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Catholic Church gets win in liberal California Legislature

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Catholic Church, often out of step with California's liberal Legislature, notched a prominent win at the statehouse this week after aligning with advocates for the disabled and medical groups to defeat a proposal to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

U.S. court: citizenship law's gender differences unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:24
A U.S. law that treats mothers and fathers differently in determining whether their foreign-born children may claim U.S. citizenship is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, four years after the U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 on the issue. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the statute applied "impermissible stereotyping" in imposing a tougher burden on fathers. The law requires unwed fathers who are U.S. citizens to spend at least five years living in the United States - a 2012 amendment reduced it from 10 years - before they can confer citizenship onto a child born abroad, out of wedlock and to a partner who is not a U.S. citizen.

Plane collision marks 2nd fatal tragedy for family in a week

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

Debris from a F-16 fighter jet and plane collision scatter the ground near Moncks Corner, S.C., Tuesday, July 7, 2015. People aboard the smaller Cessna were killed, and the plane was completely destroyed, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said. (WCIV-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; LOCAL TV OUTMONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — A collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son was the second fatal tragedy to strike their family in just four days, a relative told The Associated Press.


Baltimore police commissioner fired after riot, killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:23

Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts with Attorney General Lynch duing visit to Central District of Baltimore Police Department in Baltimore, MarylandBaltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired on Wednesday following criticism of his handling of rioting over the death of a black man from an injury in police custody and a skyrocketing homicide rate. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the focus on Batts and the leadership of the 2,500-officer force had become a distraction in fighting resurgent crime and was hurting her goal of attracting families to the city. Batts' firing came after three people were shot dead overnight and another was killed on Wednesday, violence cited by the mayor at her news conference.


Lawmakers bash U.S. Army plan to cut 57,000 troops and civilians

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

A U.S. Army sapper clears the road in advance of a dismounted patrol near Combat Outpost Terra Nova in the Arghandab ValleyThe Obama administration was criticized by lawmakers on Wednesday over U.S. Army plans to cut nearly 60,000 soldiers and civilian personnel, warning the reductions were risky for U.S. forces at a time of conflict in the Middle East and rising tensions with Russia. Senator John McCain, the Republican head of the Armed Services Committee, called the plan to cut 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilian personnel "another dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy" pursued by President Barack Obama. The cuts would reduce the active-duty Army from about 490,000 soldiers to about 450,000, its smallest number since before the United States entered World War Two.


Pot-smoking Indianapolis church sues over marijuana laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:21
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

Settlement allows families to visit graves in New York potter's field

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:16
Families whose loved ones lie in a New York City potter's field for unclaimed bodies or those unable to afford burials will be able to visit the gravesites for the first time under a settlement announced on Wednesday. As many as a million people have been buried in anonymous graves on the mile-long Hart Island, a public cemetery dating from the 19th century. The settlement follows a class-action lawsuit brought against New York City by the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of relatives of people buried there.

Future of Subway pitchman's foundation unclear after raid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:11

A photo of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle is seen on a menu board hanging inside one of its locations Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in St. Louis. FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Suspended Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's foundation, which encourages children to avoid the same obesity he experienced in college, faces an uncertain future following a raid at his home two months after the group's then-executive director was arrested on child pornography charges.


Court revises test on determining Native American status

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:07
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys in federal cases stemming from crimes on American Indian reservations have new guidance on what's needed to prove a defendant is Indian.

Tom Selleck accused of taking water for California ranch

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

Actor Tom Selleck talks about his show 'Blue Bloods' during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly HillsActor Tom Selleck is accused by a California agency of unlawfully taking water from a public hydrant to supply his ranch as the state grapples with a devastating drought, court papers showed on Wednesday. The Calleguas Municipal Water District submitted a complaint on Monday in Ventura County Superior Court against the star of 1980s television series "Magnum, P.I." and police show "Blue Bloods," which airs on CBS. The complaint comes as California deals with a devastating four-year drought that has damaged the state's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry.


