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Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man who raised towel-covered hand

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 02:25
The man, in his 30s, was walking on a busy street in the Los Feliz neighborhood and "appeared to be in distress" when police approached him around 6:30 p.m. local time on Friday, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said. A passing motorist recorded police arresting the man, who appears to be bleeding from the head, and posted the video online, the Los Angeles Times reported. The incident is the latest in a string of police-involved shootings in Los Angeles, and comes amid nationwide protests over policing tactics and use of force, especially in minority communities.

'You are welcome:' The night Emanuel opened its door to evil

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:51

Barbara Lloyd, of Charleston, S.C., cries during the singing of "We Shall Overcome" at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The current brick Gothic revival edifice, completed in 1891 to replace an earlier building heavily damaged in an earthquake, was a mandatory stop for the likes of Booker T. Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Still, Emanuel was not just a church for the black community.(AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there.


Historic black church where 9 slain to open for Sunday morning service, parishioner says

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:33
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Historic black church where 9 slain to open for Sunday morning service, parishioner says.

Pa.Turnpike EB lanes reopen after fuel truck fire in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:28

Pa.Turnpike EB lanes reopen after fuel truck fire in BensalemThe Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened after a fuel truck that burst into flames was cleared in the eastbound lanes near Richlieu Road in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


Truck hauling trash crashes on Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:22

Truck hauling trash crashes on Pa. TurnpikeA tractor trailer hauling trash overturned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning.


'You are welcome:' The night Emanuel opened its door to evil

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 01:06

Barbara Lloyd, of Charleston, S.C., cries during the singing of "We Shall Overcome" at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The current brick Gothic revival edifice, completed in 1891 to replace an earlier building heavily damaged in an earthquake, was a mandatory stop for the likes of Booker T. Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Still, Emanuel was not just a church for the black community.(AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there.


Workers clean up oil spill on California beaches by hand

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:54

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. Cleanup work continues one month after the May 19 oil spill north of Santa Barbara, Calif. The ruptured pipeline released up to 101,000 gallons of crude including 21,000 gallons that flowed into a storm drain and out into the Santa Barbara Channel.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.


Police training gets new attention after high-profile deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:42
Across the United States, police training is getting new attention, often after highly publicized deaths. Some examples:

Pa. Turnpike EB re-opens after fuel truck fire in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:42

Pa.Turnpike EB lanes reopen after fuel truck fire in BensalemA fuel truck burst into flames in the eastbound lanes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Richlieu Road in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


Black churches targeted because of importance to community

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:35

In this photo taken June 19, 2015, photos of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., are held during a vigil at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington. The black church has long been the cornerstone and sanctuary for African American life. It has also long been a target for racists and white supremacists trying to strike blows against the African American psyche. The latest attack came Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina, when 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof joined a prayer meeting inside historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and shot nine people dead, including the pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and other ministers. (AP Photo/Glynn A. Hill)WASHINGTON (AP) — The black church has long been the cornerstone and sanctuary for African-American life. It's also long been a target for racists and white supremacists trying to strike blows against the African-American psyche.


North Carolina family reunited with dog missing for 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:21
HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina family has been reunited with a pet that had been missing for six years.

Man accused of church killings spoke of attacking college

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:14

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof is a suspect in the shooting of several people Wednesday night at the historic The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city.


$700 million plan to help salmon habitat faces new challenge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 00:08

FILE--In this June 27, 2012, file photo, a chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville, Wash., on the Columbia River. Plans for various iterations of salmon restoration in the Columbia River Basin have been litigated in court for more than two decades and the battle is about to resume. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A massive federal habitat restoration effort in the Columbia River Basin has spent more than $700 million on breaching levies, restoring tidal channels, reconnecting floodplains and other actions meant to boost salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by hydroelectric dams.


African American Festival taking place in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:57
BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials are expecting up to 350,000 people at the African American Festival this weekend in Baltimore.

Civil War-era cannonballs found on Alabama campus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:55
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Crews repairing sidewalks on the University of Alabama campus discovered a stash of Civil War-era cannonballs.

13 states catalog culverts to protect fish, mitigate floods

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:55

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 photo, a large culvert on the Crossett Brook in Duxbury, Vt., is being touted by experts as an example of a good culvert that allows the easy passage of fish and other wildlife in the stream. Water from a smaller nearby culvert falls about 3 feet from a pipe into the, river making it impossible for fish and other wildlife to move upstream. Vermont is one of 13 Eastern states working to keep track of the often-unseen culverts, that despite their invisibility, are critical to wildlife habitat and minimizing flood damage. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) — Bridges get a lot of attention when they fail, but scientists are working to eliminate what they say can be an even greater scourge, because of their sheer numbers and their effect on wildlife: culverts.


Video voyeurism case before Mississippi Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:51
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi minister convicted of secretly videotaping women taking showers at his home is asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss the conviction.

Obama: Church shooting exposes 'blight' of racism, need for gun laws

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:48
President Barack Obama on Friday said a mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina exposed the "blight" of racism still present in America, and railed against critics who have accused him of politicizing a tragedy to talk about tougher gun laws. Obama, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said the murder of nine people at an historic African-American church in Charleston shows the need for vigilance against racism. "The apparent motivations of the shooter remind us that racism remains a blight that we have to combat together," Obama said.

Half a century on, carnage in Charleston resonates in the South

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:48
A half century ago in this deeply southern city, a racially motivated attack on a black church left four young girls dead and helped galvanize a civil rights movement that changed voting laws across the United States. For those with ties to that deadly event, Wednesday's shootings in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, another deeply southern city 400 miles (644 km) distant, echoed the tragedy and compounded the frustration that more progress has not been made. “It definitely brought back memories,” said Lisa McNair, 50, the niece of one of the girls who died in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, which happened before McNair was even born.

Smithsonian to open 1st wing on innovation, business history

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 23:29

In this photo taken June 16, 2015, a photograph of Raoul Cortez, a community centered media pioneer, is displayed at the American Enterprise exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. A wide range of innovations from Eli Whitney’s cotton gin to the early Google servers will help tell the story of American business history for the first time at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing on July 1. It will galleries featuring U.S. inventions, money and hands-on activities. A major exhibition about “American Enterprise” will trace the interaction of capitalism and democracy since the mid-1700s. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide range of innovations from Eli Whitney's cotton gin and Thomas Edison's light bulb to the early Google servers and Apple's iPhone have been brought together to tell a broad story of American business history for the first time at the Smithsonian Institution.