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North Carolina lawmakers allow 'opt-out' over same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:29
Government officials in North Carolina can refuse to perform same-sex marriages by citing religious objections under a law enacted on Thursday by the Republican-led legislature, which voted to override the governor's veto. Governor Pat McCrory, also a Republican, had said the officials who swore to defend the Constitution and perform their duties of office should not be exempt from upholding their oath. The state House of Representatives overrode his veto by reaching the three-fifths majority in a 69-41 vote.

Workers win wage war at Philadelphia International Airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:23

Workers win wage war at Philadelphia International AirportThere's a high flying dispute going on at Philadelphia International Airport.

New Oregon law allows for a year of birth control at a time

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:22

Gov. Kate Brown signs a bill expanding access to contraception during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The bill makes Oregon the first state to require insurers to pay for up to 12 months of birth control at a time. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has enacted a first-of-its-kind insurance law that will allow women to obtain a year's worth of birth control at a time, expanding coverage that previously needed to be renewed every 30 or 90 days.

Small oil spill reported after 10-inch pipeline ruptures in Louisiana: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:18
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A small oil spill was reported on Thursday after a pipeline that belongs to Phillips 66 ruptured in Carlyss, Louisiana, according to a local official. The spill from a 10-inch line in was quickly contained, according to Norman Bourdeau, Operations Manager for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security. He could not say where the pipeline starts and ends, but said it belonged to Phillips 66, and the crude was owned by Citgo Petroleum Corp. (Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Chris Reese)

Two men charged in Wisconsin with stuffing employee in storage box

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:09
Firas Yasin, 36, of Tinley Park and Eyad Abdel-Jalil, 38, of Orland Park were charged in Dane County Circuit Court with attacking a 21-year-old employee on Sunday after accusing him of theft at their Cricket Wireless store in Madison, online court records and police records showed. The men then stuffed him in a small storage box, forcing him to remain in a fetal position, letting him out periodically over the course of five hours, police said.

Suspects sought in Fishtown home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:09

Suspects sought in Fishtown home invasionPhiladelphia police have released video of the suspects in a Fishtown home invasion

Correction: Disability-Suicide story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:05
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — In a story June 10 about a man who killed himself after his disability payments were suspended, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a quarter of the population of Kentucky's 5th Congressional District receives federal disability benefits. A quarter of people receive Social Security benefits, which includes retirement, disability and survivor benefits.

Police: Gunman on bridge had history of behavioral issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:04
MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — A gunman who opened fire on a Wisconsin trail bridge last month, killing three people and wounding another before taking his own life, was drunk, had stopped taking medication for depression and had a history of suicidal and sometimes homicidal thoughts, according to a police report released Thursday.

First vessel in Shell's Arctic drilling fleet heads for Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:57
The first vessel in Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling fleet has embarked from Washington state to Alaska ahead of its planned resumption of oil and gas exploration in the remote region this summer, the company said on Thursday. The Arctic Challenger, an oil spill containment barge, had left Bellingham, north of Seattle, and was headed toward Dutch Harbor, in Unalaska, off mainland Alaska, Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino said.

Judge: Man accused of trying to go to Syria to remain held

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:57
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Minnesota man accused of making two separate attempts to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group should remain in custody, saying the 21-year-old was a flight risk and no conditions of release could guarantee the public's safety.

Utah man gets 27 months in alleged police station bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:49

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Weber County Jail shows John Huggins. Huggins, a Utah man accused of wanting to kill police officers and blow up a police station to trigger an uprising against the government is set to be sentenced. Huggins faces up to 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device in a deal with prosecutors. (Weber County Jail via AP, File )SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in federal prison for what authorities said was a plot to blow up a police station, kill officers and trigger an anti-government uprising.

N. Carolina gay-marriage law may mean long courthouse waits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:41

1100721700RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Under a law that took effect Thursday in North Carolina, employees who issue marriage licenses can refuse to complete paperwork for gay couples by invoking their religious beliefs — a move that could mean longer waits at courthouses for all those who want to wed, especially in rural counties with small staffs.

Bloody bat found at Washington mansion where four slain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:34

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographA blood-covered baseball bat was recovered from the torched Washington mansion where four people were found slain last month, a newly unsealed search warrant revealed on Thursday. Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, son and housekeeper. Wint is accused of holding captive Savopoulos, his wife, son Philip, 10 and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to the house.

Source: Philadelphia Eagles release offensive lineman Evan Mathis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:29

 Philadelphia Eagles release offensive lineman Evan MathisThe Philadelphia Eagles have released Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, an NFL source confirms to Action News.

House passes defense spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved a $579 billion defense spending bill that offers a slight pay raise to U.S. troops, but reflects deep divisions on budget priorities and whether President Barack Obama needs new war powers to fight Islamic State militants.

Chief accused of distributing child porn from NJ firehouse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:19

Chief accused of distributing child porn from NJ firehouseState prosecutors have accused a New Jersey fire chief of using the firehouse computer to distribute child pornography online.

U.S. lawmakers to examine worst-ever bird flu outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:12

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in Harris, IowaBy Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a hearing next month on the deadliest-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. poultry amid mounting criticism from Iowa lawmakers about the speed of the U.S. Agriculture Department's response. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican and committee chairman, is expected to hear testimony on the USDA's response and funding for its efforts on July 7, spokeswoman Meghan Cline said. More than 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in the past six months because of bird flu or are set to be culled to prevent the spread of the disease.

Shell's Alaska Arctic spill response plan wins court approval

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:05
A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is part of the Department of the Interior, acted lawfully in approving the plans, which relate to Shell oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas from 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Groups sue over Florida's 24-hour wait period for abortions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:03
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two groups sued the state of Florida on Thursday seeking to stop a 24-hour waiting period for abortions from taking effect, arguing that it imposes an unnecessary burden on women seeking to end their pregnancies.