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Obama: Civil rights activist Bond was 'hero' and friend

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:21
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the late civil rights activist Julian Bond was a hero and friend.

Man critically wounded in hail of gunfire in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:03

Man critically wounded in hail of gunfire in Spring GardenA 23-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot near a nightclub in Spring Garden.

Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:00
Don't worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission. Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. Proponents of making the tests optional say the switch can help schools become more diverse and admit students who will thrive even though they may have lagged other applicants on scores.

Man in critical condition after stabbing in Juniata

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:56

Man in critical condition after stabbing in JuniataPhiladelphia police say 36-year-old man is in critical condition after being stabbed in Juniata.

Subject of California manhunt killed by deputies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:38
Two deputy sheriffs confronted Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34, on a dirt road in the early evening on Saturday after the owner of convenience store reported that a man fitting Ashley’s description had bought some food, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Sunday.

Owners of pier that became iconic Sandy image get rebuild OK

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:36
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy have received approval to rebuild part of the site.

Rape case points to sordid tradition at elite prep school

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:22

The entrance to the elite St. Paul’s School is seen Friday Aug. 14, 2015 in Concord, N.H., Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, Owen Labrie, a former student, goes on trial Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, for taking part in a practice at the school known as “Senior Salute” where graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before the school year ends. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — St. Paul's School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest where graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before getting their diplomas.

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:16

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75Julian Bond, a leading figure from the 1960s civil rights movement who served as chairman of the NAACP after a long career in politics, died Saturday, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75.

Three injured after balloon crashes in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:15
The passengers were Robert Spencer, 53, of Eldersburg, Maryland and Melyndia Davis, 48, of Sykesville, Maryland, police said. A bystander administered CPR on Davis until the arrival of emergency responders, who found her in cardiac arrest.

Clinton emails should also be reviewed by inspector general: lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:13

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets Dixon as she campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des MoinesHillary Clinton's private email server should be examined by the U.S. intelligence watchdog after the FBI finishes reviewing any classified information on it, a Republican lawmaker said on Sunday. The FBI recently began looking into the security of federal records and possible classified information among the Democratic presidential candidate's emails while she was secretary of state. After months of pressure, Clinton last week gave the FBI her private email server and a thumb drive of work-related emails from her tenure.

U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:10

Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman listens as Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Dream Defenders announces an end of a 31-day sit-in at the Florida State Capitol in TallahasseeU.S. civil rights leader and former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, who emerged as one of the pre-eminent student activists in America's turbulent 1960s, died on Saturday aged 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement, without giving the cause of death. Bond was the civil rights organization's first president.

Argument leads to stabbing in Juniata; victim critical

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:03

Man in critical condition after stabbing in JuniataPhiladelphia police say an argument in Juniata ended when one man pulled out a knife and stabbed another, critically wounding him.

AccuWeather: Hot and more humid today

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:54

 Hot and more humid todayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says the heat continues to build this week.

Backpage ad site: Aider of traffickers or way to stop them?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:22
CHICAGO (AP) — The adult ads on are endless — written in a sort of risque code to avoid implying something illegal, yet still obvious invitations for sex, adorned with suggestive photos and videos. Many in the fight against sex trafficking loathe the website, particularly since some escorts in the ads have turned out to be minors who've been forced into the sex trade.

California moves to provide interpreters in all court cases

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:08

In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 photo, a sign stating no interpreters are provided is seen on the front door of the courtroom of Judge Don Franchi in San Mateo Superior Court in Redwood City, Calif. California’s Judicial Council this year approved a plan to extend free interpretation services to all cases by 2017.California has the nation’s largest court system spread out over a vast geographic area that includes many rural counties. The state has about seven million residents with limited English proficiency. They speak over 200 languages. (AP Photo/Sudhin Thanawala)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what's happening in court because she isn't proficient in English has made the process even harder.

U.S. military cancels hearing for September 11 suspects

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:54

Khalid Sheikh Mohammedis pictured on the third day of pre-trial hearings in the 9/11 war crimes prosecution as depicted in this Pentagon-approved courtroom sketch at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo BayThe U.S. military has canceled a pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, a military spokesman said on Sunday, in another setback for the government in its efforts to try the five men being held at Guantanamo. "The judge cited issues that remain unresolved with regard to a claimed defense counsel conflict of interest," said Commander Gary Ross. Defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators raised concerns in 2014 that they were being spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

After decades, Guardian Angels resume Central Park rounds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:43

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads members of the Guardian Angles through Central Park Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in New York. Guardian Angels volunteers made a return this month to Central Park for the first time in over two decades, citing a 26 percent rise in crime there so far this year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — The squad in stop-sign-red jackets and berets strode through Central Park, on guard for signs of crime.

One dead after small plane crashes onto train track in New York

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:29
(Reuters) - One person is dead and one hospitalized after a small plane crashed onto railroad tracks on Long Island in New York State on Sunday, authorities said. The crash happened about 7:48 a.m. on South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville, about 31 miles east of New York City, said Nassau County Police spokeswoman Maureen Roach. The Hawker Beechcraft BE35 was traveling from Gabreski Airport in Suffolk when the pilot radioed that he was having engine trouble, Roach said.

Authorities ID Carson City deputy killed in line of duty

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:24

Carson City Sherrif's Department deputies comfort each other outside the scene of a fatal shooting Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Carson City, Nev., that left an officer and a suspect dead. Officials say a Nevada sheriff's deputy is dead after a suspect opened fire on officers responding to a domestic violence call. Authorities say the suspect was later found dead at the scene of the confrontation, which happened a little after 2 a.m. Saturday in East Carson City. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels) (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of people crowded a plaza at the Nevada Capitol grounds for a candlelight vigil honoring a Carson City sheriff's deputy who died earlier that day after a domestic violence call ended in a shootout.

Slump in oil-by-rail shipments boosts car storage business

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:12

In this August 8, 2015 photo, seldom-used railroad tracks owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings vanish into the Adirondack forest in Newcomb, NY. The railroad wants to supplement its revenues by storing hundreds of empty oil tank cars on the tracks. Miles-long lines of black tank cars are showing up on long-unused rail spurs around the country as short-line railroads store them for the leasing companies or other entities that own them. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)TAHAWUS, N.Y. (AP) — New tank car safety standards coupled with a slump in oil-by-rail shipments are causing headaches for many in the railroad business, but for a struggling scenic railroad in the Adirondacks and other short-line operators, they may bring salvation.