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Thieves damage civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ former Alabama home

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 37 min ago
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Alabama police are seeking help in catching thieves who ransacked a Montgomery apartment building where black civil rights activist Rosa Parks lived when she was famously arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955. The vandals damaged some items in Parks' onetime home, which serves as a small museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places, in their hunt for copper pipes and tubing, authorities said. Targeted or not, “it is a travesty that someone could disrespect the dignity and honor of Mrs. Parks by causing immeasurable damage to her home," said Montgomery Housing Authority Executive Director Evette Hester. Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and considered a key early development in the modern U.S.

Mom pleads for release of captive U.S. journalist

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 40 min ago

Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant speaking next to man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown locationThe mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.


Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detours

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 43 min ago

Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detoursAn afternoon parade has been scheduled for today in Philadelphia to celebrate the Mid-Atlantic Little League champions Taney Dragons.


Cardinal George cancels plans to travel to Rome

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 44 min ago

FILE - In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Chicago Cardinal Francis George pauses while speaking at a news conference in Chicago. The Archdiocese of Chicago says George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis. Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis.


Made in America FYI: Set times, road closures, what to bring

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 50 min ago

 Set times, road closures, what to bringThe Made in America music festival is this weekend in Philadelphia. We already knew who was playing, but on Wednesday, the concert promoters announced the set times for the acts.


APNewsBreak: Jindal sues feds over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 55 min ago

In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.


AP PHOTOS: Workers clear debris from busy runway

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 54 sec ago

Mike Stewart, an airport operations representative, drives down the fifth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as employees clear debris off the tarmac, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Atlanta. The annual Foreign Object Debris Walk drew approximately 100 airline and airport employees volunteering to find and remove debris that could be hazardous to aircraft. In addition to the annual walk, Hartsfield-Jackson performs daily inspections on all its runways. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 100 workers at the world's busiest airport are volunteering their time to pick up trash that could be dangerous when planes land and take off.


U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 1 min ago
A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed in mountainous western Virginia on Wednesday and the fate of the pilot was unknown, officials said. The fighter plane went down shortly after 9 a.m. EDT in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke, a spokeswoman for the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said. "We have not located the wreckage or the pilot," she said. The single-seat plane was part of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, stationed at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Gay marriage advocates to urge top court to strike down state bans

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 7 min ago

Skinner and her wife Belka wait for the beginning of the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake CityBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a bold legal move that few litigants try, gay marriage advocates plan to urge the U.S. Supreme Court in three pending cases across the country to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions. Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers for those states have already asked the justices to take up their appeals. It is seen as a sign of the plaintiffs' optimism that the justices would side with them that they are joining the appeals.


Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with Uzi

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 11 min ago

Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with UziA 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said.


Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 13 min ago
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing has married a nurse who helped him recover.

Air Force fighter jet crashes in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 16 min ago

Air Force fighter jet crashes in VirginiaAn Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday.


Sheriff's office: Military jet crashes in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 19 min ago

Air Force fighter jet crashes in VirginiaA sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard.


Mom testifies in Philly school abduction, rape trial

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 19 min ago

Mom testifies in Philly school abduction, rape trialThe mother of a child abducted from a Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted is testifying about the day her daughter disappeared.


Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 23 min ago

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount ParkA man who had been stabbed 9 times told police he was tied up and driven around before he and two other bound men were thrown into the river.


Bound bodies of 2 found in Philly river; 3rd hurt

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 24 min ago

Philadelphia police and other law enforcement officials view a body pulled from the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The bound bodies of two people were found in the river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself is being treated at a hospital for stab wounds, police said. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape, stabbed and weighed down with makeshift anchors were pulled from a river Wednesday after a third bound man, wet and also covered with stab wounds, was found wandering along a road in the dark, police said.


Newborn found in trash on ventilator; mom arrested

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 25 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Marie Englert, 23, who was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 on suspicion of attempted murder. The Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems. The newborn baby girl is expected to be in critical condition for several days. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — A newborn baby girl was expected to remain in critical condition for several days after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbor's trash can in a Salt Lake City suburb.


Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 27 min ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

Boston Marathon survivor marries nurse who brought him back to health

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 30 min ago

Boston Marathon survivor marries nurse who brought him back to healthA victim of the Boston Marathon bombing married the nurse who helped him recover.


Lawyer can't drop case of mom of autistic teen

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 31 min ago

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff shows Kelli Stapleton. Lawyers representing Stapleton, who is accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, have asked to withdraw from the case. But the Traverse City Record-Eagle says a judge denied the request on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, File)BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A defense lawyer has been ordered to stay on the case of a Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, despite a "total breakdown" in their relationship.