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Manhunt for two New York prison escapees focuses on nearby woods

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 16:38
Hundreds of law enforcement agents hunting for two upstate New York prison escapees focused their search on Thursday on a heavily wooded area just a few miles from the maximum security facility where they broke out last week, police said. Convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York through underground pipes and a manhole. More than 500 law enforcement officers, along with sniffer dogs and aviation units, were involved in the manhunt, along with the FBI and other agencies, New York State Police said.

Alaska Coast Guard rescues 4 men who abandoned sinking boat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 16:37
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter team rescued four men from their sinking fishing boat off Alaska in dramatic fashion, after they plunged into the choppy ocean waters.

Virginia officer indicted over fatal shooting of mentally ill black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 16:18
The decision comes amid a national outcry over police violence against minorities, sparked by high profile police killings of unarmed black men in cities across the country in the past year, as well as grand jury decisions to not criminally charge the officers involved. Norfolk Police officer Michael Carlton Edington Jr. was charged with voluntary manslaughter over the June 6, 2014 shooting death of 35-year-old David Latham, the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney said in a statement.

Coast Guard, Cuban migrants continue deadly hide-and-seek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:30

In this photo taken in the Florida Straits on May 17, 2015, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr, foreground, leaving the USCG cutter Mohawk with six Cuban migrants. U.S. authorities have captured or intercepted more than 2,500 Cuban migrants attempting the risky sea crossing from Cuba to the U.S. since Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)ABOVE THE FLORIDA STRAITS (AP) — With a shift in the relationship between Havana and Washington, many Cubans are now attempting a risky sea crossing out of fear that the U.S. will change its "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy allowing any Cuban reaching U.S. land to stay and pursue citizenship.

Head of Japan stock exchanges 'ashamed ' over Toshiba woes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:27
TOKYO (AP) — The longtime head of Japan's stock exchange says he is "ashamed" over a recent accounting scandal at electronics and industrial conglomerate Toshiba Corp.

Aging cemetery provides Native Hawaiian genealogical details

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:17

A row of graves sit in Pauoa Hawaiian Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, June 11, 2015. There’s an effort underway to preserve and repair grave markers at aging cemeteries like this one. Cemeteries can provide a wealth of information for people tracing their Native Hawaiian genealogy, according to Nanette Napoleon, a freelance historical researcher whose work focuses on cemeteries. But little or no burial records were kept at these mid- to late 19th century cemeteries. The vast majority of Hawaii's 300 cemeteries are like Pauoa's, where a chapel once stood near where a monkeypod tree now looms tall and wide. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — Sarah Kailikele was 84 years old when she died on Aug. 14, 1909, according to the inscription on her toppled tombstone, which was leaning on the base it was once mounted on.

Theater shooting jurors see grisly crime scene video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:12

CORRECTS NAME OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE BRAUCHLER In this image made from video, Gargi Datta, a former girlfriend of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, is questioned by District Attorney George Brauchler, during a trail for Holmes, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Datta testified about online chats she had with Holmes in the months they dated. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 2012 shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 70. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial took a virtual tour of the auditorium where 12 people were shot to death, moving past bodies wedged between rows of seats or sprawled throughout aisles amid spent ammunition, spilled popcorn and blood.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:05
"Look, they could either be four miles from the prison or they could be in Mexico. Right? So you just don't know." — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after bloodhounds picked up the scent of two escaped inmates in the woods close to the upstate prison.

Order delaying release for last of Angola 3 is set to expire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:01

In this Feb 12, 2015 image made from video and released by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Albert Woodfox walks into a courthouse in Louisiana. A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of Woodfox, the last of the “Angola Three” inmates who spent decades in isolation after forming a Black Panther Party to protest prison conditions. Tuesday’s order came a day after a federal judge ruled that the state can’t fairly try Woodfox, now 68, a third time for the death of a prison guard 43 years ago. (WBRZ-TV via AP)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The last of the Angola Three prisoners is still waiting to hear whether he will walk free after more than four decades in solitary confinement at a Louisiana penitentiary.

