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Fire out at old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:29

Fire out at old Sunoco refinery in South PhiladelphiaFire crews responded quickly to the scene of a fire at an old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia.


Hundreds mourn NYC college dean killed in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:26
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered at a New York City funeral home to say goodbye to a college dean killed in this month's Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.

Kick off to Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:26

Kick off to Memorial Day weekend in PhiladelphiaNot everyone is heading out of the city for the holiday, there is plenty to do this Memorial Day weekend right in Philadelphia.


Shore-goers start the holiday weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:19

Shore-goers start the holiday weekendThe Jersey shore in ready for waves of eager sun and sand thirsty people this Memorial Day weekend.


U.S. deejay Kasem's widow will not face criminal charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:10
(Reuters) - The widow of American radio personality Casey Kasem will not face criminal charges in connection with his death, prosecutors said on Friday, despite allegations of abuse from three of his adult children. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said there was not enough evidence to charge 61-year-old Jean Kasem, the former "American Top 40" deejay's second wife, with his death last June. Kasem died in Washington state after suffering from Lewy Body disease, a form of dementia with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.

Former CEO's lawsuit against Sands China stays in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:48
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has decided a wrongful termination case against Macau-based Sands China Ltd. and Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson can stay in Nevada largely because of the influence Adelson wielded over the company, often from several thousand miles away.

Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:41

Staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, on Friday, May 22, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline in near Santa Barbara, Calif., spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast.


Officer, civilian injured in Newark, Del. crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:39

Officer, civilian injured in Newark, Del. crashA police officer and a civilian were injured in a crash in Newark, Delaware.


Probe leaves unanswered questions in deadly California bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:08
By Olga Grigoryants LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators have not determined why a FedEx truck driver veered across a Northern California highway last year and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a college recruitment trip, killing 10 people, authorities said on Friday. Five of the dead were Los Angeles-area students who had been on their way to tour a university campus when the FedEx truck collided head-on with their bus on Interstate 5 in the agricultural community of Orland, north of Sacramento. The April crash also killed five adults including a 26-year-old college recruiter and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck.

Mother pleads not guilty to assaulting child on plane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:53
HONOLULU (AP) — A mother pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she physically and verbally assaulted her 15-month-old daughter during an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu.

Pipeline spill could further hamper big California oil projects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:53
By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of barrels of oil that gushed from a ruptured coastal pipeline in scenic California this week could stiffen opposition to large oil projects that companies want to build in the state, notably those to deliver cheap U.S. crude on trains. Several proposed oil-by-rail offloading terminals in California were already being contested in light of several fiery crude train derailments since 2013 that have stoked safety concerns about spills and explosions. Now, the sight of oil washing up on the shores of Santa Barbara could further galvanize rail opponents after up to 2,500 barrels of crude leaked on Tuesday from a pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline LP .

Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:53

Crew members inspect the oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American Pipeline LP , officials said.


Police release surveillance video in shooting investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:39

Some 400 people march from Woodruff Park in west Olympia, Wash., to Olympia City Hall to protest a police shooting that wounded two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Law enforcement officials on Friday released surveillance video from a grocery store that is part of an investigation of an officer-involved shooting that wounded two men who were suspected of trying to steal beer.


US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:33

FILE- In this March 30, 2012 file photo, Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, delivers a lecture to students in Moscow. Gottemoeller spoke for the U.S. delegation Friday, May 22, 2015, in blocking the final conference document during a landmark nuclear treaty review conference at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.


U.S. Navy pilot safe after jet ends up in water off San Diego runway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:26
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy training jet went off the end of a runway and crashed into water at a base in San Diego on Friday, but the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft and was rescued by local boaters, officials said. The jet remained half-submerged near the Naval Air Station North Island, and the pilot was taken to the hospital for evaluation, said U.S. Navy spokeswoman Lieutenant Reagan Lauritzen. "The pilot was released and is ambulatory and in good condition," Lauritzen told Reuters.

Naked Florida man rescued after getting stuck on drawbridge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:11

A member of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Tactical Rescue Team rescues a naked man on top of a raised drawbridge on Friday, May 22, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Witnesses said the unidentified man was swimming in the river earlier and was walking across the railroad bridge Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top. (Michael Clary/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUTFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.


Elderly Colorado man deemed incompetent in nursing home killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 87-year-old Colorado man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is incompetent and will not face criminal charges for beating to death a fellow dementia patient at a nursing home, prosecutors said on Friday. Homer Castor is in an advanced stage of the degenerative disease, and should be confined to a mental hospital for the slaying of 76-year-old Gerald Propp, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Castor was arrested in February after police said he attacked Propp with his fists at the Attria Applewood assisted living center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

Navy says pilot safely ejected when plane went off runway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:00

A US Navy aircraft sits in shallow water in San Diego Bay after over shooting a runway at the North Island Naval Station Friday, May 22, 2015 in San Diego. The pilot ejected and was reportedly picked up by a civilian craft. (AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay on Friday when a training jet went off the end of a runway after landing at Naval Air Station North Island.


California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:42

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. Celli, who farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.