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Colorado Senate candidates clash on energy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:04

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, (D-Colo.), shakes hands with his opponent U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.), following a debate in Denver, Monday Oct. 6, 2014. Gov. The two are locked in what many polls say is a tight race, less than one month before election day on Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Monday defended his support for a carbon tax, lashing back at criticism from his opponent who says plans to slash carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants raises energy costs for homeowners.


Gay couples rush to courthouses in five U.S. states after Supreme Court decision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:02
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - When Jim Crowder saw a news headline on his cellphone on Monday morning that a Supreme Court decision had made gay marriage legal again in Indiana, he immediately called his partner of 31 years. "If we're going to do it, let's do it now," Crowder told Alan Combs and by 2 p.m. they were married by a judge in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The couple had almost given up on getting married as the Indiana government fought court rulings against the state's ban on gay marriages. "I really thought we were beating a dead horse," said Combs, 60. ...

Expert: Man who confessed in '79 case knew rights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:02
NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect understood his right to stay silent before he confessed to killing a boy whose 1979 disappearance helped spur a missing-children's movement, a prosecution psychologist said Monday, contrasting a defense expert's view of a question under scrutiny as the case heads toward trial.

Mixed testimony in sentencing of Michigan mother

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

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff shows Kelli Stapleton. The Michigan woman who acknowledged trying to kill herself and her autistic 14-year-old daughter is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, Oct. 7, 2014, and could get up to life in prison. Stapleton pleaded guilty last month to first-degree child abuse after originally being charged with attempted murder. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, File)BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Friends and relatives painted conflicting portraits Monday of a Michigan woman who admits trying to kill herself and her autistic daughter, with two former in-laws describing her as selfish and manipulative but with supporters insisting she was a loving mom driven to despair.


Grand jury: No charges in raid that hurt toddler

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:36
ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury in Georgia has recommended that no charges be brought against officers involved in a raid that seriously injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen.

Gay couples rush to courthouses in five U.S. states after Supreme Court decision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:19
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - When Jim Crowder saw a news headline on his cellphone on Monday morning that a Supreme Court decision had made gay marriage legal again in Indiana, he immediately called his partner of 31 years. "If we're going to do it, let's do it now," Crowder told Alan Combs and by 2 p.m. they were married by a judge in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The couple had almost given up on getting married as the Indiana government fought court rulings against the state's ban on gay marriages. "I really thought we were beating a dead horse," said Combs, 60. ...

Feds give oyster farm until year's end to vacate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:19
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A popular oyster farm that has been evicted from the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under an agreement with the federal government.

Seattle lawmakers vote to change name of Columbus Day holiday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:04
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Seattle City Council unanimously voted on Monday to redesignate the federal Columbus Day holiday as Indigenous Peoples' Day to reflect that Native Americans were living on the continent before Christopher Columbus' 15th Century arrival. Mayor Ed Murray was expected to swiftly sign the measure, making Seattle the second major U.S. city after Minneapolis to mark Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday in October, the same day as Columbus Day. The change will take effect for the upcoming October 13 holiday, the city council said. ...

Trump name coming off closed casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:57

Trump name coming off closed casinoThe Trump name will be coming off the shuttered Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City.


Chief: Important not to rush missing student probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:56
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville's police chief said Monday that it's important not to rush the case against the man accused in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, despite criticism of some of his decisions.

Parents of fatally shot Missouri teen renew call for special prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:52
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager fatally shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, asked Missouri's governor on Monday to reconsider his decision not to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. In a letter to Governor Jay Nixon, lawyers representing Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. said there were "compelling and rising concerns of conflict that now exist" between St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch and the Ferguson Police Department. McCulloch has been overseeing a grand jury probe into the Aug. ...

Jeb Bush makes Spanish ads for 3 GOP candidates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:51
DENVER (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn't said whether he's going to run for president in 2016, but he's going on the air in three races this year — in Spanish.

Same-sex couples start marrying in the South

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:50

Nicole Pries, left, and Lindsey Oliver exchange vows Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, as the couple become one of the first same-sex couples in Virginia to be married, outside a Richmond Court building in Richmond, Va. The couple were the first in the Richmond are to be married after the US Supreme Court refused to overturn same-sex marriage prohibitions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples were getting legally married in the South for the first time on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way by denying efforts by Virginia and other states to ban such weddings.


DHS worker charged with stealing $18,000 in SEPTA tokens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:41

DHS worker charged with stealing $18,000 in SEPTA tokensThe Philadelphia District Attorney's Office says a worker with the city's Department of Human Services is charged with submitting fraudulent overtime expenses and stealing SEPTA fare tokens from the agency.


Feds: Illinois teen sought to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:38
CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old American left a letter expressing disgust with Western society before trying to board an international flight in Chicago, the first step in his plan to sneak into Syria to join the Islamic State group, according to a federal criminal complaint released Monday.

Prosecutors lose appeal in Detroit officer's trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:33
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's appeals court on Monday let stand the dismissal of a manslaughter charge against a Detroit police officer who killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid.

Funeral for Pa. trooper killed in training center shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:33

Funeral for Pa. trooper killed in training center shootingA Pennsylvania state trooper accidentally killed in a firearms training exercise was laid to rest in Northeast Philadelphia.


Ragu Yandamuri takes the witness stand in his own defense

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:30

Ragu Yandamuri takes the witness stand in his own defenseMonday was a dramatic day in a Montgomery County courtroom as a man defending himself in a gruesome double murder case called himself as a witness.


Supreme court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:27

Supreme court clears the way for gay marriage expansionThe Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.


Factbox: Reaction to U.S. Supreme Court move on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:15
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped on Monday the issue of gay marriage, declining to hear appeals involving five states whose bans on same-sex weddings had earlier been overturned by regional federal appeals courts. Here are some quotes reacting to the high court's action. ...