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Gay marriage ban remains in effect in Florida Keys

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:42

Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate outside courthouse in MiamiBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A judge in the Florida Keys rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing Florida's state's same-sex marriage ban to remain in effect while it is appealed, likely all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple had filed the motion on Monday morning seeking to reinstate the judge's ruling last week which struck down the state's gay marriage ban. On Thursday Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, whose jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, ordered the Monroe County Clerk of Court to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting on Tuesday. Garcia found that Florida's gay marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.


Jersey shore carousel up for auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:41

One of the 58 hand-painted animals on the Seaside Heights N.J. carousel is shown here on Monday July 21, 2014. The historic 82-year-old carousel is being sold this fall after surviving Superstorm Sandy and a devastating boardwalk fire intact. Its owners say it is too expensive to maintain and insure. It is one of only about 150 carousels left in the United States. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The 82-year-old carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy and a devastating fire, but it may not survive changing economics.


Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:39
SANTA ANA, California (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to join a terrorist group.

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on NH veteran

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.

Perry sending National Guard to Texas border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:36

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. After his presidential bid crashed in 2012, Iowans now have to decide whether to give Perry another spin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of "lip service" from the federal government.


Judge: Students, staff can oppose Corcoran merger

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:35

FILE - This May, 2014 file photo shows the entrance of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. Nine current students, faculty and staff members can argue against the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation's oldest museums, and its college with two larger institutions in Washington, a judge ruled Monday. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine current students, faculty and staff members can argue against the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation's oldest museums, and its college with two larger institutions in Washington, a judge ruled Monday.


New York immigration groups closing after fraud accusations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:34

New York Attorney General Schneiderman speaks to reporters during the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates Arms Fair in Saratoga SpringsTwo of the largest non-profit immigration service groups in the United States will shut down as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused them of defrauding thousands of clients, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday. The International Professional Association will close immediately and the International Immigrants Foundation within two years, Schneiderman said. Schneiderman's predecessor, now-Governor Andrew Cuomo, filed a lawsuit in 2010 against the groups and their president, Edward Juarez, who for three decades has been a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues.


Police: Delivery people targeted for electric bikes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:28

 Delivery people targeted for electric bikesPhiladelphia Police are looking for two suspects who are allegedly targeting food delivery people for their electric bikes.


UN passes resolution calling for plane crash probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:20

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin speaks to the media during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Jordan-drafted resolution obtained by The Associated Press expresses "grave concern" at the high number of civilians killed in Gaza, including children, and it calls for an immediate cease-fire, "including the withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved an Australia-proposed resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysian plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the site.


Teen strangled, man decapitated in online sex case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:20

Wyoming police Chief James Carmody holds a press conference about the triple homicide of Charles Oppenneer, Brooke Slocum and her unborn child at the Wyoming, Mich., Police Department Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Morse)WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — Police say a pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger online for a sexual encounter.


Washington state wildfire claims first fatality, weather improving

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:17

The remnants of a home consumed by the Carlton Complex Fire are pictured near MalottBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Cooler weather and lower winds aided firefighters on Monday as they battled a week-old wildfire in Washington state that has destroyed up to 150 homes, scorched a wide swath of wilderness east of the Cascade Mountains and left one person dead. A drop in temperatures on Sunday, with rain expected later in the week, was helping some 1,700 firefighters get a handle on the blaze about 120 miles northeast of Seattle, authorities said.   “We’ve seen a lot of really good progress these past couple of days,” said Joseph Stivey, a fire spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service. We don’t have any percent containment just yet.” The fire, one of about 18 raging from northern California to Idaho as the annual fire season nears its summer peak, has been especially vexing because it is near populated centers in Washington’s picturesque Methow Valley, home to about 10,000 people. One fatality was linked to the Washington fire, a 67-year-old man who died of a presumed heart attack while working to save his home near the town of Carlton from encroaching flames, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.


Idaho woman appeals NSA surveillance lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:15
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information.

Russia backs probe of plane downed in Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:10

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin speaks to the media during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Jordan-drafted resolution obtained by The Associated Press expresses "grave concern" at the high number of civilians killed in Gaza, including children, and it calls for an immediate cease-fire, "including the withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Russia's U.N. envoy says his nation backs a resolution calling for an international investigation of the Malaysian plane downed in eastern Ukraine.


Police: Family friend involved in killing of husband, wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:08

 Family friend involved in killing of husband, wifeTwo men, including a family friend, have been arrested for the deaths of a husband and wife in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia.


CFO: Sterling can't pay debt without Clippers sale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:07

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties says the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.


Police: Couple killed by suspects hired for chores

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:06
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities in Philadelphia say two men hired to do household chores strangled a retired couple after the wife caught one trying to steal money.

Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:05

President Barack Obama speaks before signing an executive order to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama's executive orders signed Monday prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees working for the federal government and for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."


New Orleans putting smoked butts in a better place

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:04
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful.

Soldier mauled by bear at base in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:01
An Alaska National Guard soldier was mauled by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said.

Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 02:59
PITTSBURGH (AP) — More pictures and video have surfaced showing what happened before a city officer punched a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival last month, which the city's police union contends show the officer was justified.