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Service pays tribute to slain television reporter, cameraman

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:34

FILE - This undated file image made available by WDBJ-TV shows reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Community religious leaders gathered Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 to remember Parker and Ward, who were shot and killed by a former co-worker on Aug. 26. (Courtesy of WDBJ-TV via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week.


White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:31

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of tripThe Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.


Japan defeats Pennsylvania 18-11 in Little League World Series Championship

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:28

Japan defeats Pennsylvania 18-11 in Little League World Series ChampionshipWith more than 42,000 fans cheering against them, the Tokyo players found themselves down eight runs in the first inning of the Little League championship game against Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.


Woman arrested after police say she drowned twin boys in tub

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:22
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 22-year-mother has been arrested on charges that she drowned her 2-year-old twin sons in a bathtub on Sunday, police said.

Little League teams gets hero's welcome as it returns home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:21

Players in the Lewisberry, Pa. dugout watch in the sixth inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game against Japan, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Japan won 18-11. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)LEWISBERRY, Pa. (AP) — The victory went to Tokyo, but members of Lewisberry's Red Land Little League team returned to their small community as hometown champions, escorted by police, firefighters and EMS crews.


White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:52

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2011 file photo shows Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska. President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 said he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.


Off-duty police officer killed in Northeast Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:46

Off-duty police officer killed in Northeast Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'dAuthorities have identified the off-duty Philadelphia police officer who was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on Roosevelt Boulevard.


Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:28
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state's secession from the United States on the primary ballot next spring. Texas is one of only two U.S. states, the other being Hawaii, that were once internationally recognized sovereign nations, with diplomatic ties to other countries. Although legal experts said it would be unconstitutional for Texas to break away via a primary vote, there is still a spirit of Texas independence among many in the Lone Star State.

Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:28
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state's secession from the United States on the primary ballot next spring. Texas is one of only two U.S. states, the other being Hawaii, that were once internationally recognized sovereign nations, with diplomatic ties to other countries. Although legal experts said it would be unconstitutional for Texas to break away via a primary vote, there is still a spirit of Texas independence among many in the Lone Star State.

Thousands mourn fallen firefighters in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:13

A Washington State Patrol trooper holds a state flag to be presented to the family as he stands near a portrait of Thomas Zbyszewski at a memorial service for three firefighters killed in a wildfire, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Zbyszewski died Aug. 19 in a fire near Twisp, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state.


Missing hiker found in Sierra Nevada recovering from surgery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:53
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The family of a woman who was rescued after being stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days said Sunday that she is recovering from surgery to set the broken bones on her lower left leg.

Shark spotted off California beach again in 2 days

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:48
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A shark has been spotted in the waters off a San Diego County beach for the second time in two days, prompting lifeguards to extend an advisory warning beachgoers of the shark sighting.

2 rescued from car after driver crashes into tree

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:14

2 rescued from car after driver crashes into treeTwo people were rescued from a car after it crashed into a tree in New Castle County.


Les Miserables Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies from accidental fall off fire escape in Brooklyn

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:12

Les Miserables Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies from accidental fall off fire escape in BrooklynKyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway died early Saturday morning after falling from a fourth floor fire escape in Clinton Hill.


Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:58

Mourners gather at a gas station in Houston on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot and killed while filling his patrol car. On Saturday, prosecutors charged Shannon J. Miles with capital murder in the Friday shooting. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT: JAMES NIELSEN/HOUSTON CHRONICLEHOUSTON (AP) — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail.


Five more California inmates diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:47
Five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals after they were diagnosed with the disease through tests conducted over the last several days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. On Friday, the state announced that an inmate at the San Francisco-area prison was diagnosed with the disease and about 20 others showed symptoms of pneumonia, prompting officials to shut off water service at the institution. Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling mist infected with the bacteria Legionella.

2 rescued after car crashes into tree

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:43

2 rescued from car after driver crashes into treeTwo people were rescued from a car after it crashed into a tree in New Castle County.


Turner Field US flag at half-staff after fan dies in fall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:26

Rescue workers carry an injured fan from the stands at Turner Field during a baseball game between Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Atlanta. The fan fell from the upper deck into the lower-level stands and was given emergency medical treatment before being taken to a hospital. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.


White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:13

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of tripPresident Barack Obama will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska.


Obama changing name of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 06:49

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LouisianaPresident Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The historic change, coming at the beginning of a three-day presidential trip to Alaska, is a sign of how hard the White House will push during Obama's remaining 16 months as president to ensure his fight to address climate change is part of his legacy. Obama is slated to tour a receding glacier and meet with people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions.