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No immediate ruling on blocking Obama immigration orders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:08
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in South Texas didn't immediately rule on whether to grant a request by a coalition of 25 states to temporarily block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration while a lawsuit to permanently stop the order goes through the courts.

Fire department fined for ice bucket challenge gone awry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:05
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State regulators have fined a Kentucky fire department $25,000 for improper training and equipment after a firefighter was killed and three others hurt while the crew tried to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with new phone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:59

Lei Jun, chairman of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, takes a selfie on the latest Xiaomi Note smartphone at a press event in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The Chinese manufacturer on Thursday unveiled a new model that Lei said has processor size and performance comparable to Apple’s iPhone 6 but is thinner and lighter. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone.

US, UN, EU and Russia to meet on Mideast in late January

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Key Mideast mediators — the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia — will meet this month to discuss the way toward Israeli-Palestinian peace as tensions escalate in the decades-old conflict.

Airport workers, others protest on Martin Luther King birthday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:21

Demonstrators wearing "I AM A MAN" signs protest outside LaGuardia Airport during a protest march in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scores of airport workers rallied on Thursday in New York and other cities to demand higher wages in one of several protests planned by an array of interest groups to mark the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. About 200 service workers blocked a dozen or so bus and car drivers by sitting down on a street bridge leading to New York's LaGuardia Airport. At Philadelphia International Airport, about 100 non-unionized airport workers marched silently through four terminals to a designated "free speech zone" where they held a rally accusing contractors of ignoring minimum wage rules.

Ohio woman with 5 kids in vehicle charged after police chase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:21
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman was drunk when she sped away from police in an SUV that later crashed and flipped with five children inside, ejecting a 2-year-old boy, authorities said Thursday.

Astronauts close to moving into space station for year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:18
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are just two months shy of launching to the International Space Station for an entire year. Already, though, scientists are clamoring for additional long-term subjects.

Fire destroys 137-year-old Pennsylvania prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:18
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A turreted, Victorian-era jail, the site of Pennsylvania's last public hanging in 1879, was destroyed by a massive fire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of prisoners at gunpoint, officials said on Thursday. More than 200 firefighters from six counties battled the six-alarm blaze, which broke out at the Northumberland County Prison on Wednesday afternoon, according to local media. The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigators are looking into the possibility that it was touched off by an electrical problem, said Brad Hare, chief of police in Sunbury, about 50 miles north of Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania. “It needs to be torn down.” He said the county will consider building a regional prison with surrounding counties, or possibly enter into a lease-back arrangement with a company that builds prisons.

Woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:16

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Wendy Wood Holland, 35, appears in the Baldwin County Circuit Court in Bay Minette, Ala. A judge on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, sentenced Holland to 219 years in prison for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years. Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a 20-year prison sentence. Authorities say the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused multiple children in Baldwin and Mobile counties. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison Thursday for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.

Detroit-area man sentenced to life in prison in murder-for-hire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:14
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit judge on Thursday sentenced a suburban businessman to life in prison without parole for hiring his handyman to kill his wife. Robert Bashara, 57, was convicted last month of first-degree murder and four additional charges in the death of his wife, Jane Bashara, a marketing executive. She was found dead in the backseat of her black Mercedes SUV on a Detroit street nearly three years ago. Prosecutors have said Bashara, who is from the wealthy Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park, blamed his wife's death on urban street violence at the time.

U.S. report finds no substitute to gathering bulk intel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:08
By Alina Selyukh and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No existing technology can fully replace collecting data in bulk to obtain electronic intelligence, but some methods could be developed to improve how information is gathered and used, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report on Thursday. The report, sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was in response to President Barack Obama's call last year for a review of potential software-based alternatives to the controversial program. The program came to light following explosive revelations in 2013 by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. government was collecting and storing bulk telephone records of calls made to and from U.S. citizens.

Blind Pennsylvania man dies after setting himself on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:08
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A blind Pennsylvania man has died after accidentally setting his clothes on fire while trying to warm a towel in a microwave oven.

Judge: Michigan must recognize 300-plus gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:07

FILE - In this March 22, 2014, file photo, Cathy Fisher, left, and Laurie Fisher are married at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Mich. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, that Michigan must recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window last year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — On the day before the nation's high court could decide whether to take up Michigan's same-sex marriage case, a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize hundreds of such unions performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year.

Bishop charged in cyclist death released from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:05
BALTIMORE (AP) — An Episcopal bishop facing manslaughter charges after authorities say she struck a cyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore has been released from jail.

Officials: Burned Pennsylvania jail must be torn down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:04

An inmate is searched while being escorted from Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Dispatchers say the blaze was reported just after 2 p.m. at the nearly 140-year-old jail in the city of 10,000 about 40 miles north of Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/The News-Item, Larry Deklinski)SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — One day after a fire ripped through a central Pennsylvania jail and prompted the evacuation of more than 200 inmates, county officials said the nearly 140-year-old facility must be torn down.

Multi-vehicle crash shuts down part of I-95 in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:03

1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closedA multi-vehicle accident has shut down a portion of I-95 in Bensalem, Bucks County.

PHOTOS: Multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 03:01

 Multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in BensalemChopper 6 was over a multi-vehicle crash in Bensalem.

Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:45

Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parentsRenewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow tens of millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid ...

Protests against police violence close Boston highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 02:41

Police detain a group of protesters who blocked Interstate 93 southbound during the morning rush hour in SomervilleMassachusetts State Police on Thursday arrested 29 people who stopped traffic on two sections of a major highway into Boston during the morning rush hour to protest the recent killings by U.S. police of unarmed black men. Protesters stopped traffic north and south of Boston during the morning rush hour, officials said. "Our nonviolent direct action is meant to expose the reality that Boston is a city where white commuters and students use the city and leave, while black and brown communities are targeted by police, exploited and displaced," organizer Katie Seitz said in a statement. Massachusetts State Police said the protesters prevented an ambulance carrying a crash victim with life-threatening injuries from reaching a trauma center in Boston, and forced it to divert to a smaller hospital outside the city.

Michigan must recognize legal marriages of 300 same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 01:56

Two women exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in the hallway of the Oakland County Courthouse as the woman officiating the wedding reads the marriage vows from her cell phoneMichigan must recognize the legal marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who were wed in the state in a one-day period last year after a federal court struck down a ban on gay marriage and before the decision was put on hold by a U.S. appeals court, a judge ruled Thursday. The same-sex couples who married in Michigan during that brief period acquired a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution even though a U.S. appeals court has reversed the 2014 decision that struck down the Michigan law, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled. Eight same-sex couples had challenged Michigan's refusal to recognize their marriages entered into after a federal judge ruled on March 21 that the state's ban was unconstitutional and before a 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stay closed the window the next day. Thursday's ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to take up cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, all part of the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld same-sex marriage bans in November.