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Former broadcaster in TV shooting was a volatile, angry man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:34

This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV, shows Vester Lee Flanagan II, who killed WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Moneta, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Flanagan was a former employee at WDBJ who appeared on air as Bryce Williams. (WDBJ-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDITEven after gunning down a TV news reporter and cameraman during a live interview, Vester Lee Flanagan II continued to rage. But after a volatile career that had seen him fired at least twice for clashing with co-workers who recall him as an off-kilter loner, this would be the former broadcaster's last, brutal sign-off.


Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:15

This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV, in Roanoke, Va., shows station reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Ward and Parker were fatally shot on-air Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, by a former staffer in Moneta, Va. (WDBJ-TV via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast.


TV station balances grief, journalism after on-air shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:11

This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV, in Roanoke, Va., shows station reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Ward and Parker were fatally shot on-air Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, by a former staffer in Moneta, Va. (WDBJ-TV via AP)Alison Parker and Adam Ward's colleagues at TV station WDBJ saved their tears for off the air.


California charity tax donation spending at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:05
SOURCE: State Controller's office budgetary/legal annual basis reports. Income may include revenue from limited other sources in some cases, disbursements also include deductions for administrative expenses.

Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:35

People are pictured at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii(Reuters) - Hawaii authorities reopened Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach on Wednesday after water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for swimmers following a serious sewage spill earlier this week. Warning signs were taken down and beachgoers were again welcome in the water after bacteria levels declined significantly, the City and County of Honolulu said in a statement. The beachfront had been closed due to an infection risk after 500,000 gallons of waste water spewed from manhole covers on Monday during heavy rain, officials said.


FBI warns U.S. art dealers about antiquities looted from Syria, Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:28
The FBI on Wednesday urged art dealers in the United States to be careful when buying antiquities from the Middle East, saying there is evidence collectors have recently been offered artifacts plundered by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq. The looting of ancient artifacts across Iraq and Syria and their sale on the black market has become a source of funding for Islamic State militants, and there is growing concern those items are showing up in the Western marketplace, the FBI said in a press release.

US economy likely grew more in spring than first estimated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:19

FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, workers harvest early apples at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y. The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy likely gained more momentum in the spring than the government previously estimated. The question now is whether shrunken global stock markets and a sharp slowdown in China will weaken the economy in coming months.


Family grieves over death of teen in Goshen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:58

Family grieves over death of teen in GoshenGrieving family members are speaking out for the first time about a teenage boy hit and killed on Highway 99.


Amelia Boynton Robinson noted as fearless, tireless leader

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:43

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2003 file photo, Amelia Boynton, Robinson appears at an American Civil Rights Education Services tour at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the Selma march on “Bloody Sunday,” championed voting rights for blacks, and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was 104. Boynton Robinson was hospitalized in July after having a major stroke and turned 104 on Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A newspaper photo of a woman who was beaten unconscious by law enforcement during a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, revealed to a wider audience the struggles and violence black people faced while fighting for the right to vote.


Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:11
While authorities said they had not determined a motive, perceived racism appeared to be a factor in the shootings, according to posts on social media attributed to the shooter and a fax that ABC News said had been sent by the gunman. Vester Flanagan, 41, who went on the air under the name Bryce Williams, was a former employee of WDBJ7 in Virginia, where both of the slain journalists worked.

Pennsylvania attorney general links adversaries, conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:33

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak. (Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune via AP) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general got part of what she wanted when court officials unsealed papers in which she accuses two former state prosecutors of concocting the criminal case against her because she was threatening to reveal their proclivity for pornography.


FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:25

Handout image of electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissueBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases. Previously, samples from sick patients were sent to state and federal labs, where disease detectives ran tests to see if the infections were caused by the same bug. When enough matches emerged, typically a dozen or so, epidemiologists interviewed sick people, looking for a common food that was causing the outbreak.


Fire crews battle smoky conditions, flames in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:51

A sign warns of heavy smoke on Washington state route 155 near Omak, Wash., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Wildfires in the area have generated heavy smoke that has slowed traffic and in some instances hindered efforts to fight the fires from the air. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state.


Asian stocks rise after Wall Street rebound

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:50

A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday and Shanghai's index fell despite Beijing's decision to cut a key interest rate to help stabilize gyrating financial markets and counter short liquidity.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street soared overnight, breaking a six-day string of losses. The recovery brought a measure of relief to many investors, although experts warned that more volatility could be ahead.


Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s and similar weapons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:25

FILE - This May 28, 2013 file photo shows a sign outside a Wal-mart store in Duarte, Calif. Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday.


Ex-San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald charged with rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:04

 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ersThe felony indictment against McDonald, marking the latest sex abuse scandal to embroil the National Football League, stems from a December 2014 incident at his home, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. McDonald was arrested on Wednesday and released after posting $100,000 bail.


Policeman shot to death and three women stabbed, one fatally, in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:46

Tafara Hayes and Rose Sonnier embrace as they watch police investigate the scene of a fatal stabbing and shooting at a home in Sunset LouisianaThe suspect, identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr., was captured about an hour after the violence began in the small town of Sunset, about 70 miles (112 km) west of the state capital, Baton Rouge, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff said. Wiley is accused of stabbing his wife and two other women in a "domestic disturbance," then fatally shooting the officer who was the first to arrive on the scene, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz told reporters. Wiley, described by responding officers as "highly intoxicated," then jumped into an automobile and drove about three blocks before crashing the vehicle into a JR Food Mart, the sheriff said.


Burn survivors feel at home at Camp Arroyo in Livermore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:39

Burn survivors feel at home at Camp Arroyo in LivermoreYou can't help but smile and laugh along with the kids enjoying this summer camp in Livermore. But when you look a little closer, you can see why this camp is especially important to the children and the counselors.


Boy with double-hand transplant leaves Children's Hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:33

Boy with double-hand transplant leaves Children's HospitalAn 8-year-old boy who became the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant has left the Philadelphia hospital where the procedure was done and was returning to his Maryland home.


Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:29

Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TVVirginia police say a disgruntled former reporter planned the choreographed execution of two former colleagues broadcast live to a horrified television audience