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8th Circuit Court of Appeals defers gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:52
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals deferred arguments and a decision Wednesday on same-sex marriage cases in four states until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue, allowing the appeals court to potentially rule on any matters not addressed by the nation's highest court.

Man ordered held after alleged threats in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:49
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man was ordered detained Wednesday after authorities say he got angry and used his Twitter account to threaten law enforcement officers after some of his close friends were arrested for allegedly trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria.

Marchers demand justice, police reform in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:49
By Scott Malone, Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Baltimore on Wednesday demanding justice and police reform as 3,000 troops stood by to enforce a curfew imposed after Monday's civil unrest over the death of a 25-year-old black man. The large peaceful protest that converged on city hall capped a day of calm in Baltimore, which saw its worst rioting in decades two days earlier. Marchers said they seek answers about the fate of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering spinal injuries while in police custody, while also highlighting the need to change policing practices in the largely black city. Republican Governor Larry Hogan said protesters must respect the nighttime curfew, and that troops would not tolerate looting or rioting.

Syrian opposition, activists report chemical attack in Idlib

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:49
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syrian activist groups on Wednesday reported another suspected chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib, with one group tweeting that a dozen people were "suffocating."

Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:36

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at Microsoft's annual "Build" conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. While Microsoft has already previewed some aspects of the new Windows 10, a parade of top executives will use the conference to demonstrate more software features and app-building tools, with an emphasis on mobile devices as well as PCs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they're already using on Apple or Android phones.

California ramps up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:33

FILE -- In this May 19, 2014 file photo Richard Gray joined others in a demonstration calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to end hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown issued an executive order to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Brown has sought to make California a leader in addressing climate change, but environmentalists say those efforts are insufficient unless he reverses course and bans hydraulic fracturing for oil.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.

Exclusive: North Dakota governor signs sweeping oil tax law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:27

North Dakota Gov Dalrymple attends National Governors Assoc discussion on Growth and Jobs in America during its Winter Meetings in WashingtonBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota, the second-largest U.S. oil producer, has approved a sweeping reorganization of its oil tax code, cutting the overall rate and ending a tax break of more than $5 billion poised to hit in June. Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the measure on Wednesday afternoon, his staff told Reuters, lowering the combined rate crude producers will pay by 1.5 percentage points. The bill also eliminates, starting this December, a so-called "large trigger" tax break worth as much as $5.3 billion to oil producers over a two-year period if it ever took effect. The large-trigger tax curtails oil extraction taxes during the first 24 month's of a well's life.

Oklahoma oilman Hamm ready to drop appeal of $1 billion divorce: filing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:26

CEO of Continental Resources Hamm enters the courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma CityOklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm on Wednesday moved to drop his appeal of a $1 billion divorce award to his ex-wife, a day after the court dismissed her bid to re-open the case, according to a court filing. Hamm's decision to withdraw his counter-appeal of a bitterly fought divorce after a lower court awarded his ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall around $1 billion in January could end their dispute, which has been ongoing since 2012 with billions at stake. In the filing, lawyers for Hamm, the chief executive and majority owner of driller Continental Resources Inc CLR.N, said he "is willing to dismiss his counter-appeal," and asked the state's Supreme Court to do so. The check covered the remaining balance of a divorce ruling that awarded Arnall around $1 billion in cash and assets.

Yahoo CEO's pay package climbs in 2014 due to stock gains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:23
NEW YORK (AP) — The value of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's pay package surged last year, mostly due to gains in the Internet company's stock price that came despite concerns about the overall health of Yahoo's business.

Kansas fraternity expels 4 members for mocking Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:20
A fraternity at the University of Kansas has kicked out four members who admitted involvement in a video posted on social media that mocks Muslims.

Idaho governor calls special session to pass child support bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:15
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho's governor called on Wednesday for a special legislative session to pass a bill that would bring the state's child support program into compliance with U.S. law, despite lawmakers' fears of federal overreach. The U.S. Administration for Children and Families told the conservative Western state it had until June 12 to bring its state child-support laws into compliance or face funding cuts that would affect more than 400,000 children and parents, or one in four Idaho residents. Republican Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter called lawmakers back to work for a special session on May 18 after a Republican-led House of Representatives committee failed to vote on a bill before the end of the 2015 session that had been passed earlier this month by the Senate. "It's our responsibility to hold them responsible." Legislation is needed to bring Idaho into compliance with federal law and a 2007 treaty approved by the United States and more than 68 other nations providing for a uniform set of procedures for processing international child support cases, according to the Virginia-based National Child Support Enforcement Association.

