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U.S. Air and Space museum shut briefly for suspicious package

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:24
Washington's National Air and Space Museum was briefly evacuated on Wednesday after a suspicious package and an unconscious man were found in the building, police said. The package in the northwest corner of the museum's second floor was removed by a Washington police bomb squad, police spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said.

U.S. agency wants armed police at airport checkpoints, counters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:18
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recommended on Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. An agency review, prompted by a deadly Los Angeles airport shooting incident last fall, called for setting standards in airports that allow officers at checkpoints and ticket counters to roam rather than hold set positions. The review by the Transportation Security Administration, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, in part called for increased training and exercises to deal with shooting incidents. The agency also has increased the visibility of uniformed police officers around airport security checkpoints, boosted grief counseling for employees, and shifted specialized security teams to airports, the review said.

Worker says Houston fire left him no time to spare

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:17

In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a worker lowers himself from a fifth floor balcony before swinging down to the one below as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. The cellphone video, shot by Karen Jones from her nearby office, shows the dramatic rescue of the worker from the burning apartment complex that was under construction. (AP Photo/Karen Jones) NO SALESHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston construction worker whose harrowing rescue from a burning building was caught on video says he knew he had to act quickly when he realized he was trapped on a fifth-floor balcony.


Conn. court: Horse owners must prevent injuries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:17
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Owners of horses and other domestic animals must try to prevent their animals from causing foreseeable injuries, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday in a decision that avoided the larger issue of whether horses are inherently vicious while siding with a family whose child was bitten by one.

Chicago train operator had dozed off on job before

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:14

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and told investigators she had fallen asleep at the controls one other time recently — even overshooting a station platform, a federal investigator said Wednesday.


APNewsBreak: TSA recommends armed law enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:14

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.


Woman faces sentence for man-on-car murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:06

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 file photo, Sherry Wilkins appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance, Calif. The substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.


FBI: California State Sen. Leland Yee arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:00

State Senate sergeant-at-arms Leroy Hamer, right, and a California highway patrol officer stand outside the office of Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at the state Capitol, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Yee was arrested Wednesday, he declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent was arrested Wednesday along with a onetime gang leader known as "Shrimp Boy" during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.


Report: NY schools are most racially segregated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:53

In this April. 1, 2011 photo, New York City fifth graders enter PS321, a public elementary school in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday, March 26, 2014, by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.


Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:49

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking to the media before his Cabinet meeting, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles. The Health and Human Services department Wednesday posted two documents that detail “special enrollment periods” for broad groups of people to access the new health insurance markets. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.


Senator 'troubled' by Secret Service allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:46

The U.S. flag flies outside Hotel Huis ter Duin, the hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Monday night, in Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Wednesday March 26, 2014. A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at an undisclosed Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for "disciplinary reasons" but declined to elaborate. U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported that the incident happened at Hotel Huis ter Duin but the hotel denies that any such incident happened at the hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday he's troubled by an alleged incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama's overseas trip to the Netherlands.


NTSB issues safety alert on wrong airport landings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:43
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal agency overseeing transportation safety is warning pilots to take extra precautions after a pair of recent plane landings at the wrong Midwest airports.

Air and Space Museum reopens after evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Museum officials say the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has reopened after being evacuated when a suspicious briefcase was found near an unconscious person in one of the galleries.

Albuquerque police gun down man in shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:37
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest Albuquerque police fatally shooting a homeless camper, a man who opened fire on police was shot dead by officers, authorities said.

Court seems likely to block Secret Service case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to block a group of protesters from bringing free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents who were guarding President George W. Bush during a 2004 visit to Oregon.

Exclusive: U.S. to require casinos to vet high rollers' funds - sources

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:33

People play at slot machines inside Resorts World Casino, owned by Malaysian gaming company Genting, in Queens borough of New YorkBy Brett Wolf ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - U.S. casinos may soon have to vet where their high rollers' funds come from under a requirement being developed by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to two people familiar with the matter. Under current law, casinos are required to report suspicious activity. The new rule, which is being considered by Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) unit and would make such obligations explicit, is in the early stages and may take a year or more to complete, the people familiar with the proposal said. FinCEN spokesman Steve Hudak declined to comment on "any potential rule making," but said the Treasury bureau "continually examines its rules, and periodically considers updates, to ensure their continued effectiveness".