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Black bear spotted in Indiana for first time in 144 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:36
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A black bear has been spotted in Indiana for the first time in more than 140 years, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday. Paw prints and a scat pile found in northwest Indiana were left behind by a young male black bear that likely walked into the state from Michigan within the last week, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said in two statements. "It's quite unusual and exciting for a Michigan lakeshore black bear to move this far south," said Mitch Marcus, an Indiana DNR wildlife official.

Differing pictures of slain ice cream truck driver emerge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:29
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Two vastly different pictures emerged Tuesday of an ice cream truck driver who was gunned down in front of waiting children.

Federal government ready to declare eastern cougar extinct

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:28
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed removing the eastern cougar from the endangered species list, declaring that the cougars have likely been extinct for at least 70 years.

Miami home health company to pay $17M in Medicare scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:26
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami home health company has agreed to pay $17 million for allegedly paying doctors to refer Medicare patients.

Oklahoma teen sentenced to life in prison for killing Australian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:24
An Oklahoma teen was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting an Australian student baseball player who was out on a jog. Chancey Luna, 18, was convicted of the August 2013 drive-by killing of Christopher Lane, then a 22-year-old student at East Central University as he was jogging along a residential road in Duncan, about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Prosecutors said Luna and two other teenagers in a car with him shot Lane because they were bored.

Choosing your own: Definition of race becoming fluid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:21

In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal was born to two parents who say they are white, but she chooses instead to self-identify as black. Her ability to think she has a choice shows a new fluidity in race in a diversifying America, a place where the rigid racial structures that defined most of this country’s history seems, for some, to be falling to the wayside. (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black — a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America, as the rigid racial structures that have defined most of this country's history seem, for some, to be softening.

Sheriff: Woman accused of killing mom may have faked illness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:21

This undated booking photo proved by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department in Waukesha Wi., shows Gypsy Blancharde. Greene County Missouri prosecutors charged Blancharde and Nicholas Paul Godejohn of Big Bend, Wi., Tuesday June 16, 2015, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with last week's killing of Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde, 48. Police found the victim's body Sunday in the Springfield, Mo, home she shared with Gypsy Blancharde, who was arrested with Godejohn, 26, the next day in Godejohn's Wisconsin home roughly 570 miles from the crime scene. (Waukesha County Sheriff's Department photo via AP)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman accused with her boyfriend of killing her mother may have faked the need for a wheelchair and pretended to be a Hurricane Katrina victim so that she and her mom could collect donations, a sheriff said Tuesday.

Sheriff dies in crash during highway chase in rural Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:19

This photo provided by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association shows Montgomery County, Ga., Sheriff Ladson O’Connor soon after he was elected in the fall of 2012. Authorities say O’Connor was killed Tuesday, June 16, 2015, when he crashed while joining deputies in a highway chase of a fleeing suspect. (Georgia Sheriffs’ Association via AP)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff died after crashing his patrol truck on a rural highway while helping chase a suspect who had fired gunshots at other law enforcement officers, authorities said Tuesday.

Brothers arraigned on Broomall home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:12

Brothers arraigned on Broomall home invasionTwo brothers were arraigned today on robbery and assault charges after a Delaware County home invasion.

Man pleads not guilty to NYC subway push of transgender woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 05:03
A 32-year-old man accused of pushing a transgender woman onto New York subway tracks pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to attempted murder and attempted assault charges, prosecutors said. Rolan Reid, who was arraigned in state supreme court in Manhattan, is suspected of shoving the 28-year-old victim at a subway stop in the Greenwich Village neighborhood on June 1. Glenn Hardy, Reid's attorney, said his client maintains his innocence.

Sinkhole under electrical tower prompts concern in Bethlehem Twp., Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:58

Sinkhole under electrical tower prompts concern in Bethlehem Twp., Pa.Residents of a neighborhood in Bethlehem Township were alarmed when they saw a 5-foot deep sinkhole had opened at the base of a large electrical transmission tower.

Threat on Philadelphia Naval facilities 'non-credible'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:54

Threat on Philadelphia Naval facilities 'non-credible'The all clear has been given after U.S. Naval facilities in both Northeast and South Philadelphia were evacuated due to an unspecified threat.

Storms threaten parts of the region

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:48

Storms threaten parts of the regionA cold front this evening will give us a brief break from the heat and humidity of this week.

Prosecutors want bond revoked in corpse slashing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:43
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A woman charged with slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend wore a disguise while improperly visiting the apartment complex where the dead woman's children live earlier this month, prosecutors said in a court document asking that the suspect's bond be revoked.

Watchdog group files complaint against Guinta over finances

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:43
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A government watchdog group on Tuesday asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta violated U.S. House rules or federal law.

Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:42

Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rapeA former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and the ex-wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive has pleaded guilty after being charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Kerkorian's will requires Tracinda to sell stake in MGM Resorts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:32

Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian heads into the courthouse to testify in DaimlerChrysler merger lawsuit in Wilmington, Delaware(Reuters) - Tracinda Corp, the holding company founded by Kirk Kerkorian, said the billionaire's will requires the company to dispose of its stake in casino operator MGM Resorts International. Kerkorian died in Los Angeles on Monday at age 98. Tracinda had a 16.2 percent stake in MGM Resorts, according to the company's filing on Tuesday.

Winner of $188.9M Powerball ticket in Arizona claims prize

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:32
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Lottery officials say the winner of the $188.9 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize from the June 3 drawing.

APNewsBreak: GOP leaders putting together trade rescue plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:31

FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says he's committed to passing a major trade deal as soon as possible, but he has not figured a way out of Congress' logjam on legislation that's a priority for President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After talks with President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress put together a quick rescue plan Tuesday for highly controversial, White House-backed trade legislation that Democrats derailed in the House last week.