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OxyContin maker bows out of meeting on harder-to-abuse drug

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug.

Harvard athlete among 1st openly transgender NCAA swimmers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:44
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women's swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men's team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA.

Oklahoma to quickly resume executions after Supreme Court decision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:43

A police officer patrols the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington(Reuters) - Oklahoma is looking to resume executions as soon as August after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that a drug used in the state’s lethal injection mix was appropriate and legal, officials said on Tuesday.


Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:39
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Cyclorama, a colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

VIEWER PHOTOS: Tornado warning in multiple Pa. counties

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:32

 Tornado warning in multiple Pa. countiesAction News viewers joined the action and shared photos taken during Tuesday's tornado warning.


USDA: Record soybean crop planted, progress slowed by rain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:32

This June 22, 2015 photo shows a flooded soybean field near Terre Haute, Ind. A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground in the U.S., though a wet few months have kept farmers from planting in some states, the government said Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. (Austen Leake/Tribune-Star via AP)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.


Statue of white supremacist, former SC governor vandalized

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:28

Red paint drips from the statue of "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman, in Columbia, SC., Tuesday June 30, 2015. Tillman, a former South Carolina governor whose white supremacy policies, written into South Carolina's 1895 Constitution, created the Jim Crow-era South. Tensions in the state are heightened over Confederate symbols in the state in the wake of a slaying at a black church two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Seanna Adcox)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the vandalism of a statue of a segregationist South Carolina governor as the state grapples with heightened tension over Confederate symbols in the wake of a massacre at a black church.


AccuWeather: Multiple Tornado Warnings in effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:28

 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Watches in effectNew Tornado Warnings issued for Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties until 3:45 pm.


Statue of Confederate Gen. Lee vandalized in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:25
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has been vandalized in Virginia.

Memorial held for last South Carolina church shooting victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:24

Police respond to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston South CarolinaThe memorial service for the last of the nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church shootings in South Carolina was held on Tuesday afternoon in Charleston for Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons. Hundreds of mourners, including South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, packed another Charleston AME church, Greater St. Luke's, filing by an open casket which was later draped with the American flag.


Woman sues, says police forced her to remove scarf

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:21
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Muslim woman is suing a Michigan police department, saying her rights were violated when she was ordered to remove a headscarf for a mugshot after her arrest.

AP News Guide: Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:18

File--In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, supporters for the legalization of marijuana celebrate at the Measure 91 party at Holocene night club in Portland, Ore. Last November, Oregon voted to make recreational marijuana legal as of July 1, 2015. (Madeline Stone/The Oregonian via AP, file) MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household.


AccuWeather: Tornado Warning in effect for Northampton Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:13

 Multiple Tornado Warnings in effectA Tornado Warning has also been issued for Northampton counties until 3:15 p.m.


UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:13
NEW YORK (AP) — The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.

Trove of evidence turned over in case of Freddie Gray death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:13
BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors have turned over a massive trove of evidence to attorneys representing six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray that includes thousands of documents, medical records and emails.

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:09

Pope Francis blesses the faithful as he celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.


Judge blocks new Florida law that delays abortions 24 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:02
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Chicago agency says police officer should be fired for shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:02
For the first time in its nearly eight-year history, a Chicago review agency that looks at misconduct allegations against the city's police has recommended that an officer be fired for shooting someone, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), a civilian body, found that the officer was "inattentive to duty" in 2011 when he fired shots at the wrong car after a drive-by shooting, seriously injuring an innocent driver. The officer, identified in media reports as Francisco Perez, had been working off-duty as a security officer for a Mexican restaurant on the city's northwest side at the time of the shooting, the IPRA report said.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:00
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Judge blocks new Florida law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Man admits he conspired to traffic threatened turtle species

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 02:53
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted he kept turtles considered threatened under state law at his home and shipped them to buyers by tying the animals live in tube socks and packing them in boxes.