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Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:51

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon West VirginiaBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday. Questioning the possible role of gas vapors in the West Virginia fire broadens the debate over how to ensure public safety at a time when drastically larger volumes of crude oil are being shipped by rail and roll through cities and towns. At least two dozen oil tankers jumped a CSX Corp track about 30 miles south of the state capital, Charleston, on Monday, touching off a fireball that sent flames hundreds of feet into the sky. The U.S. Transportation Department said it has an investigator at the site to take samples of crude once the wreckage stops burning.

Everyone agrees: It's cold, but could get colder across US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:50

A cyclist braves frigid temperatures Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Chicago. Temperatures dipped as low as -14 in parts of Illinois with wind chills forecast between 20 and 30 degrees below zero.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)Much of the U.S. continued to shiver and suffer in bitter cold Thursday. Temperatures and wind chills dipped near zero or below in the Midwest, Northeast and even the South — where people were most unaccustomed to the weather-related road hazards, school cancellations, public transportation and airport delays, and runs on supplies at stores.

Police Take 'Road Rage' Suspect Into Custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:49
A suspect was being apprehended in the neighborhood where a woman was killed in an incident related to "road rage," Las Vegas police said Thursday.

Fast-moving fire damages homes in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:45

Fast-moving fire damages homes in CamdenA fast-moving fire broke out at a home in Camden early Thursday morning.

Los Angeles teachers say deadlocked in labor talks, strike possible

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:45
Teachers in the massive Los Angeles public school system said they were deadlocked in negotiations with district administrators, a move that will trigger the intervention of mediators and could ultimately lead to a strike. Teachers in the district last went on strike in 1989.

Suspect arrested in road-rage shooting death of Las Vegas mom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:44

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasBy Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A suspect in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother of four was arrested on Thursday after police descended on a home not far from the scene of the shooting, law enforcement officials said. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman declined to identify the man taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers last week. Meyers died on Saturday after being taken off life support at a Las Vegas hospital. Las Vegas police declined to say if they believed the suspect they had arrested at the home was the person who opened fire on Meyers from a silver or gray four-door sedan.

Alaska deep-water port proposed for vessels in Arctic waters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:44
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A historic Alaska gold-mining city could be the first place where the federal government invests in a deep-water port to serve vessels in Arctic waters.

Clarification: Shoeless Joe Autograph story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:44

In this Jan. 22, 2015, photo, an autographed picture of Cleveland ball player Joe Jackson is shown at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Sharon Bowen thought her late husband was a bit crazy for buying a scrapbook with a bunch of black and white photos of Cleveland ballplayers from the early 1900s, but not anymore. It turns out that scrapbook held what may be the only autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)In a story Feb. 9, The Associated Press reported that a century-old image was the first photo signed by Shoeless Joe Jackson to be authenticated by autograph experts, according to Heritage Auctions. The story should have made clear that a Jackson-signed photo, authenticated by a handwriting expert, was sold by Sotheby's in 1999 and that memorabilia experts have since disputed the validity of the signature on that photo.

Designating monuments, Obama touts conservation as US ideal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:43

President Barack Obama signs documents in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, designating Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a 21,000-acre site along the Arkansas River popular for whitewater rafting a national monument. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)CHICAGO (AP) — Designating the country's newest national monuments, President Barack Obama said Thursday that protecting places of natural beauty and historic significance is a truly American ideal.

Minnesota man accused of conspiracy to support Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:42
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were allegedly attempting to travel to Syria was indicted Thursday on charges associated with supporting the Islamic State group.

Wal-Mart raises will still leave many unable to pay expenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:40

Wal-Mart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to change how it pays and trains hourly staff in a move it hopes will help reshape the image that it only offers dead-end jobs. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)WASHINGTON (AP) — For roughly 500,000 Wal-Mart workers set to receive pay raises, something is better than nothing.

New York City, state to work together to catch rogue landlords

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:37
New York City and state housing and law enforcement agencies will start working together to catch more landlords who illegally try to force tenants out of rent-stabilized buildings in order to raise rents, officials said on Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said some landlords harass rent-stabilized tenants into leaving by deliberately keeping buildings cold, damp or otherwise unpleasant under the guise of doing renovations. De Blasio described how poor neighborhoods across the city that were once filled with boarded-up buildings and vacant storefronts in the 1980s had been transformed into wealthy enclaves of multimillion-dollar homes. Currently, the city's Department of Buildings and Department of Housing Preservation and Development focus on making sure landlords keep their buildings safe and well maintained.

Philadelphia police captain involved in hit-and-run crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:34

Philadelphia police captain involved in hit-and-run crashAuthorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck the vehicle of a Philadelphia police captain in Port Richmond.

Texas court blocks future gay marriages after lesbians wed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:16
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

Exxon refinery where blast occurred recently cited: California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:15

Refinery units are heavily damaged after an explosion at the Exxon-Mobil refinery in TorranceBy Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance, California, refinery, hit by an explosion and fire on Wednesday, was cited in November for eight serious violations following state inspections last year, according to documents released on Thursday. On Nov. 24, California's Division of Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, cited the refinery for eight serious and 17 general violations and fined Exxon Mobil $41,320, according to the documents. The citation, which Exxon has appealed, resulted from 10 routine inspections of the facility. Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler did not immediately comment on the violations.

Police arrest suspect in road-rage killing of Vegas mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:15

In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, photo, people participate in a candlelight vigil for Tammy Meyers, who was taken off life support on Saturday after a shooting in Las Vegas. What police first described as a road rage-inspired shooting of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting a backlash Wednesday against the Las Vegas family and the way the case is being handled. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, L.E. Baskow) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — A suspect was arrested Thursday in the killing of a Las Vegas mother of four who was gunned down a week ago in a road-rage shootout after giving her daughter a driving lesson, police said.

6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:14

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and

Three Texas police officers shot while trying to serve warrant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:12
(Reuters) - Three police officers were shot in the coastal Texas city of Corpus Christi on Thursday as they were attempting to serve a warrant at a home as part of a drug investigation, police said. "As officers were making entry, suspects from within the home opened fire on our SWAT team members," police Commander Mike Alanis said.  "Three of the officers on the SWAT team were injured by the gunfire," he said.

Lottery audit: Winners used dead people's IDs to collect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:10
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Forty-six New Jersey lottery winners from July 2013 to July 2014 used Social Security numbers of dead people to collect their winnings, the state auditor said.

Police say they have arrested a suspect in the road-rage killing of Las Vegas mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:01
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say they have arrested a suspect in the road-rage killing of Las Vegas mother.