Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:21:59 -0400

Dwayne Isgrig pulls his children through the street while taking part in a protest in FergusonBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago. By nightfall, a small group of about 30 protesters marched along the street that has been the center of demonstrations since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, where the majority of residents are black and most elected officials and police are white. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. Brown's death focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in Florida in 2012.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:28:05 -0400

Curtis, an American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria, talks to reporters near his mother's home in CambridgeAn American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, returned to the United States late Tuesday after being released on Sunday. He was captured in 2012 and held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria and rivals to the militant group Islamic State.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:42:42 -0400

Camera drone flown by Wilson flies near the scene where two buildings were destroyed in an explosion, in the East Harlem section in New York CityBy AARON MENDELSON SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aircraft, or drone, except in emergencies such as a fire or a hostage-taking. Other public agencies would be able to use drones, or contract for their use, to achieve their "core mission," so long as that mission is not to gather criminal intelligence.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:43:14 -0400

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.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:42:26 -0400

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolvedTime Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company said it is still ...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:42:22 -0400

Philadelphia police and other law enforcement officials view a body pulled from the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The bound bodies of two people were found in the river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself is being treated at a hospital for stab wounds, police said. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape, stabbed and weighed down with makeshift anchors were pulled from a river Wednesday after a third bound man, wet and also covered with stab wounds, was found wandering along a road in the dark, police said.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:41:41 -0400

This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Marie Englert, 23, who was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 on suspicion of attempted murder. The Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems. The newborn baby girl is expected to be in critical condition for several days. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — A newborn baby girl was expected to remain in critical condition for several days after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbor's trash can in a Salt Lake City suburb.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:39:50 -0400
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:35:57 -0400

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.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:35:13 -0400

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin Young arrive at federal court, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The defense in her corruption case is expected to rest today. McDonnell and his husband Bob, the former Virginia Governor, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:34:33 -0400
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.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:27:52 -0400

A visitor stops to look at a painting by Picasso at the Detroit Institute of Arts in DetroitA New York-based specialty finance group is ready to loan Detroit as much as $4 billion, double its previous offer, if the bankrupt city uses the masterpieces in its art museum as collateral, according to a new proposal that surfaced this week. Art Capital Group, which offered to loan the city $2 billion earlier this year, doubled the offer based on a recent appraisal that determined the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) collection was worth more than $8 billion. "We're prepared to provide a loan, secured by the art collection, that is a balanced, fair and equitable solution for the city so that it can emerge from bankruptcy with the money it needs to secure a better future," Montieth M. Illingworth, spokesman for Art Capital, said in a statement. Notable works at the DIA include Pieter Bruegel's The Wedding Dance, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Straw Hat and Rembrandt's The Visitation.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:26:27 -0400

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

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:23:11 -0400

Police: 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.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:21:35 -0400
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.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:21:20 -0400
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:20:00 -0400
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of a child abducted from a Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted is testifying about the day her daughter disappeared.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:19:53 -0400
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.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:18:16 -0400
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 California's massive Rim Fire that stand at the center of a conflict between environmentalists and loggers.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:17:13 -0400

Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant speaking next to man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown locationMIAMI (AP) — The mother of an American journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants is pleading for his release in a video aimed directly at his captors.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:35 -0400

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Chicago's Joshua Houston, right, celebrates with Ed Howard after their 7-5 win in the U.S. final game against Las Vegas at the Little League World Series baseball tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. The team won the U.S. title, but lost 8-4 to South Korea in the championship game. The team united the city of Chicago and will be feted with a parade Wednesday, Aug. 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:17 -0400
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A jury has begun deliberating in the murder case of a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a drunken driver who had just killed his two sons in a crash.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:12:12 -0400
CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:11:53 -0400
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man has been ordered held without bond in the slaying of his 27-year-old estranged wife.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:11:23 -0400

FILE - In this Monday, April 25, 2005, file photo, Sgt. Hasan Akbar is led from the Staff Judge Advocate Building at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the sentencing phase of his court-martial. Akbar, who was sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait, will have an appeal in military court, on Nov. 18, in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A military appeal hearing was set Thursday for a U.S. soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait nearly 10 years ago.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:10:29 -0400
(Reuters) - A man shot and killed his wife at a southern New Jersey hospital on Wednesday and then turned the gun on himself, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The woman died at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford a short time after the 10:20 a.m. shooting, said prosecutor spokesman Jason Laughlin. The wounded man, whose condition was not immediately known, was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, he said. Laughlin said the two people were husband and wife, and added that he had no information about their names, ages, residence or whether either was a patient or employee of the hospital.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:09:20 -0400

FILE - Nashville attorney George Barrett appears at a news conference in this Wednesday, April 18, 2012 file photo taken in Nashville, Tenn. The longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, died Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014. He was 86. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FILE)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:08:33 -0400
PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:48:03 -0400

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.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:05:41 -0400

Jet crash in Deerfield, VADEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot's fate was unknown.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:03:01 -0400

This Aug. 19, 2014 photo provided by Jill Williams shows kindergartner Harry Williams, 7, with his dogs Flora and Gandalf on his way to the bus stop on first day of school in Kanab, Utah. For millions of dogs across the country, summer is gone and so are their best buddies. Most dogs object for a while but eventually adjust to the new hours. But millions of others will feel abandoned, panicky, sad and unable to cope as they look for ways to lash out. (AP Photo/Jill Williams)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:02:18 -0400
(Reuters) - An F-15C fighter plane crashed in western Virginia on Wednesday and the status of the pilot was not immediately known, USA Today reported. The newspaper, citing an Air Force spokeswoman, said the single-pilot plane had flown out of the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts. The crash took place in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in western Virginia, the paper said. The Virginia State Police were notified of a plane crash in Augusta County just after 9 a.m. EDT, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:59:17 -0400
The New York Times declined to endorse either Governor Andrew Cuomo or challenger Zephyr Teachout in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary election, citing his failure to clean up corruption and her lack of political experience. In its Wednesday edition, the newspaper criticized Cuomo, whom it had previously endorsed when he was first elected as New York's governor in 2010, for breaking "his most important promise" to clean up dirty state politics. Federal prosecutors in New York have been investigating the panel's shutdown and pursuing its unfinished corruption cases. "New York still has no comprehensive campaign finance system and has one of the highest donation limits in the country," the Times said.
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