Parrot owner asks lawmakers to lift bird-ban at campsites

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:16

In this Thursday, June 11, 2015, photo Tom Wharton, of Warwick, R.I., talks to his 21-year-old pet cockatoo named "Tootsie," as the bird raises it's head crest at his Warwick home. Wharton didn't think twice about bringing Tootsie with him on camping trips, until the duo were kicked out of two campsites following complaints about the feathered companion. Rhode Island lawmakers are considering changing a law that only allows four-legged pets likes dogs and cats to accompany their owners to campgrounds. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — They say birds of a feather flock together, but not at Rhode Island campgrounds.

Virgin's Branson lands in Detroit to celebrate new flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:53
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — British billionaire Sir Richard Branson has landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to celebrate a new Virgin Atlantic flight between London and the Motor City.

Lawyers: Uncertainty over Ga. execution drug requires review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:46
ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for a Georgia woman on death row say apparent uncertainty about what caused cloudiness in a lethal injection drug strengthens their argument that she not be put to death until a judge determines her rights won't be violated.

Hops growers rush to meet rising demand from craft brewers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:43

In this April 21, 2015, photo, Ben St. Mary discusses the expansion of his family's hop farm in Moxee, Washington. Spectacular growth in production of craft beer across the U.S. has led to a big growth in the production of hops, a boon for farmers in Washington state’s Yakima Valley where 75 percent of the nation’s hops are produced. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

Florida officer shoots homeless man in front of children: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:18
Miami Police told the newspaper that officer Antonio Torres shot 46-year-old Fritz Severe dead at a park where children were attending summer camp, adding that as many as 60 people may have witnessed the killing. Nichelle Miller, a witness to the morning shooting, told the newspaper that the officer fired around five times.

Man arrested in connection with Boston terror investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:10

This undated self portrait shows Usaama Rahim, who was shot to death by terror investigators in Boston, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A Rhode Island man was arrested Thursday, June 11, 2015, in connection with the probe into the Massachusetts man who was fatally shot by terrorism investigators as they sought to question him about a possible plot to kill police officers. Nicholas Rovinski is expected to appear in federal court Friday, when the charges against him will be announced, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling said. (Courtesy via AP)WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was arrested Thursday in connection with the probe into a Massachusetts man who was fatally shot by terrorism investigators as they sought to question him about a possible plot to kill police officers.

Theodore Roosevelt's home reopening after $10 million rehab

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:08

In this June 9, 2015, photo, Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's "Summer White House," is shown at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, N.Y. The three-story, 28-room mansion, named by Roosevelt after the Indian chief Sagamore Mohannis, will reopen July 12, 2015, after a four-year, $10 million renovation by the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — The massive elk, moose and buffalo heads are back up. The lion-, tiger- and bearskin rugs are back down and the Lincoln, Jefferson and Grant portraits have been cleaned.

In Minnesota, high employment and weak wages show Fed's quandary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:07
By Howard Schneider MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - By all rights wages should be soaring in Minnesota, a Midwestern state that boasts one of the best educated and well-paid workforces in the United States and where the unemployment rate stands at a 14-year low. Retail workers, who account for 6,000 of the union's 10,000 Minnesota members, agreed to keep wages flat to avoid an increase in health care premiums. Health care is "where our members are in demand...There are no bodies," Hesse said, while "the retailers are saying: 'we will bargain pay for health care'." That push and pull has played out statewide in what may offer a cautionary tale for Federal Reserve officials debating whether to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.

Kansas House rejects budget fix; new tax plan emerges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 13:05

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses a joint caucus of the Kansas Senate and House republicans, Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Topeka, Kan. Kansas faced the prospect of deep cuts to schools, prisons and other programs after the Republican-controlled House soundly rejected a proposal supported by Brownback that would hike sales and cigarette taxes to close a budget deficit. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas faced the prospect of deep cuts to schools, prisons and other programs after the Republican-controlled House soundly rejected Thursday a proposal supported by Gov. Sam Brownback that would hike sales and cigarette taxes to close a budget deficit.

Driver arrested in fatal Wash. crash held on $200,000 bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:58
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man arrested in a traffic crash that killed two high school students and injured two others out walking during gym class was not impaired by drugs at the time, his lawyer said Thursday.

Salt Lake police chief resigns over sex harassment issue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:48

Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank looks on as he speaks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Burbank says he was forced to resign by Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker for the way he handled a sexual harassment claim. Burbank said he submitted his resignation after being told he would need to read a prewritten apology to avoid being fired. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Longtime Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank resigned Thursday after clashing with the mayor over Burbank's handling of a sexual harassment claim against a deputy chief.