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More than 50 sperm whales spotted off California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:14

This Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 photo provided by Capt. Dave Anderson/, shows sperm whales swimming in the waters off the the coast of Dana Point, Calif. Several pods of sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement. More than 50 mothers and juveniles were rolling and playing with dolphins. (AP Photo/Capt. Dave Anderson/ BEACH, Calif. (AP) — More than 50 sperm whales emerged off the Southern California coast in an extremely rare, hours-long sighting that had whale watchers and scientists giddy with excitement.

Judge: Work out security for Russian prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:04
SEATTLE (AP) — After a federal prosecutor told a judge Tuesday that he expects to produce 4 terabytes, or 4 trillion bytes, of data as they make their case against a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses, the judge said Roman Seleznev will need better access to his lawyers than speaking to them through a glass wall.

Attempted fire-bombing of Missouri federal office brings new charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:56
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a Kansas City man on three new charges for his alleged attempt last month to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver, prosecutors said. Eric King, 28, had been charged in a criminal complaint with using a dangerous instrument - two bottles filled with charcoal lighter - to oppose, impede, intimidate and interfere with a federal official while engaged in the performance of his official duties. ...

Gay marriage opponents pick new battleground of religious freedom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:35
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - With the U.S. gay marriage battle looking increasingly like a lost cause for conservative opponents, a last battleground may be their quest to allow people to refuse services to gay men and women on religious grounds. Some conservative groups have seized on what they consider religious freedom cases, ranging from a Washington state florist to bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are fighting civil rights lawsuits after refusing to provide goods and services to gay couples. ...

FBI investigating swastikas at Ga. frat house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:34
ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University officials say the FBI has joined an investigation into swastikas that were painted on the exterior of a historically Jewish fraternity house at the Georgia school.

Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:33

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in Bentonville(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would no longer provide health benefits to some part-time workers in the United States due to ballooning healthcare costs. The company said on Monday it would stop health benefits for part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. The move is expected to impact about 2 percent of the company's workforce, the company said in a blog post. Wal-Mart cut its full-year profit forecast in August, citing higher employee benefit costs, among other things. The company said then that it expected to spend $500 million on U.S. ...

NYPD investigating Stephen Collins sex abuse allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:33

NYPD investigating Stephen Collins sex abuse allegationsActor Stephen Collins is under investigation for possible sexual abuse after TMZ released an audio tape of the "7th Heaven" star reportedly admitting to molestation.

Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:10

Map shows states with laws allowing same-sex marriage and federal circuit courts; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's gay marriage decision has reignited a debate inside the GOP that many Republican leaders hoped to avoid ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.

Ex-headmaster in Delaware accused of child porn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:04
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — As he moved through the ranks of tony prep schools, Christopher Wheeler seemed right at home. An accomplished musician and composer who flew his own airplane, he seemed adept at raising money and catering to wealthy families who entrusted him with their children.

Choke hold complaints against N.Y.C. police on the rise: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:02
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Complaints against the New York Police Department about the use of illegal choke holds are increasing, and the incidents are not always properly investigated or subject to discipline, an agency that handles police complaints said on Tuesday. The use of choke holds, banned under police guidelines because they can be deadly, has come under intense scrutiny with the July death of Eric Garner as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. ...

North Carolina scrambles after new voter law blocked by court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:01
By Ken Otterbourg WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina officials, scrambling to comply with a court ruling that blocked parts of a restrictive voter law just weeks before the November election, were in federal court on Tuesday to detail a proposed overhaul of their election plans. North Carolina was ordered to restore provisional ballots and same-day voter registrations last week when a U.S. appeals court found some provisions of a wide-ranging voter law, with restrictions considered among the nation's most stringent, could disproportionately harm black voters. ...

A Closer Look: What map apps can do for you

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:58

This combination of screen shots shows mapping apps, from left, Apple Maps for iPhones, Microsoft Here for Lumia-branded Windows phones, and Google Maps for Android. Mapping apps have grown more sophisticated in the last five years. (AP Photo)CHICAGO (AP) — Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway.

Virginia's black-majority district map rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:57
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:56

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

Jesse Jackson meets with Ebola patient's family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:45

Nowai Korkoya, mother of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, center, walks with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, and Josephus Weeks, Duncan's nephew after they spoke to reporters Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Dallas. Duncan's family has gathered in Dallas to check on his condition. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson presided over a prayer vigil at the Dallas hospital where the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being treated for the deadly disease.

Jury convicts man of murder in Auburn, Alabama pool party shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:41
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama jury on Tuesday convicted a 24-year-old man of capital murder in the deaths of two former Auburn University football players and another man, all shot at a pool party in 2012, a court official said. Desmonte Leonard was found guilty of murdering Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips, both 20-year-old former college football players, and Demario Pitts, 20, in an incident that shook the college town and its storied football program. ...

Gay marriage bans fall in Idaho, Nevada after high court decision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:41

Plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and his partner Derek Kitchen, Kody Partridge and her wife Laurie Wood take a a "selfie" as they celebrate at a same-sex marriage rally in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Legal momentum for extending U.S. marriage rights to same-sex couples accelerated on Tuesday as a federal appeals court struck down bans on gay matrimony in Idaho and Nevada a day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand similar rulings for five other states. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled the bans in Idaho and Nevada violated the constitution and cannot be enforced, adding to a growing list of states where same-sex unions are now legal. ...

Exclusive: Missouri police plan for possible riots if Brown cop not charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:37

File photo of police guarding the entrance to the St. Louis County Justice Building in ClaytonBy Tim Reid FERGUSON MISSOURI (Reuters) - Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from U.S. police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen. The plans are being thrashed out in meetings being held two to three times a week, according to people who have attended them. The FBI said it was also involved in the discussions. ...

2 accused of aiding mom in lesbian custody case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:35
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of fleeing the country with her daughter during a custody dispute with her former partner has been indicted on new charges along with a Virginia businessman and a Mennonite missionary who prosecutors say helped her after she said she was no longer a lesbian.

Teacher fired after lab accident at school burns 4

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:26
DENVER (AP) — A chemistry teacher has been fired after four students were burned, one seriously, when a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.