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US stocks rebound to log best day in 4 years

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:42

An afternoon surge Wednesday gave the stock market its best day in close to four years, as stocks rebounded from a six-day slump.

Two Virginia TV journalists killed in on-air shooting, police pursue suspect

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:24
The shooting occurred at about 6:45 a.m. EDT during an interview being broadcast live from Bridgewater Plaza, a Smith Mountain Lake recreation site with restaurants, shops, boating and arcades and holiday rentals. The journalists were filming an interview for the morning news show of the WDBJ7 TV station in Roanoke, Virginia. The reporter Alison Parker, 24, and the cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, died in the incident, WDBJ7 said.

Colorado movie gunman to receive 12 life sentences and more

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:52

By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial will condemn the gunman to 12 life sentences and potentially thousands more years in prison on Wednesday, and is expected to address James Holmes directly as the proceedings conclude. Holmes was found guilty in July of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 when he opened fire inside a packed midnight screening of a Batman film at a multiplex in the Denver suburb of Aurora. After two days of often tearful and sometimes angry testimony from victims of Holmes' July 2012 rampage, the lead prosecutor said on Tuesday the shooter should get every day of the longest possible sentence.

Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing arrested

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

CBS journalists shot and killed during live broadcast in Virginia; police in pursuit of suspect

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:44

A pair of television journalists at a CBS affiliate in Virginia were shot and killed during a live broadcast Wednesday morning.

Trump starts new media feud with Univision anchor Ramos

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:25

The GOP frontrunner lashes out at the prominent TV anchor: "Go back to Univision."

Defense to begin case in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:04

Lawyers for a former student at an elite New Hampshire prep school on Wednesday are due to begin making the defense case for the 19-year-old accused of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year. Owen Labrie has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting the younger student at St. Paul's School in Concord in an attack that has cast a harsh light on the boarding school's culture.

Dedicated New York State police unit to tackle campus sex assault

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:03

New York state is launching a specialized police unit to help crack down on sexual assault on college campuses, but some victims' advocates are wary, saying law enforcement has not been effective in tackling the issue in the past. A law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month allocates $4.5 million for what officials have said is a first-in-the-nation police unit that will train college officials and local police units to respond better to sexual assaults on campus. The U.S. Department of Education is currently investigating 131 schools for violating federal law in their handling of sexual assault allegations, and New York leads the country with 20 schools on that list.

Dust-covered woman from iconic 9/11 photograph dies of cancer

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 02:06

A survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York who was featured in one of the most haunting photographs of the outrage has died of stomach cancer. The family of Marcy Borders first announced her death Monday on Facebook. Borders, who was 28 at the time of the attacks, was just one month into a job for Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers.

Shares languish despite China rate cut; Europe declines

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 01:02

TOKYO (AP) — Shares fell Wednesday in Europe and Asian markets were mixed as an initial burst of euphoria over an interest rate cut by China the day before succumbed to lingering worries over longer-term problems with its economy.

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 00:28

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — With 29 terrified students looking on, a West Virginia high school teacher managed to calm a 14-year-old student who pointed a gun at her in her classroom, giving a police chief time to arrive and convince the boy to free his peers and surrender, authorities said.

US student who helped stop France terror attack arrives home

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 23:17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An American college student who along with two friends helped stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris returned home to California.

Deported man captured in tourist photo before slaying of San Francisco woman: police

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 21:50
A convicted felon who had been deported to Mexico five times was seen acting erratically and captured in a tourist photo just moments before police say he shot dead a 32-year-old woman on a San Francisco pier last month, investigators said on Tuesday. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to the seemingly random shooting of Kathryn Steinle on July 1 as she walked with her father and a friend along the city's waterfront. A San Francisco Superior Court judge is weighing whether prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed to trial with murder charges.

Trump mixes it up in Iowa: Rally highlights

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 17:26

GOP frontrunner held a rally in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday night just moments after mixing it up with a member of the press. Trump was confronted at a press conference preceding his town hall with Iowa voters by Univision's Jorge Ramos, who at one point was escorted from the building by security. It proved just the start of a spirited night in the Hawkeye State as Trump showed once again that any signs of his campaign receding are hard to find. Yahoo News provided live coverage of all the night's events.

Watch live: Donald Trump in Iowa

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:34

Trump has Univision anchor removed from news conference

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:00

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had an extended argument with the news anchor from a Hispanic television network, after he initially had the anchor escorted from a news conference.

U.S. arrests CEO, employees of largest online male escort service

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 14:54

U.S. authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of the chief executive officer and six employees of for promoting prostitution through what prosecutors described as the largest online male escort service. CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the employees were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as authorities moved to seize bank accounts holding $1.4 million and the website's domain name. During a midday operation, U.S. Homeland Security Department agents along with members of the New York Police Department could be seen carrying computers and boxes labeled evidence out of's Manhattan offices.

Deputies fired for falsely accusing Seattle bus driver of profanity

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:16
Two sheriff's deputies patrolling Seattle's transit system have been fired for falsely accusing a bus driver of using profanity during an argument captured by a body camera the driver was wearing, police said on Tuesday. The firings resulted from an investigation into a complaint filed by King County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Lou Caballero after an early morning argument on Nov. 14 between him and driver Kelvin Kirkpatrick in downtown Seattle, internal Sheriff's Office documents showed. During the argument, Kirkpatrick, a 20-year transit veteran, criticized Caballero and his deputies for not removing non-paying "sleepers" from his bus.

Planned Parenthood sues to stop funding cuts in Louisiana

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:11

Louisiana was the first of three Southern states to announce plans to end its contract with the reproductive health organization to provide medical services to low-income residents. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, cited the release of videos this summer by a national anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress. The center says the videos show Planned Parenthood sells tissue of aborted fetuses but the organization denies wrongdoing and says it does not profit from fetal tissue donation, noting it is allowed to charge costs to cover its expenses.

Stocks reverse in final hour; Dow tumbles 205 points

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:32

U.S. stocks are closing lower Tuesday after falling sharply in the final hour of trading.