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Mississippi authorities probe crash that killed Confederate flag advocate: reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:54

FILE - In this May 8, 2000, file photograph, Anthony Hervey holds a Confederate flag while standing underneath the Confederate monument in Oxford, Miss. The Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Hervey was killed Sunday, July 19, 2015, when his 2005 Ford Explorer left the roadway and overturned on Mississippi Highway 6 in Lafayette County. Hervey, of Oxford, has drawn attention over the years for opposing efforts to change the flag. He said he dressed in Rebel soldier garb to honor blacks who served with the Confederacy during the Civil War. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP, File)Anthony Hervey, 49, the author of "Why I wave the Confederate Flag: Written by a Black Man," died on Sunday while returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a Confederate flag rally in Alabama, broadcaster WMCA reported. A companion in Hervey's car told Mississippi investigators he swerved on a state highway to avoid another vehicle that had pulled alongside them, the New York Times reported. Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger newspaper said the companion told investigators it appeared they were being chased.


Report: Many factors led to deaths of 4 Houston firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:53
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal report says several factors contributed to the deaths of four Houston firefighters battling a fire in 2013, including the building's construction and an inadequate sprinkler system.

Sleeping infant almost hit by stray bullet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:37
MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A sleeping infant in Massachusetts was nearly hit by a stray bullet after an altercation outside his family's apartment erupted in gunfire.

Classmates remember murdered Drexel grad

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:16

Classmates remember murdered Drexel gradMore than 100 people including many of her classmates at Drexel University gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn Jasmine Wright and celebrate her life.


CEO of Japan's Toshiba resigns over doctored books

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 18:57

Toshiba Corp. CEO Hisao Tanaka bows during a press conference to announce his resignation at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Tanaka stepped down Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 151.8 billion yen ($1.2 billion). Toshiba acknowledged a systematic cover-up, which began in 2008, as various parts of its sprawling business including computer chips and personal computers were struggling financially, but top managers set unrealistic earnings targets under the banner of “challenge.” (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba's CEO and eight other executives resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 152 billion yen ($1.2 billion) over several years.


New York inmate explored tunnels under prison for months before escape: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 18:18

Prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in enhanced pictures released by the New York State policeDavid Sweat, 35, and Richard Matt, 49, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6 after they cut through their cell walls, carved a hole in a steam pipe and made their way to a manhole cover outside the grounds. After an extensive manhunt, Matt was shot and killed by a federal agent on June 26 about 27 miles (43 km) away from the prison. Sweat was shot and apprehended two days later.


Police officer hurt in 2-vehicle crash in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 18:08

Police officer hurt in 2-vehicle crash in Tioga-NicetownA Philadelphia police officer was injured in a two vehicle crash in the Tioga-Nicetown section.


Firefighter injured in row house blaze in Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:54

Firefighter injured in row house blaze in FeltonvilleA firefighter was injured in a fast-moving fire that damaged a row house in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.


Man shot at recreation center in East Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:52

Man shot at recreation center in East Oak LaneA 23-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot at a recreation center in Philadelphia's East Oak Lane section.


Firefighter injured in row house blaze in Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:19

Firefighter injured in row house blaze in FeltonvilleA firefighter was injured in a fast-moving fire that damaged a row house in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.


Tennessee denies request to block view of Confederate statue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:03
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee will not plant trees and shrubs to hide a statue of Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Top official: South Korea needs to better protect investors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:54

South Korean Finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan speaks during a press conference at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Choi said Tuesday that the bitter fight between Samsung and an American hedge fund over a contentious business deal showed that South Korea needs to do more to protect shareholder rights. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The bitter fight between Samsung and an American hedge fund over a contentious takeover deal shows that South Korea needs to do more to protect shareholder rights, the country's top economic policymaker said Tuesday.


Death of woman found hanged in Texas cell to be treated like murder probe: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 15:09
Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13, three days after she was arrested for assaulting an officer during a traffic stop in Waller County, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Houston, authorities have said. The Waller County Sheriff's Office said Bland took her own life and the death was ruled a suicide by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office. At a news conference on Monday, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said there were "too many questions" to determine how she died.

Texas prosecutor says too soon to say how woman died in cell

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:45

Carie Cauley, left, Rev. Hannah Bonner and Rhys Caraway protest, after the death of Sandra Bland, as they sit in front of the Waller County Sheriff's Office and county jail on Monday, July 20, 2015, in Hempstead, Texas. Authorities said Bland hanged herself in the jail three days after being pulled over by police for a traffic violation and then arrested for allegedly kicking an officer during the stop. Bland's family is ordering an independent autopsy, lawyers said. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said Monday that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly "as it would be in a murder investigation."


Dry California shows it's serious about enforcing water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:32

In this photo taken July 15, 2015, water flows down a canal near Byron, Calif. The California State Water Resources Control Board said it's proposing a fine of $1.5 million against the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District for allegedly taking water from a pumping plant after it was warned that there was not enough water. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California drought regulators sent the strongest signal yet that they're serious about cracking down on water waste by proposing a first-of-its kind, $1.5 million fine against a group of farmers they say illegally took water.


Brother sues Seattle CEO who set $70,000 minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:02
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle CEO who set a $70,000 minimum wage for all his employees is now being sued by his brother.

AP PHOTOS: Dirt track racing at the Ponderosa Speedway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:23

In this July 17, 2015 photo, cars race on a dirt track at the Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. The Speedway, in operation since 1972, is among a handful of dirt racetracks sprinkled across Kentucky where weekend drivers, their crews and families can test their mechanical and driving skills. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (AP) — At the Ponderosa Speedway, a race track made of red clay and nestled in the small hills of central Kentucky, spectators can be sure they will take a little piece of the track with them at the end of the night. It will be on their clothes, in their hair, and on the hoods of their cars parked nearby. And if you are one of the brave ones, you'll stand next to the chain link safety fence and get a literal taste of the track as it is kicked in your face after the pro late models roar past.


Today in History

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:01
Today is Tuesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2015. There are 163 days left in the year.

Former California fraternity president will not face charges in hazing death-LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:51
The former president of a disbanded southern California fraternity will not face criminal charges after a student died on a grueling hike during an initiation rite for the group, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. The Los Angeles County district attorney said there was insufficient evidence to charge Alex Terzibachian with hazing or involuntary manslaughter, the Times reported, citing documents from prosecutors. Terzibachian was president of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at California State University, Northridge, when 19-year-old Armando Villa died last July.

UN approves accreditation for Palestinian Return Center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations approved U.N. accreditation Monday for the London-based Palestinian Return Center in a defeat for Israel which claims the organization is affiliated with Hamas and "openly promotes terrorism."