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The Latest: Neighbor describes guard as friendly, quiet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:56

Gene Palmer's attorney Andrew Brockway speaks to reporters, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Gene Palmer, the U.S. prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers, admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger meat and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on the hunt for two inmates who escaped from a maximum-security prison (all times local):


Baltimore Co. police kill unarmed man after suicide threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:52
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — An unarmed black man killed by Baltimore County police told his girlfriend's mother that he was going to commit suicide as officers were on their way to his home after reports of domestic violence, the mother said Thursday.

NYPD launches new community policing plans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:52
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Police Department unveiled a new policing strategy Thursday meant to keep crime low while also improving the at-times strained relationship between officers and the communities they serve.

California wildfires force residents from homes in two towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:46

Firefighters attack a 200-acre brush fire burning in the hills north of Los Angeles(Reuters) - Residents of two California towns were under mandatory evacuation orders on Thursday as a burgeoning wildfire swept through drought-parched mountains, officials said. The fire in the mountains of San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles was among scores of wildfires raging along the U.S. West Coast, from Alaska through California, in areas hit by drought and suffering record-low snowpack. The northern end of the Sacramento Valley in California was also unusually hot with 111 Fahrenheit (43.9 Celsius) reported in Redding.


Idaho college to cover murals depicting lynching of American Indian

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:39
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The University of Idaho intends to cover with fabric a pair of controversial murals in a historic Boise building that depict the lynching of a Native American man by two white settlers armed with a rifle and stick. The masking of the murals comes as the university based in the Idaho city of Moscow prepares to mark the formal opening of a satellite campus for its law school at the former Ada County Courthouse in September. By covering the images, including one in which a bound Native American man kneels beneath a tree whose branch bears a noose, the university acknowledges they will be offensive to some and that they are not representative of a known historical event, a school official said on Thursday.

Colorado movie massacre defense seeks to prove gunman's insanity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:28

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialDefense lawyers in Colorado's movie massacre trial opened their case on Thursday, calling a psychiatrist as they seek to prove gunman James Holmes was insane and not in control of his actions when he plotted and carried out the 2012 rampage. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, opened fire inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex, killing 12 people and wounding 70. The prosecution wrapped up its case last week after calling more than 200 witnesses, including first responders, survivors, and two court-appointed psychiatrists who both concluded Holmes was sane when he planned and launched the attack.


Irate French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against Uber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:23

A striking taxi driver holds a placard which read, "Stop Uber, Stop listening," referring to the new US spying report in France, during a taxi drivers demonstration in Paris, France, Thursday, June 25, 2015. French taxis are on strike around the country, snarling traffic in major cities and slowing access to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport after weeks of rising and sometimes violent tensions over Uber. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.


Judge blocks Kansas ban on second trimester abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:20

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaLawmakers who supported the legislation banning the dilation and evacuation procedure had termed it "dismemberment abortion." The law was due to take effect on July 1, but was challenged by doctors from a clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks granted an injunction allowing the abortion methods to continue to be used in Kansas while the case is being heard.


Artist Shepard Fairey wanted by Detroit police for graffiti

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:14

Street artist Fairey exits the Manhattan Federal Court after being sentenced in the case against him, in New YorkBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Police in a city known for its vast stretches of graffiti-marred abandoned buildings are seeking to make an example of noted street artist Shepard Fairey, who during a recent visit to Detroit allegedly defaced several properties. Detroit Police Sergeant Rebecca McKay said on Thursday that Fairey, 45, the man behind the "Obey" street-art sticker campaign, set a bad example for other artists when he plastered his signature Andre the Giant posters on buildings in and near downtown. Police have issued a felony arrest warrant for Fairey, accusing him of two counts of malicious destruction of property, each punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


The Latest: Doctor says memory of Holmes interview vague

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:09

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Defense attorneys for Holmes are preparing to open their case on Thursday, June 25, 2015 with witnesses they hope can illustrate the severity of the theater shooting suspect's mental illness at the time of the massacre. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest on the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Sixers select Jahlil Okafor at No. 3 in NBA Draft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:05

76ers select Duke's Jahlil Okafor at No. 3 in NBA draftThe Philadelphia 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor at No. 3 in the NBA Draft.


