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Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:37

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop leave court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The appeal of a lower court's January ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban is the second time the issue has reached appellate courts since the U.S. Supreme Court shook up the legal landscape last year by finding the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


What's next in gay marriage's legal odyssey?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:36

Plaintiff challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Sue Barton, left, gets a hug from her pastor, Tulsa based Reverend Leslie Penrose, of the United Church of Christ, after leaving court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The appeal of a lower court's January ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban is the second time the issue has reached appellate courts since the U.S. Supreme Court shook up the legal landscape last year by finding the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Thursday's hearing in Denver was the second of two hearings on gay marriage that were weighted with legal significance. The cases are the first time an appellate court has considered the ramifications of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The hearing on the legality of Oklahoma's gay marriage ban came one week after a three-judge panel heard a similar case originating from Utah.


Another suspect arrested in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:36
Authorities have arrested another suspect in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father. Quantavious Thompson was taken into custody late on Wednesday in Atlanta, the FBI said in a statement. Thompson, who is either 18 or 19 years old, is one of eight people accused in the kidnapping of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home on April 5. Janssen, 63, was held hostage until he was rescued by federal agents in Atlanta four days later.

Another suspect arrested in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:36
Authorities have arrested another suspect in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father. Quantavious Thompson was taken into custody late on Wednesday in Atlanta, the FBI said in a statement. Thompson, who is either 18 or 19 years old, is one of eight people accused in the kidnapping of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home on April 5. Janssen, 63, was held hostage until he was rescued by federal agents in Atlanta four days later.

Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch after noose tying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:36
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:36

10ThingstoSeeSports - Bubba Watson's caddie Ted Scott, right, and spectators celebrate as Bubba Watson wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:27
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, is now seen at $1.42 trillion, down about 6 percent from $1.50 trillion, including research, development, procurement and operations through 2065. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan said the higher acquisition cost was mainly due to postponed orders by the U.S. military and some allies. But he said he was unhappy about a $4.3 billion increase in costs on the plane's engine, which is built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Bogdan told reporters that growing demand for the new fighter jet would drive procurement costs lower in coming years, citing potential orders from South Korea, Israel, and Singapore.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:16
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:16
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:08

Obama speaks after touring the Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center in Oakdale, PennsylvaniaBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. But the non-partisan agency's analysis was less optimistic than the White House's own projections - showing that cumulative deficits would total $6.6 trillion over 10 years, compared to $4.9 trillion under the Obama plan when it was released in March. A key difference between the two deficit pictures is CBO's projection of slower economic growth, partly resulting in lower revenue collections. The likelihood that Congress will advance Obama's plan in its entirety is virtually nil, but the CBO's latest analysis will feed campaign messaging by Democrats and Republicans ahead of congressional elections in November.


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:53

 A No Ceilings Conversation,” a Clinton Foundation event in New York. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton co-hosted the event with her. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.


Racist online forums linked to deadly hate crimes: rights group report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:47

Frazier Glenn Cross appears at his arraignment on capital murder and first-degree murder charges in New Century, KansasBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading organization that tracks hate groups. The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming "disproportionately responsible" for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization. The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of "White Nationalists" and "the voice of the new, embattled White minority." "It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged," said Heidi Beirich, author of the report.


Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:44

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 8, 2014, file photo, Marissa Devault looks at the jury as they are polled after finding her guilty of first degree murder, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Devault was convicted for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. Jurors decided on Monday, April 14, 2014, that Devault is eligible for the death penalty after prosecutors argued that she carried out the brutal killing so she could collect life-insurance money. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer made a tearful plea for mercy Thursday, telling the jury deciding her fate that she is sorry for her actions and wishes she could go back and undo the pain she caused.


Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:34

Area religious leaders light candles during a memorial service at the Jewish Community Center in Overland ParkBy Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a service to honor the three people shot dead on Sunday. Heavy security surrounded the Jewish Community Center on Thursday in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, where two of the victims were gunned down, and several hundred people crowded into the center's auditorium for the interfaith service. "We all needed to come together to ... bring into this tragedy God, heaven, peace and love," Jacob Schreiber, president and chief executive of the Jewish Community Center, told the gathering. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, also known as avowed white supremacist Glenn Miller, is being held on $10 million bond on a charge of capital murder and premeditated first-degree murder for the killings on the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday.


New York's transit authority cuts deal to end 2-year pay dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:33
By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) struck a deal on Thursday to end a 2-year pay dispute with a more generous offer to workers than the years of pay freezes it had originally proposed, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The resolution of this contract dispute is fair to transit workers, fiscally responsible for the MTA, and will have no impact on fares," Cuomo said in a statement, adding that the transit system was the "lifeblood" of New York City. The MTA runs 842 miles of subway tracks in New York City as well as urban buses, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro North rail systems, and some of the city's bridges and tunnels. New York City's urban transport network is the largest in the country The current agreement mostly covers workers on the subway and bus systems and does not include the LIRR, which has its own ongoing dispute with the MTA.

US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:31

FILE - In this March 28, 2003 file photo, radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London. Mustafa faces charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., and by helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Jury selection for his terrorism trial begins in New York on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial.


Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:27

This image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Wednesday April 16, 2014 shows the military ordnance that caused the evacuation of between 500 and 700 homes and businesses Wednesday in Solvang Calif. The tiny town 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles is a tourist stop known for its Danish-themed shops and buildings. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office)SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town.


IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:23

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his third annual State of the State address to a joint session of the state Legislature in the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, officials said Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he wants assurances from the mayor and other elected leaders that they'll follow a final plan that likely cuts pensions, sheds debt and plows millions into better services.


Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with first child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:18

Chelsea Clinton speaks in A No Ceilings Conversation at Lower Eastside Girls Club in New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she is pregnant with the first grandchild of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," said Chelsea Clinton, 34, referring to her investment banker husband, Marc Mezvinsky, 36. Sitting with her mother in side-by-side armchairs on a stage at a New York City event on empowering women, Clinton delivered the news with a broad smile. The audience at "Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation," organized by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, immediately broke into applause and cheers.