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Second New York prison worker charged in breakout: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:08

Prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in enhanced pictures released by the New York State policeA second New York prison employee was arrested on Wednesday for the escape of two convicted murderers who have eluded a massive police manhunt for almost three weeks, police said. Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer, 57, allegedly took frozen hamburger meat embedded with smuggled tools to the inmates, Richard Matt and David Sweat, CNN quoted Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie as saying. Authorities have said Matt and Sweat used the catwalks during their June 6 escape.

Detroit police: Fleeing suspect strikes 5 children, kills 2

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:42
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a speeding driver who was fleeing police struck and killed two children and injured three other children and an adult.

More than 200,000 still without power after storms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:39

More than 200,000 still without power after stormsThousands are still without power following a line of severe storms that tore through the region on Tuesday afternoon.

Internet companies should respond to extremist exploitation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. panel is calling for Internet and social media companies to respond to the exploitation of their services by al-Qaida and other extremist groups who use the web to recruit fighters and spout "increasingly horrific propaganda."

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:21

Boston Marathon bombing survivors, from left, Lynn Julian, Henry Borgard and Scott Weisberg speak to the media outside federal court in Boston, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death for his role in the bombing. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Ex-funeral director accused of improperly storing bodies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:12
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The former owner of a Massachusetts funeral home has been indicted on charges of improperly caring for dead bodies and embezzling more than $375,000 from clients.

Boston Marathon bomber says he's sorry for the first time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:11

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) — Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. "I pray for your relief, for your healing," he said.

Confederate symbols of Civil War divide U.S. 150 years on

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:02

A horse drawn carriage carries the casket of the late South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney past the Confederate flag and onto the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol in ColumbiaBy Wayne Hester BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - More and more voices across the U.S. South called for banishing the banner of the pro-slavery Confederacy on Wednesday in a fast-growing movement that adds new emotion and tensions to a year of soul-searching over race in America. From Alabama to Mississippi, Louisiana to Tennessee and beyond, politicians distanced themselves from flags and statues memorializing southern heroes of the 1861-65 Civil War. Alabama's governor ordered the Confederate flag and three other flags of the Confederacy removed from the grounds of the state's Capitol in Montgomery, a historically significant city in America's civil rights movement where Martin Luther King Jr. led protests in the 1950s.

Hospital homecoming for Australian born prematurely in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:57

James O'Leary, right, and his father Brett, left, are hugged by members of Bellevue hospital neonatal team that helped care for him at a party in his honor, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in New York. James O'Leary was born by surprise, a world away from his home in Australia. His mother was six months pregnant when she went into labor on a vacation in New York. Nearly six years later, he and his father visited Bellevue hospital Wednesday to thank the doctors, nurses and others who cared for him. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — James O'Leary weighed barely over a pound when he was born by surprise, a world away from his home in Australia.

Obama announces new hostage response, but no U.S. ransoms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:56
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a more coordinated U.S. response to help rescue Americans held hostage by terrorists abroad, and acknowledged his government had sometimes let the families down. After an emotional meeting with relatives of hostages, he said: "I acknowledged to them in private what I want to say publicly, that it is true that there have been times where our government, regardless of good intentions, has let them down." He added: "I promised them that we can do better." The president reasserted the main plank of U.S. policy that, unlike some allies, the government would not make concessions or pay ransom to hostage takers, saying this would enrich the militants and encourage further abductions.

As South Carolina honors victims, Alabama lowers its flags

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:30

South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guards stand over Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s body as members of the public file past in the Statehouse, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy at Pinckney's funeral Friday morning at the College of Charleston. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Statehouse where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina Rotunda. Hours later, his congregation returned to the scene of a massacre, keeping up his work of saving souls.

2nd prison employee, a correction officer, arrested after New York inmates' brazen escape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:20
BELLMONT, N.Y. (AP) — 2nd prison employee, a correction officer, arrested after New York inmates' brazen escape.

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:18

In this May 25, 2014 file photo, Central Emergency Services firefighter Dan Jensen maneuvers a hose into position to fight a portion of a wildfire in the Funny River community of Soldotna, Alaska. Wildfires are blistering Alaska forests with increasing frequency and intensity and forest managers and climate scientists are trying to explain why and predict what's next. One common factor associated with the increase, which doesn't bode well for 2015 or beyond, is warm weather, even if experts don't explicitly blame climate change. (Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska residents endure the nation's harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight.

The Latest: Protesters vow to remain vigilant on mountain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:14

Charles Dudoit, center, is hugged by fellow protestors Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Maunakea Visitors Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope is set to resume Wednesday after a nearly two-month delay in construction. Protesters oppose the project because it will be built on land held sacred by many Native Hawaiians. (Jamm Aquino/The Star-Advertiser via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALESHONOLULU (AP) — The latest on a large protest on a Hawaii mountain to block construction of what would be one of the world's largest telescopes (all times local):

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:11

This undated evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows a mug shot of Gabriel Carrillo taken by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a sergeant were found guilty Wednesday, June 25, 2015, in the backroom beating of Carrillo, a jail visitor who fellow guards testified already was handcuffed on the ground and covered in blood. Sgt. Eric Gonzalez and Deputy Sussie Ayala were found guilty of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights, deprivation of rights and falsification of records in the 2011 beating of Carrillo. Deputy Fernando Luviano was found guilty of deprivation of rights and falsification of records. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up.

Attorneys for Colorado gunman to open defense case Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:59

FILE - In this file photograph taken Monday, July 30, 2012, defense attorney Daniel King leads his team to court for an arraignment for suspected theater shooter James Holmes in district court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes attorneys will open their case Thursday, June 25, 2015 with witnesses they hope can illustrate the severity of the suspect's mental illness when the suspect attacked the Aurora theater on July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for James Holmes will open their case Thursday, offering a less emotional and more clinical assessment of the Colorado theater shooter after two months of often-gruesome testimony from prosecution witnesses who included many visibly wounded survivors.

Seattle mayor proposes all-gender single-occupant public bathrooms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:52

Mayor Ed Murray addresses the crowd during a rally at City Hall after a Seattle City Council meeting in which the council voted on raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Seattle, WashingtonSingle-occupant public bathrooms in Seattle would be designated for all-gender use, not just for men and women, under legislation proposed by Mayor Ed Murray on Wednesday. While existing laws protect a person's right to use a restroom matching their gender, bathrooms are usually assigned for male and female use, excluding transgender and gender non-conforming people, Murray said in a statement. "The transgender community deserves the dignity and respect that most people take for granted," Murray said.

Records: Driver in crash where kids died had 6 suspensions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:48

A car passes, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in front of the house in Reno, Nev. where two young children inside were killed by an SUV that crashed through the home and into the back yard the day before. Police say they don't suspect drugs or alcohol was involved but that the driver, Sheldon Berg, 66, Reno, was involved in a 2013 traffic accident after suffering a medical episode. The case remains under investigation. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 66-year-old Reno man who police say was driving an SUV that plowed through a house where two children died has had his driver's license suspended six times since 2002, but none of the suspensions stemmed from criminal convictions, state records obtained Wednesday show.

California sheriff's deputies found guilty of beating jail visitor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:47
The visitor, who was beaten and sprayed with a substance similar to pepper spray, had gone to the Men's Central Jail with his girlfriend to visit her brother, who was incarcerated there, the U.S. Attorney's officer for the Central District of California said in a statement. After he was found carrying a cellphone, which is against jail rules, he was handcuffed and taken to an employee break room where he was beaten, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said. The case against the three deputies was brought as part of a broader investigation by the FBI into corruption and civil rights abuses at county jails in downtown Los Angeles, Yonekura said.