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Security a big priority for 2016 DNC in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:42

Security a big priority for 2016 DNC in PhillyThe 2016 Democratic National Convention will bring tens of thousands of people to Philadelphia for a week and security is major priority.

Philadelphia to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:38

Philadelphia to host 2016 Democratic National ConventionPhiladelphia has won the bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Thursday.

Juveniles charged with running child porn Instagram account

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:27
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three Florida juveniles have been charged with transmitting child pornography after they created a social media account to solicit and post explicit photos of other minors.

Retailers fret as products languish on ships, docks at ports

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:24

A container ship is guided by tugboats as it arrives at the Port of Oakland to be unloaded Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Companies that operate marine terminals didn't call workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics, just about anything made in Asia and destined for U.S. consumers. The partial lockout is the result of an increasingly damaging labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. The two sides have been negotiating a new contract, and stalled talks have all but paralyzed 29 ports that handle about one-quarter of U.S. international trade, around $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

New York Times: David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column, has died at age 58

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:46
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Times: David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column, has died at age 58.

Gay couples wed in once-reluctant Alabama county

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:26

John Humphrey, left, and James Strawser wait for a marriage license along with several other gay couples at the Mobile County Probate office in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. A federal judge's ruling went into effect Monday overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court refused the state's request to stop the marriages. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore directed probate judges to refuse the licenses and resist what he called an "illegal" intrusion by the federal court. (AP Photo/, Sharon Steinmann) MAGS OUTMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The federal judge who overturned Alabama's gay-marriage ban ordered a reluctant county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, signaling to probate judges across the state that they should do the same.

Ship company, engineer reach deal in Alaska pollution case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:08
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A ship company based in Germany and the chief engineer on one of its vessels have agreed to plead guilty to illegally dumping oily water off Alaska.

USC set to elect first female student body president in 10 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:06
(Reuters) - The University of Southern California on Thursday was set to see the election of its first female student body president in nearly 10 years, perhaps signaling a break in a trend that has highlighted the underrepresentation of women in high levels of student government at some U.S. universities. Voting began on Tuesday and was set to conclude on Thursday in the race pitting two women candidates, Rini Sampath and Providence Ilisevich, against each other at the university in Los Angeles. A 2013 report released by American University in Washington, D.C., in a survey of 2,100 college students found that young women are less interested than men in running for office, with 63 percent of women saying they never thought about it compared with 43 percent of men. The report's authors said a gender gap in U.S. politics was likely to continue "well into the future" and it recommended steps to encourage more young women to consider running for office.

Former officer pleads not guilty in small town shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:54

In this photograph taken on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Rocky Ford, Colo., a balloon in the shape of a star carries a written message as it sits next to a photograph of Jack Jacquez in a memorial to the 27-year-old man who was shot and killed in the home that he shared with his mother by a Rocky Ford, Colo., Police Department officer on Oct. 12, 2014. Former Rocky Ford policeman James Ashby has been charged with second-degree murder in the case, the first Colorado lawman in more than two decades to face murder charges for an on-duty shooting. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) — Many in this small town on Colorado's southeastern plains wave at police driving by and sometimes stop to give officers crime tips. People under arrest are also neighbors an officer could run into later in the grocery store, so Chief Frank Gallegos encourages his eight-person force to treat suspects with respect.

California leaders announce investigation into missing bond funds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:51
By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California officials and lawmakers said on Thursday they will hold legislative hearings following allegations of embezzlement of $1.3 million in bond funds held by a Bay Area government financing entity. State Treasurer John Chiang and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León said they would conduct legislative oversight hearings to ensure that government bonds were safe from fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. The hearings follow the disappearance of nearly $1.3 million of bond funds held by the Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG), an organization that issues bonds for local governments, nonprofits and private entities, the Treasurer's office said.

Kentucky court to consider if underage sex is a crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:45
Kentucky's highest court considered on Thursday whether teen-agers should be treated as criminals when they have sex and send nude photos to each other. Here are some of the key questions being asked in the case:

'American Sniper' suspect told cop he took 'couple of souls'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:35

Texas Ranger Michael Adcock holds a shell casing from the crime scene as he testifies during former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh's capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Feb. 12, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A police officer told a Texas jury Thursday that a former Marine charged in the deaths of two men, including "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, told him he had "taken a couple of souls" and had more to take.

Jeb Bush posts emails containing Social Security numbers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:32
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — By posting online all of his personal email from his eight years as Florida's governor, Jeb Bush sought to show himself as a tech-savvy executive, in touch with constituents and an active administrator.

Training accident injures 22 Marines at base in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:30
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty-two U.S. Marines were injured on Thursday in a training exercise at Twentynine Palms military base in Southern California, when a fire extinguisher system accidentally discharged inside an amphibious vehicle, officials said. The Marines who needed medical treatment were taken to local medical facilities and are listed in stable condition, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement. Local television station KNBC, citing hospital officials at the base, reported the service members came in with inhalation exposure. ...

Washington city sees 4 police killings in recent months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:25

In this still frame taken from a cell phone video provided by Dario Infante and taken on Feb. 10, 2015, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, left, turns to face police officers while running from them in Pasco, Wash. Moments later, Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed. Pasco police said he threw multiple rocks, hitting two officers, and refused to put down other stones. (AP Photo/Dario Infante)PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Four people have been shot and killed by police in recent months in this agricultural city of 68,000 in southeastern Washington, and the most recent death of an orchard worker accused of throwing rocks at officers has sparked protests after witnesses said he was running away.

Former U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox is engaged: reports

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:21

Amanda Knox sits before being interviewed on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" in New YorkFormer U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox, back in Seattle after being acquitted in the slaying of her British roommate in Italy and then being convicted again in absentia, got engaged last week to a rock musician she has known since middle school, U.S. media reported on Thursday. Two sources close to Knox, who is 27, confirmed the engagement to Reuters but were unable to provide details. According to a Seattle Times newspaper column, Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, whom she has known since her school days and moved to Seattle from New York, though no date has been set for the wedding.

Police: Actor Emile Hirsch put woman in chokehold in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:08

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, actor Emile Hirsch poses at the premiere of "Ten Thousand Saints" during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Authorities say Hirsch put a woman in a chokehold during an altercation at a Utah nightclub that occurred on Jan. 25, 2015, during the Sundance Film Festival. He faces a felony charge of aggravated assault. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor Emile Hirsch was charged Thursday with assault after police said he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while he was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:01

In this Feb. 12, 2015, photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, joins hands with European Council President Donald Tusk during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels. The Obama administration is taking a wary, wait-and-see approach toward the new Ukraine peace agreement, which was reached without direct American input and while the U.S. considers whether to give defensive weapons to Ukraine and slap fresh sanctions on Russia. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Alabama official ordered to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:37

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Jonathan Kaminsky MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered an Alabama official to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in compliance with an earlier order, but couples in most counties were still unable to obtain licenses. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order clarified that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis was compelled to adhere to her previous ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban despite a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that led many state judges to refrain from issuing licenses to gay couples. Granade's directive marked the latest twist in the controversy over gay marriage in Alabama, where probate judges have faced conflicting orders from federal and state courts.

2-year-old boy struck and killed by trolley in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:35
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A witness says a 2-year-old broke free from his mother's grip before he was struck and killed by a trolley in Philadelphia.