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Study: Data lacking about the true state of border security

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:14

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the border fence, in Naco, Ariz. A report by a bipartisan think tank that oversees the implementation of 9/11 Commission recommendations and other Homeland Security issues says the department that oversees the U.S. Border Patrol does not use effective performance measurements. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Inconsistent and ineffective reporting by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has led to a skewed perception of the state of border security, a bipartisan think tank says.


Texas attorney general aims to void marriage license for same-sex couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:12
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas attorney general asked the state's Supreme Court on Friday to revoke a marriage license issued a day earlier to two women, arguing the move violated a decade-old state ban against gay marriage and could cause legal chaos. Travis County, where the capital Austin is located, issued a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been together for about 30 years and have two daughters. It was the first license issued to a same-sex couple in Texas since the ban was put in place.

New Oregon Governor Kate Brown to extend death penalty moratorium

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:07

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemBy Shelby Sebens SALEM, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's new Democratic Governor Kate Brown said on Friday she planned to extend a moratorium on executions that her predecessor enacted in 2011, well before an influence-peddling scandal forced him from office earlier this week. “There needs to be a broader discussion about fixing the system," Brown said in her first press briefing since she took Oregon's helm on Wednesday. "Until that discussion, I'm upholding the moratorium imposed by Kitzhaber.”  In a major salvo in the nation's long-running battle over capital punishment, Kitzhaber imposed a blanket reprieve on all Oregon death row inmates in 2011, saying he believed the death penalty was morally wrong. He had faced growing calls in the waning days of his administration to commute all Oregon death sentences to life in prison before leaving office following an ethics scandal over accusations his fiancée used her role in his office for personal gain.


AP PHOTOS: Deep freeze in eastern US, snow in Middle East

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:06

A tourist walks past the brink of the American Falls, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Although sections of the three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction appear to have frozen in place, the Niagara River continues to flow. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)An arctic blast that forecasters are calling the "Siberian Express" plunged the eastern half of the United States into a deep freeze Friday — as far south as Florida.


Man charged in Colorado Springs bombing says he didn't target NAACP

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:03
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man arrested in connection with the bombing last month of a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP said he was targeting his accountant and not the civil rights organization, authorities said on Friday. Thaddeus Murphy, 44, was arrested by federal agents at his Colorado Springs home and confessed to setting off the pipe bomb, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said in a statement. The explosion at a building that includes a tax preparation business, as well as local offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, led investigators to probe whether the bombing was racially motivated. Federal prosecutors have charged Murphy with arson and for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms for having a cache of weapons unrelated to the bombing, court records show.

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:00

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaughterA Philadelphia woman has been convicted of killing her 10-year-old stepdaughter and will now spend the rest of her life behind bars.


Pennsylvania college aims to end insurance coverage of abortions in rape cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:59
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - University of Scranton employee insurance plans will no longer cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancies under a plan that the Jesuit school says is consistent with Catholic doctrine. The union negotiated away coverage for elective abortions nine years ago in return for adoption coverage, but its current contract pays for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the live of the mother. In a letter to faculty released by the university on Friday, its president, Rev. Kevin Quinn, said that even limited abortion coverage is "inconsistent with the moral teachings of the church." The move comes as Pope Francis, the first Catholic pontiff who is a member of the Jesuit order, prepares to visit Pennsylvania in September. Michael Friedman, an English professor who serves as union president, insisted that Quinn could not impose the change unilaterally.

Aaron Hernandez jurors see video of victim getting into car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:57

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks at his attorney as security footage is seen on a monitor during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Grainy surveillance video shown to jurors in the murder trial of Hernandez on Friday shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say was driven by Hernandez. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Grainy surveillance video shown Friday to jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say was driven by Hernandez.


Video released in New Castle community center killing case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:53

Video released in New Castle community center killing caseNew Castle County police have released video of the person they believe gunned down a man at a community center this week.


Activists discuss Ohio Wal-Mart shooting with US attorney

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Activists have met with the U.S. attorney in Dayton, Ohio, to urge him to investigate the use of force by police in a suburb where a white officer fatally shot a black man holding an air rifle in a Wal-Mart store.

Family racked with questions over Arizona woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51

This photo provided by the Scottsdale Police Department shows Allison Feldman. Police were called Wednesday afternoon after Feldman's boyfriend discovered her body. Sgt. Ben Hoster declined Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to say whether police have identified a suspect. He said authorities were continuing to withhold many details, including the manner of death and whether there were signs of a break-in, a struggle or items missing from the home. (AP Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)PHOENIX (AP) — The father of a woman found killed in her suburban Phoenix home said Friday he hasn't been able to sleep, instead imagining what happened to his caring, friendly daughter who was excited about her sales job and hoping to soon get engaged.


Psychiatrist: Triple murder suspect not competent for trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:50
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing three people at a municipal meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania is not competent to stand trial, a psychiatrist testified Friday.

Florist who refused to serve gay couple rejects settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:45
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine.

Judge who wrote 'torture memos' speaks at University of Utah

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:43

 Some Observations on the Constitution as Written and the Constitution as Taught” at the SJ Quinney College of Law, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten ) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 10 years after he authored documents now known as torture memos, federal appeals Judge Jay Bybee heard from some of his critics at the University of Utah Thursday.


Missing Philadelphia woman found, later died of hypothermia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:33

Missing Philadelphia woman found, later died of hypothermiaA missing woman, who suffered from dementia, was found on Friday - but she later died of hypothermia.


Father, stepmom charged in case of Detroit boy in basement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:32

FILE - In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Charles Bothuell IV leaves the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, Mich., after a court hearing for his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell. Prosecutors are bringing torture and child abuse charges against the father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in his father's basement in June after an 11-day disappearance. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb, Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — The father and stepmother of a 13-year-old boy were charged Friday with torture and child abuse in an investigation that began last summer when he was discovered among boxes in his father's basement after a highly publicized 11-day search by Detroit police.


Heat fails at apartments again; stolen pipes blamed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:25

Heat fails at apartments again; stolen pipes blamedThe heat is out again at a New Castle County apartment complex and management says, this time, it was no accident.


New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

Husband arrested in 1978 disappearance of California woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:11
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 40 years after a woman disappeared from a small Northern California town, her husband has been arrested on suspicion of killing her and disposing of the body.

AP EXPLAINS: New England's struggle to get rid of the snow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:10

Pedestrians walk single file through snow banks on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Midway through an epic winter that's shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, locals and outsiders alike could be forgiven for wondering why a world-class city that's accustomed to heavy snowfall — and prides itself on being a global center of technology and innovation — can't seem to dig out and move on. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — If it's just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away?