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Fire, propane explosion damage Washington business

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 09:13

Smoke and flames rise above a fire burning several buildings at the Inland Trap & Liner company Friday, July 17, 2015, in Moses Lake, Wash. Grant County Sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman said no one was injured, but the fire has caused one propane tank to explode, sending a mushroom cloud 1,000 feet into the air. Numerous haystacks also burned. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A dramatic fire and explosion that sent a propane tank flying 1,000 feet burned five buildings Friday at a company that makes plastic tarps to cover haystacks and set fire to 11,000 tons of hay in central Washington state.


19 NY police officers face charges of downgrading crimes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 09:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials in the nation's largest police department said Friday they uncovered dozens of instances of crimes misreported and wrongly downgraded by officers at a precinct after an anonymous tip to internal affairs and now 19 officers face departmental charges.

Last words from slain Marine to girlfriend: 'ACTIVE SHOOTER'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:55

Caroline Dove holds a photo of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, her boyfriend, in her hands July 17, 2015, at her home in Savannah, Ga. Wells was among four Marines killed July 16, 2015, in an attack at a military training facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire Thursday, July 16, 2015, on two U.S. military sites in Chattanooga in an attack that left four Marines dead and raised the specter of terrorism on U.S. soil. He was killed by police.(AP Photo/Russ Bynum)They were four people charged with the safety of others, gunned down in a place where the nation's defense is the paramount mission for those who pass through its doors. They are being deemed heroes by some, and the cruel irony of protectors becoming targets was not lost, with President Barack Obama calling it "a heartbreaking circumstance" to lose four men who served "with great valor."


Iowa jury deliberates former lottery worker's fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:54

In this July 15, 2015, photo, Eddie Tipton looks over at his lawyers before the start of his trial at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. An Iowa jury began deliberating Friday after hearing over four days the complex story of how Tipton, a lottery security officer, allegedly fixed the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket for a $14 million jackpot and then attempted to cash it anonymously. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register) MANDATORY CREDITDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa jury began deliberating Friday after hearing over four days the complex story of how a lottery security officer allegedly fixed the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket for a $14 million jackpot and then attempted to cash it anonymously.


2 injured in motorcycle, car crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:45

Motorcyclist killed in 3-vehicle crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaTwo people were injured in a crash involving two motorcycles and a car in Northeast Philadelphia.


1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside Overbrook playground

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:34

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside Overbrook playgroundOne man is dead and another was wounded after a shooting outside of a playground in Philadelphia's Overbrook section.


Judge rejects defense argument in Jewish site shootings case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:33
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge rejected a white supremacist's effort Friday to argue in court that the killings of three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City were necessary.

MGM Resorts tells drought panel it's saved 2 billion gallons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:23

FILE - In this April 15, 2015 file photo, a man takes a picture of the fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The vice president of sustainability for MGM Resorts International, Chris Brophy, told a panel of the Nevada Drought Forum on Friday, July 17, the company saved 2 billion gallons of water since 2008 through a variety of conservation efforts. The company has 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions.


35,000 gallons of oil spills after Montana train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:21

Crews with cranes attempt to raise derailed oil tanker cars near Culbertson, Montana, Friday, July 17, 2015. The tank cars were hauling fuel from North Dakota and derailed Thursday in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. (AP Photo/Richard Peterson)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.


Boeing warns airlines against flying battery shipments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:18

FILE - This file frame grab from video, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows a test at the FAAs technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. Boeing, one of the world’s two largest aircraft makers, warned its passenger airline customers on July 17, 2015, that flying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries can cause fires capable of destroying the planes. the guidance sent to airlines around the globe urged that they not carry the batteries as cargo "until safer methods of packaging and transport are established and implemented," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder told The Associated Press in an email. (FAA, via, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing, one of the world's two largest aircraft makers, warned its passenger airline customers on Friday that flying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries can cause fires capable of destroying the planes.


Police: 2 dead, 3 wounded in shootings in northern Maine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:12

This undated photo from the Maine Sex Offender Register released Friday, July 17, 2015, by the Maine State Police shows Anthony Lord, being sought in connection with the shootings of four people in three different communities in northern Maine on Friday. (Maine State Police via AP)LEE, Maine (AP) — A former convict beat a man and stole guns and a pickup truck before shooting five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across several northern Maine towns, state police said Friday.


Ex-mail carrier pleads guilty to charges he delivered heroin in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:06
Michael Trento entered the plea on Thursday in federal court before Chief Judge Susan Mollway in Honolulu, and he was allowed to remain free on bail until he is sentenced on Nov. 9, according to minutes from the court proceedings. Trento faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced, said Elliot Enoki, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Trento was based in Maui.

Maine police capture man suspected of killing two, wounding three

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:05
Anthony Lord, 35, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping, Maine State Police said. Police said the kidnap victim was Brittany Irish, 22, who was with Lord when he was taken into custody. Lord is suspected of fatally shooting Irish's boyfriend, Kyle Hewitt, 22, of Caribou, and wounding her mother, Kim Irish, 55, at the Irish home in Benedicta, police said.

Utah police arrest 15-year-old boy in young girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:56

In this aerial photo, investigators look for evidence in the field where the body of a 12-year-old girl found on Friday , July 17, 2015, in West Valley City, Utah. West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo said Friday the girl left her house about midnight with someone her parents didn't know. Police believe she was killed in an altercation in the field near where her body was found in the suburb of Salt Lake City.(Tom Smart/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITWEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Police arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday in the death of a young neighbor whose body was found in an overgrown horse pasture near her home in suburban Salt Lake City.


Thunderstorm brings snow to Hawaii in July

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53
MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — An overnight thunderstorm dropped 1½ to 2 inches of snow on the summit of Hawaii's tallest peak in July.

Statoil says crude on derailed BNSF train complied with volatility limit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53
By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - The North Dakota crude on a Berkshire Hathaway Inc-owned BNSF Railway Co train that derailed this week in Montana was produced by Norway's Statoil and complied with regulations that limit flammability, a Statoil spokesman said on Friday. Statoil spokesman Peter Symons said the crude was "fully compliant" with North Dakota regulations imposed in April that limit vapor pressure in crude before it is loaded into railcars for transport to market. The state has used vapor pressure as a proxy for measuring the amount of flammable natural gas liquids that are present in crude that can ignite in a crash.

Four Marines slain in Chattanooga united in pride in serving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:50
Three of the Marines killed on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee were battle-hardened veterans who survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fourth was relatively new to the Marine Corps, fresh out of boot camp. Outlines of the lives of the four slain Marines have started to emerge from online posts and photos, as well as from interviews with close friends and family.

Most new California licenses go to drivers in US illegally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a new law went into effect in January, more than half of all new driver's licenses issued in California this year have gone to people who are in the country illegally, the state said Friday.

Tribes push to end Affordable Care Act coverage requirement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:36
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Representatives of several Indian tribes say they support legislation introduced by congressional Republicans this week that would exempt tribes nationwide from being classified as large employers under the federal Affordable Care Act — a designation that requires tribes to pay higher insurance costs or face federal penalties.

Seattle's long-broken tunnel-boring machine set to resume Nov. 23

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:35

Workers lift machine head from Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, from access pit for repairs in SeattleThe world's largest-diameter tunneling machine could resume drilling under downtown Seattle in late November after repairs are completed, allowing a central part of a years-delayed highway project to go forward, Washington state officials said on Friday. The broken machine, known as Bertha, stopped working in December 2013 after digging just 10 percent of a planned tunnel to replace an aging waterfront highway. It was stuck for more than a year underneath downtown Seattle.