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US Catholic bishops discuss how to best follow pope's lead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:46

Bishop Oscar Cantú, left, of Las Cruses, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Christopher Coyne, of Burlington and Archbishop John Wester, of Santa Fe, participate in a news conference during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Spring General Assembly in St. Louis Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Roman Catholic bishops are condemning racism in the U.S. in light of national tensions over police treatment of African-Americans. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that's at least as energetic as the bishops' focus on religious freedom.


Teen pleads guilty to helping friend join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:39
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old who otherwise would have been graduating with honors from high school this week instead pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.

New Jersey man admits to smuggling $65 million in electronics to Russia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:37
Alexander Brazhnikov, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, to conspiring to commit money laundering, to smuggle electronics from the United States and to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Prosecutors said Brazhnikov, a U.S. citizen who was born in Moscow, was part of a sophisticated network that acquired large amounts of regulated electronic components from the United States and shipped them to Russia on behalf of companies there.

Madam gets 10 years after buttocks-enhancement death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:26

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. The former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" with low-grade silicone is set to be sentenced in the death of a London dancer. Padge-Victoria Windslowe told jurors during her spring murder trial that fans call her "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections." But prosecutors say she had no medical training and used deadly products on vulnerable women who wanted more curves. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.


Texas GOP tries to pluck the liberal thorn from its side

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:24

File - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo,Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked and released at the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center, in Austin, Texas. Austin has made itself a painful exception to Republican rule in Texas. The big college town is home to the grand jury that indicted Perry while he was in office and to judges who authorized a gay wedding and struck down abortion restrictions and GOP cuts to public schools. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott this month is signing laws that will draw power away from solidly Democratic Travis County and weaken its local jurisdiction over state business done inside its borders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For years Republicans have controlled every lever of Texas politics — every statewide office, both houses of the Legislature, the state Supreme Court. Every nexus of power, that is, but one: the capital city.


House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:20

GOP, Obama on same side as trade bill heads for close voteWASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.


Derailed freight train falls from bridge onto Texas highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:12

Authorities investigate the scene of a train accident along Old Katy Road, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Houston. Authorities say a freight train derailed on a bridge over the Houston highway and at least one car fell onto the road below. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a freight train has derailed on a bridge over a Houston highway and at least one car fell onto the road below.


Man shot dead, eight injured at Connecticut apartment complex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:05
One man was shot dead and eight other people were injured at an apartment complex in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the early hours of Thursday morning in what a former mayor described as the worst attack he has ever seen in the city. Police believe the attack by at least two gunmen in the complex's parking lot may have resulted from a dispute between rival gangs, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett told reporters. The man who was killed was Savonnie McNeil, 37, of Shelton, a nearby suburb, said Gaudett.

Californian killed by train may have been attempting videotaped stunt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:04
An unidentified man who tried to roll under a freight train in downtown San Diego during what authorities say may have been a videotaped stunt was killed on Thursday when he was struck by the locomotive. The man, who was between 20 and 30 years old, was cut into pieces by the northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, that was traveling at about 10 mph (16 kph) at the time and was 62 cars long, San Diego County Sheriff's Detective Ed Macken said. The death highlights an ongoing problem with open, very visible and accessible train corridors in San Diego County, Macken said.

Nevada man pleads no contest to beheading, dismembering dogs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:57
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 25-year-old Nevada man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs pleaded no contest Thursday to seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing the animals in a troubling case that sparked public outrage.

University of North Carolina put on probation over academic fraud scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:50
The Chapel Hill school was found to have violated seven standards, including integrity, control of intercollegiate athletics and academic freedom, said Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The probation would have no impact on the school's federal funding, including student financial aid and research grants, university chancellor Carol Folt said in a statement.

Cellphone industry sues Berkeley over warning-label law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new Berkeley city ordinance that requires cellphone sellers to warn customers about radiation from the devices violates free speech rights, an industry trade group says in a new lawsuit.

Wrestling legend "The American Dream," a.k.a. Dusty Rhodes, passes away at 69

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:31

Wrestling legend "The American Dream," a.k.a. Dusty Rhodes, passes away at 69The WWE Hall of Famer was a three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in wrestling history.


2nd salon worker charged in silicone injection death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:27
DALLAS (AP) — A second salon worker has been charged with murder after a Dallas woman died from illegal silicone injections to expand her buttocks.

Ranchers mourn wildlife employees killed in plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:26
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The single-engine plane came in low as the seasoned pilot maneuvered to give his gunner a clear shot at a coyote on the ground below. They were on a mission to hunt down predators that had been killing livestock in northeastern New Mexico.

Uzbek citizen charged in New York over Islamic State plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:22
An Uzbek citizen has become the fifth person indicted along with four previously charged men from Brooklyn, New York, in an alleged plot to provide support to Islamic State militants, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Akmal Zakirov, 29, was charged with two counts of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group and attempting to provide such support. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned later on Thursday in U.S. federal court in Brooklyn.

14 alleged gang members indicted on racketeering charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:22
BALTIMORE (AP) — Local and federal authorities announced indictments against 14 men they say are members of a notoriously vicious gang known for violence, drug trafficking and witness intimidation both on Baltimore's streets and in its jails.

Defamation lawsuit leads to tense confrontation in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:09
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for an orphanage founder accused of sexually abusing boys in Haiti got into a heated confrontation with a man who advocates for child victims, shouting "Shut up!" as the sides met in Maine for a deposition in a defamation lawsuit.

Exotic birds stolen from Lehigh Valley pet shop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:08

Exotic birds stolen from Lehigh Valley pet shopA Lehigh Valley pet store is searching for more than a dozen exotic birds that were swiped from the shop.


German retailer ALDI plans Southern California expansion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 02:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — German-owned discount grocery chain ALDI plans to continue its U.S. expansion with 45 new stores in Southern California over the next year.