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France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:43
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday it wanted to bring together Arab states, Iran and the main world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State insurgents who control large parts of Syria and Iraq. Speaking in an interview with Le Monde French President Francois Hollande did not say when such a meeting could be held or who would be invited but said a global strategy was needed to combat the insurgents. "We have to come up with a global strategy to fight this group, which is structured, has significant financing, very sophisticated weapons and threatens countries like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon," he said. The Islamic State has captured swathes of northern Iraq since June, executing non-Sunni Muslim captives and minorities, displacing tens of thousands of people and drawing the first U.S.

Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:43
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence following his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday.

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:41

In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Center)KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.


Slain journalist's parents: He died a hero

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:40

A ribbon is seen on the front door of the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Rochester, N.H. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, militants with the Islamic State extremist group released a video showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq . (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of an American journalist slain by Islamic State militants say their son died a hero for revealing the stories of oppressed people in war-torn lands.


Reward offered for former billionaire's assets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:40
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The trustee representing Montana's Yellowstone Club creditors is offering a reward to anyone who can help uncover assets the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

Cameron says 'shocking' that Briton likely involved in U.S. journalist killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:40
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was shocked that a British citizen seemed likely to be involved in a video purportedly showing the beheading of a U.S. "We have not identified the individual responsible on the video but from what we've seen it looks increasingly likely that it is a British citizen. Now this is deeply shocking," Cameron told broadcasters on Wednesday.

Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:17

Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protestsAs U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.


Cowboys worth more than $3 billion, tops in NFL

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:14

FILe - In this Nov. 3, 2013, file photo, the roof is open on the stadium before an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings in Arlington, Texas. Forbes says Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, valued at $3.2 billion. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.


B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:06

A brand ambassador handles a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook during the unveiling of the co-branded tablet that will replace B&N's Nook, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in New York. The 7-inch tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets.


Germany, Italy say prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:56
By Sabine Siebold and Roberto Landucci BERLIN/ROME (Reuters) - Germany and Italy joined Britain and France on Wednesday in saying they would arm Iraqi Kurdish security forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, in close coordination with the Baghdad central government. Islamic State, which posted a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of an captive American journalist, poses a threat to the world and Europe cannot simply stand by, Germany's defence and foreign ministers said. Besides humanitarian aid and military equipment such as body armour and helmets, "we can also imagine providing further equipment, including weapons," Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. "In close agreement with our European and international partners we will do this in such a way that it boosts the peshmerga's [semi-autonomous Kurdish security forces] ability to defend themselves," Steinmeier said.

SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:49
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale, ending any chance of trainers ever again swimming with orcas during shows.

Marine killed in crash planned to surprise brother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:44
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

Cab driver held-up at gunpoint in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:43

Cab driver held-up at gunpoint in Grays FerryPolice are searching for the suspect who held-up a taxi driver at gunpoint in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section.


Taney Dragons' star pitcher on Sports Illustrated cover

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:34

Taney Dragons' star pitcher on Sports Illustrated coverAs the Taney Dragons get ready to hit the field for their third game of the Little League World Series Wednesday night, star pitcher Mo'ne Davis continues to shine in the spotlight.


Ferguson protests smaller, more subdued; Holder visits today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:33

Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protestsPolice and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.


U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'horrific murder' of U.S. journalist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:31
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the beheading of U.S. "The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the horrific murder of journalist James Foley, an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

With union deal, curtain falls on Met Opera's labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:15
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The curtain will rise on Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" next month at New York's Metropolitan Opera after a deal was reached early on Wednesday with the third of its three largest unions, averting a threatened lockout. Among the provisions was the hiring of an independent analyst to monitor the Met's budget, according to The Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE. "This wasn't easy," Matthew Loeb, the union's international president, said in a statement.

Teen biker collides with tractor trailer in Northampton County, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Teen biker collides with tractor trailer in Northampton County, Pa.Police say a teen on a bike collided with a tractor trailer in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.


Taney Dragons, fans gear up for Game Three

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:51

Taney Dragons' star pitcher on Sports Illustrated coverThe Taney Dragons hit the field for their third game of the Little League World Series Wednesday night.


PHOTOS: When couples first crossed paths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:50

 When couples first crossed pathsResponding to a Florida's couple tale, Action News viewers shared their own stories of knowing their loved one before they thought they did.