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Massachusetts transit agency to suspend service due to snow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:24
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to suspend all train service at 7 p.m. on Monday, due to the prolonged snowfall in Boston, the agency said on its Twitter feed. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Pro-gay marriage signals seen in U.S. Supreme Court action

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:19

Two bride figurines are seen during a rally in response to the California Supreme Court's ruling regarding Proposition 8 in HollywoodBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's move on Monday to allow gay marriage to proceed in Alabama is the strongest signal yet that the justices are likely to rule in June that no state can restrict marriage to only heterosexual couples. Of the nine justices, only two - conservatives Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia - dissented from the court's refusal to block gay weddings from starting in Alabama. Gay marriage is now legal in 37 states. Thomas acknowledged in a dissenting opinion that the court’s move to allow gay marriages to go ahead "may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution" as it considers cases from four other states on whether same-sex marriage bans are permitted under the U.S. Constitution.

AccuWeather: Light Freezing Rain, Sleet Through Tomorrow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 05:14

 Light Freezing Rain, Sleet Through TomorrowMeteorologist David Murphy says a brief change to sleet and snow is possible in northern areas tonight.

Connecticut to super-rich residents: Please don't leave us

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:53

FILE - This July 26, 2013 aerial file photo shows the Greenwich, Conn., estate belonging to billionaire hedge fund owner Stephen Cohen. In a Connecticut, home to some of the richest Americans including Cohen, tax officials go to some lengths to keep them -- and the billions of dollars in revenue their income taxes generate. (AP Photo/Vincent T. Vuoto, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — If you're a billionaire living in Connecticut, chances are the tax department is keeping an eye on you.

Jailed Virginia lawmaker pleads not guilty to new charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:53
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of fabricating a document that he presented as evidence in a previous case, one that landed him in jail for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager.

Persevering past roadblocks to build promising Ebola vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:52

In this photo taken Feb. 4, 2015, Dr. Nancy Sullivan, chief, Biodefense Research Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks in her office at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she'd finally gotten her Ebola vaccine right, only to see the next experiment fail. But it was those failures that Sullivan credits for helping her unravel enough mysteries of the immune system to finally bring an Ebola vaccine to large-scale testing in Africa. She just hopes it was in time to prove if the shots really work. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail.

Ex-wife says suspect in boy's 1979 murder confessed to killing man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:50

Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The ex-wife of Pedro Hernandez, the man charged in the 1979 murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, testified on Monday that he said he strangled to death a young man on a New York City street. Hernandez, 54, is on trial on charges of kidnapping and murdering Patz, who disappeared on May 25, 1979, while walking alone to a school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. Testifying in state court in Manhattan, Daisy Rivera said Hernandez told her in 1982 that he had recently killed a man. Her testimony came on the same day that Mike Pike, a childhood friend of Hernandez's, testified that Hernandez confessed decades ago to killing a "dark" boy.

US measles count rises to 121; most linked to Disneyland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:49
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the number of measles cases in the nation is up to 121 so far this year.

Murder suspect's ex-wife says he kept image of Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:42

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. He is charged in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on his way to a school bus stop more than three decades earlier. Hernandez confessed to police in 2012. The veracity of the confession, though, is tempered by Hernandez's history of mental illness. Such frailties, experts say, raise difficult questions about whether a suspect is exercising free will in talking to police, and greatly increase the potential for false confessions. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The ex-wife of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 testified Monday that she found a torn piece of a missing poster with the boy's image in a shoebox belonging to her husband, years after he told her he had strangled someone in New York.

Pennsylvania teen killed classmate, took 'selfie' with body: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:41
Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, is accused of shooting classmate Ryan Mangan at Mangan's home in Jeanette, a suburb of Pittsburgh, on Wednesday. Mangan's mother discovered the boy's body upon returning home that evening, according to a police affidavit. Morton used his cell phone to snap a picture of himself with Mangan's body slumped in a chair in the background, the affidavit says.

Man accused of lying to FBI in terror probe ordered detained

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:36
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man charged with lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation was ordered detained while his case is presented to a federal grand jury, after a magistrate judge said Monday that comments the 19-year-old posted on Twitter amounted to threats.

Dish's online TV package debuts with addition of AMC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:36

FILE - This undated file image provided by SlingTV shows a view of the network miniguide on the Sling TV app. Sling TV, Dish Network’s online television package, debuted Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, with additions to its previously announced lineup. (AP Photo/Sling TV, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network's online television service, Sling TV, debuted Monday with AMC, sports and other additions to its previously announced lineup.

LA foundation suspends $1M prize for urban school districts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:21

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad speaks during a presentation of his half-completed museum, "The Broad" in Los Angeles. A foundation started by Broad has suspended a national prize, Broad Prize for Urban Education, awarded annually to a top-performing urban school system. The $1 million prize was pulled amid concerns that the schools are failing to improve quickly enough. (AP Photo/Nick Ut,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A foundation started by philanthropist Eli Broad has suspended a national prize awarded annually to a top-performing urban school system.

Lethal injection concerns part of bid to spare Missouri man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:17

In this Jan. 1, 2012 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Walter Storey of St. Charles, Mo., who faces the death penalty or killing Jill Frey in 1990. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An attorney for a Missouri inmate who's scheduled to die this week is seeking to halt the execution over concerns about the state's secretive process of obtaining and using lethal injection drugs.

Defense in theater shooting case wants jail video barred

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:16

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. will hear arguments in a Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 hearing from defense attorneys that say a jailhouse video of Holmes should be barred from evidence during trial because prosecutors gave it to them too late. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado shooting case did not immediately rule Monday on whether jurors will be able to see a holding-cell video of defendant James Holmes taken the same day the sheriff's department released a new photograph of him to the public.

Indiana woman who fought for same-sex marriage rights dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:16
(Reuters) - An Indiana woman who challenged the state's ban on same-sex marriage while she was dying of cancer, seeking legal recognition so that she and her partner could make plans for their two toddlers' futures, has died. Niki Quasney, 38, died on Thursday after suffering from ovarian cancer for five years, according to a statement from Lambda Legal, an organization that fights for equality for lesbians and gays. Quasney and Amy Sandler had a civil union in Illinois in 2011 and were married in Massachusetts in 2013. They were living in Munster, in northwest Indiana, to be close to Quasney's family because of her cancer.

Trial begins for U.S. Marine accused of twice deserting to Lebanon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:14
(Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday began the court-martial of a Lebanese-born Marine who is accused of deserting the military in Iraq in 2004 before turning up in Lebanon claiming to have been kidnapped and then deserting again the following year. Corporal Wassef Hassoun, 35, is being tried at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on charges of desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, according to the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps said Hassoun first deserted the military in June 2004, when he vanished from his base in Iraq. He reappeared a month later in Lebanon and claimed that he had been kidnapped by militants, the military said.

Judge won't dismiss murder charge because of lost evidence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:11
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge will not dismiss a murder charge against four people even though some evidence in the case was mistakenly shipped to an auction house and lost.

Man, 3 women sought in Hunting Park homicide; nightclub video released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 04:08

Man, 3 women sought in Hunting Park homicide; nightclub video releasedPhiladelphia police are looking for a man and three women in connection to a homicide in the Hunting Park section.

Justice Thomas objects to court's signal on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:58

Amanda Keller holds a flag as she joins other gay marriage supporters in Linn Park, at the Jefferson County courthouse, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop the marriages from beginning in the conservative southern state. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.