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Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in early January

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:53

Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate outside courthouse in MiamiBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Wednesday to further stay a lower court ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay weddings. The appellate court ruling would permit same-sex couples to tie the knot when the stay expires after Jan. 5. State officials can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. While gay marriage advocates have had the upper hand in the courts in the past year, a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court on Nov. ...

Critical report raises safety concerns for major California bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:52
By Michael Fleeman (Reuters) - A little over a year after a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened far behind schedule and over budget, new concerns are being raised about the integrity of steel rods securing the world’s largest self-anchored suspension span. An independent report released late Tuesday blasted an official California study finding the rods safe and durable against strain and saltwater, calling the state’s analysis erroneous, misleading and unscientific. ...

Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $450,000 sold in Somerton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:48

Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $450,000 sold in SomertonA Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $450,000 was sold in Philadelphia's Somerton section.

Texas school board member apologizes for Klan image in Facebook post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:45
By Lisa Bose McDermott TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) - A member of an East Texas school board has apologized and intends to resign after posting on his Facebook page a picture of a person in Ku Klux Klan attire along with the caption "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." The Hooks Independent School District will meet on Dec. 15 and decide whether to take additional action against member Chris Harris for the post, school officials have told local media. ...

House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:43

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks with reporters following a closed-door policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

Elderly Texas couple die side-by-side in likely murder-suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:41
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The bodies of a couple in their 90s were found with gunshot wounds to their heads in an apparent murder-suicide at a Fort Worth-area assisted living facility on Wednesday, police said. An employee at Whitley Place assisted living center in the suburb of Keller found the bodies of Joe and Georgianne Woolum lying side-by-side in a bed. Both had gunshot wounds to the head, police said. Joe Woolum's gunshot wound suggested that he put a pistol in his mouth and fired, said Lieutenant Brenda Slovak, spokeswoman for Keller Police. ...

Cheyenne, Arapahoe runners remember 1864 massacre

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:41

Sand Creek Run participants walk past the grave of U.S. Army Capt. Silas Soule during a sunrise gathering marking the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre, at Riverside Cemetery, in Denver, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. A hero to many Native Americans, Soule refused orders to fire on the Native American families killed in the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, testified against his commanding officer in the attack, and was later shot dead. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — One by one, the runners walked by the simple marble gravestone of one of two U.S. Army officers who refused to fire on their ancestors in one of the worst atrocities in the settlement of the West.

Firefighters lose bid to sue bankrupt San Bernardino in state court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:41
By Tim Reid RIVERSIDE, Calif (Reuters) - Firefighters in bankrupt San Bernardino cannot sue the city in a California state court over lost wages and benefits, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge overseeing the case ruled on Wednesday. "Starting to allow parties to argue their claims in another forum isn't a precedent I want to set," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said. The city's firefighters union had sought to escape the automatic block on suing a city under Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. ...

NYC grand jury to return no indictment in police choke hold case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:40
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a choke hold on Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, while arresting him for illegally selling cigarettes, local media reported. They said the Staten Island panel decided against criminal charges for Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Sandra Maler)

American possibly exposed to Ebola being transferred to Atlanta hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:33

A general view of Emory University Hospital in AtlantaNEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. healthcare worker who had been in West Africa and may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The patient will be monitored and observed for signs of infection. The hospital said it did not have a time of arrival and was unable to share more details "out of respect for patient privacy and in accordance with the patient's wishes." It did not say where the patient is currently located or when he or she returned to the United States. ...

U.S. appeals court voids Florida welfare drug testing law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:28
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday said a Florida law requiring applicants for welfare benefits to undergo mandatory drug testing is unconstitutional, a decision that could affect efforts to enforce similar laws in other states. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida did not show a "substantial special need" to test all applicants to its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program without any suspicion of drug use. The federally subsidized program was intended to help people pay for food, shelter and other necessities. ...

Americans watch less TV, stream more, report shows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:23

FILE - This file image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in a scene from "Game of Thrones." Americans are increasingly turning to digital media to watch TV and movies via Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services, according to a Nielsen report released Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says.

For holidays, seasonal flavors bring sales boon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:18

In this Nov. 24, 2014 photo, a sign at a Starbucks store advertises the 30th Anniversary of Starbucks' Christmas Blend coffee, in Seattle. Starbucks is one of many businesses that roll out a number of limited-time flavors around the holidays. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK (AP) — Lisa Hanock-Jasie turns into coffee fiend during the holidays, mainly because she loves the peppermint lattes.

Detroit public art project seeks arsonist who torched installation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:14
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - An internationally acclaimed public art installation in Detroit released a video on Wednesday in an effort to find a suspect who may have suffered burns while torching the project's "Taxi House." It was the 12th time in 18 months that arsonists damaged or destroyed art installations in unoccupied houses at the Heidelberg Project, a two-square-block urban renewal and public art space that began in the 1980s. The video footage depicts an individual igniting the back of the Taxi House structure on Nov. 23 and knocked back by a burst of flame. ...

Avian flu outbreak hits 2 British Columbia farms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:14
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Four poultry farms where an outbreak of avian influenza was discovered in British Columbia are now under quarantine and thousands of their turkeys and chickens will be euthanized, officials said Wednesday.

Mentally ill Texas inmate gets last-minute execution stay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:12
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday issued a stay of execution for a mentally ill Texas death row inmate just hours before he was set to be put to death for the murders of two people in a case that garnered international attention. Lawyers for Scott Panetti had argued his life should be spared, saying the execution of a severely mentally ill man would be morally and legally wrong. They asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue the stay to allow for a competency hearing. ...

Three women publicly detail sexual allegations against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:07

Hayes, Chelan, attorney Allred, Ferrier attend a news conference announcing allegations that they were assaulted by Bill Cosby in the past, in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three women on Wednesday came together to speak publicly about their allegations that comedian Bill Cosby sexually abused and groped them decades ago, a day after Cosby was sued by a woman who said he molested her when she was a teenager in 1974. The women, one who says she was 17 at the time of her encounter with Cosby, each sobbed while reading statements at a news conference organized by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. Allred proposed that Cosby should waive the statute of limitations that protects him from decades-old allegations from more than a dozen women. ...

Connecticut protesters rally for education reform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:04
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters rallied in downtown New Haven on Wednesday, urging education reform to address a performance gap between the state's richest and poorest school districts. The rally was organized by groups including Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, which wants more public funding for inner-city schools, and policies that make it easier for parents to transfer children to charter and magnet schools. ...

Would-be California militant is schizophrenic, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:02
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California man accused of trying to cross into Canada to eventually join the Islamic State militant group has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, his lawyer said Wednesday. Nicholas Teausant, 21, was arrested in March as he allegedly headed to the border in hopes of joining Islamic State, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria and has claimed responsibility for beheading Western hostages. ...

New Mexico struggles despite federal largess

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:57

 Los Alamos, which, except for its landscapes, looks decidedly unlike the rest of New Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Tucked in the mountains of one of the poorest states is one of the nation's wealthiest counties: Los Alamos, which, except for its landscapes, looks decidedly unlike the rest of New Mexico.