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Backpage ad site: Aider of traffickers or way to stop them?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:22
CHICAGO (AP) — The adult ads on Backpage.com are endless — written in a sort of risque code to avoid implying something illegal, yet still obvious invitations for sex, adorned with suggestive photos and videos. Many in the fight against sex trafficking loathe the website, particularly since some escorts in the ads have turned out to be minors who've been forced into the sex trade.

California moves to provide interpreters in all court cases

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 00:08

In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 photo, a sign stating no interpreters are provided is seen on the front door of the courtroom of Judge Don Franchi in San Mateo Superior Court in Redwood City, Calif. California’s Judicial Council this year approved a plan to extend free interpretation services to all cases by 2017.California has the nation’s largest court system spread out over a vast geographic area that includes many rural counties. The state has about seven million residents with limited English proficiency. They speak over 200 languages. (AP Photo/Sudhin Thanawala)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what's happening in court because she isn't proficient in English has made the process even harder.


U.S. military cancels hearing for September 11 suspects

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:54

Khalid Sheikh Mohammedis pictured on the third day of pre-trial hearings in the 9/11 war crimes prosecution as depicted in this Pentagon-approved courtroom sketch at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo BayThe U.S. military has canceled a pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, a military spokesman said on Sunday, in another setback for the government in its efforts to try the five men being held at Guantanamo. "The judge cited issues that remain unresolved with regard to a claimed defense counsel conflict of interest," said Commander Gary Ross. Defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators raised concerns in 2014 that they were being spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


After decades, Guardian Angels resume Central Park rounds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:43

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads members of the Guardian Angles through Central Park Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in New York. Guardian Angels volunteers made a return this month to Central Park for the first time in over two decades, citing a 26 percent rise in crime there so far this year. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — The squad in stop-sign-red jackets and berets strode through Central Park, on guard for signs of crime.


One dead after small plane crashes onto train track in New York

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:29
(Reuters) - One person is dead and one hospitalized after a small plane crashed onto railroad tracks on Long Island in New York State on Sunday, authorities said. The crash happened about 7:48 a.m. on South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville, about 31 miles east of New York City, said Nassau County Police spokeswoman Maureen Roach. The Hawker Beechcraft BE35 was traveling from Gabreski Airport in Suffolk when the pilot radioed that he was having engine trouble, Roach said.

Authorities ID Carson City deputy killed in line of duty

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:24

Carson City Sherrif's Department deputies comfort each other outside the scene of a fatal shooting Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Carson City, Nev., that left an officer and a suspect dead. Officials say a Nevada sheriff's deputy is dead after a suspect opened fire on officers responding to a domestic violence call. Authorities say the suspect was later found dead at the scene of the confrontation, which happened a little after 2 a.m. Saturday in East Carson City. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels) (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of people crowded a plaza at the Nevada Capitol grounds for a candlelight vigil honoring a Carson City sheriff's deputy who died earlier that day after a domestic violence call ended in a shootout.


Slump in oil-by-rail shipments boosts car storage business

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 23:12

In this August 8, 2015 photo, seldom-used railroad tracks owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings vanish into the Adirondack forest in Newcomb, NY. The railroad wants to supplement its revenues by storing hundreds of empty oil tank cars on the tracks. Miles-long lines of black tank cars are showing up on long-unused rail spurs around the country as short-line railroads store them for the leasing companies or other entities that own them. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)TAHAWUS, N.Y. (AP) — New tank car safety standards coupled with a slump in oil-by-rail shipments are causing headaches for many in the railroad business, but for a struggling scenic railroad in the Adirondacks and other short-line operators, they may bring salvation.


Gouda news: Maine's cheese making boom continues sharp rise

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 22:57

In this Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, photo, Heather Donahue adds enzymes to a batch of milk that is in the process of becoming cheese at Balfour Farms, a small organic creamery in Pittsfield, Maine. Maine’s status as the state with the fastest-growing artisanal cheese industry is continuing into 2015. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Heather and Doug Donahue left careers in teaching and construction behind to follow a dream of opening a dairy farm and cheese-making business in the rolling fields of Maine.