Microsoft cuts 7,800 jobs as phone sales flag

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 07:00

FILE - This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft announced, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, it will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is cutting 7,800 jobs and writing off $7.6 billion in connection with its purchase of Nokia's phone business, as the giant software maker tries to narrow its focus and pull back from a series of ill-fated forays onto rival tech companies' turf.


Bomber decision due in August or September: U.S. Air Force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:58

B-2 Stealth Bomber performs a flyover at the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena, CaliforniaBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force still aims to award a long-awaited contract for a new long-range strike bomber in August, but the decision could slip into September, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said Wednesday, adding it was crucial to "do it right." Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against team made up of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp for a contract that could be worth $50 billion to $80 billion to the winning bidder. "We don't want to drag our feet but we don't want to rush because if you rush, you might not get it right." The two teams are competing to build 80 to 100 new bombers for the Air Force at cost of no more than $550 million per aircraft, one of few new large-scale aircraft programs to kick off in recent years.


Cosby's first known accuser was no aspiring starlet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:51

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. In court documents released Monday, July 6, 2015, he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has painted many of his accusers as star-struck gold-diggers — aspiring models and actresses trying to shake him down to get ahead in Hollywood.


APNewsBreak: Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:49

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, inspectors assess damage around the area of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass. on Nov. 23. The Obama administration moved Wednesday, July 8, 2015 to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the U.S. to reduce the risk of deadly explosions. An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place, including the 2012 Springfield blast.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on gas lines across the U.S. after deadly fires and explosions going back decades that could have been avoided.


San Francisco sheriff requested transfer of immigrant inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Sheriff's Department requested the transfer and provided transportation from federal prison to the city jail for a Mexican national in the country illegally who is now charged with randomly murdering a woman.

Air conditioning not a must on Louisiana death row: appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:47
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said a lower court judge abused his discretion in requiring Louisiana to keep the heat index, which combines temperature and humidity, below 88 degrees (31 Celsius) for the dozens of death row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. In overturning that injunction on Wednesday, Circuit Judge Edith Jones said Louisiana need provide relief only to death row inmates Elzie Ball, Nathaniel Code and James Magee, who brought the lawsuit and whose living conditions violated the Eighth Amendment ban against cruel and unusual punishment.

2 bodies found in Cape May County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:44

2 bodies found in Cape May CountyPolice are investigating the discovery of two bodies in a wooded area in Cape May County, New Jersey.


Maine allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons without permit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:30
Maine will allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit, a practice called "constitutional carry" by Second Amendment advocates, under a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Republican Governor Paul LePage. The measure will make Maine the fifth state to pass a law legalizing the carrying of a handgun, either openly or concealed, without the requirement of a government permit. Maine joins Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Kansas in voting to allow the practice, according to National Rifle Association spokesman Lars Dalseide.

Crime on the rise in Los Angeles in first half of 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:29

A view of the Los Angeles downtown skylineThe City of Los Angeles has seen a spike in crime in nearly every major category for the first half of 2015, reversing the declining trend of the last dozen years, after California recently reduced penalties for low-level and non-violent offenses, officials said on Wednesday. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck said they were troubled by increases in major crime in categories other than homicide, including robbery, rape, burglary and car theft. Beck told a news conference that a ballot measure approved by voters last year to reduce criminal penalties throughout California for a wide class of non-violent crimes, including drug possession and shoplifting, had contributed to increased crime in the city.


Two people in N.Y. charged in massive probe of child porn website

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:23
At least two people including a former New York City school teacher have been criminally charged in connection with an investigation into a child pornography website the FBI seized earlier this year that authorities say had nearly 215,000 users. Alex Schreiber, a former math teacher, was arrested on Tuesday on a federal charge of knowingly possessing child pornography and later released on a $100,000 bond following an appearance in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.