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Student wears eagle feather at graduation after lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:03

Christian Titman walks into Lamonica Stadium for Clovis High's graduation ceremony Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Clovis, Calif. The Native American student is wearing an eagle feather to his high school graduation after resolving a court fight with a California school district over the sacred object. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Native American student wore an eagle feather that he considers sacred to his high school graduation ceremony after resolving a court fight with a California school district.


A look at the victims in Colorado roadside shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:54

A police detective loads a desktop computer into his car while searching for potential clues at the home of a slain man - whose name is yet to be officially released - who was shot and killed the night before, in Loveland, Colo., Thursday, June 4, 2015. The overnight killing of the man on a sidewalk near his home in this in this northern Colorado town has raised alarm that a serial shooter might be trolling the area’s roads after a bicyclist was gunned down and a driver was wounded nearby in less than two months. The FBI refuses to comment, but has offered a $10,000 reward for information in the first two shootings, which local police say are related. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — The overnight slaying of a man on a Loveland sidewalk has raised alarm that a serial shooter might be active in northern Colorado, after a bicyclist recently was killed and a driver wounded nearby. Here's a look at the victims:


Police try to determine if 3 Colorado shootings are linked

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:53

Ciera Rogers, far right, receives condolences from her friend Sam Hinde, on the loss of Rogers' grandfather, who was shot and killed the night before on a sidewalk near his home, in the northern Colorado town of Loveland, Colo., Thursday, June 4, 2015. At left, facing, Emmett Pelissier hugs Ciera Rogers' sister Sadie. The overnight killing in this northern Colorado city has raised alarm that a serial shooter might be trolling the area’s roads after a bicyclist was gunned down and a driver was wounded nearby in less than two months. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Police in northern Colorado are investigating any possible link between the slaying of a man on a neighborhood sidewalk and two previous shootings of a bicyclist and a driver.


China in focus as cyber attack hits millions of U.S. federal workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:03

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in WarsawBy Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers broke into U.S. government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Cyber investigators linked the breach to earlier thefts of healthcare records from Anthem Inc, the second largest U.S. health insurer, and Premera Blue Cross, a healthcare services provider. In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers.


China says U.S. comments on hacking irresponsible

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 15:36
BEIJING (Reuters) - Comments by the United States linking China to hacking attacks are irresponsible, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, after U.S. officials said they were investigating whether China-based hackers compromised government employee data. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a daily news briefing. The breach at the Office of Personnel Management is the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, and appears to be one of the largest ever hacks of information on government workers. ...

Jobs report could signal whether US economy is strengthening

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 15:09

FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, a window washer cleans the windows of an office building in downtown Washington. The U.S. government issues the May jobs report on Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Friday's jobs report for May could provide some evidence of the forces that will drive the U.S. economy over the next year.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 15:02
"This is an attack against the nation." — Ken Ammon, chief strategy officer of Xceedium, after U.S. officials said that China-based hackers were suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing the identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers.

In struggling city, a piano brings calm, a player at a time

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 14:54

In this Tuesday, May 26, 2015, photograph, as Anyalise Boykin, left, 2, and her brother Noah Boykin, 5, play a piano set-up in front of City Hall, their mother Deborah Boykin back left, talks with Reinaldo Suarez, right, in Camden, N.J. The piano is part of a pop-up park that opened last year on Roosevelt Plaza, a new park in front of City Hall in Camden, a city that ranks among the most impoverished and crime-ridden in the country. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — With his plastic bag of clothes resting by the bench, Bruce Chorzelewski is sitting down at an upright piano in front of City Hall and improvising a tune.


California's drought spurring water recycling at home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 14:47

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Catarina Negrin removes the cover to a gray water collection point outside her home in Berkeley, Calif. The future of California water looks gray...and that¹s not a bad thing. As cities cut back on irrigation and other urban water uses, lawmakers are trying to make gray water systems more common. Gray water is recycled waste water from kitchen appliances, bath tubs, showers and sinks. It flows through discharge pipes into irrigation systems that can keep plants and lawns lush and green, even in a drought. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Showering during California's drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman.


Persistent delays raise questions about O'Hare promises

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 14:41

In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, photo, air traffic controllers monitor traffic in the control tower at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Chicago’s aviation department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office billed the opening of runway 10 Center - 28 Center in 2013 as a game-changing moment in a massive decade-old project to modernize O’Hare’s airfield layout. But since then, delays have crept up. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Jetliners roared down O'Hare's newest runway as Chicago officials cheerfully touted the latest piece of a decade-long overhaul as a tipping point that could cut delays in half and dramatically improve the reputation for bottlenecks at one of the nation's busiest airports.


