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Hundreds gather at Mother Bethel AME Church to remember Charleston victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:22

Hundreds gather at Mother Bethel AME Church to remember Charleston victimsHundreds of people of many faiths gathered at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia's Society Hill section for a prayerful service remembering the nine people fatally shot at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Bill's remnants flood Oklahoma along path to US midsection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:19

Construction equipment sits in high water from overnight rains off Interstate 35 on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Pauls Valley, Okla. Tropical Depression Bill swamped Oklahoma and Arkansas on Thursday, pushing rivers toward record levels after the Gulf-fueled storm slowed to a crawl over the nation’s midsection. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR, KOCO, KWTV, KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL WEBSITES OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT) TABLOIDS OUTOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The remnants of a tropical storm that moved in from the Gulf of Mexico this week focused most of its fury Thursday on Oklahoma and Arkansas, pushing rivers to record-high levels and causing flooding as it crawled northward through the central U.S.

9 killed in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:17

9 killed in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custodyA white man who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured without resistance Thursday after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief said.

Western wildfires: Blazes burn in 4 states amid hot weather

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:09

A wildfire burns south of Barton Flats in the San Bernardino, Calif., Mountains on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The wildfire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them children, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest. (John Valenzuela/The Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, where temperatures are rising Thursday. Here's a look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them.

Psychiatric evaluation ordered for Washington man accused of transit threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An MTV reality television personality who prosecutors say threatened the Washington, D.C., mass transit system in calls to emergency responders, was ordered on Thursday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 

Water main break forces evacuations at Philadelphia mall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:26
A water main break flooded a busy shopping center in Philadelphia on Thursday, damaging businesses and forcing about 100 people in the area to be evacuated, some of them by raft, a Philadelphia Water Department official said. Six businesses at the shopping center were closed for cleaning from the flood and were expected to reopen on Friday, he said. DiGiulio confirmed that about 100 people, including customers and employees at the shopping center, were evacuated.

Presidential candidate Rand Paul plans to 'blow up' tax code

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:16

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waits to be introduced to speak during the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul called Thursday for a "fair and flat tax" that would "blow up" the nation's tax code, offering a proposal his campaign said would cut taxes by $2 trillion over the next decade.

Shooting victims included librarian and recent college grad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:15

This undated photo provided by Southern Wesleyan University shows DePayne Doctor. Doctor was killed by a white gunman who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. She was an enrollment counselor at Southern Wesleyan University's Charleston Campus, according to a friend. (Leigh Thomson/Southern Wesleyan University via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One was a longtime librarian looking forward to retirement. Another had recently graduated from college with a business degree. At least two died in the church that they had attended for decades.

California farmers told to stop irrigating seek court order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:15
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Some California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state's relentless drought, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Oklahoma jury gets case in Kenya orphanage sex abuse trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:44
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal jury wrapped up its first day of deliberation Thursday without reaching a verdict in the trial of an Oklahoma man charged with sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage.

Builder of collapsed California balcony sued over flaws in another project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:36

Workmen examine the damage at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, CaliforniaCalifornia-based Segue Construction paid $3.4 million to settle litigation over alleged defects in a condominium development in Millbrae, California, after a homeowners association sued, the homeowners' lawyer said. The design and construction of outdoor spaces such as balconies were “a very prominent part of the litigation,” said San Francisco attorney Thomas Miller, who represented the homeowners.

3 Los Angeles gangs indicted for uniting in conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three rival Los Angeles gangs united in a rare alliance to conspire to control drug trafficking and carried out crimes that included murder and extortion, federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing a racketeering indictment against 22 gang members.

Sympathy, calls for more gun control after church slayings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:28
The fatal shooting of eight worshippers and a pastor at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday provoked strong reactions from political, church and civil rights leaders and was held up by gun control advocates as another example of lax laws leading to tragedy.

Jury recommends no extra prison for Marine who killed Iraqi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:28

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III speaks at his home in Oceanside, Calif. Military prosecutors on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, are expected to give closing arguments in their case against a Marine Corps sergeant being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman. Defense Attorney Christopher Oprison, representing Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, is also expected to give closing arguments at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A military jury on Thursday recommended that a U.S. Marine twice convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years he has already served for the crime.

Florist spots Hyundai at light, helps catch shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:14
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Debbie Dills thought the black Hyundai next to her at a stoplight looked familiar — it had a South Carolina tag and a white decal on the front. Her heart raced when she saw the driver, the bowlcut-wearing white man who authorities say killed nine people in a black church in Charleston.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:09

Cardinals follow a press conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," (Praise Be), at the Vatican, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth." (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

11 indicted on charges of selling fake 5-Hour Energy drinks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:05
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eleven people have been indicted on charges they conspired to sell counterfeit bottles of 5-Hour Energy drinks.

Former NAACP leader in Washington state kicked off Spokane's police panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:01

Washington state civil rights advocate Rachel Dolezal smiles towards Izaiah Dolezal while her son Franklin stands nearby on NBC's "Today" show in New YorkBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, who drew national attention over her racial identity, was ousted on Thursday from a municipal police oversight commission in Washington state over conduct violations, a city spokesman said. The decision by the Spokane City Council comes after investigators hired by the city to probe allegations of misconduct found Dolezal had publicly named citizens who made complaints against police officers, in violation of confidentiality rules. The lawyers, in investigating an April 16 whistleblower complaint, also found that the city employee who filed the complaint had faced intimidating and offensive behavior from Dolezal, who headed the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and two other commission members.

Beach near oil spill to reopen, as probe continues on break

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:52
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A popular Central California beach closed last month after a crude oil spill near Santa Barbara will reopen next week, state officials said Thursday.