US News  August 27, 2014
US stocks slip after S&P breaks 2,000 barrier
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on August 13, 2014 in New York CityWall Street fell slightly in early trade Wednesday a day after the S&P 500 set a new mark, closing above the 2,000 milestone for the first time.Investors continued to support US shares backed by ultra-low interest rates, an economy growing at a moderate pace, and still little threat of inflation.About 45 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Indust...  Full Story
US hostage's mother pleads with jihadists to spare him
An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic State hanging the Islamic Jihad flag on a pole at the top of an ancient military fortThe mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by the jihadist gang that murdered a kidnapped reporter pleaded for her son's life Wednesday in an emotional televised appeal.Shirley Sotloff, mother of 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, directly addressed the leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, in a vi...  Full Story
US F-15 crashes in Virginia: Pentagon
The aircraft was part of the Air National GuardA US F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday in a Virginia forest and it was unclear if the pilot ejected before the plane went down, officials said.The aircraft was part of the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing from Westfield, Massachusetts, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Tom Crosson said.The jet went down at around 9 am (1300 GMT) in a r...  Full Story
9-year-old kills shooting instructor in Uzi mishap
The tragedy occurred Monday at the Last Stop gun range in the western US state of Arizona, where the girl had been taken by her parents for firearms lesson, US news reports saidA nine-year-old girl learning to fire an Uzi submachine gun was unable to control the weapon, accidentally killing her instructor, news reports said Wednesday.The tragedy occurred Monday at the Last Stop gun range in the western US state of Arizona, where the girl had been taken by her parents for firearms lesson, US news reports said.Officials sai...  Full Story
Last post: US mail service winds down in Afghanistan
US soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), receive mail and packages at the US Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning, in the Gardez district of Paktia province, on August 11, 2014Even in the age of emails and Internet video chatting, there's nothing like a parcel or a letter from home for US soldiers on deployment in Afghanistan.The incoming mail at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning consists of everything from televisions and T-shirts to golf balls -- and still plenty of handwritten envelopes from family and friends.Bu...  Full Story
US journalist returns home after Syria kidnapping
A screen grab from an Al-Jazeera video shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old a freelance journalist, during his detention by Al-Qaeda militants in SyriaAn American journalist held for nearly two years by militants linked to Al-Qaeda in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said.Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey."I ...  Full Story
New York risks 'return to bad old days'
Police officers patrol the Brooklyn Bridge on August 25, 2014 in New York CityNew York is hurtling back to "the bad old days of high crime" under current Mayor Bill de Blasio, a major police union has warned, drawing a sharp rebuke from the Democrat."The degradation of our streets is on the rise," said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, urging the Democratic Party to choose another city to hold it...  Full Story
American fighting for IS killed in Syria
An American was killed last weekend in Syria, where he was fighting for the Islamic State, US media reports, in an account only partially confirmed by US officialsAn American fighting for the Islamic State was killed over the weekend in Syria, US officials said, underlining growing concerns about Westerners signing up for extremist groups in the Middle East.The United States had been aware that Douglas McCain, 33, a one-time aspiring rapper and basketball fan from California, was in war-torn Syria, the White...  Full Story