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Alaska village seeks to reunite with Russian relatives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:47

FILE - This Aug. 30, 2011, file photo provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows Big Diomede Island in Russia, right background, as seen from Little Diomede Island in the U.S. state of Alaska, left foreground. Residents from the tiny Alaska Native village on Little Diomede are trying to reconnect with their long-lost relatives from Big Diomede, who were moved to Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula after the island became a Russian military base during World War II. Three miles separates the islands, but it might as well be thousands of miles because Big Diomede is strictly off-limits. (George A. Kalli/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via AP, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Across the Bering Strait, Robert Soolook can easily see the looming hulk of the neighboring Russian island where some of his relatives used to live before they were forced to relocate to the Soviet mainland at the start of the Cold War.


Big wildfire threatens resort town in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:34

A Chelan County Public Utility District worker walks past a burned structure along State Route Alt. 97 highway Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, outside of Chelan, Wash. Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee.


For Africa's hunted albino children, new limbs and new hope

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:21

Emmanuel Rutema, 13, of Tanzania, rides an elevator before his surgery at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Rutema and four other children also with the hereditary condition of albinism are in the U.S. to receive free surgery and prostheses at the hospital. The children were attacked and dismembered in the belief that their body parts will bring wealth. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — Like other little boys, Baraka Cosmas Lusambo loves to play soccer. When he hears music, his feet tap and his face breaks out into a wide smile. During summer pool time recently, he used his left hand to toss a ball through a basketball hoop while red arm floaties keep him above water.


U.S. airlines group expects busy Labor Day travel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:04

Travelers are seen in the departures area at O'Hare Airport in ChicagoU.S. airlines are expected to carry 14.2 million passengers worldwide from Wednesday, Sept. 2, through Tuesday, Sept. 8, up 3 percent from a year earlier, Washington-based trade group Airlines for America said on Tuesday. The group has forecast that summer travel will reach an all-time high on the wings of a strong U.S. economy. Passenger traffic grew 3 percent in the first half of 2015, although a 3-percent decline in fares during the same period kept operating revenues flat for U.S. carriers, Airlines for America said.


AccuWeather: Heat Wave Hangs On

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:52

 One More Day in the 90sMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says we'll have one more very hot day, before cooler, unsettled weather arrives.


70 years later, WWII vet's prayer book returned to wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:45

70 years later, WWII vet's prayer book returned to wifePatricia DeFinis has fond memories of her husband Anthony.


Asian stocks mostly down on weak data, commodity prices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:43

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets were mostly higher Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, as the yuan steadied and Greece inched closer to receiving its latest bailout. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower on Tuesday as disappointing data from the U.S. and further drops in prices of oil and other commodities led investors to remain cautious about betting on risky assets.


Man killed, woman injured in Olney shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:37

Man killed, woman injured in Olney shootingPolice are investigating a fatal shooting in the Olney section of Philadelphia.


15-year-old in custody in connection with sex assault, beating of North Philadelphia girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:31

Teen to be charged with rape, attempted murder of 5-year-old girl in North PhiladelphiaA 15-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with the sex assault and beating of a 5-year-old girl in North Philadelphia.


Lawyers for Texas gay couple settle suit over marriage license

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:20
The attorneys for Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton said in a statement that they settled the suit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang for the cost in legal fees, or almost $44,000. "Clerk Lang is fortunate that the Hood County Commissioners agreed to resolve the lawsuit now to save her from dealing with the additional expense and significant financial exposure her actions caused the taxpayers of her county,” Jan Soifer, of Austin law firm O’Connell & Soifer, said in the statement.

15-year-old in custody in connection with sex assault, beating of North Philadelphia girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:30

15-year-old in custody in connection with sex assault, beating of North Philadelphia girlA 15-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with the sex assault and beating of a 5-year-old girl in North Philadelphia.


Fatal Blast Kills at Least 20 in Bangkok

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:25
One of two bombs found near a Hindu shrine exploded.

White House, Cuba work to resume scheduled commercial flights: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:20
The White House is seeking an agreement with Cuba to begin scheduled commercial flights between the two countries as soon as December, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing officials. On Friday, U.S. Marines hoisted the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years at a ceremony led by Secretary of State John Kerry that marked the restoration of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. The Journal said the administration and the U.S. airline industry were united behind efforts to resume scheduled airline service to Cuba.

Ex-police officer faces murder charge in Virginia shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:18

Fairfax County Police Department photo of former Fairfax County police officer Adam TorresA former Virginia police officer was charged with second-degree murder on Monday for a 2013 on-duty shooting death of a man who had his hands raised, police said. Adam Torres, a onetime Fairfax County police officer, was charged after an indictment by a special grand jury for shooting John Geer, 46, of Springfield, at his home, police said in a statement. The charges mark the first time in the 75-year history of the Fairfax County Police Department that an officer will face charges for an on-duty shooting, the Washington Post reported.


Man, 30, critical after South Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:03

Man, 30, critical after South Philadelphia shootingPolice in South Philadelphia are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition.


Man trying to stop a suicide plummets to his death from dorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:56

The Hale Wainani dormitory is seen at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Two men fell from the 14th floor of the University of Hawaii dormitory, one of them to his death while trying to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu police said. The 24-year-old man who died was trying to bring inside an apparently distraught 19-year-old who went out a window onto the ledge early Sunday, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — Two men fell from the 14th floor of a University of Hawaii dormitory — one of them to his death while trying to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu police said.


Police: Mom suspected of killing husband, 2 kids, self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:54

This Aug. 14, 2015 photo shows the mobile home where a couple and their two young children were found dead in Grand Traverse County’s Garfield Township, Michigan, according to authorities. Police say the deaths were a homicide-suicide, although the manner of death remains undermined. (AP Photo/John Flesher)GARFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman found dead in a northern Michigan house with her husband and two young children is suspected of killing them and fatally stabbing herself, authorities said Monday.


Ex-police officer indicted on murder charge in 2013 shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:50
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man as he stood inside his front door with his hands up in 2013 was indicted Monday on a second-degree murder charge, authorities said.

15-year-old in custody in connection with assault of North Philadelphia girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:43

15-year-old in custody in connection with sex assault, beating of North Philadelphia girlA 15-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with the assault of a 5-year-old girl in North Philadelphia.


First two women soldiers pass elite U.S. Army Ranger course

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:30
Two women have made military history after becoming the first female soldiers to pass the U.S. Army's grueling Ranger Course, the Army said on Monday. In April, 19 women and 381 men began the first Army Ranger school that included women. The course, based at Fort Benning, Georgia, includes training in woodlands, mountainous terrain and Florida swampland.