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Military jet escorts passenger plane

BBC World News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:52
A passenger is arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after military jets are scrambled to escort a plane to Manchester Airport.
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Texas eased rules for housing immigrant children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:49
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Overwhelmed by the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children, the state of Texas relaxed its standards for the shelters that house them, easing rules governing how much space each child needs and what kind of facilities they should have.

Wisconsin man charged with homicide in suitcase corpses case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:49

Laura Simonson, 37, is pictured in this handout photoA former Wisconsin police officer accused of stuffing the bodies of two women into separate suitcases and dumping the luggage on a rural road was charged on Tuesday with first-degree intentional homicide in one of the cases. Steven Zelich, 52, was charged in Kenosha County with killing an Oregon woman and hiding her corpse. Kenosha is one of the two counties where, authorities said, Zelich told police he had killed the women accidentally during sexual encounters. I call it murder," Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf said.


Wisconsin man charged with homicide in suitcase corpses case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:49

Laura Simonson, 37, is pictured in this handout photoA former Wisconsin police officer accused of stuffing the bodies of two women into separate suitcases and dumping the luggage on a rural road was charged on Tuesday with first-degree intentional homicide in one of the cases. Steven Zelich, 52, was charged in Kenosha County with killing an Oregon woman and hiding her corpse. Kenosha is one of the two counties where, authorities said, Zelich told police he had killed the women accidentally during sexual encounters. I call it murder," Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf said.


US factory orders rise 1.1 percent in June

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:45
Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery and computers and electronics.

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:45

 The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and held back the rebound from the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession.


A guide for fliers worried about Ebola outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:43

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, a South Korean quarantine officer, right, checks the body temperature of a passenger against the possible infection of Ebola virus at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. South Korea has been stepping up monitoring of its citizens returning from trips to West Africa and other areas affected by the deadly Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Shin Jun-hee, File) KOREA OUTNEW YORK (AP) — As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows, airlines around the globe are closely monitoring the situation but have yet to make any drastic changes. Below are some key questions about the disease, what airlines are doing and how safe it is to fly.


Aid group: American with Ebola weak but improving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:42

An ambulance transporting Nancy Writebol, an American missionary stricken with Ebola, arrives at Emory University Hospital, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Atlanta. Writebol is expected to be admitted to Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, where she will join another U.S. aid worker, Dr. Kent Brantly, in a special isolation unit. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola says the patient is weak but showing signs of improvement.


Penn Museum rediscovers ancient skeleton in storage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:40

Penn Museum rediscovers ancient skeleton in storageAn archaeology museum in Philadelphia has made an extraordinary find - in its own storage rooms.


WNBA star Becky Hammon becomes second female to coach in the NBA

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:40
San Antonio PG Becky Hammon continues to break barriers. On Tuesday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich named her to his staff as an assistant coach. Terms weren't released but the move makes Hammon the second woman to serve as a coach during the regular-season in the history of the NBA. She'll make the tra

WNBA star Becky Hammon becomes second female to coach in the NBA

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:40
San Antonio PG Becky Hammon continues to break barriers. On Tuesday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich named her to his staff as an assistant coach. Terms weren't released but the move makes Hammon the second woman to serve as a coach during the regular-season in the history of the NBA. She'll make the tra

Grocery workers rally for fired chief executive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:38

Longtime customer Nancy Kindler of Epping, N.H. becomes emotional during a rally in front of Market Basket in Tewksbury, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Thousands of Market Basket supermarket employees and their supporters are calingl for the reinstatement of their fired CEO, even as the company began a three-day job fair to replace employees who have refused to work during a revolt that is costing the supermarket chain millions. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of workers and customers at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain shouted "Bring him back!" Tuesday at a boisterous rally designed to pressure management to reinstate the company's fired chief executive or accept his offer to buy the New England chain.


More wildfire evacuations feared as winds fan flames in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:34
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Crews battling to contain a wildfire burning close to a city in Washington state said stronger winds forecast for Tuesday could push flames into surrounding canyons, and urged people to be ready for more evacuations. About 180 homes closest to the so-called Snag Canyon blaze remained under evacuation orders, while residents in Ellensburg, a city of about 18,000 people east of the Cascade mountains, feared their homes could be at risk, fire officials said. "We are getting a lot of calls from people worried, and from people in the evacuation zone" said Rose Schriner, a spokeswoman with the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center. Extreme drought in California and abnormally dry conditions across Oregon, Washington and Idaho have made parched forests and vegetation easy kindling for wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

More wildfire evacuations feared as winds fan flames in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:34
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Crews battling to contain a wildfire burning close to a city in Washington state said stronger winds forecast for Tuesday could push flames into surrounding canyons, and urged people to be ready for more evacuations. About 180 homes closest to the so-called Snag Canyon blaze remained under evacuation orders, while residents in Ellensburg, a city of about 18,000 people east of the Cascade mountains, feared their homes could be at risk, fire officials said. "We are getting a lot of calls from people worried, and from people in the evacuation zone" said Rose Schriner, a spokeswoman with the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center. Extreme drought in California and abnormally dry conditions across Oregon, Washington and Idaho have made parched forests and vegetation easy kindling for wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

More wildfire evacuations feared as winds fan flames in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:34
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Crews battling to contain a wildfire burning close to a city in Washington state said stronger winds forecast for Tuesday could push flames into surrounding canyons, and urged people to be ready for more evacuations. About 180 homes closest to the so-called Snag Canyon blaze remained under evacuation orders, while residents in Ellensburg, a city of about ...

Ex-cop faces homicide charge in suitcase death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:34

In this July 3, 2014 file photo, Steven Zelich walks into a Walworth County courtroom for his preliminary hearing in Elkhorn, Wis. Zelich, a former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin road returns to court Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Kenosha County, Wis., to face more charges. Zelich’s attorney Jonathan Smith says he doesn’t know what the charges will be. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)A former police officer has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of one of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway.


Ex-cop faces homicide charge in suitcase death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:34

In this July 3, 2014 file photo, Steven Zelich walks into a Walworth County courtroom for his preliminary hearing in Elkhorn, Wis. Zelich, a former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin road returns to court Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Kenosha County, Wis., to face more charges. Zelich’s attorney Jonathan Smith says he doesn’t know what the charges will be. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)A former police officer has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of one of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway.


I Was Scared, Says Michigan Man on Trial in Porch Killing

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:33
Theodore P. Wafer, on trial for fatally shooting a young woman on his doorstep, said he panicked after he was woken by loud noises.

Hurricane, tropical storm seen moving toward Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:32
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - A hurricane and a tropical storm are heading west across the Pacific Ocean toward the tourist haven of Hawaii and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said parts of the islands may need to post watches later on Tuesday. Hurricane Iselle was about 1,055 miles (1,700 km) east-southeast of Hawaii, moving west at 9 miles per hour (15 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (200 kph), the National Hurricane Center said. "Watches may be required for portions of the islands by later today or early Wednesday," the Miami-based hurricane center said in an advisory. Residents stocked up on basics as authorities in Honolulu advised them to prepare a seven-day disaster supply kit.

Ohio State stands by firing of band director

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 02:30
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University officials on Tuesday stood by their firing of the marching band director, who said he wants his job back and another chance to change the cultural issues in the unit that led to his dismissal.