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Utah asks U.S. top court to hear gay marriage case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:24
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Utah officials on Tuesday filed court papers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the state's ban on gay marriage. If the court agrees to hear Utah's case, it could lead to a ruling of national scope on the legality of gay marriage bans. Utah's request is the first of several expected from various states in coming months as officials contest a series of rulings that have struck down gay marriage bans. In a related development, Virginia's Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, said on Tuesday he also intends to ask the Supreme Court to decide the issue.

APNewsBreak: Phelps signs with new suit company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:14

In this July 31, 2014 photo, Michael Phelps, left, goes over details of a prototype swimsuit with designers before a training session at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Baltimore. After partnering with Speedo through most of his swimming career, Phelps has agreed to a new deal with Aqua Sphere. The company is a newcomer to competitive swimming, but is already designing a racing suit that Phelps can begin wearing on Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Michael Phelps has been linked with Speedo throughout his swimming career, most notably collecting a $1 million bonus after he won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games.


U.S. official: Officer killed in Afghanistan identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:07

generic_fp_breaking_newsU.S. official: Officer killed in Afghanistan identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene.


Albuquerque could scrap jail time for small amounts of pot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:06
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Albuquerque in New Mexico may eliminate jail time for offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana after a city councillor proposed giving only small fines to those caught with less than an ounce of pot. City Councilor Rey Garduno says the legislation he introduced at a meeting late on Monday could save the state's biggest city as much as $5 million a year in court and jail costs. Under his plan, individuals possessing less than an ounce of marijuana would receive a $25 fine, as opposed to the current statute of 15 days in jail and a $50 fine. "We're treating people as criminals when alcohol and even tobacco may even be worse." Garduno's proposal for Albuquerque comes amid a growing movement of pro-pot advocacy across the country.

Cliven Bundy's son arrested on outstanding warrant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:06
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 34-year-old son of a Nevada rancher who hosted armed protesters against federal agents in a cattle-roundup dispute in April has been arrested in a separate case.

Boy, 12, charged with killing nine-year-old at Michigan playground: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:05
(Reuters) - A 12-year-old western Michigan boy has been charged as an adult in the stabbing death of a 9-year-old boy at a mobile home park playground, police said on Tuesday. Michael Conner Verkerke, 9, was playing with three other children at the Kentwood, Michigan, playground at about 6 p.m. on Monday when the oldest of them, Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, allegedly pulled a knife and repeatedly stabbed Verkerke in the back, Kentwood police said. The victim ran to his home at the mobile home park, collapsed on his porch and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died late Monday evening, police said. Lawhorn, who lives in a neighborhood near the mobile home park, went to a nearby residence, called police and turned himself in, Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen told Reuters.

Burglars who took Hank Aaron baseball rings sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:03

 New York Mets at Atlanta BravesTwo men who burglarized the Atlanta home of retired Major League Baseball star Hank Aaron and stole “priceless” rings destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Isiah Slaton and Amir Coleman pleaded guilty late Monday and early Tuesday to burglary and theft charges.


13 people hurt in NYC Theater District bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:02
NEW YORK (AP) — A traffic accident involving two double-decker tour buses in New York City's Theater District has injured 13 people, three of them seriously.

Double-decker buses collide in Times Square, 11 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:02

Double-decker buses collide in Times Square, 13 injuredThe Fire Department of New York says a traffic accident apparently involving two double-decker tour buses in the city's Theater District has injured 11 people, three of them seriously.


US officials: US general killed in Afghan attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:02

 US general killed in Afghan attackAn American general was killed in an apparent insider attack Tuesday by a member of the Afghan security forces, a Pentagon spokesman said, the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.


Missing fishing boat captain has arrest warrant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:59

This undated photo released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department shows Timothy Lybrand. The Coast Guard suspended search for Lybrand, a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach. (AP Photo/Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A missing captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest, authorities said Tuesday.


Wyoming couple charged with abuse for imprisoning child in cage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:55
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Wyoming couple are charged with felony child abuse for forcing the woman's 7-year-old son to live in an outdoor cage where they periodically fed him and sometimes freed him to use the bathroom, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. Jena Harman and her live-in boyfriend, Alexander Smith, could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted on child abuse and felonious restraint charges tied to allegations they kept the boy locked in a 6-foot cage outside their rural Wyoming home for weeks at a time, court documents show. ...

Flyers: Kimmo Timonen being treated for blood clots

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:52

 Kimmo Timonen being treated for blood clotsThe Philadelphia Flyers announced on Tuesday that defenseman Kimmo Timonen is being treated for bloods.


Warning about rip currents as Bertha passes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:51

Warning about rip currents as Bertha passesWhile Tropical Storm Bertha won't hit the U.S. directly, it will cause dangerous rip currents at the shore.


Suspected burglar shot by female homeowner in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:48

Suspected burglar shot by female homeowner in DelawareDelaware State Police have captured a suspected burglar shot and wounded by a female homeowner early Tuesday morning.


Residents: Restrict emissions at oil refineries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:47

Darryl Malek-Wiley, left, with the Sierra Club in New Orleans speaks as U.S. Congressman Pete Olson (R-Texas), right, listens at an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Galena Park, Texas. The EPA is considering a rule that would force refineries to monitor emissions of benzene. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Environmental advocates and residents living near oil refineries asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to force petroleum companies to adopt stricter emissions standards and publicly release emissions data to help reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.


Sources identify jogger found dead in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:46

Sources identify jogger found dead in Northeast PhiladelphiaSources have identified the woman whose body was found in a park near a Northeast Philadelphia cemetery on Tuesday.


Gannett splits publishing, broadcasting in two

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:46

FILE - This July 14, 2010, file photo, shows Gannett headquarters in McLean, Va. Gannett is spinning off its publishing business from its broadcasting and digital operations. The company is also acquiring full ownership of Cars.com for $1.8 billion., the company announced Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The game of survival is on for newspapers, as USA Today owner Gannett on Tuesday became the most recent major media entity to say it will divide its print and broadcast divisions into separate companies.


Last-minute appeals pending in Missouri execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:43

FILE - This April 4, 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Michael Worthington who is scheduled to die for killing a female neighbor in 1995. His execution would be the first since Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air in July, 2014, in Arizona during a lethal injection process that took nearly two hours to complete. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court was weighing an appeal Tuesday from a Missouri man who was set to become the first U.S. inmate put to death since a lethal injection went awry last month in Arizona.


Defendant grilled in Detroit porch shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 04:43

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man on trial for killing an unarmed woman outside his home said Tuesday that her "unbelievable" pre-dawn pounding on his doors made him fear for his life, sticking to his self-defense claim during cross-examination on the last day of testimony.