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North Carolina Senate passes opt-out measure for officials opposed to gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:31
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - The North Carolina state Senate voted on Wednesday to allow government officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples without fear of being fired, adding a new twist to the gay marriage debate in a region where such unions have faced strong opposition. North Carolina, which began allowing gay marriages last year to comply with a federal court order, had banned same-sex matrimony in a 2012 referendum. It is among 37 states where gay marriage is legal. The U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage in a ruling that will determine whether 13 remaining state bans will be struck down.

Public safety director chosen amid Ferguson unrest resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:11

In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Dan Isom, right, speaks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon after being named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety in St. Louis. The state senator who sponsored Isom when he was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting say Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014 he's decided to resign. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach, File) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Amid the unrest that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon turned to a former St. Louis police chief to be the state's public safety director. Dan Isom II, a black man, became a part of Nixon's Cabinet at a time when it was being criticized for its lack of diversity.

Roller derby catching on for kids as young as 6

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:40
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Though it's been around since the 1930s, roller derby has been catching on in recent years, with adult leagues in cities across the country. But it's not just for grown-ups.

Factbox: What is net neutrality? U.S. debates once again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:23
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on new rules to regulate Internet providers more heavily. Following are some details about the concept of net neutrality and the FCC's work to regulate Internet traffic: WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY? Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers should treat all traffic on their networks equally. The FCC, which regulates U.S. cable and other companies that provide broadband services, has tackled net neutrality rules several times.

Legal pot arrives in District of Columbia amid wrangle with Congress

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:04

File photo of DC Cannabis Campaign sign with other signs in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful. Initiative 71, a ballot measure legalizing marijuana possession and approved by 65 percent of District of Columbia voters in November, took effect at 12:01 a.m. EST. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials vowed on Wednesday that legalization would go ahead despite warnings from Republicans on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee that the move was illegal. In a letter to Bowser, committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, head of a committee subpanel, said a December spending bill had barred the District of Columbia from spending any funds to make pot legal or lessen penalties.

Two patients sickened by superbug in Los Angeles sue device maker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:57
Attorneys for two patients who were infected with a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during medical procedures in a Los Angeles hospital, one of whom died, have sued the maker of the devices used in their care. Aaron Young, an 18-year-old high school student who remains under monitoring at a hospital fighting the severe infection, and the family of Antonia Cerda sued Olympus Corp, which manufactured the specialized scopes used during the outbreak at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

Swastikas displayed outside Calif. house upset neighbors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:44
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man's display of poster-size swastikas outside his Sacramento house is upsetting some neighbors and state lawmakers, who plan to call on him to remove them.

AP sources: Obama nonprofit polls Chicagoans on library site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:41

President Barack Obama waves as walks across the South Lawn of the White House after speaking about immigration in Miami, on his return in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation developing Barack Obama's future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago.

Wisconsin Senate approves right-to-work bill, sends to state Assembly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:34

Workers gather outside the State Capitol building in MadisonBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 17-15 vote following hours of debate marked by periodic angry shouts from opponents in the Senate gallery. One Republican senator, Jerry Petrowski, broke with his party and joined all 14 Democrats in the chamber in voting against the measure.     Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican presidential hopeful, is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.     Walker drew accolades from conservatives across the nation in 2011 when he ushered through legislation curtailing the powers of most public-sector unions in Wisconsin amid large protests at the state capitol in Madison.     Supporters of the right-to-work measure contend it could attract more businesses to the Midwestern state.

New Hampshire man buried in snow for more than 3 hours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:25
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has survived being buried in the snow for more than three hours.

UN: North Korean company renames ships to evade sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:06
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean shipping company that famously tried to hide fighter jets under a cargo of sugar later sought to evade U.N. sanctions by renaming most of its vessels, a new report says.

Women's rights activist urges female anatomy lesson for Idaho lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:02
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A National Organization for Women executive urged an Idaho state lawmaker on Wednesday to consult with his female relatives about anatomy after he appeared to suggest during a legislative hearing that pills swallowed by women traveled to the uterus.   The question of where pills may go after being ingested arose during testimony before a state House committee whose Republican majority voted to approve a bill that would ban doctors from using video teleconferencing to prescribe so-called abortion pills.   Republican state Representative Vito Barbieri asked a Boise-area physician who testified in opposition to the bill on Monday how colonoscopies were conducted by doctors from remote locations. Dr. Julie Madsen said patients swallowed camera-equipped pills that captured images as they traveled through the intestines and the pictures were uploaded by doctors sitting at computer screens that could be hundreds of miles away.   Barbieri asked if camera-equipped pills could likewise be used to produce images of women’s wombs.   “Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy?

Ebola doctor: Media, politicians fueled the public's fear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:43

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, Dr. Craig Spencer, who was the first Ebola patient in New York City, listens to comments during a news conference at New York's Bellevue Hospital. Spencer says his activities before he was hospitalized were widely reported and criticized, but little attention was paid to the science of disease transmission. He said experience suggested it was nearly impossible for him to transmit the virus before he had a fever. Spencer made the remarks in an article published Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in The New England Journal of Medicine. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and rode the subway system and dined out before he developed symptoms said the media and politicians could have done a better job by educating people on the science of it instead of focusing on their fears.

Asian stocks higher on earnings, China factory

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:35

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010 file photo shows an historic marker on Wall Street in New York. U.S. financial markets eased back from record highs in early trading Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Thursday on upbeat corporate earnings and rising Chinese factory output after the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve said it will be patient about increasing interest rates.

Cardiac arrest survivors reunited with EMS workers who saved them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:27
Several people, who survived going into sudden cardiac arrest, were reunited with the EMS workers who helped save their lives.

Fire erupts at Bucks County landscaping business

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:24
Crews were called to battle a two alarm fire at a landscaping business in Hulmeville, Bucks County.

Burglar slips on ice while fleeing in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:24
Police in Upper Darby are looking for a pair of burglars, one of whom slipped on the ice while fleeing.

2 injured when truck gets stuck under Delaware overpass

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:23
Two people were injured when a box truck got stuck beneath an overpass in Stanton, Delaware.

3 arrested in plot to join ISIS; 1 with Philly ties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:18
Three people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a plot to travel to Syria, join ISIS, and wage war on the United States.

Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:09
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.