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Disbelief, defiance in South Carolina town once home to shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 10:04
At Dooley's Bait shop in Lexington, South Carolina, the talk around the worm bins and minnow tanks was dominated by one subject: Dylann Roof, a previously unremarkable local young man now accused of one of most shocking murders in state history. Roof, a 21-year-old white man who went to high school in this Southern town near the state capital, has been charged with murdering nine African-Americans in cold blood on Wednesday at a landmark church in Charleston, about 100 miles (160 km) away. Many people in Lexington, as in towns across South Carolina, struggled to come to grips with one of their own being charged with such a heinous crime.

New Orleans police officer killed while transporting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 09:47

Investigators stand in front of a New Orleans Police department vehicle in which one officer was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner in New Orleans, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A handcuffed prisoner in a moving police cruiser managed to grab a gun, fatally shoot the officer at the wheel and escape from the vehicle, which careened into a utility pole at a busy intersection, police said Saturday.


Scarred Charleston church to hold Sunday service; FBI reviews manifesto

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 09:04

Scarred Charleston church to hold Sunday service; FBI reviews manifestoThe historic black church where nine people were killed will re-open for a Sunday service, and the FBI said it was reviewing a manifesto purportedly written by the suspected gunman.


Court denies New Jersey man's gun permits due to wife's record

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 08:54

Court denies New Jersey man's gun permits due to wife's recordA state appellate court has ruled that a southern New Jersey man cannot buy guns because his wife is a convicted felon who's been accused of domestic violence.


South Carolina legislator: Take down Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 08:36

Protesters stand around a flying Confederate flag during a rally to take down the flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Landrum, said it's past time for the Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds after nine people were killed at the Emanuel AME Church shooting. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate flag has no place on South Carolina Statehouse grounds, and it's past time to remove the symbol of hatred, a Republican state lawmaker said Saturday, three days after the shooting massacre at a black church 100 miles away.


Agreement would keep open women's college in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 08:31
Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old private women's school in Virginia that has suffered dwindling enrollment and was set to close due to financial problems, will remain open under a legal settlement, state Attorney General Mark Herring said on Saturday. The agreement would still have to be approved by a Circuit Court in Amherst County, and a hearing on the issue before Judge James Updike is set for Monday, officials said. "I am pleased that the parties were able to reach a mediated resolution to the litigation involving Sweet Briar College," Herring said in a statement.

Flames damage house in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 08:22

Flames damage house in Delaware CountyFirefighters in Delaware County battled an early Saturday morning house fire in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania.


Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind bill to raise smoking age to 21

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 07:34

Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind bill to raise smoking age to 21Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21.


Police converge on NY town where escaped prisoners said sighted

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 07:27

Prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in enhanced pictures released by the New York State policePolice using dogs and helicopters converged on a town in western New York state on Saturday to investigate a reported sighting of two convicted murderers who escaped a maximum-security prison two weeks ago, police said. New York state police spokesman Beau Duffy said police set up a perimeter in the area of the town of Friendship, about 280 miles 450 km) southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility, where the escaped convicts had been serving sentences for murder. A witness saw two men walking along a railroad track that runs along a road in Friendship, a community of about 2,000 residents in Allegany County, New York State Police said in a statement.


Donations by the pint at Preston and Steve Blood Drive

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 07:19

Donations by the pint at Preston and Steve Blood DriveAlmost 1,200 pints of blood were collected Saturday at the 10th annual "I Bleed for Preston and Steve" Blood Drive.


Racist manifesto linked to Charleston shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 07:05

Handout of photograph posted to a website with a racist manifesto appears to show Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday's Charleston church massacre, posing with a burning American flag in an unknown locationDylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday's church massacre in Charleston, appears to have written a racist manifesto, posing in photographs with a handgun and standing in front of a Confederate military museum and plantation slave houses. An FBI spokesman in Columbia, South Carolina, declined to comment on the website or its contents. Many of the local landmarks shown in the photos appeared chosen to highlight Charleston's segregated past and to touch a nerve with the city's black community by singling out sites with a special importance and sensitivity in African-American history.


National Guardsman surprises his 6 children at Nevada rodeo

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 06:43

In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo, Nevada Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Glen Spadin watches the rodeo action with his children after his surprise return from Afghanistan during Patriot Night ceremonies at the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nev. Spadin returned after a year in Afghanistan to surprise his six children. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada National Guardsman has marked the end of a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with a surprise Father's Day weekend homecoming with his wife and six children at the Reno Rodeo.


Virginia attorney general announces rescue plan: Sweet Briar College will remain open

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 06:28
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia attorney general announces rescue plan: Sweet Briar College will remain open.

Speed the 150-year-old tortoise dies at San Diego Zoo

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

This undated photo from the San Diego Zoo shows Speed, a Galapagos tortoise that has been at the zoo since 1933. The zoo reported Friday, June 19, 2015 that Speed had been euthanized at an estimated age of more than 150 years. The massive tortoise had been in geriatric decline for some time. He was brought to California as part of an early effort to preserve the endangered species from the Volcan Cerro Azul Island of the Galapagos Islands, off Ecuador. (San Diego Zoo via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of San Diego's oldest residents has died.


Search resumes in mountains for missing ex-White House chef

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:59

Search resumes in mountains for missing ex-White House chefAuthorities are resuming a search by air and ground in a New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef who has now been missing for a week.


Washington State President Elson Floyd dies at 59

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:52

FILE - In this June 18, 2007 file photo, Washington State University president Elson Floyd speaks with a reporter in his office in the French Administration Building on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Floyd died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Pullman Regional Hospital, said a school spokeswoman, Kathy Barnard. (AP Photo/Dean Hare, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in rural eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. He was 59.


Mermaids, aquatic creatures turn out for Coney Island parade

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:48

Tash's Mermaid Minions assemble before the start of the 33rd annual Mermaid Parade, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers turned out Saturday for Coney Island's 33rd annual Mermaid Parade despite gray skies and steady drizzle.


Disbelief, defiance in South Carolina town once home to shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:37
At Dooley's Bait shop in Lexington, South Carolina, the talk around the worm bins and minnow tanks was dominated by one subject: Dylann Roof, a previously unremarkable local young man now accused of one of most shocking murders in state history. Roof, a 21-year-old white man who went to high school in this Southern town near the state capital, has been charged with murdering nine African-Americans in cold blood on Wednesday at a landmark church in Charleston, about 100 miles (160 km) away. Many people in Lexington, as in towns across South Carolina, struggled to come to grips with one of their own being charged with such a heinous crime.

New Orleans policeman shot and killed while transporting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:14

A police officer and a police dog search for Travis Boys, suspected of killing New Orleans police officer Daryle Holloway, in New OrleansIt remained unclear how exactly Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, was killed, but police said they were seeking Travis Boys, the suspect who had been handcuffed when Holloway began driving. Holloway, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran, was found with a gunshot wound in his department vehicle after it crashed, police said in a statement.