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Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:06
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:54
BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded a decorated officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, authorities said. An apparent bystander also was shot.

Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken.

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Gov. Tom Wolf

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:41

Jim Gardner One-on-One with Gov. Tom WolfJim Gardner sits down one-on-one with newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Indiana officials look to stem religious objections fallout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:36

A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, shows its objection to the Religious Freedom bill passed by the Indiana legislature. Organizers of a major gamers' convention and a large church gathering say they're considering moving events from Indianapolis over a bill that critics say could legalize discrimination against gays. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout.

Judges overturn Amanda Knox conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:33

Judges overturn Amanda Knox convictionJudges on Italy's top criminal court have overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate.

Man travels to Philly after accidental bachelor party invite

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:27

Man travels to Philly after accidental bachelor party inviteThe Seattle man accidentally invited to a Philadelphia bachelor party, finally flew into town and he met the bride and groom for the first time.

Nude photos scandal rocks North Penn High School

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:25

Nude photos scandal rocks North Penn High SchoolThere are allegations that inappropriate images, including nude photos, were shared online by students at North Penn High School in Montgomery County.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:00

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is shown in this photograph taken March 27, 2015. The SAE national headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:54

Mitchelle Blair stands during her video arraignment at the 36th District Court, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Detroit. The Detroit woman charged with child abuse after the bodies of two of her children were found in her home freezer has been ordered to stay in jail Thursday unless she can post a $1 million bond. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Jose Juarez ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.

Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:45

Ellen Pao leaves court as her sexual bias trial against fomer employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byerr continues in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.

Repairs to downed border fence top $700,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:41

FILE - In this July 27, 2014, file photo, a border patrol vehicle stands guard at a section of collapsed fence just west of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., after severe storms in southern Arizona over the weekend knocked down a chunk of the metal border fence that divides Mexico and the U.S. The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a 60 feet of rebar-reinforced fencing in Nogales, Ariz., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents released this month after a request by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nogales International, Jonathan Clark, File)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a steel border fence that was knocked down by debris from a rainstorm last summer.

Gift returns: Sterling wife wants house, $1 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:38

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, is going after the $2.5 million in real estate and cars her husband lavished on V. Stiviano in a trial scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of Donald Sterling sought revenge Friday against a woman whose recording cost her husband ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by playing audio that showed the billionaire showered her with millions of dollars in gifts.

California couple's kidnap-for-ransom claim: Things to know

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:33

This undated photo released by the Vallejo Police Department shows Denise Huskins. Police say Huskins, who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom, has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Vallejo Police Department)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night this week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. Police are skeptical.

Boston police officer shot and critically wounded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:28
(Reuters) - A Boston police officer was shot in the face and critically wounded on Friday during a traffic stop, and other officers killed the suspected gunman, police said. Police Commissioner William Evans told a news conference the suspect came out of a car during a traffic stop and shot the officer under the right eye. Evans did not identify the officer but said he was in critical condition at Boston Medical Center.

Rosewood massacre activist dies at 72

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:08
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Arnett Doctor, a key figure responsible for securing reparations for victims of the Rosewood massacre, has died in the Tampa Bay area following a long illness. He was 72.

Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 09:01

Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, March 27, 2015. The jury are due back in court on Friday in Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. Kleiner Perkins denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

Federal appeals court rules for Mexican on torture claim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:56
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned decisions that put the burden of proof on foreigners who claim they were tortured in their home countries to show they cannot safely return to another part of the country they fled.

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:50

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is backing Schumer to succeed him as Democratic leader. Reid issued his endorsement Friday morning, shortly after announcing he would be retiring next year instead of running for re-election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 08:47

In this March 27, 2015, photo provided by the United Nations, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, speaks with the media at United Nations headquarters. Fabius said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/United Nations, Rick Bajornas)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.