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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:26
By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was "beyond anything we've seen" and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent. As Western officials tried to identify the man, the Muslim Council of Britain denounced Foley's "abhorrent murder" and one of its advisers urged anyone who knows the killer's identity to contact the police.

VIDEO: Eagles ready for Steelers in preseason home opener

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:20

 Eagles ready for Steelers in preseason home openerThe Philadelphia Eagles are prepared to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Philly's pre-season home opener.


Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:18

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun is scheduled to appear Thursday, Aug 21, 2014, at Camp Lejeune in an Article 32 hearing, which is the military equivalent of a grand jury. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.


2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:16

2 American Ebola patients released from hospitalAfter nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.


Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:15
Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:11

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malwareSome customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.


Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:10

In this May 7, 2014 photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo. Lima-Marin, who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early, says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in his case also says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge in January ordered him to finish his sentence after he started a family during nearly six years of freedom. A judge in 2000 sentenced Lima-Marin to a total of 98 years in prison for multiple counts stemming from the robbery of two video stores when Lima-Marin was 20. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.


Death of Connecticut boy left in hot car ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:08
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A 15-month-old Connecticut boy's death in a hot car last month was ruled a homicide Thursday by the chief state medical examiner’s office. Benjamin Seitz, of Ridgefield, died of “hyperthermia due to environmental exposure” on July 7 after being left alone for hours in a hot car by his father, Kyle Seitz, according to the medical examiner's office. The temperature in the car reached nearly 88 degrees that day, according to a report issued by Danbury Hospital in Danbury, a city near Ridgefield.

Police: Robbery suspects stalk elderly at banks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:07

 Robbery suspects stalk elderly at banksPolice are searching for two men they say have robbed several elderly victims after they left the bank.


Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system

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

45 PM EDT shows an area of disorganized clouds moving across the Lesser Antilles associated with a possible developing tropical system. Scattered clouds with rain and thunderstorms is present across portions of the Bahamas and eastern Cuba. Widely scattered clouds are located across the Caribbean Basin. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.


Top architect Hadid files defamation lawsuit over book review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:00

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid poses inside Maxxi museum of contemporary art and architecture in RomeBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Zaha Hadid, an award-winning architect known for futuristic designs, sued The New York Review of Books and the architecture critic Martin Filler on Thursday over alleged defamatory statements about her in a recent book review. Hadid, who was born in Baghdad and is now a British citizen, claimed that Filler falsely implied she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She also claimed Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore's "Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book. The complaint was filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.


Man rescued from underneath SEPTA train

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:56

Man rescued from underneath SEPTA trainPhiladelphia fire and rescue units were called to the scene of an accident on the Market-Frankford elevated line in Kensington.


USNA chief says no double standard for athletes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:50

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, talks to reporters on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in his office in Annapolis, Md. Carter said he wants to focus on continuing efforts to build a cybersecurity center on campus, ensuring students get a strong foundation in leadership and ethics and maintaining and even boosting study abroad opportunities. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is "a cultural issue" in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is "we're going to take care of it."


Pope calls family of slain American journalist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:38
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Pope Francis has called the family of an American journalist whose videotaped beheading by Islamic State militants has touched off torrents of outrage around the world.

Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:36
A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.

Work planned to quell underground fire near Pittsburgh airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:32
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Work will begin next month to extinguish a 10-acre (four-hectare) coal fire that has been burning near Pittsburgh International Airport for years, potentially threatening radar, visibility and a major underground gas pipeline, state officials said on Thursday. The blaze, which may have started as many as eight years ago, is located just three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) from a runway, according to John Poister, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. "Smoke from the fire has the potential to threaten visibility for air traffic. The fire also poses a risk to a nearby airport radar facility and to a major underground gas pipeline," the department said on its website. The entire city of Centralia was condemned and evacuated due an underground coal fire burning there since 1962.

U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:31

Gay GavelA federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.


Friend of Boston bomb suspect may get 7-year term in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:29

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. Dias Kadyrbayev, a 20-year-old Kazakh national, had been scheduled to go on trial next month and was facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for removing a backpack and other evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room in the days after the bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Kadyrbayev also agreed to be deported from the United States as part of the agreement.


Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:23
A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state's new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious. The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help pay private school tuition, was passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature last year and had already begun operating. School vouchers have drawn criticism from those who say they drain money from public schools and subsidize overtly religious education. In his order blocking the program, Judge Robert Hobgood said it diverted money that under the state constitution can only be used for public schools.

Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:22

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his daughter Cailin Young, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. McDonnell begins the second day of testimony in his own defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.