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Police: Mother shoots son inside Germantown home

Police: Mother shoots son inside Germantown home Authorities say a mother has been taken into custody after police say she shot her son inside a Germantown home.


Man shot in Germantown home, woman in custody

Police: Mother shoots son inside Germantown home A woman has been taken into custody after a shooting inside a Germantown house that sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.


Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girls

Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girls A Bensalem teen could spend more than 80 years in prison after being convicted late Friday in the rapes and sexual assaults of 10 young girls.


Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A California woman is under investigation after trying to enter a hospital maternity ward carrying a doll that looked like a living baby, police said Friday, but the woman says the dolls are meant to be therapeutic for patients.

Officials launch probe into alleged 'baby factory'

Officials launch probe into alleged 'baby factory' Interpol has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.


DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso walks out of the Sacramento County Jail in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Hueso was booked into the Sacramento County Jail early Friday morning after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. (AP Photo/Fenit Nirappil) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.


Bensalem teen found guilty of raping 10 girls

Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girls A Bensalem teen could spend more than 80 years in prison after being convicted late Friday in the rapes and sexual assaults of 10 young girls.


Judge blocks Montana from logging in grizzly territory

Conservation groups on Friday hailed a court decision that blocks Montana from building roads and logging in nearly 37,000 acres of a state forest that serves as core habitat for protected grizzly bears. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by issuing a permit to Montana allowing it to open the Stillwater State Forest to timber harvests in areas that would damage grizzly territory. Just five populations of the hump-shouldered bruins are found in the Lower 48 states, including roughly 1,000 grizzlies along the northern Continental Divide in Montana, and an estimated 600 in and around Yellowstone National Park in the northern Rockies. It is the population along the Continental Divide that is at stake in the legal case brought against logging proposals in the Stillwater State Forest, in northwestern Montana.

Alaska troopers: Girl drowns in bucket of water

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 1-year-old girl has drowned in a bucket of water at her family's home in the western Alaska village of Kotlik.

Man who at pot candy must stand trial in killing

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Richard Kirk, 48. On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Kirk, who is charged with first-degree murder in the April 14 killing of his 44-year-old wife, Kristine Kirk, in their Denver home. Police officers arrived just after Kristine Kirk was shot in the head, about 15 minutes after she called 911. Police are investigating whether marijuana played a role in the killing. (AP Photo/Denver Police Department, File) DENVER (AP) — A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.


Glitch voids 17,000 red-light tickets in New Jersey

Glitch voids 17,000 red-light tickets in New Jersey The company that operates most of New Jersey's red-light cameras says a computer glitch has led to about 17,000 tickets being voided.


Man shot in the head, killed in Juniata Park

Man shot in the head, killed in Juniata Park Authorities say a man has died after he was found shot in the head in Philadelphia's Juniata park section.


U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw By Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of workers at the Department of Homeland Security's headquarters as well as its U.S.


Bond set at $825K for accused Tulsa officer

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Tulsa County Sherrif's Office, Shannon Kepler is pictured in a booking photo. Kepler, a Tulsa police officer, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of Jeremey Lake, his daughter's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, File) TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge on Friday set an $825,000 bond for a veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month.


Governors: Deal may come soon in supermarket feud

This photo made with a fisheye lens shows a sign atop mostly empty meat shelves at Market Basket in Haverhill, Mass., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. As an employee revolt at the New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire made the unusual move of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening the future of the popular low-priced supermarkets. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON (AP) — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement to sell it to its ousted CEO.


Missing Russian found dead in Grand Teton park

This undated photo provided by the Grand Teton National Park shows Twenty-three-year-old Aleksandr Sagiev, who was expected back at his job in a grocery store at Dornan's resort within the Grand Teton National Park on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He was last seen at the complex's pizza restaurant the day before. Authorities are searching for the Russian student who failed to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park. (AP Photo/ Grand Teton National Park) MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A Russian student who went missing in Grand Teton National Park has been found dead.


Tennessee death row inmates sue to stop electric chair

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee death row inmates whose execution dates have been set filed suit on Friday against the state to stop it from using the electric chair. "It was filed because the state of Tennessee stands alone as the only jurisdiction in the entire world which now involuntarily subjects inmates to the electric chair," said federal public defender Kelly Henry, who represents five of the 11 condemned inmates named in the filing. She said the filing - with four different attorneys involved - amended a suit filed in November that challenged the process of lethal injections in the state and also said executioners' names should be revealed. The Tennessee General Assembly in its last session passed a law making the electric chair the backup plan for Tennessee executions if the drugs for lethal injection become unavailable or if lethal injection has been deemed unconstitutional.

