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Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.

No verdict yet in toddler's creek-toss death trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:47
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Jurors weighing the fate of a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek in her car seat ended the first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, though they did ask to see the defendant's video statement to police.

18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force.

Republicans say Ryan budget can pass House despite Tea Party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:43

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walks into a meeting with the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Republican leaders on Wednesday predicted passage of a budget blueprint offered by Representative Paul Ryan, despite criticism from conservative Tea Party activists who said the plan would not eliminate federal deficits quickly enough. "It'll pass," said Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the House who, as Majority Whip, is responsible for rounding up votes for legislation. The Ryan plan, which proposes deep cuts to healthcare, social safety net and other domestic programs in order to reach a small surplus by 2024 while boosting defense spending, could face resistance from the most conservative Republicans in the House. That's the most I can say right now," said Representative Justin Amash, a libertarian Republican from Michigan, when asked if he would support the plan from Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee.


Court halts enforcement of Arizona abortion drug curbs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:37
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," for use within seven weeks' gestation. Doctors who have prescribed it later than that have made an off-label use that is not allowed under the Arizona rules.

California man lost in wilderness beat the odds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:37

This image from video provided by KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento, shows trail runner Robert Root after being rescued Tuesday, April 1, 2014, near Foresthill, Calif., in Placer County. Root was found alive in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said. Root, 55, of Modesto, Calif., was wearing only a light running shirt, shorts and running shoes when he was discovered by rescuers on the Western States trail. (AP Photo/KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who walked out of the wilderness with no injuries after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue, but he still beat the odds.


Dad who fired into air, killing girl, gets 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:33

FILE -In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, file photo, Deandre Kelley reacts in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, in Cincinnati. Kelley was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after he pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter during a drunken fight with the girl's mother. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter during a drunken fight with the girl's mother and was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.


Amazon unveils Fire TV set top streaming device

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is making a bid to enter living rooms with Amazon Fire TV, a new set-top box that allows streaming of online video, music and other content to televisions.

In campaign mode, Obama touts wages and Obamacare success

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:31

U.S. President Obama addresses students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MichiganBy Jeff Mason ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, needing a spark to nudge Democratic voters to the polls in November, pressed his case on Wednesday for job-creation measures that have little chance of passing Congress. With his shirt sleeves rolled up and his suit jacket off, Obama delivered a campaign-style speech to a gymnasium of young people in Michigan in an effort to rev up his base for critical congressional elections, in which his party risks losing control of the U.S. Senate and seats in the House of Representatives. On Tuesday, he announced 7.1 million people had signed up for coverage under Obamacare, his signature healthcare law, which has dogged him for months because of a disastrous rollout and a glitchy website. Obama, who was to headline a pair of fund-raising events in Chicago later on Wednesday, took note of the healthcare enrollment number.


Thousands attend Boston firefighter's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:21

Firefighters salute as the funeral procession of Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh arrives outside the Church of Saint Patrick in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a fire in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters from across Massachusetts and beyond have joined family and friends in paying final respects to a Boston firefighter killed in a brownstone fire a week ago.


Judge halts Texas executions over drug secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:18

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday April, 3, 2014, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to die April 9, 2014. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declared that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted two executions in Texas, declaring that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs.


Judge halts Texas executions over drug supplier information

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:18

The death chamber is seen through the steel bars from the viewing room at the federal penitentiary in Huntsville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge has temporarily suspended the execution of two inmates planned for this month in Texas, saying the state has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs to be used in the lethal injections. The decision is part of a series of recent court rulings that have mandated states to release information about drugs used for lethal injection, saying that keeping the information secret violates due process protections of the U.S. Constitution. "While the state has provided plaintiffs information about the process by which they will be executed, it has masked information about the product that will kill them," U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore wrote in Houston in a temporary injunction issued on Wednesday. Several states have struggled to obtain drugs for executions, while many pharmaceutical companies, mostly in Europe, have imposed sales bans because they object to having medications made for other purposes used in lethal injections.


ACLU picks winners in national gay-wedding contest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:12

This Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 photo provided by the couple shows Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico. Winning a contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union, they and four other couples will get logistical and financial help from the ACLU to get married the week of April 28, 2014 in one of the 17 states, plus Washington D.C., which do allow gay marriage. They hope to marry aboard a hot air balloon taking off from Texas, where same-sex marriage is banned, and fly over the border into New Mexico, where it is legal. (AP Photo/Mexican Wedding Photography, Mikel Razo)NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.


Mississippi religious freedom bill criticized as discriminatory

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:12
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - Mississippi's governor said he will sign a religious freedom bill approved by state lawmakers over the objections of opponents who say it could be used as an excuse to refuse services to gays and minorities. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which passed 79-43 in the state House of Representatives and 37-14 in the Senate on Tuesday, protects residents from state laws or local ordinances that violate their right to practice their faith. Critics say the measure legalizes discrimination, giving businesses the right to refuse service based on religious objections. They warned scenarios such as the Colorado cake-shop owner who refused to bake for a gay wedding last year could become commonplace in Mississippi.

ACLU picks winners in national gay-wedding contest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:10

This Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 photo provided by the couple shows Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico. Winning a contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union, they and four other couples will get logistical and financial help from the ACLU to get married the week of April 28, 2014 in one of the 17 states, plus Washington D.C., which do allow gay marriage. They hope to marry aboard a hot air balloon taking off from Texas, where same-sex marriage is banned, and fly over the border into New Mexico, where it is legal. (AP Photo/Mexican Wedding Photography, Mikel Razo)NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.


Waters recede, helping search for mudslide victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:08

19 p.m. PDT shows the area of the mudslide in Oso, Wash. More than 10 days after a large section of a rain-soaked hill crashed down on a neighborhood in the small community of Oso, teams with cadaver dogs are still sifting through debris and soil to determine exactly how many people died in the March 22 mudslide. (AP Photo/Skybox Imaging) MANDATORY CREDITARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — It is a grim step forward in the search for human remains at a mudslide that crushed a rural Washington community, but an important one: floodwaters at the site are receding, allowing crews to expand their search and yielding more human remains in areas that previously couldn't be reached. The views presented Tuesday on a media tour were chilling: shredded homes and twisted cars.


Poll: Three-fourths of US says pot will be legal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:05

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, a worker processes marijuana in the trimming room at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. Nationwide marijuana legalization seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not, according to a new poll out Wednesday, April 2, 2014, by the Pew Research Center on the nation’s shifting attitudes about drug policy. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.


Police: 'Voices' told mother to sit on sons in tub

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:03

ADDS DATE PHOTO WAS MADE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014 booking photograph released by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who is charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday morning after she allegedly pushed the boys underwater in a bathtub, then sat on them at their McCandless, Pa. home. Schlemmer, 40, was jailed without bond after arraignment early Wednesday on charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police)MCCANDLESS, Pa. (AP) — A woman said she heard "crazy voices" telling her to push her sons underwater before she sat on the boys in the bathtub, drowning her 3-year-old and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition, police said.


Tesla to sue New Jersey over car dealer rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:03
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to sue New Jersey over a ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.

Jury asks to see video in tot's creek-toss death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:00
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A jury deliberating the fate of a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter requested Wednesday to view a video statement in which he tells police he kissed the toddler before tossing her into a creek in her car seat.