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Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:56

David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 21, 2014. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. (AP Photo)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.

Taping of James Holmes sanity exam mulled in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:55

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge in the Colorado theater shooting cases says he will rule this week on whether a doctor will be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.

Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:54
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond after a judge said she is a flight risk but can be closely monitored until trial.

Judge nixes lawsuit over Empire State Building IPO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:53
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of onetime investors in the Empire State Building can't sue over claims they were shortchanged by the deal that turned the iconic skyscraper into a public stock, a judge has ruled.

Bond insurers vow to fight Detroit financial plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:52

FILE - In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Detroit retirees Mike Shane, left, and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse in Detroit. Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history. The city disclosed results from two months of balloting, which ended July 11. Judge Steven Rhodes still must hold a trial in August to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible to all creditors, from Wall Street to Main Street, but support from retirees is vital. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Companies that insure Detroit's bonds are repeating their pledge to aggressively challenge the city's plan to get out of bankruptcy.

Montana judge to be censured over rape comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:50
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday will publicly reprimand a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

Last body found in Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:44

A flag honoring victims of the Oso mudslide hangs at half staff , Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Oso, Wash. The local access road has opened through the Oso mudslide, connecting the stretch of Highway 530 blocked by the March 22 landslide. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner, Pool)The Snohomish County sheriff's office in Washington state says search and rescue personnel believe they have found the last body from the March 22 mudslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington.

Air France suspends all flights to Tel Aviv due to security situation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:32
Air France said on Tuesday it had decided to suspend all flights to Tel Aviv until further notice due to the evolution of the security situation in Israel. "For security reasons linked to the evolution of the local situation, Air France has decided to suspend its flights to Tel Aviv," a spokesman said.

Lufthansa says suspends service to Tel Aviv for 36 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:31
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG said on Tuesday it would suspend flights to Tel Aviv for 36 hours, citing security concerns. The suspension would also affect its Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss divisions. Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines halted flights to Israel to ensure passenger safety. (Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Alison Williams)

Maryland road rage murder trial underway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:21
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for a New Jersey detective charged with killing a Maryland man say their client thought he, his wife and three children were in danger when he fired his gun during a confrontation fueled by road rage.

Race for North Dakota's agriculture commissioner is all about oil

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:19

Ryan Taylor, the Democratic candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner, repairs a cattle fence with a rope tie on his 2,900-acre ranch in TownerBy Ernest Scheyder TOWNER North Dakota (Reuters) - North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that meets only every two years, North Dakota has given an unusual amount of power to the agriculture commissioner and two other members of the state's Industrial Commission, charging the triumvirate with oversight of permitting and other issues critical to the oil industry, which hopes to drill 35,000 new wells within 15 years. North Dakota produces 1 million barrels of oil each day - more than any state except Texas and even some OPEC members - affording Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, a Republican, outsized influence over energy development thanks to his seat on the commission alongside the governor and attorney general. Now, Goehring, armed with donations from executives and political action committees at Continental Resources Inc, Whiting Petroleum Corp, Marathon Oil Corp and other companies active in the state's Bakken shale oil formation, is in the fight of his political life.

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:08

President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, Monday, July 21, 2014. A US appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low-and middle-income people who have bought policies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

Appeals court in Va. upholds health care subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance under the Obama administration's health care reform law.

Massive Williston fire causes flight cancellations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:58

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A manager at Williston's airport says all flights in and out of the oil patch town have been canceled because of smoke at the scene of a massive fire.

Colorado's gay marriage ban heads to federal court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:58
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban will make their case before a federal judge in Denver Tuesday, hoping to add to the favorable court rulings nationwide that have given momentum to their cause.

Man accused of enslaving woman to be sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:56

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows Jordie L. Callahan. A jury there found Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. His sentencing is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio could receive life in prison when he's sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Youngstown.

Federal appeals court in Virginia rules in Obama administration's favor on health subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:56
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal appeals court in Virginia rules in Obama administration's favor on health subsidies.

Father posts photo of sexually abused son online in donation plea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:51
Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood, who last week said he did not take issue with the father's initial response to the alleged assault, on Tuesday said police were "bewildered" when they saw the picture of the 11-year-old boy, shown sleeping, online. "Once you put that out there, he just lost what little cloak of anonymity he already has." Raymond Frolander was arrested on Friday after the father called 911 to report he had interrupted a sexual assault on his son.

Couple gunned down near Rite Aid in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:44

Couple gunned down near Rite Aid in Northeast PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police continue to investigate the shooting of a couple outside a Rite Aid Monday night.

Kyle attorney: No proof by Ventura of defamation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:44
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A lawyer for the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle asked a jury Tuesday to reject a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.