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Ohio high court advises judges not to refuse to perform gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:30

A young boy waves rainbow flag while watching the San Francisco gay pride parade in San Francisco, CaliforniaJudges in Ohio should not refuse to perform same-sex marriages based on personal or religious beliefs, the state's Supreme Court said in an informal, nonbinding opinion released on Monday. The advisory opinion was issued in response to inquiries from judges and a judicial association seeking guidance, after a number of Ohio judges refused to marry same-sex couple or halted civil marriages altogether. The opinion cited the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v Hodges ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide, effectively invalidating Ohio's law prohibiting marriages not between a man and a woman.


Judge tosses inmate's suit filed after execution drug issue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:19
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate that claimed the state violated their client's constitutional rights by subjecting her to cruel and unusual punishment.

California ballot measures seek to ease Bay area gridlock

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:13

Traffic moves through the existing Bay Bridge in San FranciscoTransportation advocates want to ask voters in several northern California counties to decide whether the region should boost sales taxes to fund $500 million a year in road and rail improvements in what would be the first regional effort to fight gridlock. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is helping to lay the groundwork for ballot measures in November 2016 in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties.


Board: Ohio judges can't choose marriage type they perform

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:10

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2007, file photo, Toledo, Ohio, Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell participates in a news conference at the city's Safety Building. The Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct issued a Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, ruling that judges can't refuse to perform weddings for same-sex couples based on personal, moral or religious beliefs, after McConnell refused to marry a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs and asked the board to clarify his duties. McConnell said Monday, Aug. 10, that he would abide by the board's opinion. (AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges who perform marriages in Ohio can't refuse to marry same-sex couples on personal or moral grounds or because of religious beliefs, according to a state judicial conduct board.


Google to be part of new holding company, 'Alphabet'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:04

Google to be part of new holding company, 'Alphabet'Google, which has been expanding far beyond its original business of Internet search advertising, is changing its operating structure by creating a new holding company called Alphabet.


Grizzlies may be killed if tied to fatal Yellowstone attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:02

Sign is seen at the Elephant Back Loop Trailhead which is temporarily closed to travel in Yellowstone National Park, WyomingBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two grizzly bears captured close to where a seasonal employee of Yellowstone National Park was killed could be euthanized if DNA tests determine they attacked the man, authorities said Monday.


State of emergency called in Ferguson after gunfire mars protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:54

Protesters prepare to march in downtown St. LouisAuthorities declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted during protests overnight to mark the police shooting of an unarmed black man one year ago that ignited a national firestorm on race relations. The order was issued for the St. Louis suburb and surrounding areas amid tensions between residents and police after officers shot and critically wounded an 18-year-old man in an exchange of gunfire that marred what had been a day of peaceful demonstrations. Prosecutors charged the man, Tyrone Harris, who was in critical condition in a hospital, with four criminal counts, including "assault on law enforcement" and shooting at a motor vehicle.


Man charged with assaulting mayor amid affair allegations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:53
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of attacking an Alabama mayor outside a barber shop has been charged with assault, police said Monday.

Cocaine seizures skyrocket off Latin America's Pacific coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:52

In this July 19, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Cutter Stratton crew members secure cocaine bales from a self-propelled semi-submersible interdicted in international waters off the coast of Central America. The Coast Guard recovered more than 6 tons of cocaine from the 40-foot vessel. Cocaine seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard off Latin America have jumped to their highest levels in five years. Officials say Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, drug traffickers are increasingly turning to the sea to get their loads to U.S. markets. The $1.8 billion in seized cocaine comes after Washington restored the Coast Guard budget to its previous levels, following a 25 percent cut in operating costs in 2013. (Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized more cocaine off Latin America's Pacific coast over the past 10 months than in the previous three years combined as it rebounds from budget cuts and combats smugglers increasingly moving drugs on the high seas, officials said Monday.


Mom: Son who died was badly bruised after 2 hours with dad

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:52

Daniel Cox is seen in an undated photo provided by the Hardin County Detention Center. Cox, 35, is charged with murder in the death of his 4-month-old son Jayceon Chrystie. Jayceon Chrystie, who authorities say was fatally beaten by his father in a car, was "black and blue" when the father dropped him off at home last Thursday, the baby's mother said in court documents. Jayceon died on Aug. 8, 2015, from what Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Robert Fraction called an "inflicted traumatic injury to the head." (Hardin County Detention Center via AP)RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — As police searched for a man seen driving down a Kentucky highway beating an infant in a car seat, Daniel Cox pulled up to Kimberly Chrystie's home, handed her their 4-month-old son and sped away, police say.


Expectant moms concerned about delivery during pope's visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:51

Expectant moms concerned about delivery during pope's visitHospitals make contingency plans for baby deliveries last weekend of September


Residents demand health answers as mine spill fouls rivers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:49

Citizens fill out paper work and drop off water from their ditches, wells, and ponds during water testing at San Juan County's Lee Acres Sheriff's substation in Farmington, N.M. on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. A crew supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been blamed for causing a wastewater spill at an abandoned mine in Colorado last week. Water laced with heavy metals, including lead and arsenic, reached the New Mexico municipalities of Aztec, Farmington and Kirtland over the weekend. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDITALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill.


Oklahoma judge strikes down law limiting use of abortion-inducing pills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:48
An Oklahoma judge struck down on Monday a law aimed at limiting the use of abortion-inducing drugs, saying the measure was unconstitutional because it did not apply to other medication. The law requires that the drugs, including one known by the brand name of Mifeprex, be administered under U.S. Federal and Drug Administration protocols, which critics say pose dangers to women because the dosage is far higher than needed and requires women to make multiple visits to doctors. The state's Republican leaders, who have enacted a series of abortion restrictions, planned to appeal the decision from Oklahoma District Judge Patricia Parrish of the law the governor signed last year.

Judge tosses inmate's suit filed after execution drug issue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:48
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Georgia death row inmate that claimed the state violated her constitutional rights by subjecting her to cruel and unusual punishment.

Minnesota officials expect costly sex offender program fix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:48

Rep. Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, left the meeting at the Federal Courthouse in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 U.S. Judge Donovan Frank met with Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and other legislative leaders to find a solution for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. (Glen Stubbe/The Daily Advertiser via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers emerged from a private meeting with a federal judge on Monday with little consensus on how and even whether to forge ahead with changes to a state program confining sex offenders that the court has deemed unconstitutional.


Immigrant women allege mistreatment at US detention centers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:48
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Five immigrant mothers held in facilities with their children are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being detained, according to court papers filed Monday.

No charges in kids' deaths for couple in rotten teeth case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:42
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says a couple charged with letting their daughter's teeth rot so badly that her life was endangered won't face charges in the deaths of three other children.

DC mayor backs releasing certain police body cam footage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed that footage from police body cameras be made available to the public if the encounter with police happened in a public place.

DC mayor proposes releasing body camera footage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials are proposing that footage from police body cameras be made available to the public if ab encounter with police occurs in a public place.

The Latest: Spill prompts New Mexico to declare emergency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:25

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored yellow from a mine waste spill. A crew supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been blamed for causing the spill while attempting to clean up the area near the abandoned Gold King Mine. Tribal officials with the Navajo Nation declared an emergency on Monday, Aug. 10, as the massive plume of contaminated wastewater flowed down the San Juan River toward Lake Powell in Utah, which supplies much of the water to the Southwest. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP, FILE) MANDATORY CREDITDENVER (AP) — The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):