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Justice Thomas objects to court's signal on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:58

Amanda Keller holds a flag as she joins other gay marriage supporters in Linn Park, at the Jefferson County courthouse, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop the marriages from beginning in the conservative southern state. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

Pennsylvania launches Medicaid expansion: governor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:55
The state of Pennsylvania has launched an expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program, governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement on Monday. "Today is the first step toward simplifying a complicated process and ensuring hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need," said Wolf, who ousted Republican Governor Tom Corbett in November's election. Healthy PA was announced in August to use federal funds to pay for private health insurance coverage for up to 600,000 residents. Corbett had been one of a number of Republican governors who found ways to accept money under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, despite political opposition that has so far prevented a number of U.S. states from moving forward with the Medicaid expansion plan.

Woman accused of leaving baby in trash ruled incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:54

Robert Englert walks with his daughter Alicia Englert following court Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Salt Lake City. A Utah judge says Englert, accused of leaving her newborn baby in a trash can, is not mentally competent to stand trial. Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills said Monday that Englert will enter treatment to get help. Court documents show Englert gave birth in a bathroom at home in August and abandoned the infant in a trash can. Prosecutors say the baby girl would have died if she wasn't found by a neighbor. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman accused of leaving her newborn baby to die in a trash can near Salt Lake City is not mentally competent to stand trial, a Utah judge ruled Monday.

Netflix brings its streaming video service to Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:50

FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Netfilx headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 announced it is launching its movie and TV show streaming service in Cuba as Internet access in the country improves and credit and debit cards become more widely available. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the recent loosening of U.S. restrictions on doing business with the communist-run island.

West Coast port operations resume, more labor talks scheduled

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:44

Containers and ships sit idle at the Port of Long Beach in this file photoBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. Reopening of the ports to cargo vessels idled by the weekend suspension and the freight traffic slowdowns leading up to it came as the dockworkers' union and shippers were set to resume labor negotiations later in the day, the two sides said. The companies, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association, have accused the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of instigating work slowdowns to gain leverage at the bargaining table. Still, work continued in the terminal yards through the weekend to clear cargo containers that have been stacking up on the waterfronts, according to Pacific Maritime Association spokesman Steve Getzug, at least at the five busiest ports - Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma.

Illinois wife-killer cop charged in murder-for-hire plot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:43

Police booking mug of former police sergeant Drew PetersonThe Illinois Attorney General's Office charged Drew Peterson, 61, with felony crimes of solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder, according to the indictment. Prosecutors allege that Peterson solicited a person to carry out a murder-for-hire plot against Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow between September 2013 and December 2014. Peterson made an initial appearance on the charges on Monday in Randolph County Court, the county where he is in prison. In February 2013, Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio during a contentious divorce.

Inmate at center of Baltimore jail scandal gets 12 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:18

This undated handout photo provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department shows Tavon White, who prosecutors say oversaw a drug smuggling operation inside the Baltimore City Detention Center and used contraband cellphones to direct gang activity on the streets. White is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after pleading guilty to participating in the racketeering conspiracy. (AP Photo/Anne Arundel County Police Department)BALTIMORE (AP) — The same prosecutors who painted a gang member as the architect of a widespread drug and cellphone smuggling conspiracy said Monday during his sentencing that he actually made the prison safer despite impregnating four guards and directing crime on the streets while behind bars.

State says Obama is breaking promise on Arctic refuge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:15
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska political leaders who believed they had a federal government promise of "no more" wilderness designations in the state kept hammering away at President Obama's announcement that he will seek that designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Mumps outbreak linked to Idaho university spreads to Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:14
An outbreak of mumps that started at an Idaho university and infected 21 people across the state has now spread to neighboring Washington state, health officials said on Monday. The spread of mumps, a highly contagious virus that leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, comes as a wider measles outbreak has infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in 19 other U.S. states and Mexico since December. The mumps outbreak began in September at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, near the border with Washington state, and later spread to the capital, Boise, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said. Mumps, which leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, spreads easily from sharing saliva through kissing, shared eating utensils or water bottles, public health officials said.

Report says Casey Anthony's money should be paid to attorney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:13
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The trustee handling Casey Anthony's bankruptcy said Monday that most of the $25,000 he has available to distribute should go to the trustee's attorney.

2-year-old fatally struck during ATV race in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 03:11
WILDWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two all-terrain vehicles were racing each other when one of them swerved and hit people who were watching, including a 2-year-old boy who was killed.

Sheriff: Boy, 8, killed in Oklahoma stove explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:31
MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oklahoma say an 8-year-old boy has died and a 22-year-old man has been injured after another man placed an explosive in a stove and shot it with a high-powered rifle.

Newark man charged with shooting gun inside apartment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:30

Newark man charged with shooting gun inside apartmentA Newark man was arrested after police say he fired several shots inside his home, narrowly missing the family that lives next door.

Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to Sen. Markey. Markey asked automakers a series of questions about the technologies and any safeguards against hackers built into their vehicles. He also asked about how the information that vehicle computers gather and often transmit wirelessly is protected. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.

Feds to seek death penalty against reputed head of drug gang

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:22
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey will seek the death penalty for only the second time against a man they say led a violent street gang charged in 2013 with six murders.

Merkel: Greece must offer sustainable way to pay debt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says Greece's new government must come up with a sustainable proposal to pay its debt in order to stay part of the eurozone.

Former Venezuelan judge sentenced to nearly seven years in Miami drug case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:13
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan judge was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in U.S. court in Miami on Monday after being accused of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi pleaded guilty in November to money laundering, extortion and conspiring to obstruct justice. Prosecutors agreed to seek a lenient sentence for his cooperation with a U.S. push against prominent Venezuelan officials suspected of assisting Colombian drug traffickers. "I feel very remorseful and I ask for mercy," he told U.S. Judge Ursula Ungaro in Spanish, speaking through an English translator.

Man gets 2 years for killing his fiancee's family's cats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:07
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family — a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court.

Ex-Venezuelan judge gets 6-plus years in prison in drug case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:02
MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan judge who was arrested last year by U.S. authorities on the way to a Disney World vacation has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in a major cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Hugo Chavez.

Shot fired during Dunkin' Donuts robbery in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 02:00

Shot fired during Dunkin' Donuts robbery in OlneyA shot was fired during a robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Monday morning.