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Massachusetts mayor in flap with conservatives on gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:05

Brit White dances on a float during the Gay Pride Parade in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - (This story corrects July 17 story to make clear that article ran on TheBlaze.com but was not authored by Glenn Beck; Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll last week terminated a contract that allowed Gordon College to operate Salem's town hall, after the school joined other religious organizations in appealing to the White House to exempt it from federal rules forbidding employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints began coming in after an article on the issue ran on TheBlaze.com, a website owned by conservative commentator Glenn Beck's company.


Jury resumes deliberating in Tsarnaev friend trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:45
BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have resumed deliberations in his obstruction of justice trial.

In Clippers court case, octogenarian lawyer relishes the ruckus

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:27

Bert Fields, Shelly Sterling's lawyer, questions husband, Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, in court, as seen in courtroom sketch in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With the $2-billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers at stake and the team's irascible owner refusing to bless the record deal his estranged wife brokered, Bert Fields can hardly keep a smile from his face. As one of the colorful cast of characters in a trial over the minutiae of a family trust and California probate law, the 85-year-old attorney to some of Hollywood's biggest players over the last five decades appears to relish his role as the adversary of Donald Sterling, the man banned for life by the NBA over racist remarks. "Bert Fields is one of those lawyers who is in his element in the courtroom," said Steven Weisburd, a Texas civil litigator who has been part of legal teams that have opposed Fields. Fields, who has a reputation for making a witness' time on the stand miserable, may get another shot to examine Sterling as the 80-year-old real estate billionaire could testify again when his own attorneys start their case in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.


Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:21

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.


'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:51

The Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he addresses the congregation, Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manhattan's Riverside Church in New York. Sharpton demanded justice for the apparent police chokehold death of Eric Garner, who died three days ago in Staten Island. He also said that citizens who kill police officers should be held accountable. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said.


Boat crashes on jetty, man missing in Longport, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:48

Boater missing after crash in Longport, NJ identifiedTwo men on a pontoon boat hit a buoy then ran into some rocks on the 11th Avenue jetty. Coast guard crews are searching for one boater.


As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:46

In this July 1, 2014 photo released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, (IFAW) gray seals congregate on the shore in Chatham, Mass. Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that they are taking over large stretches of shore, attracting sharks which feed on them, and are interfering with fishing charters. (AP Photo/International Fund for Animal Welfare)ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.


Evacuees return to homes after train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:38
SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of residents have returned to their homes following a train derailment in a small southeastern Wisconsin community where crews are working to clear the tracks.

Oil-by-rail fight in Washington threatens California gasoline prices

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:33

People fill up their tanks with gasoline at a Costco Gas Station in Carlsbad, CaliforniaBy Kristen Hays VANCOUVER Washington (Reuters) - California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state. The hitch in the long-planned project by Tesoro Corp exemplifies growing problems for moving crude oil on trains around the country after a string of fiery rail crashes. The cost of delays from the crude-by-oil fight may be steepest in California, an isolated market increasingly dependent on foreign oil. Tesoro's project aims by mid-2015 to start sending up to 360,000 barrels per day of North American crude, including North Dakota Bakken and Canadian heavy, to the rail port, where all or most of the oil would ship out on tankers and barges to California refineries.


Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old baby in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:01
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy.

Better weather to aid in Wash. wildfire fight

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:59

A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTWINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of terrain.


Palestinian-American talks about Mideast beating

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:53

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, left, sits with his mother Suha KhdeirTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Florida who was taken into custody by Israeli security forces during a family visit to the Middle East says he was beaten and kicked so much he lost consciousness after the slaying of a cousin living there.


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:28

In this July 16, 2014 photo, Police Chief Terry Isaacs stands in the hallway at the Police Department in Fruitland Park, Fla. Two police officers at this department are no longer with the city after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/John Raoux)FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.


Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:08

Native Americans gather for a drum circle before workshop sessions at University of California, Riverside on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Riverside, Calif. Few Native Americans go to college and most of those who do never graduate. To improve those statistics, more colleges are offering camps where teens from different tribes are exposed to college life and taught how higher education and their cultural identities can complement each other.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.


Charges mount against California robbery suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:58
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A 19-year-old Stockton man is expected to be charged Monday with triple-murder in the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other robbery suspects who died amid a violent police shootout in broad daylight, prosecutors said.

Official: 2 injured, diesel spilled in derailment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:11
SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — Two people were injured and more than a hundred homes were evacuated due to a diesel spill from a train derailment in Wisconsin, according to fire officials.

Immigration debate upended by a flood of children

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:07

demonstrators lying in front of the White HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — The sudden rise in the number of families and unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the border has dramatically redefined the nation's yearlong debate on immigration.


Four dead in Arizona small plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:53
(Reuters) - Four people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed in rugged territory near the popular Arizona resort town of Sedona, authorities said. Hikers reported the crash, which is believed to have started a wildfire that started spreading in Fay Canyon, northeast of Bear Mountain, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said. Fire crews battled the blaze into the evening. The small town of Sedona, south of the Grand Canyon, is known for its towering red rocks and draws in thousands of hikers and tourists. (Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing Andrew Heavens)

Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:31

FILE - Actor James Garner, left, smiles as he holds up the Purple Heart medal presented to him in a ceremony in this Monday, Jan. 24, 1983 file photo taken Los Angeles, Calif. Garner was wounded in April 1951 while with U.S. Forces in Korea, but his medal was never presented to him. Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, died Saturday July 19, 2014 according to Los angeles police. He was 86. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.


Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:46
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.