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Man indicted for bomb hoax at Louisiana university

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:25
A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with a bomb hoax last month at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that forced an evacuation of the campus and triggered a large-scale police response, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Devin Haywood, a Louisiana resident who is not a student at the school, was also indicted on one count of bank robbery, stemming from an incident prosecutors say took place on the same day of the threat in Lafayette, 120 miles (193 km) west of New Orleans. The two charges carry maximum sentences of 10 and 20 years in federal prison respectively, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lafayette.

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:21

Study questions need for most people to cut saltA large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health — and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.


Minnesota man arrested for 1983 murder in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:20
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Minnesota man has been arrested for the murder of a Texas businessman in a cold case that had gone unsolved for 31 years, authorities said on Wednesday. Robert Otteson, 53, of Lakeville, Minnesota was arrested on Tuesday for the murder of Francisco Narvaez, 42, who was found stabbed to death in a motel room in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas on Sept. 30, 1983, the Denton Police Department said. Denton police spokesman Ryan Grelle said he could not release information on what led investigators to Otteson.

How about a 3-room suite on your next flight?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:16
Ethihad Airways is installing uber-luxury private suites, with bedroom, living room, bathroom with shower — and a butler.

Andrew Andrews helps Pac-12 All-Stars to win in exhibition opener

WA Huskies - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:16
Andrew Andrews came off the bench and tallied 12 points to help the Pac-12 All-Star team to a 73-47 victory over the Chinese University All-Stars in Shanghai on Wednesday. It was the start to a four-game exhibition tour.
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Andrew Andrews helps Pac-12 All-Stars to win in exhibition opener

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:16
Andrew Andrews came off the bench and tallied 12 points to help the Pac-12 All-Star team to a 73-47 victory over the Chinese University All-Stars in Shanghai on Wednesday. It was the start to a four-game exhibition tour.

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:15

This undated photo provided by Professor Maryam Mirzakhani via Stanford shows her on the university's campus. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, the Iranian-born Stanford University professor became the first woman to win math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal. The prize is awarded every four years to mathematicians 40 years old or younger. It was established in 1936. (AP Photo/Maryam Mirzakhani via Stanford)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honor, the Fields Medal.


Guantanamo judge rules 9/11 suspect should be tried with others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:06
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A military judge ruled on Wednesday that one of the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States must at least temporarily rejoin the other four defendants in a single trial despite concerns about his mental health. Judge Army Colonel James Pohl ordered Ramzi Binalshibh removed from the joint trial in July after his disruptions in court and complaints about what his attorney called “noise and vibrations” at his cell at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, raised concern about his mental competence. U.S. Justice Department prosecutors say Binalshibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni, might be delusional but still is competent to stand trial. “Having it done one time for all remains the best answer for all right now,” prosecutor Clay Trivett said in a pretrial hearing.

Flooding triggers evacuations in South Jersey communities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:05

Flooding triggers evacuations in South Jersey communitiesOvernight flooding has led to evacuations in at least two South Jersey communities.


Seahawks DT Cassius Marsh to have MRI on knee UPDATED: With further notes from practice

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:04
Seattle rookie defensive lineman Cassius Marsh will  have an MRI on his knee after leaving practice early today after tangling with a couple of teammates during a running drill.

Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza.

Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:03
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples could begin marrying as early as next week in Virginia after a federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Appreciation: Lauren Bacall’s voice resonated with women

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:01
The screen legend, who died Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the age of 89, was a symbol of the kind of woman that postwar 1950s-era housewives would dream of becoming — and that the feminist movement would lionize: intelligent, independent and a sexual being.

Brazil Presidential Candidate Dies in Plane Crash

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:00
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when the small plane that was carrying him and several campaign officials plunged into a residential neighborhood in the port city of Santos.






U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:57
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. The move "will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring," said USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Under its new procedures, FSIS will conduct immediate investigations of businesses whose ground beef tests positive for E. coli O157:H7 during initial testing, and at suppliers that provided source materials. In the past, FSIS began investigations at the grinding facility only after a presumptive positive test result was confirmed, which can take two days.

Iraqi religious persecution hits home in Nebraska

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:54

Members of the Yazidi community in LIncoln, Neb., Iekham Safar, left, her husband Ismaeil Khalaf, right, and Ismaeil's sister Gulie Khalaf, discuss the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Lincoln, Neb. Half a world away from the turmoil in Iraq, the largest concentration of Yazidis in United States is trying desperately to rescue their relatives. The first members of the religious minority group came the Lincoln, Nebraska, in the 1990s, and more than 200 families have now made it their home. The number could swell again if the group succeeds in winning asylum for the refugees who are fleeing from violence. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Iekhan Safar moved from Iraq to Lincoln for the same reason that hundreds of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority, came to Nebraska's capital city: to live near family, far from the dangers they've long faced as a persecuted group.


Body of American found in suitcase in Indonesian island of Bali

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:54
The body of an American tourist from Chicago has been found stuffed into a suitcase in Indonesia's resort island of Bali and the victim's daughter and her boyfriend have been arrested for what police suspect was a gruesome murder. "There has been no confession yet but the couple are now being detained and interrogated," Hery Wiyanto, Bali police spokesman, told Reuters by phone, adding the killing took place on Tuesday. Heather Louise Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday after a day-long chase. Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert at the hospital that conducted an autopsy, said Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, had been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head." "There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit added.

Good Samaritan helps tire slashing victim in NE Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:52

Good Samaritan helps tire slashing victim in NE Phila.Tires were slashed on nearly a dozen cars in Northeast Philadelphia and a Good Samaritan stepped in to help one of the victims.


Arizona convicted murderer asks for sentencing retrial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:51

Jodi Arias, (R), looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias, serving as her own attorney, asked an Arizona judge on Wednesday to delay her upcoming sentencing phase retrial for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008. In her first full court hearing defending herself, Arias said the postponement was needed because of problems meeting with a witness in the headline-grabbing murder case that is scheduled to resume on Sept. 8. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens set a hearing to consider the motion to delay on Aug. 22. Stephens has warned the 34-year-old former waitress from California that she would reject any delay to the retrial if it is caused by Arias representing herself.


Judge: Upper Merion man convicted in sword killings, but mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:51

 Upper Merion man convicted in sword killings, but mentally illAn Upper Merion man has been convicted of murdering his parents and brother over three years ago.