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U.S. confidence in police at 22-year low: Gallup poll

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:58

Police line up shortly after the deadline for a city-wide curfew at North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, MarylandThe confidence level in police matched the low seen in 1993, when Gallup first began measuring it as a federal civil rights trial got underway over the 1991 beating of black motorist Rodney King by white Los Angeles police officers. Since 1993, American confidence in police has ranged from the low of 52 percent to a high of 64 percent in 2004, the Gallup poll found. The findings come amid heightened scrutiny of the treatment of African-American men by police in the United States, an issue that flared last year after the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and elsewhere.


Brian Williams' rehabilitation efforts begin Friday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:38

FILE - This April 4, 2012 file photo shows NBC News' Brian Williams, at the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls," in New York. NBC News says that Brian Williams will not return to his job as “Nightly News” anchor, but will remain anchor breaking news reports at the cable network MSNBC. Williams was suspended in February for falsely claiming he had been in a helicopter hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War. NBC launched an internal investigation that turned up other instances where Williams embellished or misrepresented his experiences, frequently during appearances on talk shows. Before his swift tumble, Williams was arguably the most powerful on-air personality in television news. Lester Holt, who has been subbing for Williams since the suspension, will take over the job full-time. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Williams said the months since his suspension from NBC News had been like torture, and a come-clean interview with colleague Matt Lauer on the "Today" show must surely have felt like an extension.


Western wildfires: Flames fly through 3 hot, dry states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:33

The Lake Fire burns for a second day on Thursday, June 18, 2015 near Jenks Lake in Angeles Oaks, Calif. Firefighters battled two blazes in Southern California, one that was growing as it churned through 30-foot pine trees in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains and another that was slowing in northern San Diego County. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWildfires are charring parched parts of the West. Here's a look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them.


Rangers, SEALs, now Raiders: Marines resurrect historic name

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:29

CORRECTS TO SAY THAT BOUGAINVILLE IS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA - In this Jan. 30, 1944, image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Mariner Raiders capture a Japanese stronghold at Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. From now on, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders, similar to names like Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs. The Marines will rename several special operations units Marine Raiders at a ceremony on Friday, June 19, 2015. The move resurrects a moniker used by famous World War II units that carried out risky amphibious and guerrilla operations. (AP Photo/U.S. Marine Corps, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders.


Oklahoma man convicted of illegal sexual contact at Kenyan orphanage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:27
A jury at a federal court in Oklahoma City on Friday found an Oklahoma man charged with molesting orphans in Kenya during his Christian missionary work guilty of seven counts of illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place. The jury also found Matthew Durham, 20, of Edmond, not guilty on 10 more serious charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. A judge will determine his sentence later, court officials said.

Charleston shooting investigated as 'Act of domestic terrorism': DOJ

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:21
The murders of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, is being investigated by the Justice Department as a possible case of domestic terrorism, a U.S Justice Department spokeswoman said on Friday. "The department is looking at this crime from all angles, including as a hate crime and as an act of domestic terrorism," Department of Justice spokeswoman Emily Pierce said in a statement. The Department of Justice had not previously disclosed that domestic terrorism was one of the avenues being pursued in the federal investigation.

Police: Man admits to 9 bank robberies in 3 states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:14

This photo provided by Kenton County Jail shows Brian Parnell. The FBI said it was investigating whether a man arrested in a northern Kentucky bank robbery is connected to a series of other bank robberies linked to a suspect known as the “Sock Hat Bandit.” Independence Police said Parnell of Dayton, Ohio, was arrested Thursday, June 18, 2015 after a robbery at a Fifth-Third bank. He faces first-degree robbery and other charges and is being held on a $1 million cash bond. (Kenton County Jail via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The FBI said it was investigating whether a man arrested in a northern Kentucky bank robbery is connected to a series of other bank robberies linked to a suspect known as the "Sock Hat Bandit."


