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Forest Service decides future of burned trees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:34
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is expected to unveil its plan Wednesday for what to do with millions of trees killed one year ago in a massive California wildfire.

Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:33
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

American released by Syrian militants thanks Qatar, U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:32

Peter Theo Curtis, who was released on Sunday from years in captivity of insurgents in Syria, talks to reporters near mother's home in CambridgePeter Theo Curtis, who was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, said he had no idea while he was imprisoned that there had been hundreds of people around the world pushing for his release. "I will respond, but I can't do it now," said Curtis, who along with his mother Nancy Curtis raised a U.S. Their son's return came just days after rivals of Nusra Front, the militant group Islamic State, last week said it killed journalist James Foley and threatened another still being held hostage, Steven Sotloff.


Thieves damage civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ former Alabama home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:29
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Alabama police are seeking help in catching thieves who ransacked a Montgomery apartment building where black civil rights activist Rosa Parks lived when she was famously arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955. The vandals damaged some items in Parks' onetime home, which serves as a small museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places, in their hunt for copper pipes and tubing, authorities said. Targeted or not, “it is a travesty that someone could disrespect the dignity and honor of Mrs. Parks by causing immeasurable damage to her home," said Montgomery Housing Authority Executive Director Evette Hester. Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and considered a key early development in the modern U.S.

Cardinal George cancels plans to travel to Rome

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:22

FILE - In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Chicago Cardinal Francis George pauses while speaking at a news conference in Chicago. The Archdiocese of Chicago says George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis. Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis.


AP PHOTOS: Workers clear debris from busy runway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:06

Mike Stewart, an airport operations representative, drives down the fifth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as employees clear debris off the tarmac, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Atlanta. The annual Foreign Object Debris Walk drew approximately 100 airline and airport employees volunteering to find and remove debris that could be hazardous to aircraft. In addition to the annual walk, Hartsfield-Jackson performs daily inspections on all its runways. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 100 workers at the world's busiest airport are volunteering their time to pick up trash that could be dangerous when planes land and take off.


U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot's fate unknown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:05
A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed in mountainous western Virginia on Wednesday and the fate of the pilot was unknown, officials said. The fighter plane went down shortly after 9 a.m. EDT in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke, a spokeswoman for the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said. "We have not located the wreckage or the pilot," she said. The single-seat plane was part of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, stationed at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with Uzi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:55

Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with UziA 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said.


Air Force fighter jet crashes in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:50

Air Force fighter jet crashes in VirginiaAn Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday.


Sheriff's office: Military jet crashes in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:48

Air Force fighter jet crashes in VirginiaA sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard.


Mom testifies in Philly school abduction, rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:48

Mom testifies in Philly school abduction, rape trialThe mother of a child abducted from a Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted is testifying about the day her daughter disappeared.


Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:43

Man stabbed, two bodies discovered in Schuylkill River in Fairmount ParkA man who had been stabbed 9 times told police he was tied up and driven around before he and two other bound men were thrown into the river.


Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:39
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

Boston Marathon survivor marries nurse who brought him back to health

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:36

Boston Marathon survivor marries nurse who brought him back to healthA victim of the Boston Marathon bombing married the nurse who helped him recover.


Lawyer can't drop case of mom of autistic teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:35

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff shows Kelli Stapleton. Lawyers representing Stapleton, who is accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, have asked to withdraw from the case. But the Traverse City Record-Eagle says a judge denied the request on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, File)BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A defense lawyer has been ordered to stay on the case of a Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter, despite a "total breakdown" in their relationship.


2 Chicago men sue taxi company over brief kiss

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:34
CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago men sued a taxi company this week, alleging a driver tried to kick them out of his cab because they shared a short kiss.

Pedestrian struck on Route 202 in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:26

Pedestrian struck on Route 202 in WilmingtonPolice are investigating after a pedestrian was struck on Route 202 in Wilmington.


Police: Wife dies after husband shoots her, self in Stratford hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:23

 Wife dies after husband shoots her, self in Stratford hospitalInvestigators say a woman has died after her husband shot her, then himself, inside a hospital room in Stratford, New Jersey.


Moldova gets gas from Romania through new pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:21
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A new pipeline has been opened that will pump gas from Romania to Moldova in an attempt to reduce the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russian energy.

Miami man shot to death wheelchair-bound panhandler, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:19
Miami police arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a wheelchair-bound panhandler at an interstate exit ramp before fleeing from officers, authorities said on Wednesday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said Rodney Louis, 27, was charged with first-degree murder, grand theft, and fleeing and eluding police following Tuesday's incident. "Witnesses stated that a subject exited his vehicle with a firearm, approached the victim and opened fire," the police department said in a statement. Police identified the dead man as Israel Zerquera, 58.