Gorsuch calls same-sex marriage decision ‘settled law’
Judge Neil Gorsuch referred to the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage decision as “settled law,” using a stronger phrase than he has for other legal precedents. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Gorsuch to explain how his views on marriage equality have changed since 2004, when the George W. Bush administration was pushing for ballot initiatives that banned the practice in states. Gorsuch replied that sharing his “personal views” would send a misleading signal to the American people that he might be inclined to rule one way or another on future cases that come up on the subject.
03/21/2017 - 05:31 PM
White House won’t say whether Trump will present proof of wiretapping
At his daily briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say when or whether President Trump will present evidence for the claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on March 15, Trump promised “some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks” when he was asked about the claim.
03/21/2017 - 03:44 PM
Father of Missing Tennessee Girl Holds On to Hope for Her Safe Return
It has been eight days since Elizabeth Thomas disappeared. Police and Thomas' family believe her teacher, Tad Cummins not only kidnapped the teen but that the pair may now be married.
03/21/2017 - 12:49 PM
19-year-old arrested after 2 teens found dead in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man is under arrest in connection with the deaths of two teenagers whose bodies were found on the shoulder of a rural Colorado road.
03/21/2017 - 04:06 PM
Two dead, others injured in UK parliament 'terrorist incident'
By Toby Melville and William James LONDON (Reuters) - An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain's parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a "terrorist incident". Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the nearby Westminster bridge where eyewitnesses said a car had crashed into pedestrians. Two people died in the incident, according to Sky News, but the total number of casualties was unclear.
03/22/2017 - 12:55 PM
Google Celebrates Nowruz
Nowruz is the Iranian New Year.
03/21/2017 - 09:11 AM
Export bans hit Brazil's meat industry after scandal
Brasília (AFP) - The fallout from Brazil's rotten meat scandal accelerated on Monday when China, a huge client, suspended imports and the European Union demanded a partial ban. Another ban on Brazilian meat imposed by Chile sparked fears of a trade spat between the two South American partners. A charm offensive by President Michel Temer, who even invited foreign ambassadors to a traditional meat restaurant in the capital Brasilia late Sunday, failed to calm importers.
03/21/2017 - 01:41 AM
Democratic Rep. Castro says Tillerson should have scheduled NATO, China meetings better
Rep. Joaquin Castro questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to skip a NATO meeting but go to Russia, in an interview Tuesday.
03/21/2017 - 05:47 PM
Legendary tomb of Jesus resurrected
Believed by the devout to house the final resting place of Jesus Christ, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre will open to the public on Wednesday after nearly a year of restoration. An ongoing dispute between the religious groups controlling the site had brought the burial place, known as the Edicule, to the brink of collapse. "We are at the critical moment for rehabilitating the Edicule," director of the restoration Antonia Moropoulou told National Geographic.
03/21/2017 - 10:24 AM
Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that.
03/21/2017 - 05:53 PM
Ex-Clinton staffer: 8,000 millennial Democrats have told our new group they want to run for office
On Election Day 2016, people vote at a polling place set up at the Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Los Angeles. A postelection political action committee founded by the email director of the Hillary Clinton campaign to encourage millennial Democrats to run for state and local offices reports that more than 8,000 people have taken the first step toward becoming candidates. Contacted by Yahoo News, Run for Something founder Amanda Litman explained what she thought was behind that astonishing number.
03/21/2017 - 05:03 PM
Correction: Oil Pipeline story
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In a story March 22 about protecting pipelines from sabotage, The Associated Press misidentified a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, as Kerry Sundberg. His name is Kelly Sundberg.
03/22/2017 - 10:52 AM
Teacher Accused of Sexual Relations With Student Smiled in Mugshot Because She's Innocent: Lawyer
Sarah Fowlkes was pictured grinning in her mugshot.
03/22/2017 - 05:11 PM
Czech zoo saws off rhino horns to keep its animals safe
PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech zoo is taking no chances after the recent killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who stole the animal's horn — the zoo has started to remove the horns from its 21 rhinos as a precaution.
