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Court hears arguments over gay marriage's impact

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:52

In this Aug. 27, 2014 photo, Tara Newberry, second from left, reads to son Evan Newberry as Tara's partner Adele Newberry reads to their daughter Emily Newberry at their home in Las Vegas. The couple are plaintiffs in a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Nevada's gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/John Locher)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco waded again into the debate over the constitutionality of gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides arguing over whether legalizing it would harm children.

City to become first in Mississippi to grant same-sex spouse benefits: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:47
The Mississippi city of Starkville will become the first in the right-leaning state to extend benefits to same-sex partners of its employees, according to local media reports. Starkville, a city of 24,000 residents that is home to Mississippi State University, in January became the first Mississippi city to adopt a resolution affirming the value of all citizens, in response to a state religious freedom bill - now a law - that critics say legalizes discrimination against gays and others. The benefits extended to same-sex spouses of Starkville city workers, announced on Friday, include health insurance, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based gay rights group, as saying. Mississippi is among 31 U.S.

Judge refuses to dismiss newspaper lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:45

FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News newspaper boxes await customers, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge will consider a request Monda, Sept. 8, 2014, from Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers to dismiss a lawsuit challenging their joint-operating agreement. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups will hear arguments Monday but it's unclear when he will rule on the issue. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a joint-operating agreement between Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers will proceed after a federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss the case.

University of Miami's Donna Shalala, former Clinton official, to step down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:22
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - University of Miami President Donna Shalala, a former Clinton administration official who was considered a major catch by the school when she joined in 2001, said on Monday she plans to step down at the end of the academic year. Shalala, 73, took over at Miami's top private university after serving as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under President Bill Clinton, longer than any other person has held the post. While the announcement came as a surprise, Shalala said she felt she had accomplished her mission of securing Miami's place "as the next great American research university," according to a statement on the university's website.

PHOTOS: Apple's announcement will be...

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:18

 Apple's announcement will be...We asked Action News viewers what they think Apple's big announcement will be on Tuesday, September 9th.

Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:17

Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing?Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

Release of U.S. Senate CIA 'torture' report still on hold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:04
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The public release of a long-awaited U.S. Senate report detailing the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could be held up for weeks as the Senate Intelligence Committee and Obama administration negotiate what material can be included in the document, the committee's chairwoman said on Monday. The committee had hoped to release its 600-page summary of the report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of tactics many label as "torture" before Congress left for its August recess, a target that was pushed to September as discussions continued. On Monday, as Congress returned from its five-week break, Senator Dianne Feinstein said the document would not be released this week, and might not come out before lawmakers leave later this month to campaign for the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

U.S. air marshal in Texas hospital after syringe attack in Nigeria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:02
The marshal was attacked on Sunday at the airport in Lagos and given an on-scene screening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before boarding a United Airlines flight to Houston that landed on Monday, it said. "The victim did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and was transported to a hospital upon landing for further testing.

Oklahoma to draft new execution protocols in next two weeks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:59
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to have new execution protocols written within the next two weeks to correct for shortcomings exposed in a report last week about the troubled execution of a convicted murderer, officials said on Monday. The prisons department aims to have all the recommendations made in the report in place and ready for the next Oklahoma execution, scheduled for November, Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton told reporters. ...

Screening woes delay revelers leaving Bud Light event in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:54
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Charter airline passengers leaving a weekend festival in a Colorado mountain town promoting Bud Light beer suffered long delays after a screening breakdown by a private security firm, officials said on Monday. The "Whatever USA" promotional event, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, went smoothly until the 1,000 revelers flown in for the promotional event tried to depart Crested Butte on Sunday. Crested Butte is a former mining town turned ski resort of about 1,500 people located about 125 miles northwest of Denver. ...

