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10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:02

A group of refugees walk on the railway tracks after crossing from Serbia, in Roszke, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Migrants fearful of death at sea in overcrowded and flimsy boats have increasingly turned to using a land route towards Europe through the Western Balkans. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Kentucky clerk, citing God, defies courts on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:36

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked "God's authority" Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt.


Man critical in Strawberry Mansion shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:29

Man critical in Strawberry Mansion shootingA man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.


Operators of 2 Ohio abortion clinics sue over state hurdles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:26
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The operators of two southwest Ohio abortion clinics asked a federal court on Tuesday to declare recently enacted state laws governing their operations unconstitutional.

Baseball, wings and Ellen: Meet the Miss America hopefuls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:08

In this image released by Starpix, 52 Miss America contestants pose with reining Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, standing center in red, during a photo opp, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in New York's Times Square. The contestants gathered to promote the upcoming Miss America competition, airing Sunday, Sept. 13, on ABC. (Aurora Rose/Starpix via AP)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — This year, Georgia is from Oklahoma — Georgia Frazier, that is, a cancer survivor and daughter of a former New York Yankees pitcher who holds an inauspicious World Series record.


Parents of women killed on San Francisco pier file claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:02

Brad Steinle, left, and Jim Steinle, right, the brother and father of Kathryn Steinle, answer questions during a news conference on the steps of City Hall Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in San Francisco. The parents of the San Francisco woman shot to death by a man being sought for deportation filed legal claims against San Francisco and federal officials in connection with her killing. Kathryn Steinle was shot to death on Pier 14 on July 1 as she walked with her father. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by a man in the country illegally said Tuesday that federal and local authorities contributed to the death of their daughter through negligence and bureaucratic bungling.


Citing God's authority, clerk defies Supreme Court on gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:55

Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Same-Sex Marriage LicensesInvoking God's authority, a Kentucky county clerk defied the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and stood by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples - gay or straight - since the court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, the same court rejected Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to deny marriage licenses to gay couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to issue them.


Colorado man faces felony charges for shooting black bear cubs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:49
A Colorado man may face criminal charges after shooting two black bear cubs in the foothills west of Denver, killing one of them and forcing wildlife officials to euthanize the other, authorities said on Tuesday. The incident began early on Tuesday in the town of Evergreen when a homeowner was awakened by a mother bear and her two cubs rummaging through garbage, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Assault charges for 3 deputies in horse-chase beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:49

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, joined by Sheriff John McMahon, speaks during a press conference, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif., announcing that felony assault charges have been filed against San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputies Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps, and Charles Foster in the in the televised beating of Francis Pusok. A KNBC-TV helicopter news crew followed the chase as Frances Jared Pusok fled deputies on a stolen horse. The station then televised deputies repeatedly punching and kicking Pusok as he lay on the ground. Seven other deputies placed on administrative leave following the April pursuit in the inland desert were not charged. (John Valenzuela/The Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDITSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Three sheriff's deputies involved in the televised beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback have been charged with felony assault.


Trial begins for officer charged with abusing Indian man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:47

Former Madison, Ala. police officer Eric Sloan Parker walks into a federal courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Huntsville, Ala. Parker is on trial on a federal charge of using excessive force against an Indian man, 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, who was thrown down and partially paralyzed during a confrontation in a suburban neighborhood. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys questioned potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of an Alabama police officer charged with using excessive force against an Indian grandfather who was visiting his family near Huntsville.


Illinois hunts for suspects in killing of veteran police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:47

Police helicopters use search lights on the wooded areas for the killers of slain Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in Fox LakeBy Brendan O'Brien FOX LAKE, Ill. (Reuters) - More than 100 police officers using aircraft and canine units were searching northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer, officials said. Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found wounded on Tuesday morning after reporting that he was pursuing three suspects on foot, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Officials have only described the three suspects as two white males and one black male.


Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:38

Jeff Mizanskey smiles as he walks away from cameras after being released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center, after serving two decades of a life sentence for a marijuana-related charge in Jefferson City, Mo., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. His release followed years of lobbying by relatives, lawmakers and others who argued that the sentence was too stiff and that marijuana should not be forbidden. (AP Photo/Columbia Missourian/Justin L. Stewart)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.


Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:36

Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a key development in a case threatening Uber's business model and that of other hot startups dependent on similar service workers. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The results of Uber's legal battle could reshape the sharing economy, which is built around Internet companies that serve as marketplaces matching people who provide a service with others looking to pay for it.


Judge drops case against prominent gay-rights activist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:34
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed sex-crimes charges against prominent gay rights activist Terry Bean after the alleged teenage victim refused to testify against him.

Arkansas governor asked to set execution dates for 8 inmates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:34

FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, bottles of the sedative midazolam are displayed at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. The Arkansas Department of Correction purchased enough of the three drugs, including the sedative midazolam, used in the state's new execution protocol, which were received in early July, to perform the executions. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for eight death row inmates in what would be the state's first executions in a decade.


Ex-student who sparked campus lockdown won't face charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:26
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities won't seek criminal charges against a former Mississippi State University student who sparked a campus lockdown last Thursday.

FDA issues warning letters to powdered caffeine distributors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:17
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk.

Attorneys file arguments over scope of water rule injunction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:16
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys who have been debating state and federal powers regarding small waterways filed written arguments Tuesday over whether a judge's decision to block a new Obama administration water rule applies nationwide.

Los Angeles named U.S. bid candidate for 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:12

A view of the Los Angeles downtown skylineLos Angeles was officially selected on Tuesday as the American candidate city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after Boston pulled out of the race in July, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. Los Angeles, which has hosted the Summer Games twice before, in 1932 and 1984, will be among the front-runners and joins a race that includes heavy favorite Paris, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg. "It is my distinct honor today to formerly name the city of Los Angeles as the U.S. bid city to host the 2024 Olympics," USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun told a news conference held just off the beach front in Santa Monica.


Jurors hear 911 call in murder trial of Michigan 13-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:09
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 911 call from a boy charged in the slaying of a 9-year-old on a western Michigan playground was played during his murder trial Tuesday.