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AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:12
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

Alaska Supreme Court says same-sex couples entitled to death benefits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:08
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Same-sex couples in Alaska should be eligible to receive death benefits when a partner dies despite a state ban on gay marriage, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday in its second decision in four months to favor granting benefits to gay couples. In ruling that a 1998 amendment to the state constitution forbidding same-sex marriage did not extend to barring death benefits for same-sex couples, the court overturned a decision by the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. The board had earlier denied a death benefits claim by an Anchorage woman, Deborah Harris, whose same-sex partner was fatally shot at work three years ago by a disgruntled employee at an Anchorage hotel where both were employed.

War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators.

Defense Department employee gets 2 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:04
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Defense Department supervisor who oversaw construction and service contracts at a Southern California Marine Corps base to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges.

State judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:58

Gibbons and Vargas of Oakland Park participate in the Decision Day Celebration Rally at the Pride Center, in Wilton ManorsBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A state judge struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Friday in the latest in a string of legal gay-rights victories that have nonetheless been put on hold for resolution by higher courts. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel in Miami-Dade County said Florida's ban violated the constitutional rights to due process and equal protection, as well as offended "basic human decency." Florida's attorney general quickly appealed the ruling. Since the Supreme Court ordered the federal government last year to extend benefits to legally married gay couples, every federal and state court that has taken up the issue of same-sex marriage – about 20 courts - has ruled against state bans. Don Price Johnston, a 44-year-old plaintiff in the Miami lawsuit, said he was thrilled with the ruling and that he did not mind that it had been stayed for now.


Judge rules feds wrongly protected bearded seals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:53
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that a federal fisheries agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

North Dakota industrial fire cleanup to take weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:53
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Cleanup efforts at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota that caught fire earlier this week could take weeks, an Environmental Protection Agency Official said Friday.

Suspended California lawmaker Leland Yee faces new conspiracy charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:49

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee departs the U.S. courthouse following a hearing in San FranciscoBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has returned conspiracy charges against California State Senator Leland Yee, adding to the suspended lawmaker's legal woes after he was indicted earlier this year for corruption and taking part in a scheme to traffic guns. Yee, 65, is one of three California state senators, along with Democrats Roderick Wright and Ron Calderon, who were suspended in March over ethics charges, costing their party a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in the Senate during an election year. Yee, a longtime gun-control advocate, was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in April over wide-ranging corruption accusations, including that he had accepted cash from an undercover agent posing as a customer seeking to purchase illegal weapons. It accuses him of conspiracy to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity under a law originally used against the mob.


States' use of execution drugs varies widely

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:49

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections, an unidentified Arizona Corrections Officer adjusts the straps on the gurney used for lethal injections at the Arizona State Prison at Florence, Ariz. The prolonged execution this week of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combination highlights the patchwork approach states have been forced to take with lethal injection drugs, with the types, combinations and dosages varying widely. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question and answer look at how the disparity came about and why, following more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same three-drug mixture.


Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:46

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2014, file photo, Kathy Harbin, left, and her spouse Michelle Call hold their children Louis Harbin-Call, 6 months, and Leo Harbin-Call, 2, as they speak during a news conference, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)A Florida judge has overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week.


California burglary suspect may face murder charge in shooting by homeowner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:45
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California burglary suspect faces possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of his alleged accomplice, even though she was gunned down by the elderly man they had just robbed as she pleaded she was pregnant, police said Friday.Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, said on Friday that an autopsy had determined that the woman, Andrea Miller, 28, was not pregnant at the time of her death. Gus Adams, 26, initially escaped from the scene of Tuesday night's break-in and shooting in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach after Miller died in her failed getaway attempt, but Adams was arrested the next day, according to police. Police now say that in addition to robbery charges, Adams could be charged with murder under a California law that makes a person criminally responsible for a homicide that occurs in the commission of a felony. The Los Angeles County district attorney will decide what charges to bring once police conclude their investigation, including whether the homeowner who admitted to fatally shooting Miller should face prosecution.

UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:43
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.

Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:43

This aerial photo shows structures which were destroyed by wildfires near Pateros, Wash. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Fire spokesman Pete Buist says the biggest wildfire in the state's history remains at 52 percent contained on Thursday. However, the weather forecast calls for hot and dry conditions to return over the next few days. (AP Photo)A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated.


Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:37

In this July 20, 2014 photo, shooters practice with pistols at the gun range at Dragonman's, a gun dealer east of Colorado Springs, Colo. When Colorado lawmakers expanded background checks on firearms last year, they were expecting a huge increase. But the actual number the first 12 months of the law is far lower than projected, according to an analysis of state data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.


Judge rules feds wrongly protecting bearded seals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:12
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that a federal agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:10

Emerald Garner, right, stands next to the coffin of her father, Eric Garner, during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.


Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:10

Emerald Garner, right, stands next to the coffin of her father, Eric Garner, during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.


Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:04

In this combination of 2013 photos provided by the Kansas Department of Corrections, is Reginald D. Carr, left, and Jonathan D. Carr. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday, July 25, 2014 overturned the death sentences of the two brothers convicted of capital murder in a crime spree in Wichita in 2000 including robbery, rape, forced sex and four fatal shootings in a snow-covered soccer field. (AP Photo/Kansas Department of Corrections)The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field.


Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:59

Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy pleaProsecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday.


Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:58
A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. The ex-professional grappler gave chase and was able to catch 22-year-old Cesar Sosa. Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said a struggle ensued and that Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, was able to detain the suspect until police officers could take him into custody.