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U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:31

Gay GavelA federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.


Friend of Boston bomb suspect may get 7-year term in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:29

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. Dias Kadyrbayev, a 20-year-old Kazakh national, had been scheduled to go on trial next month and was facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for removing a backpack and other evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room in the days after the bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Kadyrbayev also agreed to be deported from the United States as part of the agreement.


Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:23
A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state's new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious. The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help pay private school tuition, was passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature last year and had already begun operating. School vouchers have drawn criticism from those who say they drain money from public schools and subsidize overtly religious education. In his order blocking the program, Judge Robert Hobgood said it diverted money that under the state constitution can only be used for public schools.

Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:22

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his daughter Cailin Young, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. McDonnell begins the second day of testimony in his own defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.


New Jersey priest faces teen sex abuse charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:20

New Jersey priest faces teen sex abuse chargesPolice in Mercer County, New Jersey have charged a priest with sexually abusing with a teenage boy.


Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:20

Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly looks on during a news conference after being released from Emory University Hospital, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Atlanta. Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, who was also infected with the Ebola virus, was released from the hospital Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.


Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:15

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 21-year-old Christina Regusters. The trial of Regusters, charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her, is being delayed amid jury problems. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.


Police investigate SEPTA el train incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:13

Man rescued from underneath SEPTA trainPhiladelphia police are investigating an incident on the Market-Frankford elevated line in Kensington.


Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:10

In this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, photo provided by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Jim Rigg, right, superintendent of the diocese's 113 schools, and Elder High School Principal Tom Otten take the ice-bucket challenge at Elder High School in Cincinnati. The archdiocese is discouraging its students and staff from donating any money raised as part of the challenge to the ALS Association, saying the group funds a study involving embryonic stem cell research "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching." The diocese said schools could participate in the ice bucket challenge, but any money raised should be directed to groups like the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, Iowa, which conducts "pro-life driven" research, according to its website. (AP Photo/Archdiocese of Cincinnati)CINCINNATI (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."


Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:09

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, a woman walks downtown after buying bread in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelans may soon have to scan their fingers to buy bread at the supermarket. President Nicolas Maduro announced late Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 a new, mandatory grocery fingerprinting system to combat food shortages. In the spring, Venezuela tried a similar system in government-run supermarkets on a voluntary basis. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread.


Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:09

In this 2014 photo provided by Michigan State University, students in the school's Summer Study Abroad Program take a break while hiking in Israel. Some U.S. colleges have now pulled students from their overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages. Colleges site security as the top concern. (AP Photo/Michigan State University)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.


Surveillance photos released in Wilmington shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:58

Surveillance photos released in Wilmington shootingWilmington police have released surveillance photos of the gunman wanted in the death of a 26-year-old.


Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:56

In this courtroom sketch, defendant Dias Kadyrbayev, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in federal court in Boston during a hearing where he pleaded guilty before Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, right, to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. At left is his defense attorney Robert Stahl. Kadyrbayev, of Kazakhstan, was accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing he was suspected of carrying out the 2013 attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.


Gap reports higher profit, plans India expansion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:52

This May 14, 2014 photo shows the sign on a GAP store in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Gap Inc. is scheduled to report quarterly financial results after the market closes. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.


Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:50
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help a college marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge, the school's president said Thursday.

Ex-Nevada lawmaker taking plea deal in Vegas cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The only lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature agreed Thursday to plead guilty in two Las Vegas criminal cases dating to the days before the 2013 legislative session, in a bid to get out of jail and into a mental health program.

British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:44
By Kate Holton and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist. The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella group in the country, condemned the "abhorrent murder" of James Foley and called for united action by Muslims to stop the "poison of extremism" infiltrating their communities. Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday it looked increasingly likely that the man in the Islamic State video was British, one of hundreds who have travelled to Syria to fight. "We are horrified at the abhorrent murder of James Foley, a reporter who initially went to the region to expose the human rights abuses of the Syrian regime." Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the council, told London's Evening Standard newspaper that anyone who recognised the man had a duty to contact police.

Trial delayed in kindergartner's abduction, rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:35

Trial delayed in kindergartner's abduction, rapeTrial is being delayed for a woman charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her.


Man pleads guilty in fatal Purdue campus attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:32
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a fellow Purdue University student in January.

California bill would increase penalties for soliciting minors for sex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:27
Adults convicted of soliciting underage prostitutes for sex will spend a minimum of two days in jail and face fines of up to $10,000 under a bill passed by the California legislature on Thursday. The bill, which passed the State Senate on a vote of 32-0, is the latest effort by lawmakers and prosecutors to stem human trafficking in the most populous U.S. "Sex with a minor is not consensual sex, it is rape,” said state Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat who authored the bill with support from law enforcement agencies.