Divers raise wreckage of Confederate warship in 5-ton chunks

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 22:57

In a Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 photo provided by the US Navy, Chief Warrant Officer 3, Jason Potts, on scene commander for Task Element CSS Georgia, supervises as a piece of casemate, made of railroad ties and timber, which served as the outer layer of armor for CSS Georgia, is raised from the Savannah River in Savannah, Ga. Navy divers are working in conjunction with archeologists, conservationists, Naval History and Heritage Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a project directed by Naval Sea Systems Command Supervisor of Salvage and Diving to salvage and preserve CSS Georgia. (MC1 Blake Midnight/US Navy via AP)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — After 150 years at the bottom of the Savannah River, the armored skeleton of the Confederate warship CSS Georgia is being raised to the surface one 5-ton chunk at a time.


Indonesian Airliner Carrying 54 People Reported Missing

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 22:56
Plane lost contact with airport nine minutes before it was supposed to land.

High beef prices fueling rustling revival in Plains states

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 22:50

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association special ranger Doug Hutchison makes a visit to the Giddings Livestock Commission, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Giddings, Texas. Hutchison, one of 30 Special Rangers with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, photographs suspected stolen livestock, accesses the association’s databases of livestock brands and reports of missing animals and consults with sheriff’s offices. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)GIDDINGS, Texas (AP) — Doug Hutchison wears a badge and carries a gun but his most effective weapon in the pursuit of livestock thieves in the nation's largest cattle-producing territory may be his smartphone.


Murder trial to begin in Kansas Jewish site shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 22:44

FILE- In this March 27, 2015, file photo, Frazier Glenn Miller, left, gestures as he speaks at the Johnson County Courthouse, in Olathe, Kan. Jury selection begins Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, for Miller, who could face the death penalty if convicted of killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites last year. Frazier Glenn Miller has admitted in court that he killed the three, but he claims "compelling necessity" was grounds to do so. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jury selection is expected to take up to a week in the capital murder trial of a Missouri man who claims he was morally obligated to kill three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites.


2 teenage boys among 3 shot in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 20:38

2 teenage boys among 3 shot in CamdenPolice are looking for the gunman who wounded a man and two teens in the Fairview section of Camden.


Travelers delayed as technical problems ground flights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 20:21

 FLIGHTRADAR24.COMWASHINGTON (AP) — Technical problems at an air traffic control center in Virginia left passengers stranded as hundreds of flights to and from airports throughout a large swath of the Northeast were delayed or canceled.


Man shot, critically wounded in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 20:11

Man shot, critically wounded in Spring GardenA 24-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot outside a Spring Garden nightclub.


US, Japanese cities mark WWII end with Pearl Harbor ceremony

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 20:02

People hang paper cranes folded for peace near a memorial to the sunken battleship USS Arizona before a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Mayors and city council members from Honolulu and Nagaoka, Japan, joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander to lay wreaths and unveil a new plaque. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The mayors of Honolulu and Nagoaka, Japan — two cities linked by World War II — joined hundreds of people Saturday night to mark the 70th anniversary of the conflict's end by watching a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show


Medical van stolen with 2 patients inside in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 19:25

Medical van stolen with 2 patients inside in Hunting ParkThe hunt is on for two men who stole a medical transport van with two special needs men inside.


Surgeon general has no regrets about gun-violence statement

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 15:23

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Murthy said Saturday, Aug. 15, that the backlash from his gun-control statement was disappointing but not a surprise. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's chief doctor said he doesn't regret saying gun violence is a public health issue, calling his difficult confirmation process a consequence of speaking out.


Pilot killed in small plane crash had disciplinary record

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 14:05
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pilot who was one of two men killed in a small airplane crash in Southern California had a long disciplinary record and lacked the medical clearances to fly, according to a newspaper report.

Joel Embiid's injured foot excluded from 76ers' insurance policy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 13:42
Although Joel Embiid's contract with the Philadelphia 76ers is insured, sources say his injured right foot was excluded from the policy because it was a pre-existing injury.