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U.S. lawmakers slam homeland security chief on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:16

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte speaks at a news conference on the anticipated House passage of the USA Freedom Act on Capitol Hill in WashingtonU.S. Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration on Tuesday as failing to enforce immigration laws and allowing dangerous criminals to walk free, using the killing of a San Francisco woman to underscore their allegations. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, criticized enforcement priorities issued by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in November. Obama administration policies "have turned the flight from enforcement into a headlong rush," Goodlatte said at a nearly four-hour hearing.


Austin officer makes cellphone stop, helps choking driver

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:13
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas police officer who pulled over a driver for illegal use of a cellphone ended up helping the woman, who was trying to call 911 while choking.

The Latest: Parents of blast victims relieved by verdicts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:12

FILE - In this July 10, 2013 file photo, Mark Leonard walks to a hearing in Indianapolis. Leonard, accused of planning a deadly 2012 home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision, faces 53 counts including charges of murder, arson, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the trial of a man convicted of planning an Indiana house explosion that killed two people and damaged or destroyed more than 80 homes (all times EDT):


Ex-mayor of Harrisburg charged in probe of city debt crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:08

Former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed listens as his lawyer Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr. speaks to press after the arraignment in Harrisburg PennsylvaniaThe former mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who ended his 28-year tenure in 2010 with the state capital near financial ruin, was charged on 499 criminal counts on Tuesday for theft, bribery, evidence tampering and other charges. Stephen Reed and unnamed associates issued municipal bonds for legitimate purposes but allegedly used some of the proceeds to buy a bizarre list of artifacts in which Reed was interested while creating fees payable to "a coterie of professionals," a grand jury said in its indictment. Reed, 65, who served as mayor from 1982 to 2010, allegedly used some of the bond proceeds to travel the country and buy about 10,000 artifacts, including a sarcophagus, a suit of armor and a "vampire hunting kit," that he said were destined for museums.


Family of New York chokehold victim renews calls to charge officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:58

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, stands with the Rev. Al Sharpton before entering the Interfaith Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliationat the Mt. Sinai United Christian Church in the Staten Island borough of New YorkBy Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a white police officer put him in a chokehold a year ago, renewed calls to criminally charge the police officer on Tuesday, a day after the family reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City. A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in the chokehold, a maneuver banned by the New York City Police Department. After the state grand jury declined to indict, then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in December promised a full investigation into Garner's death.


Teen arrested in shooting of Delaware man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:57

Teen arrested in shooting of Delaware manPolice in New Castle County, Delaware have arrested a teenager for shooting a man in Wilmington.


U.S. Guantanamo board weighs case of alleged al-Qaeda member

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:57
A Yemeni man suspected of being a member of al Qaeda, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay military prison since 2002, faced a U.S. national security board on Tuesday to determine if he should be transferred out of the prison. Salman Yahya Hassan Muhammad Rabei’i, 36, is suspected of having fought in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Department of Defense profile. It said Rabei’i was at al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s Tora Bora complex in 2001 and was captured by fighters from the Northern Alliance that year.

Fire and shooting on same day, same block in Edgemoor, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:55

Fire and shooting on same day, same block in Edgemoor, DelawareAn investigation is underway after a fast moving fire damaged two homes in Delaware, just hours after a shooting on the same block.


Teen bicyclist struck and killed in Hunting Park identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:54

Teen bicyclist struck and killed in Hunting Park identifiedPolice have identified the teenage boy struck and killed while riding his bicycle Sunday afternoon in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.


Fire damages Edgemoor home where shooting reported earlier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:52

Fire and shooting on same day, same block in Edgemoor, DelawareAn investigation is underway after a fast moving fire damaged two homes in Delaware, just hours after a shooting on the same block.


Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:52
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses.

Coroner: Florida teen dies in ropes course fall in SC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:41
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Florida teenager died after falling from a high ropes course at a camp on the South Carolina-North Carolina border, officials said Tuesday.

Street artist Fairey surrenders to Detroit authorities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:36
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Street artist Shepard Fairey, who created the "Hope" poster of Barack Obama in 2008, turned himself into Detroit police on Tuesday on charges he defaced several properties in the city, authorities said. Fairey is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, Detroit Police Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said. Police issued a felony arrest warrant for Fairey, 45, accusing him of two counts of malicious destruction of property, each punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Oklahoma Republicans compare food-stamp recipients to animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:33
The Oklahoma Republican Party on Tuesday removed a Facebook post that compared people who receive food stamps to wild animals after it set off a social-media storm. Titled a "lesson in irony," the post from Monday night says the U.S. government is proud that its food stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, this year reached 46 million people. "Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us 'Please Do Not Feed the Animals.' Their stated reason for the policy is because 'The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves,'" it said.

Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect expected in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:28
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor says the suspect in the Charleston church shootings is expected in court this week for a hearing on whether documents in the case will be released to the media.

Convicted monsignor moved from jail that pope plans to visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:20
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints is no longer housed at a Philadelphia jail that Pope Francis plans to visit.

Child poverty among African-Americans steady, falls for others: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:20
The Pew Research Center study, which was based on U.S. Census figures until 2013, found child poverty rates have fallen among whites, Hispanics and Asian-Americans. African-Americans have had the highest rate of child poverty among ethnic groups in the United States since 1997 when they were about even with Hispanics, according to figures from Pew. Poverty was defined as living in a household with an annual income below $23,624 for a family of four, the Pew Research Center said.

Officials: 4 escape from Mississippi jail; 2 still at large

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:20
RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Four prisoners escaped from a Mississippi jail before a late-night bed check with help from inside and outside the facility, officials said, and two remained at large Tuesday.

House GOP moves on sanctuary issue after California tragedy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 01:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled House panel has voted to block so-called sanctuary cities from receiving certain federal grants.

AccuWeather: Rain, Downpours Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 00:48

 Rain, Downpours TodayA flash flood warning continues in Salem county, New Jersey until 2:00p.m. Flood Advisories continue for portions of Gloucester, Camden, Atlantic, Cumberland, Burlington counties in New Jersey and Bucks, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties in Pennslyvania.