Enola Gay co-pilot's flight logs don't sell at auction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:11

This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows personal flight plan from the logs of the co-pilot of the U.S. B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Japan that will be put up for auction in New York this week. The logs are part of an 11-lot archive of Capt. Robert Lewis’ documents from his service during World War II. (Courtesy of Bonhams via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The personal flight logs of the co-pilot of the U.S. warplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago didn't sell at an auction of World War II artifacts and memorabilia.

Death of transgender teen who 'had enough' deemed suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:05
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The death of a troubled transgender teenager who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway has been deemed a suicide, and the investigation into it has been closed, the State Highway Patrol said.

Chicago mayor unveils initial fiscal reforms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:04

Emanuel arrives at a ceremony for signing of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in Chicago, IllinoisBy Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed on Wednesday the first steps he will take over the next four years to help fix the city's financial problems by changing some of the city's long-used and sometimes controversial debt maneuvers. The mayor, who won a second term in office earlier this month, said Chicago will end bond restructurings that push out debt payments to future years as well as the use of interest-rate swaps. He also pledged to add to Chicago's long-term rainy day fund every year. "These practices are about bringing financial and fiscal sanity to the budget, but more importantly they're about creating a conducive environment for job growth and creation," Emanuel told a meeting of the Chicago-based Civic Federation, a government finance watchdog group.

Chicago mayor's debt reforms to sting budget

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:04
Chicago's clean up of its debt practices, including ending interest-rate swaps and phasing out bond restructurings, will cost more than $275 million, the city's top financial officials said on Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled several steps earlier on Wednesday that he said would restore "fiscal sanity" to Chicago's sagging budget. Lois Scott, Chicago's chief financial officer, said the benefits from converting about $800 million of variable-rate general obligation bonds into fixed-rate bonds and the elimination of related interest-rate swaps should offset the approximately $200 million the city will have to pay banks to end the swaps, due largely to low interest rates. Chicago is already paying a hefty interest-rate penalty in the U.S. municipal bond market as it struggles with a $20 billion unfunded pension liability and a looming $550 million increase in pension contributions that needs to be made from a budget with a $300 million structural deficit.

Colorado movie massacre survivor details Holmes' actions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 07:00

Josh Nowlan leaves Arapahoe County District Court in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A survivor of Colorado's movie theater massacre told jurors on Wednesday how he lay wounded as he watched gunman James Holmes move slowly about the body-strewn cinema holding a semiautomatic rifle in front of him. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, could face the death penalty if convicted of opening fire inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film in July 2012, killing a dozen people and wounding 70 others. On Wednesday, the prosecution called witness Joshua Nowlan, a former U.S. Navy sailor who worked on aircraft carriers.

Shark kills woman off Maui, prompts beach closures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:59
HONOLULU (AP) — A shark killed a 65-year-old woman in an attack off the shore of Maui on Wednesday, officials said.

Put it in the books: Orioles 8, White Sox 2 ... Crowd size 0

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:59

Baltimore Orioles first baseman crosses second after hitting a home run during their American League baseball game against Camden Yards baseball stadium in Baltimore, MarylandBy Steve Ginsburg BALTIMORE (Reuters) - It was a perfect April afternoon to take in a ball game, but the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox played before a sea of 45,971 empty seats on Wednesday afternoon, setting an unenviable record of sorts in a sport driven by statistics. After a night on turmoil in the streets of Baltimore on Monday, officials decided it was simply too difficult to assure the safety of fans coming to Camden Yards, the city's venerable downtown stadium. The violence erupted days after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. Wednesday's game was the first time in Major League Baseball history that two teams squared off with not a single fan allowed in the stadium.

Baltimore police say will not issue report on Friday on death of Freddie Gray

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:59
(Reuters) - Baltimore police said on Wednesday they will not issue a report on the death of Freddie Gray, who died earlier this month of a spinal injury suffered while in police custody, but they will instead turn over the department's findings to prosecutors. "There is not a report that is going to be issued," Captain Eric Kowalczyk of the Baltimore Police Department said, adding that he was attempting to clear up confusion in the media over that process.

Baltimore Orioles to play home game closed to public on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:59
(Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles said Wednesday's home game against the Chicago White Sox will be played but it will be closed to the public, as unrest in the city continues following the death of a man in police custody. The Orioles said weekend games scheduled for Baltimore against the Tampa Bay Rays instead will be played in St. Petersburg, Florida. Games that were to have been played on Monday and Tuesday against the White Sox were postponed and will be made up on May 28, the Orioles said.