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U.S. Episcopalians vote to let gay couples wed in churches

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:34
The U.S. Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to let gay couples wed in the denomination's religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, became in 2012 the largest U.S. religious denomination to approve a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they were already legal. While some clergy and lay members disagreed with the proposal put before the Church's triennial convention, held in Salt Lake City, the faith's House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops, which overwhelmingly approved the measure in a separate vote on Tuesday.

3 injured in head-on ATV crash in Montco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:24

3 injured in head-on ATV crash in MontcoThree people were injured when two ATVs crashed in Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:22

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the nation’s third-largest school district is making $200 million in cuts that won’t affect schools opening on time or class size. The reductions detailed at a Wednesday news conference come after the district paid a $634 million pension bill that district officials said it couldn't afford. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts — including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation — to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn't afford.

Video shows theater shooter acting oddly right after arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:22
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — As the chaos of a shooting at a packed movie theater continued to unfold outside, James Holmes sat in a sterile police interview room, toying with staples, staring at walls and playing with paper bags put on his hands to preserve gunshot residue.

Biker challenges judge's gag order in criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:13
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The only biker to sue in connection with a mass arrest following a deadly shootout at a Texas restaurant argued in a petition filed Wednesday that he was unfairly slapped with a gag order after publicly criticizing how the investigation has been handled.

Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:04

Protesters waive a rainbow flag on the front lawn of the Rowan County Judicial Center, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. The protest was being held against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who, due to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and her own religious beliefs, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the county. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:03

A bank employee orders pensioners to do a queue to enter the bank in numbered order, outside a bank in Athens, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. About 1,000 bank branches around the country were ordered by the government to reopen Wednesday to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to 120 euros ($134) from their retirement checks. Eurozone finance ministers were set to weigh Greece's latest proposal for aid Wednesday. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Search underway for missing swimmer in Monroe Township

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:55

Search to resume Thursday for missing swimmer in Monroe TownshipA search is underway for a missing swimmer in Monroe Township, Gloucester County.

California bill would classify pro sports cheerleaders employees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:52

 Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersA bill currently before California Governor Jerry Brown would make clear that cheerleaders for state-based professional sports teams are employees, following high-profile lawsuits alleging labor violations in the state and elsewhere around the country. The bill, which would add a section to the state's labor code specifying that cheerleaders are team employees, passed the state Senate by a margin of 26 to 6 on Monday after easily clearing the Assembly. "Everyone who works hard to provide a great game day experience deserves the same basic level of dignity and respect on the job, starting with simply being paid for their work," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who authored the bill, said in a statement after it passed.

Remains of World War II Marine returned home 71 years later

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:45
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Marine killed in World War II is being buried in his Massachusetts hometown 71 years after he died in the Pacific battle of Tarawa.

California law decried after black woman's 'lynching' arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:36

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. In January, black activist Maile Hampton was arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest in Sacramento and charged with felony lynching. The charge for interfering with police during an arrest drew outrage from African-American leaders including Johnson who noted the irony of the charge. A bill by state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, to remove the word "lynching" from the state penal code is now before Gov. Jerry Brown.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.

FBI looks into fiber-optic vandalism in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI is working with police to catch vandals behind nearly a dozen fiber-optic cable cuts in Northern California in the past year.

Prosecutor offers deal to white Cleveland police supervisors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:26
CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor has offered to drop charges against five white police supervisors accused of failing to stop a car chase that ended in a deadly 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two unarmed black people if they're willing to say they endangered the public and meet other conditions, attorneys for two supervisors said Wednesday.

Police arrest man accused of setting fire to CVS in riots

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:11
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police have arrested a man authorities say set fire to a CVS pharmacy during the height of the riots that rocked the city after the death of Freddie Gray.

Man suspected of starting pharmacy fire during Baltimore riots is arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:08

Images of Raymon Carter appear on a wanted poster released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in BaltimoreThe federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a Twitter post that Raymon Carter, 24, was in custody. Authorities released a wanted poster on Monday of Carter, and the ATF and other authorities offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Video footage of the fire appeared around the world during coverage of the violence that broke out following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from injuries sustained in police custody.

Driver, 3 pedestrians injured in Newark crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:07

Driver, 3 pedestrians injured in Newark crashA two-vehicle crash in Newark, Delaware injured an elderly driver and three pedestrians.

NYC St. Patrick's Parade to target LGBT community with new leaders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:52

Protestors demonstrate advocating for the inclusion of gay marchers in the 254th New York City St. Patrick's Day parade as parade marchers make their way up 5th Avenue in New YorkLeaders of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade named two new leaders in a move aimed at including more gay and lesbian groups, which until this year had been barred from taking part. The parade's board of directors created and filled two leadership posts, asking the new chairman and vice chairman to expand participation in the March event by the LGBT community. The move follows years of protest and criticism over the parade's former stance on LGBT inclusion.

With new chair, NY St. Patrick's parade to add 2nd gay group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:48
NEW YORK (AP) — After ending a long and controversial ban on gay groups this year, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade has new leadership and plans to add another gay contingent to its ranks, organizers said Wednesday.

US judge orders 91-year-old drug mule freed 2 years early

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:45
DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. judge has granted early release to a 91-year-old Indiana man imprisoned for taking at least 2,600 pounds of cocaine to Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Colorado movie gunman researched psychosis, military tactics online

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:33

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialColorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes researched hallucinations and mental illness in the weeks ahead of the rampage that killed 12 people, as well as bomb-making and terrorism manuals, jurors at his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Details of the online searches came from police forensic investigator Gordon Madonna, who described for jurors what he found when he scoured the shooter's computers and iPhone following the July 20, 2012 rampage. Holmes could face the death penalty if he is convicted on multiple charges of murder and attempted murder for opening fire inside a suburban Denver multiplex during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," also wounding 70 people.