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Kent State players to wear ‘54’ on helmets to honour deceased teammate Bitsko

Via @KSUAthletics, here is the helmet Kent State will wear to honor Jason Bitsko this season. http://t.co/sPrQCK4iIR pic.twitter.com/ljjhhU8K37 — Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) August 22, 2014 KENT, Ohio—Kent State coach Paul Haynes says players grieving the death of centre Jason Bitsko plan to honour him by wearing his number 54 on their helmets this season. The …

Man seen in mystery selfie comes forward after Los Angeles County burglary victim finds photo

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim’s phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday. The man shown in the selfie came forward and spoke with detectives, and members of the public identified the woman in the photo, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Dubin said. Officials released the …

Deported Mexicans get new life in booming call centres that cater to American consumers

TIJUANA, Mexico—Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew. But the 34-year-old Tijuana native feels right at home as soon as gets to work at Call Center Services International, where …

Airline industry trade group predicts Labor Day air travel will rise 2 per cent over last year

A trade group for the nation’s big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 per cent from the same holiday last year. If correct, the forecast would be more good news for the airlines. Nine leading U.S. carriers earned $3.8 billion in the first half of this year—up from …

American Airlines raises age for fee on unaccompanied minors; will charge for those up to 14

FORT WORTH, Texas—American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14. The change starts Sept. 3. Currently, American charges a fee on top of the regular fare for unaccompanied minors between 5 and 11. The airline announced the change Thursday in …

Ohio diocese discourages ALS Association ice bucket challenge, cites embryonic stem cell funds

CINCINNATI, Ohio—A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem cell research is “in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.” Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told the schools in …

Helicopter equipped with mechanical claw retrieves bodies of 3 climbers from Mount Rainier

SEATTLE—The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice and rocks. So rangers borrowed a tool from their colleagues at Denali National Park …

Thailand’s army ruler nominated for new post as prime minister, 3 months after coup

BANGKOK, Thailand—Three months after overthrowing Thailand’s last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good—to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military’s grip on power. Thailand’s junta-appointed legislature voted unanimously Thursday …

Pakistan’s ambassador to India defends meeting with Kashmiri separatists

NEW DELHI—Pakistan’s ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals. Abdul Basit spoke to reporters in New Delhi two days after India called off diplomatic talks with Pakistan because he had …

Get ready for sticker shock: USDA says average cost to raise a child up slightly to $245,340

WASHINGTON—A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches the age of 18, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. And that doesn’t include …

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