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California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:07

Jason Howe and Adrian Perez hold their twin daughters Clara and Olivia at a playground in West HollywoodBirth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born, a nuanced change from the current birth certificate that backers say is more reflective of growing rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. "This bill seems subtle but I think it’s going to make a profound impact on how people view each other," said the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles. In March, a baby in Tennessee became the first child in that state to have two women listed on her birth certificate, although one was in the spot marked "father." In Florida last year, a judge approved an adoption of a baby girl that listed three people as parents on her birth certificate: a lesbian couple and a gay man, who was the sperm donor for the baby but sought a bigger role in his daughter’s life.


Boat blast at Long Island marina kills 1, hurts 1

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:03
MANORHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a boat exploded while being refueled at a Long Island marina, killing a man aboard and burning a dock worker who pushed the fiery vessel away from the shore.

LA to settle police-death lawsuit for $5 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man who was killed by police in a shooting captured on live television.

Taney's Mo'ne Davis pulled in LLWS after 55 pitches

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:34

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, was pulled in the third inning Wednesday night after allowing three runs to Las Vegas.


Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:26
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

FBI chief calls Islamic terror group 'savages'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:18
DENVER (AP) — Islamic State extremists who executed journalist James Foley are "savages" who must be brought to justice, said FBI Director James Comey, whose agents are directly involved in the investigation into the killing.

University of New Mexico cancels women's soccer match after hazing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:11
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - University of New Mexico officials on Wednesday canceled the first match of the women's soccer team's season after a hazing incident that left a teenager in hospital, and they said the UNM athletics department had let down its players. "We failed the young women of our soccer program who did not understand the seriousness of hazing," UNM athletic director Paul Krebs told a news conference in Albuquerque. "These are good women, but they damaged the reputation of the university, the women's soccer program, and themselves." University officials said heavy drinking was involved, but they rejected local media reports that Sunday night's incident involved players being made to strip, or even being sprayed with urine.

U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:10

U.S. journalist James Foley arrives, after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in TripoliThe mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on U.S. The incident, in which a number of militants were killed, appeared to be the first direct ground engagement between the United States and Islamic State militants, seen by Obama as a growing threat in the Middle East.


Suspected gang members arrested for Reading murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:53

Suspected gang members arrested for Reading murderIn Berks County, seven suspected gang members are behind bars, accused of killing a man during a street fight last weekend.


PHOTOS: Suspected gang members charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:51

Suspected gang members arrested for Reading murderIn Berks County, seven suspected gang members are behind bars, accused of killing a man during a street fight last weekend.


Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:47
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:43

Members of the congregation react to a preacher's sermon during a prayer service Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 in Atlantic City N.J. for the nearly 8,000 casino workers who will lose their jobs in the next few weeks. Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza are all shutting down by mid-September. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.


NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:36
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:19

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside USBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.


CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley's life last week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:14

GlobalPost President and CEO Philip Balboni reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, one day after a video was released showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Balboni said the news service received an email "full of rage" last week in which Foley's captors threatened to kill him. Balboni said the White House was aware of the threat, but no negotiations took place. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq.


Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:14

David Barajas leaves the courtroom during a break in his murder trial Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Angleton, Texas. Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 minutes after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road. Both of his sons were killed. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses.


Parents demand federal probe in NY police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:12

Constance Malcom wipes away tears as she listens during a press conference, Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 in New York. Malcom and Frank Graham, the parents of Ramarley Graham, 18, shot to death by a New York City police officer in 2012, are demanding a federal civil rights probe. A police officer was indicted on manslaughter charges in the summer of 2012, but a judge tossed out the case, saying state prosecutors had improperly instructed grand jurors. A second state grand jury decided not to indict the officer. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a black 18-year-old man shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 led several dozen supporters on a short march to a Manhattan prosecutor's office Wednesday to demand a federal civil rights probe.


U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:08

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in FlorrissantAttorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:05

Greg Lucas, Gov. Jerry Brown's nomination for state librarian, responds to a question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Lucas, the son of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, is a former journalist with no formal training as a librarian. The committee approved Lucas' nomination on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the full Senate.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated.


Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:05

Greg Lucas, Gov. Jerry Brown's nomination for state librarian, responds to a question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Lucas, the son of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, is a former journalist with no formal training as a librarian. The committee approved Lucas' nomination on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the full Senate.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated.