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White supremacist expressed surprise in call victims not Jewish

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:38

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasProsecutors in Kansas rested their case on Thursday in the murder trial of a white supremacist after playing a recorded call in which he expressed surprise the three people fatally shot outside two Jewish centers last year were not Jewish. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who is representing himself, could be sentenced to death if convicted of murdering the three people in April 2014 in suburban Kansas City, Missouri. Cross has pleaded not guilty to all the charges but has said several times in court that he is the killer.


Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:25

Theresa Sarea, of New York City, center, is helped to stand up on her prosthesis as she speaks to the Amputee Coalition during a protest against a change in Medicare payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to disentangle itself from another controversy over Medicare coverage. Amputees are protesting this time, fearing they'll be denied the latest technology for artificial legs and feet.


Remaining panda cub healthy at National Zoo after twin dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:14

Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo listen during an announcement about the death of one of the new panda cubs during a news conference at the Zoo in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Animal keepers say the National Zoo's remaining newborn panda cub is healthy and was active and nursing through the night after the cub's smaller twin died.


A look at some of the funds receiving tax checkoff donations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:14
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California enables residents to donate money to a variety of charitable causes while they file taxes. The distribution of the money lacks oversight, creating problems for funds like these:

Medical building in NE Phila. evacuated after gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:10

Medical building in NE Phila. evacuated after gas leakA medical building has been evacuated because of a gas leak in Northeast Philadelphia.


Pickup truck, SUV collide in Logan; 1 driver hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:07

Pickup truck, SUV collide in Logan; 1 driver hurtA motorist is hospitalized after a crash in the Logan section of Philadelphia.


UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 01:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

Gyrocopter pilot raises about $10,000 toward his defense

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who in April flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol has raised about $10,000 to help with his case.

Texas Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:47
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three felony charges of securities fraud during his first court appearance in a case that threatens his political career. A lawyer for Paxton, 52, asked State District Judge George Gallagher to keep cameras out of the courtroom when the case goes to trial. Paxton is facing pressure to quit.

FDA issues warning letters to "natural" tobacco makers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims.

Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:33

FILE - In this June 8, 2015 file photo, James Vivenzio speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. Vivenzio, a former Penn State student from Great Falls, Va., who is suing over alleged hazing by his former fraternity, toured the fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the involved parties seeking evidence for the case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State student who is suing over alleged hazing toured his former fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the involved parties.


Hundreds of students return to school in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:25

Hundreds of students return to school in West PhiladelphiaMore than 700 students were welcomed back to school Thursday morning in West Philadelphia.


Low-lying Louisiana parish regroups behind reinforced levee system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:08

Elizabeth Weaver sits on the back of a truck outside her flood damaged home in LouisianaBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Of all the areas near New Orleans blasted by Hurricane Katrina, none was harder hit than St. Bernard Parish, a low-lying coastal stretch southeast of the city, once known for its small fishing villages and thriving seafood industry. The full force of Katrina's 125-mile-an-hour winds and a 20-foot-high wall of water slammed the parish in August 2005, killing 127 residents and all but destroying its 25,000 homes. Considering the devastation, St. Bernard has made an impressive recovery: its population has grown to 44,000, about two-thirds of its 2005 size, according to a 2014 census estimate, and housing units now total 17,000.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:01

AP10ThingsToSee - Cadets march in central Khreshchatyk street during military parade marking Ukraine's Independence Day in the capital Kiev, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Mikhail Palinchak, Pool Photo via AP)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


DA: Chester County Justice Center shooting justified; deputy was hit by bullet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:59

 Chester County Justice Center shooting justified; deputy was hit by bulletThe Chester County District Attorney's office said on Thursday that the shooting of a knife-wielding man by a sheriff's deputy inside the Justice Center was justified.


Shark attack survivors spread conservation message

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:59

In this Aug. 3, 2015 photo, Kent Bonde, left, and Mike Beach, right, pose for a photograph in Key Biscayne, Fla. Both are survivors of shark attacks, and are now shark advocates, trying to educate the public about sharks' declining populations and their importance to ocean ecosystems. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Get back in the water. There's more to learn from sharks than fear.


Kentucky clerk continues to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:52
A day after a federal appeals court ruled that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her office in eastern Kentucky continued to defy the order. "Currently everything remains the same," said Nathan Davis, her son and a deputy clerk, referring further questions to his mother's lawyers. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Davis' office could not decline to hand out licenses given the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

License of ex-dispatcher who hung up on 911 caller revoked

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:46
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials have revoked the license of a former 911 dispatcher who hung up on a teenager who was trying to help a 17-year-old shooting victim.

Lawyer wants Cincinnati campus cop's murder trial moved

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:42

FILE - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the in the July 19 shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati. An attorney for Tensing filed a request Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, asking the court to move the trial elsewhere. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 16. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for a University of Cincinnati policeman who fatally shot a driver he stopped over a missing front license plate is asking the court to move the officer's murder trial elsewhere.


Winning $1 million Powerball ticket sold in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 23:24

Winning $1 million Powerball ticket sold in South PhiladelphiaThe Pennsylvania Lottery says someone won a $1 million prize in last night's Powerball drawing.