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Wyoming gay couples get marriage licenses

46 min 42 sec ago
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions, bringing the wave of change to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard galvanized a national push for gay rights.

California fire victim reunited with rescuer

46 min 59 sec ago

In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 photo, Thomas Artiaga talks about his rescue of Robert Wells from his fully engulfed home Saturday, during an interview in Fresno, Calif. Wells, who was seen on video being carried to safety by good Samaritan Artiaga as flames exploded, says he just froze as the fire burned his apartment. Wells reunited with rescuer, Thomas Artiaga, two days after the blaze and thanked him for his efforts. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Craig Kohlruss)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The fire victim who was seen on video being carried to safety by a Good Samaritan as flames exploded says he just froze as the fire burned his home.

Jodi Arias sentencing retrial opens in Arizona

49 min 20 sec ago
PHOENIX (AP) — The Jodi Arias sentencing retrial has started in Arizona with a new jury and opening statements by lawyers to decide whether the convicted murderer should live or die after killing her boyfriend.

Arizona jury sworn in to consider death penalty for Jodi Arias

57 min 16 sec ago
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury was sworn in on Tuesday to decide whether Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend at a sensational trial, should face the death penalty or life in prison. The 12 jurors and six alternates were sworn for the penalty phase of Arias' trial by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge after months of delays in the high profile case. Arias, 34, was in court as the jury was sworn in, wearing a beige blouse. ...

Missouri governor announces commission to address Ferguson unrest

1 hour 13 sec ago

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and curfew in response to looting the previous night in Ferguson, Missouri(Reuters) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that have fed racial unrest following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August. The announcement comes a day after a Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested amid a protest outside the Ferguson police department and after other protesters staged a demonstration against police brutality outside the St. Louis County prosecutor's office. The St. ...

Americans losing billions by taking less vacation time: survey

1 hour 2 min ago

Tourists take photographs during their visit on the Acropolis hill on the eve of the World Tourism Day in AthensWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans took the least amount of vacation time in almost four decades last year, forfeiting billions of dollars in compensation without scoring points with their bosses, according to an industry group analysis released on Tuesday. The report for the U.S. Travel Association said the average American with paid time off (PTO) used 16 of 20.9 vacation days in 2013, down from an average of 20.3 days off from 1976 to 2000. It added that 169 million days of permanently forfeited U.S. vacation time equated to $52.4 billion in lost benefits. ...

North Dakota reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy

1 hour 5 min ago

FILE - In this June 4, 2010 file photo, Amy Sakariassen uses a miniature jackhammer to chip away at Dakota, a 66-million-year-old dinosaur with fossilized skin at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D. North Dakota officials have reached a $3 million deal to keep Dakota on permanent display in Bismarck, where the fossil is planned as a cornerstone of a $51 million expansion at the center on the state Capitol grounds. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur might have found permanent digs in Bismarck.

Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington

1 hour 9 min ago
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday. The mother of the baby orca was seen for three days in a row swimming in the waters off Washington state without her calf at her side, a sign it was dead, said Howard Garrett, co-director of the Washington-based Orca Network. "For the first two years, a calf is glued to its mother's side. ...

N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs.

1 hour 15 min ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

Golden Gate Bridge officials float sidewalk toll

1 hour 17 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks.

Kansas independent Orman campaigns under the radar

1 hour 24 min ago
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Greg Orman has had barely a month to introduce himself to Kansas voters since unusual events thrust him into a neck-and-neck competition with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Yet the independent candidate's schedule of public campaign appearances has usually ranged from slim to none.

Snowden: Bombing shows limits of mass surveillance

1 hour 25 min ago
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says the Boston Marathon bombings are an example of how threats can be missed even under blanket surveillance.

Midday Glance: Silver companies

1 hour 26 min ago
Shares of some top silver companies are up at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.07 or 2.8 percent, to $2.54. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.12 or 1.1 percent, to $10.92. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...

White House confirms U.S. citizen released from North Korea

1 hour 26 min ago

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two other U.S. citizens as well. "While this is a positive decision ... we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them," Earnest said, referring to North Korea. ...

Police swarm near clothing bin amid Eric Frein search

1 hour 34 min ago

Police swarm near clothing bin amid Eric Frein searchPolice swarmed the area around a clothing bin late Tuesday morning after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man who allegedly gunned down a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Harley-Davidson tops 3Q net income expectations

1 hour 34 min ago

This Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo shows a Harley-Davidson leather jacket on display at the South East Harley-Davidson in Bedford, Ohio. Harley-Davidson stock jumped 8 percent Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, after its results beat analysts' forecasts. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson's third-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent on a planned reduction of motorcycle shipments for the quarter.

Mother of Utah baby found in trash leaves jail

1 hour 34 min ago

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Alicia Marie Englert makes her initial appearance in court, in Salt Lake City. Prosecutors agreed to a significant bail reduction Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 for Englert, accused of leaving her newborn baby in a trash can to die. Bail for Englert was reduced to $25,000. Englert will also be evaluated to see if she's mentally competent to stand trial on an attempted murder charge. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash can was released from jail on Monday, and told reporters as she left that she hadn't known she was pregnant.

CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

1 hour 42 min ago

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)ATLANTA (AP) — The government announced Tuesday that everyone traveling to the United States from Ebola-afflicted African nations will have to be screened at one of five airports, as officials took to the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers who might be at risk of contracting the disease.

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

1 hour 43 min ago

Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Travelers to the United States from Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must fly into one of five airports that have enhanced screening in place for the virus, the U.S. government said on Tuesday. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in those three West African countries were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The measures stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers in a bid to prevent further Ebola cases in the United States. ...

EU antitrust watchdog eyes DuPont, Honeywell

1 hour 52 min ago
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday.