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Engineer braked just seconds before fatal Amtrak derailment: NTSB

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:28
(Reuters) - The engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia killing seven applied emergency brakes just moments before the fatal accident, a U.S. transportation safety investigator said on Wednesday. "Just moments before the derailment, the train was placed into engineer-induced braking, and this means that the engineer applied full emergency brake applications," National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told a news conference in Philadelphia.

Judge lets Russian man charged with hacking fire his lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:25
SEATTLE (AP) — A Russian man who prosecutors say made millions as a prolific computer hacker and credit card thief was allowed to fire his lawyers on Wednesday, just minutes before the start of a two-day hearing to decide whether his arrest in the Maldives was legal.

A nail in the eye, a lucky landscaper left without a scratch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:24

This undated image provided by the New England Journal of Medicine on May 12, 2015 shows a CT scan with a nail in the eye of a patient. Boston doctors removed the nearly 3-inch nail after it hurtled into the eye of a 27-year-old landscaper when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacking tool. A checkup eight weeks later showed his vision had returned to normal. (AP Photo/New England Journal of Medicine)There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds. A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacker.


Seven people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; some unaccounted for

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:16

7 killed in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; officials say speed a factorOfficials say seven people were killed in the Amtrak train crash in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia on Tuesday night, and more than 200 people have been treated at local hospitals.


Appeals court skeptical of fairness of trader's conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:15
NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court panel on Wednesday expressed doubts about the fairness of a prosecution that led to a prison sentence for a man convicted of defrauding a government bailout program.

Smokers have better luck quitting when own money wagered

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:11

 Few people were willing to bet on themselves. Nearly everyone who was offered the rewards-only option, though, signed up for a stop smoking program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to offering cash to get smokers to quit, more people go for the carrots than the stick — but the stick gets better results.


Drexel rail expert discusses Amtrak train crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:11

Drexel rail expert discusses Amtrak train crashInvestigators believe the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia was hurtling through a 50 mile per hour zone at more than 100 miles per hour but according to a local train expert at Drexel University, speed may not be the only factor at play.


Prosecutor: Woman confessed to tampering with fiance's kayak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 05:04

Angelika Graswald, right, stands in court with Michael Archer a forensic scientist, as her attorneys ask for bail and to unseal the indictment against her during a hearing Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Goshen, N.Y. Graswald has been charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of her fiance, Vincent Viafore while kayaking on the Hudson River. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP, Pool)GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her fiance while out paddling on the Hudson River admitted tampering with his kayak and later confessed "it felt good knowing he would die," a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Amtrak derailment impacts SEPTA, other transit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:59

Amtrak derailment impacts SEPTA, other transitThe Amtrak Northeast Regional train derailment in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia is having a major impact on the area's transportation system.


NTSB: Amtrak train going 100+ mph, preliminary results show

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:46

 Amtrak train going 106 mph before crash, results showThe National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday that preliminary data shows the Amtrak train that crash in Philadelphia was travelling at more than 100 mph.


5th-grade student takes school guard's gun from holster

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:44
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina school district has asked a private security guard not to return after a fifth-grader was able to pull the officer's gun out of its holster.

Exterminator found guilty in murder of Children's Hospital doctor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:39

Exterminator found guilty in murder of Children's Hospital doctorAn exterminator has been found guilty in the murder of a young pediatrician and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Indianapolis woman gets 30 years for leaving infant in trash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:38
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis woman whose co-workers found her baby gasping for air in a garbage can after she gave birth in a warehouse restroom has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Heavy rain swamps parts of Houston area, vehicles abandoned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:35

A tow truck driver works to remove a stalled vehicle in flood waters, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Webster, Texas. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Wednesday for many regions in south Texas. (Cody Duty(/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITDALLAS (AP) — Rain that lashed a broad swath of Texas on Wednesday brought flooding to many regions, high-water rescues and new rainfall totals on pace to exceed prior years.


USDA rules will require safety labels on tenderized beef

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will soon require labels on packages of beef tenderized by machines so shoppers know to cook it thoroughly.

Lawsuits say truck in fatal Georgia crash had warning system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:30
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A tractor-trailer blamed for causing a fiery highway crash that killed five Georgia nursing students was equipped with a warning system designed to alert drivers to avoid collisions, according to civil lawsuits filed by the victims' families.

Jim Gaines, AP tech staffer, dies in Amtrak derailment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:27

In this Sept. 7, 2006 photo, Associated Press employee Jim Gaines poses for a picture. Gaines, an AP video software architect, was among those killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Santos Chaparro)PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Jim Gaines, an Associated Press video software architect known for his "tireless dedication" to technological innovation, was killed in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia. He was 48.


House GOP approves cuts to Amtrak budget despite crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:26

House GOP panel proposes Amtrak cutsWASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled House panel on Wednesday approved deep spending cuts to Amtrak's budget just hours after a deadly crash in Philadelphia.


Guinta disputes federal finding of illegal campaign cash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:25

FILE - Frank Guinta is seen In this Thursday Sept. 23, 2010 file photo. Guinta illegally accepted more than $300,000 in campaign donations from his parents in 2010, the Federal Election Commission has concluded after a nearly five-year investigation. The Republican New Hampshire Congressman has agreed to repay $355,000 he says he loaned himself during his first run for Congress in 2010 to settle a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta illegally accepted more than $300,000 in campaign donations from his parents in 2009 and 2010, the Federal Election Commission has concluded after a nearly five-year investigation.


Bird flu adds to woes at Minnesota turkey litter power plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 04:25

This May 8, 2015, photo provided by the Swift County Monitor-News, shows the Fibrominn power plant in Benson, Minnesota. The plant was designed to burn turkey litter but ran into supply and operational difficulties even before bird flu struck the Midwest poultry industry, yet its new managers say they’re confident they can keep it running for the long haul. The plant is in receivership and now relies heavily on wood chips, which can be seen outside the building. (Reed Anfinson/ Swift County Monitor-News via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest's poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they're confident they can keep it running for the long haul.