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Biden celebrates same-sex marriage, says more to be done

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:48

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a Freedom To Marry event in New York Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — As he praised a recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said more still needs to be done to protect LGBT Americans.

De Blasio, after hit from Cuomo, does not back down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:38

FILE- In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, listens to Mayor Bill de Blasio during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York. The past couple of weeks have been tense once between the two Democrats and there is no sign of improvement. De Blasio on Thursday, July 9, did not back down in his ongoing feud with Cuomo, doubling down on his criticisms of Albany, rebuffing a call for a "pasta summit" to clear the air and vowing he would continue to call out further obstructions from his friend-turned-foe. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — The cold war between New York's two leading Democrats is showing no signs of abating.

Judge: Man charged with IS support to be held indefinitely

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:33
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the indefinite detention of a 19-year-old North Carolina man accused of plotting a series of American deaths to show his support for the Middle East group calling itself the Islamic State.

Man, grandson die on hike; boy likely was going for help

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:27
GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) — A man and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead several miles apart along a desert trail after they went hiking in central Arizona, and the boy likely died while going for help, authorities said.

Ex-teacher sentenced to 2 to 30 years in student sex case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:18

Brianne Altice reacts as the mother of a victim speaks during her sentencing Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Farmington, Utah. A judge sentenced Altice, a former high school English teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three male students, to at least two and up to 30 years in prison Thursday. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A former high school English teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three male students said Thursday she was vulnerable and made mistakes, but a Utah judge scolded her for committing serious crimes and sentenced her to up to 30 years in prison.

Philadelphia police probing violent arrest caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:13
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Police Department has opened an internal affairs investigation into an April arrest after video surfaced showing mostly white officers repeatedly punching and kicking the black suspect.

South Dakota tells polygamists to bring details for water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:10

Seth Jeffs, right, the brother of Warren Jeffs, imprisoned leader of a polygamist sect, participates in a state water board meeting, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Pierre, S.D. Jeffs and members of the United Order of South Dakota, a trust run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are requesting additional water for their remote South Dakota compound. (AP Photo/James Nord)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A secretive polygamist group will have to provide South Dakota regulators with more information before they will decide whether to allow the sect to draw water more quickly at a compound in the Black Hills.

Baltimore's next police chief faces demoralized department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:09

Interim Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis, left, listens to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake announced that she fired Commissioner Anthony Batts. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's next police commissioner will have a daunting to-do list: quell a surge in homicides, rebuild trust between officers and the public, win the confidence of a demoralized and alienated department, and keep the peace when the explosive Freddie Gray case comes to trial.

Site of burned Ferguson, Missouri, store to be Urban League center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:07
A new community center will be built on the site of a former convenience store that burned 11 months ago in rioting that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. QuikTrip Corp donated the property where its store was looted and burned during community unrest after Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot on Aug. 9 and the site became a focal point for demonstrations in the weeks and months after the shooting. The planned center is intended to expand job training and education programs from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and its social service partners, the Urban League said in a statement.

Man shot outside West Philadelphia bar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:58

Man shot outside West Philadelphia barAuthorities say a man was shot outside a bar in West Philadelphia.

Muslims blast handling of Tennessee mosque attack plan case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:49
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Muslim groups say a judge's decision to release from federal custody a Tennessee man accused in court records of planning an attack on a mosque in New York state represents a double standard and should be revisited.

Theater shooter won't testify in death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:48

A sheriff's deputy walks the grounds of the Arapahoe County District Court, where the trial of Aurora movie theater shooter, James Holmes, continues, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors are tearing into the testimony of a second defense expert who concluded the shooter was so mentally ill that he couldn't tell right from wrong when killed 12 people and injured 70 during a packed midnight movie premiere three years ago. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes said Thursday that he has chosen not to testify in his death penalty trial.

Tyson Foods accused of abuse at Delaware poultry farm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:43

Tyson Foods accused of abuse at Delaware poultry farmA hidden-camera video allegedly shot at a Delaware poultry farm that supplies Tyson Foods claims to show chickens being subjected to extreme cruelty and abuse.

2 former Minnesota Boy Scouts suing over alleged abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:40

David Lundquist, center, and Steven Josephson, right, holding photos of themselves as boys, announce that they are their lawsuits against Boy Scouts of America, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. The two are claiming that they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul. (Jean Pieri/The St. Paul Pioneer Press via AP) MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT; MANDATORY CREDITST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two men sued the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday, saying they were sexually abused as scouts by troop leaders in St. Paul more than 40 years ago.

Waco cop to head grand jury likely to hear biker cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:36
WACO, Texas (AP) — A police detective has been selected to preside over a grand jury that will likely consider cases stemming from a shootout involving bikers and police in Waco, Texas.

PECO investigating Society Hill underground smoke, power outage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:35

PECO investigating Society Hill underground smoke, power outagePECO crews are investigating an incident in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia that began underground and led to a power outage.

Facing spending squeeze, U.S. Army plans to cut thousands of soldiers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:34

US army soldiers are seen marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New YorkThe U.S. Army unveiled a long-awaited plan on Thursday for cutting the military service by nearly 60,000 soldiers and civilians, a budget-driven reduction it said would touch nearly every Army installation in the United States and overseas. The decision to cut 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilians by the end of the 2017 fiscal year will mean several thousand lost jobs at bases in Georgia, Texas and Alaska and more than a thousand each in Hawaii and Washington, the Army said. The cuts would reduce the active-duty Army from about 490,000 soldiers to about 450,000, its smallest size since World War Two.

Former Washington-area FBI agent sentenced for evidence tampering

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:32
A former FBI agent who admitted using heroin seized in drug busts in the Washington area, leading to the dismissal of several major drug-trafficking cases, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison. Matthew Lowry, 33, choked back tears at his sentencing in federal court, where he talked about his descent into drug addiction and apologized to the FBI, his friends and family, especially his 16-month-old son. "I don't know how I can explain to him what happened," he said, describing how he had progressed from swallowing pain killers to snorting heroin.

UN announces Yemen humanitarian pause until end of Ramadan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:26
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday announced an "unconditional humanitarian pause" in Yemen's conflict starting at midnight local time Friday, with the goal of stopping the violence so that desperately needed supplies can be delivered to more than 21 million people in the Arab world's poorest country.

Proposed California e-cigarette regulations die in legislature

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:25

Enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los AngelesA bill aimed at regulating electronic cigarettes in California has died in the state legislature, its author said on Thursday. The bill would have classified electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, banned their use in public places and ramped up enforcement against selling them to minors. The measure passed the state Senate but stalled after an Assembly committee removed the provision classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products.