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Man stabbed in apparent road rage incident at Collingdale gas station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:25

Man stabbed in apparent road rage incident at Collingdale gas stationDelaware County authorities have a suspect in custody after an apparent road rage stabbing in Collingdale.

Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:13

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesAn initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon's proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. "This is a moment we've been waiting for, that we've worked months to get to," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for the campaign in favor of the Oregon initiative.

After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:02

Officials walk with police dogs near a train with people on board at Newark Penn Station, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Newark, N.J. Business and political leaders headed to Washington on a trip that was postponed when the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce had to reschedule the annual "walk to Washington" because of a snowstorm in February. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Newark's police department will undergo independent monitoring after a three-year federal investigation released Tuesday found "a pattern of unconstitutional policing" that included excessive use of force and inadequate accountability.

Judge mulls overturning Colorado gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:57

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo, Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana show their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office. Colorado's Supreme Court has ordered an end to gay marriages while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. The state's high court on Friday, July 18, 2014, ordered Denver's clerk Debra Johnson to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending a ruling on the constitutionality of the gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)DENVER (AP) — A Denver federal judge was hearing arguments Tuesday from lawyers for six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban.

Georgia Republicans to vote on U.S. Senate nominee after long fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:56
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman and a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia's Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, have traded jabs and tried to coalesce Republican support since emerging from a crowded primary field in May. Republicans consider it crucial to hold on to the seat, currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss, as they push to retake control of the Senate. The runoff is the longest in Georgia history after a federal judge ordered the state to move up the date of its primary election to allow more time for military and absentee ballots to be cast. When Kingston questioned the propriety of Perdue's 2010 appointment to the Georgia Ports Authority by his cousin, then-Governor Sonny Perdue, his opponent fired back that Kingston had not been able in 17 years to get the Port of Savannah deepened.

Montana top court sanctions judge for 30-day rape sentence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:55
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday censured a judge and suspended him for 31 days for improperly suggesting a 14-year-old girl was culpable in her rape and unlawfully sentencing the former teacher convicted of the crime to just a month in jail. State District Judge G. Todd Baugh was silent after Montana's chief justice read aloud a censure statement at a brief hearing Tuesday in Helena. Women's rights activists have been seeking Baugh's ouster for almost a year. In court documents, Baugh admitted responsibility for imposing a lenient sentence on Stacey Rambold for the 2007 sexual assault of Cherice Moralez, but said his own punishment by the Supreme Court was excessive.

Home invasion, kidnapping leads to arrest in Upper Merion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:55

Home invasion, kidnapping leads to arrest in Upper MerionPolice say the intruder broke into the home, grabbed a shotgun from the owner, tied up the man's wife then kidnapped the husband.

U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:55

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.

North Carolina teenager accused of hiding buried baby's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:54
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The North Carolina teenager whose baby girl's body was found buried in her family's yard last month was arrested on Tuesday on a felony charge of concealing or failing to report the death, sheriff's officials said. No additional charges are expected against the 16-year-old mother, said Franklin County Sheriff's Captain E.H. Smith. The baby weighed 8-1/2 pounds (3.9 kg) and appeared to be at or near full term with no sign of injuries, officials said at the time. She turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday and posted a $50,000 bail, sheriff's officials said.

Jury selected after 2 days in porch shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:54

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Theodore Wafer listens during a motion hearing in Judge Timothy Kenny's courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Jury selection starts Monday, July 21, 2014, in a trial that will put Wafer's self-defense claim to a tough test. The 19-year-old woman, Renisha McBride, was drunk but unarmed when she climbed the steps of his Dearborn Heights porch, 3 ½ hours after crashing her car a few blocks away. Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, he grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted her in the face. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals, File) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALESDETROIT (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a woman on his porch.

Feds: Police misconduct rampant in Newark, N.J., city OKs monitor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:53

A man crosses a street in Newark, New JerseyBy David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in Newark, New Jersey's largest city, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The city has agreed to accept the findings of the Justice Department probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the "pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. "Too often people believe that constitutional policing is inconsistent with effective policing," Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference. "But a growing body of research and our own experience with police departments across the country demonstrate that this is decidedly not the case." Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has said he would accept the rare but not unprecedented move of appointing a monitor, which had been opposed by his predecessor, Cory Booker, who is now a U.S. senator.

GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:51

A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the U.S. Senate GOP runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. In addition to the high-profile GOP U.S. Senate runoff, voters in Georgia on Tuesday will cast ballots in a number of other races, including four U.S. House runoffs and state school superintendent. (AP Photo)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.

Arizona asks top court to reverse execution ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:48
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow an execution planned for Wednesday to proceed, saying Joseph Rudolph Wood can't establish he has a First Amendment right to the details he is seeking about his pending death.

Maryland parents charged with locking autistic adult sons in basement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:48
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - Police in Maryland have charged a couple with abuse after discovering their 22-year-old twin autistic sons had been locked in a dark, bare basement room for six years, according to police and court records.Police found the men in a room with no furniture or lights, one comforter on a tile floor, and a small window, and noticed an "overwhelming smell of urine coming from the room," said charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court John Land and Janice Land, 57 and 59, from the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, were arrested on Friday and later released on bond. Police made the discovery last week when they went to the residence on an unrelated search warrant and found the sons in a basement room locked with an external deadbolt, according to court records. John Land told police his sons were "totally non-verbal" and could only communicate by pointing, court records showed.

2 suspects wanted in Atlantic City casino heist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:45
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Police are seeking two masked suspects who robbed an Atlantic City casino at gunpoint and made off with more than $180,000.

Miami restaurant, survivor of desegregation and riots, to close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:43

The menu featuring specials and standard dishes is seen in Jumbo's Restaurant located in Miami's Liberty CityBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - After more than half a century, Jumbo's, famous for its fried shrimp and conch, and one of the first Miami restaurants to desegregate in the late 1960s, is closing this week as the site is sold to a developer of affordable housing. The sea foam-green eatery thrived during the decades when the surrounding area, now called Liberty City, transformed from a middle-class white community to a predominantly African-American one. “It’s one of the vanishing remnants of the Miami of yester-year,” said Paul George, a historian and professor at Miami Dade College. “The menu is reflective of the (city’s) southern, farming roots.” Jumbo’s desegregated in 1968 after owner Bobby Flam, whose first job was answering phones after his parents bought it in 1955, hired three black workers.

American flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:39

American flags replaced with white flags on Brooklyn BridgeSomeone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.

Deaf educator and pioneer Robert Panara dies at 94

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:39
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Robert Panara, who lost his hearing as a child and became a leading educator of the deaf and a pioneer of studies of deaf culture, has died. He was 94.

Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:37
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.