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Opening statements due in trial of friend of accused Boston bomber

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 03:08

BOSTON (Reuters) - A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, charged with lying about a visit to his dorm room three days after the deadly blasts, is set to go on trial on Monday and faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Robel Phillipos, a 21-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of three people who prosecutors say went to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, and removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells. ...

One whale of a surprise appearance

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:52

Joseph Weber and his wife were sailing off the Gulf of Maine in their lobster boat when they experienced a spectacular close encounter with some humpbacked whales. When Weber cut the engine of the boat, the whales lazed around for ten minutes, seemingly enjoying the attention they were receiving. One whale frightened the Webers when he jumped out of the water and landed with a terrific splash that rocked the wooden boat. Credit: YouTube/ AM1690

Typhoon washes 3 U.S. airmen out to sea in Japan

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:09

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan on Monday, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides, before swerving to the Pacific Ocean.

Dallas Ebola patient fighting for life, another headed to Nebraska

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 22:08

By Lisa Maria Garza and Sharon Begley DALLAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital and appeared to be receiving none of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. health official said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in Texas from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns that the worst Ebola epidemic on record could spread from West Africa, where it began in March. ...

Parents of American held by Islamic State release photos, letter

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:42

By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - The parents of an U.S. aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants on Sunday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief. Peter Kassig, 26, was taken captive a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria, his family has said. He was threatened in an Islamic State video issued on Friday that showed the beheading of a British aid worker. Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis, Indiana, appealed for his release on Saturday in a video message. ...

Hitmen admit killing 17 of 43 missing Mexican students

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:11

Iguala (Mexico) (AFP) - Two gang hitmen linked to police admitted to killing 17 of 43 students missing in southern Mexico, prosecutors said, amid fears the victims were among bodies found in a mass grave.

Two dead as ultralight helicopter crashes in Colorado

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 17:30
DENVER (Reuters) - Both people aboard an ultralight helicopter-like aircraft were killed when it crashed into a river in western Colorado, authorities said on Sunday. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said the aircraft reportedly took off from the Grand Junction Regional Airport before crashing into Colorado River a few miles away near the town of Loma at around dusk on Saturday. Local media said the aircraft was a Xenon gyroplane, which resembles a lightweight helicopter. ...

U.S. military officials feared dead in typhoon

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:47

Tokyo (AFP) - Strong typhoon Phanfone made landfall in central Japan on Monday, slamming into the archipelago with winds of 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour and making a beeline for Tokyo, the country's meteorological agency said.

Journalist with Ebola headed to U.S.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:46

Ashoka Mukpo will be treated at Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit.

Two NFL players arrested for trespass in separate incidents

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 15:56
(Reuters) - Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Minneapolis arrested two professional football players on trespassing and other charges, authorities and local media reported Sunday. The arrests of Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby and Minnesota Vikings tackle Tom Johnson came as the National Football League has come under nationwide scrutiny following a domestic violence incident involving one of its players. In Fort Lauderdale, Shelby, 25, was charged with trespass and resisting arrest without violence after an apparent incident at a local nightclub, police said. ...

No signs of foul play seen in Pennsylvania 9/11 memorial fire

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 13:40
(Reuters) - Investigators have found no signs of foul play or arson in a fire at a 9/11 memorial complex in Pennsylvania which destroyed a U.S. flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, authorities said on Sunday. Also lost in Friday afternoon's blaze were personal items belonging to the passengers and crew members who were on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed as one of four hijackings by al Qaeda militants on Sept. 11, 2001. ...

British hostage released in Libya after five months

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 11:42

London (AFP) - British schoolteacher David Bolam has been released after nearly five months of captivity in Libya, reportedly after payment of a ransom to his Islamist captors.

New Jersey boy's death is first linked directly to enterovirus

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 10:31
(Reuters) - A New Jersey boy who went to bed last month in seemingly good health and died in his sleep is the first fatality linked directly to a strain of enterovirus that has infected more than 500 people, a local medical official said on Sunday. The 4-year-old boy, identified as Eli Waller of Hamilton Township, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlantic City, never awoke after going to sleep on the night of Sept. 24, Hamilton Township Health Officer Jeff Plunkett said. ...

Egypt jihadist group releases video of beheadings

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 10:03

A video released Sunday showed the execution of four men accused of spying for the army and for Israel's Mossad intelligence service.

Iconic sunset images on the Hudson River

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 10:00
The Statue of Liberty after sunset. The ship pauses to allow shutterbugs to photograph Lady Liberty. (Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan)

Nebraska hospital prepares for arrival of Ebola patient

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:03

(Reuters) - A Nebraska hospital is preparing for the expected arrival of an Ebola patient who contracted the disease in Liberia, a spokesman said on Sunday. Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson would only identify the patient as a male U.S. citizen expected to arrive on Monday. But the father of Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, told Reuters on Friday that his son was going to Nebraska for treatment. The Nebraska hospital last month treated and released Dr. Rick Sacra, an American missionary who also contracted Ebola in Liberia. ...

Ex-Haiti dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier dead at 63

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 05:29

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation with an iron fist from 1971 until his ouster in 1986, died of a heart attack. He was 63.

Hong Kong protesters agree to remove some barricades

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:41

In an apparent concession to authorities warning pro-democracy protesters to clear Hong Kong's streets by the beginning of the work week, students occupying the area outside city government headquarters ...

Mass grave found near Mexico town hit by violence

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 19:18

IGUALA, Mexico (AP) — A clandestine grave site with multiple burial pits was found outside this city where violence last weekend resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students after protesters clashed with police, Mexican officials said Saturday.

Ebola patient in Dallas turns critical, no new U.S. cases

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 17:09

By Jon Herskovitz and and Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse on Saturday, slipping from serious to critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as health officials reported tracking scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms. The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in Dallas from Liberia two weeks ago, has heightened concerns that the worst epidemic of Ebola on record could spread from West Africa where it began in March and has taken more than 3,400 lives. Dr. ...