National Headlines, August 29th

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 08/29 2014 06:07AM

Updated 08/29 2014 06:29AM

The NFL announced Thursday that it's taking a stronger stance against Domestic Violence.

That's just one of the stories that top our look at national headlines Friday morning.

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, sent a letter to team owners outlining a new disciplinary policy for players involved in Domestic Violence offenses.

The new policy, effective immediately, includes a six week suspension without pay for a first-time Domestic Violence offense.

A second offense could result in a lifetime ban from the league.

It comes after Baltimore Ravens player, Ray Rice, was given a two-game suspension for allegedly hitting the woman who is now his wife.

Military officials announced late Thursday that the pilot of an F-15 Jet that crashed in a remote area of Western Virginia was killed.

Search crews used helicopters to comb the mountainous area around the crash site and humvees and horses searched the rugged terrain looking for the pilot.

The fighter jet was part of the Massachusetts Air National Guard and was on a routine maintenance mission to New Orleans when it crashed Wednesday.

The pilot had reported an in-flight emergency before losing radio contact.

Comedian Joan Rivers was hospitalized at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday.

The 81-year-old's daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement stating her mother is "resting comfortably" and offered thanks for the "overwhelming love and support for my mother."

Rivers was rushed to the hospital earlier in the day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office in Manhattan.

More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada were lit up Thursday night to promote next week's Stand Up to Cancer telethon.

Among the buildings illuminated were Cleveland, Ohio's Terminal Tower and the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York, which links Canada and the U.S. at the east end of Lake Erie.

The hour long cancer fundraiser is scheduled to air September 5th, on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks.

It'll also stream live on Hulu and Yahoo.

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