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Colorado court: Baker can't cite religious beliefs in refusing to make cakes for gay weddings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:09
DENVER (AP) — Colorado court: Baker can't cite religious beliefs in refusing to make cakes for gay weddings.

US lawmakers quick to criticize China on currency drop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:08

In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 photo, a bank clerk counts Chinese currency notes as her colleague attends a customer at a bank outlet in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. China’s surprise move on Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, whose growth rate has reached a six-year low. It is also fanning tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers have been quick to condemn the sudden drop in the value of Chinese currency as damaging for American businesses and workers, reviving an issue that once was one of the biggest sources of tension between the two world powers.


Former Virginia governor asks to remain free during appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:05
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

AP Interview: New Orleans mayor praises post-Katrina change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:01

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Landrieu says the city is on the right track nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina but points to coastal erosion as a major threat to the city’s future. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is approaching the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a mammoth storm that caused the levees protecting the city to break and submerge vast swaths of the Crescent City. In the run-up to the anniversary, The Associated Press sat down with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, to discuss the storm, the anniversary and the city's future.


New court documents allege details on Clemson student death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:57
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — A Clemson University student who was pledging for a fraternity had been forced to walk along a narrow bridge railing before falling to his death, according to recently filed court documents.

New court documents allege details on Clemson student death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:43
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Court documents say a Clemson University student who was pledging for a fraternity had been forced to walk along a narrow bridge railing before falling to his death.

Target of manhunt let out of jail due to lack of bed space

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:35
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due to lack of bed space.

Cops: Woman in camo chases ex-husband with ax, restrains son

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:22

 Woman in camo chases ex-husband with ax, restrains sonPolice say a Massachusetts woman wearing camouflage and a mask chased her ex-husband with an ax and put their 11-year-old son in a chokehold.


Jesse Ventura roots for Trump, open to being running mate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:17

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2000 file photo, potential Reform Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, greets Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in Minneapolis. Ventura said Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 that he hopes Trump wins the Republican nomination for president and would be open to running as his vice president. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he hopes Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president — and that he would be open to running as his vice president.


FBI severs ties to cooperator in $500M Boston museum theft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:09
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities investigating the 1990 theft of $500 million in art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have terminated a cooperation agreement with a reputed gangster because they think he lied to a grand jury when saying he knew nothing about the heist.

Pennsylvania town says man can't pay fine with 2,500 pennies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:53

Pennsylvania town says man can't pay fine with 2,500 penniesA central Pennsylvania borough is putting the brakes on a disgruntled handyman's attempt at paying his $25 parking fine with 50 rolls of pennies.


Former mining CEO Blankenship's attorneys want split trials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:44
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are urging a federal judge to split his criminal trial so a charge alleging a conspiracy to violate mine safety laws would be heard separately from charges of lying to securities regulators and investors.

Woman imprisoned in mother's death declines parole

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:25
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis woman who was sentenced in the stabbing death of her mother has declined parole.

Defying order, Kentucky clerk won't give gay couple marriage license

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:23

Defying order, Kentucky clerk won't give gay couple marriage licenseA Kentucky clerk's office turned away a gay couple seeking a marriage license on Thursday, defying a federal judge's order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom.


Man attacks brother over Big Mac

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:19

Man attacks brother over Big MacA Big Mac attack has landed a Washington County, Pennsylvania man behind bars.


Pollen suggests girl found dead on Boston beach is from area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:13
BOSTON (AP) — Investigators say pollen indicates that a young girl whose remains were found stuffed in a bag on a Boston Harbor beach this summer lived in the area.

New Jersey transportation officials to outline plans for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:13

NJ Transit announces plans for Pope Francis' visit to PhiladelphiaA news conference will be held in Camden at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.


Hold it! San Francisco uses paint to fight public urination

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:12

In this July 30, 2015, photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, talks about the city's latest effort to clean up urine-soaked walls outside a Mission District transit station in San Francisco. San Francisco now has multiple public walls covered with a repellant paint that makes pee spray back on the offender. It's the city's latest attempt to clean up urine-soaked alleyways and walls. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Public urination has gotten so bad in San Francisco that the city has painted nine walls with a repellant paint that makes pee spray back on the offender.


Naked man crashes truck into police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:01

Naked man crashes truck into policeA man intentionally veers off the road through a fence and into two parked police cars in Wisconsin.


Kentucky clerk defies federal judge's order, turns away gay couple seeking marriage license

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 20:52
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky clerk defies federal judge's order, turns away gay couple seeking marriage license.