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Federal prisons agree to recognize humanism as religion

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 46 min ago
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in a deity.

Pool fire at The Cosmopolitan fueled by fake palm trees

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 50 min ago

Smokes billows from a fire on the outside pool area of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, July 25, 2015. No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire has not been determined. Emergency vehicles were called to the resort shortly after noon. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fake palm trees and high winds fueled a poolside fire on a rooftop at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip over the weekend, fire officials said Monday.

Mother pleads for return of missing California 8-year-old

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 52 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows missing Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, from Santa Cruz, Calif. Madyson Middleton was last seen Sunday afternoon, July 26, 2015, riding a scooter outside the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, a beach town along the Northern California coast. The 4-foot-tall, a 50-pound child, has long brown hair, which was pulled to the side in a braid, and dark eyes. She was wearing a purple dress, black leggings, black flip-flops and a black helmet when she vanished. (Courtesy of Santa Cruz Police Department via AP)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl pleaded for her safe return Monday as search efforts grew to include federal authorities.

Judge: Citizens United must disclose donor information to NY

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 54 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit conservative organization advocating for less government must disclose information about its major donors to New York's attorney general if it wants to solicit money in the state, a judge said Monday.

Remains of Pearl Harbor victims raised for identification

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 58 min ago

Military pallbearer salute the exhumed remains of unidentified crew members of the USS Oklahoma killed in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor that were disinterred from a gravesite at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Monday, July 27, 2015 in Honolulu. The cemetery and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency plan to disinter 61 caskets to identify the remains. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — The military on Monday exhumed more caskets containing the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.

New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 12 min ago

Vice President Joe Biden, left, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, chat during the Association for a Better New York luncheon, in New York, Monday, July 27, 2015. Cuomo introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild New York City's LaGuardia airport. The airport in Queens is one of the busiest in the nation, but is cramped and outdated. Vice President Joe Biden last year dubbed it a "Third World country." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate.

3 pension funds sue New Jersey for billions in damages

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 13 min ago

In this June 30, 2015, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. Christie launched his campaign for president surrounded by old friends in his former high school gymnasium. Christie has remained especially close to his high school friends. But he’s also made a habit of appointing and nominating his former classmates to plum state positions, including judgeships. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Three public workers' pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned.

Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 14 min ago

FILE - In this Thursday, May 5, 2011 photo, packages of dried shark fin products are shown in a store in Chinatown in San Francisco. A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The 2-1 ruling upheld a lower court decision tossing the lawsuit brought by the Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement, a political action committee. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.

U.S. Marines see decision soon on F-35 fighter combat-readiness

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 16 min ago
The top U.S. Marine Corps aviator on Monday said an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets met all the requirements for a declaration of combat-readiness during a recent review, and a decision from Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford was expected soon. Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told a telephone news conference that Dunford was reviewing all the paperwork supporting the decision now. ... I'm not going to rush General Dunford.

3 teens in Arkansas slaying investigation being returned

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 17 min ago
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three teenagers sought for questioning in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas couple were on their way back to the state from Texas on Monday.

Man possibly linked to missing women had contact with police

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 20 min ago

This undated Oregon driver identification photo released Monday, July 27, 2015, by the Charleston, W. Va., Police Department shows Neal Falls, of Springfield, Ore., killed by a women he attacked on July 18 in Charleston. Police are investigating whether Falls had any connection to cases of suspicious deaths and missing women in other states. (Oregon DMV/Charleston Police Department via AP)CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) — A man toting axes, a shovel and bleach when he was killed by an escort he met online had been stopped, interviewed or investigated by police in at least 20 states and is being looked into for possible links to unsolved disappearances or slayings, authorities said Monday.

Boy Scouts of America lifts blanket ban on gay adult leaders

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 24 min ago

Boy Scouts stand on stage with a U.S. flag during the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in ManchesterDALLAS (Reuters) - The national governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted on Monday to lift the group's outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. (Reporting by Marice Richter in Dallas; Editing by Steve Gorman and Lisa Shumaker)

A look at wildfires burning around the West

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 29 min ago
Here is a look at wildfires burning around the West.

Ex-LAPD detective held without bail on bank robbery charges

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 37 min ago
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A retired Los Angeles police detective suspected of robbing five banks has been ordered held without bail.

The Latest: Lafayette woman remembered for artistry, spirit

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 37 min ago

Jason Brown, husband of Jillian Johnson, hugs a guest following the funeral service for Jillian Johnson at Delhomme Funeral Home in Lafayette, La., Monday, July 27, 2015. Johnson was a victim of the The Grand 16 movie theater shooting in Lafayette on Thursday. Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, were shot and killed last Thursday while watching the movie "Trainwreck" at The Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette, leaving stunned friends and family questioning how two lives off to such promising starts could end so tragically. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP, Pool)LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — 5:30 p.m.

Neighbors recall volatility of couple before wife found dead

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 37 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who police believe was decapitated by her husband was in a marriage that neighbors said was fraught with public fights.

Idaho festival celebrates Basque culture, history

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 37 min ago
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — With more than 300 pounds of chorizo sitting in her freezer and 5,000 portions of Basque-style paella prepared in advance, Tara McElhose-Eiguren says she's finally running out of space in her kitchen in anticipation of helping feed those attending the traditional Jaialdi festival in southwestern Idaho.

Boy Scouts of America approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 39 min ago

Boy Scouts of America approves end to blanket ban on gay adultsThe Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith.

Minimum wage levels in Midwestern states as of Aug. 1

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 41 min ago
Minnesota's minimum wage for all but the smallest employers rises to $9 per hour on Aug. 1. It will give Minnesota the highest rate of any state in middle America.

Oklahoma top court reaffirms Ten Commandments stone at Capitol must go

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 44 min ago
Oklahoma's Supreme Court on Monday said the state must remove a Ten Commandments stone monument first placed at its Capitol in 2012, rejecting an appeal to reconsider an earlier decision. Earlier in July, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, had said she would keep the monument in place while lawmakers sought a way to block the decision. Monster, applied to erect their own monuments on Capitol grounds to mark what they say are historical events.