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IDs of men found shot in adjacent yards released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:31
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say the shooting deaths of two men found in adjacent backyards in the San Francisco Bay Area appear to be a murder-suicide.

Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:25
The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team's moniker. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," the board said in a statement, referring to the National Football League. The editorial board controls only the paper's opinion pages and is separate from the Post's news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor, said.

15 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:19

20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA busAt least 15 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:04

Han Tak Lee, 79, arrives at the federal courthouse with assistance from friends and supportersafter his release from a Pennsylvania prison, Friday, August 22, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. Lee was released on bail Friday while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a ruling that threw out his conviction in his daughter's 1989 death. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.


Clerk shot at liquor store in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:55

Clerk shot at liquor store in WilmingtonA clerk was shot multiple times at a liquor store in Wilmington, Delaware.


Utah teen arrested after bomb threats shut down school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:38
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police arrested a 16-year-old Utah boy accused of making bomb threats and ransom demands over Skype that shut down the first day of classes at his former high school, authorities said on Friday. The threats warned that unless a $10 million ransom were paid, multiple explosive devices would detonate on the Westlake High School campus in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday as some 2,200 students returned to class after the summer vacation. Police said the teen was arrested at his home late Thursday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of multiple felonies including making threats of violence and making terroristic threats involving weapons of mass destruction.

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:32
NEW YORK (AP) — Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists.

Recalls this week: bean bag chairs, cribs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:29

This undated image provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows an Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chair. The chairs are being recalled because the zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap.


Maryland man charged with defrauding elderly on dating sites

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:27
A Maryland man is facing federal fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and other charges for allegedly bilking more than $1.1 million from elderly men and women through online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, Maryland, is currently in jail awaiting a detention hearing on Monday at the U.S. An 11-count indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury, alleges that between September 2012 and February 2014, Koranteng and others searched online dating websites such as Chemistry.com and Match.com “to initiate romantic relationships with elderly men and women, in order to obtain money from those individuals." Koranteng and the others, after contacting the alleged victims online, used false stories and promises to persuade the them to send money, prosecutors said.

Colorado dropping Arapaho spellings for dorms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:20
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado is backing away from a proposal to name two of its dorms after two 19th century Arapaho chiefs using the tribe's traditional spellings — instead looking to use the English names.

Cirque du Soleil takes Beatles tribute to airports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:19

FILE-In this Aug. 21,1964 file photo an overwrought Beatles fan is escorted from the hall during the Beatles second stop of their U.S. tour in Las Vegas, Nevada. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' only performance in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil performers are expected to make surprise, flash mob-style appearances Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the San Francisco and Las Vegas airports and on a flight. (AP Photo)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim.


Trial over Miss. GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:10
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge has adjusted the trial schedule for a lawsuit seeking to overturn Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican primary win.

Fla. dad charged with murder; baby left in truck

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:10
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours.

Sharpton to lead march against NY chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:10

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York. The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Marchers are set to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer, the latest high-profile call to change relations between police and communities of color in the wake of recent violence.


Head NYC jail investigator resigns amid reports of guard violence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:04
The commissioner in charge of investigations in New York City's jails resigned on Friday, nearly three weeks after a U.S. Department of Justice report described how guards routinely assaulted teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Florence Finkle was the city's deputy commissioner for integrity and policy for four and a half years, running an investigation division that was sharply criticized by federal prosecutors from the U.S. The federal investigation said the city's Department of Correction was breaching the rights of male inmates aged 16 to 18 by failing to protect them from a "deep-seated culture of violence" at the jail complex on an island in the East River.

PHOTOS: Diner en Blanc 2014 in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:01

 Diner en Blanc 2014 in PhiladelphiaA total of 3,500 people dressed in their finest white attire for a pop-up dinner on Broad Street in Philadelphia!


3 blacks among 12 grand jurors in Ferguson case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:56
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case.

White House encouraged by changes in situation in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:55
The Obama administration has been pleased by changes in the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where tensions have eased recently after earlier violent clashes between protesters and police following the shooting of an black teenager, the White House said on Friday. "We've been encouraged by what we've seen in the past few days," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters at a briefing. "The president and many of us in the White House are closely monitoring and receiving regular briefings on the situation in Ferguson," Schultz added.

Kentucky firefighter critical after ice bucket challenge mishap

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:49
A Kentucky firefighter was in critical condition Friday, a day after he and three others were injured when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line when their department doused a university band with water in an "ice bucket" fundraiser. Captain Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon Quinn, 22, from the Campbellsville Fire Department sustained electrocution injuries Thursday morning in a ladder bucket and two other firefighters were hurt coming to their aid, officials said. Grider was listed in critical condition Friday at University of Louisville Hospital and Quinn as stable, the hospital said.

Rights struggle to continue after Missouri violence fades, organizers vow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:48

Masked individuals carry items out of a liquor store, during on-going demonstrations to protest against the shooting of Michael Brown, in FergusonBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - After two nights of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri, many have expressed hope the violent clashes and looting that followed a white police officer's shooting of an unarmed black teenager will soon be a thing of the past. The patchwork of groups, including the Dream Defenders and the National Lawyers Guild, are holding training and strategy sessions for local young people and others who want to continue to peacefully protest 18-year-old Michael Brown's death.