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Amtrak asks for probe of Illinois line delays on CN Rail track

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:28
In a complaint filed on Aug. 29, Amtrak said it wants the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to investigate CN for causing delays on its Illini and Saluki lines, which travel on CN-owned track between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois. A spokesman for Montreal-based CN said that the company would respond to Amtrak's investigation request, but had no further comment.

U.S. cannot verify video purporting to show beheading of U.S. hostage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said it could not immediately confirm reports that Islamic State had released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing that if there is such a video, it would be analyzed very carefully, adding that the administration's thoughts and prayers were with Sotloff's family. Shortly before the briefing, the SITE monitoring service said the militant group had released the video. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Tray Vous recalls stroller trays because of strangulation risk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:19
Tray Vous LLC is recalling snack and activity trays for strollers because of a strangulation risk for children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday. The opening between the tray and the stroller seat allows a child's body to pass through but could trap a child's head, the commission said in a statement.

Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:18

FILE - This Jan. 10, 2014 file photo shows the US side of Niagara Falls in New York beginning to thaw after the recent "polar vortex" that affected millions in the US and Canada. Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. we should see more of these in the future because a study partially links these polar vortex related cold outbreaks to loss of sea ice off Russia as the world gets warmer. But we have to note that last year’s polar vortex chill was slightly different and not connected to sea ice loss, researchers say. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it.


Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:17

Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvestNAPA, Calif. (AP) — The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.


Family: Joan Rivers on life support

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:16

 Joan Rivers on life supportJoan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.


Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:12
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report made public on Tuesday. Eleven prisoners died of cancer from 2010 through 2013, and six others have been diagnosed with cancer at the State Correctional Institution Fayette, said the report, released by the Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Pittsburgh, and the Human Rights Coalition, a national prison reform group. SCI Fayette has a higher inmate death rate than all but two other prisons in the state, both of which have high geriatric populations, it said. A 12-month investigation found that blowing coal ash was the most likely cause of the inmate cancers as well as other illnesses at the facility.

A guide to the trial over Texas' Voter ID law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A major election year in Texas largely has overshadowed the trial to determine the fate of the state's tough new voter identification law, but U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi is presiding over a case to determine whether the measure safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout.

Police: Man left child in car at Delaware casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:55

 Man left child in car at Delaware casinoDelaware State Police have arrested a Maryland man for leaving his child unattended in a car while he was gambling in a casino.


Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:37

In this aerial view, fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The alert warning for the area surrounding Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano remained at orange on Tuesday, indicating that it is showing increased unrest with greater potential for an explosive eruption. (AP Photo/Stefano Di Nicolo)LONDON (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas.


ABC News: New video appears to show execution of Steven Sotloff by ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:35

New video appears to show execution of Steven Sotloff by ISISA new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a self-professed member of the Islamist terror group ISIS.


Last call at Atlantic City's Revel: a few bettors, $5 bottles, state cops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:32

People walk on the boardwalk in front of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic CityBy Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - Shortly before sunrise on Tuesday, Morgan Capezzera reclined on the roulette table at the Revel Casino in her bikini and snapped a selfie before the Atlantic City gambling hall shut its doors for good. "I love Revel," said Capezzera, 30, of Toms River, New Jersey, who spent most of the day at the casino. "I lost, but I don't care." She was one of few fans who came out for the closing night of a two-year-old casino once heralded by Governor Chris Christie as a new model for the down-on-its-luck New Jersey shore gambling hub. The $2.4 billion project this year went into bankruptcy for the second time in its short history and is one of four Atlantic City casinos to announce that it would shut its doors this year, taking a heavy toll on the budget in a city where the property tax base is expected to fall to $10 billion by 2015, less than half its 2010 level.


New York driver chains neck to pole, hits gas pedal, gets decapitated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:07
A 51-year-old man decapitated himself in New York's Bronx borough by chaining his neck to a pole, getting into his car and stomping on the gas, police said on Tuesday. Police said Tomas Rivera, of Port Jervis, New York, about 70 miles northwest of New York City, went to Longfellow Avenue in the Bronx at about 9:20 a.m. and wrapped a chain around a pole.

It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

Leak leads to hazmat response at Sunoco refinery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:02

Leak leads to hazmat response at Sunoco refineryRescuers were called to the Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook after a leak from one of the tanks.


NTSB: Pilot in Ohio crash was trying to turn back

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:57
CLEVELAND (AP) — The pilot of a small plane told a ground controller that he was not climbing fast enough and asked for permission to turn around just before his rented aircraft plummeted to the ground last week, killing all four college students aboard, a National Transportation Safety Board report said.

Dump truck crashes on I-295 in West Deptford

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:49

Dump truck crashes on I-295 in West DeptfordA crash involving a dump truck slowed traffic on I-295 in Gloucester County Tuesday morning.


Seniors stage seated protest, block intersection in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:43

Seniors stage seated protest, block intersection in Spring GardenResidents of a Philadelphia senior living facility staged a seated protest, blocking an intersection in Spring Garden.


Guardsman accused of child sex abuse due in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:42
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio National Guardsman suspected of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter also is accused of abruptly sending a fourth adopted daughter out of state and threatening the children in the family with a similar fate to keep them from talking about what they knew, according to court documents.

Tractor-trailer overturns on Pa. Turnpike off-ramp in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:38

Tractor-trailer overturns on Pa. Turnpike off-ramp in BensalemA tractor trailer overturned early Tuesday, slowing traffic on an off-ramp of from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem.