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Colorado county clerk 'reluctantly' halts same-sex marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:35
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado county clerk who issued nearly three dozen same-sex marriage licenses agreed on Monday to halt the practice after the state's highest court ordered another clerk to stop issuing the permits to gay couples. Pueblo County clerk Gilbert Ortiz said he would comply with the request by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in light of Friday's ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that halted the practice in Denver County. Emboldened by a landmark federal appeals court ruling late last month in favor of gay marriage in neighboring Utah, the county clerk in Boulder became the first clerk in Colorado to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:29

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. After his presidential bid crashed in 2012, Iowans now have to decide whether to give Perry another spin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.


2 men struck and killed by train in Upper Milford Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:13

Freight train kills 2 men in Upper Milford Twp.Two men were struck and killed by a train in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, police say.


Kansas police arrest suspect in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:02
(Reuters) - A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl who died in a shootout between police and her alleged abductor was arrested in a hospital on Monday on suspicion of charges including first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, authorities said. Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said Marcus McGowan, 30, remained hospitalized under 24-hour guard after being injured in the shootout. Cadence Harris, 5, was reported kidnapped on Friday night. Police in Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in Leavenworth, a town in northeast Kansas.

Better weather to aid in Washington wildfire fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:59

A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTCalmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State.


Murder charges filed in California bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:45

This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.


Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:41
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday.

Eagles player charged with shoving Arizona officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:38

Eagles player charged with shoving Arizona officerA Philadelphia Eagles player is facing charges in Arizona after authorities say he pushed a police officer investigating a bar brawl.


Lawyers for Mississippi death-row inmate want conviction overturned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:18
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Mississippi death-row inmate who was tried six times for the same killings told the state Supreme Court on Monday that his most recent trial was unfair and his conviction should be overturned. Lawyers for Curtis Flowers, a black man convicted in the 1996 slayings of four people at a furniture store from which he had been fired days earlier, said jury selection in his 2010 trial was racially biased and that evidence against him was both lacking and misrepresented by prosecutors.  “No one can know what the jury would have done in the absence of those errors,” said Sheri Lynn Johnson, an attorney for Flowers, now 44. Flowers was convicted and sentenced to death in 1997, 1999 and 2004, but the state Supreme Court overturned each of those convictions – the first two because of prosecutorial misconduct and the third because of racial discrimination during jury selection.

Traps set after reports of giant snake on New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:17
(Reuters) - In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski," New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong. Tales of the giant snake brought the state Department of Environmental Protection to the fresh water lake in northern New Jersey - the state's largest at 4 square miles (10 square km) - but the mystery has only deepened, DEP spokesman Bob Considine said on Monday. "One person says it's a boa constrictor, another says it's an anaconda," Considine said. "We don't have any confirmation of this snake at all." While a pet owner with a permit is allowed to keep a boa constrictor in New Jersey, anacondas are prohibited, Considine said.Initial reports of the creature surfaced more than a week ago when a resident of the lake popular with motor boat enthusiasts and jet skiers said he saw the snake under a dock at his boathouse.

New Mexico teens charged with beating two homeless men to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:15
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged three New Mexico teens with murder for allegedly beating to death two homeless men whose bodies were so badly disfigured they have yet to be identified, police and the Albuquerque District Attorney's Office said. Kayla Anderson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said Alex Rios, aged 18, as well as a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested on Saturday and appeared in state court on Monday charged with open counts of first degree murder. According to a criminal complaint filed by police, the two younger teens live across the street from the vacant lot on Albuquerque's west side where the killings took place. The complaint filed by Detective Geoffrey Stone says the 16-year-old admitted to officers he and the other two defendants had beaten more than 50 people in random attacks over the past year, but that he said they went too far in the latest assault.

Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:09
NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets.

Park to update goat plan after fatal 2010 attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:06
SEATTLE (AP) — Four years after a mountain goat fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park, officials are looking at ways to manage the goats to protect public safety and the environment.

Texas man arrested for posing as veterinarian

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:41
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Houston man has been arrested for practicing veterinary medicine without a license after he dispensed medicine and performed makeshift treatments on at least 50 animals, police said on Monday. Wilfredo Gutierrez, who worked as a technician at a veterinary clinic, supplemented his income by posing as a licensed vet. Pet owners "really believed that he was a veterinarian,” said Suzanne Hollifield of the Houston Police Department's Animal Cruelty Squad. A lawyer for Gutierrez was not immediately available for comment.

Nazi war crimes suspect, 89, hospitalized in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Nazi war crimes suspect accused of aiding in the killings of 216,000 Jewish people at a death camp and now awaiting an extradition hearing has been hospitalized.

Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:41

 Jury sent tobacco company a $23B messageA Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. ...


U.S. court denies bid to reconsider stay of Arizona execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:37
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid by Arizona to remove a block that stops the state executing a double murderer until he is provided with more information about the drugs to be used to put him to death. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's request for the full court to review the case of Joseph Wood, who had been slated to be executed on Wednesday for killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989 at an automotive body shop in Tucson. On Saturday a three-member panel of the court put the execution on hold, saying Wood was entitled to the information about the lethal injection procedure and had raised "serious questions" that his rights were being violated. In a 2-1 decision, the panel said the 55-year-old Wood could suffer "irreparable harm" if the information were not disclosed by the state about the drugs to be used and the qualifications of the medical staff to be involved.     A spokeswoman for Arizona's attorney general said the state planned to file an application later on Monday with U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to lift the stay.

U.N. calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:35

Members of the security council, including Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, vote on a resolution concerning access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Monday, July 21, 2014. The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the downed plane in Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.


Missing New Hampshire teen home after 9 months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:35

Missing New Hampshire Teen's Letter MysteryA 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said Monday.


New York City settles inmate death lawsuit for $2.75 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:34
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who claimed guards beat him to death. A spokesman for the city's Law Department on Monday confirmed the settlement with the estate of Ronald Spear, 52, who died in December 2012 at the city's Rikers Island jail. In a federal lawsuit filed last year in Manhattan, Spear's father claimed his son was assaulted for complaining that his medical care at the jail was inadequate. In March, an officer was charged with depriving a mentally ill inmate of medical aid after the inmate swallowed a corrosive disinfectant.