Tornadoes damage several homes in Colorado; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 14:09

Lighting illuminates the sky over a police checkpoint at a closed road as a bad storm with tornadoes and hail passes over west of Longmont, Colo., Thursday, June 4, 2015. A tornado that touched down in northern Colorado damaged a handful of homes and brought flooding and marble-sized hail to some areas. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Tornadoes touched down in northern Colorado and destroyed or damaged several homes Thursday as powerful storms brought flooding and marble-size hail to some areas.


Several homes damaged as tornadoes hit Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 14:05
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Tornadoes and hail-producing thunderstorms struck the greater Denver area on Thursday, damaging several homes in two counties in the northern part of Colorado, though no injuries were reported, emergency officials said. A storm packing hail and heavy rain produced a tornado in Elbert County that damaged at least five houses and tore down farm fences near the town of Silma, southeast of Denver, the county's emergency management officials said. "Please be careful for livestock on the roads due to broken fences," Elbert County Emergency Management said on its Twitter feed, adding no injuries were reported.

Fake orca nearly drowns before it can scare Ore. sea lions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:56

John Wifler, the pilot of the fake fiberglass orca, is pulled from the capsized vessel in the Columbia River outside of the East End Mooring Basin on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Astoria, Ore. An effort to use a fake orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast has ended, at least temporarily, with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship. (Joshua Bessex/Daily Astorian via AP) MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, Thursday night with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship.


More info emerges on WWII soldier left off hometown memorial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:55

FILE - This 1940 Valley Bugle yearbook file photo provided by the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, N.Y., shows World War II veteran Carroll Heath. Sisters Barbara Thompson Hutchinson and Joyce Thompson Vallone have long known that their distant cousin Heath died in the Philippines during World War II and his remains were never recovered. What they didn’t know until recently is that the young Army private from western New York died while in captivity, one of thousands of Americans to die in Japanese hands after the fall of the Philippines in 1942. It was a revelation that brought Hutchinson to tears. (Courtesy of Gowanda Central School District via AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sisters Barbara Thompson Hutchinson and Joyce Thompson Vallone have long known that their distant cousin Carroll Heath died in the Philippines during World War II and his remains were never recovered.


O'Hare airport numbers fail to live up to promise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:44
You will be able to get anywhere in the world, on time, weather permitting. That was the promise from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his then-aviation chief at the October 2013 opening of O'Hare International Airport's newest runway, which was supposed to cut delays by up to 50 percent. Despite the billing as a tipping point in the lengthy O'Hare modernization program, delays have continued to pile up, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Federal judge strikes down Guam's gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:44

FILE - This April 8, 2015 file photo Loretta M. Pangelinan, 28, right, holds the application for a marriage license that she and her fiancee, Kathleen M. Aguero, 28, will turn in at the Office of Vital Statistics in the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. A federal judge in Guam is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, June 5, 2015 in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. territory's same-sex marriage ban. If Guam allows gay marriage, it would be the first U.S. territory to do so. Pangelinan and Aguero filed the lawsuit in April after the women were denied a marriage license. (AP Photo/Grace O. Garces Bordallo, File)HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has become the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage after a federal judge struck down the prohibition.


On the Wisconsin border, little enthusiasm for Walker's tax cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:28

The Cason J. Callaway ship arrives beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, MinnesotaBy Andy Sullivan SUPERIOR, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Shortly after taking office in 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker traveled to this hardscrabble port city to unveil a new sign that announced his plan to slash taxes and lure companies from nearby Minnesota. In the years since, Walker has cut state taxes by $2 billion as his state has climbed out of recession. Unemployment in Superior now stands at 4.6 percent, down nearly by half since Walker took office.


Student wears eagle feather at graduation after lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:24

In this April 11, 2015 photo, Christian Titman with the Titman family representing the Miwok people dances during the Grand Entry at the 24th Fresno State First Nations Powwow held at Fresno State's O'Neill Park in Fresno, Calif. Titman sued his California school district on Monday, June 1, 2015, over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather during his high school graduation ceremony, claiming his rights to freedom of expression and religion in the state constitution are being violated. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Native American student wore an eagle feather that he considers sacred to his high school graduation ceremony Thursday night after resolving a court fight with a California school district.


Off-duty officer fatally shoots suspect in Lawndale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:41

Off-duty officer fatally shoots suspect in LawndaleAuthorities say an off-duty officer fatally shot a robbery suspect in Philadelphia's Lawndale section.


Category 2 Hurricane Blanca slowly gains strength in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:30
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Blanca has weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm but is slowly accelerating again in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.