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Pizza chain sued over healthcare for gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:59
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former trainee manager at Little Caesars pizza in California sued the company for discrimination on Wednesday, accusing the Detroit-based chain of denying employees health insurance benefits for their legally wed same-sex spouses. The lawsuit was brought in state Superior Court in Orange County, regional headquarters for the nation's third-largest pizza chain, by Frank Bernard, 47, who said he quit his job after Little Caesars refused to extend coverage to his husband of six years. The lawsuit names Little Caesars Enterprises and its parent company, Ilitch Holdings, as defendants, accusing them of discriminating against Bernard on the basis of his sexual orientation, in violation of California law.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:50

In this image made from video obtained on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Shirley Sotloff, who lives in Florida, appeals to the captors of her son, freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, 31, who was last seen in Syria in August 2013. On a video released on Aug. 19, 2014, he was threatened with death by militants from the Islamic State unless the U.S. stopped air strikes on the group in Iraq. The same video showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. (AP Photo)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

U.S. judge signals he may order more Abu Ghraib photos released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:41

DETAINEE GESTURES TOWARD U.S. SOLDIER THROUGH BARS OF HIS CELL AT ABU GHRAIB PRISON OUTSIDE BAGHDAD.By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York ruled the U.S. Department of Defense had failed to show why releasing the photographs would endanger the lives of American soldiers and workers abroad. He also said former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apparently had not considered each individual photograph before determining in late 2012 that all of them should remain secret.

U.S. mother pleads to Islamic State leader for her son's release

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:37

Shirley Sotloff, the mother of American journalist Steven Sotloff who is being held by Islamic rebels in Syria, makes a direct appeal to his captors to release him in this still image from a videoThe mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader for his release. "I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. She added that her son is an "honorable man and has always tried to help the weak." Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria last year while covering the conflict there.

Alibaba's revenue growth surges in latest quarter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth is surging again, a development that should help the Chinese e-commerce company sell its shares in what could be one of the world's largest IPOs.

Utah approves winery in town with polygamous sect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:30

FILE - In this April 20, 2006, file photo, Hildale, Utah, sits at the base of Red Rock Cliff mountains with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz., in the foreground. Utah's liquor commission has approved a winemaking license for a new winery in the town of Hildale, home to a polygamous sect. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect moved closer to opening its first commercial winery, a new venture and a signal of yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings.

Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:21

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Ailiana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs district court in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Tsarnaeva has been arrested in New York City for allegedly threatening to bomb a Harlem woman. Police say that she is charged with aggravated harassment for threatening the woman over the phone on Monday, Aug. 25. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in court on Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.

Drug gangs may be connected to Fairmount Park victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:21

Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victimInvestigators say drug gangs may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.

Bourbon St. shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:09
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Bourbon Street shooting suspect pleaded not guilty Wednesday on two charges related to the June 29 gunfight in the French Quarter that fatally wounded one person and injured nine others.

Hot air balloon emergency landing on New Hope street

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:53

Hot air balloon emergency landing on New Hope streetA hot air balloon was forced to make an emergency landing on a Bucks County street Wednesday night.

Diane Sawyer exits as ABC's evening news anchor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:50

In this Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 photo provided by ABC, Diane Sawyer signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of "World News," in New York. Sawyer told viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight. She will be replaced next week by David Muir. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)NEW YORK (AP) — Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's "World News" on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight.

VIDEO shows fake cab driver attempt to rape NYC mom, attack kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:49

VIDEO shows fake cab driver attempt to rape NYC mom, attack kidsNew surveillance video shows a man posing as a cab driver allegedly try to rape a woman in front of her children and attack her kids.

Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:47
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas denied Wednesday a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay to stop the government from transporting immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas to other states or releasing them on their own recognizance.

Man arraigned in wife's death; kids still missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:40

A family member wears a shirt with the images of Alicia Fox's missing children, Kaylan and Kristian, after Erin Justice appeared during a video arraignment on murder charges in 36th District Court in Detroit, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Justice was charged with first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm charges in the murder of his wife Alicia Marie Fox. Authorities and volunteers have searched but failed to find the children. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife even as the whereabouts of her two young children remained unclear.

U.S. government sues Minneapolis suburb for rejecting Islamic center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:33
The Justice Department filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against St. Anthony Village, where council members voted 4-1 in 2012 to deny a request by the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to create a place of worship in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center. "Religious freedom is one of our most cherished rights, and there are few aspects of that right more central than the ability of communities to establish places for collective worship," Molly Moran, acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.

Police ID 2 injured in Berks County plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:32

Police ID 2 injured in Berks County plane crashPolice have identified the two people who were hospitalized after a small plane crash in Berks County.

Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:28

People work on computers at a communal workbench at HeatSync Labs in Phoenix, in this photo made Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores offers a space where inventors and tinkerers can work on projects and share ideas. (AP Photo/Emaun Kashfi)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:20

Jet crash in Deerfield, VADEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

Accused Montana killer found mentally unfit to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:12
A tribal member accused of fatally shooting his grandmother and two others on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana in 2011 was declared by a federal judge on Wednesday to be mentally incompetent to stand trial.   Sheldon Bernard Chase, 25, should be hospitalized in “a suitable facility” until a future court hearing determines whether he should be committed by civil proceedings to a psychiatric institution, U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said in her written order.   The ruling came hours after a hearing in Billings during which a government psychologist presented Watters with what she described as undisputed evidence that Chase was unfit to understand the proceedings against him or assist in his own defense.   Chase was accused of gunning down his cousin's boyfriend, 20-year-old Reuben Jefferson, as the two were fighting, then shooting and killing his cousin, Levon Driftwood, 21, and his grandmother, Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins, 80.

One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:06
With the news that an American was among those killed recently while fighting on the side of the terror group ISIS in Syria came the revelation that he was classmates and close friends with another young U.S. citizen who died in battle alongside a diffe..