U.S. government spending bill to contain new funds to fight Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:51

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorized transmission electron micrographBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to extend U.S. Speaking to reporters, Rogers said that he was reviewing the Obama administration's request for additional funds for efforts to fight the deadly virus, but declined to say whether the full amount would be granted. "We're looking at the numbers now." The Obama administration has requested an additional $88 million to fight Ebola as part of the spending bill, including $58 million to speed production of the ZMapp experimental antiviral drug and two Ebola vaccine candidates. The request also contains $30 million for additional staff at the Centers for Disease Control to coordinate the response to the epidemic.

California capitol star-struck as Schwarzenegger unveils portrait

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:47

Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the premiere of "The Expendables 3" in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Four years and seven movies after Arnold Schwarzenegger left California's highest office, the actor and politician drew a packed crowd at the unveiling of his official portrait Monday, a flashbulb-popping event as much about star power as politics. The photo-realistic portrait, painted by Austrian-Irish artist Gottfried Helnwein, shows the 67-year-old former bodybuilder in front of the California state seal, wearing a gray suit and a blue-and-black striped tie, a smile on his lips and his complexion ruddy. "When I was a young man in Austria, I dreamed about coming to California every day," Schwarzenegger, an immigrant who eventually married into the family of the late U.S. The Republican bodybuilder and prolific film star took the state's helm in 2003 as the aftermath of the dot-com crash roiled California's economy and devastated the state budget, leading voters to recall then-governor Gray Davis.

Arizona pink underwear inmate case to be settled: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:45
(Reuters) - An attorney for the estate of a mentally ill inmate who sued an Arizona county after being forcibly dressed in pink underwear by jail officers said on Monday they will settle the case. Lawyers for Eric Vogel's estate and the county of Maricopa told the court on Friday both sides had reached an agreement, plaintiff attorney Joel Robbins said. The pink underwear for male jail inmates policy is a controversial part of firebrand Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-crime policies.

Fourth Ebola patient coming to U.S. hospital for treatment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:30

A general view of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta(Reuters) - A fourth Ebola patient will be flown to the United States by air ambulance from West Africa to receive treatment for the deadly disease, hospital officials in Atlanta said on Monday. The patient is expected to arrive at Emory University Hospital early Tuesday and will be treated in the same isolation unit as two other patients who were discharged after recovering from the virus, the hospital said in a statement. The World Health Organization said earlier on Monday that one of its doctors stationed in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone had tested positive for the disease. Medical workers have been hit hard by the epidemic, the worst since Ebola was discovered in 1976.

Court sharply questions gay marriage bans from three U.S. states

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:29

Young and Zeleznik celebrate after the Hawaii State Senate approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage to be legal in the state of Hawaii, in HonoluluBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gay marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii faced tough questions on Monday from a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments on whether judges in Nevada and Hawaii were correct to uphold those states' gay marriage bans. Hawaii's legislature subsequently voted to allow same-sex nuptials, while a federal judge struck down Idaho's gay marriage prohibition.

NCAA lifts Penn State's postseason ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:24

NCAA lifts Penn State's postseason banPenn State's football program got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed on it two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, learning the NCAA will allow it to compete in this year's postseason and that all scholarships will return in 2015.

Torrential rains hit U.S. Southwest, two dead in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:20
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Torrential rains drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on Monday, prompting flash-flood warnings across four states and taking the lives of two women washed away in separate incidents in Arizona. The Phoenix area was hit by a record downpour that closed sections of two major freeways, and the National Weather Service issued flash-flood warnings for parts of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. "This is a life-threatening situation," the NWS said in an advisory.

Maine governor: Do-not-resuscitate order is wrong

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:14
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage supports a teenage mother's right to make medical decisions on behalf of her brain-damaged daughter, putting him at odds with child welfare workers who won a judge's approval for a do-not-resuscitate order.

Baltimore Ravens release RB Ray Rice in wake of domestic violence controversy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00

Baltimore Ravens release RB Ray Rice in wake of domestic violence controversyRay Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

Makers of Army helicopter sued in fatal Ga. crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:58
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday blames civilian makers of an Army Black Hawk helicopter for a fatal crash in Georgia eight months ago, saying manufacturers failed to install a tiny part that caused the tail rotor to malfunction and sent the aircraft spinning out of control.