03/21/2017 - 10:59 AM
Citing Terror Threats, U.S. Bans Carry-On Electronic Devices From Middle East and North Africa Flights
Though the Department of Homeland Security did not reference a specific credible threat.
03/21/2017 - 12:20 PM
Investigation continues after 8-alarm fire destroys multiple homes in Kansas
ABC News' Alex Perez joins from the scene of the fire that destroyed multiple homes in Overland Park, Kansas.
03/21/2017 - 06:25 PM
Peru struggles with devastating El Niño flooding
Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country’s woes. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard along Peru’s northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and leaving some small villages isolated. Peru’s government said that 374 people were killed in 1998 during a similar period of massive rains and flooding caused by rains blamed on the El Niño climate pattern.
03/21/2017 - 08:00 AM
Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled
The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work and in time for crowds of Easter visitors. Religious leaders in traditional robes addressed a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried. Dignitaries including Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual head of Orthodox church leaders, were in attendance.
03/22/2017 - 11:20 AM
Gorsuch: I would have ‘walked out the door’ if Trump had asked me to overturn Roe
Judge Neil Gorsuch said he was never asked by President Trump to promise to overturn the landmark Supreme Court case protecting a woman’s right to an abortion and would have promptly walked out on the president if he had. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Gorsuch on the second day of his confirmation hearing if the president had ever made Gorsuch promise to vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
03/21/2017 - 02:37 PM
China denies reports of building on disputed shoal
China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied reports that China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. China seized the shoal, which is northeast of the Spratly islands, in 2012 and denied access to Philippine fishermen. Earlier this month, Xiao Jie, the mayor of what China calls Sansha City, said China planned to begin preparatory work this year to build environmental monitoring stations on a number of islands, including Scarborough Shoal.
03/22/2017 - 05:19 AM
Napolitano Off Fox News Over Trump Wiretapping Debacle
Andrew Napolitano, the former New Jersey Supreme Court judge, was cited by Trump to defend claims that former President Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower.
03/21/2017 - 12:22 AM
Married Teacher Who Allegedly Had Sexual Relations With 17-Year-Old Student Grins in Mugshot
She turned herself in on Monday.
03/21/2017 - 06:24 PM
Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of intestinal blockage
BANGKOK (AP) — Tourists used to toss coins at a green sea turtle that lived in a pond in eastern Thailand, wishing for luck and longevity. But swallowing the shiny tidbits turned out to be a death sentence for the reptile.
03/21/2017 - 11:44 AM
Spider venom may offer hope to stroke victims: scientists
A protein in the venom of potentially deadly funnel web spiders could minimise the effects of brain damage after a stroke, researchers in Australia said on Tuesday. Strokes claim six million lives worldwide each year, and five million survivors are left with a permanent disability. Scientists from the University of Queensland and Monash University said spider venom was always a good place to look for proteins to help in medical treatments as they have evolved to target the nervous systems of insects.
03/21/2017 - 12:40 AM
TripAdvisor names Bali best global destination for 2017 in Travelers' Choice Awards
The Buddhist island has claimed the top spot for the first time in TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards, published Tuesday, March 21, crowning the year's best travel destinations.
03/21/2017 - 12:11 PM
Police: 3-year-old twins die in Missouri pond accident
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl and her twin brother died in a "tragic accident" in a Missouri pond after they apparently wandered from home as their father slept, authorities said.
03/21/2017 - 01:55 PM
Over-excited little girl steals the Pope's hat off his head
Little kids have 10 times the energy most adults have. Put them in contact with a famous person, and anything can happen. MountainButorac, a Catholic blogger, recently took his goddaughter to see Pope Francis II in Rome. And the lucky little one didn't just get to see him, she got close enough to receive a kiss from the head of the Catholic Church. But she wanted so much more than that. Overwhelmed by energy, she reached out, desperate to discharge it somewhere, and pulled the Pope's hat off his head. SEE ALSO: Little kid aims his pro stink eye at a chip thief The Pope's hat is technically called a
zucchetto. And he actually seemed to enjoy the moment, or at least have enough social skills to feign enthusiasm. Watch the full interaction and rejoice! The internet has risen! We're sure Pope Francis forgave her for the transgression. WATCH: Robotic glove lets people with limited hand mobility perform daily tasks
03/22/2017 - 11:15 AM
Exclusive: Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro's NATO membership
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the U.S. Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States." In a letter dated March 7 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, Tillerson argued that Montenegro's membership in the alliance would support greater integration, democratic reform, trade, security and stability among its neighbors. Moscow opposes any further expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the delay in U.S. approval of Montenegro's accession has fueled questions about whether President Donald Trump's administration and his Republican Party will stand up to Russia despite Trump's desire for better relations.
