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The Latest: Another body found after Alaska landslides

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:13

In this photo provided by the Sitka Public Information Office, emergency personnel survey landslide damage in Sitka, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, a day after six landslides occurred in the coastal town, burying three men who are presumed dead. Responders were cautiously approaching the landslide which has the potential to move when responders begin moving debris. (Jeremy Zidek/Sitka Public Information Office, via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest on the deadly landslide in Sitka, Alaska (all times local).

Panel finds fraternity cited for rape chant broke no rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:13
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A University of Central Florida discipline panel says a fraternity that was suspended over a member's videotaped offensive remarks about rape did not violate university policy.

No charges against police in fatal New Jersey shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:11

FILE - In this frame grab from an officer's dashboard camera taken Dec. 30, 2014, and provided by the Bridgeton, N..J. Police Department, police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley stand near a car they pulled over for running a stop sign in Bridgeton. A grand jury has voted not to file charges against the two police officers for fatally shooting a man who defied orders by stepping out of a car with his hands raised during a traffic stop, a killing captured by their patrol car's dashboard camera, prosecutors said Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Bridgeton Police Department, File)BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A grand jury voted not to file charges against two police officers for fatally shooting a man in New Jersey who defied orders by stepping out of a car with his hands raised during a traffic stop, a killing captured by their patrol car's dashboard camera, prosecutors said Thursday.

Baltimore surpasses New York City in homicides for the year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:04
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has had more killings than New York City this year, and its homicide rate per 100,000 people is greater than New York's and Chicago's.

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Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:04
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Searchers find body of another man buried in Alaska landslides.

Federal officials investigating military headstone patio in Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:01
The department learned on Friday from a U.S. Navy veteran about the patio at the home in Ozark County, Missouri, said Chris Erbe, spokesman for the National Cemetery Administration. The homeowner told ABC television affiliate KSPR in Springfield, Missouri, that he regrets using the headstones and plans to remove them.

Firefighters face high winds stoking deadly blazes in U.S. Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:59

Firefighters work to dig a fire line on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, CaliforniaBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked in the Pacific Northwest braced on Thursday for high winds forecast in the region a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. Authorities late on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of about 4,000 homes threatened by fire in the riverfront towns of Twisp and Winthrop in the Methow Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade mountains in north-central Washington. The so-called Twisp River fire has roared through 16,000 acres (6,475 hectares) of rural brush and dry timber about 115 miles (185 km) northeast of Seattle since erupting on Wednesday.

Judge: UVa murder defendant must wear jail clothing for now

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:59
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that a man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student must continue to wear jail-issued clothing and shackles in hearings leading up to his trial next summer.

Judge sets $1 million bail for Baltimore cop charged with shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:57
Officer Wesley Cagle, 45, appeared via video link for the bail hearing before Baltimore City District Judge Halee Weinstein. The charges come as Baltimore police face increased scrutiny following the April death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died from an injury in police custody. Baltimore police are also grappling with a surge in homicides.

Captured New York inmate pleads not guilty to escape charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:56

David Sweat arrives for his arraignment at Clinton County court in PlattsburghOne of the convicted killers who led law enforcement on an intense three-week manhunt after escaping a maximum-security prison in upstate New York pleaded not guilty to escape charges on Thursday. David Sweat, 35, in his first court appearance since the June 6 breakout from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, appeared for his arraignment in a green prison jumpsuit, his right arm in a sling, in the courtroom at Clinton County Government Center in nearby Plattsburgh. "Yes, I do," Sweat said when asked by Judge Patrick McGill whether he understood his legal counsel would be Plattsburgh attorney Joseph Mucia.

As options run out, ex-Virginia gov. turns to Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:55

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2015 file photo, Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell navigates a group of cameras as he leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a hearing the appeal of his corruption conviction in Richmond, Va. A federal appeals court has declined to review the case, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — His legal options running out, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison while he makes his final appeal on public corruption convictions.

Court upholds student's suspension for posting rap song

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:49
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal court on Thursday upheld a Mississippi high school student's suspension for posting a song online criticizing two coaches, rejecting the student's argument that he was exercising his right to free speech.

St. Louis police chief defends fatal shooting by officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:49

Adam's Market owner Sanad Motan stands inside his ransacked store, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in St. Louis. The store is near where officers arrested several people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis following the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police Wednesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at them while attempting to serve a search warrant in a crime-troubled section of the city's north side. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief on Thursday unapologetically defended the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old who was killed by two white officers in a confrontation that drew protesters and unrest back to the streets.

Court says minimum wage increase applies to airport workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:49
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a first-in-the nation initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of SeaTac should apply to thousands of workers at the airport.

Sunken 1715 Spanish treasure ship yields more gold coins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:42
SEBASTIAN, Fla. (AP) — Diver William Bartlett had just started exploring a 300-year-old shipwreck with a metal detector late last month in the waters off Florida's Atlantic Coast when he found his first Spanish gold coin. Then one coin became two and two became so many he had to stuff them into his diving glove.

Study sees dying wildlife, bigger fires if drought lasts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Mike Marty, of the California Fish and Wildlife Department, hoists a net full of splashing rainbow trout as one jumps back into the holding tank, at the San Joaquin Hatchery near Fresno, Calif. A new study says dying wildlife, bigger wildfires and drying-up farm towns will be the biggest crises if California’s four-year drought continues. A report released overnight Wednesday to Thursday, Aug. 20, by the Public Policy Institute of California non-profit think-tank sketches that picture of California in 2016, and 2017, if the state’s driest four years on record stretches into a fifth, or sixth, year of drought. (John Walker/The Fresno Bee via AP) LOCAL PRINT OUT (VISALIA TIMES-DELTA, REEDY EXPONENT, KINGBURG RECORDER, SELMA ENTERPRISE, HANFORD SENTINEL, PORTERVILLE RECORDER, MADERA TRIBUNE, THE BUSINESS JOURNAL FRENSO); LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KSEE24, KFSN30, KGE47, KMPH26); MANDATORY CREDITSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California.

Woman accused in Jamaican lottery scam pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:41
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A woman accused of helping a man who was convicted for spearheading a Jamaican lottery scam that bilked dozens of mostly elderly people out of their retirement savings has pleaded not guilty.

Bergdahl lawyer slams candidate Trump over 'traitor' comments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:41

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The lawyer for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan charged with desertion, on Thursday chastised U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for calling his client a "traitor." "Sergeant Bergdahl is not charged with treason or anything like it," attorney Eugene Fidell said in a statement. "I condemn Mr. Trump's reckless disregard for the truth.

Accuser in prep school rape case finishes testimony on stand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:37

Defendant Owen Labrie, left, and his attorney Jay Carney are seen in court at his trial at the Merrimack County Courthouse Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Concord, N.H., after Carney's cross examination of the former student who accused Labrie of raping her in May of 2014. Labrie is charged with raping the then-15-year-old girl at St. Paul's School in Concord two days before he graduated in 2014. (Geoff Forester/Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A teenage girl who accuses a recent graduate of an elite prep school of raping her as part of a campus tradition of sexual conquest testified Thursday that she was traumatized and in shock when she spoke to police five days later.

Diabetes drug shows 1st protection from heart complications

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 05:30
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the first time, there's evidence that a diabetes medication, Jardiance, reduces risk of the complications that are the top killer of diabetics: heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular damage.