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UK says not ruling out airstrikes against Islamic State, says hostage video genuine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:09

A video purportedly showing threats being made to a man Islamic State named as David Haines by a masked IS fighter in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic StateBritain's foreign minister said on Wednesday Islamic State's seizure of a British hostage did not make airstrikes on the militants more likely, but said he wasn't ruling that option out. IS released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, and issued a threat against a British hostage warning governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State". "If we judge that airstrikes could be beneficial ... then we will certainly consider them. He said the IS militant who appeared in the Sotloff video appeared to be the same man with an apparently British accent whose voice was featured in the video of the beheading of U.S.


AP Photos: More Atlantic City slots stop spinning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 13:42

30 a.m.Tuesday. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gamblers at two Atlantic City casinos got in their final bets over Labor Day weekend as Revel Casino Hotel and the Showboat Casino Hotel became the latest victims of Atlantic City's drastic slide.


Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 13:00

 Should a 9-Year-Old Handle an Uzi?PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.


3 fatally shot, 2 wounded at Kansas City homes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:57
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three people were killed and two others critically wounded in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in south Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon, and police located a missing SUV hours later several miles away.

Celeb hacking scandal shows digital vulnerability

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:47

 The Winter Soldier," at the Rex Cinema, in Paris. To keep private pictures private, never upload them online. That’s the advice experts offer after hackers broke into female celebrities’ personal accounts, stole nude photos and posted them online. Even though such hacking is illegal - the man who stole nude photos of Johansson was convicted of federal wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer - ensuring that all the illicit images are removed from all the sites that posted them is a never-ending challenge that one expert likened to a game of “whack-a-mole.” (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — To keep private pictures private, never upload them online.


Hawaii tropical fish collector denies scuba diving attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:32
By Karin Stanton KONA Hawaii (Reuters) - A Hawaii man who collects tropical fish for aquariums pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge stemming from an unusual underwater scuffle in which he is accused of ripping the breathing apparatus from the mouth of another scuba diver. The defendant, Jay Lovell, also asked that the case against him be heard by a jury trial, which a state circuit court judge scheduled to begin next Thursday in the city of Kona on Hawaii's Big Island. His plea of not guilty was entered during an arraignment before Judge Ronald Ibarra that lasted just a few minutes. Rene Umberger, 53, director of a coral reef conservation group called For the Fishes, has accused Lovell of attacking her at a depth of 50 feet while she and others in her group were videotaping Lovell and another diver collecting fish.

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:30

A video purportedly shows U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff kneeling next to a masked Islamic State fighter holding a knife in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic StateBy William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State". A statement released by Sotloff's family through a spokesman indicated the family considered the video to be authentic.


Asian stock markets rise as dollar gains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:57

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008 file photo, a Wall St. sign hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks wavered in morning trading Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, as investors looked ahead to major economic reports out this week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region.


$140,000 of gold stolen from SUV in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:29

$140,000 of gold stolen from SUV in West PhiladelphiaInvestigators say someone stole more than $100,000 of gold in West Philadelphia.


1 critical after crash, fire on 1-95 SB in Newport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:28

1 critical after crash, fire on 1-95 SB in NewportPolice say speed was a factor in a crash that injured two people on Interstate 95 southbound in Newport, Delaware on Tuesday evening.


9-year-old suffers head wound in Tacony shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:27

9-year-old suffers head wound in Tacony shootingPhiladelphia police say a 9-year-old boy was injured in a shooting in the city's Tacony section.


'Java Juggs' coffee-stand brothel operator pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:17
Carmela Panico, 52, must forfeit some $250,000 that police seized from her home last year and surrender her five coffee businesses in the Seattle area, the Herald of Everett newspaper reported, citing the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. "The business was popular," an affidavit filed late last month in Washington state Superior Court in Snohomish County said. "Citizen complaints and police contacts alerted several law enforcement agencies that Panico and her employees would expose their breasts and genitals, engage in lewd conduct, and have sexual contact with some of their customers," it said. Panico owned and operated coffee sheds, with names like "Java Juggs" and "Twin Peaks" in Seattle area cities of Everett, Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Kent and sought to hide her money through financial transactions from April 2011 to June 2013, the court documents said.

Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:03
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.

Police search for missing Montgomery County teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:59

Police search for missing Montgomery County teenPolice in Springfield, Montgomery County are asking for your help in their search for a missing 16-year-old boy.


Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:57

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.


Anti-poverty group urges G20 to tackle corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:26
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Anti-poverty organization ONE is urging leaders of the 20 largest economies to act decisively at an annual summit in November against money laundering, bribery, tax evasion and corruption which it estimates costs the world's poorest countries more than $1 trillion a year.

3 dead in SC shooting rampage; gunman kills self

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:26
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a gunman killed two security guards and his stepfather and wounded a police officer before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:17

President Obama departs Washington for a trip to Estonia and WalesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday. The White House said the additional troops heading to Baghdad would not serve in a combat role.


Senator Begich pulls campaign commercial using grisly murder, rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:10
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Democrat Mark Begich has canceled a re-election campaign attack commercial citing grisly murders and child rape after the victims' family complained, the latest standoff in a key race for Republicans' bid to recapture control of the U.S. The commercial, which aired on Friday, featured an ex-Anchorage police officer accusing Begich's Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, Alaska's former Attorney General, of on-the-job mistakes that led to sex offenders escaping with lighter sentences.

Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:08
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale country club, shortly before 1 p.m. CDT. They found five victims with gunshot wounds, three of whom died at the scene, according to a statement by the Kansas City, Missouri, police department.