03/21/2017 - 09:04 PM
Face recognition flushes out China's toilet paper crooks
A years-long crime spree by Chinese toilet paper thieves may have reached the end of its roll after park officials in southern Beijing installed facial recognition technology to flush out bathroom bandits. Park managers at the Temple of Heaven, an expanse of imperial landmarks in the capital, spent three years testing ways to foil the toilet looters, including fingerprinting and laser sensors, before they settled on the new technology, which was introduced over the weekend. Elderly square dancers taking their bathroom breaks on Tuesday were greeted by a robotic voice: "Welcome! Please stand in the recognition zone".
03/21/2017 - 05:41 AM
Nationwide Strikes Become More Common Under Trump
Workers are increasingly striking, but do they actually work?
03/21/2017 - 04:22 PM
Missing Tennessee Teen Hinted Of Looming Trouble
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Thomas is believed to have been kidnapped by one of her high school teachers.
03/21/2017 - 04:56 PM
Photos of the day - March 22, 2017
A peek at Boris in Washington; members of a Chinese honor guard salute caskets of Korean War dead; heavy snowfall in Northumberland, England; and people embrace during anniversary service for Brussels suicide attacks victims.
03/22/2017 - 04:03 PM
Joaquin Castro defends questioning James Comey on Russian dossier
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about what he learned from his questioning of FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers on the Hill on Monday. Castro also commented on the news that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip his first meeting with members of NATO next month. He said, "I wish that he would be there."
03/21/2017 - 05:24 PM
Baby Born with 4 Legs and 2 Spines Thrives After Risky Surgery Removes Two Extra Limbs
Ten-month-old Dominique journeyed from West Africa to receive risky surgery that would save her life.
03/21/2017 - 06:16 PM
Israeli army chief: Hezbollah leader killed by his own men
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has concluded that Hezbollah's top military commander was killed in Syria last year by rivals within the Shiite militant group, Israel's military chief said Tuesday.
03/21/2017 - 12:46 PM
Correction: Israel-Jesus Tomb Restoration story
JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story March 20 about renovations at the tomb of Jesus, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Edicule is revered by Christians as the site where Jesus rose to heaven. Tradition says the Jerusalem shrine is the site of Jesus' resurrection, not the ascension to heaven.
03/21/2017 - 04:01 PM
U.S. to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics
By David Shepardson and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Passengers on some U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once U.S. authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The new rule is expected to be announced Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the U.S. government learned of a threat several weeks ago. A source said the rule would cover around eight to 10 foreign airlines.
03/21/2017 - 06:43 AM
Cameroon expelled 2,600 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram: UN
More than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday. Thousands of Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has seen deadly attacks since 2009 in pursuit of a caliphate in northern Nigeria. Some 85,000 have sought refuge in Cameroon but the UN refugee agency said many had been sent back, with officials citing security reasons.
03/21/2017 - 09:11 AM
Tillerson Plan to Skip NATO Meeting Baffles Former Officials
Lawmakers, former officials denounce the move as 'disgraceful.'
03/21/2017 - 04:52 PM
Drones all around — Unmanned aircraft take on various roles
The number of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in the United States will jump dramatically over the next five years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The increase comes after the Obama administration in 2016 implemented new rules that opened the skies to low-level small drones for education, research and routine commercial use. Policy makers are still debating whether to allow a sweeping expansion in drone use for activities like deliveries where aircraft would fly beyond the sight of an operator.
03/22/2017 - 09:40 AM
'War Machine' Guilty Of Beating Up Ex-Girlfriend Christy Mack
Former MMA fighter, Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver's attorneys admitted that he assaulted Christy Mack and her male friend at Mack's Las Vegas residence.
