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Mormon leaders reaffirm faith's exclusive commitment to heterosexual marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:31

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Mormon leaders are reaffirming their faith's belief that only heterosexual marriage is ordained by God, in a letter to be read to congregations this holiday weekend following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay nuptials.

As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:24
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.

Maine crews use drone to rescue 2 boys from raging river

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:24
MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine used a drone to help deliver a life jacket to a boy stranded on a rock in the middle of a raging river before bringing him and another boy to safety.

Inmate wounded by Nevada prison guard sues prison officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:20

FILE - This undated photo provided by attorney Alexis Plunkett shows Nevada state prison inmate Andrew Arevalo, 24. Arevalo who was wounded by a shotgun blast in a November incident that killed another prisoner has filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Corrections, guards and supervisors. (Alexis Plunkett via AP, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada prison inmate who was wounded by shotgun blasts that killed another prisoner has accused the state Department of Corrections chief, supervisors and guards of deliberate indifference and use of excessive force for shooting inmates.

Man badly bitten by shark in latest North Carolina attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:18
The attack off Ocracoke Island was the latest in a recent spate of reported shark incidents in the state, including back-to-back strikes last month in which two youths were badly mauled. The man injured on Wednesday had been swimming 25 to 30 feet (8 to 9 meters) off the beach in waist-deep water with his adult son, according to a National Park Service Cape Hatteras National Seashore post on Facebook. No other swimmers were injured, the Park Service said.

Human cause suspected in destructive Washington state grass fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:14

An insurance claims adjuster surveys damage in Broadview neighborhood where homes were consumed by Sleepy Hollow fire in Wenatchee, Washington(Reuters) - Investigators suspect human activity, rather than lightning, sparked a grassland fire that has destroyed at least 29 homes near the eastern slopes of the Cascades in central Washington, officials said on Wednesday. The so-called Sleepy Hollow blaze, which has scorched nearly 3,000 acres since erupting Sunday on a drought-parched hillside west of the city of Wenatchee, continued to smolder as more than 300 firefighters gained ground on the flames. As of Wednesday, crews had carved containment lines around nearly half the blaze's perimeter and were conducting "mop-up" operations in areas where flames had been substantially subdued, said Josie Williams, a spokeswoman for the fire command.

NWS confirms tornado near Honey Brook, Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:14

 Tornado hit Honey Brook, straight line winds in Whitehall TownshipThe National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down near Honey Brook, Chester County on Tuesday.

Pope dolls, bobble heads up for sale months before US visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:10
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis is a doll. No, really.

Correction: Carnegie Heroes story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:00
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Christian Smith survived. He did not drown.

Police investigating fiery crash on I-76: 3 dead, 1 survivor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:00

 3 dead, 1 survivorThe Action Cam recorded images of a survivor being pulled away from the burning wreckage, but investigators say it's unclear how that person got out of the vehicle.

Milwaukee County bus drivers strike, scrambling commute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:59

Striking members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 picket outside a Milwaukee County Transit System facility Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Milwaukee. Hundreds of union bus drivers walked off the job Wednesday after contract negotiations broke down leaving tens of thousands of commuters scrambling to make alternative transportation plans. Union leaders said the strike would last until Saturday. (Sherman Williams/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hundreds of Milwaukee County union bus drivers went on strike early Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of commuters scrambling to make alternative plans to get to work and elsewhere.

Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:59

President Barack Obama pauses speaks at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better.

Michigan sets formal fiscal review of Detroit's county

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:59
The state's Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board said Governor Rick Snyder will appoint a review team that includes Michigan's treasurer and budget director to see if a financial emergency exists. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans requested the review last month, asking the state for a fiscal emergency declaration and a consent agreement to fix the problem.

New York City officials say major crime is down this year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:58
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is on pace this year for fewer than 100,000 reported major crimes for the first time in at least two decades, officials said Wednesday.

Dogs rescued from possible dog-fighting ring in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:55

Dogs rescued from possible dog-fighting ring in GermantownAnimal control officers are investigating a potential dog-fighting ring in Philadelphia's Germantown section.

Confederate emblems 'treason,' says head of rights group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:46

Rep. Jim Evans, D-Jackson, gestures while saying Confederate symbols need to be removed from public spaces, including the Mississippi state flag, at a news conference at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Evans said the images are offensive and reminders of the state's racist and repressive past and is divisive to a large segment of the population. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The national president of a civil-rights group says Confederate symbols represent "treason" and should be removed from public objects, including the Mississippi state flag.

Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states.

Delran's Carli Lloyd surprises Avon Grove soccer team

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:42

Delran's Carli Lloyd surprises Avon Grove soccer teamNew Jersey's Carli Lloyd was also responsible for a big surprise for some local, budding soccer stars.

Maine lawmakers tighten foreclosure rules in win for consumers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:37
Homeowners in Maine gained stronger protection against bank foreclosures under legislation approved late on Tuesday over the objections of some of the United States' largest lenders in what consumer advocates called a win for homeowners. The new law makes Maine one of few U.S. states to legislate over accusations nationwide that banks used suspect mortgage documentation in home foreclosures after the 2008 credit crisis. The focus of the dispute is Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS), set up by U.S. banks before the housing bubble of the 2000s.

Judge upholds ex-NFL star Hernandez' murder conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:36

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez arrives in the courtroom at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverA Massachusetts judge on Wednesday rejected a request by lawyers for former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez to overturn his conviction for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. A jury in April found Hernandez guilty of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at a North Attleborough, industrial park not far from Hernandez's home. The former New England Patriots tight end is awaiting a second trial in December on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean nationals outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, after a dispute involving a spilled drink.