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9 Alabama counties still not issuing gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:01
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At least nine Alabama counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples, gay or heterosexual, nearly a month after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

Leading NY lawmaker found guilty of lying to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:00

FILE - In this July 16, 2015 file photo, New York State Sen. Thomas Libous arrives at federal court in White Plains, N.Y. A Binghamton Republican who is the Senate's deputy majority leader, Libous was found guilty by a federal jury of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son. Under state law, the felony conviction means Thomas Libous loses his seat. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The No. 2 Republican in the New York Senate was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.


Sheriff: Woman found hanged in Texas jail cell told jailer she tried to kill herself before

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:36
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Sheriff: Woman found hanged in Texas jail cell told jailer she tried to kill herself before.

Video shows Sandra Bland arrest was avoidable: family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:32
LISLE, Ill. (Reuters) - Video from a dashboard camera released by Texas officials shows the July 10 arrest of Sandra Bland, whose death in jail three days later is being investigated as a possible homicide, was totally avoidable, her family and attorney said on Wednesday.

Bison injures woman posing for selfie at Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:30
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast.

Victims attorneys want Charleston shooting records blocked

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:29
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys representing relatives of some of the nine black churchgoers shot to death last month in Charleston don't want police records and 911 calls released.

Charleston Suspect Wanted to 'Fan Racial Flames,' AG Says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:28
The 21-year-old Roof is accused of killing nine black worshipers at a church.

Closing arguments to resume in Seattle death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:27
SEATTLE (AP) — Closing arguments are set to resume in the death penalty trial of a man convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 2009.

Fire on Royal Caribbean cruise ship; burns for 1 crew member

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:25
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Wednesday as it approached Jamaica, burning one crew member and causing passengers to be sent to evacuation stations with life jackets.

Armed citizens guard recruiters after Tennessee shootings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:24

Crystal Tewelow, armed with a loaded gun on her hip, talks with fellow gun owners in front of an Army and Marine recruitment center on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Hiram, Ga. Tewelow was one of several armed citizens who held watch at the recruitment center in response to the deadly shooting at a similar facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Federal Hate Crime Charges Filed in Charleston Shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:23
The 21-year-old Roof is accused of killing nine black worshipers at a church.

Ferguson hires black police commander as interim chief

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:12

Andre Anderson speaks with Ferguson City Council member Wesley Bell, right, after being introduced as the the interim chief of the Ferguson Police Department during a news conference Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Anderson becomes the second interim chief since Police Chief Thomas Jackson stepped down in March. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson leaders introduced a new interim police chief Wednesday, tasking the black police commander from Arizona with building trust between residents of the predominantly black St. Louis suburb and its mostly white officers, nearly a year since Michael Brown's death roiled racial tensions.


Escapees bushwhacked, put pepper in boots after prison break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:09
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two killers who escaped last month from a maximum-security prison in northern New York bushwhacked, tramped through swamps and put pepper in their boots to elude the army of searchers on their tail, according to the coordinator of the manhunt.

Grand jury's inquiry of Tulsa sheriff done in secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:09
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A grand jury investigating a sheriff in Tulsa County, where a reserve deputy fatally shot an unarmed man, will do its work in secret. Even the room it meets in, what witnesses it calls, when it meets and for how long aren't public.

Cuban consulate possibility divides Miami, Tampa officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:07

This Tuesday, July 21, 2015 photo shows the Villa Paula in Miami. Villa Paula, named for the wife of Domingo Milord, the Cuban consul to Miami, was built in the mid-1920s by the Cuban government, as its consulate, with Cuban workers and all materials imported from Cuba. The building is presently undergoing renovations, and reconditioning the original windows, doors and Cuban tiles by its present owners. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Now that Cuba has an embassy again in Washington, D.C., consulates could be coming to serve its people, most of whom live in Florida. Miami and Tampa have the closest historical ties to the island, but they have very different things to say about the idea.


US seizes sub-like vessel with 8+ tons of cocaine aboard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:04
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. authorities have seized a submarine-like vessel loaded with more than eight tons of cocaine off the coast of El Salvador.

Victim: Police could have prevented Maine shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:02

FILE - This July 17, 2015, file booking photo provided by the Aroostook County Jail shows Anthony Lord. Rick and Kim Irish told The Associated Press that Lord had become obsessed with their 21-year-old daughter, Brittany Irish, before abducting her and attacking her on July 15, two days before the shooting rampage. (Aroostook County Jail via AP, File)BENEDICTA, Maine (AP) — The young woman who police say was kidnapped last week by a former convict said Wednesday that she believes law enforcement could've prevented the shooting spree that killed her boyfriend and another man.


South Carolina mother who drowned kids in 1994 case says she's not a monster

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:01
In her letter to the Columbia, South Carolina, newspaper, Susan Smith denied that a relationship with a man who did not want children led her to strap 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael into the backseat of her car and drive it into a lake.

Black state official 'overwhelmed' by viral photo response

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:59

Black cop helps neo-Nazi in South CarolinaCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.


Report: Parking officers parked themselves in coffee shops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:54
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans watchdog says some city parking enforcement officers made themselves look busy by ticketing cars that belonged to on-duty law enforcement personnel, while two of them spent too much time in coffee shops and hotel lobbies and at least one retaliated against a business by ticketing its employees and customers.