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U.S. refinery deal hits roadblocks at 8 striking plants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:04

Workers strike outside the Tesoro refinery in CarsonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - A tentative national agreement to end a six-week strike at twelve U.S. refineries has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies struggle to settle local issues, according to union officials. The deal reached on Thursday by the United Steelworkers (USW) and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc to end the biggest walkout of its kind in 35 years is showing signs of quick passage at just four plants. The four sites where the deal is finding support and progress is being made on local issues are at facilities owned or co-owned by Shell. Workers at these plants, which include three Motiva Enterprises refineries, have scheduled or are expected to hold votes this week to ratify the agreement.


Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst arrested; says he 'killed them all' in HBO finale

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:51

Millionaire Durst waives extradition, will return to CaliforniaRobert Durst muttered that he "killed them all, of course" in the finale of a six-part documentary that authorities hope will finally lead to a conviction.


Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst waives extradition, will face murder charge in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:36
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst waives extradition, will face murder charge in Los Angeles.

OU hires former federal judge amid fraternity racism probe

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:33
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma announced Monday the hiring of a prominent Oklahoma attorney and former U.S. district judge to assist school officials with an investigation into a racist chant by some fraternity members.

Walmart worker stole ammunition, survival gear, police say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:30

Walmart worker stole ammunition, survival gear, police sayPolice say a Wal-Mart employee has been charged with stealing thousands of rounds of ammunition and survival gear from the store in Milford where he worked.


GM gets 4,342 total claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:11

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit(Reuters) - General Motors Co has received 4,342 claims for compensation related to ignition switch defects in its cars, according to the lawyer overseeing the compensation program. GM has so far determined that 67 deaths, 11 severe injuries and 102 other injuries are eligible for payment, said the report. The report said 820 claims had been deemed ineligible, while 1,492 were under review. Applications for 1,066 claims lacked sufficient paperwork or evidence and 784 had no documentation at all, it said.


6,063 endangered manatees counted in annual Florida survey

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:06
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A record number of manatees have been tallied in Florida's annual survey of the endangered marine mammals, state wildlife officials said Monday.

Coroner: No foul play suspected in professor's death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:05
STAHLSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A coroner's office says no foul play is suspected in the death of a professor whose body was found in some woods about 15 miles from the Pennsylvania college where she worked.

New Jersey teacher accused of taking explicit photos of students

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:01

New Jersey teacher accused of taking explicit photos of studentsA New Jersey teacher is accused of secretly taking explicit pictures of students.


Trial to begin for NC man accused of cuffing child to porch

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:12
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — The child abuse trial for a North Carolina man accused of chaining an 11-year-old boy on a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment is scheduled to start Monday.

Forget streaming, aging boomers still want their fitness DVDs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:02
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite the ubiquity of online fitness offerings from Pilates videos on YouTube to indoor-cycling smartphone apps, fitness experts say aging boomers reluctant to go with the streaming flow want their home exercise in a DVD format. “Every time I do a (DVD) shoot, I think this will be the last one, but we keep meeting our revenue goals,” said Miami-based fitness instructor Jessica Smith, whose company JessicaSmithTV produces streaming and DVD fitness videos. Fueled by aging baby boomers, fitness DVD production grew at an annual rate of 7.7 percent in the five years to 2014, a report by market research company IBIS World showed. “The bulk of our YouTube audience is younger.” Some home exercisers, especially outside of big cities, lack Internet service fast enough to download and play streaming videos in real time, she added.   But Donna Cyrus, senior vice president of programming for Crunch Fitness, believes the popularity of DVDs will decrease.   “Because of the Internet, it’s a lot easier to access streaming,” said Cyrus, whose company streams some 60 fitness classes from Pilates to yoga to hip-hop over its live subscription service.

Firefighter, resident hurt in Northeast Philadelphia house fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:49

Firefighter, resident hurt in Northeast Philadelphia house fireAn early morning house fire in Northeast Philadelphia has left two people injured, including a firefighter.


More mutilated animals found in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:44
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More beheaded animals have been found near the Northern California city of Sacramento, the latest in a string of mutilations since the beginning of the year.

Gym chain Life Time Fitness to become private company

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:42
NEW YORK (AP) — Life Time Fitness Inc. said Monday that it will sell itself to two private equity firms for more than $2.8 billion, in a deal that will turn the gym chain into a private company.

Philadelphia man shot 11 times on walk down street survives

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:33
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man has survived being shot 11 times while walking down the street.

Man shoots self after robbery, flags down deputy

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:30
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an Orlando man panicked after robbing someone of a phone and shot himself while fleeing the scene and eventually flagged down a deputy for help.

Audit: Millions in Connecticut property missing, stolen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:28
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly $5 million in state property was lost, stolen, improperly discarded or vandalized from 2011 through 2014, state auditors said.

Deputies: Wrong way driver too drunk for breath test

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:50
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies say a man driving the wrong way on a major highway was too drunk to take an alcohol breath test.

NYC man drowns trying to save dog that fell through ice

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:20
NAPLES, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 34-year-old New York City man has drowned while trying to save his dog from a pond.

Police: Man walks into trooper's car, gets charged with DWI

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:42
BRUNSWICK, N.Y. (AP) — It may have been the easiest driving while intoxicated arrest ever made by the New York State Police.