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Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:34

A couple embraces on the Pennsylvania State Capital steps following a rally with gay rights supporters in HarrisburgA federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans and piling pressure on the Supreme Court to take up the matter. Court of Appeals is the first ruling by a federal appeals court upholding bans on same-sex marriage. When the Supreme Court in October refused to intervene in the issue, all other appellate courts that had weighed in had struck down state bans on gay marriage. This new decision could force a showdown at the Supreme Court and lead to a nationwide ruling on the constitutionality of such bans.

New York City Sandy-hit hospitals to be reimbursed with FEMA funds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:27

The extensive damage to an amusement park roller coaster in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is seen in Seaside HeightsNEW YORK (Reuters) - A number of New York City public hospitals impacted by 2012's Superstorm Sandy will be reimbursed with at least $1.6 billion paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency program, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The funds will go to reimburse the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) for repairs already undertaken since Sandy, de Blasio said in an emailed statement of his remarks. The money will also fund projects to protect against future storms, such as providing hospitals with new pumps, flood-proof elevators and new flood walls, he said. ...

Bottom Dollar Food to close all 66 stores

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:26

Bottom Dollar Food to close all 66 storesThe Bottom Dollar Food grocery chain says it's closing all 66 of its stores, including 46 stores in the Philadelphia area by the end of the year.

Connecticut gun law leads to federal conviction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:24
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought guns to campus has pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge.

Tenn. lawmakers readying new abortion restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While the rest of the South slowly whittled away at abortion access, Tennessee's clinics operated under less stringent restrictions.

Mom who left kids in car did not put cash in fund

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:17
PHOENIX (AP) — For a time, Shanesha Taylor was an Internet sensation. She was the mother who — despite leaving her children in a sweltering car during a job interview — attracted sympathy from around the nation with a tear-stained mug shot.

2 dead after New Jersey driver loses control on wet road

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:07

2 dead after New Jersey driver loses control on wet roadPolice say two people are dead and another person injured after a driver lost control on a slick road in Pilesgrove Township, New Jersey.

AccuWeather: Periods of Rain, Showers Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:05

 Showers, Thunderstorms and Fog TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says Friday looks drier, but very windy.

Teen says he thought he killed goblin, not brother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:59
LOGAN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin.

Chicago archdiocese releases more abuse records

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:45

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Francis George, retiring leader of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The Archdiocese is expected to release files Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, about dozens of more abusive priests in what diocese officials say is a fulfillment of George's vow to make public the documents before he retires this month. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday released thousands of internal documents showing how it hid the sexual abuse of children by 36 priests, adding to similar disclosures made earlier this year and fulfilling a pledge by an ailing Cardinal Francis George to release the files before he retires later this month.

U.S. Air Force studying ways to keep F-35 target date on track

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:44

An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, FloridaBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is studying ways to meet its August 2016 target for declaring the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet ready for use in combat, despite an unexpected shortage of mechanics, a top Air Force general said on Thursday. Lieutenant General Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force, confirmed that the timeline was in jeopardy because congressional moves to block the retirement of the A-10 aircraft meant the Air Force would be unable to shift the required number of expert mechanics to the F-35 program. ...

U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force seek missing pilot in Gulf of Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:43
MIAMI (Reuters) - The United State Air Force and Coast Guard crews searched the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday for a missing pilot whose F-16 fighter jet lost contact with its base during a routine training mission, officials said. The aircraft, based out of Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, was believed to have crashed about 57 miles south of Panama City, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No wreckage has been located, the Air Force said. ...

Beef or Chicken? Beef prices hit fast-food chains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:42
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you'll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.

Former Mississippi prisons chief pleads not guilty to bribery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:32
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi's former prisons chief pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges that he accepted cash and mortgage payments in exchange for awarding prison contracts to companies tied to a local businessman. Christopher Epps, who resigned as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Wednesday, was indicted by a grand jury in August on charges that he and a co-defendant were involved in a kickback scheme that started in 2007 and continued for seven years. ...

Dow, S&P 500 step further into record territory

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:32

U.S. and Japanese flags are placed in front of an electric screen indicating the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen at a foreign exchange dealing company in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Asian stock markets wavered between gains and losses Thursday as investors awaited a U.S. jobs report that might deliver a verdict on whether the Federal Reserve's withdrawal of stimulus was warranted. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)NEW YORK (AP) — Solid profits for big companies and optimistic economic news helped nudge the stock market to another record high Thursday.

Colorado man indicted for murder of wife in fatal fall at national park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:32
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Colorado man for the murder of his wife who plummeted 50 feet to her death in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012, authorities said on Thursday. Harold Henthorn, 58, was arrested by agents from the National Park Service and the FBI following a two-year probe into the death of Toni Henthorn, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. According to the indictment handed up on Wednesday, Henthorn "willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice aforethought" caused the death of his wife. ...

9 hurt when SUV crashes into restaurant buffet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:24
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say nine people have been hurt after an SUV smashed through some windows and into a restaurant.

NASA test flight still on track despite accidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:21

FILE- In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, NASA's Orion spacecraft, preparing for it's first flight, departs the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on its way to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Officials said Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, that everything looks good for the Dec. 4 launch of NASA’s new Orion capsule(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents.

Texas' Perry in court for heated pretrial hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:14

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, and his lawyers Tony Buzbee, right, and David Botsford confer during a pretrial hearing on felony abuse of power charges in the 390th District Court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. An Austin grand jury indicted Perry in August. The charges stem from his carrying out a threat to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner, Pool)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his first court appearance Thursday but left the dramatics to his attorneys, who argued strenuously that the felony charges against him should be thrown out on technicalities.

Driver who looped Manhattan in 24 minutes convicted of recklessness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:55
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who zoomed a sports car around Manhattan in 24 minutes was found guilty on Thursday of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, prosecutors said. Adam Tang, 31, who has a Canadian passport, faces up to a year imprisonment for the daredevil act he videotaped and uploaded to the Internet last year and which quickly became an online hit, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “The city’s roadways are not a racetrack," Vance said. ...