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Battle over proposed Yellowstone River dam ramps up

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:18

In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo, the Yellowstone River flows over the Intake Diversion Dam, a rock structure that captures water for agriculture, northeast of Glendive, Mont. near the North Dakota border. A federal judge is being asked to block a $59 million proposal to build a solid-rock weir across the river, which environmentalists say it could permanently block endangered pallid sturgeon from reaching upstream spawning areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that has been blocked from its spawning grounds for decades.


Northeast Ohio man accused of supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:17
CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man was arrested Friday on a criminal complaint alleging he attempted to provide support to the Islamic State terrorist group while living in the Cleveland area.

Woman says miscarried after shackled in immigration facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:15
An asylum seeker from Mexico suffered a miscarriage after she tripped and fell while shackled in immigration detention, even though pregnant detainees are not supposed to be restrained, her lawyers said.

Honda confirms eighth death linked to Takata airbags

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 07:00

A logo of Takata Corp is seen with its display at a showroom for vehicles in TokyoU.S. highway safety regulators also confirmed that the death of Jewel Brangman in a 2001 Honda Civic is the seventh U.S. death, and the eighth fatality worldwide related to Takata airbag inflators that can explode, sending shards of metal through the passenger compartments of cars. U.S. regulators have ordered the recall of vehicles equipped with about 34 million Takata airbag inflators. Honda, in a statement, said the 2001 car had been issued a salvage title in October 2011, and then purchased by a rental car agency in San Diego, California.


Timeline of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:55
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Here is a timeline of the shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina:

Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:46

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting.


Colorado movie massacre trial prosecution wraps up case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:42

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A woman whose six-year-old daughter and unborn child were killed in the Colorado movie theater massacre in 2012 gave a heartrending account on Friday of the shooting, as prosecutors wrapped up their case against gunman James Holmes. "I went to stand up to reach for her hand to try to exit," partially paralyzed survivor Ashley Moser said, weeping. Veronica died after Holmes shot her several times.


Texas Supreme Court upholds divorce of same-sex couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:40
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court effectively upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple Friday, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place.

Google cracks down on 'revenge porn' under new nudity policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:40

FILE - This Thursday, April 12, 2012 file photo shows a Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. According to new rules announced on Friday, June 19, 2015, Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a practice known as "revenge porn." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as "revenge porn."


California Legislature approves compromise $115.4B budget

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:23

FILE - In this May 14, 2015, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing the increase in education spending as he discusses his revised state budget plan during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With Gov. Brown’s blessing, the California Legislature is expected to easily approve a revised $115.4 billion state spending plan Friday, June 19, 2015, that sends billions of dollars more to public schools and universities, lifts some working poor families out of poverty and extends health coverage to poor children regardless of their legal status. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Friday passed a compromise budget to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's demands for restrained spending, even as the package sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care and social services.


NRA board member blames victim for Charleston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:21

A Nov. 22, 2010 photo shows the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney, a Ridgeland Democrat and pastor at Mother Emanuel AME Church, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in the mass shooting at the church. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims, saying the slain pastor had opposed concealed carry legislation as a state senator that could have saved him and his fellow worshippers.


Presidential hopefuls in town at GOP conference

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

Presidential hopefuls in town at GOP conferenceThere's a meeting in town today for the Republican leadership, and that brought presidential hopefuls to our area to make their pitch to their fellow party members.


Correction: Parenting-Hair Punishment story

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

 parents who take electric razors to the heads of their misbehaving tweens and teens to create ugly cuts as a form of punishment, then publicly posting the handiwork on YouTube, Facebook and elsewhere. After Fredrick posted a photo on Instagram of his son's shave late last year, parents began to approach him for embarrassing, old-man cuts. He's done more than 20 since February, free of charge. He also gives away nice cuts as well to reward kids for excellent grades and to honor their birthdays. (Dorian Hammonds via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — In a June 11 story about parental hair shaming, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a school. The correct name is The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


Boy Scout council affirms policy allowing gay adult leaders

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

Boy Scout council affirms policy allowing gay adult leadersChanges in the policies of the Boy Scouts of America will now allow openly gay men to be leaders and be employed by the organization for the first time.


Cat wins shelter's Hero Dog award for saving kid from canine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:18

Tara, a 7-year-old adopted cat poses for a photo with her award prior to being presented with the 33rd Annual National Hero Dog Award in Los Angeles, Friday, June 19, 2015. In May of last year, Tara fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of his Bakersfield home. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat.


Church shootings put spotlight on South Carolina prosecutor again

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:17

Members of the public continue to pay their respects and leave flowers outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the second time in two weeks, South Carolina prosecutor Scarlett Wilson finds herself at the center of a racially charged murder case generating national headlines, after the shooting of nine black men and women at a historic church in Charleston. Wilson will prosecute Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man accused of shooting black worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night.


Shootings highlight dark past for Charleston race relations

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

A woman who gave her name as Sista Solove holds a sign outside the bond hearing for the suspected gunman in the shooting Wednesday that left nine people dead at Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)With a dark past and complicated present, race relations have always been a challenge in Charleston, the city where police say a young white man shot nine people to death at a historic black church.


Federal VA health care program jeopardizes Alaska system

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 06:08

In this photo taken June 18, 2015, a sign flashes outside the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Anchorage Alaska. A new program to deliver health care to veterans across the nation has jeopardized the Alaska system used as a model, triggering outrage from the state's U.S. senators and frustration from vets. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new program to deliver health care to veterans across the nation has jeopardized a system it used for a model, triggering outrage from Alaska's U.S. senators and frustration from vets.


Utah inmate's son sues after father misses dialysis, dies

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

FILE - This image provided by the Utah Department of Corrections shows inmate Ramon C. Estrada. The son of Estrada, an inmate who died at the Utah state prison has sued corrections officials and health care providers, accusing them of violating his father's civil rights by failing to give him dialysis for two days. Estrada died April 19 after two dialysis technicians switched shifts and nobody showed up for his appointment. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The son of an inmate who died at the Utah state prison has sued corrections officials and health care providers, accusing them of violating his father's civil rights by failing to give him dialysis for two days.


Firefighters battle massive blazes from Alaska to drought-hit California

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

A firefighting helicopter drops water near Camp Bravo summer camp as firefighters battle the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, CaliforniaBy Steve Quinn and David Schwartz JUNEAU, Alaska/PHOENIX (Reuters) - Firefighters were working on Friday to contain several massive wildfires raging from Alaska to drought-hit California that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes and damaged dozens of structures. The so-called Lake Fire in a mountainous national forest outside Los Angeles had swelled to 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) on Friday from 7,500 acres (3,000 hectares) the day before as it scorched old-growth timber on steep slopes and threatened some 150 structures, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. In Alaska, about 900 firefighters were battling two major blazes in a state that has 56 active wildfires ranging from a few acres to 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares), officials said.