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Obama to sign order Monday barring federal discrimination against gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:08

U.S. President Obama speaks about situation in Ukraine from the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, senior administration officials said. The White House said last month that Obama would issue the order but declined to give details on its content or the timing of when he would do so. The order will allow some exemptions for religious groups that are federal contractors but not as much flexibility as the groups had wanted. A religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:07

World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crashWorld leaders called for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine on Friday and demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over the country's battlefields.


3 sought in armed robbery at bar in N. Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:54

3 sought in armed robbery at bar in N. Phila.Authorities are looking for the men responsible for an armed robbery at a bar in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia.


University of Connecticut in $1.3 million settlement deal on sex assault lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:49
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The University of Connecticut on Friday said it had reached a $1.3 million deal to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by five current and former students charging that the school had mishandled claims of sexual assault and harassment. The five women who brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut said university officials had not seriously investigated claims that they had been sexually assaulted on campus. "This lawsuit may have been settled but the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has not been," UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement posted online. "UConn, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual violence on our campuses, hold perpetrators accountable and provide victims with the resources and compassion they desperately need." The suit settles claims with four women who said they were raped by fellow students, including a hockey player who said she was raped by a male hockey player and contended in court papers that she was cut from her team when she reported the attack.

Dump-truck driver charged in fatal crash into lake in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:47
(Reuters) - A dump-truck driver was charged on Friday with killing another driver after crashing into the back of a car at a red light in New Jersey, sending both vehicles into a lake, the local prosecutor said. Daniel Everett, 38, was driving the truck fast and erratically when he slammed into the back of a car waiting at an intersection in Lawrence Township on Thursday afternoon, according to witnesses, the Mercer County's prosecutor said in a statement. Both vehicles ended up submerged below the waters of a small, shallow lake. Everett, of Westhampton in New Jersey, is facing a charge of one count of death by auto.

NYC man dies during arrest caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man died during an arrest — partially captured on amateur video — during which a police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold as several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs.

Texas Rangers names its first woman lieutenant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:41

Texas Ranger Wende Wakeman is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Public SafetyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The Texas Rangers, the nearly 200-year-old law enforcement agency known for white cowboy hats and silver star badges, has named its first female lieutenant, officials said on Friday. Wende Wakeman started with the Texas Department of Public Safety, which includes the Rangers, as a Highway Patrol trooper in 1998. A 1993 order by Governor Ann Richards first allowed women into the force. The change was met with widespread derision, and many veteran Rangers retired in protest.


Police: Fla. father beats accused child abuser

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:41

This Friday, July 18, 2014 photo made available by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Fla. shows Raymond Frolander, 18. Police say a Daytona Beach father beat Frolander unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his son. Authorities say the father called 911 early Friday after he walked in on the alleged abuse. When officers arrived they found Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth. (AP Photo/Volusia County Sheriff's Office)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.


Gay marriage legal challenges: Where things stand

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:37

Melody Merida, center, marries Erin Lynae Fox, right, and Jennifer Elizabeth Fox as their sons Isaac, 7, left, and Redmond, 4, look on in the marion County Clerks office in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.


W.Va. reporter heard backfiring truck, not gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:36
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia reporter who ducked for cover after she heard gunfire at the scene of a killing actually heard an aging pickup truck backfire.

Suspect sought in theft at Cracker Barrel in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:29

Suspect sought in theft at Cracker Barrel in BensalemPolice have released surveillance photos of the suspect wanted for a theft at a Cracker Barrel in Bensalem, Bucks County.


U.S. judicial agency OKs early release of federal prisoners

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:23

Attorney General Eric Holder announces at the Justice Department in Washington Monday, July 14, 2014, that Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. The agreement comes weeks after talks between the sides broke down, prompting the government to warn that it would sue the New York investment bank. The bank had offered to pay less then $4 billion, a sum substantially less that what the Justice Department was asking for. The settlement stems from the sale of securities made up of subprime mortgages, which fueled both the housing boon and bust that triggered the Great Recession at the end of 2007. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)A U.S. judiciary agency passed an amendment on Friday that will make more than 46,000 drug offenders eligible for early release from federal prison, unless Congress moves to block it. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on an amendment to the guidelines consulted by federal judges that will cut current sentencing terms by an average of 25 months for eligible offenders. If it does not, eligible drug offenders will have their sentences commuted by November 2015.


Man dies after being shot in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:23

Man dies after being shot in CamdenPolice say a man has died after being shot multiple times in Camden, New Jersey early Friday morning.


Link sought between remains, dismembered body

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:15
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators were awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine if what appears to be a human head and other body parts found in the bushes outside a home are linked to a partially dismembered body discovered weeks earlier in a community 25 miles away.

Man, allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, dies after chokehold by NYC police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:11
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man, described as an asthmatic father of six, died after New York police tackled him in front of a beauty parlor and put him in a chokehold on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The New York Police Department said that Eric Garner, 43, was selling bootleg cigarettes in front of a Staten Island hair salon on Thursday, and suffered a heart attack when officers attempted to take him into custody. His wife told the New York Daily News that he was asthmatic, diabetic and suffered from sleep apnea.

U.S. Congress staffer arrested on weapons charge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:08

Heavily armed police guard the US Congress in Washington on opening day.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested on Friday after he tried to carry a handgun and magazine into a House of Representatives office building, U.S. Capitol Police said. Ryan Shucard, press spokesman for Republican Representative Tom Marino, was arrested about 9:15 a.m. (1315 GMT) as he tried to enter the Cannon House Office Building. A metal detector showed he had a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol and a magazine, police said in a statement. He was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a felony. ...


Swimmer drowns in ocean in Seaside Park, New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:06

Swimmer drowns in ocean in Seaside Park, New JerseyA swimmer was found dead along a beach in Seaside Park, New Jersey Friday afternoon.


Maryland man killed while testing bulletproof vest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 03:05
(Reuters) - A Maryland man faced murder charges on Friday after accidentally shooting his friend while testing out a bulletproof vest, a shooting reportedly recorded on a video camera. Baltimore police arrested Mark Ramiro, 30, after he fatally shot Darnell Mitchell, 28, late on Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun reported on Friday the shooting was recorded on a video camera by a third person. In that video, Mitchell brags that he is about to take a “deuce deuce in the chest” - a shot from a .22-caliber bullet - before Ramiro, who is seen standing in front of Mitchell, fired the handgun once.

South Carolina woman makes clothes from castoffs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 02:55

In this July 16, 2014 photo, Jillian Owens poses with some of her thrift store dresses at her home in Columbia, S.C. Since 2010, the 32-year-old Columbia resident has been delving into thrift store racks around the area, taking what some may see as “ugly” pieces and whipping them into hip, trendy fashions. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For Jillian Owens, some of her passion for fashion was motivated by a desire for new garments without the creation of more waste. And, she says openly on her blog, "I was also quite broke and couldn't afford new clothes."


At Least One American on Board Doomed Flight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 02:49
President Obama said one American was on board the plane.