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6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:04
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York.

Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:53

Bottles of Polish cider sit on a shelf in a small store in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. A Russian ban on European food imports has sparked a debate in Poland over whether to allow advertising cider. The country is a major global apple exporter and had previously sent half its output to Russia. With officials scrambling to help apple producers, the Economy Ministry says it wants to lift a ban on advertising any alcohol other than beer. That has put it at odds with health advocates and the Health Ministry, which oppose encouraging greater alcohol consumption in a country where some people already drink too much. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.


Journalist Foley's parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:24

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters. "We do pray, we beg the international community to help the remaining hostages," his mother, Diane Foley, said in an interview with her husband, John, on MSNBC. "We just pray that they will be set free." Their plea comes after a long conversation with Pope Francis, who the Vatican said called the couple on Thursday afternoon to offer his condolences and support. James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in late 2012, was beheaded by a masked member of the Islamic State group in an act filmed in a video released on Tuesday that also threatened a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.


Source: Thaddeus Young going to Timberwolves in Kevin Love deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:20

 Thaddeus Young going to Timberwolves in Kevin Love dealThe Minnesota Timberwolves have secured the final piece they were looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.


2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:14

2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapseOfficials say a two-alarm blaze led to a partial wall collapse in Camden, New Jersey early Friday morning.


Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio's New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:07

Reverend Sharpton speaks next to Cardinal Dolan and New York City mayor de Blasio during a news conference after interfaith roundtable meeting in ManhattanBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers killing an unarmed black man. Still, something about Sharpton's appearance with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton late last month left some observers, and possibly even some of the participants, feeling off-kilter. The event, called to discuss the death of a Staten Island man put in a choke hold by police as they arrested him for selling untaxed cigarettes, highlighted the adjustments that de Blasio and Sharpton, who has often been kept at arm's length at City Hall, are having to make since the liberal mayor's election. It is an open question whether Sharpton, for years a polarizing figure who many saw as inflammatory, wields more power under de Blasio, the city's most progressive mayor in a generation, than he did with the more conservative Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.


Germany backpedals on claim Qatar funds extremists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:50
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is seeking to calm a diplomatic spat with Qatar after the Gulf nation took umbrage at a German official's claim that it is funding the extremist Islamic State group.

Co-defendant in cannibal-plot case wants freedom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:15
NEW YORK (AP) — A co-defendant of the New York City police officer dubbed the "cannibal cop" wants to be freed from jail too.

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:59
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.

Woman who shot grandson likely won't face charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:55
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the Tampa woman who shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder probably won't face charges.

Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46

Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter deathDea Millerberg, 41, was sentenced Thursday for helping her husband dispose of a teen's body after baby-sitting turned into a night of sex and drugs


Washington state motorists stranded after floods, mudslides

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:44
Heavy rainfall in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed highways, a forecaster said on Friday. Vehicles were trapped in debris-laden water at about 8 p.m. PDT Thursday (0300 GMT Friday) in Okanogan County, and mud and rocks carried by moving water blocked State Highway 20, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Corfidi. Heavy rain started early Thursday afternoon in North Central Washington state, which has been burned by destructive wildfires.

China's Xi courts public opinion in Mongolia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:18
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is courting public opinion in Mongolia, a country that has often been wary of domination by its massive southern neighbor.

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:16

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons loss to Chicago 6-5 on Thursday, knocking them out of the Little League World Series.


Prosecutor: No criminal charges in Irene aid fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:09
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prosecutors say they won't pursue criminal charges against state employees and others who fraudulently obtained emergency food stamp benefits designated for people affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:25

2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapseOfficials say a two-alarm blaze led to a partial wall collapse in Camden, New Jersey early Friday morning.


2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:25

2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapseOfficials say a two-alarm blaze led to a partial wall collapse in Camden, New Jersey early Friday morning.


Man shot and killed in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:06

Suspect shoots man dead, waits for police to arrive in FrankfordPolice are investigating a shooting that left one man dead in Philadelphia's Frankford section.


Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:06

A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."


2 armed men sought in diner robbery in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:53

2 armed men sought in diner robbery in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for two armed men who allegedly robbed a Red Robin diner in Northeast Philadelphia early Friday morning.