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Chicago police investigating killing of nine-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:03
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago police are investigating the killing of a 9-year-old boy, and a local Catholic church is offering $5,000 for information leading to his killer's arrest, police and church officials said on Thursday. Police found the boy, identified by local media and a church pastor as Antonio Smith, shot multiple times in a South Side backyard on Wednesday afternoon. The pastor, the Reverend Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina's, said that besides offering the reward, the South Side parish plans a vigil at the shooting location Thursday evening. Chicago has seen a rash of summer gun violence, although the city's murder rate has been relatively unchanged in recent years and is down sharply from the 1990s.

Feds: Meat sold from cows with cancer; 4 indicted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:38

 Meat sold from cows with cancer; 4 indictedA Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.

Suspect shoots man dead, waits for police to arrive in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:22

Suspect shoots man dead, waits for police to arrive in Frankford"It is unusual," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "Normally the shooter flees after firing the weapon."

Europe launches 2 navigation satellites

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:16
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says two satellites for its new global navigation system have been lifted into orbit aboard a modified Soyuz rocket.

Masked gunman robs Pizza Hut in Tacony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:13

Masked gunman robs Pizza Hut in TaconyPhiladelphia police are on the hunt for a suspect who robbed a pizza shop at gunpoint in the city's Tacony section Wednesday night.

U.S. missionary still physically recovering after Ebola, son says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:13

An ambulance carrying American missionary Writebol, who is infected with Ebola in West Africa, arrives at Emory University Hospital in AtlantaNancy Writebol, 59, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was discharged earlier this week from Emory University Hospital after doctors said her symptoms had eased and blood and urine tests showed no evidence of the virus. Dr. Kent Brantly, who also was stricken with Ebola in Liberia, was released on Thursday. "She's tired and trying to rest," her son Jeremy told NBC. She seems pretty happy." Speaking alongside his brother Brian, he said the family has experienced "the lowest of lows and at the same time the highest of highs" since Writebol contracted the Ebola virus in July while working for a Christian mission organization in Liberia, grappling first with her potential death and later her recovery.

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:04

In this Aug. 13, 2014 photo, a man stands in the middle of the Firstkontact Center, a call center in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Many Mexicans deported under U.S. President Barack Obama are finding employment in call centers in Tijuana and other border cities. In perfect English, some don’t even speak Spanish, they talk to American consumers who buy gadgets and gizmos, have questions about warrantees and complain about overdue deliveries. The call center industry has prospered in Mexican border cities as deportations spiked under U.S. President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Cossio)TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.

6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:04
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York.

Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:53

Bottles of Polish cider sit on a shelf in a small store in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. A Russian ban on European food imports has sparked a debate in Poland over whether to allow advertising cider. The country is a major global apple exporter and had previously sent half its output to Russia. With officials scrambling to help apple producers, the Economy Ministry says it wants to lift a ban on advertising any alcohol other than beer. That has put it at odds with health advocates and the Health Ministry, which oppose encouraging greater alcohol consumption in a country where some people already drink too much. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.

Journalist Foley's parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:24

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters. "We do pray, we beg the international community to help the remaining hostages," his mother, Diane Foley, said in an interview with her husband, John, on MSNBC. "We just pray that they will be set free." Their plea comes after a long conversation with Pope Francis, who the Vatican said called the couple on Thursday afternoon to offer his condolences and support. James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in late 2012, was beheaded by a masked member of the Islamic State group in an act filmed in a video released on Tuesday that also threatened a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

Source: Thaddeus Young going to Timberwolves in Kevin Love deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:20

 Thaddeus Young going to Timberwolves in Kevin Love dealThe Minnesota Timberwolves have secured the final piece they were looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.

2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:14

2-alarm Camden blaze leads to partial wall collapseOfficials say a two-alarm blaze led to a partial wall collapse in Camden, New Jersey early Friday morning.

Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio's New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:07

Reverend Sharpton speaks next to Cardinal Dolan and New York City mayor de Blasio during a news conference after interfaith roundtable meeting in ManhattanBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers killing an unarmed black man. Still, something about Sharpton's appearance with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton late last month left some observers, and possibly even some of the participants, feeling off-kilter. The event, called to discuss the death of a Staten Island man put in a choke hold by police as they arrested him for selling untaxed cigarettes, highlighted the adjustments that de Blasio and Sharpton, who has often been kept at arm's length at City Hall, are having to make since the liberal mayor's election. It is an open question whether Sharpton, for years a polarizing figure who many saw as inflammatory, wields more power under de Blasio, the city's most progressive mayor in a generation, than he did with the more conservative Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.

Germany backpedals on claim Qatar funds extremists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:50
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is seeking to calm a diplomatic spat with Qatar after the Gulf nation took umbrage at a German official's claim that it is funding the extremist Islamic State group.

Co-defendant in cannibal-plot case wants freedom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:15
NEW YORK (AP) — A co-defendant of the New York City police officer dubbed the "cannibal cop" wants to be freed from jail too.

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:59
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.

Woman who shot grandson likely won't face charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:55
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the Tampa woman who shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder probably won't face charges.

Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:46

Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter deathDea Millerberg, 41, was sentenced Thursday for helping her husband dispose of a teen's body after baby-sitting turned into a night of sex and drugs

Washington state motorists stranded after floods, mudslides

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:44
Heavy rainfall in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed highways, a forecaster said on Friday. Vehicles were trapped in debris-laden water at about 8 p.m. PDT Thursday (0300 GMT Friday) in Okanogan County, and mud and rocks carried by moving water blocked State Highway 20, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Corfidi. Heavy rain started early Thursday afternoon in North Central Washington state, which has been burned by destructive wildfires.

China's Xi courts public opinion in Mongolia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:18
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is courting public opinion in Mongolia, a country that has often been wary of domination by its massive southern neighbor.