Men charged in Boston beheading plot plead not guilty in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:11

Law enforcement officials are gathered on a residential street in EverettTwo New England men pleaded not guilty in federal court in Boston on Friday to charges they plotted to help the militant group Islamic State by beheading Massachusetts police officers. Wearing orange prison fatigues, David Wright, 25, of Massachusetts, and Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, entered not-guilty pleas at the arraignment in U.S. District Court in Boston. Wright was arrested in Boston on June 2, the same day that officers shot dead a third man, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, while trying to question him about the beheading plot.


PECO donates 600 fans to local seniors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:11

PECO donates 600 fans to local seniorsHundreds of seniors now have relief from the heat thanks to a donation from PECO.


U.S. proposes tighter emission standards for big trucks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 03:02

A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, CaliforniaBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed new rules on Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions from heavy, long-haul trucks, a move to attack climate change that prompted a wary response from industry groups worried about the costs. The complex proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would apply to 18-wheel tractor-trailers, buses, delivery vans, beefy heavy-duty pickup trucks and other commercial vehicles. Transportation-related greenhouse gases are the second-largest source of emissions after power plants, accounting for roughly 27 percent of total emissions.


2 from Bucks Co. among Pa. child porn arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:56

2 from Bucks Co. among Pa. child porn arrestsTwo men from Bucks County are among those arrested in the latest round of child pornography arrests by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.


Justice Department investigating whether church slayings could be hate crime, domestic terror

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department investigating whether church slayings could be hate crime, domestic terror.

Thousands lose power when naked woman crashes into Seattle-area utility pole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:29
More than 4,000 people in a Seattle suburb lost power on Friday after a woman driving naked crashed her car into a utility pole, police said. There were live power wires down on the car when a police sergeant came across the crash scene in Shoreline, just north of Seattle, around 1:30 a.m., said Detective Jason Houck, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Department. Firefighters and utility crews disabled the wires and found a 24-year-old woman inside the car who was in and out of consciousness, he said.

Milwaukee-area police detective shot by burglary suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:28
A suburban Milwaukee police officer was shot on the west side of the city on Friday by a burglary suspect, who fled on foot and is still at large, police said. The 52-year-old Wauwatosa police detective and two other officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect in a parking lot, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said.

Storm heads northeast after flooding Oklahoma, Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:27

Water pours over Turner Falls and floods the park below on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Davis, Okla. Tropical Depression Bill swamped Oklahoma and Arkansas on Thursday, pushing rivers toward record levels after the Gulf-fueled storm slowed to a crawl over the nation’s midsection. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — Tropical Depression Bill dumped up to 7 inches of rain on the Ozarks in southern Missouri overnight, causing flash floods that forced the evacuation of some towns and campgrounds and increasing the risk of major flooding along several rivers.


US soldier gets 26 years for killing comrade in Jordan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:26
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Army infantryman has been sentenced to 26 years' confinement and a dishonorable discharge for the shooting death of a fellow soldier while they were guarding a Patriot missile site in Jordan.

State trooper dies in off-duty Turnpike collision with truck

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 02:19

State trooper dies in off-duty Turnpike collision with truckA New Jersey state police trooper has died in an off-duty auto accident.


Man pleads not guilty for deadly arson before rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 01:59
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to setting a house fire that killed a 10-year-old girl who accused him of sexual assault and her grandparents.

Shooting victims included librarian and recent college grad

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 01:57

This undated photo provided by Southern Wesleyan University shows DePayne Doctor. Doctor was killed by a white gunman who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. She was an enrollment counselor at Southern Wesleyan University's Charleston Campus, according to a friend. (Leigh Thomson/Southern Wesleyan University via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One was a longtime librarian looking forward to retirement. Another had recently graduated from college with a business degree. At least two died in the church that they had attended for decades.


Report: Higher deficits, more uninsured if health law tossed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 01:56

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen, in Portland, Ore. Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, while the number of uninsured Americans would rise by more than 20 million, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit, while the number of uninsured Americans would rise by more than 20 million, said a nonpartisan government study released Friday.