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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.

2015 NBA draft winners and losers

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:21

One former NBA player believes New York Knicks fans will regret booing his ex-teammate, Kristaps Porzingis.

Obama to deliver eulogy Friday for slain South Carolina pastor

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:11

By David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina will take a step forward in healing the wounds of last week's mass shooting when President Barack Obama arrives on Friday to deliver the eulogy for the pastor of the historic church where the attack took place. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a widely admired state senator and pastor of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was among the nine people who died when a gunman opened fire during Bible study. The massacre has sparked an intense dialogue across the southern United States over the legacy of slavery and its symbols, centering on the Civil War-era battle flag of the Confederacy.

Same-sex marriage among last 5 Supreme Court cases

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 23:38

The right of same-sex couples to marry is the biggest of five cases still to be decided.

Timberwolves select Karl-Anthony Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 22:21

There might not have been a promise in place, but there's no longer any question that Flip Saunders sees immense, franchise-changing promise in the 6-foot-11-inch, 250-pound frame of Karl-Anthony Towns.

All nine on board die in Alaska crash of excursion plane

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:29
Promech Air said in a statement the eight passengers and pilot were killed when the plane went down during a tour of the Misty Fjords area of southeast Alaska on Thursday afternoon. "There is nothing I can say that can alleviate the pain and overwhelming sense of loss that we, and the loved ones of those affected, are feeling," said Marcus Sessoms, president of Promech Air. The crash took place near Ella Lake, about 20 miles (30 km) northeast of the town of Ketchikan, Holland America Line said in a statement.

9 killed in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:10

A small plane taking cruise ship passengers on an excursion crashes in southeast Alaska.

Obamacare ruling puts Supreme Court on hot seat in U.S. presidential race

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:04

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Infuriated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that kept President Barack Obama’s healthcare program intact, conservative activists and Republican presidential candidates vowed on Thursday to make the role of the high court a central issue in the 2016 presidential election. Conservative ire was trained particularly on Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion that preserved the subsidy regime underpinning the Affordable Care Act, even though another Republican appointee, Justice Anthony Kennedy, also voted with the majority. Roberts, who was appointed to the court by Republican President George W. Bush, has voted with court conservatives on many landmark cases, including ones involving campaign-finance laws and voting rights.