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CN Railway reroutes traffic as it replaces Minnesota bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:56

This Wednesday, May 27, 2015 photo provided by the Koochiching County Minn. Sheriff's Office shows train cars on a bridge over the Rainy River in International Falls, Minn. Canadian National Railway officials are working around the clock to rebuild an old wooden railroad bridge that burned and collapsed Wednesday near Minnesota's northern border. The sheriff's office and state fire marshal are investigating the fire's cause. (Koochiching County Sheriff's Office via AP)INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Canadian National Railway officials are rerouting traffic as they replace a wooden railroad bridge that burned and collapsed near Minnesota's northern border.


Chicago police asked to keep racially charged photo sealed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:47

This photo, believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003, provided by the Cook County Court, in Illinois, shows an image of Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott, right, with an unidentified man, that was made public after McDermott filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to rejoin the Chicago Police Department. The Chicago Police Board fired McDermott in October 2014 after finding him guilty of bringing discredit on the department by taking part in the photo, disrespecting or maltreating a person on or off duty, and unlawful or unnecessary use or display of a weapon. (Courtesy of Cook County Court via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police asked a judge to seal a photograph of two white officers holding rifles over a black man wearing deer antlers in an effort to protect the unidentified black man's privacy, an argument that sparked skepticism Thursday by some community activists.


Ex-nuclear plant contractor charged with terroristic threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:43
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A disgruntled contract employee who had been working at Xcel Energy's Monticello nuclear power plant harassed and threatened union officials before police discovered he had a carload of explosive materials and ammunition, prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint.

Detroit-area officer to stand trial for driver's beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:43
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A police officer seen on video repeatedly punching a motorist in the head during a traffic stop was ordered to stand trial on assault charges Thursday, and the driver's lawyers announced a nearly $1.4 million settlement with a Detroit suburb over the beating.

Police raid home in connection with South Philadelphia sex assault investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:34

Police raid home in connection with South Philadelphia sex assault investigationPolice have served a search warrant in connection with the investigation of a woman who was assaulted in her South Philadelphia home earlier this week.


Man suing his ex for half of $1M prize gets a win in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:33
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is still trying to get half of his ex-girlfriend's $1 million lottery prize, eight years after he says she took the winning ticket and left him. He says she reneged on a long-ago promise that they'd split any winnings if either of them hit it big.

GoPro gets real ... virtually real

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of GoPro jumped to a five-month high Thursday after the company's CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business.

Arkansas plans to sell muni bonds to build Lockheed Martin plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:24
Lockheed Martin received a deal this week to expand a plant in Arkansas using $87 million of state general obligation bonds, an unusual method of funding a private project with taxpayer debt. The deal, which could be signed by the governor before week's end, is contingent on Lockheed winning a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to manufacture joint light tactical vehicles. Americans for Prosperity, a political group supported by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, called the deal a "multi-million dollar, debt-financed giveaway to a single corporation." "Arkansas taxpayers should not be fronting the money for one of the largest and most successful companies in the world," the group posted on its website.

Hartford mayor calls strategy meeting in wake of shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:21

A small American flag remains planted on the lawn of The First Church of the Nazarene Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. The church’s minister, Rev. Augustus Sealy, 54, was wounded in a drive-by shooting while planting the Memorial Day flags on Sunday, part of a rash of recent violence in the city that has claimed five lives in two weeks. Hartford's mayor is calling a strategy meeting with a group of community and religious leaders and parents to discuss what more can be done to stem of a recent wave of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford is dealing with a spike in violence that has included five homicides in two weeks and the brazen drive-by shooting of a city minister outside his church.


Avago looks to grow with $37B deal for chipmaker Broadcom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Avago Technologies is buying rival chipmaker Broadcom in a cash and stock deal worth about $37 billion, vastly expanding its lineup of products for the rapidly growing wireless device market at a time when sales growth has otherwise been tough to come by for smaller chipmakers.

Atlantic City prices second bond deal in two weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:09
New Jersey's struggling gambling hub, Atlantic City was able to access capital markets for the second time in two weeks, albeit at high interest rates and only with state backing. Atlantic City sold $12 million of tax-exempt general obligation bonds to Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a competitive offering, with a top yield of 6 percent on 15-year bonds with a 6.35 percent coupon, which comprised most of the deal. The city's borrowing cost was "still high, but the city had struggled to access the capital markets for the last six months and now we've done it twice in two weeks," Atlantic City revenue director Michael Stinson told Reuters.

