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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoes gun legislation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:09

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gestures during the second day of the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in WashingtonBy David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday vetoed a bill approved by the state legislature that would have reduced the legal size of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 bullets, saying it would do nothing to end mass shootings. Christie, in sending the measure back to legislators, instead proposed new rules boosting access to mental health services and allowing the mentally ill to be involuntarily committed if they were at risk of rapid deterioration. "Nor is it sufficient to claim that a 10-round capacity might spare an 11th victim," Christie said Gun control advocates blasted the veto and accused the governor of allowing his presidential ambitions to guide his decision making.

APNewsBreak: Ivey: Atlantic City win was all skill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:07
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — World-famous poker player Phil Ivey says his disputed $9.6 million baccarat win at Atlantic City's Borgata casino was all skill, and he's seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit in which the casino accuses him of cheating.

Lightning possibly to blame for Edgewater Park fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:48

Lightning possibly to blame for Edgewater Park fireOfficials believe a lightning strike was to blame for a house fire in Edgewater Park, Burlington County.

Colorado attorney general seeks moratorium on same-sex marriage litigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:42
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The Colorado attorney general's office filed a motion in federal court on Wednesday, seeking an injunction to suspend same-sex marriage litigation in the state until the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately rules on the issue. Last week the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that neighboring Utah cannot stop gay couples from being wed, but stayed the order until the Supreme Court decides. Since then the clerk in Colorado's Boulder County has issued nearly 100 same-sex marriage licenses, and has rejected requests by the attorney general's office to halt the practice. In Wednesday's motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the attorney general's office said that without an injunction the legal uncertainty would "invite a race to the clerks' office" by couples seeking licenses before the issue is resolved by higher courts.

UN soccer match pits ambassadors vs. journalists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:39
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It wasn't quite the World Cup, but the world was definitely represented when U.N. ambassadors took to the soccer field against U.N. correspondents — with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon taking the ceremonial kickoff.

Man struck by lightning in Langhorne

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:18

Man struck by lightning in LanghorneBucks County authorities say a man has been hospitalized after he was struck by lightning in Langhorne.

AccuWeather: Steamy to Stormy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:00

 Steamy to StormyAccuWeather: Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking strong storms with localized flooding moving in.

Woman killed in Route 55 crash near Deptford Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:56

Woman killed in Route 55 crash near Deptford MallNew Jersey State Police say a female driver has died after a crash in Deptford, New Jersey.

Maximum term for New Mexico boy in school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:50

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, students are escorted from Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M., after a shooting incident. A judge on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 ordered the maximum sentence for the 12-year-old boy who opened fire in the New Mexico middle school gym, injuring two students. After a daylong hearing, state District Judge Freddy Romero ordered the boy held in state custody until he is 21. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Mark Wilson, File)ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge rejected pleas for leniency Wednesday and handed down the maximum sentence for a then-12-year-old boy who opened fire in a Roswell middle school gym earlier this year, injuring two students.

Obama seeks advice from wide variety of economists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in three weeks, President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited top economists to a private lunch at the White House, tapping a broad array of ideological views as he seeks to assemble an economic agenda for the remaining 30 months of his presidency.

Man struck by lightning in Yardley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:30

Man struck by lightning in LanghorneBucks County authorities say a man has been hospitalized after he was struck by lightning in Yardley.

Colorado leaders seek gay-marriage resolution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:05

Julie Hoehing, left, and Nancy Cooley, middle, hug and kiss after they were married, while daughter Lia Cooley watches at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Although Colorado's constitution bans same-sex marriage, a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver last week regarding a Utah case said states cannot prevent people from marrying based on their gender. That motivated Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to begin issuing marriage licenses, even though the 10th Circuit put its ruling on hold pending an appeal. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Mark Leffingwell)DENVER (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an injunction declaring Colorado's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:04
Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States. Illinois was particularly hard hit as flooding, downed trees and fires caused by lightning strikes snarled traffic, cut power and delayed or canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago. About 400,000 ComEd customers lost power in the storm and 153,000 remained without power on Tuesday afternoon, mainly in the region south of Chicago, the company said. Iowa also took a direct hit, with hail measuring 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) in diameter and peak winds of 90 mph (145 kph) recorded, said National Weather Service spokesman Pat Slattery.

Chinese woman charged in trade secrets theft case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:59
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a Chinese company's chairman was charged Wednesday in federal court in Des Moines with conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.

Deadly fight devastates two families of faith

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:57

Robert Cox speaks with the media after a court appearance Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Las Vegas. A grand jury is reviewing the case of Robert Cox to decide whether to indict him in the death of Link Ellingson, who died of hemorrhaging about six months after a June 13, 2013 confrontation outside of the Four Kegs pub in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A church group's late-night food fix at a Las Vegas pub last year devolved into a deadly fight that devastated two families of faith.

Missouri town picks solvency over flood fight as river rises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:53
By Jason McLure COLUMBIA Mo. (Reuters) - A small Missouri town repeatedly threatened by a rising Mississippi River is choosing to let residents fend for themselves this year rather than face potential bankruptcy to pay for another municipally organized fight against flooding. Last year, Clarksville went into debt to fund $400,000 of emergency flood protections, a figure equivalent to the town's annual budget, building a wall of gravel and sandbags to protect antique shops, a lumber yard and a post office downtown. The town government finished repaying the debt on Monday only to learn the Mississippi River is expected to reach 9 feet (2.7 meters) above flood stage at Clarksville in the next seven days, threatening the town's riverfront again. "We're sad, we're hurt, we're disappointed," Mayor Jo Ann Smiley said.

Northern California wildfire burns at 3,800 acres

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County continues to grow, officials said Wednesday.

3 leaders of Peru rebel group charged in New York

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:38
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say three leaders of the Peruvian rebel movement Shining Path have been indicted in New York on terrorism, narcotics and weapons charges.

PHOTOS: Severe thunderstorms, lightning across region

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:34

 Severe thunderstorms, lightning across regionSevere weather moved through the area bringing heavy rains and lightning. Action News viewers snapped photos of it all.

Colorado woman accused of supporting Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:27
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Federal authorities in Denver have arrested a woman accused of providing material support to Islamist insurgents fighting the governments of Syria and Iraq, and of conspiring to commit an offense against the United States, officials said Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint filed with U.S. District Court in Colorado, Shannon Maureen Conley, born in 1996, attended military training with the U.S. Army Explorers earlier this year, before trying to fly to Syria to meet a co-conspirator only identified as Y.M. Y.M., whom Conley met online last year, told her he was an active member in the insurgent group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL or ISIS, which recently shortened its name to "Islamic State." The Sunni Muslim militant group is an al Qaeda offshoot which wants to re-create a medieval-style caliphate from the Mediterranean to the Gulf and deems Shi'ite Muslims to be heretics deserving death.