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Advocates urge U.S. top court not to block gay marriage in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:59

Demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage gather in anticipation of two high-profile rulings regarding same-sex marriage at the US Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gay marriage supporters on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to block a court ruling that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia. Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who want to get married urged U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts not to grant an emergency stay application filed by a Republican elected official in Northern Virginia.


Credibility concerns in Missouri shooting probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:57

Police Shooting Missouri State Investigation CROPPEDFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri prosecutor overseeing an investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep family roots among police: his father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for St. Louis' police department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.


Center City man's death ruled as homicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:52

Center City man's death ruled as homicideThe death of a man found in his Center City home has been ruled a homicide.


Small plane from Florida crashes off Bahamas, four missing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:49
The United States Coast Guard is searching for four missing people after a small plane that took off from Florida crashed Monday morning in the ocean near the western Bahamas. The Federal Aviation Administration first reported the Cessna went missing around 11 a.m. EDT, according to U.S. “I was told it had gone down in the vicinity of Freeport, Bahamas, about 6 miles (10 km) from the airport,” he said. The plane left the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport in northeastern Florida headed toward the island chain about 60 miles (97 km) off the U.S.

Police officer charged in 19-year-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:41
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month.

Obama to send Attorney General Holder to Ferguson, urges restraint

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:35
President Barack Obama said on Monday he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman, and urged restraint on the part of both law enforcement and protesters. "To a community in Ferguson that is rightly hurting and looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather than simply holler at each other," Obama told a news conference. "Let's seek to heal rather than to wound each other." Obama said that anger over the death of the youth, Michael Brown, was understandable, but condemned the violence and theft that had taken place during the protests.

National Guard called into Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:35
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's governor is lifting a neighborhood curfew but calling in the National Guard to help restore order in a St. Louis suburb where a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old has sparked heated protests.

U.S. views on Missouri shooting vary starkly by race, poll finds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:35
Four out of five black respondents said the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson earlier this month and the ensuing week of sometimes violent protests highlighted important issues of race in the United States that need to be discussed. Pew spoke with 1,000 adults from Thursday to Sunday.

Mississippi suspect accused of shooting man over mixed-race grandkids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:32

Jeffery Daniels is pictured in this undated booking photo(Reuters) - A Mississippi man charged with shooting and beating his mother's boyfriend has been accused of carrying out the attack in anger over the victim's mixed-race grandchildren, police said on Monday. Jeffery Daniels, of rural Smith County in central Mississippi, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a Friday evening incident that left Craig Wilson badly beaten and with a gunshot wound to the stomach, police said. Daniels' mother told police that he carried out the attack in anger over a visit from Wilson's young grandchildren, who are mixed-race, said Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton. Because the victim and suspect are both white, the attack cannot be classified as a hate crime under Mississippi state law, Crumpton said.


Expert: Train collision will renew safety calls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:30

In this photo provided by the Lawrence County Sheriff, wreckage burns at the site of a railroad collision in Hoxie, Ark. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Arkansas State Police said two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others injured in the early morning accident. It's at least the second head-on collision involving the company's trains since 2012, when two collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle that June, which killed three crew members and injured a fourth. (AP Photo/Lawrence County Sheriff via The Jonesboro Sun)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A deadly head-on train collision in Arkansas proves more needs to be done to improve safety, but implementing fixes industrywide likely won't occur before a federal deadline, a transportation expert said Monday.


Jury selection starts for Texas teacher charged with killing boy with car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:29
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a former Texas school teacher accused of killing a 6-year-old boy in a 2013 hit-and-run accident who was arrested after a much publicized, nearly week-long manhunt. Tammy Lowe faces charges of manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid in the January 2013 death of John Raidy in a Dallas suburb.

California flight stowaway released from jail after three days

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:27
A woman with a history of sneaking aboard commercial flights was released from a Los Angeles County jail after serving only three days of a six-month sentence because of overcrowding in the lockup, authorities said on Monday. Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, walked out of the jail on Saturday evening, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Amber Smith. She was sentenced on Wednesday to 177 days in jail for violating her probation by wandering around Los Angeles International Airport without an airline ticket, against the orders of a judge, said Los Angeles City Attorney's Office spokesman Frank Mateljan. The probation sentence stemmed from Hartman's no contest plea to a misdemeanor stowaway charge following her arrest earlier this month for illegally boarding a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: Adam Joseph shares new pictures of son, Jacob

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:23

 Adam Joseph shares new pictures of son, JacobAdam Joseph returned to work Monday after the birth of his son, Jacob, and he brought along some new pictures of his little boy.


Ala. judge lays groundwork in running-death trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:23
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A judge is going to screen twice more than usual potential jurors for the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter run until she collapsed and died.

Ousted official accuses Border Patrol of cover-up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Border Patrol official who was removed from his position in June is accusing the agency of covering up "highly suspect" deaths in clashes along the southern border.

Arches, Canyonlands national parks ban drones

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah.

Skateboard-style move in car leads to fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:13
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A driver was attempting a skateboard-style maneuver in his car when he crashed in Washington state, killing his friend who was a passenger, prosecutors said.

PNB letter removal hits snag in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:12

PNB letter removal hits snag in Center CityThe task of removing the iconic PNB letters from Philadelphia's skyline began Sunday, but will not end in the same day as planned.


Ex-officer pleads not guilty in suitcase slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:11

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo Steven Zelich appears in court in Kenosha, Wis. The former police officer pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in the death of Jenny Gamez, a 19-year-old college student from Oregon, one of two women whose bodies were found hidden in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway. (AP Photo/Kenosha News, Sean Krajacic, File)KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer pleaded not guilty Monday in the death of one of two women whose bodies were found hidden in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway.


1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:11

1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love ParkPhiladelphia police say they have made an arrest in the brutal beating of city park ranger in Love Park.