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The latest developments on same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:45

Rachel Duncan, left, and Brianna Watts kiss before they talk about their plans to get married after a probate court judge in Greenville county, South Carolina, rejected their marriage license application, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. They were one of three same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses Wednesday morning. They said they were disappointed but are optimistic that its just a matter if time before then can get married in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Mitch Weiss)Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage, followed by a ruling overturning some bans in Western states. Here's a rundown of the most recent developments:


Charges against dead cartel figure dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:38
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Chicago are dropping charges against a reputed drug trafficker for Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel.

Corpse exhumed in Alabama as FBI seeks link to long-missing murder suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:31

William Bradford Bishop Jr. is pictured between 1970-1975 and as a bust in his likeness at age 77By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - The unidentified body of a man dead for 33 years was exhumed on Thursday in Alabama in hopes of linking it to an FBI Top 10 most wanted fugitive suspected in the 1976 bludgeoning deaths of his wife, mother and three sons, federal authorities said. The whereabouts of William Bradford Bishop Jr., who was added to the top 10 fugitives list in April, has confounded investigators for decades, with the latest potential break coming after the case was featured recently on a CNN program. ...


College gives pizza deliveryman $1,200 tip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:27

College gives pizza deliveryman $1,200 tipA pizza delivery driver had no idea what was in store for him when he was called to deliver two pizzas to an Indiana university


Venezuela ordered to pay $1.6 billion to Exxon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — An international arbitration panel ordered Venezuela's socialist government on Thursday to pay $1.6 billion to Exxon Mobil for the seizure of a major oil project in the South American country and other losses.

Golf coach sentenced to 27 years for abusing boys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:16
HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A popular northern California golf teacher convicted of molesting his students and plotting to kill them from jail was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in state prison.

Obama wants an election about the economy, not him

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:15

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a town hall event at Cross Campus, a collaborative space that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs and startup teams, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message.


Gay couples in Las Vegas begin getting marriage licenses, weddings could come soon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:13
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gay couples in Las Vegas begin getting marriage licenses, weddings could come soon.

Man convicted of killing baby girl, grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:10

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Raghunandan Yandamuri is escorted from a Montgomery County district court after a preliminary hearing in Bridgeport, Pa. Yandamuri, accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong has been convicted of murder. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he was expressionless as the verdict against him was read Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The 27-year-old faces the possibility of the death penalty for the 2012 slayings of Saanvi Venna and grandmother Satayrathi Venna. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong was convicted of murder on Thursday.


Oklahoma prison officials unveil new death chamber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:05

The gurney in the newly renovated death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured during a media tour of the facility in McAlester, Okla, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. At rear is Department of Corrections official Scott Crow, and behind him is the witness room. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state's next scheduled execution in November.


Entrepreneur who brought Jheri curl to masses dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:03
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Comer Cottrell, a black hair-care entrepreneur who made millions with a cheap kit that brought the glossy celebrity Jheri curl into the homes of average African Americans, has died. He was 82.

Copyright attorney picked to lead Authors Guild

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Copyright attorney and former Library of Congress digital Director Mary Rasenberger has been named executive director of the Authors Guild.

Nevada begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:58
CARSON CITY Nev. (Reuters) - Nevada began allowing gay couples to legally wed on Thursday after a day of confusion over the legal status of same-sex matrimony, with the clerk's office in Carson City saying that it had issued a license. An official who answered the phone at the marriage license bureau in the state capital said her office had been given the green light to offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples, adding: "Yes, we just issued one." (Reporting by Sandra Chereb; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Long-empty jail taking in American Indian inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:57

Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility Warden Ken Keller waits for a locked gate to be opened inside the 464-bed facility that has started taking in inmates after sitting empty for seven years in Hardin, Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The jail is now run by Emerald Correctional Management, which is getting inmates from across the Northern Plains under a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)HARDIN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana town that once offered to take in suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay out of desperation to fill an empty, $27 million jail has finally started to fill its cells with American Indian inmates from across the Northern Plains.


Wildfire burns five homes near Sacramento, threatens 1,000 more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:55
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A major wildfire burning northeast of Sacramento has charred more than 420 acres (170 hectares) and destroyed five homes, California fire officials said on Thursday. The blaze, which started as five separate fires along Interstate 80 near the community of Applegate on Wednesday, prompted evacuations and the closure of all but one lane of I-80 eastbound, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its website. ...

Ex-Marine in Iraq shooting case gets $10 fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Marine corporal convicted of making false statements about the accidental shooting of a fellow U.S. serviceman has been spared prison time and been fined $10.

Ex-wife of Glock founder sues him over millions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:50
ATLANTA (AP) — After working decades to build a wildly successful firearms company, Gaston Glock conspired with associates to push out his ex-wife and business partner of almost 50 years and steal millions of dollars she was entitled to, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta.

Divorce trial of Continental CEO ends, with billions at stake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:46

CEO of Continental Resources Hamm enters the courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma City(Reuters) - Thursday marked the end of the epic nine-week divorce trial of Oklahoma’s richest man, oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm. With billions of dollars of company wealth at stake, the unusually secretive trial could end with the largest divorce judgment in history.   During the proceedings, lawyers for Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm, presented starkly different views of how much wealth should be divided by the court. The money is mostly tied up in a 68 percent stake in Continental, whose shares are in Harold's name. ...


US military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:43

US military planes arrive at epicenter of EbolaSix U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times."


Braley tries to curb opponent's appeal to women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley talks to fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. With just weeks left in a tight Senate race that he started with an advantage, the four-term Democratic congressman is bringing in high-profile surrogates, including first lady Michelle Obama, and pressing to raise concerns among women about his GOP opponent, Joni Ernst. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With just weeks left in a tight Senate race that he started with an advantage, Democrat Bruce Braley is pressing to raise concerns among women voters about his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, and take some of the sheen off the farm-raised, military veteran who rose from relative obscurity to GOP stardom during the campaign.