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Prosecutors say Blagojevich lawyers misread ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:50

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Blagojevich's lawyers submitted an additional argument on why an appeals court in Chicago should overturn the imprisoned former governor's convictions Wednesday July, 16, 2014 in Chicago. The two-page filing with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals refers to an April Supreme Court decision striking down laws that restrict aggregate limits on campaign contributions. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors responded Friday to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal, saying the imprisoned ex-governor's lawyers misrepresented a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate campaign-finance case.

Local golf pro preps for PGA Championship

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:45

Local golf pro preps for PGA ChampionshipA local golf pro is preparing to play in the PGA Championship, golf's final major of the season.

'Treme' actor settling profiling suit vs. Macy's

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:43

FILE - This March 17, 2008 file photo shows actor Rob Brown "Stop-Loss" at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Brown, who accused Macy’s of racially profiling minorities as shoplifters is settling his civil rights lawsuit. Brown’s case has been "settled in principle," Macy’s Inc. said in a statement Friday, July 18, 2014, a federal judge also indicated in a filing Wednesday that an agreement was in the works. He said he was accused of credit card fraud at Macy’s flagship store after buying a $1,300 watch for his mother for her college graduation in June 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A black actor who accused Macy's of racially profiling minorities as shoplifters is settling his civil rights lawsuit, one of several cases that drew attention last year to long-simmering complaints about how big retailers treat minority customers.

New leader says Komen has eye on future

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:43

Judy Salerno smiles during an interview in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, July 18, 2014. Salerno, a physician with a long career in health policy and research, was named the new president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure last June. (AP Photo/LM Otero)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The new leader of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization says it has moved on from the controversy that erupted 2½ years ago over its decision, quickly reversed in an onslaught of criticism, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

Judge finds Chinese drywall maker in contempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:40
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

Rt.113 reopens after purple substance leads to hazmat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:32

Rt.113 reopens after purple substance leads to hazmatRoute 113 has reopened after a purple substance led to a hazmat situation in Chester Springs, Chester Springs.

Supreme Court delays benefits for Utah gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:31

FILE - In this June 25, 2014, file photo, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, right, and his partner Derek Kitchen, one of three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, walk with other plaintiffs after arriving for a news conference in Salt Lake City. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on June 25 that Utah must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships. The court made the same ruling on Oklahoma's ban Friday. Utah and Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed the bans in 2004. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages.

In US, fearful campers eye Middle East conflict

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:30

In this photo made Thursday, July 17, 2014, Seeds of Peace camp counselor Eias Khatib, 25, of Palestine, left, talks with a camper in Otisfield, Maine. At summer camps in the Maine woods, the suburbs of Chicago and San Diego, fighting in Israel and Palestine has made for a summer of high tension, tearful calls from home, and unlikely friendships between people who might otherwise identify each other as enemies. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region.

Canadian tour bus rolls over in NY; 1 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:30

30 a.m. She had no word on the cause. (AP Photo/John DiGiacomo))NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a Canadian tour bus carrying 56 people has rolled over in upstate New York, killing a teen girl and seriously injuring several other people.

Oklahoma infant thought kidnapped found safe in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:28
A 5-month-old Oklahoma girl who police initially said was abducted by a woman who had visions that the infant would be dead in two days has been found unharmed in west Texas, authorities said on Friday. Olivia Smith was located overnight in Seminole, Texas, police chief Bernie Kraft said in a statement. Kraft said that the two women who had the baby, Cindy Findley and Jennifer Skousen, were relatives who had permission from the child’s mother and legal guardian to transport the girl to Texas. The mother is incarcerated in Parker County, Texas, Kraft said.

TSA screener: Man had 'artfully concealed knife'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:26
DETROIT (AP) — A man arrested after Detroit airport security agents found a knife inside a shoe in his carry-on luggage told police he believed he wasn't breaking the law because the weapon had already passed through screening at an airport in Alabama, according to an investigative report.

Police: Swimmer still missing in ocean off Seaside Park, New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:24

 Swimmer still missing in ocean off Seaside Park, New JerseyNew Jersey Park Police now say their search for a swimmer off the coast of Seaside Park continues, contrary to earlier reports that the man had drowned.

Terrorist database continues to grow at rapid rate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:23
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit.

US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:22

File - In the April 17, 2014, photo 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 three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday, July 18, 2014, found a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution. In a Utah case, the court ruled June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Friday that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional spurred celebration among gay rights activists but sparked sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that prides itself on being the buckle of the nation's Bible Belt.

Bodies ID'd as missing hikers from Minnesota

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:21

This photo provided Friday, July 18, 2014 by the McManus family shows Katherine, left, her husband Damian, right, stand with their children Evan and Lauren. The remains of Damian and Evan McManus were found by volunteer searchers Thursday, July 17, 2014, on Colorado's Mount Evans. They disappeared in April. (AP Photo/McManus family)DENVER (AP) — The discovery of remains on Colorado's Mount Evans has brought an end to weeks of searching for a father and son from Minnesota who disappeared in April after apparently setting out on a hike up one of the state's tallest mountains.

Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:33

U.S. President Obama discusses the situation in Ukraine during White House news conference in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, senior administration officials said on Friday. The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, the officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has largely consumed the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks.

U.S. Supreme Court grants Utah's appeal to stay gay marriage court order

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:27

File photo of plaintiffs talk outside the courthouse after a federal appeals court heard oral arguments on a Utah state law forbidding gays and lesbians from marrying in Denver(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to a request from Utah for an emergency stay of an appeals court order that told the state to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed there pending an appeal.

Lawsuit shows names rapidly updated on no-fly list

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:24
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government is rapidly updating the names on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years.

Slain hostage family seeks Stockton police records

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:17

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a bank robbery hostage who was slain during a gun battle with police is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident.

Mom who left kids in hot car may avoid prosecution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:16

FILE - Shanesha Taylor is shown in an undated photo provided by the Scottsdale Police Department. A lawyer for Taylor, a Phoenix woman accused of leaving her children alone in a hot car while at a job interview, is hopeful his client can avoid a trial. Attorney Benjamin Taylor says he hopes a judge and prosecutors can come to some type of plea agreement Friday, July 18, 2014 for 35-year-old Shanesha Taylor, who faces two felony child abuse charges stemming from the March incident. (AP Photo/Scottsdale Police Department, File)Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview.