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Texas county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:44
Travis County, home of the Texas capital of Austin, on Friday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the county clerk's office said. In other major Texas counties, scores of same-sex couples have been gathering to receive marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court said earlier in the day that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry.

Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:44
Here is a look at some key events in the history of gay rights in the United States. - The Mattachine Society, considered the first national U.S. gay rights organization, is founded in Los Angeles. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the case One, Inc. v. Olesen, backs the free-speech rights of a gay magazine after U.S. postal officials and the FBI labeled it obscene and prohibited its mail distribution.

These Are The States Affected by Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:43
Here is a look at what changes after today's Supreme Court decision.

Instant View: Supreme Court makes gay marriage the law of the land

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:29
(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 ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states.

Obama tells gay marriage plaintiff he has changed the country

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told the plaintiff at the center of the gay marriage case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that he had changed the country with his leadership on the issue. "I'm really proud of you and just know that not only did you set a great example for people but you're also going to bring about lasting change in this country," Obama told James Obergefell in a telephone call that was carried live on CNN. "It's pretty rare when that happens," he added. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Pennsylvania governor applauds same-sex marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:17

Pennsylvania governor applauds same-sex marriage rulingPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, but says state lawmakers should follow up by passing a law to protect people against discrimination based on their sexual or gender preference.


Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:53

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, Musician Neil Young speaks during a session at the International CES, in Las Vegas. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that’s the high end of what’s known as “high-resolution” audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple’s AAC. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.


U.S. top court rules for white supremacist over sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:49
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday threw out part of a tough federal criminal sentencing law for being overly broad in a ruling that backed a Minnesota white supremacist who challenged his sentence on a firearms crime. The court ruled in favor of Samuel Johnson, who was given 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. The justices found on a 6-3 vote that a sentencing provision of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act is so expansive that it violated the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which mandates due process under the law.

U.S. skips Aegis Ashore missile test after target malfunction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:45
"Due to a target malfunction, the test wasn't conducted and an interceptor wasn't launched," said Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department agency. No comment was immediately available from Lockheed. Raytheon Co, which builds the SM-3 missile used by the Aegis Ashore system, the land-based version of the Aegis combat system deployed on U.S. Navy destroyers, as well as its AN/SPY-1 radar, referred questions to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

1 dead, 2 wounded in attack on Pa.-owned factory in France

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:39

Beheading, explosion at Pa.-owned factory in France; suspects capturedFrench officials said the attack began when 2 men crashed a car into the entrance of a gas factory owned by Air Products, an American chemical company based in Allentown.


Obama to give statement at 11 a.m. on Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 11 a.m. on Friday on the Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution gives gay people the right to marry, the White House said.

Possible guilty plea delayed in Detroit freezer bodies case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:10

FILE - This June 4, 2015 file photo shows Mitchelle Blair during a custody hearing in Detroit. The Detroit woman, charged with first-degree murder, torture and child abuse, is accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a freezer at her home. (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman who wants to plead guilty to killing two of her children and placing the bodies in a freezer has been told to return to court Monday to give a judge more time to read a psychiatric report.


Disney: Selfie sticks will be banned starting Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 21:53
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Don't bring your selfie stick to Disney World.

Gunmen kill 27 in attack on Tunisian resort, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 21:32

Gunmen kill 27 in attack on Tunisian resort, officials sayA pair of gunmen killed at least 27 people on a Tunisian beach Friday in the latest attack on the north African country's key tourism industry, the Interior Ministry said.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:59

FILE - This June 21, 2015, file photo shows a statue memorializing the Confederacy spray-painted with the message "Black Lives Matter" in Charleston, S.C. Confederate monuments in a half-dozen places this week have been defaced _ a telling sign of the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America. (AP Photo/WCSC-TV, Philip Weiss, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


At least 27 dead in attack at resort in Tunisia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:56

Gunmen kill 27 in attack on Tunisian resort, officials sayAt least 27 people have been killed after two gunmen opened fire on a beach near two hotels in the coastal resort city of Sousse, Tunisia.


Puppy rescued from sewer drainage pipe in Buffalo yard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:47
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 3-month-old puppy has been rescued from a sewage drainage pipe buried under the front yard of a home in Buffalo.

ABC News: At least 27 dead in attack in Tunisia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:46

Gunmen kill 27 in attack on Tunisian resort, officials sayABC News is reporting that at least 27 people have been killed after two gunmen opened fire on a beach near two hotels in the coastal resort city of Sousse, Tunisia.


Recovery efforts resume Friday for 9 killed in Alaska crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:26

Recovery efforts resume Friday for 9 killed in Alaska crashAlaska emergency crews will attempt Friday to recover the remains of eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot who were killed when their sightseeing plane crashed in a remote and rugged area of southeastern Alaska.


100,000 still without power in Pa., N.J. after storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:14

100,000 still without power in Pa., N.J. after stormsAs of 8:00 a.m. Friday about 100,000 customers remained without power in the tri-state area.