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Final Civil War land battle was 150 years ago _ in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:00

This April 29, 2015, photo shows the Palmito Ranch Battlefield, scene of the last land battle of the Civil War 150 years ago near Brownsville, Texas. The battle began May 12, 1865, a month after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox in Virginia, when Union forces at the mouth of the Rio Grande moved toward Confederates at Brownsville. The following day, the Confederates led by a former Texas Ranger and newspaper editor routed the Union soldiers. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — It's common knowledge that the four bloody, thunderous years of the American Civil War came to a solemn end when Southern Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox — but it's not true.


Threat prompts heightened security at Burlington Co. school

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:39

Threat prompts heightened security at Burlington Co. schoolThe Burlington County Institute of Technology says there will be an increased police presence at its schools Monday, due to a non-specific threat against the Westhampton Campus.


Jury finds Starbucks not liable for Raleigh police officer's burns

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:38

Jury finds Starbucks not liable for Raleigh police officer's burnsA jury has decided that Starbucks is not liable for burns that a Raleigh police officer received when a cup of hot coffee spilled on his lap.


U.S. supporter of Islamic State gets four-and-a-half-years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:37
A Virginia woman was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison on Monday for lying to U.S. investigators about using social media to promote and recruit for the militant Islamic State group. Heather Elizabeth Coffman, 29, of Glen Allen, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the charge in January. She admitted that between approximately June and November last year she used several Facebook accounts to promote the group and claimed to have Islamic State contacts in Syria. During that time she was in a relationship with an unidentified foreign national outside the United States, whom she tried to help travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State.

Chief: Police unaware of FBI memo before Garland shooting, response would not have changed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:32
GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Chief: Police unaware of FBI memo before Garland shooting, response would not have changed.

Eatery drops criticized plan to give white diners a discount

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:30
MILLIKEN, Colo. (AP) — A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado has dropped a much-criticized plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount and will offer the savings to all diners.

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Smart mirrors boost sales

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:27

In this April 10, 2015 photo, Christie McAllister, visiting from San Francisco, prepares to use a fitting room equipped with eBay's touch screen fitting room technology, at Rebecca Minkoff in New York. The interactive technology provides a virtual assistant inside fitting rooms for shoppers, displaying their selections and a catalog to modify choices and accessorize. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.


A glance at digital elements being embraced by stores

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:20
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are testing high-tech elements in stores, from virtual dressing to interactive shelves. Here are three trends that shoppers will see this year:

Police: Boy, 6, accidentally shot sister, 3, while left alone in car

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:19

 Boy, 6, accidentally shot sister, 3, while left alone in carA young boy accidentally shot his sister on Friday in Gary, Ind., police said, when the two children were left alone in a car with a loaded handgun.


Virginia woman sentenced to 4½ years in terror-support case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:18
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who tried to help a teenager join the Islamic State militant group and carry out a suicide bombing was sentenced Monday to 4½ years in federal prison for lying to the FBI about the plot.

Virginia woman sentenced to 4½ years in terror case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:12
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for lying to investigators about supporting the Islamic State militant group.

Man attacked inside Darling's Diner in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 23:05

Man attacked inside Darling's Diner in Northern LibertiesPhiladelphia detectives are looking for the suspect who attacked a man with a bottle inside a popular eatery.


1 person killed in gunfire; pregnant woman among the injured

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:53
CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities have identified a 47-year-old man killed during a shooting in Cleveland that left four people injured, including a pregnant woman.

Frein's lawyers withdraw request to move trial, for now

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:46
Lawyers for the man charged in an ambush outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks that killed one trooper and seriously wounded another have withdrawn their request to have his trial moved, but said Monday they plan to refile it at a later date.

Authorities investigate shooting at Pennsylvania mall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:42
(Reuters) - Police were investigating a shooting on Monday morning at a shopping center south of Pittsburgh, authorities said. The shooting was reported at the Tri-County Plaza in Rostraver Township, said Chris Tantlinger, a spokesman for the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety. He also said the Westmoreland County Coroner had been called to the scene.

Man caught on camera stealing a camera

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:42

Man caught on camera stealing a cameraPolice in South Philadelphia are looking for the man who was caught on camera while stealing a surveillance camera.


Woman arrested for selling tickets to fake Sheryl Crow concert

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:32

Woman accused of selling tickets to fake Sheryl Crow concertPolice in Burlington County have arrested a woman who they say sold tickets to a fake concert featuring a Grammy-winning artist.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:17

Area residents pay their respects at a makeshift memorial, near the site where two Mississippi police officers were killed, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. The officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Activists threaten to sue for captive whale Lolita’s freedom

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:07

Lolita the Killer Whale is fed a fish by a trainer during a show at the Miami SeaquariumBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Activists said on Monday they would sue a Florida aquarium for violating the Endangered Species Act if it does not improve living conditions for Lolita, a killer whale in captivity for more than four decades. The Miami Seaquarium has 60 days to address the facility’s alleged shortfalls that include a small enclosure, life without another whale, and twice-daily performances in the searing Florida sun, said activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration added Lolita to the endangered species list in early February, opening the door to potential lawsuits.