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Million gallons of wastewater closes another beach in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, tourists walks near a warning sign posted on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. For the second time in a week a popular Hawaii beach was closed Thursday, Aug. 27, after sewage from a treatment plant spilled near the ocean. A million gallons of treated but not yet disinfected wastewater spilled from the East Honolulu Wastewater Treatment plant, closing Sandy Beach and its surroundings. The closure comes a day after beaches near Waikiki were reopened following a similar issue. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)HONOLULU (AP) — For the second time in a week a popular Hawaii beach was closed Thursday after sewage from a treatment plant was discharged into the ocean.


Student charged in university threats, will be evaluated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:48

 Campus gunman arrested, no one woundedJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A student who Mississippi State University officials say threatened to kill himself and others will face misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and has been referred for a mental and psychological evaluation.


Californians cut water without state imposing fines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:47

FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo a lawn is irrigated in Sacramento, Calif. A report is due out Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 on monthly state water conservation figures. Many California cities are conserving well, and officials are turning their attention to the few cities/agencies that aren’t doing so well. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday.


Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie awaits fate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:42

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo, attorney Beau Brindley, center, speaks with reporters at the federal courthouse in Chicago. Closing arguments were planned for Thursday, Aug. 27, in the federal bench trial of Brindley, who is facing obstruction-of-justice charges. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The question of when lawyers cross the line from zealously defending their clients to fabricating evidence is the focus of a rare trial in Chicago, where an attorney is accused of coaching defendants and witnesses to lie.


Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:42

Deborah Watts of Minneapolis, sits in a Jackson, Miss., hotel Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 and speaks about events in Mississippi and Illinois this week that commemorate the 60th anniversary of the slaying of her cousin, Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago who was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when witnesses said he violated the Jim Crow social code by whistling at a white woman. He was kidnapped and killed Aug. 28, 1955, and his body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River three days later. An all-white jury acquitted two white men charged in the slaying. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till.


AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.

Texas judge clears way for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:41

Students pass a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the University of Texas campus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Austin, Texas. University of Texas officials are asking an Austin judge to let them move the century-old statue from central campus, but the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which says it seeks to celebrate Southern heritage, wants Davis to stay where it is. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge on Thursday cleared the way for the University of Texas to move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis away from the main area of campus, despite objections from a Southern heritage group that called uprooting the monument a "cultural atrocity" and compared it to the Islamic State destroying ancient artifacts in the Middle East.


Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:39

FILE - This March 12, 2014, file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bruce Davis. Parole Commissioners are scheduled to consider for the 30th time, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, if Davis should be paroled in the 1969 slaying of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. (Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After 43 years in prison and 30 parole hearings, parole officials on Thursday again decided it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis.


Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:38

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in TorontoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging.


Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, a contact lens is displayed in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box in Salt Lake City. A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)DENVER (AP) — Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.


Dallas police fatally shoot suspect armed with box cutter: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:19
(Reuters) - A Dallas police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect on Thursday who was armed with a box cutter and fought with officers while attempting to evade arrest, police said.

Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:14

UPDATES CAPTION TO REFLECT JUDGE’S RULING THURSDAY - This June 11, 2015, photo shows a dry water ditch next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, blocked a new Obama administration, which would have given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.


N.Y. man convicted of trying to buy ricin 'death pills' online

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:10

Defendant Cheng Le in government evidence photo which was released during his trial in New YorkProsecutors said Le tried to buy ricin from an undercover FBI employee posing as a vendor on a website called Evolution. The case is U.S. v. Le, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 15-cr-00038.


AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:06

In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo Erin Stennis poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Stennis helped a lawmaker pass legislation allowing California taxpayers to donate to colon cancer prevention after her husband died of the disease in 2003. Stennis says it's a missed opportunity that the state hasn't spent any of the donations on cancer awareness a decade after the legislation passed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn't been spent.


'Sister Wives' clan uses same-sex marriage ruling in polygamy case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:03
(Reuters) - The stars of the reality television show "Sister Wives" used the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage ruling to support their case against Utah's polygamy ban, court records show. The filing with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Kody Brown and the four women he considers his wives - Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Sullivan - came in response the Utah Attorney General's appeal of a lower court's ruling in their favor.

Fatal shot in San Francisco pier shooting was ricochet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:56

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, Francisco Sanchez walks into court for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. Competing versions of the same event emerged Wednesday during the second day of the preliminary hearing held to determine if there's enough evidence for Lopez-Sanchez to stand trial on murder charges. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate admits he fired the shot that killed a young San Francisco woman on an evening stroll with her father.


Portland, Oregon, Catholic school changes gay hiring policy after backlash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:53
The school had come under fire after it last month withdrew plans to give Lauren Brown a job as a counselor because of her sexual orientation. Brown had accepted the job in the spring but was told by the school in July that she would not get it because of her "impending marriage to a same-sex partner," according to Brown's attorney, Gloria Trainor.

Black Lives Matter boos Washington mayor's anti-crime plans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — The boos began as soon as Washington's mayor said she was putting more police officers on the streets in neighborhoods affected by violent crime. They didn't let up for the next 18 minutes as Democrat Muriel Bowser laid out her plans to address an increase in homicides in the nation's capital.

Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:41

A West Virginia State Police Officer speaks with parents of children from Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, after a "hostage-like" situation occurred in the cafeteria of the school. State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says a suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Queen)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.


Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:40

April Miller, left, and her partner Karen Roberts read the decision of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to hear Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' appeal ordering her to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs in Morehead, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.