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UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:23

An armed group of men, not specified which group of rebels, gather at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. It was unclear if the men were connected to an armed group that, the United Nations said, detained more than 40 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces," the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. ( AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.


Military Guns Missing From Police Agencies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:18
The guns-drawn streets of Ferguson jolted America awake to the militarization of the nation's police. Local cops, often untrained in military tactics, may be carrying assault rifles used by our Marines and even Special Forces, using surplus weaponry don..

Purchased pie crust could void woman's blue-ribbon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:17
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:17

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.


Man wounded in daylight shooting in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:14

Man wounded in daylight shooting in West PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was shot multiple times in broad daylight in West Philadelphia.


California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:12
NEWARK, Calif. (AP) — A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.

Hiker dies after falling from treacherous Hawaii trail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:09
(Reuters) - A hiker was killed and another person injured after they fell while hiking a notoriously difficult trail on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday. A group of five people were hiking the strenuous Kalalau Trail, considered one of the most treacherous in the United States, late on Thursday when a 25-year-old man slipped and fell down rugged cliffs over the Na Pali Coast, the Coast Guard said. The group called for help around 11:45 p.m. and Coast Guard teams, including a rescue swimmer, located the fallen hiker near the water, said Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie.

Army vet pleads guilty to arms export violations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:59
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former U.S. Army officer who operated a business in Portland selling military-grade weapons parts and accessories pleaded guilty Friday to arms export violations and mishandling classified documents.

Killer in 1991 Smart trial in New Hampshire seeks time with wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:57
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - The killer at the center of a sensationalized 1991 murder trial in New Hampshire has applied for weekend prison furloughs with his wife as he prepares for the next chapter of his life. William "Billy" Flynn was 16 when he was charged with shooting to death the husband of Pamela Smart, who was his lover and an employee of the school he attended. At the conclusion of a lurid trial, a jury found Pamela Smart guilty of first-degree murder for orchestrating the killing. Flynn and a friend, Patrick Randall, who held Smart's husband at knifepoint, were convicted of second-degree murder.

Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:53

Jan Harding speaks with reporters in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Harding, the Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time Friday, saying she hopes the incident is a wake-up call for restaurants. She spent almost two weeks in a Salt Lake City hospital after drinking a single sip of iced tea at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants.


Good Samaritans save runner in cardiac arrest along Schuylkill River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:49

Good Samaritans save runner in cardiac arrest along Schuylkill RiverAn athlete went into cardiac arrest during a jog along the Schuylkill River but the quick work of a group of Good Samaritans, including a doctor, helped save his life.


Somber mood in Atlantic City as Showboat Casino set to close this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:48

Somber mood in Atlantic City as Showboat Casino set to close this weekendThe Showboat Casino-Hotel is shutting its doors for good this weekend. It's the first of three Atlantic City casinos set to close and the pain is hitting employees hard.


Talking bird helped break school abduction case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:42
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.

Man who killed son now charged in 1st wife's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:29
WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A man imprisoned in New York for killing his son to collect on his life insurance is now charged with murdering his first wife in 1991 for the same reason.

Terminally ill Wisconsin ex-deputy sheriff charged with double murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:20
(Reuters) - A terminally ill former Wisconsin deputy sheriff was charged on Friday with murder in connection with the fatal shootings of his wife and her sister in his home last week, court documents showed. Andrew Steele, 39, was charged in Dane County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 22 deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal identified his illness as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Steele's lawyer, Jessa Nicholson, said she was exploring whether there were medical or psychological factors in the shootings.

Old City firehouse reopens after damaging blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:13

Old City firehouse reopens after damaging blazeNearly a year after a fire put an Old City firehouse out of commission, firefighters were able to return to a newly renovated facility.


Pratt halted F-35 engine shipments in May over titanium

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:12

US Air Force handout photo of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jetUnited Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney unit briefly suspended delivery of the engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet in May because of questions about titanium provided to a parts supplier. Pratt said on Friday it discovered conflicting documentation in late May that raised questions about the origin of the titanium, which was also used in parts for engines made by its Pratt & Whitney Canada division. The Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 strike fighter is the Pentagon's costliest weapons program. Pratt determined very quickly that the material did not pose a flight safety risk, company spokesman Matthew Bates said in an emailed statement.


Teen drowns in Kennett Square reservoir

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:51

Teen drowns in Kennett Square reservoirOfficials say a 17-year-old died after drowning in a reservoir in Kennett Square, Chester County.


Foul ball leaves girl with fractures to skull, nose

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:49

Foul ball leaves girl with fractures to skull, noseA New Jersey family wants to see better measures to protect fans at the ballpark after their own scare.


Casino hostess banned from contact with ex-clients

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:45
BALTIMORE (AP) — A casino hostess accused in a lawsuit of stealing a list of high-rolling clients from a Maryland casino where she used to work has been banned from contacting the customers until further notice.