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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?

Tropical Storm Hilda strengthens far offshore in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:11
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Hilda is strengthening rapidly as it churns far offshore in the eastern Pacific.

Police say suspect in custody in Louisiana officer's death

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

In this photo provided by the Louisiana State Police, Grover Cannon, suspected in the killing of Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley, is in custody in Shreveport, La., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Cannon was taken into custody after a round-the-clock manhunt following the Wednesday shooting. (James Anderson/Louisiana State Police via AP)A man accused of killing a Shreveport police officer was arrested Thursday after a round-the-clock manhunt, police said.


Security Council votes Friday on Syria chemical attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council votes Friday on a draft resolution aimed at identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria so they can be brought to justice.

The Latest: Wildfire evacuees begin to trickle back home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:02

The charred remains of a property is shown near Clearlake, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Crews backed by important firefighting resources are gaining ground against a massive Northern California wildfire, but it may be several days before thousands of evacuees can return home, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — 3:50 p.m.


New York cooling towers to be tested as Legionnaires' deaths hit 10

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 06:59
Owners of cooling towers have 14 days to comply with the order, which comes as 100 people have been reported sick with the disease, according to city health department figures. The disease, a severe kind of pneumonia, is contracted by breathing in mist from cooling towers containing the bacteria Legionella. The incubation period for Legionnaires' disease is 10 days.

The Latest: Theater shooting deliberations resume Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 06:55

In this image taken from video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures during closing arguments in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Holmes sits second from left in a light shirt. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Columbus Farmer's Market rebuilding months after devastating fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 06:55

Columbus Farmer's Market rebuilding months after devastating fireThe Columbus Farmer's Market in Mansfield, New Jersey on the road to recovery after a devastating fire last year.


Security measures under review at Philadelphia Navy Yard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 06:54

Security measures under review at Philadelphia Navy YardRecent attacks at military installations have prompted a move to increase security at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.


Victims conflicted over death penalty for theater gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 06:49

FILE - In this July 14, 2013 file photo, shooting attack survivor Marcus Weaver prays alongside others during a weekly church service inside a warehouse at Metal Movers, in Denver. It was his faith, Weaver says, that helped him cope with the loss of a friend in the Colorado movie theater attack in 2012. But after talking openly for years about forgiving the man who shot him, killed his friend and caused untold suffering, Weaver says he has changed his mind, and favors the death penalty for James Holmes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Marcus Weaver spent nearly three years talking openly about forgiving the man who shot him, killed his friend and caused untold suffering. As a Christian opposed to capital punishment, he considered forgiveness "a no-brainer" and didn't want to see the gunman executed.