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More colleagues to testify in trial over police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:30
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The defense has opened its case in the trial of a suspended North Carolina police officer with a cast of his colleagues, more of whom are expected to testify Wednesday.

Wildfire escalates in northern California, people flee homes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:42

Handout shows a historic Portland and Western Railroad trestle on fire near Sherwood, OregonBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire burning in northern California grew rapidly on Tuesday near another massive blaze that has destroyed dozens of buildings, forcing some residents to evacuate their homes for the second time in as many weeks. The so-called Jerusalem Fire, sparked on Sunday, has spread across 14,000 acres (5,665 hectares) and was burning aggressively through drought-parched vegetation north of Napa Valley wine country, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. The fire, burning about 100 miles (160 km) north of San Francisco, was 5 percent contained, Cal Fire said.


Feds say California DMV employees traded cash for licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:23

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, discusses the investigation into a scheme where as many as 100 commercial truck drivers paid up to $5,000 to California Department of Motor Vehicle employees for illegal California licenses, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Sacramento,Calif. Court records say that three DMV employees, two in Salinas and one in Sacramento, changed computer records to falsely show that drivers passed written and behind-the-wheel tests. The owners of three truck driving schools have also been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and to commit identity fraud. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As many as 100 commercial truck drivers paid up to $5,000 each to bribe state Department of Motor Vehicles employees for illegal California licenses, federal authorities said.


Hacking ring accused of making $100M on stolen news releases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 14:37

A poster board detailing an insider trading scam involving hacking is displayed at the start of a news conference in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. An international group of hackers and stock traders made $30 million by breaking into the computers of newswire services that put out corporate press releases and trading on the information before it was made public, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In late October 2013, Panera Bread Co., the national chain of restaurants that specializes in healthy soups and baked goods, prepared a news release to announce it was adjusting its earnings expectations downward for the recently begun fourth quarter.


Some districts battle shortage of teachers as school begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 14:23

In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Tony O’Brien, superintendent of Newcastle Public Schools, poses for a photo in a hallway at Newcastle High School in Newcastle, Okla. When students return to classrooms across Oklahoma in the coming weeks, they can expect fewer teachers waiting to greet them at the schoolhouse door. Low pay, more mandatory tests and increasing hostility by parents and policymakers toward teachers are some of the reasons cited by teachers who are leaving the profession in droves and by the administrators who are trying to replace them. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As students return to their classrooms this year, some may find fewer teachers waiting to greet them.


Life-size cutouts of Pope Francis pop up ahead of US visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:38

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, a tourist passes cutout of Pope Francis at Making History, a Philadelphia themed gift shop Philadelphia. The cutouts have been popping up in areas around the region weeks ahead of pope's scheduled visit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis isn't scheduled to touch down in the U.S. until September, but he's already popped up at a Philadelphia Phillies game and at the Battleship New Jersey.


Protesters gather in Ferguson for peaceful demonstration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:12
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson late Tuesday in a demonstration that was decidedly smaller and calmer than others on recent nights.

Maine murder suspect surrenders after two-month manhunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:10
Robert Burton gave himself up following his disappearance after the June 5 killing, having eluded capture for about nine weeks while living in the woods in Piscataquis County, in central Maine, county officials and the Bangor Daily News said. "Robert Burton is in custody at the Piscataquis County Jail after turning himself in," the sheriff said in a statement on social media, without giving details of the surrender. If convicted of murder, he faces between 25 years and life in prison, the Bangor Daily News said.

New York City's mayor fighting bad ol' days perception

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 13:05

FILE- In this Aug. 8, 2015 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference to provide an update of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York. De Blasio is having a really bad summer, unable to shake a media-driven perception that the Big Apple’s crime-and-homelessness-filled bad old days are coming back. Murder and homelessness numbers are up only slightly but that hasn’t stopped almost daily tabloid pictures of bedraggled men urinating in the streets or bathing in public fountains. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is having a really bad summer, unable to shake a media-driven perception that the Big Apple's crime-and-vagrant-filled days are returning.


Armed militia group's return to Ferguson raises concern

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:51

Heavily armed civilians with a group known as the Oath Keepers arrive in Ferguson, Mo., early Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The far-right anti-government activists, largely consists of past and present members of the military, first responders and police officers. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the overnight presence of the militia group, wearing camouflage bulletproof vests and openly carrying rifles and pistols on West Florissant Avenue, the hub of marches and protests for the past several days, was "both unnecessary and inflammatory." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The return of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson drew criticism Tuesday from both protesters and the county police chief overseeing security amid ongoing demonstrations marking the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death.


Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:20

In this Aug. 28, 1963 photo, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. onths before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina. Reporters had covered King’s 55-minute speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount on Nov. 27, 1962, but a recording wasn’t known to exist until English professor Jason Miller found an aging reel-to-reel tape in the town’s public library. (AP Photo)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina.


China currency falls for 2nd day after surprise devaluation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:10

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2003 file photo, a Chinese bank worker displays Chinese yuan at a bank in Beijing. China devalued its tightly controlled currency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, following a slump in trade, triggering the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade. The central bank said the yuan's 1.3 percent fall was due to a change aimed at making its exchange rate controls more market-oriented. But any change raises the risk of tensions with China's trading partners. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — China's currency fell further Wednesday following a surprise change in its exchange rate mechanism that rattled global markets and threatens to fan trade tensions with the United States and Europe.


Protest after Texas officer who killed unarmed teen fired

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:04

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows police officer Brad Miller, who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership. Miller was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Arlington Police Department via AP, File)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A police officer who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Tuesday for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.


AccuWeather: Storms Move Out, Comfortable Air Moves In

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:58

 Humidity Dropping TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says the cold front triggering early evening storms will usher in a breath of fresh air.


Troubleshooters: Philadelphia framing store makes demands of customer to get artwork back

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:56

 Philadelphia framing store makes demands of customer to get artwork backThis is the story of a relationship between a local business and one customer gone very, very wrong.


Officer fired for 'troubling' decisions in shooting of Texas teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:47

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. Arlington officer Brad Miller who killed Taylor, an unarmed college football player, during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, for making mistakes that the city's police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger. (Angelo State University via AP, File)A white officer who fatally shot a black Texas teenager last week at a Dallas-area car dealership has been fired after making a series of troubling decisions, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said on Tuesday. Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player at Angelo State University, became the latest unarmed black man to die at the hands of a white police officer after officials said he was seen on security surveillance tape vandalizing cars at an auto dealership in Arlington. Taylor was shot multiple times by Arlington police officer Brad Miller, 49, who was still undergoing training with the department, police said.


Some prisoners say they were beaten after pair escaped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:45

FILE- In this June 15, 2015, file photo a guard house spans the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group. Prisoners' Legal Services of New York has received several complaints from inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block, who were later moved to other prisons, managing attorney James Bogin said Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group.


2 ex-presidents witness wounded veteran's marriage proposal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:40

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 photo provided by the office of former President George H.W. Bush, Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries proposes to Lauren Lilly at the Bush summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, his son George W. Bush and their first ladies witnessed the proposal. (Office of George H.W. Bush via AP)KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A soldier who was badly wounded in Afghanistan has proposed to his girlfriend in Maine while two former presidents looked on.


Q&A: What yuan devaluation means for China, other countries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:34

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, a Chinese woman poses for photos near a sculpture depicting a Chinese yuan note at an art district in Beijing, China. China devalued its tightly controlled currency on Tuesday, Aug. 11,2015, following a slump in trade, triggering the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade. The central bank said the yuan's 1.3 percent fall was due to a change aimed at making its exchange rate controls more market-oriented. But any change raises the risk of tensions with China's trading partners. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — China rattled global financial markets by devaluing its currency in what it said was an effort to make its exchange rate more market-oriented. The yuan's value declined 1.9 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one-day drop in a decade, and dropped a further 1.6 percent on Wednesday. The move could help Chinese companies by making their products less expensive in global markets. U.S. stocks sank, partly on fears about a worsening economic slowdown in China.


Judge: New Jersey teen can't use medical marijuana at school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:23

 New Jersey teen can't use medical marijuana at schoolA state judge has ruled that a southern New Jersey teenager cannot use medical marijuana in school to help control her seizure disorder.