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Chaplain: Denver-area church rejected gay memorial service

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:23
DENVER (AP) — Family and friends of a recently deceased gay woman are upset after a Denver-area church that was about to host her memorial service refused to show a video that included images of the woman kissing her fiancee.

Mother of teen to Islamic State: 'Leave our children alone!'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:20

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014 file photo Zarine Khan, right, and Shafi Khan, parents of Mohammed Hamzah Khan, attend a news conference after a hearing in their son's federal trial in Chicago. Zarine Khan, mother of the 19-year-old man facing a terrorist charge for trying to join Islamic State militants says the group is "brainwashing" youths via social media. And she declared, "Leave our children alone!" Khan's mother read her statement in a Chicago federal courthouse lobby Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015, minutes after Khan pleaded not guilty plea to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group at his arraignment.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The suburban Chicago mother of a 19-year-old American facing a terrorist charge for trying to join Islamic State militants accused the group on Tuesday of brainwashing youths into joining their ranks via social media. And she declared, "Leave our children alone!"


Parking ticket slowdown by NY police is less than some estimates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:07
By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's police parking ticket slowdown has not cost the city nearly as much as some estimated, perhaps as much as 90 percent less, according to new calculations by the office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. The city realizes an average of $69.13 per parking violation written by police, Stringer's staff estimated in response to a request from Reuters. With 43,883 fewer tickets written in the three weeks ended Jan. ...

US aims to cut methane emissions by nearly half

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting the energy industry on notice that it intends to curb methane emissions by nearly half through regulations affecting oil and gas production.

Tsarnaev lawyers: Suspend jury selection over Paris attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:32

 the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the marathon bombings "at the center of a grim global drama."


Appeals court won't re-hear Nevada, Idaho gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:16
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco won't re-hear a decision by a three-judge panel allowing same-sex marriages in Nevada.

How can NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio heal rift with police?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:13

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo provided by the New York City Mayoral Photography Office, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a round table discussion convened to ease tensions over the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died from a police choke hold while being arrested. De Blasio has been unable to heal the deepening rift with the NYPD and erase the perception that he is not supporting the police. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)NEW YORK (AP) — What can Mayor Bill de Blasio do to heal his deepening rift with the New York Police Department?


Tsarnaev lawyers: Suspend jury selection over Paris attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:10

 Suspend jury selection over Paris attacksLawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the marathon bombings "at the center of a grim global drama."


Another wandering wolf arrives in southwest Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:09

This Jan. 5, 2015 remote camera photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Widllfie shows a wolf in the timberlands west of Keno, Ore. Biologists say the wolf was spotted in an area once frequented by Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, before he established a pack on the nearby Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The sighting confirms that wolves continue to spread across the West after being reintroduced in the Northern Rockies in the 1990s. The area is not far form the Rogue Umpqua Divide, where Oregon's last known wolf was shot in 1946 before they started moving back into the state. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Another wandering wolf has found its way to the Cascades of southwestern Oregon, where OR-7 has established his pack after trekking thousands of miles in search of a mate.


House GOP majority aiming to soften financial overhaul law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved Tuesday toward approving a measure aimed at softening legislation responding to the 2008 financial crisis that put banks and Wall Street under the most sweeping rules since the Great Depression.

Imprisoned Detroit mayor deserves new trial, attorney argues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:03

FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits at his sentencing in Detroit on an obstruction-of-justice conviction. Defense attorney Harold Gurewitz argued for a new trial for Kilpatrick before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, saying he didn’t get a fair trial for reasons including that his trial attorneys had a conflict of interest. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Imprisoned former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's attorney argued Tuesday that his client should get a new trial, telling a federal appeals panel that the disgraced politician's trial counsel had a conflict of interest, among other issues that deprived him of rights.


Videos at murder hearing show attack of Chinese USC student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:01

Alberto Ochoa, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 with his attorney Christopher C. Chaney, as one of four defendants being charged in connection to the 2014 beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji student during an attempted robbery. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Videos played Tuesday in the case of four teens charged in the murder of a Chinese graduate student showed the victim being surrounded by shadowy figures and then chased down the street.


North Korea again urges US to suspend military exercises

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:59

An Myong Hun, Deputy Permanent Representative for North Korea reacts to a question regarding the November hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday that "many things will be possible this year on the Korean peninsula" if the United States agrees to suspend its annual military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang's suspension of nuclear tests.


Christie courts nation in State of the State address

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:55

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As he eyes a potential presidential run, Chris Christie delivered a State of the State speech Tuesday aimed at defining his record as New Jersey governor for a national audience, calling for an "American renewal" while offering mostly incremental new plans for the state.


Mayor: Fire chief not axed for writing anti-gay book

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:50

Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, third from right, observes a moment of prayer as religious groups rally to support him following his termination at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed says Cochran's termination was based on his judgment and not anti-gay statements in his self-published religious book. Reed suspended then fired Cochran after learning of his self-published book in which he described homosexuality as a perversion. Reed said in a statement Tuesday that an investigative report shows Cochran didn't have clearance to publish the book he gave to several subordinates at work. Cochran has said he did get approval from city officials to publish the book. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor says the city's former fire chief was not axed because he wrote a book containing anti-gay statements, but because he didn't get permission to publish it.


Long-delayed CIA-leak trial begins in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:48
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer unnecessarily exposed one of the agency's top assets by leaking details of a covert operation in Iran to a New York Times reporter, prosecutors told a jury Tuesday.

Palestine Liberation Organization on trial in US civil case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. jury at a high-stakes civil trial was asked on Tuesday to decide whether the Palestinian authorities should be held responsible and pay hefty damages for a series of terror attacks in Israel that killed and wounded Americans.

Pennsylvania city sued under new law targeting gun measures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:34
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's capital is facing a lawsuit believed to be the first filed under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

Georgia set to carry out first execution in U.S. in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:33
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A decorated Vietnam War veteran convicted of murdering a Georgia sheriff's deputy in 1998 will be the first death row inmate executed in the United States this year if his sentence is carried out as planned on Tuesday night. Andrew Brannan, 66, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia, at 7 p.m. (midnight GMT) unless a court halts the execution. Brannan's lawyers do not dispute that he shot Laurens County Deputy Kyle Dinkheller, 22, nine times during a traffic stop recorded by the deputy's patrol car video camera. ...

Kentucky divorce a step toward same-sex marriage right: advocates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:32
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Same-sex couples still unable to wed in Kentucky have seen at least one step toward marital rights in the state after a judge granted a couple married somewhere else a divorce, gay rights advocates said on Tuesday. Two women who were married in Massachusetts and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky, were granted the divorce in December by Judge Joseph O'Reilly in Jefferson County's Family Court. ...