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Ky. same-sex marriage recognition put on hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 06:13
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries, saying doing so will allow the law to become settled without causing confusion or granting rights only to have them taken away.

Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 06:12

A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first news conference, in Washington D.C., Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The Federal Reserve is seeking to clarify when it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows. The Fed also says it will cut its monthly long-term bond purchases by another $10 billion to $55 billion because it thinks the economy is strong enough to support further improvements in the job market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen tried at her first news conference as Federal Reserve chair to clarify a question that's consumed investors: When will the Fed start raising short-term interest rates from record lows?

Bin Laden son-in-law unexpectedly testifies at his U.S. trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 06:11

An artist sketch shows Abu Ghaith at a hearing in a Manhattan federal court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - On September 11, 2001, just hours after hijackers deliberately crashed passenger aircraft in attacks on the United States, a Kuwaiti teacher and imam named Suleiman Abu Ghaith met Osama bin Laden inside a cave in Afghanistan. "We are the ones who did it," bin Laden told Abu Ghaith, before asking him the next day to use his powers of oratory to send a videotaped "message to the world," Abu Ghaith testified on Wednesday in a surprise move at his trial on terrorism-related charges. The video, and others like it, form the basis for the U.S. government's case against Abu Ghaith, who would later marry one of bin Laden's daughters. Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith, 48, functioned as a spokesman and recruiter for bin Laden's Islamic militant group al Qaeda and knew of plans to attack the United States in the future.

New York jail probing death of inmate in unusually hot cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 06:10
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death of a mentally ill, homeless man who was being held in a New York City jail cell is under investigation, and there are indications that the cell was overheated, the city's Department of Correction said on Wednesday. Jerome Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell at Rikers Island, the city's main jail complex, on February 15, according to Ivan Vogel, the public defender handling his case. Vogel said jail officials told him of Murdough's death three days after it happened. The Department of Correction said in a statement that it immediately began investigating Murdough's death, "including issues of staff performance and the adequacy of procedures." "While we cannot comment on the facts surrounding his death while the investigation is underway, preliminary information suggests there were unusually high temperatures in Mr. Murdough's cell," the statement said.

Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 06:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.