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Illinois barge captain sent to prison for fatal 2005 explosion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:19
An Illinois man who was captain of a petroleum barge that exploded in a Chicago canal in 2005, killing a crew member, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday, prosecutors said. Dennis Egan, 36, of Topeka in central Illinois, and the barge owner, Egan Marine Corp. of Lemont, were each convicted in June 2014 of negligent manslaughter of a seaman and negligently discharging oil into a waterway, according to a statement from prosecutors. The Chicago suburban company was ordered to pay $5.3 million in restitution to the National Pollution Funds Center for the clean-up.

Ryne Sandberg stepping down as Phillies manager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:59

Ryne Sandberg steps down as Phillies managerRyne Sandberg has announced he is stepping down as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.


Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizes gay marriage nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:56

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.


Idaho man pleads guilty to murder in killing of family of 3

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:50
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old Idaho man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of a former Arizona power company executive, his wife and their adult son at their Boise home.

Former Oklahoma volunteer deputy waives hearing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:42
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a restrained and unarmed man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday and was ordered to stand trial.

SpaceX capsule to deliver new parking spot for space station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:40

In this March 24, 2015 photo made available by NASA, engineers in the Space Station Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. check measurements on the International Docking Adapter. On Sunday, June 28, 2015, SpaceX is scheduled to launch a much-needed load of supplies and this new docking port to the International Space Station, on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia. (Cory Huston/NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia.


California governor faces deadline to block parole of killer who buried man alive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:38
California Governor Jerry Brown faces a Friday deadline to decide whether to block the parole of a convicted murderer who beat and buried alive a mentally disabled man three decades ago, state officials said. David Weidert, 52, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1980 murder of Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti, 20. A California parole board in January ruled that Weidert was no longer dangerous, leaving the possibility of his parole from the state's overcrowded prison system up to Brown.

Shell heads for Alaska while awaiting final drilling permits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:31
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea.

2 critical after shooting in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:30

2 critical after shooting in West Oak LanePhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting that left a man critically injured.


Search underway for missing U.S. Olympic sailor off Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:29
Searchers scoured the waters off Miami on Friday for a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic sailing team after his boat washed up at a marina the previous night, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.A 16-foot (5-meter) boat littered with personal items belonging to Trevor Moore, 30, was found on Thursday at a marina about five miles (eight km) south of downtown Miami, not far from his home, authorities and an Olympic team spokesman said. Moore's family later identified the vessel as his, according Liz Barraco, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It was the same style two-man vessel, known as a 49er, that Moore sailed for the United States in London during the 2012 summer games, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Doss.

Sarah Palin's daughter, advocate for abstinence, says she is pregnant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:27

Former Governor of Alaska Palin talks with her daughter Bristol as she arrives at embassy of Italy for MSNBC after-party in Washington(Reuters) - Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who has spoken out in favor of sexual abstinence before marriage, is pregnant with her second child, she said in an contrite blog post. Palin made the announcement just over a month after her mother announced on Facebook that Bristol's planned May 23 marriage to Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer would not happen as scheduled. "I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant," Bristol Palin, 24, said on her blog on Thursday.


PHOTOS: Suspects arrested in Montgomery County prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 03:22

5 arrested in undercover prostitution sting in Montgomery CountyFive men were arrested after authorities say they tried to hire prostitutes during an undercover sting in Montgomery County.


Pa. state trooper injured in crash on I-95 in Tinicum Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:54

Pa. state trooper injured in crash on I-95 in Tinicum Twp.A Pennsylvania State Trooper has been hospitalized following a crash on I-95 in Tinicum Township.


Massachusetts home care workers win $15/hr starting wage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:52
Massachusetts home care workers have won the nation's first state-level $15-an-hour starting salary, after months of negotiations with state officials in an ongoing national campaign. The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009. Earlier this month, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a law hiking the city's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020, an increase that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers.

Federal appeals court revives sex-reassignment lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:45
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State prison officials may be violating a transgender California inmate's rights by denying her sex reassignment surgery, a federal appeals court ruled Friday as it revived the prisoner's lawsuit against the state.

Avoiding future freeway congestion could come with a cost

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else.

Police around country gather to honor slain Cincinnati cop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:36

Members of the Dayton Police Department arrive to the Cintas Center at Xavier University for the funeral of slain Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Cincinnati. Police say, Kim, a 27-year veteran, was killed June 19 by an armed suspect who had made 911 calls and was seeking "suicide by cop." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)CINCINNATI (AP) — Police officers from around the country turned out Friday for a slain Cincinnati officer's funeral, where city officials, family and colleagues spoke of his devotion to duty and love for his family and his city.


NYC bill would require some bathrooms to be gender-neutral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Aiming to curb gender bias and harassment in New York City, officials are readying a plan that would require businesses to convert some restrooms to gender-neutral facilities.

The Latest: Gay-marriage ruling another blow to GOP beliefs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:27

Balloons spell out the word "love" over the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)


Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond at Arkansas park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 02:19
MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.