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Gay marriage cases await early decision by U.S. Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:01

Skinner and her wife Belka wait for the beginning of the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake CitySupreme Court to decide once and for all the hotly-contested legal rights issue of whether states can ban gay marriage. While lawyers have made preliminary claims for and against gay marriage in their filings, and also presented arguments about why their particular case might be best for the justices to hear, both sides agree that the Supreme Court needs to end the legal uncertainty without further delay. For instance, states that ban gay marriage also refuse to recognize marriages that take place in one of the 19 states where gay marriage is legal.


Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:57

Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catchFRIENDSHIP, Maine (AP) — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters.


Spotting a pet in a hot car creates tough choices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:56

This undated photo of a poster provided by LA County District Attorney’s Office shows a poster reminding pet owners that it’s against the law to leave their animals in their vehicles during the dog days of summer. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of pets die each year when left in a closed car on a hot day. (AP Photo/LA County District Attorney’s Office)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine walking to your car after running errands and spotting a dog, panting and helpless, shut inside a hot car. Smashing the window might be your first impulse, but calling police or animal control will protect you from injury and possible lawsuits, experts say.


President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:55
PARIS (AP) — President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions.

Slightly fewer U.S. households lacking enough food: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:42

Workers labor at a romaine lettuce farm outside San Luis, ArizonaBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The percentage of Americans regarded as "food insecure" - lacking access to enough food for a healthy life - has edged down in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households, the U.S. About 14.3 percent of households were termed food insecure in 2013, down from 14.9 percent in 2011. Rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average in households with incomes near or below the poverty line, those headed by single women or single men, and those headed by blacks and Hispanics, USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) said in an annual report. Food insecurity was also more common in large cities and rural areas than in suburban and exurban areas.


New Jersey Powerball ticket worth $1 million set to expire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:35

New Jersey Powerball ticket worth $1 million set to expireThe ticket for the Sept. 18, 2013 drawing was bought at the Convenience Express store in North Bergen.


Thief caught on camera swiping employee tip box from New Jersey bagel shop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:31

Thief caught on camera swiping employee tip box from New Jersey bagel shopThe woman is seen in surveillance video using a sweatshirt or hoodie to steal the tip box from the counter over the weekend in Mount Olive.


Deal signed to sell Israeli natural gas to Jordan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:29
JERUSALEM (AP) — A developer of Israel's offshore natural gas deposits says it has signed a letter of intent to sell gas to Jordan over a 15-year period.

Malaysia Airlines faces backlash in "My Ultimate Bucket List" promotion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:17

Malaysia Airlines faces backlash in "My Ultimate Bucket List" promotionA marketing ploy for Malaysia Airlines is turning into a social media embarrassment for the embattled company.


Book of Barbra Streisand pics out in December

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:16

Book of Barbra Streisand pics out in DecemberNEW YORK (AP) — How obsessive are Barbra Streisand's fans? A coffee table book may provide an answer.


CVS stops selling tobacco early, changes corporate name

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:00

CVS stops selling tobacco early, changes corporate nameAs CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.


Obama won't replace JFK on New Jersey building

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:42

Obama won't replace JFK on New Jersey buildingPresident Barack Obama's name will not replace John F. Kennedy on a town-owned building in New Jersey after all.


Wilmington courthouse doors reopen after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:36

Wilmington courthouse doors reopen after shootingThe side entrance to the New Castle County Courthouse lobby has reopened for the first time since a fatal shooting inside the doorway in February 2013.


Girl, 5, trapped inside running washing machine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:30
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old Texas girl has been hospitalized after she was trapped inside a running washing machine.

Where things stand with Detroit's bankruptcy plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:25
DETROIT (AP) — More than a year after Detroit filed for the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge is hearing evidence on whether he should approve the city's plan to emerge from billions of dollars in debt. Here's a look at the past, present and future of the city's finances:

Marathon's One Fund disburses another $18.5M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:24
BOSTON (AP) — The charity set up to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings has distributed another $18.5 million to the families of those killed and the injured survivors.

Obama won't replace JFK on New Jersey building

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:24
WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama's name will not replace John F. Kennedy's on a New Jersey town-owned building after all.

Casino closures brings mass unemployment filing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:16

The Showboat Casino Hotel, which closed Sunday, is seen next to the Revel Casino Hotel, right, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of newly laid-off casino workers began filing for unemployment Wednesday morning, the first attendees at an assistance center that expects to process 5,000 workers over the next three days.


Taco Bell worker groped by customer in drive-thru, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:07

Taco Bell worker groped by customer in drive-thru, police sayA Florida man is facing charges for grabbing more than what he ordered at a Taco Bell.


Connecticut home invasion killer seeks new trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:55
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of two men convicted in the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 Connecticut home invasion is seeking a new trial, saying recordings of non-emergency police phone lines were withheld from the defense.