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UN announces Yemen humanitarian pause until end of Ramadan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:26
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday announced an "unconditional humanitarian pause" in Yemen's conflict starting at midnight local time Friday, with the goal of stopping the violence so that desperately needed supplies can be delivered to more than 21 million people in the Arab world's poorest country.

Proposed California e-cigarette regulations die in legislature

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:25

Enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los AngelesA bill aimed at regulating electronic cigarettes in California has died in the state legislature, its author said on Thursday. The bill would have classified electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, banned their use in public places and ramped up enforcement against selling them to minors. The measure passed the state Senate but stalled after an Assembly committee removed the provision classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products.


Millions more Americans hit by government personnel data hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:18

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Patricia Zengerle and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency by hackers, with suspicions centering on China, involves millions more people than previously estimated, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said data stolen from its computer networks included Social Security numbers and other sensitive information on 21.5 million people who have undergone background checks for security clearances.


Los Angeles mayor meets with Black Lives Matter activists over shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:12

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti speaks during a news conference after meeting with the family of Ezell Ford in Los AngelesActivists with the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday called on the Los Angeles mayor to fire the city's police chief over his handling of the shooting of an unarmed black man last year, members of the group said after a meeting with the mayor. "That's not the way we perceive Chief Beck," said Abdullah, who is a professor of pan-African studies at California State University, Los Angeles.


3 sisters missing in Wyoming wilderness are found safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:09

This undated family photo released by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office shows Megan Margaret Andrews-Sharer, center, of Milwaukee; with sisters, Erin Andrews-Sharer, right, of Columbus, Ohio, and Kelsi Andrews-Sharer, of Columbus, Ohio. A search is being conducted in a northwest Wyoming wilderness area for the three sisters who failed to return Tuesday, July 7, 2015, from an extended backcountry trip. (Teton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Three Midwestern sisters who were missing for days in a rugged Wyoming wilderness area were found alive in a remote area and airlifted to safety Thursday.


T-Mobile US calling plans to cover Canada and Mexico

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

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a man uses a cellphone as he passes a T-Mobile store in New York. T-Mobile on Thursday, July 9, 2015 said it will now let its U.S. customers call, text, use apps and browse the Internet within North America without paying extra charges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile will now let its U.S. customers call, text, use apps and browse the Internet within North America without paying extra charges.


Federal refuge employees kill charging Kodiak brown bear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:07
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Two employees of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge killed a Kodiak brown bear sow as it charged Sunday on a brushy hillside.

Uber pushes back against California driver lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:04

An Uber sign is seen in a car in New YorkUber argued on Thursday that a lawsuit filed by drivers should not proceed as a class action with the ride service citing statements of support from hundreds of other Uber drivers in a case that could decide whether they are independent contractors or employees. Three drivers sued Uber in San Francisco federal court, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. If allowed to proceed as a class action, the lawsuit could cover more than 160,000 California drivers.


Kentucky governor tells clerk to issue gay-marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:01
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor told a county court clerk Thursday that he should either issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or resign.

U.S. capital panel OKs controversial Eisenhower Memorial design

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The design for the long-delayed Eisenhower Memorial by famed architect Frank Gehry received final approval from a Washington planning commission on Thursday, though disputes over costs may keep the $142 million work from ever being built. Planned for years for a spot just off the National Mall, a short walk from the U.S. Capitol, the memorial has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Congress has cut off construction funds for the project for three years in a row.

Female Grevy's zebra born at Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:56
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A newborn female Grevy's zebra is now on display with its mother at Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted until 11pm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:55

 Severe Weather TonightMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says tonight's storms could contain damaging winds and heavy downpours.


Arizona teacher and 12-year-old grandson die during hike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:53
An Arizona science teacher and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead after they went hiking in hot temperatures on an historic desert trail southwest of Phoenix, and the boy's efforts to save them failed, authorities said on Thursday. The bodies of Thomas Gillespie, 63, and Robert Miller, 12, were found on Wednesday night by deputies near the small town of Gila Bend, said Officer Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Authorities believe Gillespie, who taught science at a high school for teenage parents in Tucson for the last 23 years, died from a medical emergency or from heat exposure, with temperatures in the area surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) at the time.

Civil War-era soldier buried at San Diego national cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:49

A rifle squad fires a salute at the conclusion of the ceremony as a bugler plays taps for Army Sgt. Charles Schroeter, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in an 1869 battle during the Indian Wars, during a service with full military honors at Miramar National Cemetery, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego. Schroeter’s remains were located only recently, when the Congressional Medal of Honor Historical Society traced them to San Diego’s Greenwood Memorial Park, where they had rested since 1921. The remains were interred in an unmarked crypt, along with other unclaimed remains. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient forgotten in an unmarked grave for nearly a century finally got a funeral Thursday when he was given full military honors and reburied at a national cemetery.


Man gets 35 years in murder-for-hire plot against parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:47

FILE - This 2012 law enforcement file photo provided by the Wyoming Department of Corrections shows Andrew Silicani. On Thursday, July 9, 2015, a judge sentenced Silicani to an additional 35 years behind bars for trying to hire a hit man to kill his mother and stepfather while incarcerated. (Wyoming Department of Corrections via AP, File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Wyoming prison inmate Thursday to an additional 35 years behind bars for trying to hire a hit man to kill his mother and stepfather while incarcerated.


The Latest: Group to fight for Confederate license plates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:46

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs Senate Bill 897 into law, Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The law enables the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds more than 50 years after the rebel banner was raised to protest the civil rights movement. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the Confederate flag debate in the South Carolina (all times local):


Country music acts quietly abandon Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:41

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, John Rich of the musical group, Big & Rich, performs at a rally for 23rd Congressional District candidate, Doug Hoffman, in Watertown, N.Y. Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for years, but as the debate reignites following a massacre at a black church in South Carolina on June 17, country artists still struggle to articulate their feelings about the flag’s history and symbolism. Rich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he agreed with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr.


Mother visits site where officer fatally shot unarmed son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:40

Judy Scott, grieves Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the site where her son, Walter Scott, was shot and killed on April 4 by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager is charged with murder and could face life in prison without parole if convicted. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Judy Scott prayed and wept Thursday as she viewed for the first time the site where her son Walter was shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer three months ago.


NYPD making some undocumented stops, monitor report says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:40
NEW YORK (AP) — The federal monitor overseeing changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy said Thursday the reform effort is moving in a positive direction, but some officers now avoid making or documenting stops, possibly because they fear legal and departmental reproach.

Montana tribe breaks off talks over drilling on sacred land

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 06:37
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American Indian tribe in Montana has taken the rare step of breaking off formal talks with the U.S. government and a Louisiana company that has been seeking for decades to drill for natural gas on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet people.