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

TSARNAEV'S FRIEND PLEADS GUILTY Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury selection process in federal court.


ND teacher of the year charged with 5 felonies

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.

Activists carry coffin of woman killed by Phoenix police

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Activists protesting the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman by a Phoenix police sergeant last week carried her coffin to City Hall on Friday, demanding an independent investigation into her killing. Michelle Cusseaux's family and other supporters paraded the 50-year-old woman's wooden casket through downtown Phoenix a day ahead of her funeral in what they said was a symbolic move to show they will not let her death pass without action. "She can no longer speak, so we must do that for her," said the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who helped lead the demonstration that also went to the U.S. "We are not giving up." Phoenix police have launched two investigations into the Aug. 14 killing of Cusseaux, who died from a single gunshot wound after she threatened police with a claw hammer at the door of her apartment.

Fort Hood officer to face trial by court martial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A noncommissioned sexual abuse prevention officer at Fort Hood accused of operating a prostitution ring will be court martialed, the central Texas Army base said Friday.

Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer

This June 1, 2013 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday, Aug. 22, 2012. Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Corrections) NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.


Stoke City-Hull City Preview

Hull City take on Stoke City at the KC Stadium on Sunday at the end of a busy week for manager Steve Bruce and his team. The Tigers opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers last Saturday, with defender James Chester heading home a 52nd-minute winner and goalkeeper Allan McGregor saving a penalty to secure all three points. Hull lost summer signing Robert ...

Exclusive: Amid Ferguson rage, council's lone black member keeps low profile

Protestors march down in Ferguson, Missouri By Tim McLaughlin FERGUSON Missouri (Reuters) - In many ways Dwayne James is a beacon of hope in Ferguson, which has been torn apart by racially charged riots. The only black councilman in a predominantly black town, James is widely respected even by political opponents and talked of as a candidate for mayor. "Our city charter provides that our mayor is the spokesperson for the city," James told Reuters, in his first public statement since Ferguson patrol cop Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, who was unarmed, six times on Aug. 9. Ferguson's black residents complain that they do not have a voice in the town's power structures, and that lack of representation has contributed to the anger that has sparked rioting, they say.


9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the state mishandled the program.

Rain turns Washington fire scars into muddy rivers

This image made from a video provided by KOMO News shows damage in north central Washington after rain created mudslides on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The land, which was left bare by wildfires, washed down hillsides, damaged homes and closed highways. (AP Photo/KOMO News) SEATTLE OUT TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A highway in central Washington remained closed on Friday after heavy rains unleashed mudslides that washed down hillsides left barren by wildfires.


3 bodies recovered from Mount Rainier identified

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Pierce County medical examiner has identified the bodies of three climbers recovered this week from Mount Rainier. They were part of a party of six who vanished on the Washington state peak last May.

New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Theo Murphy, left, of Florissant, Mo., and his brother Jordan Marshall, 11, light candles at a memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo., where where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. A small group of people, who preferred to remain anonymous,laid roses along the middle of the road that stretched about 60 yards. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?


California Senate passes gun database checks bill

By Aaron Mendelson SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California Senate passed a bill on Friday requiring local law enforcement to search a database of firearms owners in most cases when carrying out checks on people who may harm themselves or others. The move follows the Isla Vista killings in Southern California in May, when 22-year-old Elliot Rodger fatally shot and stabbed six people before ...

Judge denies restraining order in San Francisco rent case

By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would have frozen for the plaintiffs a controversial San Francisco city law that makes landlords pay a hefty fee when evicting tenants to take properties off the rental market. Federal Judge Charles R. Breyer denied the motion for a temporary restraining order, which was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the married couple, Daniel and Maria Levin, and a handful of other property owners. The Levins own a two-unit house in San Francisco, living in the upper unit and renting out the lower one.

Connecticut preschool teacher's aide faces child porn charges

By Richard Weizel WILTON Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut preschool teacher's aide has been charged with possessing and sharing child pornography, police said on Friday. Eric Von Kohorn, a 33-year-old Bridgeport resident who worked in the Wilton school system since 2007, was arrested late Wednesday and released on a $50,000 bond. School officials said they were told in June that Von Kohorn was the subject of a probe by the state police and the Department of Homeland Security. It was not immediately known if Von Kohorn had a lawyer, and he could not be reached for comment.

