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In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:05

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson laughs during his speach at the Western Conservative Summit in DenverBen Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has found an opening in the wide-open race in which 13 candidates are running for the White House. In polls, Carson regularly outperforms most of his fellow candidates, who often have much bigger media profiles, much more political experience and in many cases have track records as governors or senators.

Recent spike in shark attacks reported off Carolinas coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:02

Map locates Outer Banks, N.C.; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.

New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending 7-year review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:43
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.

A first: New guidelines back device for treating strokes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:37

This undated photo provided by Covidien shows their stent used to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes. The American Heart Association has endorsed using removable stents to open clogged arteries causing a stroke. It's the first new stroke treatment to be backed by the group in nearly 20 years and the first device ever recommended for this purpose. (AP Photo/Covidien, Stan Sholik)Many stroke patients have a new treatment option — if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.

Woman killed, car missing in East Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:35

Police ID woman found dead with slashed throat in East Mt. AiryThe discovery of a woman deceased inside an East Mt. Airy home has Philadelphia homicide detectives on the hunt for the killer and the woman's vehicle.

Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:35
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related.

Storm cleanup continues in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:28

Storm cleanup continues in Gloucester CountyIt's been almost a week since that violent storm moved through our area and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people.

The Latest: Guard charged in connection with escape in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:28
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on the capture of one convicted murderer from a maximum-security prison and the killing of the other. (all times local):

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:28
PARIS (AP) — WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France's top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage.

Family of shooting victim suing ex-deputy in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:25
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An amended federal lawsuit alleges that an ex-volunteer sheriff's deputy unnecessarily used a stun gun on an already restrained suspect less than two months before he fatally shot an unarmed and restrained man.

Nashville boy, 12, killed in fireworks incident: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:23
A Nashville, Tennessee, boy was killed when an apparently damaged "exploding artillery" firework malfunctioned as he held it skyward for a friend to light, police said on Monday. The Sunday night incident is under investigation and officers are trying to recover about a dozen of the fireworks shells left behind when two men brought the child to a local hospital, Nashville police said in a statement. Antonio Braden, 12, had been setting off bottle rockets and Roman candles with friends when Joshua Woods, 24, began setting off the larger artillery fireworks, police said.

NBC ends relationship with Donald Trump over comments about Latinos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:20

NBC ends relationship with Donald Trump over comments about LatinosNBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

Colorado Supreme Court rules against school voucher program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:18
Colorado's Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a controversial school voucher program in a Denver suburb violates the state's constitution because it provides funding for students to attend religious schools. The Colorado Court of Appeals had previously upheld the system first proposed four years ago by Douglas County, which granted taxpayer-funded scholarships to up to 500 qualifying elementary, middle, and high school students for tuition at 23 private schools, including 16 religious ones. The state Supreme Court noted that when opponents first filed suit against the Choice Scholarship Program in June 2011, three months after it was approved by the county's school board, some 93 percent of recipients were set to attend religious schools.

FBI investigating corruption at New York prison after escape: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating possible broader corruption, including potential drug trafficking, at the upstate New York prison from which two inmates escaped earlier this month, CNN said on Monday, citing law enforcement sources. Two workers at the Clinton Correctional Facility have been charged with aiding in the June 6 escape. One of the two inmates who fled was shot by police and rushed to a hospital on Sunday, while the other was killed on Friday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Mourners recall SC shooting victim in funeral at church

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:13

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, with son and daughter-in-law Hunter and Kathleen Biden, to his right, sing “We Shall Overcome” while joining hands with Emanuel AME Church members Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. Biden delivered a short speech and said he was there to stand in solidarity with the church and families of the nine people who were killed June 17. (Melissa Boughton/The Post and Courier via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The day she was killed along with eight others during Bible study at a South Carolina church, Myra Thompson achieved her goal of becoming a minister

US Supreme Court gives 'Choose Life' license plates new life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:09
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court must reconsider whether North Carolina can issue "Choose Life" license plates.

L.A. County's top prosecutor creates wrongful conviction review unit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:05
Los Angeles County's top prosecutor has created a unit, headed by three experienced prosecutors, to review credible claims of wrongful convictions by criminal defendants. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said on Monday that the vast majority of the more than 71,000 felony cases filed by her office each year were upheld on appeal but that the unit was designed to catch those instances where the system failed. "In a few instances, new evidence is discovered and, on rare occasions, mistakes are found," Lacey said in a written statement.

Unrelenting rain leads to more flooding in Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:05

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, kayaker Chris Cooper paddles across a flooded area at Detweiller Golf Course as Dewey Banks fishes for catfish in flood waters from the Illinois River in Peoria, Ill. Significant flooding in June was reported in parts of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and more rain forecast this week furthers worries that already serious flooding won't go away anytime soon. (David Zalaznik/Journal Star via AP, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, adding to concern that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.

Police commissioner to City Council: NYPD can reform itself

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:53
NEW YORK (AP) — Police Commissioner William Bratton renewed his opposition on Monday to a set of proposed regulations on use of force and other policing issues, telling City Council members that the New York Police Department can reform itself.

Divided U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 03:48

A news assistant runs to his co-workers with copies of court decisions past anti-death penalty demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday found that a lethal injection drug used by Oklahoma does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a ruling that provoked a caustic debate among the justices about the death penalty in America. The 5-4 ruling, with the court's five conservatives in the majority, prompted liberal Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to say for the first time they believe capital punishment as currently practiced may be unconstitutional. The decision was a defeat for death penalty foes and for the three death row inmates who challenged the use of a sedative called midazolam as part of Oklahoma's lethal injection process, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions.