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Mother, daughter drown while kayaking without life vests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 23:58
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey woman and her adult daughter drowned after their kayaks overturned on the Delaware River.

NYPD tracking officer data on lawsuits, complaints

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 23:51
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is trying to root out its problem officers and monitor patterns of potential misbehavior by creating a database that combines information from several city agencies on lawsuits, misconduct complaints, internal probes and such seemingly mundane data as sick leave and overtime.

After Trump drama, focus shifts to Miss USA contestants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 23:31

In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia speaks during an interview after rehearsals for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump recently made comments painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For weeks the Miss USA pageant has been overshadowed by comments made by Donald Trump denigrating Mexican immigrants. But as women from across the country take the stage Sunday, organizers hope the focus will finally shift to the talented women taking part in the 63rd annual contest.


Man shot at apartment complex in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 23:27

Man shot at apartment complex in CrescentvilleA man was hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting at an apartment complex in Philadelphia's Crescentville section.


After years of declining crime, a spike in city violence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 23:08

FILE - In this July 6, 2015, file photo, Antonio Brown, father of Amari Brown, speaks near a sign honoring his son, in Chicago. Seven-year-old Amari was among three people who were shot and killed overnight during a weekend outbreak of gun-related violence in Chicago. Homicides and shooting incidents in Chicago are up roughly 20 percent from the same period last year. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Police departments across the country that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confront something many agencies have not seen in decades: more bloodshed.


Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 22:48
DENVER (AP) — Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is unclear in Colorado, where the issue could go to a ballot fight in the 2016 election.

Historic Fishtown Catholic church spared from demolition

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 20:45

Historic Fishtown Catholic church spared from demolitionParishioners say their prayers have been answered as St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Philadelphia's Fishtown section has been spared from demolition.


$1,000-per-pill drug overtaken by pricier successor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 20:39

This photo taken Thursday, July 9, 2015, is the headquarters of Gilead Sciences in Foster City, Calif. Harvoni, the newest pill from California-based Gilead Sciences, accounted for more than three-fourths of the prescriptions filled for hepatitis-C drugs in the first three months of this year, according to IMS Health. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1,000 pill for a liver-wasting viral infection that made headlines last year is no longer the favorite of patients and doctors.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 20:19
"I grieve that it took us so long to unify ... to stop this violence." — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Srebrenica as Bosnians marked the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst massacre since the Holocaust.

Police investigate sexual assault in Cobbs Creek Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 19:46

Police investigate sexual assault in Cobbs Creek ParkPhiladelphia police are investigating the report of a sexual assault on the grounds of the Cobbs Creek Golf Club.


Man sentenced to probation in emaciated dog case in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 19:39

Man sentenced to probation in emaciated dog case in Northeast PhiladelphiaA man was sentenced on animal cruelty charges after an emaciated dog was found in Northeast Philadelphia.


The Trump backlash: Latino consumers wield new clout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 19:05

People protest outside the Luxe Hotel, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was expected to speak in Brentwood, Los AngelesBy Herbert Lash and Nandita Bose NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - When Donald Trump described Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers last month, Latinos took to social media to express their outrage and urge businesses to sever ties with the billionaire presidential candidate. In short order, more than 10 organizations canceled their deals with Trump, in what Latino activists are calling an unprecedented recognition of their economic clout. "Latino millennials have purchasing power and they're not going to tolerate Trump's comments," said Luis Fitch, a Mexican-American co-founder of UNO Branding, a marketing consultancy in Minneapolis.


US women's soccer team joins Taylor Swift onstage at concert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 16:54

Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, July 10, 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Swift was a true all-American girl at her concert as she honored the U.S. women's soccer team by bringing them onstage.


South Carolina's Confederate flag is gone, but others remain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 15:02

FILE - In this July 19, 2011, file photo, Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala. The Confederate battle flag has been removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, in the wake of the massacre of nine African-Americans, including a state senator, at an historic black church in Charleston in June 2015. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag no longer flies at South Carolina's Statehouse, now relegated to a room filled with other relics of the state's secession. Other vestiges of the Civil War-era South are unlikely to vanish so soon.


US women's soccer team joins Taylor Swift onstage at concert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 14:30

Singer Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Friday, July 10, 2015, in New Jersey. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Swift was a true all-American girl at her concert Friday night as she honored the U.S. women's soccer team by bringing them onstage.


Judge in drought-hit California blocks water cut orders for some farmers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 13:17
California regulators violated the rights of some farmers by demanding mandatory water cutbacks without giving them a prior hearing, a state judge ruled on Friday. California is in the fourth year of a catastrophic drought that has cost its farm sector billions, and prompted the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use. Sacramento Superior Court Shelleyanne Chang issued a temporary order restraining the state from punishing four Central Valley districts, which includes dozens of farmers, for disregarding curtailment orders imposed to help conserve water, court records show.

Exclusive: At White House, 30-day sprint kicks off cyber marathon to stop intrusions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 13:03

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisIt's not unique to the federal government," said Tony Scott, who spent 35 years in the private sector running systems at companies such as Microsoft Corp, Walt Disney Co and General Motors Co. Scott was named as the federal CIO in February and knew from the start that stepping up cyber defenses would be a focus. The hacks have created a political firestorm and led on Friday to the resignation of the chief of the Office of Personnel Management as Americans questioned the security of government-housed data. Scott began reviewing the status of cyber security at government agencies early in his tenure.


Inspiration Celebration Gospel tour stops in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:07

Inspiration Celebration Gospel tour stops in PhiladelphiaThousands of people spent Friday evening listening to gospel music in Strawberry Mansion.


AP EXPLAINS: Confederate battle flag, flown around US South

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:06

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1957 file photo, Paul Davis Taylor holds a Confederate flag in front of Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Taylor was among some 500 people who gathered across the street from the school, which had been scheduled to integrate. More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the rebel banner is scheduled to be removed Friday, July 10, 2015, morning during a ceremony. (AP Photo, File)The Confederate battle flag has been removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, in the wake of the massacre of nine African-Americans — including a state senator — at a historic black church in Charleston last month. The successful push for the rebel banner's removal came after Dylann Storm Roof, the white suspect charged with murder, appeared in widely seen photos holding Confederate flags. The swift decision to remove the flag comes five decades after it was raised to commemorate the American Civil War's centennial and remained at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement. Here's a brief explanation of the Confederate battle flag, a historic but deeply divisive symbol that remains present in the American South.


After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 11:48

After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from StatehouseThe Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on Friday, ending its 54-year presence.