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California governor blocks parole of killer who buried man alive

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:56
California Governor Jerry Brown has blocked the parole of a convicted murderer who beat and buried alive a mentally disabled man three decades ago, his office said on Friday. David Weidert, 52, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1980 murder of Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti, 20. A California parole board ruled in January that Weidert was no longer dangerous, leaving the possibility of his parole from the state's overcrowded prison system up to Brown.

Cosby lawyer: Unsealing court docs 'terribly embarrassing'

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 19:51

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for Bill Cosby argued Friday that it would be "terribly embarrassing" for the comedian if documents from a 2005 sex-assault lawsuit were unsealed.

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 18:16

SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 39 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists.

New York prison escapee killed by police, accomplice still at large

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 17:53

Law enforcement officers on Friday shot and killed one of two prisoners who broke out of a maximum security prison in New York three weeks ago and were pursuing a second escapee near the Canadian border, authorities said. Richard Matt, a 49-year-old convicted murderer, was killed by U.S. Border Patrol officers after he was spotted in a wooded area in the town of Malone, the New York State Police said. Police were still combing the vicinity for Matt's accomplice, David Sweat, a 35-year-old who was imprisoned for killing a sheriff's deputy.

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizes gay marriage nationwide

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 17:53

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.

Bitter dissents in gay marriage case reveals deep divide in high court

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 17:03

Justice Anthony Kennedy almost always votes alongside his four conservative colleagues on the Supreme Court. But when he doesn’t, it’s often in big, transformative cases, like Friday’s gay marriage decision. His defection clearly has made his conservative peers hopping mad.

Obama delivers 'Amazing Grace' at funeral of slain pastor

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 16:14

By Roberta Rampton and David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - An impassioned President Barack Obama led thousands of mourners in singing "Amazing Grace" on Friday at the funeral of a slain pastor in Charleston and urged Americans to eliminate symbols of oppression and racism, including the Confederate battle flag. In a speech likely to be considered one of the most memorable of his presidency, Obama paid an emotional tribute to the nine people shot to death at the church and pleaded for Americans to use the tragedy as a way to bridge racial divide. The shootings last week sparked an intense dialogue over the legacy of slavery and its symbols after photos of the white man charged in the shooting surfaced showing him posing with the Confederate flag on a website that also displayed a racist manifesto.

Escaped N.Y. inmate Richard Matt killed by police, partner on run

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:18

Escaped convicted murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by authorities in upstate New York today, according to officials, 20 days after he made an elaborate escape from prison.

'The Reverend President': Obama sings Amazing Grace in eulogy

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:04

Barack Obama, who celebrated “audacity” in his first run for the White House, declared this week that he has entered the “fearless” phase of his consequential two-term presidency. But no one expected the urgent blend of personal, political and religious themes in the eulogy he gave Friday for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, slain along with eight others during Bible study last week at Emanuel AME Church — a speech so like a sermon that the next two people to speak called him “the Reverend President.”

Obama delivers unvarnished race lecture at eulogy

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:03

President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America's racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other black churchgoers in what police called a hate crime.

The Latest: 1 of 2 escaped prisoners shot and killed

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:02

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on the hunt for two inmates who escaped from a maximum-security prison (all times local):

Jim Obergefell on historic gay marriage ruling

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:09

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric spoke to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case that challenged the ban on same sex marriages.

Tourists describe scenes of panic in Tunisia attack

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:56

British holidaymakers told how they fled in panic from Friday's gun massacre on a Tunisian beach resort, screaming and running for cover when they realised they were under attack. Frightened tourists hid in their hotel rooms and barricaded themselves in, while a pregnant woman went into labour in the confusion. Olivia Leathley, 24, heard "loud bangs" and saw from her hotel room people fleeing the beach, as holiday company representatives blew whistles.

Wave of grisly Islamist attacks shocks world during Ramadan

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:08

From a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort to a severed head displayed in a French town, a wave of grisly attacks Friday shocked the world days after the Islamic State group urged supporters to carry out Ramadan attacks. There was no apparent link between the attacks, but IS claimed a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait in which 25 people were killed, and Islamist flags were found at the site of the French attack. The IS jihadists were also accused by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights of killing 146 civilians in an offensive on the Kurdish town of Kobane.

Two escaped New York prisoners headed to Canada: police

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:46

Two escapees from an upstate New York prison were believed to be headed for Canada after searchers in the third week of the manhunt found items the convicted killers dropped, police said on Friday. "They dropped some items and left others behind," Guess said at a news conference in Malone, New York, 35 miles (56 km) northwest of the prison and about 10 miles (16 km) from the Canadian border.

Clementa Pinckney eulogy caps a roller-coaster stretch for Obama

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00

Barack Obama is experiencing arguably the most pivotal stretch of his tumultuous and consequential two-term presidency as he heads to Charleston Friday to once again take up the unwelcome mantle of comforter in chief.

U.S. top court rules for white supremacist over sentencing

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:49
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday threw out part of a tough federal criminal sentencing law for being overly broad in a ruling that backed a Minnesota white supremacist who challenged his sentence on a firearms crime. The court ruled in favor of Samuel Johnson, who was given 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. The justices found on a 6-3 vote that a sentencing provision of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act is so expansive that it violated the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which mandates due process under the law.

Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:37

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing on behalf of the court, said that the hope of gay people intending to marry "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions.

Supreme Court affirms right to gay marriage

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:10

The Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and handing a historic victory to the gay rights movement that would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.

One decapitated, several hurt In suspected terror attack on French factory

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 03:34

Authorities say a man who identified himself as affiliated with Islamic State is in custody.