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Sleuths trace fate of 1st black male slave freed by Lincoln

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 00:19
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking his final resting place to the cemetery of a former Minnesota psychiatric hospital.

AccuWeather: Hazy, Hot and Humid

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 00:07

 Hazy, Hot and HumidMeteorologist Chris Sowers says a Heat Advisory goes into effect Sunday afternoon. Little relief in sight.


Rail tracks in northeast Montana reopened after derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 23:45
CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) — Crews have reopened a rail line in northeast Montana where four tank cars derailed and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil.

Exit of Anti-Defamation League head marks shift for US Jews

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 23:44

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 file photo, Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, a U.S. group that fights racism and anti-Semitism, delivers a speech after he was awarded with the medal of Knight in the Legion of Honor order by French President Jacques Chirac, during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. On Monday, July 20, 2015, Foxman retires as national director, a major moment of transition in American Jewish life that raises questions about the future of the organization known as the ADL. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)NEW YORK (AP) — Over 28 years as head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman emerged as a forceful torchbearer for American Jews. He counseled presidents and diplomats, CEOs and celebrities. He took on prominent figures over anti-Semitic remarks or representations — actor Mel Gibson among them — and accepted any ensuing apologies on behalf of an entire community. No other U.S. Jewish leader has wielded as much influence with policymakers, faith leaders and U.S. Jews.


Governor orders Florida National Guard recruiters to work from armory after Tennessee shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 23:34
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Governor orders Florida National Guard recruiters to work from armory after Tennessee shooting.

Woman injured in Strawberry Mansion house blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 23:29

Woman dies in Strawberry Mansion house blazeA woman was injured in a house fire in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia Saturday morning.


Sailor slain in Tennessee attacks was star baseball player

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 23:13

Caroline Dove holds a photo of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, her boyfriend, in her hands July 17, 2015, at her home in Savannah, Ga. Wells was among four Marines killed July 16, 2015, in an attack at a military training facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire Thursday, July 16, 2015, on two U.S. military sites in Chattanooga in an attack that left four Marines dead and raised the specter of terrorism on U.S. soil. He was killed by police.(AP Photo/Russ Bynum)Four Marines and a sailor were slain in the attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of them had deployed overseas and seen battle, others had not.


AP Poll: Sharp divisions after high court backs gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 22:53

FILE - In this June 26, 2015 file photo, a woman carries a sign in favor of same sex marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court's ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.


4 injured in SEPTA paratransit crash in Overbrook

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 21:39

4 injured in SEPTA paratransit crash in OverbrookFour people were injured after a SEPTA paratransit vehicle crashed in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.


A look at attacks on military bases in the US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 21:17
A gunman attacked two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, killing four Marines and wounding a sailor who died two days later, officials said. The suspect also is dead.

Four Marines slain in Chattanooga united in pride in serving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 21:06
By Katie Reilly and Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three of the Marines killed on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee were battle-hardened veterans who survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fourth was relatively new to the Marine Corps, fresh out of boot camp. Outlines of the lives of the four slain Marines have started to emerge from online posts and photos, as well as from interviews with close friends and family.

SEPTA's $10 Papal Visit passes go on sale Monday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 20:15

SEPTA's $10 Papal Visit passes go on sale MondaySEPTA has released its plans for the pope's visit in September and if you're thinking of using mass transit, it's time to start paying attention.


KKK, African-American group plan rallies at South Carolina Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 20:03

 Inside The Ku Klux KlanA Ku Klux Klan chapter and an African-American group plan overlapping demonstrations on Saturday outside the South Carolina State House, where state officials removed the Confederate battle flag last week. Governor Nikki Haley, who called for the flag's removal from the State House grounds after the killing of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church last month, urged South Carolinians to steer clear of the Klan rally. "Our family hopes the people of South Carolina will join us in staying away from the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create over the weekend and instead focus on what brings us together," Haley said in a statement posted to her Facebook page.


AccuWeather: Heat Advisory Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 18:41

 Hazy, Hot and HumidMeteorologist Chris Sowers says it will be the hottest weekend of the summer. In fact, dangerous heat for Sunday


Texas trooper violated policy stopping woman who died in jail: agency

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 16:53
The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Friday the trooper has been put on desk duty while the FBI and the Texas Rangers, a statewide police and investigation agency, probe the death of Sandra Bland, 28, an African-American. Relatives and friends of Bland, who was found hanged in her Waller County jail cell on Monday, said they do not believe the official version given by the Waller County Sheriff's Office. Bland, from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, was arrested on July 10 for allegedly assaulting an officer during a traffic stop in Prairie View, northwest of Houston.

Cobra that may have killed Texas owner found dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 15:20
Autopsy results have not been completed on the cobra's owner, who had been found unresponsive in his vehicle on Tuesday along with a non-venomous snake in a crate, six tarantulas and a bullfrog, police said. The Monocled Cobra, which was kept at his home, was missing. Police said they received a report early Friday of a dead snake on a service road that appeared to have been run over by a vehicle.

Friend: Sandra Bland 'in good spirits' before jail death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 15:11

Protesters prayer at rally outside the Waller County Courthouse after a march from the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, Friday July 17, 2015, to protest the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in the jail. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said there were no cameras in Bland’s jail cell to show if the Illinois woman hanged herself in the lockup as a medical examiner has ruled. Her relatives and supporters dispute the finding. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Friends' recollections and Sandra Bland's own words present a picture of a young woman on the cusp of finding her niche in life. She seemed to have landed a perfect job. She had a voice and following on social media for speaking out about racial injustice and police brutality and was active in her community.


AP PHOTOS: In rural Georgia, a junkyard of classic cars

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 14:43

Eddie McDaniel, who goes by Fast Eddie, walks through Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard, where he occasionally plays piano for visitors Thursday, July 16, 2015, in White, Ga. Over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres of forest which have been turned into a junkyard museum by owner Walter Dean Lewis. The two grew up playing in the cars on the lot which started as a general store selling auto parts in 1931 by Lewis' parents. Lewis stopped selling parts about six years ago when he realized he could sustain the business more as a museum, charging $15 for visitors just looking, and $25 for photographers. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)WHITE, Ga. (AP) — Nestled in a north Georgia forest, over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis' parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold auto parts. Lewis grew the collection, which had just 40 cars in the '70s, over time.


California man wins $25K in contest to encourage voter turnout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 14:08
A Los Angeles man received a check for $25,000 on Friday just for voting. Ivan Rojas, a 35-year-old security guard, was randomly chosen for the prize through a lottery set up by the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, a group that works to encourage voter turnout among the Latino community during local elections. The contest was designed by the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project to try and reverse chronically low voter turnout in local elections, said president Antonio Gonzalez.

Coast Guard says 1 dead, 4 injured in Alaska plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 13:28
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A plane crash in southeast Alaska left one person dead and four others injured, the Coast Guard said Friday.