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Patience sought as fatal shooting of black teen is probed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:42
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Departing from their routine protocol, state investigators in Tennessee said Wednesday they will publicly release details they discover as they investigate the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer.

Shell gets permits for limited oil drilling in Arctic waters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:34

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday, July 22, 2015, clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.


USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:32
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

First use of 'bionic eye' for macular degeneration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:31

First use of 'bionic eye' for macular degenerationBritish man who'd lost central vision now "sees" electronically


California panel proposes guidelines for legalizing marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:29

A jar of medical marijuana is displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesCalifornia should set clear guidelines for legalizing marijuana to stop the pot trade being dominated by powerful interests similar to Big Tobacco, a report from a panel overseen by the state's lieutenant governor said on Wednesday. California voters blazed a new trail in 1996 when they approved a ballot measure that made the most populous U.S. state the first to allow medical marijuana.


Mom's boyfriend charged with murder in birthday cake beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:27
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A grand jury on Wednesday added murder to the charges facing a man accused of fatally beating a 9-year-old boy over a missing piece of birthday cake.

Middletown, Del. siblings charged with elder abuse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:22

Middletown, Del. siblings charged with elder abuseNew Castle County police have charged siblings from Middletown, Delaware with elder abuse.


ATM explodes in Hunting Park; 2nd blast in recent weeks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:18

ATM explodes in Hunting Park; 2nd blast in recent weeksPolice investigating the explosion of an ATM in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia say this is the second time in recent weeks an ATM has been targeted this way in the city.


Woman who died in Texas jail disclosed past suicide attempt: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:16

Still image of a Waller County Department of Public Safety officer opening the driver's side door as he orders Sandra Bland out of her vehicle in Prairie ViewBy Michael Lansu LISLE, Ill. (Reuters) - A black woman who was found hanging dead in her Texas jail cell after her arrest following a minor traffic violation said she had attempted to commit suicide in the past year, the county sheriff said on Wednesday. "On the first initial questionnaire when she came in, she told (the jailers) she had tried to commit suicide last year," Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said in a telephone interview. "This family has no evidence" she ever tried to commit suicide, attorney Cannon Lambert said.


Armed man arrested in LA where Biden was due to speak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:14
A man with a loaded handgun was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday as he tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside a business where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due to speak a few hours later, police said. Biden was not at the venue when the man was taken into custody at about 9:15 a.m. in the city's North Hollywood area, just west of the Bob Hope Airport in neighboring Burbank, according to Los Angeles police Sergeant Kyle Kirkman. Law enforcement officers confronting the man were alerted to the possibility of a gun when he "advised them that he had a loaded weapon in the vehicle," a Secret Service spokeswoman in Washington, Nicole Mainor, told Reuters.

Chiding Congress, Obama urges fast Ex-Im Bank renewal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:13

President Barack Obama, right, with Paul Sullivan, left, Vice President of International Business Development at Acrow Bridge, speaks during a meeting with small business owners to discuss the importance of the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Obama is ramping up pressure on Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the obscure federal agency's charter expired last month after lawmakers refused to reauthorize it. The bank underwrites loans to foreign companies purchasing American products, but conservatives call it corporate welfare. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Chiding Congress in no uncertain terms, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that American businesses are suffering while the Export-Import Bank lapses, and called on lawmakers to reauthorize the bank within days.


New Jersey prepares for pope's visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:11

New Jersey prepares for pope's visit to PhiladelphiaThe Pope will not be coming to New Jersey.


Smoke from New Jersey warehouse fire visible from space

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:11

Smoke from New Jersey warehouse fire visible from spaceA large warehouse fire that was fueled by plastics, autos and household goods sent plumes of black smoke into the air Wednesday that were visible from space.


Police: 2 men traveled to Delaware County to have sex with teens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:11

 2 men traveled to Delaware County to have sex with teensTwo men are accused of traveling to Delaware County from out-of-state in attempts to have sex with under-aged teenagers.


Police: Man arrested for having loaded gun near Biden event

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:03
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer was arrested Wednesday after being found with a loaded gun at a vehicle checkpoint for a Los Angeles event where Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak, police said.

Woman who died in Texas jail said she had tried to kill herself in past year: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:58
A black woman who was found hanging dead in her Texas jail cell after her arrest following a minor traffic violation, Sandra Bland, said she had attempted to commit suicide in the past year, the county sheriff said on Wednesday. "On the first initial questionnaire when she came in, she told (the jailers) she had tried to commit suicide last year," Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said in a telephone interview.

NY board backs $15 minimum wage hike for fast-food workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:57

An activist cheers during a rally after the New York Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in New York. The increase would be phased in over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in New York state would see a super-sized raise under a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage — the first time a state has singled out a particular industry for such an increase.


Group calls for federal probe of Confederate flag supporter's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:56
The Sons of Confederate Veterans asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to look into a car crash in Mississippi that killed an outspoken African-American defender of the Confederate flag. Anthony Hervey, 49, author of "Why I Wave the Confederate Flag: Written by a Black Man," was killed on Sunday when the Ford Explorer he was driving to his home in Oxford, Mississippi, from a Confederate flag rally left the road and overturned. Hervey often sat at the Confederate memorial on the Oxford town square, sometimes wearing a Confederate uniform and waving a battle flag.

Plane dropping candy on church event crashes, killing 2

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:54
AUBURN, Wyo. (AP) — A small plane that had been dropping candy on a church gathering in western Wyoming crashed, killing two men on board.

Department clears Arizona officer who hit armed man with car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:53

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015, file frame from a dashcam video provided by the Marana Police Department, a police vehicle hits Mario Valencia in Marana, Ariz. The only thing the Arizona police officer did wrong during an encounter in which he used his cruiser to ram the armed suspect was curse at two civilians who got too close to the action, according to reports released Wednesday, July 22. (Marana Police Department via AP, File)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The only thing an Arizona police officer did wrong during an encounter in which he used his cruiser to ram an armed suspect was curse at two civilians who got too close to the action, according to reports released Wednesday.