03/21/2017 - 02:06 AM
How to Win a Bidding War
2017 has presented a hot spring market fueled by high demand and low inventory. Buyers are doing their best to stay ahead of rising interest rates, but are often confronted with short time frames to view properties and end up competing against multiple offers. What can you do if you find yourself in this situation? Let's take a look at six strategies for creating the strongest offer in a competitive homebuying situation.
03/21/2017 - 11:06 AM
2018 Toyota Sienna: Updated Looks and Tech to Match the Updated Powertrain
New face and new tech for Toyota's preeminent people mover.
03/22/2017 - 04:46 PM
The Latest: China envoy hails Syria peace talks 'momentum'
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
03/22/2017 - 11:50 AM
Hot new kitchen gadgets
Giz Wiz Dick Debartolo takes us through the latest and greatest kitchen tech.
03/21/2017 - 06:18 AM
Families of Sept. 11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. court over attacks
Hundreds of relatives of individuals killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have sued Saudi Arabia in U.S. court, seeking to take advantage of a law passed by Congress last year that allows victims of such attacks on U.S. soil to sue state sponsors. The lawsuit filed on Monday in federal court in Manhattan is the latest effort to hold Saudi Arabia liable for the al Qaeda attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. For years, U.S. law granting foreign nations broad immunity from lawsuits scuttled attempts by Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in New York.
03/21/2017 - 01:48 PM
Ghana shuts tourist site where 20 died in freak tree accident
Ghanaian authorities have closed the popular tourist destination of Kintampo Falls after 20 people died in a tree fall tragedy, officials said Monday. A group of high school and university students were swimming on Sunday afternoon at the picturesque waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region, some 450 kilometres (281 miles) by road from the capital Accra, when a massive tree crashed into the water, crushing some to death and injuries scores of others. "The National Disaster Management Organisation and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture have in consultation with the Brong Ahafo Regional Security Council ordered the indefinite closure of the Kintampo waterfalls," tourism minister spokesman Frank Siaw-Otu said in a statement.
03/21/2017 - 09:43 AM
A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers.
President Trump is busy this week helping to make sure millions of Americans don't lose their health insuran — -sorry, I mean, shutting down a teenage girl. 17-year-old Lucy from San Francisco recently designed a site called Kittenfeed.com (initially called TrumpScratch), where users get to punch Trump's face with tiny little kitchen paws. It seemed like a pretty harmless, anti-Trump site (the kittens don't even scratch!) — until she got a letter from the lawyers of a certain "well known businessman,"
The Observer reports. SEE ALSO: People can't stop sharing this cartoon about Trump's 'Muslim ban' That "internationally known" and "famous" businessman (his lawyers words, not mine) is, of course, Donald Trump. In the letter, Trump's general counsel encourages the teen to cease and desist and shut down the website. Image: www.kittenfeed.com After receiving the letter, Lucy decided to change the name of the website to Kittenfeed.com. That wasn't enough for Trump's counsel, who reportedly continued to press the 17-year-old girl. The family is waiting to see their next move. "It’s so sad that his administration is focused more on being liked, burying real news and taking down sites like mine as they supposedly make him look bad," Lucy told
The Observer. Predictably, Trump's lawyers letter had the opposite effect of their intention. After
The Observer published the report yesterday, the site's visitors surged from 3,000 to 50,000. Lesson: you can mess with Trump's lawyers, but don't you ever touch an animated kitten. WATCH: Robotic glove lets people with limited hand mobility perform daily tasks
03/22/2017 - 09:00 AM
Rooftop refugees plead for water in flooded Peru city
Huarmey (Perú) (AFP) - Stranded on their rooftops by flooding and mudslides, residents of Huarmey, Peru ironically need the one thing they see everywhere they look: water. Last Wednesday, the rain that has been pummeling Peru for a week sent a series of mudslides barreling down the hillsides of the Andes mountains and into the city.
03/21/2017 - 02:50 AM
Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country.
03/22/2017 - 06:42 PM
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