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7th Circuit sets hearing on gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:18
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month.

Va. governor: Blessing more didn't die in tornado

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:17

In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUTCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Speaking a few dozen yards away from where two people were killed in a tornado that swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday it's a blessing more people didn't die in the storm given the short notice that campers had to seek shelter.


Obama tells Central America leaders illegal migrants to be sent home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:17
President Barack Obama told Central American leaders on Friday that his administration had compassion for the influx of children crossing the U.S. border but said those without valid claims to stay would be sent home. In a meeting at the White House with the leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, Obama said there may be some instances in which migrants from those countries could apply for refugee status, but those instances would be few. Obama said the United States shared responsibility with those countries to address the problem, including the role of drug trafficking. Obama also said he hoped lawmakers would approve a request for emergency funds to address the border crisis before leaving Washington for a multi-week recess.

County sheriff doubles estimate of homes destroyed in Washington state wildfire to 300

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:14

This aerial photo shows structures which were destroyed by wildfires near Pateros, Wash. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Fire spokesman Pete Buist says the biggest wildfire in the state's history remains at 52 percent contained on Thursday. However, the weather forecast calls for hot and dry conditions to return over the next few days. (AP Photo)TWISP, Wash. (AP) — County sheriff doubles estimate of homes destroyed in Washington state wildfire to 300.


Troubled U.S. executions raise questions about doctors in death chamber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:10
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Troubled lethal injections in Oklahoma and Arizona have raised questions whether medical personnel are skilled enough to humanely put an inmate to death, and if things go wrong, expert enough to revive one if an order is given. Almost all of the 32 states that use the death penalty either require or permit a physician to attend executions, which often are carried out by lesser-trained medical personnel, but doctors who participate risk losing their license to practice medicine if they are discovered to have helped. Among the reasons for the recent problems include that medical personnel in the death chamber may not be familiar with mixing or administering new lethal cocktails being used after traditional supplies of execution drugs dried up, nor treating any side effects.

No verdict yet in Ventura case; jury back Monday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:02

Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at U.S. District Court wearing dog tags around her neck, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. There was no verdict Wednesday as jurors try to decide whether Kyle, a decorated military sniper, libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The jury weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by the author of "American Sniper" has ended the week without a verdict.


Car plows into Maryland restaurant, seven hurt: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:01
(Reuters) - A car plowed into a lunchtime crowd outside a Baltimore barbecue restaurant on Friday, injuring seven people, police said. Witnesses told Baltimore County a city truck rear-ended an elderly woman's car when she stopped abruptly, sending the vehicle into several occupied picnic tables outside Andy Nelson's Barbecue. A police spokeswoman said seven people were taken to hospitals. The extent of their injuries was unknown. NBC affiliate WBAL-TV posted photos online showing the damaged vehicles crushed up against the restaurant with broken umbrellas in the background. ...

Dallas politician charged by FBI with taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:00
By Marice Richter AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Dallas County Commissioner and outspoken minority rights community leader John Wiley Price was arrested on Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on graft charges that included taking bribes. Price, 64 and a Democrat, was charged with 13 counts of criminal activity in an elaborate scheme dating back to 2001 that also included suspected mail fraud and falsifying tax returns. Price, charged with three co-defendants, entered a not-guilty plea at federal court on Friday and did not speak with reporters. ...

Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 2 children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:53

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) MANDATORY CREDIT; THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESTwo men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand in Philadelphia on Friday, police said. Two children were killed, and three other people were critically injured.


Woman gets 4 years for stealing $5M from nonprofit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman known for donating gowns from her Maryland bridal shop to military brides has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for stealing more than $5 million from her nonprofit employer.

Former Bear Stearns chairman Greenberg dead at 86

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:44

The Bear Stearns logo is seen at the lobby of the headquarters in New YorkAlan "Ace" Greenberg, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Bear Stearns Cos Inc, died on Friday at the age of 86 after a bout with cancer. Greenberg has been credited with engineering the rise of Bear Stearns in the second-half of the 20th century, when it became one of the largest standalone investment banks on Wall Street. In 2008, when the investment bank's exposure to toxic mortgage bonds brought it to the brink of collapse, JPMorgan Chase & Co rescued Bear Stearns and kept Greenberg on as vice chairman emeritus of its global wealth management business. "It's hard to imagine a financial services industry without Ace," wrote JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and asset management chief Mary Erdoes in a note to employees on Friday.


Exxon's European refinery play piles pain on pressured plants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:36
By Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - ExxonMobil is pouring $1 billion into modernising a European refinery just as others are fleeing the sector, making life even more difficult for older plants struggling to stay afloat. Exxon said it would install a new coking unit at the 300,000 barrel per day (bpd) Antwerp plant to turn high sulphur oils created as a by-product of the refining process into various types of higher-profit diesel, including shipping fuels that will meet new environmental laws. "This project demonstrates ExxonMobil's long-term view," said Remko Kruithof, Exxon's public and government affairs manager for the region. "It is the first of several (investments) we are evaluating to further strengthen our strategic refineries in Europe to more successfully face the challenging industry environment." Exxon is considering refinery investments in the United States, where plants there run close to full capacity, but it is the sums in Europe that have surprised some observers as where market conditions are far more challenging.

Exclusive: Exxon eyes expanding Texas refinery into biggest in U.S. - sources

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:36

Exxon gas station is pictured in ArlingtonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said. The expansion of the 344,600 barrel-per-day (bpd) Beaumont refinery, if carried out, would be completed by 2020 and potentially double its size with the addition of a third crude distillation unit (CDU), the sources said. If Exxon presses ahead, the investment would be a further indication that the American oil giant is breaking ranks with many of its big global rivals, who have been looking to sell off refining assets across the world. Just weeks ago Exxon unveiled a $1 billion investment in its Antwerp plant.


Marathon bomb suspect's lawyers seek leaks hearing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:20
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media.

US rig count up 12 to 1,883

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:20
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883.

Fired Ohio State band director vows to clear name

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:18

In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters poses for a photograph at the Steinbrener Band Center in Ohio Stadium before practice, in Columbus Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Eamon Queeney)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired director of Ohio State University's celebrated marching band said through his attorney Friday that he has become a scapegoat for behavior occurring within the organization before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name.


Frenchman gets two years in U.S. prison for role in Guinea mine scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:18
A former adviser to mining giant BSG Resources was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a criminal probe in connection with a bribery investigation in Guinea.     Frederic Cilins, a French national, pleaded guilty in March to one count of obstruction and admitted attempting to bribe Mamadie Toure, a widow of former Guinea President Lansana Conte, so she would leave the United States to avoid questioning by federal authorities. BSGR has denied any wrongdoing. The investigation eventually prompted Guinean officials to strip the concessions from BSGR and its partner, Brazilian iron ore mining company Vale SA, after a government-appointed committee accused BSGR of obtaining them through corrupt means. Last month, Guinea's national assembly ratified an investment framework agreement with global miner Rio Tinto, its Chinese partner Chinalco and International Finance Corporation to raise nearly $20 billion to revive the project.

Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:14

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) MANDATORY CREDIT; THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand in Philadelphia on Friday, police said. Two children were killed, and three other people were critically injured.


Self-defense claimed in Bourbon Street shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:13
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A defense lawyer told a judge Friday that there is evidence that the lone suspect in a shooting spree along New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street fired his gun in self-defense and didn't fire the shot that killed a 21-year-old bystander.

W.Va. board suspends clinic operator's license

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 02:55
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia board Friday suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where investigators found syringes were being reused. It was the second disciplinary action involving the doctor's license within a decade.