By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A former Nazi concentration camp guard awaiting extradition to Germany has been denied bail by a U.S. judge in Philadelphia. Lawyers for Johann Breyer, 89, had sought his release before an Aug. 21 extradition hearing, arguing in court papers he suffered from dementia and other ailments, and continued confinement could speed his deterioration and make it difficult to assist in his defense in Germany. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice on Wednesday denied bail in a one-page memo because Breyer had failed to show special circumstances required of detainees facing extradition.
(Reuters) - A federal judge has halted the enforcement of a New Hampshire law set to go into effect on Thursday that would have allowed abortion providers to set up 25-foot (7.6-meter) buffer zones around clinics. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante issued the ruling late Wednesday granting an injunction sought by a conservative religious group, the Alliance Defending Freedom. The group sued the state trying to block implementation of the law, which it argued is unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a similar buffer zone law in Massachusetts. "The plaintiffs persuasively argue that Senate Bill 319 is materially indistinguishable from the Massachusetts statute that the Supreme Court invalidated in McCullen," LaPlante wrote in his ruling, referring to the Massachusetts case.
SPRING, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a gunman who killed four children and two adults in suburban Houston has been charged in their deaths.
The central United States will see temperatures well below normal next week as a low pressure system pulls in colder Canadian air, the National Weather Service said on Thursday. Temperatures could fall up to 20 Fahrenheit (11 Celsius) degrees below normal by Wednesday in Kansas and Oklahoma, states that are more used to heat waves in the middle of July than cold snaps, said Dan Petersen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after his savage beating at the hands of Los Angeles fans at Dodger Stadium drew attention to sporting event violence, Bryan Stow was awarded about $14 million when a jury found the team was negligent.
Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not fly at Britain's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the event's organizers said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the U.S. group's plans. The entire F-35 fleet was grounded earlier this month after one of the jets caught fire, but Lockheed officials had still hoped the plane would be able to appear at the Air Tattoo, which runs through July 12 and is billed by organizers as the world's largest military airshow. "Despite everyone’s best endeavors, it has now been decided that the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II will not fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2014 as all of the aircraft currently remain grounded," RIAT said in a statement.
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb.
The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.
The White House said on Thursday it was essential that the United States and Germany continue to cooperate after Germany took the unusual step of asking a American intelligence official at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin to leave the country. "We have seen these reports and have no comment on a purported intelligence matter. However, our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe," White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany asked the top U.S. intelligence official at the Berlin embassy on Thursday to leave the country, a highly unusual step reflecting the deep anger within Angela Merkel's government at the discovery of two suspected U.S. spies within a week. The scandal has plunged ties between Germany and one of its closest allies to a new low following last year's revelations from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden about widespread surveillance of Germans, including Merkel. "The request was made in light of the ongoing investigation by the chief federal prosecutor and questions that have been raised for months about the activities of U.S. intelligence services in Germany," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An official with the United Auto Workers union, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, says it is announcing the formation of a new local at the plant.
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Relatives of least two of the four children killed in a weekend fire that destroyed eight homes in Philadelphia staged a sit-in at City Hall on Wednesday, demanding the mayor apologize for comments about the blaze they decried as insensitive. Mayor Michael Nutter accused some in the mainly Liberian immigrant neighborhood of spreading misinformation when he was confronted by claims from community members that firefighters were slow or inept in responding to Saturday's blaze. “I will not tolerate under any set of circumstances, incorrect information, allegations, innuendo or lies suggesting that members of the Philadelphia Fire Department did anything less than perform admirably in their service," Nutter told reporters on Monday. Patrick Sanyeah, a Liberian native whose 4-year-old son and newborn infant were among the four children who perished, called the mayor's remarks disrespectful.
A 10-month-old baby hospitalized in a coma after being violently shaken and the mother's boyfriend is under arrest.
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Fire chief says 7 people have died in an apartment building fire in Massachusetts.
(Reuters) - The U.S. weather forecaster maintained its outlook for the El Nino weather phenomenon in its monthly update on Thursday, pegging the chances of the weather pattern striking during the Northern Hemisphere summer at 70 percent. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, said there was close to an 80 percent chance of El Nino, that can wreak havoc on crops, during the fall and early winter. The agency downplayed the likelihood of a strong El Nino, predicting it will peak at "weak-to-moderate" strength during the late fall and early winter and last until spring of 2015. "Over the last month, no significant change was evident in the model forecasts ...., with the majority of models indicating El Nino onset within June-August and continuing into early 2015," it said.
Parts of the U.S. Capitol were closed early on Thursday while authorities investigated a possible asbestos release, delaying the start of the House of Representatives session and canceling some tours of the building. U.S. Capitol Police said an "industrial spill" had occurred. Later, a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol said there was a potential release during ongoing asbestos removal on the House side of the Capitol. Spokeswoman Laura Condeluci said samples were being collected to determine if there was potential harmful exposure in the incident that occurred overnight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders said Thursday they are delaying the start of business due to an accident involving asbestos.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission says a deer that attacked a woman outside a paint store at a strip mall tested positive for rabies.
A woman whose 2-year-old granddaughter drank methamphetamine-laced tea has pleaded guilty to child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.