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AP PHOTOS: Gay couples celebrate after Supreme Court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:14

George Harris, left, 82, walks out of the Dallas County Clerks office showing his marriage license as his husband Jack Evans, holding roses, 85, follows behind Friday, June 26, 2015, in Dallas. Harris and Evans were the first same sex couple to be married in Dallas after receiving their license. Gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry as any other couples, the Supreme Court declared Friday in a historic ruling deciding one of the nation's most contentious and emotional legal questions. Celebrations and joyful weddings quickly followed in states where they had been forbidden. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of weddings in states where they had been forbidden. The ruling, which will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in 14 states, was criticized by some religious organizations.


Some Republican 2016 hopefuls condemn high court's gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:11
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the Republican Party's presidential candidates reacted angrily to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, despite a shift in public opinion in recent years towards acceptance of it. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is among more than a dozen people seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election, called the court's decision a "grave mistake." "The only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage," Walker said in a statement, one of many swiftly sent out by Republicans. The Iowa Republican Party, which has played an influential role historically in picking its party's presidential candidates as an early voting state, said the 5-4 Supreme Court decision snuffed out "by fiat" state laws banning gay marriage.

Many U.S. companies say supporting marriage equality makes business sense

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:11
From renaming an ice cream flavor to flying the gay movement's rainbow flag, many American corporations celebrated Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage and said it made good sense for their businesses. The broad support for the ruling from corporate leaders could complicate efforts by some state lawmakers and officials who are expected to try and limit gay marriage, despite the high court's decision. "We applaud today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, which will help families across the country, make it easier for businesses to hire and keep talented people, and promote both economic growth and individual freedom," Goldman Sachs Group said in a statement.

Swollen Colorado rivers force rafters to seek calmer waters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:08

In this photograph taken Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Carol Johnston, back, sits with her grandchildren, Olivia, front, and Anthony Villano as water rushes by in Clear Creek in Golden, Colo. Authorities in two suburban Denver counties have banned access to the waterways following at least six rafting and tubing deaths so far this year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Rapidly melting snow and heavy spring rains are sending Colorado's rivers tumbling out of the mountains, so far claiming the lives of at least 11 people and forcing some whitewater rafting companies to seek out calmer rapids and stock extra safety gear.


Thousands attend Obama's eulogy for church shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:07

Thousands attend Obama's eulogy for church shooting victimsThousands of mourners joined in song, sorrow and applause Friday before President Barack Obama's eulogy for nine black churchgoers who police said were slain in a racially motivated attack.


Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:06

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwideThe Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.


Arizona man dies after being stung by hundreds of bees

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:02
VALLE VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — A man who was stung hundreds of times in a bee attack in western Arizona has died.

Q&A: What the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling means

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:00

Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.


Suspects ID'd after police chase ends in crash in Hockessin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:58

2 arrested after police chase, crash in HockessinWe are learning more about the events leading up to a police-chase turned two-car crash in New Castle County.


AccuWeather: Mostly Cloudy, Humid Today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:56

 Mostly Cloudy, Humid TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says heavy rain arrives Saturday afternoon and evening.


Haitian man gets 16 years for taking US citizens hostage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:50
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Haitian man has been sentenced to 16 years in an American prison for taking U.S. citizens hostage in Haiti in 2012.

Crews seek to recover nine victims of Alaska plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:48
Emergency crews were trying on Friday to reach the wreckage of a sightseeing plane on the side of a steep rock face in Alaska and recover the bodies of nine people killed in the crash, a rescue official said. Eight passengers and the pilot were killed when the plane, an excursion flight from a cruise ship, went down during a tour of the Misty Fjords area of southeast Alaska on Thursday afternoon, flight operator Promech Air said. A helicopter pilot spotted the wreckage against a granite rock face about 800 feet (240 meters) above Ella Lake, according to an Alaska State Trooper report.

Americans have been 'blind' to gun violence: Obama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that for too long Americans have been "blind" to the "unique mayhem" caused by gun violence in this country.

Western wildfires: Southern California fire roars to life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:46

A Riverside City Fire Department water truck makes its way down a road towards the Heart Bar campground as a fire continues to burn in the San Bernardino National Forest, California, Thursday, June 25 2015. A huge forest fire that has been burning through rugged terrain in the San Bernardino Mountains for more than a week forced evacuations as it stretched northeast into the desert. (Stan Lim/The Press-Enterprise via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTWildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, including a resurgent blaze in California that forced residents of some desert communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:


Supreme Court declares nationwide right to same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:39

Christopher Brown, left, and Tom Fennell hug after getting their marriage license at the Douglas County County Clerk's office in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 26, 2015. Gay couples in Nebraska will now have their marriages legally recognized now that the U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.


Experts say untruthful jurors pose a rare hazard in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:34
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guilty verdicts in some of the nation's most high-profile criminal cases have been thrown out recently because of jurors who were not truthful. But despite the recent problems with jurors, legal experts say these cases are the exception.

ABC News: Escaped NY inmate RIchard Matt shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:33

 Escaped NY inmate Richard Matt shot, killed by policeSources tell ABC News that escaped New York inmate Richard Matt has been shot by police in upstate New York.


Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:28

Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogyPresident Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America's racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor slain in what police called a racial attack on a historic African-American church.


Colorado movie rampage prosecutor grills expert on insanity finding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:25

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialA psychiatrist who found Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes legally insane faced withering cross-examination for a second day on Friday as prosecutors hammered at his conclusion, which the defense hopes will save their client from the death penalty. Jonathan Woodcock examined Holmes in jail on behalf of the defense four days after the former neuroscience graduate student killed a dozen people and wounded 70 at a crowded theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. On Thursday, Woodcock testified as the defense's first expert witness that Holmes, now 27, was severely mentally ill at the time, suffering psychosis and delusions.


Correction: Abortion Decline-State By State story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:23
In a story June 7 showing state-by-state abortion trends, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, reported erroneously that the Illinois numbers were for surgical abortions only. The Illinois numbers include both surgical and medical abortions.