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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.

Fire at black Georgia church was arson, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:59
MACON, Ga. (AP) — A fire that damaged a predominantly black church in middle Georgia has been ruled arson, authorities say.

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium announces newly hatched penguin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:47
CHICAGO (AP) — A newly hatched penguin chick is on exhibit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

New York City can require uniform taxi fleet: state appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:45

A taxi is pictured through another taxi window in the pouring rain in New YorkA New York City program to create a nearly uniform fleet of taxis made by Nissan Motor Co survived a challenge by a taxi owners' trade group when the state's highest court ruled in the city's favor. The Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision said on Thursday the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission had the authority to tell taxi owners they had to purchase a specially designed vehicle, the Nissan NV200, instead of creating a general set of specifications that could apply to several different cars. In 2013 the Greater New York Taxi Association sued the city over its "Taxi of Tomorrow" program, which was designed to update the city's medallion fleet of yellow taxis and took effect that year.

Montana moves to reveal corporate campaign spending

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:39
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana, a state that has long prided itself on strict campaign finance laws, is giving up on barring corporations from political spending and is instead attempting to expose every penny spent by them in elections.

Jury finds promise of 'gay conversion' therapy was a fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:36
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that claimed it could turn gay men straight violated New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act, a jury concluded Thursday in a civil trial that an attorney for the plaintiffs called "a momentous event" for LGBT rights.

Los Angeles transportation agency to cut water use by 20 percent

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

A tire rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in UkiahBy Phoenix Tso LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles County transportation agency, facing a catastrophic drought that has led the state to issue its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, has decided to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017. The motion, which passed the Metropolitan Transportation Agency Board of Directors by a unanimous vote on Thursday, would limit landscape irrigation to two days a week and would remove or limit ornamental turf at MTA facilities. The measures also require a public database be put in place by October 2015 to disclose water use at all MTA facilities, partly by installing water meters.

Sugarloaf ski area replacing chairlift that moved backward

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:34
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — The Sugarloaf ski area is spending $800,000 to replace a chairlift that moved backward last winter, injuring seven skiers, resort officials announced Thursday.

Whirlpool forms near spillway on Texas-Oklahoma border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:32
DENISON, Texas (AP) — Water draining into the spillway on a lake along the Texas-Oklahoma border has formed a whirlpool.

80-plus aid groups blast UN Security Council over Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 80 international human rights and aid groups are urging the U.N. Security Council to take real, immediate action against the continuing use of barrel bombs in Syria's grinding civil war.

New Jersey State Senate passes Democrats' $35.3 billion budget

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:29

New Jersey State Senate passes Democrats' $35.3 billion budgetThe New Jersey Senate passed a $35.3 billion budget that includes a surcharge on business and high-wage earners and a $3.1 billion payment for the state's public pension Thursday before the Assembly planned to vote on the same spending blueprint.

Police chase ends in crash in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:25

Police chase ends in crash in Hockessin, Del.New Castle County police were involved in a chase that ended in a crash Thursday afternoon.

Chicago teachers union says it has broken off contract talks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:20
A Chicago Teachers Union official said on Thursday the union has broken off contract talks with the public school system but it was too soon to say if there would be a repeat of the 2012 strike. Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said it was now "highly unlikely" an agreement would be reached before the current contract expires on Tuesday. Sharkey said the union will talk to Chicago Public Schools in the future, but for now the two sides are at an impasse.