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Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:56

FILE - In this file photo taken May 20, 2014, an election worker walks past a voter ID sign at a Little Rock, Ark., polling place. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed paperwork Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, asking the state's highest court to uphold a judge's ruling that Arkansas' new voter identification law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

Police, protesters clash in St. Louis ahead of weekend of rallies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:32

Police officers block an intersection during a protest after a vigil in St. Louis, MissouriBy Carey Gillam and Kenny Bahr ST LOUIS Mo (Reuters) - Police clashed with protesters in St. Louis on Thursday for a second night after an officer killed a black teenager, ahead of a weekend of planned rallies in the area over the August killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Throughout the night, as many as 400 demonstrators spread out across several city blocks in south St. Louis, angrily shouting and chanting at rows of police officers, many of whom were clad in riot gear. ...

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:02
"ISIL poses a grave threat to the Iraqi people, to the Syrian people, to the wider region, and to NATO nations. So it is important that the whole international community stays united in this long-term effort." — NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, using an acronym for the Islamic State group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Ruling against Navajo candidate in language case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:20

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters on Oct. 9, 2014, in Window Rock, Arizona. A tribal court was holding a hearing to determine whether Deschene meets qualifications for the tribe's top elected post. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Deschene sat before a tribal hearing officer and was asked a series of basic questions, including one about how a resolution becomes law. The catch: He had to answer in Navajo.

Witness: Wyoming shooting victim begged for life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:16

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Phillip Sam walks out of the Laramie County Circuit Court after his initial appearance in Cheyenne., Wyo. Sam, 16, is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns near Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man with a gunshot wound to his stomach was on his knees begging for his life when a 16-year-old who had opened fire into a group of teens shot him in the head at point-blank range, Laramie County prosecutors said.

Colorado Senate rivals clash in raucous debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:15

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, takes part in a debate with his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., at The Denver Post in Denver. Gardner has more campaign cash on-hand than Udall as their tight contest heads into its final weeks, the campaigns said Thursday.Gardner has $3.3 million available as of Sept. 30, while Udall’s campaign Thursday said it had $1.9 million cash on hand as of that date. Gardner outraised Udall, $4.3 million to $4 million during the third quarter of the year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo) and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed in the most raucous debate yet of their neck-and-neck race Thursday night, arguing over which of them was too extreme to represent the state and angling for the slightest advantage days before mail-in ballots begin to arrive at voters' homes.

Asian stocks sink after Wall Street plunge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:44

This Oct. 8. 2014 photo shows a Wall Street address carved into the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks were solidly lower in early trading Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, pruning back some of the gains from a massive rally the day before. Gap shares plunged after the company announced its CEO was retiring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday after Wall Street suffered its worst day of the year and weak German trade data fueled worry Europe is sliding into recession.

Lawyer: No proof teen sought to back terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:16

Shafi Khan, right, and Zarine Khan, center, parents of Mohammed Hamzah Khan, meet with the family's attorney, Thomas Dirkin, left, before Khan's detention hearing in federal court in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The 19-year-old suburban man, accused of seeking to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants, is charged with attempting to provide material support to foreign terrorists. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors don't have the evidence to prove a 19-year-old from suburban Chicago actually sought to provide material support to Islamic State militants in Syria, his attorney said Thursday in the first public defense of the suspect.

UN: 1st peacekeeper killed in C African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:45
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday reported its first peacekeeper death in the Central African Republic since it took over the duties of trying to calm months of unprecedented violence between Christians and Muslims.

South Korean town votes no to nuclear plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:38
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Voters in a South Korean city have rejected plans to build a nuclear power plant in a referendum the government says has no legal effect.

AccuWeather: Rainy Start to the Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:38

 Rainy Start to the WeekendMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says the weekend certainly won't be a washout.

Nevada issues first marriage licenses to gay couples; some states push back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:33

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Sandra Chereb and Alexia Shurmur CARSON CITY/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday after a district judge removed the final hurdle to same-sex matrimony in the state, hours after a conservative group withdrew a last-ditch effort to block the change. The move came as obstacles to gay marriage fell in West Virginia even as other states pushed back against federal court actions this week, including by the U.S. Supreme Court, that could ultimately extend legal same-sex matrimony to 35 states. Tuesday's 9th U.S. ...

Microsoft CEO apologizes for comments on women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:32

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella speaks to students in New Delhi. On Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, Nadella spoke at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix, saying women don't need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well.

No charges over Palin family drunken Alaska birthday brawl: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:31
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Anchorage prosecutors declined to file criminal charges over a bloody, booze-fueled brawl involving the family of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at a birthday party, police said on Thursday as they released a report describing the melee. The Palins made national headlines after the fight, which erupted at an outdoor party late on Sept. 6 between revelers there and Palin's husband Todd, son Track and daughters Bristol and Willow, according to an Anchorage police report. Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor and the 2008 Republican nominee for U.S. ...

Frustrations end as gay couples marry in Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:28

Sherwood Howard, left, embraces Nevada State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson as they get married outside of the Marriage License Bureau, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas. The two had just obtained a same-sex marriage license and were the first same-sex couple married in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gay couples have started to get married in Las Vegas, a city filled with chapels that for them had been off-limits until Thursday evening.

Clinton, Christie lend clout to Pennsylvania governor's race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:26

Clinton, Christie lend clout to Pennsylvania governor's raceFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made dueling pitches Thursday in Pennsylvania's race for governor, appealing to voters in a state that could factor into potential 2016 presidential campaigns.

Raghu Yandamuri found guilty in murder of baby, her grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:22

Raghu Yandamuri found guilty in murder of baby, her grandmotherA Montgomery County jury found Raghu Yandamuri guilty of two counts of first degree murder in the killings of a baby and her grandmother in King of Prussia.

Joke prompts Ebola scare on US Airways flight from Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:17

Joke prompts Ebola scare on US Airways flight from PhiladelphiaIt was no laughing matter when a passenger's alleged joke lead to an Ebola scare on-board a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic.

RAW VIDEO: Ebola scare on US Airways flight

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

 Ebola scare on US Airways flightCellphone cameras were rolling as crews in hazmat suits boarded a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic after a passenger's alleged joke prompted an Ebola scare.

Prison guard says graphic films incited harassment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:06
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A female guard suing the state over an Iowa prison's practice of showing sexually graphic movies to rapists and sex offenders was told that sexual harassment from inmates was an unfortunate condition of her employment, her attorney said Thursday.