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Row over polish to detect 'rape drug'

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Backlash against drug-testing nail polish
Categories: BBC World News

California city looks to quit Calpers, fears it can't afford to

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:59
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in Villa Park are considering pulling the tiny California city from Calpers, saying the monthly costs of the state's giant public pension system are crippling the municipal budget. Calpers, America's biggest public pension fund with assets of $300 billion, last provided the city with a hypothetical termination fee of nearly $3.6 million as of June 2012. "Getting out of Calpers is like getting out of jail," said Rick Barnett, mayor of Villa Park, population 5,800.

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:58

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sonsBarajas was accused of fatally shooting the man who police say was driving drunk when he caused a wreck that killed the defendant's sons

Two sentenced to combined 75 years for Florida bank robberies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:57
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two South Florida men have been sentenced to decades in prison for their role in a month-long string of armed bank robberies that crisscrossed the state, netting an undisclosed sum. District Judge Jose E. Martinez on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Isaac Johnson, 25, and Allen Demetrius Bradford, 23, to 35 years and more than 40 years, respectively. Bradford, Johnson, and six others robbed five PNC Bank locations during early summer 2013. The team used getaway drivers in stolen cars, one of which was found abandoned in Central Florida during an investigation into the group's earlier robberies.

Brazil pursues Amazon 'destroyers'

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:52
Brazilian police say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest, committing crimes worth millions of dollars.
Categories: BBC World News

Police presence drawing down in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:51

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson and St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar are photographed after giving a news conference in St. LouisBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday disbanded what had been a command center in Ferguson, Missouri, for law enforcement responding to sometimes violent protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who has led the response, told a news conference the Highway Patrol and St. Louis County police officers would continue to patrol, but the force had been substantially reduced. "People are communicating with each other and it is already leading to change, not just in Ferguson but across our whole region," Johnson said. Boarded-up stores were the only sign of the turmoil along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, which had been the site of clashes between demonstrators and police that led to scores of arrests after the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.

Chambers poised for England call

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:49
Arsenal's Calum Chambers is set to be one of several new additions to Roy Hodgson's England squad on Thursday.
Categories: BBC World News

A leader admits guilt in big disability-fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:48
NEW YORK (AP) — An accused ringleader of a sprawling disabilities fraud scheme admitted Wednesday he helped coach retired police officers and others to fake mental-health problems to get Social Security benefits.

2 injured in Berks County plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:42

2 injured in Berks County plane crashTwo people are hospitalized after a small plane crash in Berks County.

Cops crew member killed by US police

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:42
A crew member on the US police reality TV show Cops is shot and killed when Nebraska police open fire on a robbery suspect.
Categories: BBC World News

Police: Man kills wife at hospital, son also dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:40

Camden County Prosecutor's Office Capt. Ron Moten, left, stands with in front of Kennedy Hospital with hospital chief of safety, David Condoluci, as he answers a question about shootings at the facility Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stratford, N.J. Authorities say Raymond Wychowanec fatally shot his hospitalized wife, Denise, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home. Authorities are investigating what ties the hospital homicide may have with the death of a person found a short time later in the family's home in Glendora in southern New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) — A man shot and killed his hospitalized wife on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their home, where their son was found fatally shot, authorities said.

U.S. court in Ohio overturns hate crime convictions of 16 Amish

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:40
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Ohio on Wednesday overturned the hate crime convictions of an Amish sect leader and 15 of his followers in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their religious faith. Circuit Court of Appeals found that jurors in the 2012 case received incorrect instructions on how to consider the role of religion in the attacks. Prosecutors contended the crimes were motivated by religious disputes between Samuel Mullet Sr., leader of a Bergholz, Ohio, sect, and other Amish religious leaders who had accepted into their communities people Mullet had excommunicated from his. The majority of the three-judge panel found that "considerable evidence supported the defendants' theory that interpersonal and intra-family agreements, not the victims' religious beliefs, sparked the attacks." Jurors heard testimony that Mullet's followers had restrained the victims and forcibly cut their hair and beards, using scissors, clippers, shears and battery-operated razors.

VIDEO: Afghan election audit restarts

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:35
An audit of votes from Afghanistan's disputed presidential election restarts, but without observers from the camps of either candidate.
Categories: BBC World News

Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISIS

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:34
The lawmakers said it was time for Congress to weigh in on whether to give President Obama the power to broaden what began as a limited campaign.

Philadelphia honors Little League team with parade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:34

Taney Dragons' Mo'ne Davis gestures to fans during a parade in Philadelphia, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014, to celebrate the team's accomplishments during the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The youth baseball team whose star 13-year-old female pitcher and performance in the Little League World Series drew a wide following received a champion's treatment in a parade Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia.

Son found dead at New Jersey home of man who killed wife at hospital: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:33
(Reuters) - A southern New Jersey man shot and killed his wife in her hospital room on Wednesday before shooting and critically wounding himself, authorities said, adding the body of their son was found at their home shortly afterward. Raymond Wychowanec, 63, visited his wife, Denise, 62, on Wednesday morning at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey, where witnesses reported he shot her several times, said Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin. Police later went to the couple's home in Glendora, where they discovered that their son, Ryan Wychowanec, 35, had been fatally shot, Laughlin said.

Defender scores and saves in shootout win

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:29
Defender Cosmin Moti saves two penalties in a shootout to send Bulgarian club Ludogorets into the Champions League group stage.
Categories: BBC World News

Defender scores and saves in shootout win

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:29
Defender Cosmin Moti saves two penalties in a shootout to send Bulgarian club Ludogorets into the Champions League group stage.
Categories: BBC World News

Surfers, spectators crowd Southern California beaches for giant waves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:27

A swimmer catches a wave at "The Wedge" wave break in Newport BeachBy Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Waves up to about 20 feet (6 meters) high crashed along the Southern California coast on Wednesday, as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials said. Large swells generated by Hurricane Marie began hitting the Southern California shore on Tuesday, causing coastal flooding in the Orange County town of Seal Beach after dark that inundated garages of 30 coastal homes. Marie was downgraded on Wednesday to a tropical storm as it moved north some 900 miles off Mexico's Baja Peninsula, veering away from the West Coast but still causing extreme surf, National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Ceto said. Waves from the storm were the largest seen in Southern California since a pair of hurricanes swept through the Pacific within weeks of each other in 1997, he said.