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Oklahoma man who allegedly beheaded co-worker recently released from probation

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 26, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
A man suspected of beheading a woman he worked with and stabbing another was a convicted felon who had been released from probation earlier this year, Oklahoma corrections officials confirmed Thursday. Alton Nolen, 30, was released early from his probation, set to expire in 2017, around April, said Jerry Massie, …

New York postman accused of hoarding 2,500 pounds of mail

By Reuters on Sept. 26, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
NEW YORK— Tens of thousands of letters, packages and junk mail found stashed in a U.S. postal carrier’s New York City apartment will soon get delivered, some of them nearly a decade after they were mailed, prosecutors said on Friday. Joseph Brucato, 67, a carrier with the United States Postal …

Texas jury finds cancer doctor guilty of poisoning lover’s coffee

By Amanda Orr, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
HOUSTON — A Texas jury on Friday found a Houston breast cancer specialist guilty of spiking the coffee of her lover, a fellow cancer doctor, with a compound used in antifreeze. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was accused of …

Chicago-area air traffic center fire grounds 1,750 flights

By Mary Wisniewski and Karl Plume, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
A fire apparently set by an employee at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the cancellation of more than 1,700 flights at the city’s two major airports, snarling air traffic across the United States, officials said. Flights resumed at O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, after …
A customer holds an iPhone 6 on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York, Sept. 19, 2014.

Apple plays defense on iPhone 6 ‘bendgate,’ software concerns

By Arathy S. Nair and Sam Adams, Reuters on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:51 a.m.
Apple Inc. broke its silence on complaints about bending iPhones, hours after withdrawing a glitch-ridden software update as the company struggles to restore momentum to the rollout of its latest phones. “With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a …
President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations meeting on the Ebola outbreak in New York on Sept. 25, 2014.

Obama, at UN, calls Ebola a threat to global security

By Alexandra Zavis and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:41 a.m.
UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama and other leaders delivered a sobering message at the United Nations on Thursday, saying the world was not doing enough to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and avert a “humanitarian catastrophe.” “This is more than a health crisis,” Obama told leaders at …
U.S. journalist James Foley speaks at Northwestern University after being released from imprisonment in Libya in 2011. Greenville will host a benefit dinner in memory of Foley, who was beheaded by militants of the Islamic State.

Greenville to host ‘roadkill’ benefit dinner in memory of US journalist killed by IS

By John Holyoke on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
Bill Foley says his nephew, James Foley, was an adventurous man who would have found humor in the off-beat dinner organized to benefit the cause the slain journalist intended to devote himself to after returning to the U.S. James Foley was beheaded in August by the Islamic …
An adult black bear and her cub graze in a field in Hancock County in this June 3, 2014 file photo.

California woman attacked, injured by black bear while walking dogs

By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A California woman was attacked by a 200-pound black bear in a rural area of central California, suffering bites, scratches and a broken rib, state fish and wildlife officials said on Thursday. The woman told authorities she briefly lost sight of her dogs when they went off …

Stephen Lorenzetti dies; Park Service official helped build and restore memorials

By Adam Bernstein, Washington Post on Sept. 25, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Stephen Lorenzetti, who spent his career with the National Park Service and rose to the top executive ranks overseeing a restoration of the Washington Monument, as well as planning and construction of the National World War II Memorial and other sites , died Sept. 21 at a hospital …
Skip E. Lowe, a longtime cable access talk show host who built a career on interviewing aging celebrities, died Monday, Sept. 22 at age 85.

Skip E. Lowe, public access TV host who inspired Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick, dies at 85

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 25, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a weekly celebrity talk show in Los Angeles for more than 35 years in which he persuaded several well-known personalities to appear on the TV program, usually in the twilight of their careers. But the ever-ebullient, sometimes befuddled Lowe — who was …
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) celebrates his 4-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter with running back Roy Helu (29) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field Sept. 21, 2014.

CBS commentator Simms will not refer to Washington football as ‘Redskins’

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 25, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
People tuning in to the New York Giants-Washington Redskins game Thursday night will not hear CBS color commentator Phil Simms use the term “Redskins.” Simms has said that he will refer to the team only as Washington. Simms defended his decision, saying he was not taking sides, but understood the …
A customer holds an iPhone 6 on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York, in this September 2014.

Maine sheriff says new iPhone’s security measures could hamper police investigations

By Staff, CBS 13 on Sept. 25, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
PORTLAND | The fight for your personal and private information is pitting Apple and its new operating system against police across the country. Apple says it will no longer unlock iPhones for police, even with a search warrant. Last week, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 …

Workers on Boston’s Old State House locate 113-year-old time capsule

By Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
Officials renovating Boston’s historic Old State House are debating how to remove a 113-year-old time capsule hidden in a statue of a lion overlooking the balcony from which the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776. The box, located by a fiber-optic camera threaded in through a small hole in …
A drone with Sony Action Cam Mini is pictured at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, Sept. 5, 2014.  The FAA announced that it approved six film production companies' request to use drones commercially.

FAA to allow six movie, TV companies to use drones

By Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot scenes on closed sets. “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial [drone] use while ensuring …
A still image taken from an Islamic State video released Sept. 13, 2014 shows British captive David Haines before he is beheaded. The masked Islamic State militant in the videos has been identified, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

FBI: Militant in videos of Americans being beheaded believed identified

By Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The masked Islamic State militant in the videos depicting the beheading of two Americans has been identified, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday, but he did not give the person’s name or nationality. “I believe that we have identified [him]. I’m not going to tell you who …
Brittany Brown (right), a rehab aide at UPMC Sports Medicine who was in a recent bicycle accident, is examined by Anne Mucha, program coordinator of the Vestibular Concussion Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in this September 2014 file photo.

New test detects concussion impairments easily overlooked

By Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Researchers at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a simple new test that can detect symptoms of a concussion that tests often miss. The new test concerns the vestibular ocular system, which is responsible for integrating vision, balance and movement. It’s what …

New York celebrity groundhog dead after fall from mayor’s grasp

By Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
NEW YORK — A restless groundhog that squirmed out of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hands and fell to the floor at this year’s Groundhog Day celebration has died, zoo officials said on Thursday. New York has held the annual Feb. 2 Groundhog Day event since 1981 with the …
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses a meeting of the U.N. Security Council at the 69th U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 24, 2014.

Iraqi PM says Islamic State plans subway attacks in US and Paris

By Arshad Mohammed, Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
NEW YORK — Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday, but U.S. and French officials said they had no evidence to back up the claim. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s comments were …
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Doctors say third Ebola patient treated in the US free from virus

By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
CHICAGO — The third U.S. patient to be treated in the United States for Ebola is free of the virus, doctors at the Nebraska Medical Center and the patient said in a news conference on Thursday. “The CDC has declared me safe and free of virus. Thank God. I love …

Scarier than zombies, unused meds can kill: Dover students promote awareness of prescription drug misuse

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
DOVER, New Hampshire — A group of students dressed as zombies gathered in front of City Hall Wednesday afternoon, raising awareness about the Police Department’s prescription drug take-back event. “If you think zombies are quite a sight, your medicine cabinet is a really big fright,” the students, who are part …
 
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