Takata air bag recalls since 2008

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:06
(Reuters) - Below are some key events in Takata Corp's ongoing recalls over defective air bags, which now exceed 53 million vehicles worldwide since 2008. Included in the global figure are nearly 34 million vehicles in the United States, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The faulty air bag inflators have been linked to six deaths. 2008: Nov. 4 – Honda Motor Co Ltd recalls 4,000 Accords and Civics (2001 models) globally as Takata air bag inflators may produce excessive internal pressure causing them to rupture and spray metal fragments in the car. ...

Pope joining gallery of murals on Philadelphia buildings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:05

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis waves to faithful during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis is joining a colorful cast of characters painted on the outside of buildings across Philadelphia. Officials announced Thursday, May 28, 2015, that hundreds of residents and visitors will help create a mural honoring the pontiff and families. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Philadelphia in September. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia boasts a large and colorful cast of characters painted on buildings across the city — and now Pope Francis will join the crowd.


When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:04

This screen capture shows President Barack Obama's answers to questions posted to his twitter feed during a question and answer session hosted by the President in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his (at)POTUS handle last week. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it.


Woman, 51, pleads guilty in politics-fueled drunken killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:01

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Tewana Sullivan, right, alongside her attorney, John McWilliams, reacts while looking at photographs of herself when she was arrested, during a court hearing in Livonia, Mich. Sullivan, accused of killing a friend with a slow cooker during a political dispute while very drunk, pleaded guilty Thursday, May 28, 2015, to second-degree murder in a deal with prosecutors. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Robin Buckson, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area woman accused of killing a friend with a slow cooker during a political dispute while very drunk pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in a deal with prosecutors.


Sedalia police release photos of crate where woman was held

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:00

This photo provided May 28, 2015 by the Sedalia, Missouri, Police Department shows the crate where they say a Sedalia man held a woman captive before she escaped and was later shot to death. James Barton Horn was accused of holding Sandra Sutton captive off-and-on for months in Sedalia, Mo., before she escaped last month. Sutton and her 17-year-old son, Zachary Wade Sutton, were found shot to death last week at a relative’s home in Clinton, where Sutton had gone to live after escaping Horn. (Sedalia Police Department via AP)SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — Police have released photos of the crate where they say a Missouri man held a woman captive before she escaped and was later shot to death.


California man suspected of killing neighbor holes up with family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 04:59
A Southern California man is believed to have fatally shot a neighbor on Thursday before barricading himself in his apartment with his wife and two young children, police said. The man, who police said was armed with an automatic or semi-automatic rifle, is believed to have shot a person in what Captain Lon Turner of the Chula Vista Police Department described as "a neighbor relationship that had soured." Police were called to the scene after several callers reported four to 10 gunshots just before 8 a.m., Turner said. Police initially told residents to shelter in place at the apartment complex in Chula Vista, a city about 7 miles south of San Diego, but began evacuating them when the suspect stopped communicating, Turner said.

Bush earned millions in juggling act as corporate adviser

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 04:57

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant in Concord, N.H. During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards of or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches.


North Carolina governor to veto opt-out bill for officials opposing gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 04:54

Pat McCrory, governor of North Carolina, attends a news conference at Reynolds American in TobaccovilleBy Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Thursday he would veto legislation allowing government officials to refuse to perform marriages by citing religious objections. The measure, passed by the state's Republican-led House of Representatives earlier in the day, would protect those who oppose same-sex weddings from losing their jobs. The Republican governor said no public officials who swore to defend the Constitution and perform their duties of office should be exempt from upholding their oath.


Suburban Detroit ex-officer to stand trial in beating of motorist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 04:53
By Serena Maria Daniels INKSTER, Mich. (Reuters) - A white former police officer from suburban Detroit must stand trial for assault and other charges in the videotaped beating of a black motorist in January, a judge ruled on Thursday. William Melendez was fired from the police force in the Detroit suburb of Inkster after he was filmed punching Floyd Dent, in one of a number of cases that has fueled national debate on race and policing. Dent testified at a preliminary hearing in criminal court on Thursday, a day after he reached a $1.4 million settlement in his civil lawsuit against the city of Inkster.