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AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 23:50

FILE-This aerial Feb. 17, 2015 file photo photo made available by the Office of the Governor of West Virginia shows a derailed train in Mount Carbon, WVa. As investigators in West Virginia and Ontario pick through the wreckage from the latest pair of oil train derailments to result in massive fires, U.S. transportation officials predict many more catastrophic wrecks involving flammable fuels in coming years absent new regulations. (AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch,File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

'American Sniper' suspect's ex-comrades mourn man they knew

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 23:29

In this 2008 photo provided by Corey Smalley, Eddie Ray Routh poses with an AK-47 at Camp Fallujah in Iraq. For the Marines who served with him in the Iraqi desert, the man on trial for gunning down "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and a friend is not the Eddie Ray Routh they knew. The 27-year-old veteran stands charged with capital murder in the Feb. 2, 2013, slayings of the former Navy SEAL and his friend, Chad Littlefield. The two men had taken Routh to a shooting range after Routh's mother asked Kyle to help her son cope with debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder and other personal demons. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Corey Smalley)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — For those who served with Eddie Ray Routh in the Iraqi desert, the man on trial for gunning down the famed "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and a friend is not the Marine they had come to know.

Mall of America Heightens Security After al-Shabaab Threat

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 23:12
Video claiming to be from al-Shabaab posted online threatens mall.

Police search for missing Wilmington man

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:44

Police search for missing Wilmington manNew Castle County police are searching for a missing man.

Snowy Northeast to get brief, warm respite

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:41

Anna Vincelli, 45, photographs a two-story snowman built by her neighbor in Irondequoit, N.Y. The region has had 84.5 inches of snow so far this winter, 11 inches above normal, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)A brief respite from cold temperatures is here for the snowy Northeast, but that doesn't mean an end to its weather woes.

Teen who gained fame over laser cat portrait dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:03
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York teen — who had a burst of fame last fall over his senior portrait depicting him, his cat and lasers — has died.

Families of Teens Feared Headed to Syria Plead, 'Come Home'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 21:25
The families of all three British schoolgirls believed to be headed to Syria via Turkey to join Islamist fighters issued desperate pleas today asking them to return home.

AccuWeather: An Icy Morning

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 21:13

 Icy MorningMeteorologist Chris Sowers says another arctic blast is on the way this week!

AP-GfK Poll: Most back Obama plan to raise investment taxes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 20:52

FILE- In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle-class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which found that most Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise investment taxes on high-income families. The findings echo the populist messages of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two liberals being courted by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to run for president in 2016. The findings also add weight to Obama’s new push to raise taxes on the rich and use some of the revenue to lower taxes on the middle class. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The rich aren't taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they're too high as well.

AccuWeather: Snow, Ice and Rain

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 20:33

 Icy MorningMeteorologist Melissa Magee is tracking a wintry mess with snow, ice and rain.

Legal haze: D.C. pot users face questions as deadline expires this week

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 20:21

File photo of pedestrians passing by a DC Cannabis Campaign sign in WashingtonVoters in the District of Columbia last year passed a measure clearing the way for pot possession, but members of Congress have used their power over the city to prevent local officials from coming up with any plan to let the drug be sold legally for recreational purposes. With the congressional review period for the new measure set to expire on Wednesday, District of Columbia pot users will be left in a murkier position than those in Colorado and Washington state, which fully legalized marijuana last year. You can possess a small amount ... but you can only get it, I guess, illegally," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non-voting representative in Congress. A key argument by supporters was that marijuana laws unfairly victimized black people in Washington, who represent about half the city's population.

Group protesting Washington police shooting blocks bridge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:16
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against a police shooting that left a man dead rallied in a Washington city, staging a march that shut down traffic on a bridge over the Columbia River.

30th Film Independent Spirit Award Winners

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 15:48

30th Film Independent Spirit Award WinnersWho won a film award on the eve of the Oscars? Find out here.

Winter storm drops up to 10 inches of snow in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 15:18

Chris Cobos, center, helps guide a snowplow into the garage after its de-icer tanks were filled as crews get ready for a projected snowstorm Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Christian Murdock)DENVER (AP) — Heavy snow up to three inches an hour fell across parts of Colorado's Front Range on Saturday as people faced another blast of winter weather that could bring two feet or more to some areas by the beginning of next week.

U.S. refinery strike spreads to one-fifth of national capacity

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 14:42

Members of the United Steel Workers union picket the Tesoro refinery in Carson, CaliforniaA total of 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries, are involved in the work stoppage that began on Feb. 1 when talks for a new three-year contract between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co stopped. After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, calling workers out at a chemical plant and three refineries in the company's Motiva Enterprises [MOTIV.UL] joint-venture with Saudi Aramco [SDABO.UL]. Twenty-four hours later, USW members were also picketing at Motiva's 235,000 bpd Convent, Louisiana, and 238,000 bpd Norco, Louisiana, refineries and the Shell chemical plant in Norco. Shell and the USW were near an agreement for a new contract on Friday night, but other oil companies were unwilling to accept the bargain, said sources familiar with the talks.

Chef Art Smith hosts mass gay wedding on Miami Beach

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 13:30

In this Feb. 26, 2011 file photo, Celebrity Chef Art Smith discuss a healthy journey to wellness during an interview with the Associated Press in Miami Beach, Fla. Smith is hosting a group wedding for 101 same-sex couples Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 with a little help from some of the country’s top chefs who are in town for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With a mix of elegance and irreverence, only celebrity chef Art Smith could round up his famous chef buddies, a sea of white orchids and a drag queen DJ to pull off a wedding ceremony Saturday for more than two dozen same-sex couples on Miami Beach.

Fire Ravages One of the World's Tallest Apartment Towers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 13:22
"The guards were pretty frantic," said a resident.

'Slender Man' Interrogation Tapes Reveal Shocking New Details

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 13:22
In explosive police interrogation tapes, the two young girls accused of stabbing a classmate talk about why they did it.

Crimefighters: Who killed James Lindsey?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 13:05

 Who killed James Lindsey?A man who went to run an errand for his fiancé was later found fatally shot in his car in Camden and now a reward is being offered to find his killer.

Cole Hamels: 'At this given moment, I'm a Phillie'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 13:02

 'At this given moment, I'm a Phillie'Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels did little Saturday to clear up comments he recently made regarding his eagerness to begin the season with a team in a rebuilding mode.