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What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:43

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.


North Carolina policeman won't face retrial in fatal shooting of black man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:36
North Carolina prosecutors said on Friday they have decided against seeking a retrial for Randall Kerrick, a white police officer whose manslaughter trial in the killing of an unarmed black man ended in a hung jury last week. The North Carolina Attorney General’s office said it would move to dismiss the case after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict, with eight of the 12 panelists favored acquittal. “In consideration of the jurors' comments, the evidence available to the state, and our background in criminal trials, it is our prosecutors' unanimous belief a retrial will not yield a different result,” Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery wrote to District Attorney Andrew Murray.

Kenyan sentenced to 15 years in prison in US terror case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:32
MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man described by U.S. prosecutors as a fundraiser and recruiter for terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.

Man says gun was in his underwear when it fired, killing pal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:32
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a man told them he was adjusting a gun he kept in his underwear when it fired, killing one of his friends.

Kenyan gets 15 years in prison in U.S. for funding Islamist militant groups

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:18
A Kenyan man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday by a judge in Miami after pleading guilty to funneling $11,600 dollars to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Mohamed Hussain Said, 27, for conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda, al Qaeda in Iraq/Nusra Front, and al Shabaab. Said was arrested along with Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, a 31-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen born in India, in Saudi Arabia in August 2013 and turned over to U.S. authorities.

Ex-Energy Secretary Richardson: Keep MOX project going

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 01:09
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson wants the Obama administration to keep alive a South Carolina project to turn weapons-grade materials into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

It's a boy! National Zoo's surviving newborn panda is male

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:52

This image provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Giant Panda Mei Xiang and her cub at the zoo in Washington. The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son. The zoo announced Friday that the surviving panda cub is male and the son of the zoo's male panda Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to fraternal twins Saturday, but the smaller cub — also a male fathered by Tian Tian — died Wednesday. (Smithsonian's National Zoo via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have another son.


Gunman in TV crew killings remembered as 'professional victim'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:38

Gunman in TV crew killings remembered as 'professional victim'The man who was news director during Vester Flanagan's rocky tenure at Virginia station WDBJ-TV described him as someone who constantly saw himself being victimized by others.


Tropical Storm Erika soaks Puerto Rico; 4 killed in Dominica

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:36

Tropical Storm Erika soaks Puerto Rico; 4 killed in DominicaTropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico with rain and wind Friday after killing at least four people in Dominica.


Court ruling on NSA data collection shows program is constitutional: White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. appellate court decision on the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata was consistent with the Obama administration's stance that the intelligence gathering programs are constitutional, the White House said on Friday.

SUVs land on top of each other in Bustleton crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:31

SUV lands on top of overturned SUV in Bustleton crashTwo SUVs ended up on top of each other after crashing in a driveway in Philadelphia's Bustleton section.


Driver sought in hit-and-run with Raleigh police cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:24

Driver sought in hit-and-run with Raleigh police cruiserRaleigh police are searching for the driver who collided with a police officer's patrol cruiser and another car early Friday morning.


Obama to New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:05

 You inspire me, and AmericaVisiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.


Daughter of slain officer gets police escort to kindergarten

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:02
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The daughter of a slain Ohio officer has received a police escort to school on her first day of kindergarten.

Ex-North Carolina officer sentenced in chase, shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:01
SUPPLY, N.C. (AP) — A former police officer in North Carolina has been sentenced to at least 22 years in prison for his guilty plea on charges involving a chase and attempted murder.

Inmate left to inhale own feces can sue NY prison officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 23:54
A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit accusing New York prison officials of locking an inmate for weeks in tiny cells that reeked of urine and feces, including one cell where they disabled his toilet and forced him to inhale his own excrement. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said Aaron Willey could pursue civil claims against officials at the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, in Alden, New York, near Buffalo.

3 row houses burn in Camden, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 23:54

3 row houses burn in Camden, N.J.Firefighters battled a blaze in Camden, New Jersey where three row houses burned.


Florida keeps eye on Tropical Storm Erika, could hit Monday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 23:53

A large navigation buoy hit by strong winds and waves, floats near the coast, as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All of Florida is carefully watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola.


No suspect identified in shooting death of Georgia university student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 23:49
The fatal shooting of a student on the campus of Georgia's Savannah State University was under investigation on Friday, with no suspect yet identified a day after the confrontation that resulted in the man's death. Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an "altercation" late on Thursday at the university's student union, the school said in a statement. The shooting appeared to be "an isolated incident," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

Oklahoma day care probed for drugging kids to get them to sleep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 23:43
A southeastern Oklahoma day care is under investigation for child abuse on suspicion of drugging children in its care, including those under a year old, to get them to sleep, police and state officials said on Friday. Officials from the day care center were not immediately available for comment. According to dosage recommendations on its packaging, liquid Benadryl is not to be given to infants younger than one year old or children who weigh less than 20 pounds, unless specifically ordered by a doctor.