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Soldier who shot self at base had earned medals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:27
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist who had earned Army commendation and good conduct medals in the past, the Army said Wednesday.

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:09

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrollingInsurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.


US CDC says flies home staffer who had 'low-risk' contact with Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:09
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to the United States from West Africa by chartered plane after the staff member came in contact with an international healthcare worker who later tested positive for Ebola. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the employee was "feeling fine" and had been scheduled to return to the United States from West Africa anyway. The staffer's exposure was "low-risk", the CDC said in a statement. The CDC transported the staff member via chartered plane because its regulations require that people who have contact with Ebola patients who travel long distances must travel by private means for 21 days after the last contact, the statement said.

Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:08

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.


PHOTOS: Taney Dragons Parade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:02

 Taney Dragons ParadePictures from the Taney Dragons parade in Philadelphia.


Jury acquits Texas father in slaying of drunken driver who caused crash that killed his 2 sons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:00
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — Jury acquits Texas father in slaying of drunken driver who caused crash that killed his 2 sons.

Alaska voters reject repeal of 2013 petroleum tax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:52
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters have retained a new petroleum production tax system that offers hope of increased investment and jobs but drew criticism as a giveaway to already profitable oil companies.

Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:39
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue.

U.S. mother pleads to Islamic State leader for her son's release

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:26
The mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader for his release. "I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. She added that her son is an "honorable man and has always tried to help the weak." Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria last year while covering the conflict there.

Cypriots protest proposed bank loan legislation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:09

Demonstrators hold banners that read in Greek "Blackmail will not pass, People's struggle will break them" as they shout slogans against the government outside of the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country’s beleaguered banks collect on bad loans. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans.


S.C. Supreme Court approves workers' compensation for kickball injury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:56
(Reuters) - A South Carolina man who shattered two leg bones during a company kickball game is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was required to attend the event as part of his job, the state's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. Stephen Whigham, who worked for a marketing and public relations firm, had attended meetings with managers who discussed the importance of team-building events, the court ruling said. On the last play of the game, Whigham shattered his tibia and fibula and was taken away in an ambulance. In their opinion, which reversed a lower court ruling denying the benefits claim, South Carolina justices cited testimony from Whigham's boss.

Florida man charged in wheelchair slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:51
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man is facing murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair who was begging for change along a busy roadway.

Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:47

Peter Theo Curtis, who was released on Sunday from years in captivity of insurgents in Syria, talks to reporters near mother's home in CambridgeAmerican journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.


Army identifies shooter at Virginia base as Iraq war veteran

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:46
Army on Wednesday identified the soldier who fatally shot herself at a Virginia base this week as Sergeant First Class Paula Walker, an Iraq war veteran. Walker, 33, brandished a pistol and barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, in central Virginia, on Monday. Walker, from Yonkers, New York, was a human resources specialist, the base said in a statement. She enlisted in September 2000 and had served at Fort Lee since December 2011.

Border Patrol revamps practices to settle lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:42
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are properly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge, according to a lawsuit settlement made public Wednesday.

Forest Service decides future of burned trees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:34
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is expected to unveil its plan Wednesday for what to do with millions of trees killed one year ago in a massive California wildfire.

Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:33
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

American released by Syrian militants thanks Qatar, U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:32

Peter Theo Curtis, who was released on Sunday from years in captivity of insurgents in Syria, talks to reporters near mother's home in CambridgePeter Theo Curtis, who was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, said he had no idea while he was imprisoned that there had been hundreds of people around the world pushing for his release. "I will respond, but I can't do it now," said Curtis, who along with his mother Nancy Curtis raised a U.S. Their son's return came just days after rivals of Nusra Front, the militant group Islamic State, last week said it killed journalist James Foley and threatened another still being held hostage, Steven Sotloff.


Thieves damage civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ former Alabama home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:29
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.

Cardinal George cancels plans to travel to Rome

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:22

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.