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Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:35
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy's owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgments on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came in a case filed by pharmacists who objected to delivering emergency contraceptives. The 9th Circuit overturned a lower court that had said the rules were unconstitutional.

Others sought in crash that killed rebel flag supporter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:34
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi investigators said Thursday that they are trying to find people who might have been involved in a road dispute just before a crash that killed a black man wearing a Confederate military hat.

Electronic Sports League to begin random drug tests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:33

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2009, file photo, a participant plays a computer game during the Intel Friday Night Game, a competition of the ESL, Electronic Sports League, in Dresden, Germany. The Electronic Sports League says it will begin randomly drug testing players at its competitive video game events. The e-sports organization announced plans Thursday, July 23, 2015, to work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to create and enforce rules surrounding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drug testing is coming to e-sports.

Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father's homeland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:29

Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for travel to Kenya and Ethiopia from Joint Base Andrews, MarylandPresident Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father's homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia. Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. Obama is expected to meet with family members while in Nairobi, but he will not be traveling to the village most closely associated with his family name.

Driver killed in I-495 crash in New Castle ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:28

Driver killed in I-495 crash in New Castle ID'dThe driver killed in a two-vehicle crash on I-495 in New Castle, Delaware has been identified.

Report details chronic problems at Army anthrax facility

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:23
NEW YORK (AP) — Pentagon officials released a report Thursday detailing recurring problems at an Army bioterror facility that accidentally sent live anthrax to other labs for more than a decade.

AP PHOTOS: Transgender youths show hardship, resilience

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:18

In this photo taken May 20, 2015, Atticus Ranck, 26, of Sunrise, Fla., who identifies as a transgender male, poses for a photograph in a hammock at a friend's apartment in Sunrise, Fla. Ranck first came out as a lesbian at age 17. Once in college, he became more masculine, describing the transformation as relatively easy. Ranck, who is taking hormones and has had surgery on his chest for the transition, just graduated with a master's degree in women, gender and sexuality from Florida Atlantic University. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — The transgender community has gained a degree of acceptance in recent years with the help of such celebrities as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox from "Orange is the New Black." But for those who are less known it can be more of a struggle. Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers. Episodes of homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse and violence often follow.

Feds offer California $2M to repair collapsed highway bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:09
DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — The federal government is offering California $2 million in emergency funds to repair an interstate bridge over a desert gully that was knocked down by flash-flood waters.

Jury: Execution still an option for Colorado theater shooter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:07

People enter the Arapahoe County District Court, where the trial of convicted Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes continued Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The penalty phase of the trial of Holmes, who could be sentenced to death for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, began Wednesday morning with the judge giving instructions to the jury. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors decided unanimously Thursday that the Colorado theater attack was cruel enough to justify the death penalty for James Holmes. His defense then urged them to spare his life, despite the horrors he caused.

Five family members fatally stabbed in Oklahoma, teen brothers held

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:02
Two teenage brothers have been arrested in the fatal stabbings of their parents and three siblings in a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, authorities said on Thursday. All five were found dead at their home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, late on Wednesday by police responding to a 911 emergency call from a line with no audible message, police said. The suspects, the Bevers' 18- and 16-year-old sons, were tracked down by a police canine officer in a wooded area near the house and taken into custody, Broken Arrow Police Corporal Leon Calhoun said.

Los Angeles woman who picked up police baton could get 25 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 08:01
A homeless Los Angeles woman who picked up a police baton during a chaotic scuffle between officers and another transient faces a possible prison sentence of 25 years to life on charges of assault and resisting arrest if convicted at trial, a spokesman for prosecutors said on Thursday. An attorney for Trishawn Carey, 34, whose prosecution has been criticized as excessive by local activists, said on Thursday he expects his mentally ill client to be released on $50,000 bail by Friday. A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday reduced Carey's bail to that amount from more than $1 million after finding the higher figure was excessive, said her lawyer Milton Grimes.

Neglected goats seized from farm to be auctioned off

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:57

FILE - This April 20, 2015, file photo, provided by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture shows goats at Second Chance Large Animal Rehabilitation Facility in Niantic, Conn. Some of the neglected goats rounded up in one of the largest animal cruelty seizures in Connecticut's history are being put up for auction, several months after lawmakers questioned the cost of caring for the growing herd, The Department of Agriculture announced Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Steve Jensen/Connecticut Department of Agriculture via AP, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of the 74 neglected goats rounded up in one of the largest animal cruelty seizures in Connecticut's history are being put up for auction, several months after lawmakers questioned the cost of caring for the growing herd.

Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:49

This artist's rendering made available by NASA on Thursday, July 23, 2015 shows a comparison between the Earth, left, and the planet Kepler-452b. It is the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star, found using data from NASA's Kepler mission. The illustration represents one possible appearance for the exoplanet - scientists do not know whether the it has oceans and continents like Earth. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have identified a "close cousin" to Earth that's orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life.

Feds seize phones, computers in gym mat death investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:44
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities seized cellphones, computers and other electronics from classmates of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at his high school, an attorney for the family said Thursday.

The Latest: Theater shooting testimony to continue Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:41

File - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater mass shooter James Holmes, who was convicted on July 16, 2015, appears in court, in Centennial, Colo. Even if Holmes is sentenced to death, he could spend much of the rest of his life in prison awaiting execution. Colorado has executed only one person in the last forty years, Gary Davis, in 1997. Just three people sit on death row in Colorado. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

Fat sense: Scientists show we have a distinct taste for fat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:37

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 file photo, Bernard Roques checks a Roquefort cheese as it matures in a cellar in Roquefort, southwestern France. On Thursday, July 23, 2015, researchers at Purdue University announced findings that show people have a distinct and basic taste for fat, and propose expanding the taste palate to include it along with sweet, salty, bitter, sour and relative newcomer umami. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)WASHINGTON (AP) — Move over sweet and salty: Researchers say we have a distinct and basic taste for fat, too.

Grand jury indicts Massachusetts man in alleged terror plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:26
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Boston police captain's son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts.

Shot fired accidentally at Ohio military recruiting station

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:25
LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — An armed civilian accidentally fired a shot from an AR-15 rifle into the pavement outside a military recruiting center in Ohio on Thursday but no one was hurt, police said.

Judge: Ex-agent may testify about FBI search of Durst's room

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:16
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for real estate heir Robert Durst may call a former FBI agent as an expert witness to testify about whether agents illegally searched his New Orleans hotel room before arresting him on a charge of illegally possessing a gun, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Californian suspected of killing 5 charged in earlier murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:14
A California man arrested on suspicion of murdering five people found dead in a house over the weekend, including one of his children, was charged separately on Thursday in the killing last year of a toddler, prosecutors said. Martin Martinez, 30, pleaded not guilty to murder and to assault on a child resulting in death in connection with the Oct. 2014 killing of two-year-old Christopher Ripley, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's office said. District attorney spokesman John Goold declined to comment on the weekend killings, but confirmed Martinez was the person charged on Thursday in Ripley's death.