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries

Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.


Mexico creates special force for economic crime

Officers belonging to Mexico's newest police force, known as the gendarmerie, march during the launching ceremony for the new force at the Federal Police headquarters in Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Gendarmerie members will be a division of the federal police and will be sent to protect areas like those where wheat and sorghum farmers, banana growers and mining firms have been hit by organized crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.


Atlantic City's tax base will have shrunk in half by 2015 -official

Atlantic City's tax base, facing the loss of a third of its casinos including the shining new Revel Casino Hotel, is likely to shrink next year to half of what it was in 2010, the city's finance chief said. The erosion of the property tax base, in the most well-known U.S. It is expected to fall to an anticipated $10 billion or less in 2015 from $20.5 billion in 2010, Atlantic City's Revenue and ...

National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

St Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch is seen in an undated handout photo from the St Louis County prosecutor's office By Nick Carey and Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops began leaving Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday in a sign authorities are increasingly confident they have quelled the worst of the violence that erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. “Monday night will be a critical night,” said Bishop Edwin Bass, president of the St. Louis church Urban Initiatives of the Church of God In Christ. "The funeral could have a big impact on the mood of the community.” The White House said it was encouraged by the situation over the past few days, and that President Barack Obama is monitoring and getting regular briefings.


Economic data, earnings lift US stocks

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 31, 2014 US stocks enjoyed a week of solid gains following a batch of good economic data and mostly strong corporate earnings as concerns about geopolitical hotspots ebbed somewhat. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average leaped 338.31 points (2.03 percent) to 17,001.22. Worries over Ukraine geopolitics returned to markets Friday, when Russia sent a convoy of trucks into Ukraine without authorization. "The upward trend for the market has resumed," said David Levy, portfolio manager at Kenjol Capital Management.


Global stocks pause, dollar jumps on Yellen comments, Ukraine

Packs of U.S. one hundred dollar billas are counted at a bank in Westminster, Colorado By Michael Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street and other stock markets paused on Friday, halting the week's strong gains, as worsening Ukraine tensions dogged trading, while the dollar rose after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said policymakers eyeing interest rate hikes need to move cautiously. Ukraine on Friday said Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. "We will probably be talking about Ukraine through the winter." The Dow Jones industrial average fell 38.27 points, or 0.22 percent, to 17,001.22, the S&P 500 lost 3.97 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,988.40, and the Nasdaq Composite added 6.45 points, or 0.14 percent, to 4,538.55.


Oklahoma City cop accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty

An Oklahoma City police officer and former college football star is accused of forcing at least seven women to perform sexual favors for him while he was on patrol, law enforcement officials say.

Atlantic City casinos' operating profit up 35 pct

Atlantic City's 11 casinos saw their gross operating profit increase by nearly 35 percent in the second quarter of this year. But no one's throwing any parades just yet. Most of the increase appears to ...

United-Sporting Kansas City Preview

Sporting Kansas City sits atop the Eastern Conference and is confident its 21-year-old goaltender can help it stay there as long as he's needed in a starting role. With Fabian Espindola back in the fold, D.C. United believes it has what it takes to supplant Sporting KC. Jon Kempin will make his second MLS start as Kansas City seeks a sixth straight home win over second-place D.C. on Saturday ...

US judge 'ignorant' of democracy, says Argentina

Argentina's Finance Secretary Pablo Lopez leaves the office building of mediator Daniel Pollack July 24, 2014 in New York Argentina lashed out Friday at the US judge blocking it from servicing its debt, saying he was "ignorant" of democratic institutions after he branded its move to pay bondholders against his orders illegal. The Argentine government has asked Congress for authority to repay creditors in Buenos Aires instead of New York to circumvent a court order by US District Judge Thomas Griesa that has forced the country into its second default in 13 years. The judge's order bars the country from servicing its restructured debt until it settles a $1.3-billion dispute with two US hedge funds that refuse to accept a write-down on their Argentine bonds. The economy ministry accused Griesa of hijacking Argentina's sovereignty at the behest of the hedge funds, which Buenos Aires calls "vultures" for buying up its debt at steep discounts after its 2001 default, then insisting on full payment.


