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National Cathedral may remove windows with Confederate images

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:14
The dean of Washington's National Cathedral has called for removing two stained glass windows depicting the Confederate battle flag, saying it is a painful reminder to many African-Americans of the country's legacy of slavery. A spokesman for the landmark Episcopal church in the U.S. capital said on Friday officials would begin considering the Rev. Gary Hall's appeal immediately. The Confederate battle flag has become the focus of national soul-searching over race relations in the aftermath of last week's massacre of nine African-Americans in a landmark Charleston, South Carolina, church.

Challenge to U.S. warrantless surveillance on tap after guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:12
A U.S. appeals court in New York is expected to consider a rare challenge to the government's controversial warrantless wiretapping program, after an Albanian man on Friday pleaded guilty in Brooklyn to U.S. terrorism charges of aiding a Pakistani militant group. Key evidence against Agron Hasbajrami, 31, was obtained through the surveillance program, which was authorized under a 2008 law that allows U.S. agencies to sweep up communications between Americans and foreign citizens abroad who are intelligence targets. Lawyers for Hasbajrami, who is a U.S. permanent resident, and groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have argued the government should be required to obtain warrants to examine any communications it collects from Americans.

Video shows officer shoving man with toddler over $2.25 fare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Security video appears to show a Philadelphia transit officer shove a man holding a toddler against the wall and grab him by the throat as they argued over whether he paid the $2.25 fare.

Obama delivers 'Amazing Grace' at funeral of slain pastor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:12

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in front of the casket of Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services in South CarolinaBy Roberta Rampton and David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - An impassioned President Barack Obama led thousands of mourners in singing "Amazing Grace" on Friday at the funeral of a slain pastor in Charleston and urged Americans to eliminate symbols of oppression and racism, including the Confederate battle flag. In a speech likely to be considered one of the most memorable of his presidency, Obama paid an emotional tribute to the nine people shot to death at the church and pleaded for Americans to use the tragedy as a way to bridge racial divide. The shootings last week sparked an intense dialogue over the legacy of slavery and its symbols after photos of the white man charged in the shooting surfaced showing him posing with the Confederate flag on a website that also displayed a racist manifesto.

Charges against police declined in Texas teen's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:10
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict officers involved in the fatal shooting of an East Texas teen in the lobby of police headquarters.

Iraqi military pilot found dead at F-16 crash site in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:10
The body of an Iraqi general killed when his military fighter jet crashed into the Arizona desert during a night training mission has been found near the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. officials said on Friday. Search crews recovered the body of Brigadier General Rasid Mohammed Sadiq Hasan from the crash site about five miles (eight km) east of Douglas Municipal Airport, U.S. and Iraqi government officials said. Hasan was part of a Tucson-based training program for pilots from nine nations that is run by the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing.

Colorado GOP committee backs chair in blackmail scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:08
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Republican Party's executive committee on Friday voted overwhelmingly to support the party's chairman after he contended that the state attorney general and others tried to force him to resign his post by threatening to release details of an affair he denies.

Gov. Chris Christie slashes tax hikes, signs $34 billion budget

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:01

Gov. Chris Christie slashes tax hikes, signs $34 billion budgetRepublican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used his veto pen Friday to strip more than $1.6 billion from the 2016 budget approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed a roughly $34 billion budget into law.

Obama delivers unvarnished race lecture at eulogy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:59

President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/David Goldman)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America's racial history Friday, and then boldly sang "Amazing Grace," a spiritual meant to summon hope in the darkest of times.

Same-sex marriage still on hold in Louisiana, Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:54
(Reuters) - Same-sex marriage remained on hold in Louisiana and Mississippi, even as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday legalizing it nationwide led to gay couples joyously tying the knot in other states that banned such weddings before the decision. In Louisiana, Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office issued a statement saying that it had "found nothing in today’s decision that makes the Court’s order effective immediately." The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association advised clerks not to issue licenses for 25 days, the period in which the Supreme Court could be petitioned for a rehearing, said New Orleans lawyer Brandon Robb, who works with the gay community. Mississippi was waiting until a lower court lifted a stay to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said state Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, adding that his office would not stand in the way of the ruling.

Clarification: Charleston Shooting-Hate Crimes story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:49
In a story June 18, The Associated Press reported on the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crimes in South Carolina in 2012 and 2013. The story should have made clear that many more agencies filed annual hate crime reports with the FBI but had no such crimes for the year.

Legal battles remain on U.S. gay rights despite momentous ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:48
By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's declaration on Friday of a right to same-sex marriage resolved a momentous question, yet the ruling left many others unanswered and is likely to spark future legal battles over gay rights. In America, the right to marry represents only one piece in the evolving legal framework for gay civil rights. Currently no constitutional principle or nationwide law broadly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

3 convicted in FAMU death sentenced to 10 years' probation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:34
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For the better part of three years, Pam Champion has repeatedly said a message had not been sent to those charged in the 2011 hazing death of her 26-year-old son.

Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:34
After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest.

State wants 2 trials for officers charged in Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:15
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby wants a judge to order a separate trial for two of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Effort to recall Ferguson mayor falls short

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:11
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An effort to recall the mayor of Ferguson in the wake of last summer's shooting death of Michael Brown has fallen short.

Baltimore prosecutors dispute motion to move Freddie Gray death trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:08

Residents watch celebrations on West North Avenue near the looted and burned CVS Pharmacy in BaltimoreBaltimore prosecutors on Friday disputed a defense motion to move the trial of police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, saying jurors could be impartial in the high-profile case. In a filing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe said lawyers for the six officers relied upon an outdated view of how prejudice should be measured. Mosby and Bledsoe left open the prospect that the defense could be allowed another chance for a change of venue when potential jurors are interviewed at the trial's start.

Woman, 88, charged with assaulting officer at wrong address

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:02
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An 88-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting police who responded to her western Massachusetts home, which turned out to be the wrong address.

Ryne Sandberg resigns as Philadelphia Phillies manager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:58

Ryne Sandberg resigns as Philadelphia Phillies managerRyne Sandberg has announced he has resigned as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gay couples wed on historic day as conservatives resist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:54

Benjamin Moore, left, and Tadd Roberts kiss after their marriage ceremony at the Jefferson County Clerks Office Friday, June 26, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that there is a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states across the country. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Benjamin Moore and Tadd Roberts wore matching tuxedos to the county clerk's office in Louisville to get married Friday, and the mayor greeted them with a bottle of champagne.