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Amid confusion, Florida judge green-lights gay marriages in Orlando

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:46
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - An Orlando area official can begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples next week, a Florida judge said, while the fate of same-sex marriage remained in limbo across most of the state. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Shea issued his court order filed on Wednesday in response to an emergency petition by the Orange County clerk of court, one of many officials in the state confused about where gay marriage is permitted to begin on Jan. 6. The U.S. ...

Republicans to push ahead on new math for U.S. taxes, budget

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:41
By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Republicans assume control of the entire U.S. Congress in the new year, they are expected to push a controversial change to use more macroeconomic projections in determining the impact of tax and budget legislation on the federal deficit. Critics say wider use of "dynamic scoring," as the Republican-favored approach is known, would introduce new uncertainties into fiscal policy and degrade the value of present analysis now done by Capitol Hill staff experts. ...

Activists' lives, romance and a nation's change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:41

In this Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo, Isabel Rodriguez, left, hands coffee to his husband, Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, right, at the Davie, Fla. home of Felipe’s sister. The two are longtime immigrant and LGBTQ activists who walked from Miami to Washington, in 2010, to call attention to the struggles of youth living in the United States illegally. (AP Photo/Laura Wides-Munoz)MIAMI (AP) — On a bright New Year's Day in 2010, a small group of immigrants including a young couple in love laced up donated sneakers for a 1,500-mile march from Miami to Washington.

Last 4 on Md. death row to have sentences commuted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:39

FILE - In a Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks with reporters in his office inside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Outgoing Democratic Gov. O’Malley said Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, that he will commute the capital sentences of the state’s last four inmates on death row to life in prison, saying executing them “does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In one of his final acts as governor, Democrat Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that he will commute the sentences of four death-row inmates to life in prison without parole.

Plane diverts as traveler appears to go into labor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:39
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a pregnant passenger believed to have gone into labor aboard a plane has given birth at a Salt Lake City hospital after her flight was diverted to Utah.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:38
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

Cincinnati reaches deal on pension reform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:36
(Reuters) - Cincinnati struck a deal with labor unions late on Tuesday to reform the city's troubled $2.4 billion pension system and eliminate an $862 million funding gap over the next 30 years, city officials said in a statement. The 10-month negotiating process, overseen by a Federal judge, preserves the city's defined benefit pension plan after voters rejected an initiative in 2013 to shift new city workers to the defined contribution plans favored in the private sector. ...

Authorities ID man killed in Bridgeton police involved shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:24

Authorities ID man killed in Bridgeton police involved shootingPolice have identified the man who was shot and killed by police during a vehicle stop in Bridgeton, Cumberland County Tuesday night.

Hitchhiker charged in deadly South Carolina carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:06
By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - A South Carolina man accused of shooting two people who gave him a ride on Christmas Eve and dumping them on the side of an interstate has been arrested on a murder charge, a sheriff said on Wednesday. John Asher Farrell Villarreal, 22, was jailed on Tuesday after a deputy spotted the car that police said he had stolen six days earlier in what they said appeared to be a random but deadly encounter between the hitchhiker and two strangers. ...

Hiker killed after getting hit by avalanche on mountain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:05
BAKERVILLE, Colo. (AP) — A man who was snowshoeing up a central Colorado mountain died after getting hit by an avalanche.

Apartment fire displaces residents in Bangor, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 05:03

Apartment fire displaces residents in Bangor, Pa.At least a dozen residents are out of their homes after an apartment fire in Northampton County.

Group sues to free bear caged 18 years at Pennsylvania sweets shop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 04:42
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A national animal rights group is suing the owner of a Pennsylvania ice cream shop to force him to release a female bear kept caged behind his store as a public attraction for 18 years, the group said on Wednesday. The lawsuit against James McDaniel, owner of Jim Mack’s Ice Cream Shop in Wrightsville, a town about 90 miles west of Philadelphia, alleged the black bear, named Ricky, was treated inhumanely. “Ricky can take only a few steps in any direction before she must turn around,” the lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund said. ...

Man builds snow cave to survive 2 nights in canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 04:33
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A snowmobiler from Arizona who survived two nights in a remote northern Utah canyon built a snow cave and used pieces of his snowmobile to protect him from the cold. But he said in an interview Tuesday that he had little to drink after his bottles of Gatorade froze solid.

Two dead, many drivers trapped as western U.S. storms chill New Year's Eve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 04:18
By Eric M. Johnson and Mark Guarino (Reuters) - Two people died on a wind-beaten California island and crews rescued more than 100 drivers trapped in snow-caked mountains farther inland as winter storms chilled the western half of the United States on New Year's Eve, officials said on Wednesday. Dangerous conditions stretched across the Southern High Plain states and desert Southwest, forcing officials in the Texas capital of Austin to cancel New Year's Eve celebrations and others to brace for freezing temperatures, sleet and snow. ...

Dog shot, killed during attempted robbery in Overbrook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 04:08

Dog shot, killed during attempted robbery in OverbrookPhiladelphia police are looking for two armed men who shot and killed a dog during an attempted robbery in the city's Overbrook section.

Boy's body found in Ohio creek after mother says she left toddler on porch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 04:04
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The body of a missing 14-month-old Maryland boy was found on Wednesday in a central Ohio creek after his mother claimed she had abandoned the toddler nearby on the doorstep of a house, Columbus police said. Cameron Beckford's body was found in a bag in Big Walnut Creek in Columbus, according to police. The boy's mother, Dainesha Stevens of Frederick, Maryland, assisted police in locating the boy's body, according to her lawyer Mark Collins. ...

Man sentenced to prison for biting off ear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:51
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia man with a tattoo of fictional cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter has been sentenced to at least three years in prison for biting off most of another man's right ear during an attack outside a bar on St. Patrick's Day.

Lottery ticket worth $9M sold in Cape May County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:28

Lottery ticket worth $9M sold in Cape May CountyA New Jersey lottery ticket purchased in a Cape May County supermarket is worth $9,100,000.

A week of reruns, Christmas saw dip in TV viewing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:24

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) battles through Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell (23) and inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gresham was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)NEW YORK (AP) — As Americans trimmed the tree last week and hung their stockings with care, many viewers turned away from TV screens. During a week of mostly reruns, total prime-time viewership of the Big Four networks dipped by 25 percent from the week before.

U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:23
By Alwyn Scott and Roberta Rampton NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery. Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar industry. The Federal Aviation Administration turned a draft of the rules - the first major overhaul of the regulations - over to the White House on Oct. ...