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U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:56

Groom figurines are seen on a cake at a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly HillsSupreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means that a July 28 pro-gay marriage ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not be implemented while litigation continues.

Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:55
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.

AG Holder meeting with Michael Brown's parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:51
ST. LOUIS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with the parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer.

Atlantic City casino workers gather for prayer service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:49

Atlantic City casino workers gather for prayer serviceEmployees have turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:45
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia — at least for now — after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Taney Dragons ready for 3rd Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:44

Taney Dragons ready for 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's very own Taney Dragons are getting ready to hit the field for their third game of the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.

Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:41

This photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, and released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shows some of the nine immigrants, who entered the United States illegally, that were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside of Amado, Ariz. Autorities said the incident last Thursday was a potentially deadly smuggling attempt because of summer heat and because there was no source or fresh air or means of escape. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling.

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:37

FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:35

In this Feb. 11, 2014 image from video released by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking over a week of protests in the suburban St. Louis town. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

Alabama federal judge charged with wife-beating to seek treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:33
(Reuters) - An Alabama federal district court judge charged with beating his wife has sought counseling and plans to enter a residential treatment program in the coming days, his attorney said Wednesday. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, 55, was arrested earlier this month and charged with a misdemeanor count of battery after his wife called police from an Atlanta hotel room to say he had hit her. "He is very embarrassed," said Barry Ragsdale, an attorney representing Fuller. "He takes the issues involved with his family very seriously." Fuller was stripped of his docket by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the wake of the Aug. 10 incident and is not receiving new cases, though he is still drawing his annual salary of roughly $200,000, Ragsdale said.

Boston bomb suspect's friend to plead guilty to obstruction: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:32

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev's dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said on Wednesday. Dias Kadyrbayev, a Kazakh national, is one of three college friends of Tsarnaev charged with hampering the probe into the blasts, which killed three people and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. His attorney, Robert Stahl, wrote in an email on Wednesday that Kadyrbayev "will plead tomorrow," but that the details had not yet been made public. He wrote that he will provide further details on Thursday, when a previously scheduled hearing will be held at federal court in Boston.

U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:19
Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution's charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing. "We still have our fingers crossed that we might be able to get votes in both the House and Senate, but... more likely it will be a process that's going to extend," said John Hardy, president of the Coalition for Employment through Exports, a trade association that supports U.S. "It's not unusual, particularly these days, that a bill that has been as contentious as this one has required these sorts of extensions." Since Congress is in session for only part of September, a short-term extension could give lawmakers more time - perhaps two or three months - to negotiate a reauthorization bill that could pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law by the president, Hardy told reporters on a conference call.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:17
Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.

NYC mayor turns to clergy to heal rift over police choke hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:16

Reverend Sharpton speaks next to Cardinal Dolan and New York City mayor de Blasio during a news conference after interfaith roundtable meeting in ManhattanBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio turned to the city's religious leaders on Wednesday to help heal relations between minority communities after a black man on Staten Island died last month after police put him in a choke hold. De Blasio held a private meeting with his police commissioner and a dozen Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergymen. Afterwards they held a press conference that at times sounded more like a prayer service, with repeated paeans to the importance of unity. The event was in some ways a do-over for de Blasio, whose seven-month-old mayoralty faces its first civil-rights test in the death of Eric Garner.

Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:15

FILE - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)HOUSTON (AP) — An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday.

SeaWorld drops appeal in safety ruling over dead orca trainer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:11

Visitors are greeted by an Orca killer whale as they attend a show featuring the whales during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - SeaWorld Entertainment has ended its appeal of a federal safety agency's citation in connection with the 2010 death of one of its killer whale trainers, the company has told investors. Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in front of horrified spectators at a SeaWorld show in Orlando, Florida, when a 29-year-old male orca named Tilikum dragged her under water. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a ruling that SeaWorld had violated its duties as an employer by exposing trainers to "recognized hazards" when working with killer whales. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require SeaWorld to limit the interactions trainers have with killer whales.

Prosecutor: Gunman camped out before killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:11

A road block closes access to Bastendorf Beach outside Coos Bay, Ore., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, where authorities say a drive-by gunman shot five vehicles, killing a Michigan man as he slept, then shot and killed himself. Authorities say they have reason to believe the gunman, Zachary Levi Brimhall, 34, of Dillard, Ore., may also have "done harm" to his father, whose vehicle was found in another rural area of Coos County. The investigation was slowed by the discovery of explosives in Brimhall's vehicle. (AP Photo/Angelica Carrillo/KCBY)Zachary Levi Brimhall called his father from the Coast Range in Southern Oregon on Monday to say his car had broken down and to ask for help. When Ray Brimhall arrived, his 34-year-old son shot him repeatedly, killing him.

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:10

Attorney General Eric Holder during his meeting at the FBI building in St. Louis, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Holder has told Ferguson community leaders that he has assigned the federal government's "most experienced agents and prosecutors" to the investigation of a white police officer's fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police.

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:10

This image provided by the Austin Police Department shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry while being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 06:08
A Maryland State Police trooper has been put on administrative suspension after sheriff's deputies responded to a call reporting a naked man drinking at a bar in a barbecue restaurant, authorities said on Wednesday. Harford County sheriff's deputies arrived around 11 p.m. on Saturday at the bar in Jarrettsville, 32 miles north of Baltimore, and located two men who identified themselves as state troopers. The trooper in question appeared intoxicated and denied that he had been naked, sheriff's deputy spokeswoman Christie Kahler said. After an internal investigation by the Maryland State Police, one trooper was placed on administrative suspension, state police spokeswoman Elena Russo said.