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Wild turkey sparks hunt for angry bird at University of Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:48
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A wild turkey is ruffling feathers at the University of Michigan, chasing pedestrians and cyclists, sneaking into dorms and even causing traffic delays by lying down in the middle of streets. The turkey, which has been living on the Ann Arbor school's North Campus for months, is now the target of a bird hunt because of its aggressive behavior, a campus official said. "The challenge with turkeys is they can become very angry and aggressive," said University of Michigan police spokeswoman Diane Brown.

Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:45
A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, U.S. court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S. authorities said they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems.

AccuWeather: Storms Bring Relief from the Humidity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:40

 Storms Bring Relief from the HumidityMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says Friday will be hot, but much less humid.


Phillies fans react to news of Cole Hamels trade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:37

Phillies fans react to news of Cole Hamels tradeIt's the news Phillies fans knew was coming.


Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:06
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into watercraft in the Willamette River after spending more than 40 hours suspended from a bridge as temperatures soared over 100 F (30 C). Shell aims to return to the Arctic for the first time since 2012, when it experienced a series of mishaps including the grounding of an oil rig.

Governor allows parole for California school bus hijacker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:03

This is a Jan. 12, 2012 photo released by the California Department of Corrections showing James Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld is one of three men convicted in the kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver nearly 40 years ago in Chowchilla, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Thursday, July 30, 2015 to decide to allow the recommended parole to go forward after parole officials recommended in April that he grant parole to the 63-year-old Schoenfeld. (California Department of Corrections via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.


Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: 'We've all talked trash'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:53

 'We've all talked trash'Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Hogan using racial slurs.


Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:51

Activists hang from the St. Johns bridge in an effort to block the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica from leaving for Alaska in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 30, 2015. The icebreaker, which is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast, stopped short of the hanging blockade, turned around and sailed back to a dock at the Port of Portland. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.


Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher's license suspended

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque Fire Department dispatcher who told a 911 caller trying to help a teenage shooting victim to "deal with it yourself" before hanging up has had his emergency medical dispatch license suspended.

Hunting club that suspended U.S. hunter donates to top lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:42

Girl holds sign at the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in ZimbabweBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's records show. Safari Club International said it had suspended member Walter Palmer and called for an inquiry into the death of a lion known as Cecil. The Arizona-based club, which advocates for hunters' rights, has raised funds over the years in support mostly of Republicans, according to the website of the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog group.


Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:21

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures with a smile after speaking during a private fundraiser at the home of long time supporter Virginia McGregor in the Green Ridge section of Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The event was closed to the media. (Butch Comegys /The Times & Tribune via AP) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency.


Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:09

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County, Calif., Fire Department, Henry Duncan, left, and Bob Seiler, legs covered in oil, foreground, stand in the Goleta Beach parking lot with their oil-covered kayaks, on the truck at rear, in Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The pair encountered a large oil sheen and called the fire department to investigate. The Coast Guard is investigating this new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. (Mike Eliason/ Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage.


APNewsBreak: Kidnapping suspect's sister files claim vs. FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:04

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2013 file photo, Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson, on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Santee, Calif. The sister of James DiMaggio, who was killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping Hannah Anderson and killing Christina Anderson and Ethan Anderson, has filed a claim Thursday, July 30, 2015, seeking $20 million from the FBI. (Howard Lipin/U-T San Diego via AP, Pool, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The sister of a man killed in the Idaho wilderness after he was suspected of kidnapping a teen girl and killing her mother and brother in California has filed a claim seeking $20 million from the FBI.


2 injured in New Jersey Turnpike collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:59

2 injured in New Jersey Turnpike collisionAt least two people were injured in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.


Kurt Cobain's family wants death-scene photos kept sealed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:51

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1993 file photo, Nirvana band members, Chris Novoselic, from left, Dave Grohl, and Kurt Cobain pose, with an unidentified man, right, after receiving an award for best alternative video for "In Bloom" at the 10th annual MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, Calif. Cobain’s widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago. Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear arguments Friday, July 31, 2015, over whether to proceed with a trial after Richard Lee, who runs a Seattle public access TV show, sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the material he says will show Cobain didn’t die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, The Seattle Times reported. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago.


Campus officer pleads not guilty in traffic stop shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:42
CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail.

Hollywood's Relativity files for bankruptcy with $681M owing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:40

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, Ryan Kavanaugh, chief executive officer of Relativity Studios, attends the Los Angeles Premiere of "Black or White" held at Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles. Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing Thursday, July 30, 2015, came a day after Relativity announced it was laying off 75 of its approximately 350 employees. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.


911 calls describe harrowing scene after theater shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:29

This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russel Houser, in Lafayette, La. Authorities have identified Houser as the gunman who opened fire in a movie theater on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette. (Lafayette Police Department via AP)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The urgent call went out across a police radio only minutes after gunfire erupted inside a Lafayette movie theater: The suspect was inside an auditorium and had reloaded his gun.


GOP criticizes 'offensive' posts of NC elections appointee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:16
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party officials said Thursday they were unaware of racially tinged social media posts by a man appointed to a county elections board and are urging him to step down.

MH370 Probe: Mystery Suitcase Recovered Near Wreckage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:13
Just hours after a recovering what appears to be the wing flap of a Boeing 777, a worker stumbled upon what looks to be a tattered piece of luggage on the same beach.