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Hundreds attend 1st funeral for church shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:57

Mourners gather before the funeral service for Ethel Lance, one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police officers stood guard and checked bags as hundreds of people filed into a church Thursday for the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.


Judge blocks Kansas ban on second trimester abortion procedure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:29
Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks granted an injunction that will allow dilation and extraction abortion procedures to continue in Kansas for now, said Center for Reproductive Rights lawyer Genevieve Scott, who attended the hearing. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the bill prohibiting the use of dilation and evacuation into law in April.

More challenges to Obama healthcare law percolating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:22
Filed last November by House Republicans, the lawsuit challenges the Obama administration's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. The plaintiff, a Texas doctor, is also seeking a rehearing.

Video maker sues so it can promote Muslim film in NY subways

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:15
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Muslim filmmakers have filed a lawsuit against the operator of New York subways claiming the agency rejected their advertisements under a rule that prohibits disputed political views. They argue the ads have nothing to do with politics and should not be banned.

ABC News: Chris Christie to announce presidential bid Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:14

 Chris Christie to announce presidential bid TuesdayNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie plans to announce his presidential run Tuesday, a source briefed on the plans tells ABC News.


Actor Dustin Diamond sentenced to jail in stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:11
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dustin Diamond, who played the nerdy Screech in the early 1990s U.S. television sitcom "Saved by the Bell," was sentenced on Thursday to four months in jail for a Christmas night barroom stabbing in a Milwaukee suburb. Jurors convicted Diamond, 38, on May 29 of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct in the incident in which he was accused of stabbing a man with a switchblade knife. Diamond's fiancée, Amanda Schutz, 27, was accused of pushing a woman who was harassing her and Diamond on Christmas night at the Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee.

UN urges peace talks and urgent aid delivery to Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged all parties in conflict-wracked Yemen on Thursday to attend future peace talks and facilitate the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to the impoverished nation where the risk of famine is growing.

Delaware officials report 6-year-old girl contracted West Nile Virus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:07

Delaware officials report 6-year-old girl contracted West Nile VirusDelaware officials say a 6-year-old Sussex County girl is recovering after contracting West Nile Virus.


US Capitol's Confederate statues prompt renewed debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:54

A statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The statue was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Georgia in 1927. Stephens was a dedicated statesman, an effective leader and a powerful orator but he renewed debate about symbols of the Confederacy in the wake of the horrific shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, raises new questions about whether he will. The move in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds is prompting members of Congress to take a new look at Confederate images that surround them every day, including statues of Stephens, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a number of other Confederate leaders or fighters. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he looks like he could sit there for eternity.


U.S. miners hurt by slow permitting process: industry group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:52
Slow and cumbersome approval processes for U.S. mining projects are hindering the country's ability to compete and meet rising global demand for minerals from copper to gold, an industry study released on Thursday shows. The report commissioned by the National Mining Association found the duplicative permitting process can delay mining projects by a decade or longer, potentially deterring companies from investing in domestic schemes. "The U.S. permitting system is plagued with excessive costs, delays and many inefficiencies," NMA President and Chief Executive Officer Hal Quinn said in a conference call ahead of the study's release.

AccuWeather: Increasing Clouds, Late Thunder Shower Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:50

 Increasing Clouds, Late Thunder Shower TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says Saturday afternoon and evening could also be wet.


PPL Park to shelter victims from Tuesday's storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:31

Relief and recovery underway in Delaware Co. after Tuesday's stormsThe Philadelphia Union is opening PPL Park in Chester today as a shelter for residents impacted by Tuesday's destructive storms.


Ohio State denies ex-band director's defamation claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:31
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The reputation of Ohio State University's fired band director was not harmed by the university or anyone acting on its behalf, the school said in a court filing asking a judge to dismiss the director's $1 million defamation lawsuit.

Gays can't use U.S. Catholic family meet to attack Church, bishop says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:19

Archibishop of Philadelphia Charles Joseph Chaput attends a news conference at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack Church teachings, the city's archbishop said on Thursday. "We don't want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our Church," said Archbishop Charles Chaput. The Catholic Church teaches homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are.


Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:18

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidiesThe Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:09

AP10ThingsToSee - A commercial jetliner begins it's final approach to O'Hare International Airport as mammatus clouds form over Wrigley Field during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago on Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Man charged in Colorado NAACP bombing to change not guilty plea: documents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:07
A man accused of bombing a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors and will change his not guilty plea, court documents showed on Thursday. Details of the deal will not be revealed until a change of plea hearing for Thaddeus Murphy on Aug. 3, according to a notice of disposition filed last week in U.S. District Court in Denver and first reported by local media on Thursday. Murphy, 44, denied targeting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People after his arrest the following month.

Man who used gun to euthanize dogs not guilty of cruelty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:00

Man who used gun to euthanize dogs not guilty of crueltyA man who euthanized two dogs by shooting them in a western Pennsylvania park has been found not guilty of cruelty to animals.


Gunman issues threat during Wawa robbery in Oxford Circle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:00

Gunman issues threat during Wawa robbery in Oxford CirclePhiladelphia police are looking for the armed man who held up a Wawa in Oxford Circle.


Obama calls Supreme Court health law decision a victory for Americans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 23:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday praised a Supreme Court decision upholding tax subsidies crucial to his 2010 healthcare law, saying the ruling was a victory for hardworking Americans. The court ruled the Affordable Care Act did not restrict tax subsidies to states that establish their own health care exchanges. The decision means the subsidies can remain available in 34 states that use the exchange run by the federal government. (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott)