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Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:48

A couple embraces on the Pennsylvania State Capital steps following a rally with gay rights supporters in HarrisburgBy Fiona Ortiz and Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday bucked a recent trend of pro-gay marriage decisions by upholding state bans or restrictions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, pressuring the Supreme Court to take up the issue. The 2-1 ruling, by the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, is the first ruling by a federal appeals court that upholds bans on same-sex marriage. Gay marriage advocates said they would immediately seek U.S. Supreme Court review. ...


Lohan's probation ended in necklace theft case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:43

FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, Lindsay Lohan arrives for the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 at a venue in central London. A Los Angeles judge on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, said Lohan appeared to have a plan to complete the terms of her sentence in a 2012 reckless driving case and had received favorable reports from her counselor and an agency where she is performing community service. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Thursday ended Lindsay Lohan's probation in a necklace theft case and said she appears to be doing well with a plan to complete community service and counseling required in her last remaining criminal matter.


DA: Researcher guilty or 'unluckiest' man on earth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:41

FILE - Dr. Robert Ferrante, center, is escorted by Allegheny County Sheriffs deputies to court during jury selection for his trial on homicide charges in the 2013 killing of his neurologist wife with cyanide in this Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 file photo taken in Pittsburgh. Closing arguments were scheduled Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 before the jury must deliberate whether Ferrante is guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher is either guilty of intentionally poisoning his wife or is "the unluckiest man in the world," a prosecutor said Thursday.


Lone-wolf terror threat focus of NYPD conference

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:33
NEW YORK (AP) — Top police officials from New York, London and elsewhere met Thursday to share strategies for combating the homegrown terror threat posed by self-radicalized people who are difficult to thwart because they keep to themselves.

Who shot bin Laden? Former Navy SEALS make rival claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:29

Rob O'Neill who was on the Navy SEAL 6 team that rescued Capt. Phillips from pirates and had his role featured in the movie Capt. Phillips is shown in Butte MontanaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Navy Seal commando team that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan hideout in May, 2011 are making conflicting claims as to who actually shot the al Qaeda leader. The Washington Post published a story on Thursday quoting Rob O'Neill, a former SEAL, as claiming to have fired the fatal shot that hit bin Laden in the forehead after O'Neill stormed into a room in bin Laden's house in Abbottabad. The claim by O'Neill, who travels the country giving motivational speeches, was countered by a source close to another SEAL team member. ...


University of California weighs tuition hike plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:19

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, University of California President Janet Napolitano gestures while speaking during an interview in Oakland, Calif. Napolitano is recommending tuition increases in each of the next five years as a way to keep the public university system going and growing amid what she says is the state's failure to adequately invest in higher education. The university's governing board will vote on the proposal, set to be announced Thursday, at its Nov. 19 meeting. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tuition at the University of California's 10 campuses would increase by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years under a plan UC President Janet Napolitano unveiled Thursday.


Former baseball pitcher Halsey's fatal fall apparently an accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:17

Athletics pitcher Halsey holds a press conference in OaklandAUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The death of former Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Halsey, who fell off a cliff near his central Texas home last week, appears to have been an accident, police said on Thursday. Halsey, 33, who played with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics during his three-year major league career, died last Friday in the fall off the 100-foot cliff near New Braunfels, Texas. "Right now, it looks like an accident," said Captain Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff's Office. Ward added the case was still under investigation. ...


After cancer diagnosis, couple welcomes twins at Delco hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:15

After cancer diagnosis, couple welcomes twins at Delco hospitalAfter facing a cancer diagnosis, a couple finally welcomed their twin boys into the world at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, and it was all thanks to a surrogate.


Court Records: son of Ex-NFL Cheerleader accused of raping teen lead alleged victim to mom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:04

 son of Ex-NFL Cheerleader accused of raping teen lead alleged victim to momMolly Shattuck, ex-NFL cheerleader, allegedly used her son to help contact her claimed rape victim, court records show.


