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Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:17
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has died at age 75.

Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:15

Attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding following a news conference Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Jan Harding, 67, drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat at a Utah restaurant after an employee mistook the substance for sugar and mixed it into a dispenser. Harding is listed in good condition at a Salt Lake City hospital as she continues to improve. Authorities say a worker at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the chemical cleaning compound in a sugar bag last month. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about the moment that nearly killed her.


Mud, slides close roads, trap motorists in Wash.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:22
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Thunderstorms dropped heavy rain on areas of north-central Washington hard-hit by wildfires this summer, triggering flash floods and mud slides Thursday night that damaged some homes, blocked portions of at least three highways and stranded some motorists, officials said.

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:35

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, farmer Katie Miller, 32, of Providence, R.I., harvests zephyr squash at Scratch Farm in Cranston, R.I. Across New England, the number of farms grew by 5 percent since 2007, contrary to the national trend. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Farming is hip in New England.


Supt. Hite nixes plan to change school transit pass policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:07

Supt. Hite nixes plan to change school transit pass policyPhiladelphia School Superintendent Dr. William Hite is now backing off a somewhat controversial plan to save money.


Police: Suspects stalk, rob senior citizens at Philly-area banks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:58

 Suspects stalk, rob senior citizens at Philly-area banksPolice are trying to track down the trio of suspects who they say have been stalking out senior citizens at banks throughout Philadelphia then attacking and robbing them.


Foles, offense sharp as Eagles beat Steelers 31-21

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:55

Foles, offense sharp as Eagles beat Steelers 31-21Nick Foles threw for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.


NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:43

Carmine Boccuzzi, center, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves Federal court after a hearing, in New York, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said as he defends a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.


Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:41

Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered 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 nearly two weeks ago.


Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:38

Former Washington photo editor Toby Massey, right, and Florida photo editor Phil Sandlin, left, edit photos at Kennedy Space Center during an early Space Shuttle launch as photograher Steve Pyle, rear, coordninates transmissions with New York. Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 80. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80.


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

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:56

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.


It's 'bone-appétit' for California pooches under new law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:55

Chloe, a nine-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, looks into the camera after tasting a dog treat sample at Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck in San FranciscoCalifornia diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. "“I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law's author. "Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards.


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

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:40

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.


Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:21

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe online news publication that employed slain U.S. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State." Foley was beheaded by the group in an act shown in a video released in which Islamic State called for the United States to end its airstrikes in Iraq.


American Air will charge for solo kids up to 14

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:20
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14.

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:07
SAN DIEGO (AP) — About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday.

Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:53

Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies escort Nicole Vaisey to her preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at town court in Fowler, N.Y. Vaisey and her boyfriend are accused of abducting and sexually abusing a pair of young Amish sisters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, before releasing them the following day. (AP Photo/Mike Virtanen)FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.


In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:41

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterBy Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The FBI, which handles cases involving kidnapped American citizens, helped craft a response, pleading for mercy, said Phil Balboni, chief executive of GlobalPost, the Boston-based online news publication that employed Foley. It was a statement that Jim was an innocent journalist" who respected the people of Syria, where he was held, Balboni said in a telephone interview. On Tuesday, Islamic State militants stunned America with a gruesome video posted on YouTube showing the beheading of Foley, 40, by a masked, black-clad man who also threatened to kill a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.


Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:31

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, Cardinal Edmund Szoka poses for a photo, in Detroit. Szoka, the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, died of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was 86. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.


Alabama band teacher accused of bondage-style sex with students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:21
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A popular former Alabama high school band teacher suspected of forcing at least eight underage female students into bondage-style sex over a three-year period was arrested in Georgia, authorities said Thursday. Jeffery Lance Gainous, 32, is suspected of gagging and tying up several of his then-students and using other bondage devices on them both in the band room at T. R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, and at his home, police said. “I know what kids said about him,” said Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin said. They say he was great, but this is terrible."  Gainous, who taught at the school in southern Alabama for six years, was arrested on Wednesday in Thomas, Georgia, where he had recently moved to work at a local high school, McGougin said.