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California attorney general seeks to halt anti-gay ballot initiative

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:15
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said on Wednesday she is seeking judicial authority to refuse to allow the author of an "utterly reprehensible" anti-gay proposed ballot initiative to gather signatures to place it on the ballot. The proposed initiative, called by its author the "Sodomite Suppression Act," calls gay sex an "abominable crime" for which participants should be killed. The proposal is so patently extreme that it could never become law, but it has nonetheless upset people in California, who have urged Harris to step in. Typically, when the author of a ballot proposition files a measure and pays a fee of $200, the next step is for the Attorney General to prepare a title and summary, which would then be used to show voters as backers gather signatures to try to place it on the ballot.

Idaho official: Hometown support is firm for Bergdahl family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:15
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Before he was a soldier and a captive, before he faced military desertion charges, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a local kid living near a small Idaho town.

Governor: 'Take a good shower' after visiting lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:15
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley has incensed South Carolina legislators by suggesting people need to take a shower after talking to them.

Man convicted of murdering 6 member of Washington family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:59
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle jury has convicted a 36-year-old man for killing six members of his ex-girlfriend's family on Christmas Eve 2007.

Flames engulf fabrication business in Bethlehem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:59

Flames engulf fabrication business in Bethlehem, Pa.Investigators are looking for the cause of a massive fire at a fabrication business in Bethlehem, Lehigh County.

2 exotic termites find love in Florida, worrying researchers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:57

This undated photo provided by Thomas Chouvenc of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), shows young hybrid termite offspring eight months after the light-colored female Formosan termite, bottom right, mated with the darker male Asian termite, bottom left, in Florida. The Asian and Formosan termites, two of the most destructive termite species in the world, invaded Florida, probably through cargo shipments, several decades ago. Now they may be breeding where their habitats overlap in South Florida, according to a University of Florida study published Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the journal PLOS ONE. (AP Photo/Thomas Chouvenc, University of Florida/IFAS)MIAMI (AP) — Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing.

Texas Senate passes $4.5 billion tax cut bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:56
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to cut about $4.5 billion in taxes, with most of the cuts in property taxes and a franchise tax paid by businesses. The bill next goes to the Republican-controlled House, where support for the measure is strong. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Dan Grebler)

Thousands rally in support of ousted Ole Miss chancellor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:54

Supporters of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones rally in the Circle on campus, in Oxford, Miss., on Wednesday, March 25, 2014. Last week, Mississippi's Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning declined to renew Jones' contract, which expires in September. (AP Photo/The Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) NO SALESJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Supporters of the ousted leader of the University of Mississippi are pressuring trustees to renew his contract.

VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:53
DENVER (AP) — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said.

As oil prices slide, North Dakota sees manufacturing in its future

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:52
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs. The effort, which was launched on Wednesday at a conference in Williston, capital of the state's oil industry, comes as crude prices have plunged more than 60 percent since last summer, threatening the economy of a region overly reliant on one industry - pumping of oil out the ground. Industry and community leaders say diversification is crucial for not only the state's economy, but also for oil producers who have long complained of excessive costs for pump repairs, valve parts and myriad other components and services. "We're just asking for a quality product at a reasonable price," Dave Ruffie, a production foreman with Continental Resources Inc, said at the conference, dubbed "ManLog" by organizers for its focus on manufacturing and logistics.

Texas gets new batch of execution drug after supply ran short

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:51
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas has received a new stock of a lethal injection drug after its supply of the sedative it uses in executions fell to just one batch, prison officials said on Wednesday. "The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has obtained a new supply of pentobarbital, which will allow the agency to carry out executions that are scheduled for the month of April," spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement. Texas, which has accounted for 37 percent of all executions in the United States since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, has four executions planned for April. "We continue to explore all options including the continued used of pentobarbital or alternate drugs to use in the lethal injection process," he said.

Bill to abolish Delaware death penalty clears Senate panel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:50

Bill to abolish Delaware death penalty clears Senate panelA bill reviving attempts to abolish capital punishment in Delaware after an earlier failed effort is teed up for its legislative hearing.

County-by-county health rankings for the Delaware Valley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:50

County-by-county health rankings for the Delaware ValleyA new county-by-county health ranking was released and the report has mixed news for regions in our area.

Attorney: Georgia officer had time to use nonlethal force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:50

Carolyn Baylor Giummo, the mother of Anthony Hill, a naked, mentally ill man who was fatally shot by a police officer, speaks during an interview Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Atlanta. An attorney for Hill’s family, Christopher Chestnut, says witness statements suggest DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen could have retreated before fatally shooting Hill, 26, on March 9 while responding to a call reporting a suspicious person knocking on doors and crawling naked on the ground. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Witness statements suggest that a metro Atlanta police officer was initially 180 feet away from a naked, mentally ill man and could have retreated or used nonlethal force rather than shooting him, an attorney for the late man's family said Wednesday.

Marine killed in plane crash was escorting construction crew

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:46
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who was killed when a civilian plane struck his government truck was serving as an escort to a construction crew when the crash happened at an Arizona military base, federal investigators say.

North Carolina State disbands fraternity after discovery of offensive remarks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:41
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina State University said on Wednesday it had disbanded a fraternity and would review all fraternity and sorority activities at the school after the discovery of a pledge book filled with racially and sexually charged comments. The disciplinary move resulted from an investigation into the university's chapter of Pi Kappa Phi after last week's discovery of the book, which included handwritten references to rape and lynching. University Chancellor Randy Woodson said the national fraternity also revoked the chapter's charter, and its members would move out of their on-campus property immediately.

Energy secretary reiterates priority of reopening nuke dump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:39
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says his department is committed to reopening the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

Missing Bay Area woman turns up safe in Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:38

Huntington Beach police investigators are seen at the family home of Denise Huskins in Huntington Beach, CaliforniaBy Daina Beth Solomon HUNGTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - A missing San Francisco Bay Area woman reported kidnapped for ransom earlier this week showed up safe on Wednesday in Southern California, where she was questioned by police and turned over to family members, according to police and the FBI. Denise Huskins, 30, was reported by her boyfriend on Monday afternoon to have been forcibly taken hours earlier from his home in the East Bay city of Vallejo, launching an intense search by local law enforcement and the FBI, police said on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Huskins turned up in the Orange County coastal town of Huntington Beach, about 35 miles south of Los Angeles, but the circumstances of her reappearance remained murky, said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles.

Recording video grows in use as feature of police stun guns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:38

Hummelstown, Pa., Police officer Lisa Mearkle walks into District Judge Lowell A. Witmer's office in West Hanover Twp., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, for her preliminary arraignment in connection with the shooting death of David Kassick during a traffic stop in February 2015. She was charged with criminal homicide, and is being held without bail over the Feb. 2 shooting. Investigators say Mearkle had incapacitated Kassick with a stun gun and he was on the ground when she shot him twice. She told investigators she thought he was reaching into his jacket for a gun.(AP Photo/, Mark Pynes)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer's own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man's shooting death in February.

Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit goes to jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:37
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jury deliberations began Wednesday in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has shined a light on the gross underrepresentation of women in the technology and venture capital sectors of Silicon Valley.