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Alaskan gay marriage ban to be debated in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 19:02
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A federal judge will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Alaska's 16-year-old constitutional ban on gay marriage on Friday, following a week of court rulings backing same-sex unions in seven other states. The hearing comes days after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals legalized the unions in Nevada and Idaho, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings overturning bans in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana. The rulings have given new momentum to legal battles to allow same-sex-unions. ...

Europe bank stress test results due Oct 26

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:59
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank says it will reveal the results of its much-awaited review of bank finances on Sunday, Oct. 26.

California golf coach sentenced to 27 years for murder plot, abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:35
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco-area boys' golf coach was sentenced to over 27 years in prison on Thursday on charges of molesting three of his underage students and then plotting to kill his accusers from jail, prosecutors said. Andrew Nisbet, 32, of Livermore was sentenced to 27 years and four months after pleading guilty to seven felony charges including murder solicitation, lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, and possessing child pornography, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said. ...

Unlikely Briton who died in Macedonia had Ebola: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:32
SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonian authorities said on Friday there was only a "small probability" a Briton who died in Skopje on Thursday had the Ebola virus, according to an initial analysis. "Based on the epidemiological analysis made yesterday, health authorities are closer to the standpoint that there is a small probability he had Ebola," Dr. Jovanka Kostovska of the health ministry's commission for infectious diseases told a news conference. But she stressed the need to wait for the full results from Germany. ...

Armed suspect sought for Wawa robbery in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:29

Armed suspect sought for Wawa robbery in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for the armed robber who held up a Wawa store in Northeast Philadelphia early Friday morning.

1 injured in 3-car collision in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:27

1 injured in 3-car collision in Montgomery CountyPolice say one person was injured in a 3-car collision in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.

Police investigate assault and carjacking in Bensalem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:25

Police investigate assault and carjacking in Bensalem, Pa.Police are investigating an assault and carjacking outside a bar in Bensalem, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.

Fears grow in United States over Ebola's spread outside West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:10

A sign asks patients to inform staff if they have various symptoms and have recently traveled internationally or have had contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at Bellevue Hospital in ManhattanBy Laila Kearney and Patricia Zengerle NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fears are growing in the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers demanding the government ban travelers from the West African countries hit hardest by the virus. "The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this disease," the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell, said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. U.S. ...

10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:01

Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, announces at The Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo Friday, Oct 10, 2014, that the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 is awarded to children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai, 17, of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. (AP Photo/Vegard Wivestad Grott, Scanpix)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Oregon governor's fiancee admits to sham marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:00

Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, cries as she speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Hayes has admitted that she violated the law when she married an immigrant seeking to retain residency in the United States. She said she was "associating with the wrong people" while struggling to put herself through college and regrets her actions. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is considered the front-runner in next month's election, but his fiancee's stunning admission that she was paid to illegally marry an immigrant in 1997 — plus other allegations about her — have suddenly complicated the race.

Malala, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:53

Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace PrizeMalala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work for children's rights.

1 injured in 3-car collision in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:02

1 injured in 3-car collision in Montgomery CountyPolice say one person was injured in a 3-car collision in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania early Friday morning.

Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:56

FILE - In this file photo taken May 20, 2014, an election worker walks past a voter ID sign at a Little Rock, Ark., polling place. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed paperwork Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, asking the state's highest court to uphold a judge's ruling that Arkansas' new voter identification law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

Police, protesters clash in St. Louis ahead of weekend of rallies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:32

Police officers block an intersection during a protest after a vigil in St. Louis, MissouriBy Carey Gillam and Kenny Bahr ST LOUIS Mo (Reuters) - Police clashed with protesters in St. Louis on Thursday for a second night after an officer killed a black teenager, ahead of a weekend of planned rallies in the area over the August killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Throughout the night, as many as 400 demonstrators spread out across several city blocks in south St. Louis, angrily shouting and chanting at rows of police officers, many of whom were clad in riot gear. ...

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:02
"ISIL poses a grave threat to the Iraqi people, to the Syrian people, to the wider region, and to NATO nations. So it is important that the whole international community stays united in this long-term effort." — NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, using an acronym for the Islamic State group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Ruling against Navajo candidate in language case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:20

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters on Oct. 9, 2014, in Window Rock, Arizona. A tribal court was holding a hearing to determine whether Deschene meets qualifications for the tribe's top elected post. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Deschene sat before a tribal hearing officer and was asked a series of basic questions, including one about how a resolution becomes law. The catch: He had to answer in Navajo.

Witness: Wyoming shooting victim begged for life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:16

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Phillip Sam walks out of the Laramie County Circuit Court after his initial appearance in Cheyenne., Wyo. Sam, 16, is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns near Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man with a gunshot wound to his stomach was on his knees begging for his life when a 16-year-old who had opened fire into a group of teens shot him in the head at point-blank range, Laramie County prosecutors said.

Colorado Senate rivals clash in raucous debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:15

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, takes part in a debate with his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., at The Denver Post in Denver. Gardner has more campaign cash on-hand than Udall as their tight contest heads into its final weeks, the campaigns said Thursday.Gardner has $3.3 million available as of Sept. 30, while Udall’s campaign Thursday said it had $1.9 million cash on hand as of that date. Gardner outraised Udall, $4.3 million to $4 million during the third quarter of the year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo) and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed in the most raucous debate yet of their neck-and-neck race Thursday night, arguing over which of them was too extreme to represent the state and angling for the slightest advantage days before mail-in ballots begin to arrive at voters' homes.

Asian stocks sink after Wall Street plunge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:44

This Oct. 8. 2014 photo shows a Wall Street address carved into the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks were solidly lower in early trading Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, pruning back some of the gains from a massive rally the day before. Gap shares plunged after the company announced its CEO was retiring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday after Wall Street suffered its worst day of the year and weak German trade data fueled worry Europe is sliding into recession.

Lawyer: No proof teen sought to back terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:16

Shafi Khan, right, and Zarine Khan, center, parents of Mohammed Hamzah Khan, meet with the family's attorney, Thomas Dirkin, left, before Khan's detention hearing in federal court in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The 19-year-old suburban man, accused of seeking to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants, is charged with attempting to provide material support to foreign terrorists. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors don't have the evidence to prove a 19-year-old from suburban Chicago actually sought to provide material support to Islamic State militants in Syria, his attorney said Thursday in the first public defense of the suspect.