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Oklahoma lawmakers in showdown with college leaders over guns on campus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:28
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to have college students and faculty carrying firearms, a move they said would enhance safety on campuses but university presidents said is an unnecessary plan that could cause chaos. The state legislators said this week they want to end a current ban on licensed firearms carriers from bringing guns to campuses. He would go to a place where they are vulnerable, where they are unarmed ... and that is a college campus,” said Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, who is leading the push with Republican Representative John Enns. If gun legislation passes in Oklahoma, the state would join Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin in allowing some sort of concealed weapons on campuses.

Police: Child accidentally shoots, kills playmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:28
CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) — A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home.

House leaders abandon border bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. An hour later, they called an urgent meeting to plot their next moves.

Home of AC resident who challenged Trump sold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:09

Home of AC resident who challenged Trump soldDecades after a woman challenged Donald Trump in court and won the right to keep her home, an Atlantic City woman decided to put it up for auction.


Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:09

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Tipton, Iowa Sheriff shows Kristen Rose Smith of Aurora, Colo., who is accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside a gas station in Iowa. (AP Photo/Tipton Sheriff, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the case of a woman who took her newborn nephew from a Wisconsin home must determine whether she was stealing the baby to pass him off as her own, as prosecutors contend, or was acting on the father's request, as the defense insists.


Report: Cigarette tax for Philly schools stalls, jobs jeopardized

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:09

 Cigarette tax for Philly schools stalls, jobs jeopardizedAction on a cigarette sales tax in Philadelphia, to provide money so schools have enough money to open in September, has stalled.


Cameras capture shooting in broad daylight in North Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:08

Cameras capture shooting in broad daylight in North PhillyPolice are asking for the public's help in their search for the person who opened fire on a SUV in North Philadelphia on Wednesday.


Federal mediator joins New York's Met Opera labor talks as lockout looms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:03
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The unions representing the orchestra and chorus of New York's Metropolitan Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join negotiations with management on Thursday in the final hours before a deadline for a threatened lockout. The Met said in a statement that management planned to negotiate into the night with its three largest unions on Thursday, the last day of the current contract.

Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

Debit overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

Debit overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:58
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state.

Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:58
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state.

PHOTOS: 30 arrested in W. Pa. drug sweep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:53

 30 arrested in W. Pa. drug sweep30 suspected drug dealers were arrested following a street-level sweep in Johnstown, Pa.


Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

Executive: 'Didn't want anyone to know' of gifts to former Virginia governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:50

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The businessman who, federal prosecutors say, gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife said Thursday he kept the largesse secret because he knew he was giving bribes to help his diet-supplements company. McDonnell, 60, and his wife Maureen have been charged with 14 counts of corruption and bribery for taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company, Star Scientific Inc, which has since changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. "I didn't want anyone to know," Williams said on the third day of the McDonnells' trial at U.S. District Court in Richmond. Williams, who is no longer employed by the company, said Maureen McDonnell opened up the governor’s mansion in August 2011 for a luncheon to mark the launch of a Star Scientific product.


Iliad of France makes surprise bid for T-Mobile US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:46
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc., the most eligible company in the U.S. wireless industry, has another suitor on its hands. Upstart French telecom company Iliad SA on Thursday said it has offered $15 billion for a majority stake.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:45

Rose Grindrod, center, gets married to Meghan Hamilton, as she hold their son Harry Hamilton, outside the City-County Building the day after the ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., Saturday, June 7, 2014. Dozens of gay couples married Saturday at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison, taking advantage of what most believed would be a small window in which to get hitched before a judge's decision overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban was put on hold. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. Wisconsin voters approved the gay marriage ban in a 2006 referendum. Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in June. Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-gay rights group, argued in a 2010 lawsuit that the registry violated the amendment because it resembles marriage under state law.


Extra jurors seated for long Ga. salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:40
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — After three days of jury selection, a panel with plenty of extra members was seated Thursday to hear the case of three people charged in connection with a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

Extra jurors seated for long Ga. salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:40
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — After three days of jury selection, a panel with plenty of extra members was seated Thursday to hear the case of three people charged in connection with a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.