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George W. Bush still ready and willing to serve - for jury duty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 09:55

Former U.S. President George W. Bush participates in a moderated discussion at the graduation of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program in Dallas, TexasFormer U.S. President George W. Bush was willing, eager and ready to serve when he turned up for jury duty at a Dallas County court and set a good example for other potential jurors, a district judge said on Thursday. "Some of the others were more hesitant to ask to be excused when they saw a former president sitting there with them," 14th civil district court Judge Eric Moye said.


Rider ejected in motorcycle crash in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 09:34

Rider ejected in motorcycle crash in WilmingtonA woman was thrown from her motorcycle after crashing in Wilmington.


Police standoff over at downtown Minneapolis hotel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 09:07
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say a standoff is over with a man who was holed up in a downtown hotel where a national convention of journalists is being held.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 09:01

In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Iran's fast food restaurant "Mash Donald's," a knock-off version of McDonald's, sells burgers and fries in western Tehran, Iran. Businesses worldwide want to get into Iran, home to some 80 million people, oil and gas reserves and a middle class eager for familiarity with brands based in the U.S. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Abercrombie & Fitch promises to stop on-call shifts in NY

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:56

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, a shopper carries her Abercrombie & Fitch purchase, in Phoenix. The retailer Abercrombie & Fitch plans to discontinue on-call shifts in New York this year, dropping a requirement for employees to remain available in case they're called to work on short notice, the company confirmed Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The retailer Abercrombie & Fitch plans to discontinue on-call shifts in New York this year, dropping a requirement for employees to remain available in case they're called to work on short notice, the company confirmed Thursday.


Man's death in theater followed descent into mental illness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:52

This undated photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department shows Vincente Montano, the attacker at a movie theater in Antioch, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The transient glared at patrons in the dark movie theater, the dyed red tips of his hair faded to a dull orange.


Judge: Fine cabbie $25,000 for turning away black passengers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:42
NEW YORK (AP) — A taxi driver may have to pay $25,000 after a judge said the cabbie refused to pick up passengers because they're black, passing them over for white riders while they watched.

Activists want more transparency in counterterrorism efforts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:33

Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, center with microphone, speaks to growing Somali community concerns about the proposed government-initiated Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program during a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Minneapolis. Muslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation are calling for greater transparency in the program by President Barack Obama's administration. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)BOSTON (AP) — Muslim groups and civil rights activists across the nation Thursday called for greater transparency in a program by President Barack Obama's administration that's aimed at countering homegrown terrorism.


French couple dead after hike in New Mexico; child rescued

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:22
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Two tourists from France have been found dead after hiking in New Mexico's White Sands National Monument, but a young boy was rescued, authorities said Thursday.

Phoenix police not saying if raid of chief's home was a hoax

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

This undated photo provided by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Brent Farley. The 43-year-old Farley is facing one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. Authorities would not comment Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, on whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief’s home were the victims of a prank. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities said Thursday they are investigating whether a group of armed bounty hunters who mistakenly swarmed the Phoenix police chief's home were the victims of a prank.


Grand jury indicts Wyoming man arrested in roadside killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:14
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted a Wyoming man Thursday on murder and assault charges in the fatal roadside shooting of a Montana man and his wife on the Crow Indian Reservation.

NY workers building altar, lectern for Pope Francis' visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 08:14

Press gathers around the papal chair as Brother Sal Sammarco, right, and Fausto Hernandez, center, move it into place before a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Port Chester, N.Y. Pope Francis will use it when he celebrates Mass in Madison Square Garden this September. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Carpenter Hector Rojas tried to explain the emotion behind cutting, sanding and assembling a wooden chair that Pope Francis will use during a Mass at Madison Square Garden in his first U.S. visit.


Baseball bat attack in North Philadelphia caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:59

Baseball bat attack in North Philadelphia caught on cameraPolice have released surveillance video of a violent assault in North Philadelphia in hopes someone recognizes the baseball bat wielding attacker.


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to become aeronautics professor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:57
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin will soon be teaching classes at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Native Americans lose fight for long hair in prisons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:57
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled against Native American inmates in Alabama fighting for the right to wear long hair in accordance with their religious beliefs.

Gun-confiscation fears lead to protest in northern Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:54
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran's house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man's weapons.

Blue Bell recalls workers for restarted Alabama plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:51
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries said it is bringing back nearly 200 workers furloughed from an Alabama plant to resume production after state health officials gave the shutdown plant a clean bill of health.

Virginia police kill black man, officer wounded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:37
The shooting death occurred late on Wednesday when the victim, identified as Keshawn Hargrove, 20, of Richmond, fired on officers and refused to drop his gun, said police spokesman Gene Lepley. The incident was the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations across the United States that has raised questions about police use of force against minorities. The two officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Ryan Bailey, who is black, and Jacob DeBoard, who is white, Lepley said.

University of Illinois Chancellor Wise resigning Aug. 12

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:20

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise talks with university President Timothy Killeen in the provost's office at the Swanlund Administration Building in Champaign, Ill. Wise said Thursday. Aug. 6, 2015, that she is resigning, citing a range of "external issues" she says have become a distraction for the school. Her resignation is effective Aug. 12. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon, file) MANDATORY CREDITURBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Thursday that she is resigning, citing a range of "external issues" that she says have become a distraction for the school.


Survey: Journalism school training transcends professions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:11
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Who and what is a journalist in the age of social media, sponsored content and sagging newspaper circulation?