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County coroner releasing names, ages, other details of 9 victims in Charleston church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:14
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — County coroner releasing names, ages, other details of 9 victims in Charleston church shooting.

Kentucky soldier pleads not guilty to taking bribes in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:07
A U.S. Army sergeant at Fort Campbell pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of accepting $100,000 in bribes from vendors while stationed in Afghanistan at a hearing in Paducah, Kentucky, federal prosecutors said. Sergeant 1st Class Ramiro Pena, Jr., who had worked as a purchasing officer, received money from his supervisor and a Rolex watch from a vendor who wanted a contract to furnish supplies at Bagram Airfield, prosecutors said. From June 2008 to March 2009, Pena and his supervisor, Master Sergeant Jimmy Dennis, approved more than 200 contracts valued at more than $30.7 million for Afghan companies to provide supplies.

U.S. justices OK teachers' testimony in child-abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:06
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously reinstated an Ohio man's convictions for beating his girlfriend's children after he sent her hundreds of miles away to engage in prostitution. The nine justices rejected the argument made by defendant Darius Clark that testimony given during the trial by preschool teachers who talked to one of the victims, his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, should have been disallowed. The testimony in question, in which the teachers pressed the boy on injuries they had noticed, did not violate Clark's right under the U.S. Constitution's Sixth Amendment to confront his accusers, the court held.

Despite ruling, Minnesota sex offenders remain in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:02

FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows a secure facility that holds more than 400 men who are sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, in Moose Lake, Minn. A federal judge ruled Wednesday, June 17, 2015, that Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the "fundamental rights" of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences. (AP Photo/Martiga Lohn, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite a sternly worded ruling from a federal judge that many of Minnesota's sex offenders who've served their sentences could be long overdue for release, they're likely to spend many more months — maybe even years — in the state's civil commitment program.


New Pennsylvania school funding formula wins panel's OK

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:00

New Pennsylvania school funding formula wins panel's OKA bipartisan panel of state lawmakers and advisers to Gov. Tom Wolf gave unanimous approval Thursday to a new formula to distribute aid to Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, a model that would funnel more money to districts with rising enrollment and more students whose families are deeper in poverty.


Man robbed inside Kensington grocery store

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:55

Man robbed inside Kensington grocery storePhiladelphia police are looking for a suspect who robbed a man inside a Kensington grocery store.


Prosecutors want 1990 arson-murder conviction reinstated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:53

Han Tak Lee stands outside the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia, Thursday, June 16, 2015. The 80-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from South Korea spent 24 years in prison for his daughter's death in a fire and was freed last year after a judge ruled the arson science used to convict him had been debunked. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say other evidence points to Lee's guilt and on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to reinstate the murder conviction. (AP Photo/Mike Rubinkam)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reinstate the murder conviction of a man who spent 24 years in prison for his daughter's death in a fire, saying they remain convinced of his guilt even though much of their evidence has been debunked.


Two men arrested in Delaware illegal drug sale investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:48

Two men arrested in Delaware illegal drug sale investigationThe Delaware State Police arrested two men in Kent County after a month long investigation into illegal drug sales.


Woman deemed world's oldest person dies at 116 in Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:44
DETROIT (AP) — A woman deemed the world's oldest person died in Michigan, about a month after her 116th birthday.

Feds say they dismantle Boston drugs gang

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:43
Law enforcement officials arrested 41 people on guns and drugs charges during a sweep early on Friday, dismantling what federal prosecutors say was Boston's most influential drugs gang. About 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officials conducted the raid following a two year investigation into the Columbia Point Dawgs, a gang that was involved in trafficking heroin and cocaine from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood since the 1980s, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Seattle area gas-line blast injures two

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:42
Two men were injured after a gas-line explosion outside a commercial building in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue on Thursday, fire and hospital officials said. The explosion of the large-diameter gas line was reported at about 9 a.m., the Bellevue Fire Department said on Twitter. One 36-year-old man was in serious condition and was being sent to an intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center of Seattle, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

Crews battle wildfires raging across California, Alaska and Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:41

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, AlaskaThe fires, spread by wind and exacerbated by very dry conditions, have already consumed more than 100 structures in Alaska, and were threatening others in drought-hit California and Arizona. In Oregon, officials imposed new 12-county restrictions on the use of flammables such as fireworks. In a national forest outside Los Angeles, some 500 firefighters backed by air tankers and bulldozers were battling the timber-and-grass fueled Lake Fire, which was raging across some 1,500 acres (600 hectares) and was just 5 percent contained, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.


Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:32

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economyIn a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring action, Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he said was a "structurally perverse" economic system in which the rich exploited the poor, turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."


All clear in bomb threat on street near South Carolina shooting vigil

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:32
(Reuters) - Authorities announced an all clear in a reported bomb threat on the street of Morris Brown AME Church, the site of a vigil for South Carolina shooting victims, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Boston praised for releasing video in police killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:18
BOSTON (AP) — Police in Boston are earning praise from national law enforcement experts and community leaders for trying to be more transparent in the wake of officer-involved shootings, yet others say more can be done.

New York prison superintendent in spotlight after convicts escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:13

Handout of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo touring the Clinton Correctional Facility with prison Superintendent Steven Racette in DannemoraHundreds of law enforcement officials have joined the hunt for the men who escaped, but investigators have also turned their attention to conditions inside the prison before and during the breakout, including a look at Racette's management of the facility. Authorities have charged a female prison worker with smuggling hacksaw blades to the inmates, who cut through steel walls, squeezed through a steam pipe and emerged from a manhole outside the maximum security prison's walls. At some point, the county prosecutor said, Joyce Mitchell, 51, who worked in the prison tailor shop, discussed plans with the inmates, David Sweat, 35, and Richard Matt, 48, to murder her husband, who also works at the prison.


UN chief criticizes Israel over deaths of children in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:11
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday criticized Israel for the death and suffering of Palestinian children during last summer's conflict in Gaza, reiterating his demand for the Israeli government to take immediate steps to prevent such killings.

'Freedom' fries: Texas repeals ban on deep fryers in schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:10

New Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller talks about the state's plans to repeal a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public school kitchens, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Miller is also lifting restrictions on soft drinks in school vending machines. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It's about freedom, not the fries.


U.S. presidential candidates react to South Carolina church shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:04
(Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidates and politicians likely to enter the race used social media and other means on Thursday to express their reaction to news a white gunman had killed nine people in a historic black church in South Carolina on Wednesday.

AccuWeather: Tracking A Late Day Storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 02:00

 Tracking A Late Day StormAccuWeather: Meteorologist Karen Rogers says clouds will rule today, but it's brighter tomorrow.