July 30, 2014

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United plane’s evacuation slide deploys mid-flight

This provided by Michael Schroeder shows an emergency chute after it inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to California, filling part of the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas. United Airlines officials said in a statement that no one aboard Flight 1463 was injured. (AP Photo/Michael Schroeder)

CHICAGO (AP) — An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas, a passenger said Monday. Mike Schroeder, 58, said he was flying to Orange County, California, late Sunday when he Read More…

Former P&G executive named Veterans Affairs secretary

Robert McDonald

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. An administration official Read More…

Police probe family’s electronics in son’s death

ATLANTA (AP) — The mother of a toddler who died in an unattended SUV in suburban Atlanta told investigators she did online research on how hot it needs to be for a child to die in an unattended vehicle because she was afraid it might happen, police said. Leanna Harris hasn’t been charged in the death of Read More…

Warrant: Man returned to hot SUV with son inside

Justin Ross Harris

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The investigation of a toddler’s death in a hot SUV in Georgia hinges on a key question: Was the boy the victim of a horrific accident after his father simply forgot to take him to day care, or did the man know the child was inside when he left him strapped Read More…

UPDATED: Cleveland, Dallas finalists to host 2016 Republican National Convention

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland.  ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON — Just two cities remain in the sweepstakes to host the Republican Party’s next presidential nominating convention. Republican National Committee members on Wednesday named two finalists: Cleveland and Dallas. The decision eliminates Denver and Kansas City, Mo., from the running. Several cities have been competing for months to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, Read More…

Federal appeals court: Utah can’t ban gay marriage

The plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen and his partner, Moudi Sbeity; Kate Call, her partner, Karen Archer; Laurie Wood and her partner, Kody Partridge, stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the Read More…

Judge strikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage

Dylan Hutson, center, of Indianapolis, holds a sign voicing his opposition to a measure amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage at the Statehouse in Indianapolis earlier this year.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state law Read More…

KFC: No proof worker asked scarred child to leave

  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Fried chicken chain KFC said two different investigations have not found any evidence that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said Tuesday the company considered the matter closed after an Read More…

Methodist panel overturns pastor’s defrocking

Frank Schaefer, a former United Methodist pastor from Lebanon, Pa., speaks to a large crowd gathered at First United Methodist Church of Oberlin on May 1. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pastor who presided over his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. The nine-person panel ordered the church to restore Frank Schaefer’s pastoral credentials, saying Read More…

Courts use drug injections to fight heroin

Twice-arrested heroin user Cynthia Fugate stands before Judge Robert Peeler April 15. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

LEBANON — The twice-arrested heroin user listened nervously as the judge reviewed her record, then offered a deal he thinks could save her life. “You’re not a criminal, you’re an addict,” Judge Robert Peeler told Cynthia Fugate. “Something is driving you to use heroin that is beyond your control. Is that fair to say?” “Yes, Read More…