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For many black Americans, Confederate flag debate a distraction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 19:14

White poses with a photo of her brother Eric Tripp, who was shot and killed in the 1990s, in Compton, CaliforniaAs calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her. "We never felt like we were allowed near normal life," said White, speaking from the tidy, two-story home she purchased last year in the struggling suburb south of Los Angeles. Across the country, African Americans are applauding a fast-growing movement to remove the Confederate flag from public life after last week's racially charged massacre of nine black worshipers in a Charleston church.

Teen girl struck by car in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 19:12

Teen girl struck by car in North PhiladelphiaA teenage girl was struck by a car along Broad Street in North Philadelphia.

Flash flooding, dangerous driving on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 18:59

Flash flooding, dangerous driving on Schuylkill ExpresswayThe flash flooding created dangerous driving conditions on the Schuylkill Expressway early Saturday morning.

Bill Cosby's lawyer says revealing court documents would cause 'embarrassment'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 18:02

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York(Reuters) - A lawyer for Bill Cosby argued that unsealing court documents from a 2005 Pennsylvania sexual assault case filed against the comedian would cause severe "embarrassment," court records show. Attorney George Gowen asked in a motion filed in federal court on Wednesday to keep under seal records from the case brought by Andrea Constand, who alleged Cosby tricked her into consuming drugs before he sexually assaulted her. Gowen wrote that Cosby had explained in a previous filing that "his embarrassment at the release of the discovery motions — deposition excerpts about sex, money, health, and marriage — would be severe." While Constand's case was settled for an undisclosed sum years ago, the Associated Press has asked the court to release the documents.

Some Republican 2016 hopefuls condemn high court's gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:58
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the Republican Party's presidential candidates reacted angrily to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, despite a shift in public opinion in recent years towards acceptance of it. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is among more than a dozen people seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election, called the court's decision a "grave mistake." "The only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage," Walker said in a statement, one of many swiftly sent out by Republicans. The Iowa Republican Party, which has played an influential role historically in picking its party's presidential candidates as an early voting state, said the 5-4 Supreme Court decision snuffed out "by fiat" state laws banning gay marriage.

Same-sex marriage still on hold in Louisiana, Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:58
The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association advised clerks not to issue licenses for 25 days, the period in which the Supreme Court could be petitioned for a rehearing, said New Orleans lawyer Brandon Robb, who works with the gay community. Mississippi was waiting until a lower court lifted a stay to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said state Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, adding that his office would not stand in the way of the ruling. Three same-sex couples were wed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where the clerk's office briefly issued marriage licenses before stopping, according to the Campaign for Southern Equality, a pro-gay marriage group.

Many U.S. companies say supporting marriage equality makes business sense

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:58
From renaming an ice cream flavor to flying the gay movement's rainbow flag, many American corporations celebrated Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage and said it made good sense for their businesses. The broad support for the ruling from corporate leaders could complicate efforts by some state lawmakers and officials who are expected to try and limit gay marriage, despite the high court's decision. "We applaud today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, which will help families across the country, make it easier for businesses to hire and keep talented people, and promote both economic growth and individual freedom," Goldman Sachs Group said in a statement.

Legal battles remain on U.S. gay rights despite momentous ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:58
By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's declaration on Friday of a right to same-sex marriage resolved a momentous question, yet the ruling left many others unanswered and is likely to spark future legal battles over gay rights. In America, the right to marry represents only one piece in the evolving legal framework for gay civil rights. Currently no constitutional principle or nationwide law broadly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizes gay marriage nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:58

Glenda Vieira, Mary Ayers and Tina Vieira celebrate the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.

Q&A: What the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling means

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 15:29

Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was settled when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

For Obama and Clinton, twisty paths to 'yes' on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 15:10

In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. When Obama praised the Supreme Court’s watershed same-sex marriage ruling, he held it up as evidence that a "shift in hearts and minds is possible." Obama may well have been describing his own public trajectory on gay unions _ a complicated path that took him through opposition and ambivalence to enthusiastic embrace. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama praised the Supreme Court's watershed same-sex marriage ruling, he held it up as evidence that a "shift in hearts and minds is possible."

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 15:05
"No longer may this liberty be denied." — Justice Anthony Kennedy after same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement.

Historic gay marriage ruling stirs emotion across US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 14:55

Kenneth Denson, left, and Gabriel Mendez kiss after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court news allowing same sex marriage Friday, June 26, 2015, in Dallas, at the county clerks office. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Some snapshots of Americans reacting to the Supreme Court ruling declaring that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.

Obama sheds cool style for 'fearless' final lap in office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 13:20

U.S. President Obama speaks on Supreme Court same sex marriage ruling at White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton, Richard Cowan and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama has reached the stage of his presidency where if he wants to break out in song publicly, as he did with “Amazing Grace” in a eulogy on Friday, then he’s going to do it. With a year-and-a-half left in office, Obama is shedding some of his trademark “no drama” style for a looser approach, admitting that he feels more fearless and liberated. The icing on the cake came on Friday with the high court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, a move Obama said was a "big step" toward equality for Americans.

California oil spill gushed like hose 'without a nozzle'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 13:03

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, a bird covered in oil flaps its wings at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. As thousands of gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline spread along the California coast, its operator was unable to contact workers near the break to get information required to alert federal emergency officials, records released Wednesday, June 24, 2015 said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find a spill — oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose "without a nozzle," records show.

Authorities identify 9 victims in deadly Alaska plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:57

The Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam sits in dock in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Officials say eight passengers on an excursion off the ship and a pilot were in a plane that was found crashed against the granite rock face of a cliff about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. All nine people aboard died in the crash, authorities said. (Taylor Balkom/Ketchikan Daily News via AP).JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recovery crew on Friday reached a remote site in southeast Alaska where a sightseeing plane crashed, killing all nine people aboard.

California governor blocks parole of killer who buried man alive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:56
California Governor Jerry Brown has blocked the parole of a convicted murderer who beat and buried alive a mentally disabled man three decades ago, his office said on Friday. David Weidert, 52, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1980 murder of Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti, 20. A California parole board ruled in January that Weidert was no longer dangerous, leaving the possibility of his parole from the state's overcrowded prison system up to Brown.

Video shows Philadelphia transit policeman push black man with baby

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:43
An internal investigation has begun into Thursday afternoon's incident, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Chief Thomas Nestel III told reporters at a news conference where the video was shown. "We can't endanger the lives of little kids over fare evasion. In the train's surveillance video, a black officer can be seen talking for several minutes with the man, who is carrying his daughter on his lap, before attempting to arrest him.

$10,000 reward in murder of truck driver in Yeadon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 11:42

$10,000 reward in murder of truck driver in YeadonEarlier this month, a truck driver was murdered during a robbery in Yeadon. His sister spoke to Action News and a $10,000 reward is being offered to find his killer.

Local reaction to same-sex marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 11:40

Local reaction to same-sex marriage rulingThere were cheers, smiles and hugs on the lawn of the National Constitution Center, where hundreds gathered to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.