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U.S. Open 2014: Catherine Bellis, 15, Upsets 12th Seed

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:00
Catherine Bellis, 15, upset No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, and is the youngest player to win a match at the Open since 1996.

Hard-Line Splinter Group, Galvanized by ISIS, Emerges From Pakistani Taliban

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:59
The new group, known as Jamaat-e-Ahrar, is composed of disaffected Taliban factions from four of the seven tribal districts along the Pakistan border with Afghanistan.

California firm recalls Caesar salad kits

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:57
A Southern California food company has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

American fighting for Islamic State killed in Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:57
A 33-year-old American who was fighting for the militant group Islamic State was killed in recent days in a battle with a rival group in Syria, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Okanogan County fires fully contained, roads opening

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:57
The Carlton, Little Bridge Creek and Upper Falls fires are now all 100 percent contained.

3 decades later, Stillaguamish finally get reservation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:54
The federal government rejected the tribe’s first attempt 28 years ago, because one of the properties did not meet all the requirements. The tribe of nearly 300 members has been trying ever since.

Collapsed dams worsened Twisp-area storm flooding

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:54
Last week’s storms in Okanogan County caused three small dams to collapse, which contributed to the flooding and mudslides.

Dog missing after crash that killed former Redmond chief

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:53
Redmond police are searching for a dog that went missing after an SUV driven by the animal's family was hit by a teenage driver on Sunday night.

Four family members drown in Oregon lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:48
(Reuters) - Four members of a family, including two children, have drowned at an Oregon lake, in an unusual occurrence that may have started with one person getting into trouble in the water and other members of the family wading in, authorities said on Tuesday. On Monday evening, passers-by found the body of a 3-year-old boy in Henry Hagg Lake, about 25 miles east of Portland, said Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant Bob Ray. On Tuesday, divers found the bodies of three of the boy's family members, Ray said. Police identified the dead family members as Jeremy Scholl, 3, his mother Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacau, 25, her brother Michael Garcia-Ixtacau, 13, and Jova Ixtacau-Castano, 42, who was the mother of Gabriela and Michael.

Detroit funeral held for Cardinal Edmund Szoka

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:46

Cardinal Adam Maida, left, watches as Archbishop Vigneron prays over the casket as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron presides over the "Reception of the Body" of Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who died this week at 86, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. The ceremony proceeded Szoka's visitation. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)DETROIT (AP) — Catholic leaders and faithful packed the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit on Tuesday for the funeral of Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.

Hurricane Cristobal moving away from U.S., but rip currents likely

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:44

Tropical Storm Cristobal is seen in a NASA Goes Satellite infrared imageHurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast on Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, but is still likely to cause dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said. Centered about 435 miles (700 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving at 15 mph (24 kph) and had strengthened slightly, with winds reaching 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), the NHC added. The center of Cristobal is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday, causing tropical storm conditions on the British territory about 640 miles (1,030 km) off the coast of North Carolina.

Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse in youth program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:44
By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed a known pedophile to head the program and failed to remove him despite abuse allegations. The lawsuit said that church officials appointed Leslie Bovee in 1972 to lead a Seventh-day Adventist youth group in Veneta, Oregon, even though they knew he had previously served two years in prison for molesting three boys. Then in 1975, he was charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, but continued to lead the local Pathfinders group until he denounced his religious beliefs in 1979, the suit stated. "This is a situation where they knew this guy had abused kids and they didn't just let him in the church, they put him in charge of the youth program," said attorney Peter Janci, one of two attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Official: Puerto Rico parrot births mark comeback

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:44
Two endangered Puerto Rican parrots were born in the wild in a natural nest found outside a national forest in the U.S. territory for the first time in 144 years, officials said Tuesday.

Ohio teenager found guilty of two 'knockout game' robberies of $10

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:40
An Ohio teenager was found guilty after he pleaded no contest on Tuesday to two "knockout game" robberies in which he and two teenage accomplices stole a total of $10, prosecutors said. Deontae Howard, 17, faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on two felony robbery convictions for attacks in Dayton, Ohio, court documents showed. Prosecutors said Howard and two accomplices approached a victim in March from behind and punched him in the head. He tried to flee, but they chased him down and struck him in the head again and stole his wallet, which held $3, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County prosecutor.

Easy Primary Wins for Charlie Crist and Rick Scott in Florida

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:39
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, easily defeated their opponents in their primaries.

A sheepdog's 'two rules' for success

BBC World News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:33
Scientists produce a simple mathematical model that explains how a single sheepdog can herd a large number of sheep.
Categories: BBC World News

Former Virginia Governor Sorry for Accepting Gifts, but Defends Loan Deals

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:29
The prosecutor and Bob McDonnell, the former governor, had heated exchanges about a loan proposed to Mr. McDonnell at a highly favorable rate by the businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

Mississippi woman stands trial in fatal buttocks injection case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:29
By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman accused of administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died should be convicted of murder, prosecutors told jurors in a trial that commenced on Tuesday. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, faces a charge of depraved-heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37, in a case prosecutors say stems from a desire to make money. Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Angelina Barber, a friend who accompanied Gordon to receive her injection, testified that Gordon fell ill almost immediately after the procedure.

Suspect in L.A. killings charged with two other shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:26
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, was first identified as a suspect by animal cruelty investigators in connection with the fatal shootings of two dogs on Saturday near his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, police said. Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said evidence in the animal cruelty case led homicide detectives to suspect Hernandez in the deaths of two women and a man who were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday.

Cease-Fire Extended, but Not on Hamas’s Terms

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:26
The long-term deal, proposed by Egypt, halts the longest, bloodiest battle either side has experienced in years, but without resolving many of the bigger issues underlying the conflict.