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At least four dead as Tropical Depression Bill soaks central U.S.

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:47
Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to lose strength as it moves into the Ohio Valley, bringing about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cms) of rain in places such southern Illinois and Indiana as well as western Kentucky, the U.S. National Weather Service said. In Oklahoma, where two people were killed in weather-related incidents, the storm caused rivers already swollen by heavy rains at the end of May to spill their banks. The most recent victim was an 80-year-old woman found in a pickup truck that had been submerged about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, police said.

U.S. employee data breach tied to Chinese intelligence

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:17

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Chinese hacking group suspected of stealing sensitive information about millions of current and former U.S. government employees has a different mission and organizational structure than the military hackers who have been accused of other U.S. data breaches, according to people familiar with the matter.     While the Chinese People's Liberation Army typically goes after defense and trade secrets, this hacking group has repeatedly accessed data that could be useful to Chinese counter-intelligence and internal stability, said two people close to the ...

Duration of escape depends on New York convicts' survival skills

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:28

The two murderers who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, have evaded capture for nearly two weeks but wilderness survival experts are skeptical they will be able to do so for much longer. The U.S. Marshals Service has put escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat on its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives List and authorities on Friday pressed on with a widened search encompassing the entire country.

Greece gets temporary lifeline for banks amid uncertainty

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 05:44

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece got a financial lifeline for its banks Friday to help them cope with a deposit drain in the run-up to a summit of eurozone leaders next week that could determine the country's future in the euro.

Men charged in Boston beheading plot to appear in court

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:03
Two New England men are due in court in Boston on Friday for a hearing tied to charges they plotted to help the militant group Islamic State by beheading Massachusetts police officers. David Wright, 25, of Massachusetts, and Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, will appear for a detention hearing at 2 p.m. EDT in U.S. District Court in Boston. Wright was arrested by police in Boston on June 2, the same day that officers shot dead a third man, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, while trying to question him about the beheading plot.

Charleston suspect's uncle: I'll 'push the button myself' if he gets death penalty

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 01:02

The uncle of the accused church killer says his nephew "needs to pay for it."

Woman dies after suspected smuggling boat hit by U.S. border vessel

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 22:33
A woman aboard a suspected immigrant smuggling boat died on Thursday after the skiff collided with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel in the waters off the coast of southern California, customs officials said. The vessel was first spotted off the coast of Encinitas, a city about 22 miles (35 km) north of San Diego, by Customs' Office of Air and Marine, according to a Customs spokeswoman.

Delware governor signs bill decriminalizing pot: report

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 20:38

The measure will allow individuals in Delware to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and use it privately without facing criminal sanctions, though police could still confiscate the drug, according to Delaware Online, The News Journal. The statute also will reduce the penalty for using marijuana in a public place to a $100 civil fine. Under previous Delaware law, simple marijuana possession was a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,150.

At least three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central U.S.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 20:31

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Depression Bill pelted the central United States with heavy rain on Thursday after causing at least three deaths in the region, including a toddler in Oklahoma who was swept out of his father's arms by raging waters, officials said. In the southern Oklahoma city of Ardmore, emergency workers on Thursday found the body of the 2-year-old boy who died in flooding the day before after he and his father were swept into a creek, said Ardmore Police Captain Eric Hamblin. One person in neighboring Missouri was killed this week by flooding caused by rains from the storm hitting the region and a woman died in central Texas when she lost control of her car while driving through the storm, officials said.

White man arrested in slaying of nine blacks at South Carolina church

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 18:22

A young white man suspected of shooting nine black people dead after spending an hour with them in Bible study at a historic African-American church in South Carolina was arrested on Thursday, a day after a massacre authorities say was motivated by racial hatred. The mass shooting set off an intense 14-hour manhunt that ended with 21-year-old Dylann Roof arrested in a traffic stop in a small North Carolina town, 220 miles (350 km) north of Charleston, where the church rampage occurred, officials said. Roof, who received a gun for a 21st birthday present in April and whose social media profile suggests a fascination with white supremacy, waived his right to extradition and was flown back to South Carolina hours after his arrest.

Builder of collapsed California balcony sued over flaws in another project

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:36

California-based Segue Construction paid $3.4 million to settle litigation over alleged defects in a condominium development in Millbrae, California, after a homeowners association sued, the homeowners' lawyer said. The design and construction of outdoor spaces such as balconies were “a very prominent part of the litigation,” said San Francisco attorney Thomas Miller, who represented the homeowners.

Former NAACP leader in Washington state kicked off Spokane's police panel

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:01

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, who drew national attention over her racial identity, was ousted on Thursday from a municipal police oversight commission in Washington state over conduct violations, a city spokesman said. The decision by the Spokane City Council comes after investigators hired by the city to probe allegations of misconduct found Dolezal had publicly named citizens who made complaints against police officers, in violation of confidentiality rules. The lawyers, in investigating an April 16 whistleblower complaint, also found that the city employee who filed the complaint had faced intimidating and offensive behavior from Dolezal, who headed the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and two other commission members.

Three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central U.S. states

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:48

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Depression Bill pelted Oklahoma with heavy rains, triggering flooding that killed a 2-year-old toddler who was swept out of his father's arms by raging waters, officials said on Thursday. One person in neighboring Missouri was killed by flooding caused by rains from the storm hitting the region and a woman died in central Texas when she lost control of her car while driving through the storm, officials said. Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to dump between 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of rain as it travels northeast through Arkansas and Missouri into West Virginia.

New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:53
U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a New Jersey man with conspiring to support the militant group Islamic State, the fourth person arrested in recent days in the New York City region as part of a broader investigation. Samuel Rahamin Topez, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was arrested at his home on Wednesday, the Justice Department said. According to a criminal complaint, he had communicated frequently with Munther Omar Saleh, a college student from Queens who was arrested on Saturday along with an unnamed co-conspirator when they ran at a surveillance vehicle.

Church shooting victims identified: Track coach and librarian among those killed

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:06
A parish community in Charleston, S.C., is mourning the loss of nine people who were shot and killed in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government's War on Gays

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:18

As the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to rule on same-sex marriage, Yahoo News presents a new 30-minute documentary, “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays,” reported and narrated by chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff. The film explores a dark and little-known chapter in America’s recent political past, when gays and lesbians were barred from working for the federal government and the FBI, through its“sex deviates” program, secretly collected hundreds of thousands of files on the sex lives of American citizens.

Justices render differing verdict in 2 free speech cases

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — In dueling decisions Thursday about free speech, the Supreme Court upheld Texas' refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag and struck down an Arizona town's restrictions on temporary signs put up by a small church.

Brian Williams not returning to NBC's 'Nightly News;' to join MSNBC

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:51

(Reuters) - NBC said news anchor Brian Williams, suspended for fabricating a story about being on board a helicopter when it was attacked in Iraq, will not be returning as anchor of the top-rated "Nightly News" program. Williams will join MSNBC as anchor of breaking news and special reports, NBC Universal said in a statement on Thursday.