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Engineer from California train derailment has died, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:08
A 62-year-old train engineer who was hospitalized after a train crash and derailment last week in Southern California has died, in the first fatality from the incident that left about 50 people injured, police said on Tuesday. The Feb. 24 crash in Oxnard, California, occurred when a train operated by the Metrolink agency struck a Ford pickup truck. Oxnard police spokesman Miguel Lopez identified the train engineer as Glenn Steele and said he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Steele was transferred in critical condition last week from Ventura County Medical Center to another hospital for more specialized care, a spokeswoman for the Ventura hospital said at the time, without naming the other facility.

Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:03
(Reuters) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state. The 7-1 ruling comes roughly three weeks after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's decision overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put it on hold. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," Tuesday's state supreme court ruling said.

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:51

Federal agents enter an upscale apartment complex, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Irvine, Calif. Shortly after sunrise, federal agents swarmed the complex in the Orange County where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women $50,000 for lodging, food and transportation. The key draw for travelers is that the United States offers birthright citizenship. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.


Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:35

Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack'Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack."


APNewsBreak: 72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:25

File - In this July 6, 2013, aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, more than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.


Malloy describes Hesburgh as pastor of Notre Dame, US, world

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:59

Members of the community pay their respects to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh during visitation on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, inside the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thousands of students, alumni and admirers are expected on the University of Notre Dame campus Tuesday to pay their respects to the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It's hard to explain how often the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh played a providential role in the events of his life during his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, the priest who succeeded him said Tuesday night.


Vermont town rejects lowering voting age to 16: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:57
Voters in a Vermont town on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected lowering the minimum voting age in local elections to 16 from 18, an idea that had been promoted by a longtime activist, a newspaper reported. Residents of Brattleboro voted against the "youth vote amendment" by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, the Brattleboro Reformer said. The amendment was among proposals considered during the annual town meeting. Had voters approved the measure, Brattleboro, a left-leaning town of about 12,000 people in southern Vermont, would have become the second U.S. municipality to lower the voting age to 16, following the Washington suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland, in 2013.

Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served time for bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:44

A memorial is seen on the sidewalk where a homeless man was killed by police in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A homeless man whose fatal shooting by Los Angeles police outraged civil rights activists and fellow skid row residents was a convicted bank robber who was released from federal prison last year, according to a law-enforcement source and records. A law-enforcement source confirmed as correct to Reuters the details of a Los Angeles Times report saying police had identified him as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a 39-year-old French national who had served time for a bank robbery conviction. The Times said the man, who was accused of pistol-whipping a teller during a 2000 bank holdup north of Los Angeles, told investigators at the time that he robbed the bank to cover the cost of acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.


Jury selection continues in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:41
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting trial is continuing with attorneys asking prospective jurors about their views on the death penalty and mental illness.

Pot growers convicted on fed count in state where it's legal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:38
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.

Mother says rampage lawsuit filed to prevent tragedies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:15

Kelly Wang, the mother of a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara, Calif., last year, chokes up as she describes the difficult decision to file suit Monday, in federal court against the county, the Santa Barbara sheriff and the apartments where her son and his two friends were slain, at a news conference in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed his two roommates and their friend, Wang's son, George Chen, in the Capri Apartments before going on a shooting rampage in which he killed three more University of California, Santa Barbara, students and injured 14 other people before killing himself as police pursued him. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The anguished mother a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara last year said Tuesday that she and the parents of two other victims realized their broken hearts will never be mended, but they sued the county sheriff and other parties to prevent future tragedies.


ACCUWEATHER MAPS: Tracking Thursday's snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:13

 Tracking Thursday's snowAccuWeather is tracking the potential for heavy snow on Thursday, following a day of rain on Wednesday.


UN Security Council OKs sanctions regime for South Sudan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:13
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday creating a system to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, hoping it will press rival leaders into ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands in the world's newest country.

Owner of car charged with murder in deadly Los Angeles street race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:08
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owner of a car that spun out of control at a Los Angeles street race and crashed last week, killing two spectators, was charged on Tuesday with murder although prosecutors do not believe he was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, was also charged with engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest causing injury for his role in the race on Thursday when his Ford Mustang struck three people, killing two, in the suburb of Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley. "We do not believe he was the driver, but he was involved in participating in the race," said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. The two deaths highlighted the dangers associated with street racing, an underground practice that has for years been a sometimes deadly occurrence on Los Angeles streets.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:00

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, a police tactical team moves in to disperse a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. that was sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, scheduled to be publicly released as soon as March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Federal agents raid suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:51
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes providing travel, lodging and medical care to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, immigration officials said. The locations searched included three apartment complexes - one each in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties - suspected of housing foreign clients, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. No criminal arrests were anticipated from Tuesday's raids, which were carried out by federal agents and local law enforcement, said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations office in Los Angeles. The sweep was believed to mark the first such enforcement action against a cottage industry that has gained a growing foothold in the United States in recent years while operating largely out of sight of federal authorities, he said.

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:36

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings.


Alabama Supreme Court Orders a Stop to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:36
Court says state law says marriage is between one man and one woman.

Fast-moving storm dumps snow in parts of Upper Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:32
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents across the Upper Midwest may soon get the snowfall some have been wanting more of this winter.

72 passengers reach settlements with Asiana Airlines, Boeing after deadly San Francisco crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:28
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 72 passengers reach settlements with Asiana Airlines, Boeing after deadly San Francisco crash.