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Guam becomes first US territory to recognize gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 00:44

FILE - This April 8, 2015 file photo Loretta M. Pangelinan, 28, right, holds the application for a marriage license that she and her fiancee, Kathleen M. Aguero, 28, will turn in at the Office of Vital Statistics in the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. A federal judge in Guam is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, June 5, 2015 in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. territory's same-sex marriage ban. If Guam allows gay marriage, it would be the first U.S. territory to do so. Pangelinan and Aguero filed the lawsuit in April after the women were denied a marriage license. (AP Photo/Grace O. Garces Bordallo, File)HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge's ruling has made Guam the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage, leading the governor who opposed the weddings to declare that the island will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples.


Closing arguments set in ex-BP executive Rainey's trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 00:32
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury deliberations began early Friday in the case against a former BP executive accused of lying to federal investigators about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Appeals court: No birthright citizenship for American Samoa

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 00:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that people from the South Pacific islands of American Samoa do not have a right to U.S. citizenship simply because they were born in the U.S. territory.

Suspect's gun in off-duty police shooting loaded with blanks, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 00:24

Suspect's gun in off-duty police shooting loaded with blanks, police sayAction News has learned the suspect shot and killed by an off-duty Philadelphia police detective during a robbery attempt in Lawndale was carrying a revolver loaded with blanks.


Man accused of bomb plot at Kansas airport to change plea

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:49
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport told a federal court Friday that he intends to change his not-guilty plea.

VIDEO: Arson suspects set minivan on fire in Camden County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:33

 Arson suspects set minivan on fire in Camden CountyPolice in Camden County are searching for a pair of arsonists wanted for a string of vehicle fires.


Temple professor pleads not guilty in China secrets case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:25

Temple professor pleads not guilty in China secrets caseThe former chairman of Temple University's physics department has pleaded not guilty to charges he gave U.S. technology secrets to China.


Professor pleads not guilty to giving US secrets to China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A physics professor at a Philadelphia university has pleaded not guilty to charges he gave U.S. technology secrets to China.

Exclusive: Sister of alleged sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert speaks out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:16

 Sister of alleged sexual abuse victim of Dennis Hastert speaks outThe FBI interviewed a woman about her allegations that Dennis Hastert, the wrestling coach who would become Speaker of the House, sexually abused her brother as a teen.


U.S. court rejects American Samoans' bid for full citizenship rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 23:15

A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 loaded with relief supplies and disaster management personell flies over the island of American Samoa.By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled against a group of American Samoans who had argued that those born in the U.S. territory in the South Pacific should be eligible for U.S. citizenship at birth. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, noting that both the U.S. government and the government in American Samoa opposed the campaign, rejected the legal challenge made by named plaintiff Leneuoti Fiafia Tuaua and seven others. Writing on behalf of a three-judge panel, Judge Janice Rogers Brown said the court was sympathetic to the claim, but reluctant to “impose citizenship by judicial fiat - where doing so requires us to override the democratic prerogatives of the American Samoan people themselves.” The court held that the so-called citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment does not extend to unincorporated U.S. territories.


U.S. Agents arrest 27 foreign criminal fugitives in sweep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 22:53
U.S. agents arrested 27 criminal foreign fugitives from 13 countries this week in a nationwide sweep, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Friday. "Criminals who create mayhem here in the United States or abroad should understand that law enforcement is a global partnership," ICE Director Sarah Saldaña said in the statement.

Hurricane Blanca still swirling in the eastern Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 22:52
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Blanca continues swirling and moving northwest in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast as a Category 2 storm.

Ohio wife murderer's remains removed from victim's grave site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 22:51
"Mr. Dallas' remains were disinterred this morning, with a Dallas family member present, and given to the Bush Funeral Home to make arrangements for them to be returned to Mr. Dallas' children on the East Coast," said Mary Siwierka, Safety Service director for the city of Elyria. According to her daughter, Crystal Denn, Mary Dallas died in her sleep in 1993 at a women's shelter from internal injuries and head trauma days after a beating from her husband of three months. Marvin Dallas pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served a prison sentence before being released.

Maine city's police turn to Somali immigrants as diversity grows

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:46

Lewiston Police Officer Patrick Griffin, a community resource officer, talks to workers at the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services facility in LewistonBy Scott Malone LEWISTON, Maine (Reuters) - From the Mogadishu market to the women in brightly colored veils walking their children to school, Maine's second-largest city shows the signs of the growing Somali-American community that is making its mark on the former New England mill town. One place in Lewiston where that growing diversity is not evident is the city's 82-member police force, but Chief Michael Bussiere aims to change that amid an intense national debate over race and policing. At first glance, Lewiston, a city of 36,000 people that spent decades struggling through job losses from mill closings and a shrinking population, may seem an unlikely place for such a rebirth given that Maine is among the whitest U.S. states.


Man in 'Star Wars' storm trooper costume arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:43
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing charges after he was spotted outside a city elementary school dressed as a "Star Wars" storm trooper, complete with fake gun.

California's drought spurring water recycling at home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:31

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Catarina Negrin shows an irrigation system using gray water running through the back yard of her home in Berkeley, Calif. The future of California water looks gray...and that's not a bad thing. As cities cut back on irrigation and other urban water uses, lawmakers are trying to make gray water systems more common. Gray water is recycled waste water from kitchen appliances, bath tubs, showers and sinks. It flows through discharge pipes into irrigation systems that can keep plants and lawns lush and green, even in a drought. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Showering during California's drought is a guilt-free experience for homeowners Catarina Negrin and Noah Friedman.


Special Olympics torch passes through Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:28

Special Olympics torch passes through PhiladelphiaThe Special Olympics torch run is winding its way through the City of Brotherly Love.


Washington Post, newspaper guild agree to 2-year contract

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post and the union representing the newspaper's journalists have reached a tentative deal on a new two-year contract.

U.S. Air Force bomber contract due in early August: sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:21

A B-52 strategic bomber from the USAF performs a fly past during an aerial display at the Singapore AirshowBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is expected to unveil in early August whether Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, or a Boeing Co-Lockheed Martin Corp team will build a new U.S. long-range bomber, sources familiar with the competition said. The top-secret "source selection" process, which could be worth $50 billion to $80 billion to the winning bidder, is nearly complete, with the decision still to be reviewed by top U.S. government lawyers and other officials, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly. The two teams are competing to build 80 to 100 new bombers for the Air Force at cost of no more than $550 million per aircraft.


Beau Biden Foundation sees $125,000 in first 2 days

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 20:35
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Donations have been pouring in for a new charity honoring the late Beau Biden's efforts to protect children from sexual predators.