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Kentucky clerk asks for delay in allowing gay marriage licenses

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 10:28

The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples has asked an appeals court to let her continue her stand until a lawsuit against her is decided. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, due back at work Monday after six days behind bars, has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and her attorneys have said the 49-year-old woman will not violate her conscience when she returns to work. In her absence, deputy clerks have been issuing licenses and have said they would continue to do so.

Sierra wildfire destroys homes, threatens 6,000 California residences

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 07:58

The so-called Butte Fire has destroyed 15 homes in rural Amador and Calaveras counties, where it covers an estimated 64,728 acres (26,195 hectares), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynn Tolmachoff said. Separately, authorities ordered the entire community of San Andreas of more than 2,700 people to evacuate on Friday, but lifted the order when flames headed away from town.

Person of interest in Arizona shootings in court on pot charge

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 06:58
Oscar De La Torre Munoz, of Avondale, Arizona, was detained by state troopers on Friday at a Phoenix-area gas station along with an unidentified woman who was later released. Authorities have provided few details, but say De La Torre Munoz is being questioned in connection with an investigation into 11 possible vehicle shootings since Aug. 29 on a roughly 10-mile (16-km) stretch of Interstate 10 where it runs through the Phoenix metro area. In a brief appearance before a judge at around 5 a.m. local time, De La Torre Munoz confirmed his name and date of birth, and was read the marijuana possession charge.

Cuomo aide still critical; video of NYC shooting suspects aired

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 06:29

A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who was wounded by a stray bullet on Monday is still in critical condition, officials said on Saturday, after police released surveillance video of two armed suspects fleeing the scene of the shooting. The video, released late Friday as detectives seek to identify the suspects, shows two men apparently armed with handguns running into a building in Brooklyn, where the shooting occurred. Carey Gabay, 43, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on Monday before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years.

Why Europe’s refugee crisis reached a tipping point

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 06:06
Record numbers of Syrian refugees are seeking asylum in European countries but some, notably Germany and Sweden, have been more welcoming than others.

Subway: Review finds 'serious' complaint about Jared Fogle

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 05:30

The Subway restaurant chain said it received a "serious" complaint about Jared Fogle when he was the company's spokesman but that the complaint did not imply any criminal sexual activity. The ...

Spanish police find body of missing U.S. tourist

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 05:18
Spanish police have found the body of U.S. tourist Denise Pikka Thiem, who went missing in April as she was walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain, and have detained a suspect. Thiem was last seen near Astorga, in the province of Leon, in early April. "Following months of intense investigations, our agents have found the body of Denise and detained the alleged perpetrator," the head of the Spanish police, Ignacio Cosido, said on Twitter.

For GOP candidates, better to be with pope than against him

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 05:16

Some Republican presidential candidates find themselves doing a delicate dance as Pope Francis's U.S. visit nears.

Veteran far-left lawmaker wins U.K.'s Labor Party leadership race

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 05:08

LONDON (AP) — Veteran far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party on Saturday, a runaway victory that threatens to further divide the party as it struggles to recover from a heavy defeat in elections earlier this year.

Bid to shut Guantanamo roils Pentagon, White House, Congress

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 05:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's struggling quest to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics. Frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house those still held.

Big jump in number of immigrants losing health law coverage

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 22:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — A change in government procedures has led to a big jump in people losing coverage under the Obama health care law because of immigration and citizenship issues.

How should 9/11 be taught in schools?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 20:28

Teachers grapple with the conundrum of whether they should teach students about 9/11.

U.S. seeks to dismiss charges against China-born physicist

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 19:53
Since a grand jury returned an indictment in May to bring those charges against Xiaoxing Xi, federal prosecutors have obtained additional information, they said in papers filed in federal court in Philadelphia. "The government submits that it is in the interests of justice to dismiss the indictment without prejudice in order to pursue this additional information," U.S. Attorney David Memeger and an assistant stated in the motion, which gave no further details on the nature of the information. Xi, an American citizen born in China who is a professor of physics at Temple University, was arrested in May following his indictment.

California legislature approves bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 16:07
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California legislature on Friday approved a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients despite opposition from religious and disability rights groups, sending it to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval or veto. The bill would allow mentally competent patients to request a prescription that would end their lives if two doctors agree the patients have only six months to live. The measure, based on a similar law in Oregon, passed the state Senate on Friday on a vote of 23-14, after passing the Assembly on Wednesday.

N.Y. police release video of ex-tennis star James Blake's mistaken arrest

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:35

By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Police Department on Friday released a security camera video showing ex-tennis star James Blake being tackled, thrown to the ground and handcuffed by an undercover officer in a now infamous case of mistaken identity. The incident occurred as Blake, formerly the world's fourth-ranked player, was calmly standing by the entrance of a midtown Manhattan hotel, waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Open. Blake, 35, standing alone by the entrance of the Grand Hyatt hotel on 42nd Street on Sept. 9, was rushed by the officer who gave no warning or identification.

The migrant crisis explained

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:32

The current migrant crisis is being called the worst since World War II, with hundreds of thousands of people flooding to Europe. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric explains.

Murray: ‘Not on our watch’ will GOP defund Planned Parenthood

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:27

Congress is flirting yet again with a government shutdown.

Rick Perry drops out of 2016 GOP presidential race

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:20

The former Texas governor ends his second bid for the Republican nomination.

NYC arrest video shows ex-tennis pro being thrown to ground

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:46

Hotel surveillance footage shows a police officer tackling former tennis star James Blake.

Stabbing suspect shot at Washington's Union Station: police

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:05

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A security guard at Washington's Union Station on Friday shot a man who had allegedly stabbed a woman, in an isolated incident, police said. "We believe this is a domestic-related incident," Metropolitan Police Department's Jeff Brown told reporters, adding that both the man and the woman were being treated at area hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening. "Obviously with this being 9/11 fears were heightened." Security had been beefed up around the U.S. capital on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers in New York and the Pentagon.