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Colorado clerk: gay marriage bans unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:40
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A county clerk in Colorado says she cannot deny gay couples their fundamental right to wed, according to court documents filed ahead of a hearing in a lawsuit by the state's attorney general to stop her issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Emboldened by a regional appeals court ruling on June 25 that found in favor of gay nuptials in neighboring Utah, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall has given out more than 100 licenses, saying same-sex couples in Colorado have waited long enough. In the court documents made public on Tuesday, she argued through a county attorney that gay couples have been stigmatized and made to feel inferior by the state's gay marriage ban. "Clerk Hall concluded that if she were to deny marriage licenses to applicants based solely on their sex, she would be denying their fundamental rights under the United States Constitution," deputy county attorney David Hughes wrote.

Sterling appears in court at Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:38

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has arrived in court to give testimony in a lawsuit over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Sterling appears in court at Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:38

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has arrived in court to give testimony in a lawsuit over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Doctor: Ohio infant to recover from firework burns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:36
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A doctor says an Ohio infant burned by a neighbor's fireworks is expected to make a full recovery.

Doctor: Ohio infant to recover from firework burns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:36
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A doctor says an Ohio infant burned by a neighbor's fireworks is expected to make a full recovery.

New Hampshire law creating clinic buffers is target of lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:33
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A conservative religious group has sued the state of New Hampshire to block a law from taking effect later this week that would establish 25-foot buffer zones around clinics offering abortions. The Alliance Defending Freedom said in papers filed in federal court that last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down a Massachusetts law establishing similar buffer zones "eliminates any plausible legal justification for the law challenged here." But New Hampshire officials argued on Tuesday their measure was more limited than that of Massachusetts, which prevented anti-abortion protesters from approaching within 35 feet of clinic entrances, a rule the Supreme Court said violated free speech protections. New Hampshire Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan signed the new measure last month and a spokesman said the state's attorney general was reviewing the lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court. "Bipartisan majorities of the New Hampshire House and Senate believed we needed to take action to ensure that women could access health care free from harassment, obstruction or threats to safety, and Governor Hassan will continue to work toward meeting that goal," spokesman William Hinkle said.

New Hampshire law creating clinic buffers is target of lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:33
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A conservative religious group has sued the state of New Hampshire to block a law from taking effect later this week that would establish 25-foot buffer zones around clinics offering abortions. The Alliance Defending Freedom said in papers filed in federal court that last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down a Massachusetts law establishing similar buffer zones "eliminates any plausible legal justification for the law challenged here." But New Hampshire officials argued on Tuesday their measure was more limited than that of Massachusetts, which prevented anti-abortion protesters from approaching within 35 feet of clinic entrances, a rule the Supreme Court said violated free speech protections. New Hampshire Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan signed the new measure last month and a spokesman said the state's attorney general was reviewing the lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court. "Bipartisan majorities of the New Hampshire House and Senate believed we needed to take action to ensure that women could access health care free from harassment, obstruction or threats to safety, and Governor Hassan will continue to work toward meeting that goal," spokesman William Hinkle said.

APNewsBreak: Police give motive in dead baby case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:33

FILE - This April 13, 2014 file photo shows police tape in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, authorities said DNA results confirm that the biological father of Megan Huntsman's seven dead babies is her estranged husband. The 39-year-old Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.


2 injured in Perkasie skydiving accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:33

2 injured in Perkasie skydiving accidentPerkasie Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a skydiving accident in Perkasie, Bucks County that has left two people hospitalized.


2 rescued after getting stranded in Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:32

2 rescued after getting stranded in Delaware RiverTwo men had to be rescued after their water crafts broke down, forcing them to spend the night on an island in the middle of the Delaware River.


Fishermen who hooked shark won't be cited

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:32
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California officials say they won't cite the fishermen who hooked a great white shark that bit a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach pier.

Fishermen who hooked shark won't be cited

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:32
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California officials say they won't cite the fishermen who hooked a great white shark that bit a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach pier.

Woman Learns Serial Killer Lived in Her Home From Watching TV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:30
A Missouri woman says she has finally been able to break her rental lease after learning that her home was used as a torture chamber by a suspected serial killer over a decade ago.

Chimp attack victim seeks primate sale rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:28

Nash speaks to the media at the Legislative Office Building in HartfordA Connecticut woman blinded and disfigured by a chimpanzee attack will visit Washington this week to urge the passage of stricter rules to keep primates from being transported into states that prohibit keeping them as pets.


Neighbors fault Philly after fatal row house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer pauses while speaking during a news conference after weekend fire tore through 10 row homes and killed four children just steps from a firehouse, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials on Tuesday defended the response to a porch fire that tore through a block of row homes, killing four young children as neighbors waited for rescuers who could douse the flames.


Neighbors fault Philly after fatal row house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer pauses while speaking during a news conference after weekend fire tore through 10 row homes and killed four children just steps from a firehouse, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials on Tuesday defended the response to a porch fire that tore through a block of row homes, killing four young children as neighbors waited for rescuers who could douse the flames.


Derailed fuselages removed from Montana river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27

Work crews remove one of the Boeing 737 fuselages that plunged into the Clark Fork River east of Superior, Mont., on Monday, July 7, 2014. Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) SEATTLE ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUTMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Crews have removed all three commercial airplane fuselages from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.


Derailed fuselages removed from Montana river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27

Work crews remove one of the Boeing 737 fuselages that plunged into the Clark Fork River east of Superior, Mont., on Monday, July 7, 2014. Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) SEATTLE ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUTMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Crews have removed all three commercial airplane fuselages from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.


Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children, an unlikely election-year move for a Republican in a conservative part of the country that is just beginning to warm up to medical marijuana in narrow circumstances.

Police: Mom accused of killing babies was on meth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:26

FILE - This April 13, 2014 file photo shows police tape in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, authorities said DNA results confirm that the biological father of Megan Huntsman's seven dead babies is her estranged husband. The 39-year-old Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.