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Navy bribery probe far from over despite key figure's plea

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:42
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Malaysian defense contractor who pleaded guilty in one of the Navy's worst bribery cases was a main point of contact for its ships at ports across Asia for nearly two decades.

Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:41

FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next few months. The justices would hear the case in April, the last month for oral arguments before the next term begins in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends in late June.


Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:41

FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next few months. The justices would hear the case in April, the last month for oral arguments before the next term begins in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends in late June.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:05
"As soon as I opened the window, you could smell the gunpowder." — Alexandre Massaux, a resident of Verviers, Belgium, describing a deadly firefight between Belgian police and terror suspects.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:05
"As soon as I opened the window, you could smell the gunpowder." — Alexandre Massaux, a resident of Verviers, Belgium, describing a deadly firefight between Belgian police and terror suspects.

CIA leak trial continues after Condoleezza Rice testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:01
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — With attention-grabbing testimony from former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice behind them, jurors in the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling will now focus their attention on more mundane prosecution witnesses.

CIA leak trial continues after Condoleezza Rice testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:01
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — With attention-grabbing testimony from former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice behind them, jurors in the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling will now focus their attention on more mundane prosecution witnesses.

Yosemite climbers stuck together amid hardship and falls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:23

Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson speak during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in El Capitan meadow in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The two climbers became the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale El Capitan, a sheer granite face in California's Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — When climber Kevin Jorgeson was stalled for days about halfway up the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan, he suggested that his partner Tommy Caldwell go on without him to finish an historic free-climb of the world famous granite monolith.


Yosemite climbers stuck together amid hardship and falls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:23

Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson speak during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in El Capitan meadow in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The two climbers became the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale El Capitan, a sheer granite face in California's Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — When climber Kevin Jorgeson was stalled for days about halfway up the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan, he suggested that his partner Tommy Caldwell go on without him to finish an historic free-climb of the world famous granite monolith.


Here's what to know about judge in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:17
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. is presiding over the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. O'Toole has handled several high-profile trials since he became a federal judge two decades ago. Here are some things to know about him:

Here's what to know about judge in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:17
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. is presiding over the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. O'Toole has handled several high-profile trials since he became a federal judge two decades ago. Here are some things to know about him:

Seating jury for Boston bomb panel not easy for judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:13
BOSTON (AP) — As the second phase of jury selection began in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it immediately became clear that seating a jury in the high-profile case won't be easy.

Inmate shows no obvious distress in Oklahoma execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:11

Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of inmate Charles Warner to the media at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Warner was executed for killing a baby in 1997, in the state's first lethal injection since a botched one last spring. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — In its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, Oklahoma executed a convicted killer with a three-drug method also used by Florida for a punishment the same night.


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:01

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, company partner Fitz Couhig stands in a growing room at the Pioneer Nuggets marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington’s second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed, with some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have pot to sell and prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. Prices are starting to come down in the state’s licensed pot shops, but due to a glut, growers are struggling to sell their marijuana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.


Q&A: Measles pops up in outbreak linked to Disneyland parks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:59

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2009 photo shows Sleeping Beauty's Castle in winter dress with the iconic "Partners" statue featuring images of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the foreground, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Measles cases have been popping up around California in an outbreak linked to visits to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks during the winter 2014 holiday. The highly contagious respiratory illness was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but health officials have seen a surge of measles infections in the country in recent years. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, H. Lorren Au Jr., FILE) **; MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT**LOS ANGELES (AP) — Measles cases have been popping up around California in an outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in Orange County during the winter holiday. The highly contagious respiratory illness was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but health officials have seen a surge of measles infections in the country in recent years. A question-and-answer look at the latest measles outbreak, how the disease spreads and how it can be stopped:


Kentucky investigation clears horse trainer of abuse allegations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:27
(Reuters) - A racing Hall of Fame-nominated horse trainer was cleared by Kentucky gaming officials on Thursday of abuse allegations leveled against him by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said in a report published on its website that PETA's claims that Steve Asmussen, his top assistant, Scott Blasi, and other staff had administered various performance enhancing and pain-masking drugs to horses and used electric shock paddles on them were unfounded. "When first reading the allegations and viewing the video, concern was raised," the report said. "After a thorough and rigorous investigation, no evidence of a rule violation was found." Asmussen's nomination to the Hall of Fame was tabled last March while the Kentucky and New York state racing commissions conducted investigations, after PETA posted a video online that was recorded by an undercover investigator working for Asmussen.

Belly up, baby! New Hampshire considers alcohol label change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:14

Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout is photographed in North Andover, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire. Currently, that bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., is illegal in the Granite State but legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their ales, stouts, porters and lagers even if the label shows images of minors. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire.


Pope says to canonize Junipero Serra during U.S. visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:24

The bell tower dome is surrounded by scaffolding at the Carmel MissionPope Francis said on Thursday that during his trip to the United States in September he would canonize Junipero Serra, a missionary who brought Christianity to the west of the United States in the 1700s. "In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States, who was the evangelizer of the west of the United States," he told reporters aboard the plane taking him from Sri Lanka to Manila on the second leg of his Asian tour. Francis is due to visit Philadelphia for a world gathering of Catholic families. While Philadelphia is the only official stop on the tour so far, he is widely expected to visit New York to address the United Nations and Washington to meet President Barack Obama.


Oklahoma carries out its first execution since botched one

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma executed a death row inmate Thursday in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night.


AccuWeather: Blustery End to the Work Week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:42

 Windy This Afternoon, Cold SaturdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a dry start to the weekend followed by rain for parts of our area.