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Obama targets weaknesses in battle with Islamic State

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:38

The president says the U.S. lacks a "complete strategy" for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.

Pentagon: U.S. base shipped live anthrax to 19 states plus D.C.

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:47

The number of labs that received live anthrax samples from a U.S. military base in Utah has risen to 66 in 19 states, Washington and three foreign countries, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said 31 people were receiving precautionary treatment for exposure to live anthrax, unchanged since the Pentagon's last update on the incident. Warren said one new state, Pennsylvania, had been added to the list of locations where live anthrax had been sent.

Pledge sues Penn State, fraternity caught in nude photo scandal

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:25
(Reuters) - The whistleblower in a Penn State University fraternity scandal tied to a private Facebook group featuring photographs of nude and apparently unconscious female students has sued the school and fraternity, according to court documents released on Monday. James Vivenzio says he was subjected to life-threatening hazing, which included being burned by cigarettes and forced to drink bucketfuls of alcohol mixed with vomit and urine while pledging for Kappa Delta Rho, according to the complaint filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. Penn State last month shut down its Kappa Delta Rho chapter for three years over the private Facebook entries, as well as accusations of hazing and other misconduct.

Man pleads guilty to plotting suicide bomb attack on Kansas airport

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16
Terry Loewen, 59, was arrested trying to enter the tarmac at the airport with what he believed was a vehicle loaded with explosives, with a plan to trigger the device next to a terminal and die in the blast, according to a criminal complaint. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot set sentencing for Aug. 31.

G-7 set far-off goal to move away from fossil fuels

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:58

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The world should move away from using fossil fuels by the end of this century, G-7 leaders said Monday, setting an ambitious but distant goal ahead of a global conference on climate change this year.

Yemeni families of drone strike victims file lawsuit against U.S.

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:01

The families of two men killed in a 2012 U.S. drone strike filed a suit in Washington seeking greater accountability for mistakes made during anti-terrorism operations.

Live updates from Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 09:13

Yahoo Tech's David Pogue, Alyssa Bereznak, and Dan Tynan are on hand to give you all the news as it happens, along with incisive and occasionally snarky commentary.

South Carolina ex-police officer indicted in death of black man

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 09:03

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A grand jury on Monday indicted a white former police officer on a murder charge for the shooting death of a black man in North Charleston, South Carolina, the prosecutor overseeing the case said. Michael Slager, 33, was fired from his patrolman job after being charged with murder in the April 4 death of Walter Scott, 50, who was fatally shot in the back as he ran from Slager following a traffic stop. The video evidence alone does not guarantee a conviction, said Scarlett Wilson, solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

Ex-SC officer indicted for murder in shooting of black man

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:44
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A grand jury affirmed the state of South Carolina's murder charge on Monday against a white former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop.

G7 warns Russia of more sanctions, pledges climate action

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:21

World leaders Monday warned Russia it would face stepped-up sanctions for its "aggression" in Ukraine, as they wrapped up a G7 meeting also pledging strong action to fight climate change. For the third time, Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin was barred from a G7 summit due to what US President Barack Obama termed his "aggression in Ukraine", as the Group of Seven top powers closed ranks against Russia. "We ... stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia should its actions so require," said the leaders in a joint communique after the two-day huddle.

Obama says U.S. needs to aggressively bolster defenses against hackers

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 07:46

Responding to a recent cyber attack on U.S. government computers, President Barack Obama said on Monday the United States has old computer systems with "significant vulnerabilities" to cyber attacks and needs to be "much more aggressive" in stepping up defenses against hackers. The personnel records of an estimated 4 million current and former federal government employees were compromised, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday. Obama declined to discuss who U.S. authorities think was behind a massive breach.

Court strikes down 'born in Jerusalem' passport law

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:22

The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president's authority in foreign affairs.

Bikini-clad girl thrown to ground by McKinney officer speaks out

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 04:11
The bikini-clad teenage girl who was forcibly restrained by a police officer responding to a disturbance at a pool party in a Dallas suburb over the weekend says she was an invited guest and was obeying his orders to leave when he grabbed her.

Murderers who escaped from New York prison may have had help

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 01:25

Two convicted murderers who used power tools to break out of a maximum security New York prison may have had help, and they left a taunting note for their jailors to "Have a nice day," authorities said on Sunday. More than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement officials set up roadblocks, took to the air and went door-to-door in their search for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who went missing early Saturday morning from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles (30 km) south of the Canadian border.. "We are leaving no stone unturned. New York is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the men it describes as dangerous and have notified law enforcement in Canada and Mexico about the fugitives.

Police shoot tear gas to disperse New Jersey concert crowd

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 22:28

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside — some without tickets — and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them, according to officials.

Answers sought in 'Shawshank Redemption'-style escape

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 21:47

Two murderers who cut through the walls of an upstate New York prison remain on the loose.

Texas policeman suspended after pulling gun on teen at pool party

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 16:58

A Dallas-area policeman has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced in social media that showed him throwing a bathing-suit clad girl to the ground and drawing a gun on another at a pool party disturbance, officials said on Sunday. "This video has raised concerns that are being investigated," the police department in McKinney, a city about 30 miles north of Dallas, said on Sunday. The incident occurred on Friday and raised questions on social media about racial bias in policing since most of the people targeted by the officer, who appears in the video to be white, were black teens in a multi-race crowd.

Michigan boy, 15, completes 57-mile walk with brother on his back

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 15:19
A 15-year-old Michigan boy on Sunday completed a three-day, 57-mile walk across the state, carrying his younger brother on his back, as part of a campaign to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy. Hunter Gandee started the long trek with little brother Braden, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, on Friday morning in Lambertville, Michigan, an unincorporated community near the Ohio border. The brothers reached the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, joined for the final leg by friends and family.

Pipeline firm told California oil spill 'extremely unlikely'

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 14:47

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" ...

Governor: 2 inmates must have taken days to pull off escape

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 14:23

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Two murderers who used power tools to escape from prison must have taken days to cut through steel walls and pipes and break through the bricks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as a $100,000 reward was posted for information leading to their capture.