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Racial identity of activist questioned but does it matter?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:56

In this undated photo, Shaun King poses where he was the lead pastor of Courageous Church in Midtown Atlanta. King, a blogger who rose to prominence in the aftermath of a police shooting last summer in Ferguson, Mo., pushed back against claims by conservative bloggers that his parents were both white and that he exaggerated an assault he endured two decades ago while attending high school in Versailles, Ky. (Vino Wong/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)Questions about the racial identity of a well-known activist in the "Black Lives Matter" movement have stirred controversy and drawn a blistering response. But the central question remains: Does his race matter?


New Orleans rises decade after Katrina _ but gaps remain

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:45

This July 29, 2015 aerial photo shows empty lots and mostly new buildings in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans, foreground. Ten years after Katrina, New Orleans remains a work in progress, aiming to reverse historic racial and economic injustices. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As people search for words to describe New Orleans' recovery a decade after Hurricane Katrina, they sometimes use words verging on the Biblical - an economic and cultural resurrection, a rising from the ashes.


Second cancers are on the rise; 1 in 5 US cases is a repeat

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:55

Judith Bernstein meets with Dr. Henry Fung at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Her husband, Arnold, is at right. Bernstein has had eight different types of cancer over the last two decades, all treated successfully. About 19 percent of cancers in the United States now are second-or-more cases, a recent study found. In the 1970s, it was only 9 percent. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before.


Police: Son arrested after Oklahoma labor commissioner slain

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:45

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello speaks during a news conference at the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Authorities say Costello has died after a stabbing at an Oklahoma City restaurant on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died Sunday after he was stabbed multiple times at an Oklahoma City restaurant and his adult son was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint, police said.


Crying over spilled water: Raising twins during a drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:14

Gillian Flaccus' daughter washes her hair during her nightly shower at the family's home, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, near Los Angeles. Flaccus, an Associated Press reporter, and her husband are using the California drought to teach their children life lessons about conservation. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a recent sweltering Saturday afternoon, I submerged my guilt and filled the bathtub halfway for my 3-year-old twins to play in.


Officer assigned to guard NYC mayor shot with pellet gun

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:45
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a police officer assigned to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's security detail was shot with a pellet gun in front of the mayor's home.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in coma after wreck at Pocono Raceway

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:43

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in coma after wreck at Pocono RacewayIndyCar driver Justin Wilson was in a coma and in critical condition after sustaining a head injury when he was hit by a large piece of debris that broke off a car Sunday in the crash-filled race at Pocono Raceway.


AccuWeather: Isolated T'Storm Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:40

 Isolated T'Storm This EveningMeteorologist Melissa Magee says a stray thunderstorms moves in Monday night.


That sinking feeling: As China slows, so does Otis Elevator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:35

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2010 file photo, workers, right, prepare to install a piece of glass wall covering an elevator tunnel while a woman, left, looks down from a descending elevator in Beijing, China. Otis elevator, which has staked much on increasing urbanization and soaring skyscrapers in cities across China, is struggling with declining revenue in 2015 as China’s economy sours. For Otis, based in Farmington, Conn., rising competition, particularly for the lucrative repair and maintenance business, also is undermining its Chinese market share. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As China's economy has grown and skyscrapers have sprouted in cities extending ever westward from its coast, Otis Elevator Co. went along for the ride.


Oklahoma labor commissioner killed in restaurant stabbing: local media

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:33
The Commissioner of Labor for Oklahoma, Mark Costello, was killed in a stabbing at a fast food restaurant in Oklahoma City on Sunday, local broadcasters reported, citing unnamed sources. Police declined to confirm that Costello was the victim but said one family member stabbed another family member at least four times with a knife after the pair agreed to meet at the restaurant following a fight earlier in the day.

Police: Man came out of truck in ditch with sawn-off shotgun

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:31

This photo released by the Louisiana State Police shows Kevin Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, La. A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Col. Michael Edmonson, head of state police, said the arrested man, Daigle, had a number of previous arrests, though he did not know details. He said he did not know all the charges that Daigle will face, but they will include attempted murder of a police officer. (Louisiana State Police via AP)A Louisiana state trooper was fighting for life Sunday night after being shot in the head by a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch, and who got out of the truck with a sawed-off shotgun, the head of Louisiana State Police said.


Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids' tests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:29

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, students walk into Lafayette Elementary for the first day of classes in the Lafayette County School District in Oxford, Miss. Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. As schools prepare for a return to classrooms in the coming weeks, the Gallup Poll to be released Sunday, Aug. 23 finds 55 percent of parents surveyed oppose linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. (Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP, File) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey.


Man shot 5 times in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:25

Man shot 5 times in KensingtonA man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Police recruit injured in motorcycle crash in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:20

Police recruit injured in motorcycle crash in North PhiladelphiaA police recruit was injured after a motorcycle accident in North Philadelphia.


The Latest: State trooper has 'severe neurological damage'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:48
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday when he tried to arrest a driver suspected of being drunk or drugged in southwest Louisiana. Here's the latest on that story (all times are local):

Fan struck by line-drive foul ball, taken off on stretcher at Wrigley Field

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:43
A fan was struck by a line-drive foul ball and taken away on a stretcher in the first inning of Sunday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.

Police arrest over 200 'johns' in prostitution crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've now made more than 200 arrests as they try to curb an increase in street prostitution in downtown Washington.

HollyFrontier says Tulsa refinery operations not affected by fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:40
HollyFrontier Corp said operations at the West plant of its 125,000 barrel-per-day Tulsa, Oklahoma, refinery, were not affected by a fire on Sunday morning and that there were no injuries. "The Refinery emergency response team was immediately mobilized and the fire was extinguished with no injuries or impact to plant operations," company spokeswoman Julia Heidenreich said in a statement. The fire did not appear to be near any of the major refinery units.

Softer winds, new trucks buoy fire crews fighting deadly U.S. Northwest blazes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:39

Members of a handcrew prepare to head out during the Okanogan Complex Fire near Tonasket, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Beleaguered ground crews battling newly swelled wildfires across Washington state were aided by softer winds on Sunday as they welcomed the expected arrival of new fire engines and water-carrying tankers to a military base in the drought-stricken U.S. region. The full fleet of 20 large fire engines, to be deployed to hot spots threatening homes, and 10 water tankers will arrive at Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane before Tuesday, officials said. Overall, there were 24 large wildfires or clusters of fires burning across Washington state and Oregon on Sunday, among the nearly 70 blazes raging in Idaho, California and Montana, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise reported.


NY stages topless parade with 60 cities worldwide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:29

Rachel Jessee speaks into a megaphone while riding atop a car during the GoTopless Day Parade, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in New York. The parade took to the streets to counter critics who are complaining about topless tip-seekers in Times Square. Appearing bare-breasted is legal in New York. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner Bill Bratton say the body-painted women in the square who take photos with tourists are a nuisance. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway put on a very different kind of matinee on Sunday: dozens of bare-chested women and men parading down the Great White Way to Times Square.