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Woman accused of setting fire with burned bacon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:50

 Woman sets ex-boyfriend's house on fire with baconA Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges


Plane stowaway arrested in Phoenix says she's ill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:47

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Marilyn Jean Hartman appears in court in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, Hartman, 62, accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California, was been arrested at a Phoenix airport on suspicion of criminal trespass. Police are requesting a mental health evaluation for Hartman, who was recently ordered to spend 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport. She served a fraction of her sentence and was released because of overcrowding. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brittany Murray, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket in California and arrested at a Phoenix airport earlier this week said Thursday that she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.


UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:37

Armored vehicles from the U.N. peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF wait to cross from the Israeli controlled Golan Heights to Syria, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. In southern Syria, government warplanes targeted rebels near the country's frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights, a day after opposition fighters captured a crossing point on the disputed border. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.


Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:35
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.

Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:35
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.

Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:24

This July 9, 2014 photo shows Gail Sadler standing amid broken crosses in a pauper's grave in Winslow, Arizona. The local historic preservation commissioner has made it her mission to unearth the identities of roughly 600 people buried there and help their descendants reconnect with a lost part of their history. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.


Military officials in Massachusetts: Pilot died in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:23
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Military officials in Massachusetts: Pilot died in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains.

PHOTOS: Tractor-trailer slams into Mayfair home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:16

 Tractor-trailer slams into Mayfair homeA tractor-trailer crashed into a home in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood on Thursday, August 28, 2014.


Thai worker settlements with Hawaii farms at risk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:08
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii says she won't consider approving $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai farm workers until the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a news conference clarifying that the agreements are still subject to court approval.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:08

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after the Democratic majority voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. McConnell said Democrats are using a power play to distract voters from the president's troubled health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Virgin Australia airline posts $333 million loss

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:04
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., said on Friday it lost 356 million Australian dollars ($333 million) in its last fiscal year, a three-fold increase over the previous year.

California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:02
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:56
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday approved the state's plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law.

Idaho follower of polygamous sect faces child injury charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:54
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A follower of imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been charged with misdemeanor child injury offenses after eight teenage boys were removed from his home during a raid by Idaho authorities last month, a prosecutor said on Thursday. The case against Nathan Jessop stems from his role in the Mormon breakaway group as the assigned caretaker of boys exiled to his so-called "repentance home" as discipline for their supposed misbehavior within the sect, said Bannock County Deputy Prosecutor Ian Service. Jessop's job was to "reprogram these kids for the church," Service said.   Jessop, 47, was charged earlier this month with three counts of injury to a child in connection with his treatment of the boys, aged 13 to 17, at the home on the outskirts of the southeastern Idaho city of Pocatello, Service said.   He was specifically accused of confining one of the boys to a tiny furnace room for several days and of failing to report two children who fled the home as runaways.

UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:34

In this photo provided by the United Nations, the U.N. Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the U.N. Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at U.N. Headquarters. She told the Security Council that the Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council and that both the extremists and the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front are advancing on border crossings with Turkey "and could hinder additional cross-border operations." (AP Photo/United Nations, Loey Felipe)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.


Hartford police chief criticized by union for joining protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:33
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The head of the police union in Connecticut's state capital on Thursday blasted the city's police chief for marching with protesters demanding that criminal charges be dropped against a teenager subdued by an officer's stun gun last week. Dozens of demonstrators marched to police headquarters in Hartford on Wednesday night to take up the cause of Luis Anglero Jr., who was stunned by Detective Shawn Ware as police tried to disperse a crowd earlier this month. After they arrived, Police Chief James Rovella and other officers joined the marchers, who carried signs such as "Drop the charges Now, Now" and "Stop Police Brutality." In doing so, the chief sent the wrong message to the force's rank and file, Hartford Police Union President Richard Holton said at a news conference, surrounded by other officers. "However, to have participated in the demonstration in any form has sent a message to the membership that they are not being supported." Rovella's decision to join with the demonstrators was reminiscent of the approach taken by Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who took charge of security in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month when protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager by police turned violent.

Tractor-trailer crashes into house in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:27

Crash sends tractor-trailer into house in MayfairTwo people were hospitalized after a tractor-trailer crashed into a home in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood.


Correction: Pediatric Nurse-Molestation story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:25
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In an Aug. 27 story about a pediatric nurse being charged with molesting a 2-month-old baby in San Diego, The Associated Press, based on information from the FBI, reported erroneously that Michael William Lutts had pleaded not guilty to the charge. Prosecutor Alessandra Serano says that Lutts appeared in federal court on Wednesday but did not enter a plea.

Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:24

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.


Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.