ryan was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer two years ago. Standard cancer medicine left him exhausted, prone to infections and did little to shrink the tumor. In October 2013 he joined the immunotherapy study and was randomly assigned to get Opdivo. Three months later his tumor had been reduced by 65 percent and he felt well enough to help his son cut down a large tree for firewood. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)CHICAGO (AP) — A major study has shown that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer.

Conservationists decry killing of protected wolf in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 51 min ago
(Reuters) - Conservationists on Friday criticized as irresponsible a coyote hunter's shooting and killing of a protected gray wolf that had likely trekked hundreds of miles (km) to Colorado from the Northern Rocky Mountains. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said late on Thursday that test results revealed the animal shot and killed outside Kremmling on April 29 was a wolf, the first confirmed in Colorado since a radio-collared gray wolf was illegally poisoned in 2009 in the northwest part of the state. Federal and state wildlife managers said the hunter had been shooting coyotes at long range and that he immediately notified Colorado Parks and Wildlife when he realized the animal was possibly a gray wolf, which is protected in most of the Lower 48 states under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Timeline of the California oil spill and response

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 52 min ago

FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, an oil-covered bird flaps its wings at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. An underground pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — On May 19, an underground pipeline on California's Central Coast leaked up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil. It fouled nearby beaches, and an estimated 21,000 gallons flowed into the ocean. It was the worst spill in the area since a platform blowout in 1969 spilled several million gallons and helped give rise to the modern environmental movement.

5 pilots report encounters with lasers over NY, New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 55 min ago
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Five pilots have reported seeing green lasers while flying over New York and New Jersey.

Father: Woman shot by sheriff told police it was an accident

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 59 min ago
ATLANTA (AP) — The father of a woman who was shot and critically wounded by a suburban-Atlanta sheriff says his daughter told police the shooting was an accident.

U.S. Justice Dept. drops probe of Mississippi black man's hanging

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 2 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it was closing its investigation into the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi in March after finding no evidence to prove it was a homicide. Federal investigators joined the probe into the circumstances of Otis James Byrd's death after the 54-year-old man went missing for more than two weeks before being found in a wooded area about half a mile (0.8 km) from his home in a rural part of western Mississippi. The Mississippi chapter of the NAACP had called for a federal investigation into Byrd's death amid fears it may have been a racially motivated hate crime.

Cuba removed from US terror list

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 4 min ago

This coastal view of Havana, Cuba shows the United States Interests Section diplomatic mission, the third tall building from the right, on Sunday, May 24, 2015. On Friday, May 29 the Obama administration formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.

Another round of rain brings more serious flooding in Texas

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 16 min ago

Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rain. Officials are closely monitoring the levels of rivers in Texas engorged by heavy rain last weekend. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged highways and threatened homes Friday in Texas as another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 22 people and left 13 missing.

Ohio State ex-band director denied access to trustee records

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 17 min ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters can't have broad access to trustees' records that he had argued might help prove his gender discrimination case, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Phoenix, DHS officials in contact before cartoon event: White House

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 21 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been in touch with local authorities in Phoenix ahead of an outdoor demonstration on Friday that was set to include drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Many Muslims believe it is blasphemous to create pictures of the Prophet Mohammad. The Phoenix event comes weeks after a similar competition in Texas came under attack by two gunmen. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Emily Stephenson)

Lawyer: Kayak death was accident after drinking, not murder

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago

FILE - In a Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Angelika Graswald, right, stands in court with Michael Archer a forensic scientist, as her attorneys ask for bail and to unseal the indictment against her during a hearing, in Goshen, N.Y. Prosecutors said Tuesday, May 26, 2015, that the body of missing kayaker Vincent Viafore was found Saturday, May 23, 2015, three weeks after his fiancee, Graswald, was charged with killing him by tampering with his boat on an outing to a scenic island in the Hudson River, N.Y. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP, Pool, File)GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her fiance on the Hudson River by sabotaging his kayak is a victim of an accident that occurred on the chilly water after they had a couple of drinks, her lawyer said Friday.

California man kills neighbor, self after all-day standoff

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago

A police officer leads the wife of a gunman and a child to safety during a day-long standoff that authorities said began when the suspect killed a neighbor hours earlier, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Chula Vista, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A dispute between neighbors ended with both men dead but the safe emergence of two children and the shooter's wife from an all-day standoff at a suburban San Diego apartment, authorities said.

Police ramp up for 'Draw Mohammad' protest outside Phoenix mosque

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago
By Paul Ingram PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona police stepped up security on Friday near a mosque for a planned outdoor protest by an anti-Islam group that includes drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, weeks after a similar competition in Texas came under attack by two gunmen. Friday's event, during evening prayers at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, is being organized by a former member of the Marine Reserve who posted photos of himself on Facebook wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "Fuck Islam" on it. Officials at the mosque could not be reached for immediate comment, but its website features a series of sermons at Friday prayers there last year by an imam condemning extremist Islamist groups like Islamic State, al Qaeda and Nigeria's Boko Haram.

Guilty plea in Pocono-area shooting rampage

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 23 min ago

Guilty plea in Pocono-area shooting rampageA man accused of gunning down three people at a municipal government meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania in 2013 is pleading guilty.

Five airplanes in New York area hit by laser lights, FAA says

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 25 min ago
By Alice Popovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities said on Friday they were looking for whoever was responsible for pointing a green laser light at five airplanes flying above New York's Long Island and New Jersey the previous evening, jeopardizing air safety. Lights hit four planes flying at an altitude of about 8,000 feet about 4 miles northwest of Farmingdale, New York, sometime between 9:30 p.m. EST and 10 p.m., and a plane flying southwest of John F. Kenney Airport at about 11:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The flights included American Airlines 185, Shuttle America 4213, Delta Airlines 2292 and 2634 flying above Long Island, and Sun Country Airlines 249 flying above New Jersey.

Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in New Orleans to drugging women

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 28 min ago

Former NFL star Darren Sharper and his attorney Leonard Levine appear at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los AngelesFormer NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, pleaded guilty on Friday to related federal charges in New Orleans, prosecutors said. Sharper, 39, already had pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea agreements with prosecutors that call for him to serve about nine years in federal prison. In Louisiana, the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety admitted to distributing controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then having sex with them while they were incapacitated, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

For failed Atlantic City loan program, big promises fizzled

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 34 min ago

FILE In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 file photograph, a pair of bicyclists pedal past older attached homes, some with boarded windows on the north end of Atlantic City, N.J. A loan program that was supposed to lend as much as $40 million to struggling homeowners and businesses in this cash-strapped resort city has given out nothing and instead led to a federal lawsuit. Atlantic City is suing to get back $3 million it gave to the company that has failed to run the Community Loan Program, launched in 2013 by Lorenzo Langford, the mayor at the time. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — When Jim Thigpen first met with an investor in early 2012 to discuss selling control of the Tennessee financial firm he had run for more than 20 years, he said W. Wesley Drummon boasted of a business plan that involved $2 billion from the Bank of China. Nothing was said about running a loan program for Atlantic City.

US Drops Cuba from State Terrorism List

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 37 min ago
It has been 45 days since President Obama announced his intention to remove Cuba from the list of nations that support terrorism.

Arrest made in assaults on women in Radnor, Media

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 38 min ago

Arrest made in assaults on women in Radnor, MediaPolice in two Delaware County communities say they've caught a predator targeting women.