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National Weather Service: No evidence of tornado in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:23

 No evidence of tornado in Gloucester CountyThe National Weather Service says there is no evidence a tornado hitting Gloucester County, New Jersey during severe storms on Tuesday.


5 things to know about US public opinion on health care case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:18

FILE - In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Amy Brighton from Medina, Ohio, who opposes health care reform, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington during a rally as the court continues arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to polls in recent months. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama's health care law, according to polls in recent months.


Feds call for end of long-term detention of migrant families

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:12

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says federal officials are making "substantial changes" to end the long-term detention of migrant families who are being held mainly at two large facilities in Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to end the long-term detention of hundreds of migrant families who are being held mainly at two large facilities in Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday.


GOP Sen. Cochran joins Wicker: Mississippi should remove Confederate emblem from state flag

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:06
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — GOP Sen. Cochran joins Wicker: Mississippi should remove Confederate emblem from state flag.

Texas grand jury declines to indict vet who killed cat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 03:03
BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict a veterinarian who bragged on social media about killing a cat with an arrow.

Chopper 6 over William Penn statue after lightning srike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:56

Chopper 6 over William Penn statue after lightning srikeChopper 6 was up over Philadelphia City Hall on Wednesday, looking for any damage to the William Penn statue following the storm on Tuesday.


Theater shooting: Things to know as defense case begins

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:54
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are preparing to open their case Thursday with witnesses they hope can illustrate the severity of his mental illness at the time of the attack.

Denver drops marijuana exhibits from county fair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:51
DENVER (AP) — The Denver County Fair is dropping marijuana exhibits from the event — a year after some people said they were unwittingly served pot-infused chocolate in the "Pot Pavilion."

There's gold in them thar shallow California creeks, rivers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:36
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — California's prolonged drought has created opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold.

US attorney general: Shooting under review for federal crime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:32

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks with cadets as she visits the Birmingham Police Academy, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the government is reviewing the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, to determine whether any federal crimes were committed.


UN envoy warns of impending famine in conflict-torn Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen says the conflict-torn Middle East nation is "one step" from famine, with 31 million people needing humanitarian assistance compared to just 7 million two years ago.

More than 30 Americans held hostage outside U.S.: White House adviser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 30 American are currently being held hostage outside the United States, President Barack Obama's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said on Wednesday. The Obama administration, which is formally unveiling changes to the nation's hostage policy, has said that more than 80 Americans have been taken hostage by terrorist or pirate groups since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey)

In new hostage policy, U.S. will not prosecute families for paying ransom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:28

U.S. President Barack Obama announces a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in WashingtonThe White House on Wednesday released a new policy aimed at becoming more sensitive to the needs of families of U.S. hostages held abroad, saying the government needed to "evolve" to take account of a shift in the way groups take captives. After a six-month review that included discussions with families of people held overseas, the White House said the government will continue its longstanding policy of not making concessions to hostage-takers. The government may communicate with hostage-takers and intermediaries, and it may help families who are trying to pay ransom, the White House said.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Official says 2 former Vanderbilt football players jailed in rape case are released on bond.

PHOTOS: Images of storm damage from air, ground

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:21

 Images of storm damage from air, groundChopper 6 was in the air and the Action Cam was on the ground surveying the damage from Tuesday's storms.


Funeral plans for South Carolina church shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:18
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Several funerals and other services have been set for the nine people slain in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Judge formally sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for 2013 attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:13
BOSTON (AP) — Judge formally sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for 2013 attacks.

New York prison escapees may have guns from cabin hideaway: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:09

Prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in enhanced pictures released by the New York State policeTwo prison escapees may have at least one gun from a cache of weapons in an upstate New York cabin where they hid about 20 miles from a maximum security facility, police said on Wednesday. As the manhunt entered its 19th day, convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt were believed to have been last seen entering woods near the cabin in Owls Head, New York, on Saturday morning, Major Charles Guess of the New York State Police said at a press conference. More than 1,000 law enforcement officers scoured 75 square miles in rugged Franklin County, east of Clinton Correctional Facility, where the breakout was discovered on June 6.


Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:08

Urgenda Foundation director Marjan Minnesma hugs lawyer Roger Cox, left, after a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The Hague District Court made the ruling Wednesday in a case brought by a sustainability organization on behalf of some 900 citizens, claiming that the the government has a duty of care to protect its citizens against looming dangers. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.


Study: Weather patterns that bring heatwaves happening more

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 02:05

FILE - In this July 29, 2010 file photo, Moscow's St. Basil's cathedral, background, is seen through the smog covering Moscow, as a heat wave hit central Russia breaking temperature records. Daily weather patterns have changed in the last couple decades making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heatwaves on top of global warming, a new study finds. A team of climate scientists at Stanford University looked at weather patterns since 1979 and found changes in frequency and strength in parts of the world, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Nature. These are the types of weather patterns with stuck high and low pressure systems that you see on weather forecasts, which is different than gradual warming from man-made climate change. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heatwaves that go beyond global warming, a new study finds.