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North Dakota's workers comp claims rise less than expected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:07
The number of workers compensation filings in North Dakota's oil patch rose less than forecast from January through March, leading state officials to curb projections for total fiscal year filings, data released on Wednesday showed. For January through March, 5,845 North Dakota workers filed workers comp claims. North Dakota operates its workers comp program through WSI, providing coverage for businesses when employees are hurt on the job.

2 men indicted in alleged conspiracy to help IS group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:05
BOSTON (AP) — A federal grand jury in Boston has indicted two men on charges they conspired to help the Islamic State group by plotting with a Boston terror suspect to kill U.S. citizens to support the group's objectives.

Police: California monk attacks fellow monk with knife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:04
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was critically injured when a fellow monk stabbed him in a San Francisco Bay Area home.

New York mob boss, capo plead guilty in racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:02
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Six members of the Lucchese crime family, including a top New Jersey capo and a ruling boss in New York, have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation of an international gambling enterprise, the New Jersey attorney general said Thursday.

U.S. cyber hack unsettles, frustrates U.S. defense industry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:57
By Andrea Shalal PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. weapons industry executives say they are disappointed and frustrated about a massive U.S. cyber breach that exposed sensitive information about millions of Americans, including many thousands who work on high-security arms projects. Details are still emerging about major cyber attacks on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that were first disclosed earlier this month and U.S. officials have linked those breaches to China. China denies any involvement.

South Carolina shooting suspect seemed troubled, drawn to white supremacy

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

Dylann Roof is pictured in this undated photo taken from his Facebook accountThe few images of him found easily online suggest he had a fascination with white supremacy, publicly embracing its symbols. Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having fatally shot nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina. Roof's uncle, Carson Cowles, recalled telling his sister, the suspect's mother, several years ago that he was worried about Roof, and that the "quiet, soft-spoken boy" was too introverted.


Theater shooting defense lawyer clashes with psychiatrist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:54

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. The person closest to the murderous thoughts of Holmes before he carried out his attack could take the witness stand the week of June 15, 2015, as the prosecution wraps up its case. Holmes' death penalty trial has revived unresolved questions about whether he could have been stopped. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater gunman James Holmes pointedly questioned a psychiatrist Thursday on whether he did enough to diagnose and treat Holmes before the deadly attack.


Calico kitty 'Bella' named official cat of the Alamo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:46

Bella, the Alamo's official cat, roams the grounds of the Alamo, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in San Antonio. The Texas General Land Office on Thursday announced the calico kitty has the formal title Miss Isabella Francisca Veramendi de Valero. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Alamo has a new official cat.


Florida seeks to put state parks to commercial use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:44
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida is moving toward expanding cattle grazing, hunting and other commercial activities in state parks to help make them self-sufficient, an idea raising alarms among conservationists. Up first is a plan to sell cattle-grazing rights to 6,630 acres in the Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, one of the state’s most diverse natural areas popular with wildlife photographers, hikers and boaters, according to a draft bid document by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Department spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said commercial timbering and hunting were also under consideration for state parks.

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:43

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2012, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, front left, rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. California state officials on Thursday, June 18, 2015 released reports detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.


New Jersey man charged with plotting to support terror group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:32
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man was charged Thursday with conspiring with three other men to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.

UAW president aims to narrow labor cost gaps at U.S. automakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:31
Labor costs for union workers are much lower for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles than Detroit rivals Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, a disparity that United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday he wants to fix. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) average wage and benefit costs for each production worker is about $48 per hour, compared with about $58 per hour at GM and $55 per hour at Ford, a recent study by the Center for Automotive Research found.

South Carolina's 'Mother Emanuel' grieves loss of gifted pastor: politician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:28
Two months before Reverend Clementa Pinckney was gunned down during a Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, he stood before state lawmakers seamlessly blending his faith and politics in urging them to pass a law to protect his community. In this case, he was citing scripture in asking fellow South Carolina lawmakers to support equipping police with body cameras following the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott, a black man killed as he fled a traffic stop. Pinckney's adeptness in persuading lawmakers to support the bill would be among the final political successes for the gifted pastor-politician, who was gunned down at age 41 along with eight others at his church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, on Wednesday night.

Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter

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

This undated photo shows Bill Hadley, a menber of the Stephenson County, Ill., board. The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed Thursday, June 18, 2015, a lower court opinion ordering Comcast Cable Communications to identify a subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children. The court said Thursday that the internet service provider must identify the subscriber who commented on a 2011 article in the Freeport Journal Standard about Bill Hadley's candidacy for the Stephenson County board. Hadley filed a defamation lawsuit against the commenter and subpoenaed Comcast demanding that it identify the subscriber. (The Journal-Standard via AP)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Comcast Cable Communications must identify an Internet-service subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.


Pastor killed in church shooting bridged faith, politics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:14

In this June 3, 2014 photo, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney speaks at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter is still at large. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Clementa Pinckney stepped to the well of the South Carolina Senate chamber in April, fellow legislators expected him to lobby for funding of police body cameras. But the charcoal-suited Pinckney, speaking in the rich, deliberate tone that was his calling card, set aside almost any mention of politics or policing, in favor of a biblical story.


Factbox: Hate crimes in the United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:14
While the death toll made the attack one of the worst in recent years in the United States, hate crime is far from uncommon, according to experts. There have been 4,120 reported hate crimes across the country, including 56 murders, from 2003 until 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery, Alabama-based advocacy group. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says a hate crime is "a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias." Under federal law, a hate crime is defined as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation," the FBI says on its website.

Pastor, track coach, recent graduate among Charleston church shooting victims

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

Pastor, track coach, recent graduate among Charleston church shooting victimsThree church leaders, a recent college graduate were among the victims of the shooting Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night.


Victims identified in Charleston church shooting; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:12

Victims identified 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.


At least 9 fin whales found dead near Alaska island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:11
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The carcasses of at least nine endangered fin whales have been found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island.