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Kansas asks U.S. Supreme Court to put gay marriage on hold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:35
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kansas asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to prevent gay marriage from going into effect in the state while it appeals a federal judge's ruling last week that its ban on same-sex nuptials violates the U.S. Constitution. The stay application by Kansas was directed to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency requests from the region. She can either deny or grant the request herself or refer the matter to the court as a whole. The application follows U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree's ruling last Tuesday against the state's prohibition. ...

Obama pressures FCC for strong net neutrality rules

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:23

Howell attends a pro-net neutrality Internet activist rally in the neighborhood where U.S. President Obama attended a fundraiser in Los AngelesBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers, touching off intense protests from cable and telecoms companies and Republican lawmakers. Obama's detailed statement on the issue of "net neutrality," a platform in his 2008 presidential campaign, was a rare intervention by the White House into the policy setting of an independent agency. ...

Judge to set start date soon for Detroit bankruptcy exit measures

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:15

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert (Reuters) - The judge who confirmed Detroit's plan to exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in history could set a date later this week for the cost- and debt-cutting measures to take effect. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Friday ruled the plan for cutting $7 billion in debt was fair to creditors and feasible for the city to implement. Now he must set that plan in motion with a confirmation order. ...

School: Never saw signs of abuse in Scotty McMillan's brother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:13

 Never saw signs of abuse in Scotty McMillan's brotherThe Coatesville Area School District released a statement Monday pertaining to the brother of the little boy who, police say, was tortured and killed inside his Chester County home last week.

Driver who survived dramatic airborne crash in Hockessin, Delaware identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:12

Driver who survived dramatic airborne crash in Hockessin, Delaware identifiedAuthorities have identified the driver who survived a dramatic airborne crash that ended on the second floor of a home in Delaware.

TSA dos and don'ts for holiday travelers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:10

TSA dos and don'ts for holiday travelersThough it may not feel like it outside, we are just weeks away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday travel season.

NY deputy cursing at man on video is arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:09
HALFMOON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York sheriff's deputy has been charged with harassment and official misconduct after a video posted on YouTube showed him cursing and apparently slapping a young man who had refused to let him search his car.

Winter storm hits U.S. Plains, upper Midwest; cold to follow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:08
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The first big winter storm of the season dropped up to 8 inches of snow in South Dakota by Monday afternoon and was heading for the upper Great Lakes region but is not seen as a significant threat to crops or livestock, forecasters said. The storm was expected to bring 1 to 5 inches (2.5 to 12.7 cm) of snow to Minnesota and 1 to 3 inches to northeast Iowa through Tuesday with some areas seeing heavier amounts, said Paul Markert, a meteorologist with MDA Weather Services. The snowfall is likely to stall just the last of the autumn harvest in those areas. The U.S. ...

Mother arraigned in Oregon bridge death of son, 6

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 06:08
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The woman accused of throwing her 6-year-old autistic son off a bridge on the Oregon Coast has yet to enter a plea, and defense attorneys have indicated they want the court to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

US Catholic bishops try to calm anxiety over pope

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:59

From left, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, address reporters at a news conference during the conference's annual fall meeting in Baltimore Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)BALTIMORE (AP) — America's Catholic bishops came together Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the church.

Police respond to report of Corvette in Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:59

 Man going through divorce drives Corvette into Delaware RiverPhiladelphia police have been called to the Tacony section of the city for the report of a car in the river.

Freed North Korea detainee focuses on food, family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:39

Kenneth Bae, who had been held in North Korea since 2012, smiles as he talks to reporters Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after he was freed during a top-secret mission. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Rest, food and family are on the top of Kenneth Bae's list since arriving home this weekend after years of imprisonment in North Korea.

Postal Service says it is victim of hacking attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it had been hacked, potentially compromising sensitive information about its employees such as names and addresses, Social Security numbers, emergency contacts and other information.

School districts in Pennsylvania sue state over education funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:37
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Six Pennsylvania school districts and a group of parents sued the state on Monday, charging that funding for education discriminates against children based on the wealth of their school districts. The system of funding violates the state constitution because it mandates high standards for school districts but starves them of resources to meet those standards, the lawsuit said. The case was filed in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court against the governor, state Department of Education and other state officials. ...

Los Angeles monsignor exonerated of abuse claim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:36

FILE - This March 5, 2011 file photo shows Roman Catholic monsignor Richard Loomis at his Carson, Calif. home. Loomis who was removed from duty a decade ago after he was accused of sex abuse has been exonerated following a church trial and review of the case by the Vatican. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Monica Valencia, said Monday that Msgr. Richard Loomis has not been assigned to any parish. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade of investigation and is once more considered a priest in good standing with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Monday.

Palestinian activist convicted of immigration fraud in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:31
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Palestinian activist was found guilty on Monday of immigration fraud for failing to reveal to U.S. authorities that she had been convicted and served time in Israel for a 1969 supermarket bombing that killed two people. After a trial last week in a federal court in Detroit, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, was convicted of unlawful procurement of naturalization, court officials said. Odeh, who also goes by the spelling Rasmea, faces 10 years in prison and would lose her U.S. citizenship. ...

Man found burning atop train in Connecticut dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:28
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A 21-year-old man found burning on top of a New York City-bound commuter train in Connecticut has died.

Mall loses bid to block release of shooting videos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:22
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An upscale New Jersey mall can't stop the release of surveillance videos related to the fatal carjacking of a young lawyer there last December.

U.S. spy chief's trip to N. Korea was delayed by plane malfunction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secret trip by U.S. spy chief James Clapper to North Korea to retrieve two jailed Americans last weekend was delayed by a day after Clapper's plane developed a mechanical problem, U.S. government sources said on Monday. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, was traveling outside the U.S. mainland when he was asked to go to Pyongyang to pick up Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller on Saturday. ...

AP demands FBI never again impersonate journalist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 05:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press on Monday demanded assurances from the Justice Department that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media, following revelations that an agent in Seattle portrayed himself as an AP journalist during a criminal investigation.