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Body of 'American Sniper' Kyle surrounded by weapons, Ranger testifies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:49

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh appears in court for the second day of his capital murder trial in Stephenville TexasBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The former Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper" was found dead at a rural Texas shooting range, the only loaded weapon within reach a 1911-style semiautomatic pistol, a Texas Ranger told a court on Thursday. Former U.S. Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is on trial for murdering Chris Kyle and friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, in February 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. Kyle and Littlefield had been shot multiple times, with two guns. "The only weapons on the scene that were loaded were two 1911-style handguns," Texas Ranger Michael Adcock told the court in rural Erath County.

EU warns Russia over Ukraine deal

BBC World News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:47
Russia will face fresh sanctions from the EU if a deal to end the war in eastern Ukraine is not fully implemented, European leaders warn.
Categories: BBC World News

A few thoughts on Seattle's 2015 schedule

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:46
This story from that rated the strength of schedules for NFL teams in 2015 has been making the rounds the last few days.
Categories: Sports Center

VIDEO: Judge backs Alabama same-sex weddings

BBC World News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:41
Same-sex couple in Mobile County, Alabama, must be allowed to marry, a US federal judge rules.
Categories: BBC World News

Former SEC commissioner Harvey Goldschmid dead at 74

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:41

File photo of Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner Harvey Goldschmid during a public hearing at the SEC in WashingtonBy Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Securities and Exchange Commission member and prominent Columbia University law professor Harvey Goldschmid died on Thursday at the age of 74, the law school said. Goldschmid served as a Democratic commissioner at the SEC from 2002 to 2005. Before that, he also worked as the agency's general counsel from 1998 to 1999, and served as a special advisor to former SEC Chair Arthur Levitt. During his SEC career, Goldschmid helped develop "Regulation FD," a rule designed to prevent Wall Street traders from getting market-moving information ahead of other investors.

Family, friends say 3 slain in NC left a legacy of giving

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:40
Three young people gunned down in a condominium in North Carolina were known and admired for helping and healing others, whether it was friends and next-door neighbors or refugees located thousands of miles away, friends and family said.

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber vows to stay amid scandal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:40
Wednesday, amid speculation that he might quit, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber set the record straight. “Let me be as clear as I was last week, that I have no intention of resigning as governor of the state of Oregon,” he said in a statement.

Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:40

Greg and Roger kiss after getting married in a park outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Jonathan Kaminsky MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered an Alabama official to comply with her earlier ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex matrimony and start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, while advocates said couples in most counties were still unable to obtain licenses. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order clarified that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis should follow her directive despite a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that led many state judges to refrain from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The ruling marked the latest twist in the controversy over gay marriage in Alabama, where probate judges have faced conflicting orders from federal and state courts.

Bombardier installs new CEO amid problems

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:38
Bombardier Inc., the world's third-largest maker of civilian commercial aircraft, announced major changes in its top ranks Thursday as it deals with problems in its aerospace division.

Lorenzo Romar on No. 7 Arizona

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:37
Here's the transcript of Thursday's press conference with coach Lorenzo Romar who talked about Washington's five-game losing streak and Friday's game against No. 7 Arizona.

Johnson & Johnson projects aim to spot who'll get a disease

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:37
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine being able to identify who is likely to develop a particular disease — and then stop the disorder before it starts.

Bellevue’s Civica Commons sold for $205 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:37
Global real-estate firm Hines bought the Civica Commons complex from New York private equity firm Brickman.

International sailing competition held in Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:36

ADDS IDENTIFICATION OF SKATER - In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 photo, wing skater Rick Hobbs participates in a race during World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships on Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac, Wis. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — An international sailing competition is being held in eastern Wisconsin on a frozen Lake Winnebago.

Anthem says hackers had access to customer data back to 2004

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:35
Anthem disclosed the new time frame on its data breach as it prepares to offer two years of free identity-theft protection to millions of affected consumers.

Mayor Nutter signs mandatory sick leave bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:35

Mayor Nutter signs mandatory sick leave billMayor Michael Nutter signed into legislation a mandatory sick leave bill that will impact thousands of workers.

Thousands join funeral for slain Muslims in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:33

Female mourners gather for the funerals of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his 21-year-old wife of less than two months, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, at the Method Road Soccer Complex Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fathers of three young Muslims allegedly slain by a neighbor who was angry over parking spots stood before their caskets Thursday and urged a crowd of thousands to protect others by demanding justice.

2-year-old child struck, killed by trolley in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:32

2-year-old child struck, killed by trolley in West PhiladelphiaOfficials say a 2-year-old child was struck and killed by a SEPTA trolley in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia.

Governor meets Boston-area mass transit head amid complaints

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:31
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he had a "healthy exchange of views" with the leader of Boston's beleaguered transit system as the two met Thursday on a frigid day that brought fresh travel woes for commuters.

Turkey's Erdogan chides Obama for silence on Chapel Hill Muslim murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:30
By Alberto Fajardo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for his silence following the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, in the latest sign relations between the two leaders have become strained. Speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit to Latin America's No. 2 economy, Erdogan said the silence of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry was "telling" and they should take a position following such acts. The three Muslims were shot dead on Tuesday near the University of North Carolina campus in an incident police said was possibly a hate crime. Newlywed Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in a condominium about two miles (three km) from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 07:30

FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is giving more options to decide what happens to users’ accounts after they die. The world’s biggest online social network will now let users pick a trusted contact who can manage their account or elect to have the account deleted, the company announced, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.