Sinopec says H1 net profit up 7.5 percent

A worker rides his bicycle at China's Sinopec oil refinery in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on May 10, 2011 Chinese oil giant Sinopec said Friday its net profit for the first half of 2014 was up 7.5 percent year-on-year, despite weakened domestic demand for oil products. Asia's largest refiner by capacity said its net profit for the six months to June 30 was 32.54 billion yuan ($5.29 billion), up from 30.28 billion yuan from the same period last year. "In the first half of 2014, China's economy maintained its moderate growth while the growth rate of domestic demand for oil products slowed, with petrochemical product prices declining in the face of severe market competition," it said in the filing. Petroleum products including refined oil products and other refined petroleum products, which makes up almost 60 percent of its turnover and other operating revenues, saw external sales revenue of 809.4 billion yuan, a decrease of 1.3 percent for the reported period compared to 2013.


New York City aims to slim down Happy Meals

New York City wants to put the Happy Meal on a diet. The McDonald's ( MCD ) kids meals, as well as those from Burger King ( BKW ) and Wendy's, are in the cross hairs of the New York City Council, which is considering restrictions on any fast food meals that includes a toy.

Insight: Brazil's slump hits job market as election approaches

People look at a list of job offers posted in a main street in downtown Sao Paulo By Brad Haynes and Silvio Cascione SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Many of Brazil's biggest retailers, homebuilders and carmakers are cutting jobs as Latin America's largest economy teeters on the edge of recession, a fresh blow to President Dilma Rousseff's re-election bid. For years, low unemployment was key to Brazil's emergence as an economic power and important gains in the fight against poverty. The unemployment rate remains near record lows of around 5 percent and the leftist Rousseff regularly touts it as a success of the ruling Workers' Party over the last 12 years.


WTO rules against Argentina in import restrictions case

By Stephanie Nebehay and Anna Yukhananov GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union and Japan against the South American country's licensing rules used to restrict imports. The three economic powers argued that Argentina did not automatically grant licenses to importers as required by WTO rules, allowing it to shield its vulnerable economy. The panel of three independent arbitrators found that Argentina's licensing rules violated WTO agreements, and urged the government of President Cristina Fernandez to bring them in line with international trade rules.

Edinburgh and London grapple over North Sea's black gold

The BP Eastern Trough Area Project oil platform in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, February 24, 2014 North Sea oil has been at the centre of fierce debate over Scotland's future ahead of an independence vote next month, with both sides wrangling over the outlook for the region's treasure trove of black gold. Around 42 billion barrels of oil and gas have been extracted from the North Sea since the early 1970s, providing a welcome boost to the British government's coffers -- and Scotland's economy. Now, with Scotland heading to the polls on September 18 in a referendum that could spell the end of the 300-year-old union with England, its lucrative energy resources are in sharp focus. British Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government is calling on Scots to reject independence, while the devolved Scottish administration of First Minister Alex Salmond is backing a historic separation.


Scottish independence could prompt 'capital flight': HSBC

Currency has been a major issue in the Scottish independence debate The chairman of banking giant HSBC warned on Friday that uncertainty over the economic future of Scotland could lead to "capital flight" if it votes to leave the United Kingdom next month. Writing in British daily The Telegraph, HSBC head Douglas Flint said the currency union with England was an "anchor" for Scotland's stability and leaving it "would be complex and fraught with danger". Flint, himself a Scot, is the most high-profile business leader to speak out against Scotland leaving the United Kingdom before the September 18 vote. "Uncertainty over the Scotland's currency arrangements could prompt capital flight from the country, leaving its financial system in a parlous state," he wrote in the newspaper.


Food cart activist questions city's downtown food stand move

When the city announced this week that a nonprofit organization had been granted permission to sell Asian kale salad and other "healthy, local food" out of repurposed newsstands downtown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralded the agreement as evidence of his commitment to create jobs by allowing...

Barcelona residents fight back against drunken, naked tourists

A woman pushes a trolley with suitcases at Barcelona's airport By Braden Phillips BARCELONA Spain (Reuters) - A record tourism year may be a boost for Spain's struggling economy, but in one corner of Barcelona residents are furious about drunken holidaymakers and a new fad for carousing naked in public. People of La Barceloneta, tucked behind a beachfront which attracts millions of visitors a year, have taken to the streets several days in a row to protest against a rise in unruly tourism and to demand more control over low-cost accommodation. The marches come after complaints of raucous late-night partying, increasing litter and drunken antics like the fad for nudity around town, captured by residents in photos published in national newspapers. Barcelona's city hall on Friday said it would create new inspection teams to carry out door-to-door searches in the neighbourhood to locate illegal tourist flats, which residents blame for anti-social tourism.


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