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2 jumbo phones from Samsung ahead of expected new iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:27

JK Shin, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, holds the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, left, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 during a presentation, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.


Jurors in Alexandria trial can hear mental illness testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:25

Charles Severance, center, listens to his attorney during a pretrial hearing for his upcoming murder trial, Thursday, Aug., 13, 2015, in Fairfax, Va. Lawyers for Severance, charged with killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span, said Thursday their client is innocent and that his mental illness and paranoia made him the target of unfounded suspicions. At the pretrial hearing, lawyers for Severance won the right to tell jurors about Severance's mental illness at his upcoming trial. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span said Thursday their client is innocent and that his mental illness and paranoia made him the target of unfounded suspicions.


Colorado appeals court backs gay couple in wedding cake dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:25
A baker in suburban Denver cannot cite his religious beliefs in refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday, backing a lower court that decided he had illegally discriminated against the two men. The decision follows a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that legalized gay marriage nationwide. David Mullins and Charlie Craig had said it was "offensive and dehumanizing" when Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips told them his Christian beliefs prevented him from baking the cake when they visited his business in 2012.

Woman is accused of pouring hot grits on sleeping man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:24
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a Maryland woman has been charged with assault after she poured hot grits on a sleeping man and then beat him with a baseball bat.

ExxonMobil fined following probe into refinery explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:23
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California agency that investigates workplace accidents has cited and fined ExxonMobil more than $560,000 for workplace safety and health violations following a probe into February's explosion at a Los Angeles-area refinery.

Teacher's aide accused of sex with student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 03:16

Teacher's aide accused of sex with studentPolice say a Camden County teacher's aide is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student.


Greenpeace protesters face fines for dangling from Oregon bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 02:51
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  Three of the protesters dangled from the 200-foot-high St. John’s bridge in Portland last month while two were on the bridge offering support, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class George Degener said. The case will go to a Coast Guard hearing in Virginia where the protesters can pay their fines or present their cases, he said.  Thirteen Greenpeace protesters dangled from the St. John’s bridge for more than 40 hours last month trying to keep the ship, the Fennica, from leaving the city.

Louisiana, Alabama told actions may violate federal law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 02:44
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana and Alabama may be violating federal law by ending state Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, federal health officials warned the states after both announced they were cutting off the payments.

Beer of champions? Wheaties teams up with brewery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 02:33

This undated photo provided by General Mills shows a box of Wheaties cereal next to a can of limited-edition HefeWheaties beer. Wheaties said it is partnering with a craft brewery to make the beer. (General Mills via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — These Wheaties may not be so good with milk.


University taking statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis indoors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 02:30
The University of Texas said on Thursday it would move a statute of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from the campus to an educational exhibit in response to protests over the public display of symbols of the Confederacy. The university said it would not remove statues of other figures of the Confederacy but said it was considering adding plaques explaining their significance in respect to the U.S. Civil War and the state of Texas. A wave of opposition to the display of Confederate symbols in public places swept the United States after nine black people were murdered in a South Carolina church on June 17 by a white man who was pictured on social media with the Confederate battle flag.

California man fights off black bear, drives to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 02:24
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife authorities say a 67-year-old California man fought off a black bear that attacked him from behind then drove himself to a hospital.

Man struck, killed by Amtrak train outside Boston, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 02:16
A man was fatally struck by an Amtrak passenger train south of Boston on Thursday, railroad officials said,. The man, who has not been identified, was walking on the tracks in Mansfield, about 32 miles outside Boston, at about 10:45 a.m., when a Boston-bound Amtrak train hit him. Amtrak spokesperson Vernae Graham said 189 passengers were aboard the Northeast regional train from Washington to Boston at the time of the crash, but none sustained injuries.

Prosecutors: Man brought fake poker chips to Atlantic City, flushed them

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:47

 Man brought fake poker chips to Atlantic City, flushed themA North Carolina man has admitted bringing millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in an Atlantic City casino's poker tournament.


Former dean of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:29
BALTIMORE (AP) — A cardiologist who served as dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has died.

UN official: Ebola epidemic could be defeated by end of 2015

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Ebola epidemic in West Africa can be defeated by the end of the year if the number of new cases drops to zero and stays at zero, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Food banks struggle to meet surprising demand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:27

In this July 29, 2015 photo, volunteer Peggy Bragg, of Des Moines, Iowa, unloads donated baked goods at the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. Food banks across the country are seeing surging demand for free groceries despite a growing economy and steadily declining unemployment rate, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family.


Lawyers for NFL, players union in court again to talk 'Deflategate' deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:21

Brady exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkLawyers for the National Football League and its players union returned to federal court on Thursday to discuss a potential settlement of litigation over New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension. The two sides met privately in New York with U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who has pressed both parties to seek a resolution before the Patriots' season begins on Sept. 10, according to court records. Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who imposed the four-game suspension, were not at the conference, the records show.


Police: Man shot by state trooper, deputy in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:01
FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) — Police say a 30-year-old man is in serious condition after he was shot by a state trooper and a deputy in Louisiana.

The Latest: Gay couple drives an hour to try to get married

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 01:00

David Ermold, right, attempts to hand Rowan County clerks Nathan Davis, left, and Roberta Earley, second from left, a copy of the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, instructing the county to start issuing marriage licenses, in Morehead, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused the order and has filed an appeal. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The latest on a Kentucky county clerk's office that has defied a federal judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (all times local):


Center City businesses prep for road closures due to papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:58

Center City businesses prep for road closures due to papal visitWith only about six weeks left before Pope Francis' visit, a lot of people in Center City have a lot of questions about how the street closures will affect them, especially those who have businesses to run.