Two victims of Charleston massacre mourned as battle rages over flag

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:51

Gary Washington stands over the casket of his mother, Ethel Vance, as she is buried at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery in North CharlestonSouth Carolina took a small step toward healing the wounds of last week's massacre at a historic black church in Charleston as mourners gathered for the funerals of two of the nine victims. Thursday's services for Ethel Lance, 70, and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, come days after some of the families of the slain black churchgoers offered unqualified forgiveness for the young white man accused of their murders. Hate is powerful but love is more powerful," Brandon Risher told the congregation.


Boston Marathon bomber arrives at Colorado penitentiary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:36

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time Wednesday just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, on Thursday, a day after he was sentenced to death. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that Tsarnaev was being held at the high-security facility. The penitentiary is in the same prison complex as the ADX, a Supermax prison, but is a different institution.


California wildfires force residents from homes in two towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:32

Firefighters attack a 200-acre brush fire burning in the hills north of Los Angeles(Reuters) - Residents of two California towns were given mandatory evacuation orders on Thursday as a burgeoning wildfire swept through drought-parched mountains and aircraft battling the blaze could not take off after a drone was spotted in the area, officials said. The fire in the mountains of San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles was among scores of wildfires raging along the U.S. West Coast, from Alaska through California, in areas hit by drought and suffering record-low snowpack. The northern end of the Sacramento Valley in California was also unusually hot with 111 degrees Fahrenheit (43.9 Celsius) reported in Redding Thursday afternoon.


Six dead, missing women draw investigators to rural Ohio county

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:25
At least some of the women, all Chillicothe, Ohio-area residents, were believed to be drug users, possibly drawn into prostitution to support their addiction, authorities said. The latest one to be found dead was discovered in a creek on Saturday, according to law-enforcement officials, who said six women dead or missing is an unusually high number for Ross County, which has a population of less than 80,000. "We are putting every resource that we have available, all the manpower that we have available to find out what's going on," Lieutenant Mike Preston, spokesman for the Ross County Sheriff's Office, said in a telephone interview.

Confederate heritage group loses its Southern influence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:24

Sons of Confederate Veterans member Dickie Phalen speaks to reporters at the South Carolina Statehouse after a rally to support the Confederate flag on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Sons of Confederate Veterans knew an attack on their cherished symbols would come after seeing photos of the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers displaying Confederate battle flags. They just didn't expect it from their right flank.


New York City to focus on more neighborhood policing, mayor says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:19

Police officers line one of the streets outside St. James Roman Catholic Church before the funeral service for slain New York City Police Department officer Brian Moore in SeafordPolice in New York City will begin focusing on neighborhood policing, spending more time in the community in a sweeping effort to improve relations with residents, officials said on Thursday. The plan focuses on basic policing principles that emphasize bridging gaps with communities, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The plan includes dividing police precincts into sectors that align with neighborhood boundaries, training officers to identify and manage community concerns and dedicating time for them every day to be out in the community to build relationships, officials said.


Three years on, U.S. Chief Justice Roberts rescues Obamacare again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:09
By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The healthcare law conceived by President Barack Obama and passed by Congress was by no means perfect, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said on Thursday. The law, for instance, had "three separate Section 1563s." “The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting,” the country's top jurist quipped as he announced the court's ruling from the bench preserving the law. Simply put, the 60-year-old chief justice said, the law was written to make healthcare insurance widely available, and the disputed tax subsidies at the heart of the case were crucial to keeping the cost of premiums down and enrollment up.

$5,000 reward in shooting of teen in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:05

$5,000 reward in shooting of teen in Port RichmondThe family of a teenager who was nearly killed by gunfire last month is asking for the public's help in their search for justice.


Experts: Common sense important in dealing with shark threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Beach towns nationwide are evaluating how best to prevent shark attacks and keep beachgoers safe after a recent string of shark bites off the North Carolina coast.