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Washington subway has serious safety shortfalls, regulators say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:39
Washington's troubled subway system suffers from serious safety lapses and needs to improve immediately, the Federal Transit Administration said on Wednesday, six months after a tunnel fire in the U.S. capital killed one person. The agency found 54 shortfalls at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or Metro, with all but 10 in its subway, the second-busiest in the United States, it said in an inspection report. The sprawling rail-and-bus system is not unsafe but needs to emphasize implementing safety procedures that are already in place, said FTA acting Administrator Therese McMillan.

Tropical Depression Bill soaks Texas, kills one, brings flood worries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:34

Flooding is pictured from a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter as it flies over GalvestonBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Tropical Depression Bill drenched large parts of Texas on Wednesday, turning streets into lakes, raising flood worries and killing at least one person in the state where severe weather killed about 30 people last month. There were scores of traffic accidents related to Bill, the second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. It was downgraded from a tropical storm on Wednesday as it lost power.


U.S. postal workers turn Scrooge, poor kids lose: authorities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:31
Federal authorities have accused three U.S. postal workers of being Scrooges, by writing fake letters to Santa Claus to get Christmas gifts meant for poor children. Terry Jackson, 22, Mahogany Strickland, 23, and Nickyeves Saintalbord, 28, all worked on the U.S. Postal Service's "Operation Santa" program in 2013, according to a criminal complaint made public on Wednesday in federal court in New York.

Shark attack survivor: Fish was 'biting up my left arm'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:27

 Fish was 'biting up my left arm'A teen seriously wounded after a shark attack in North Carolina says he felt the big fish before he saw it and didn't realize what it was until it was "biting up my left arm."


Suspects wanted in Germantown home invasion, robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:25

Suspects wanted in Germantown home invasion, robberyPhiladelphia police are looking for two armed men who pulled off a home invasion and robbery in Germantown.


Teen fatally shot after using cellphone tracker to locate stolen phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:24

Teen fatally shot after using cellphone tracker to locate stolen phonePolice say a teen was gunned down while trying to track down his lost cellphone.


Judge dismisses fifth juror in Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:22

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie theater massacre trial on Wednesday dismissed a fifth juror, who said she recognized a survivor of the July 2012 mass shooting and prompted the defense to seek her removal. The dismissal leaves a panel of 19 jurors, including 14 women and five men, to hear the murder trial of former neuroscience graduate student James Holmes, who is charged with fatally shooting 12 people and wounded 70 others during the premiere of a Batman film at a Denver-area multiplex. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour said he was letting the latest juror go because she had not been entirely open about knowing a wounded survivor of the rampage who testified during the trial's second week.


NY auto dealers to pay $14 million for selling illegal services

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:21
Three New York auto dealers have agreed to pay nearly $14 million to customers who were unlawfully sold credit repair, identity theft protection and other services along with their vehicles, state officials said on Wednesday. Some 15,000 customers of the jointly owned Paragon Honda in Woodside, Paragon Acura and White Plains Honda, located in New York City and neighboring Westchester County, will receive restitution payments as part of the settlement reached with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "When consumers shop for a car, they deserve to be dealt with honestly and fairly – and not to be misled by auto dealers who use deceptive tactics to fleece their own customers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Man stabbed, shot and robbed in Logan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:18

Man stabbed, shot and robbed in LoganPhiladelphia police are looking for two men and a woman following a violent attack on a man in the Logan neighborhood.


Judge refuses mistrial for man accused of killing stripper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:06
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request for a mistrial in the case of a man accused of killing and dismembering a New Orleans stripper on the grounds that he did a poor job defending himself.

Massachusetts murderer's lawyers seek move for death-penalty retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:00
A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday indicated that the upcoming death-penalty trial for an admitted triple murderer will likely remain in Massachusetts, despite defense lawyers' arguments it will be impossible to seat an impartial jury in the state. Gary Lee Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 for murdering two men who picked him up while he was hitchhiking in Massachusetts and later killing a third man after he fled to New Hampshire. Sampson's lawyers argued the intense publicity surrounding the case and the recent death-penalty trial of the Boston Marathon bomber will make it impossible to seat an unbiased jury in Massachusetts.

Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings.

Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional; orders more proceedings.

Delivery by drone in 30 minutes? Amazon says it's coming

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:57

Amazon Global Public Policy Vice President Paul Misener testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the economic impact of regulating drone technology for personal and commercial uses as well as privacy concerns on the economic impact of regulating drone technology for personal and commercial uses as well as privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy.


Rachel Dolezal: 'No biological proof' she has white parents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:57

In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal was born to two parents who say they are white, but she chooses instead to self-identify as black. Her ability to think she has a choice shows a new fluidity in race in a diversifying America, a place where the rigid racial structures that defined most of this country’s history seems, for some, to be falling to the wayside. (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The woman who resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP after her parents revealed she was white posing as black says there's no proof they are her mother and father.


Rachel Dolezal: 'No biological proof' she has white parents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:57

In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal was born to two parents who say they are white, but she chooses instead to self-identify as black. Her ability to think she has a choice shows a new fluidity in race in a diversifying America, a place where the rigid racial structures that defined most of this country’s history seems, for some, to be falling to the wayside. (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The woman who resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP after her parents revealed she was white posing as black says there's no proof they are her mother and father.


Mother whose son dropped into Ohio zoo cheetah pen gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:57
Michelle Schwab, 38, who pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal trespassing in May, is required to take parenting classes and undergo counseling and evaluation under the terms of her probation set by Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine. Adrine gave Schwab a suspended 180-day jail sentence. Schwab and her lawyers say the incident was an accident.

Judge dismisses fifth juror in Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:51

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialDENVER (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie theater massacre trial on Wednesday dismissed a fifth juror, who said she recognized a survivor of the July 2012 mass shooting and prompted the defense to seek her removal.


Mississippi officer on leave; shooting of dog investigated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:51
CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer is on administrative leave while authorities investigate the fatal shooting of a family dog.

Mississippi officer on leave; shooting of dog investigated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 23:51
CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer is on administrative leave while authorities investigate the fatal shooting of a family dog.