Who shot bin Laden? Former U.S. Navy SEALS make rival claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:59

File picture shows wreckage in the compound after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in AbbottabadBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Navy Seal commando team that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan hideout in May, 2011 are making conflicting claims as to who actually shot the al Qaeda leader. The Washington Post published a story on Thursday quoting Rob O'Neill, a former SEAL, as claiming to have fired the fatal shot that hit bin Laden in the forehead after O'Neill stormed into a room in bin Laden's house in Abbottabad. The claim by O'Neill, who travels the country giving motivational speeches, was countered by a source close to another SEAL team member. ...


Bankrupt San Bernardino, Calif., warns it may contract out services, raise debt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:53
By Tim Reid RIVERSIDE Calif. (Reuters) - Bankrupt San Bernadino, California, might have to contract out essential services and place a revenue bond on the ballot in 2015 elections after a measure failed this week that would have lowered base pay for police and firefighters, said a lawyer for the city on Thursday. Paul Glassman, San Bernardino's bankruptcy attorney, told the federal judge overseeing the city's bankruptcy that a rejection by voters on Tuesday of a pay-cutting ballot measure for police and firefighters was a "gamechanger" that had thrown the restructuring plan off track. ...

Nixon Library releases previously classified audio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:50

FILE - In this July 31,1973, file photo, H.R. Haldeman, a former top aide to President Richard Nixon, testifies before the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum is declassifying and releasing 285 segments from an audio diary kept by Haldeman, from 1970 to 1973. (AP Photo/File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Newly declassified segments from the diary of President Richard Nixon's chief-of-staff provide a detailed, subtle portrait of the disgraced president as H.R. Haldeman recounts both moments of high-stakes diplomacy and unscripted daily life that would never make a White House memo or official document.


2 New Jersey teens killed in crash on wet road

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:48

New Jersey teens killed in double fatal crash identifiedPolice say two teens are dead and another injured after a driver lost control on a slick road in Pilesgrove Township, New Jersey.


Clarification: Fall Art Auctions story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:43

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Christie's shows French Impressionist Edouard Manet's "Spring." Spring" was sold at Christie's in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 for $65 million, almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million for the French impressionist. (AP Photo/Christie's, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 5, The Associated Press reported that a private American foundation will receive the proceeds from a fall art sale at Christie's. The story should have made clear that the foundation will receive the proceeds from the sale of "Spring" by Edouard Manet instead of the proceeds from the full auction.


Disney announces new 'Toy Story' movie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:36

Disney announces new 'Toy Story' movieWoody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are coming back in 'Toy Story 4'


Georgia city settles lawsuit over stun-gun death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:24
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia city has settled a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a man who died in April after two police officers used Tasers on him more than a dozen times, their attorney said on Thursday. Attorney Chris Stewart said the settlement was for the maximum covered by the insurance policy of the suburban Atlanta city of East Point. He did not disclose the amount, but city officials told the Atlanta Journal Constitution the maximum is $1 million. ...

New Orleans political consultant victim of possible fire bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:19
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A fire that badly damaged the home of a New Orleans political consultant on Thursday appears to have been set deliberately, authorities said, raising concerns it may have been a politically motivated attack. Two vehicles owned by Mario Zervigon, a political fundraiser with no obvious enemies, were set ablaze at shortly after 2 a.m., authorities said. The vehicles were parked on opposite sides of the street, and the fire in the vehicle parked in Zervigon's driveway spread to his house. ...

2 charged in death of boy hung by feet, beaten

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

This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.


Teacher told to stay away after trip to Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:05
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

Philadelphia abduction suspect accused of violent rape in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:04

Delvin Barnes is pictured in this booking photoBy John Clarke (Reuters) - A 37-year-old man accused of abducting a woman from a Philadelphia sidewalk this week in a dramatic act caught on surveillance video faces attempted murder and rape charges for a separate incident in Virginia, police said on Thursday. Delvin Barnes, who police initially identified as Devlen Barnes, was arrested in a parking lot on Wednesday in Jessup, Maryland, over 100 miles (160 km) from where he is suspected of kidnapping 22-year old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither three days earlier, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement. ...