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CSX reopens rail line shut after oil train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:17

A CSX Corp train continues burning a day after derailing in Mount Carbon, West VirginiaNEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX on Thursday afternoon reopened a West Virginia train line that had been shut following an explosive oil train derailment on Feb. 16 in the town of Mount Carbon. The line is used to transport crude oil from North Dakota to an oil terminal in Yorktown, Virginia. (Reporting by Edward McAllister; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:15

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet “an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome.” Travolta greeted Johansson at Sunday’s Oscars with a kiss and his arm around her waist. The photo has since been turned into an Internet meme. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta and calls the image of him kissing her on the Academy Awards red carpet "an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome."

Omaha officer investigated after shooting suspect in the back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:12
Officer Alvin Lugod, 31, is being investigated in the shooting death on Monday of Danny Elrod, 39, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told a news conference. A state grand jury will hear the case and the FBI will view video from the scene, Schmaderer said, adding he did not consider the shooting to be criminal. The incident comes during heightened attention toward police shootings after a grand jury's decision in November not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, policeman in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Schmaderer said Elrod robbed a Family Dollar store about 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:06

A Homeland Security police officer, left, joins a Federal Court policeman, right, as security is enhanced during the arraignment of two men on terrorism related charges, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The men were arrested along with a third man Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.

Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscars dress stolen from hotel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:06

Simmons, winner of the award for best supporting actor nominee for his role in "Whiplash," kisses the hand of presenter Lupita Nyong'o during the 87th Academy Awards in HollywoodThe $150,000 pearl-studded, custom-made Calvin Klein dress worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Academy Awards has been stolen, police said on Thursday. The gown, embellished with 6,000 natural white pearls, was stolen from Nyong'o's room at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, during the day on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in West Hollywood said. "Ms Nyong'o was not in the room at the time of the theft," Deputy John Mitchell told Reuters. The Calvin Klein dress, custom designed by Francisco Costa, was one of the stand-outs on the red carpet at last Sunday's Oscars.

Multiple injuries in Sunnyvale, Calif., explosion: local NBC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 06:04
(Reuters) - Several people were injured from an explosion in Sunnyvale, California, local TV station NBC Bay Area reported on its Twitter feed on Thursday. The explosion was from an unknown source, the tweet said. (Reporting by Kristina Cooke; Editing by Eric Beech)

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:58

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules being considered by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone, banning providers from "unjust or unreasonable" business practices. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

Lawmakers demand swastikas be removed from California house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:57

Robert Dixon, left, and Kraig Smith, demonstrate outside a home calling for the removal of swastikas displayed on the exterior in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. State lawmakers have demanded that the resident of the home remove the symbols calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the homeowner had a right to free speech. The flags show swastikas replacing stars in one American and two Israeli flags. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday demanded that a California man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the person had a right to free speech.

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:57

Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert.

Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:55
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether commanders are exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured. Thursday's hearing was part of pretrial proceedings for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi charged with plotting the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole at Aden, Yemen. Defense attorneys for Nashiri have said efforts by military commanders to reduce costs by speeding up the years-long proceedings are exerting "undue influence" over the trials. Their main complaint is about a Jan. 7 order from Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work telling judges overseeing the trials to drop their other duties and relocate to Guantanamo Bay.

Future of Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill uncertain in Congress

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:30
By Elvina Nawaguna and Megan Davies WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bill to give Puerto Rico's ailing public utilities a way to restructure debt under the U.S. bankruptcy code drew skepticism from congressional Republicans but support from Democrats, who said it would relieve the island's problems. The Republican-controlled Judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform of the House of Representatives on Thursday held a hearing on the bill, proposed by Puerto Rico's non-voting congressional delegate, Democrat Pedro Pierluisi. The legislation would allow the territory's government-owned corporations to file under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code. Puerto Rico's electric power authority, PREPA, is struggling with debt of about $9 billion.

Woman survives being run over by train in Phoenix: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:22
(Reuters) - A woman was lucky to survive when she was run over by a train in Phoenix on Thursday, being struck and falling between the tracks but escaping serious injury, police said. Sergeant Trent Crump, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman, said all the signal devices at the junction were working properly, as well as the audible horn on the train. "She is expected to survive and was also found to be in possession of what we believe is meth (methamphetamine)." The woman, who was not named by police, was being treated at a local hospital, media in Phoenix reported.

U.S. Internet providers hit with tougher rules, plan challenges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:18

A pro-net neutrality Internet activist attends a rally in the neighborhood where U.S. Barack Obama attended a fundraiser in Los AngelesBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation. The rules, which will go into effect in coming weeks, are expected to face legal challenges from multiple parties such as wireless, cable and other broadband companies and trade groups that represent them. ...

Woman accused of killing Ohio chief's brother to get autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An autopsy is scheduled for a woman accused of killing the brother of Cleveland's police chief before shooting herself in the head on a Pennsylvania highway.

400-year-old books stolen in Italy are found in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:13

In this 2014 photo provided by Homeland Security Investigations, two books that federal officials say are stolen Italian books from the 17th century are shown in San Francisco. The books were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be returned to their country of origin. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the books, "Stirpium Historiae" and "Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601," were taken from Italy's Historical National Library of Agriculture and sold to an antiquities dealer in Italy. (AP Photo/Homeland Security Investigations, Misty D. Miller)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say.

Tennessee Black Caucus seeks apology from GOP lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:11

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, lower right, listens as Gov. Bill Haslam, center, talks about his legislative agenda on the opening day of the second session of the 107th General Assembly in Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus has said Butt should apologize for a Facebook post they say is racist. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday called on Republican Rep. Sheila Butt to apologize for what they said was a racist Facebook post, and said she should be removed from her leadership position.

Philadelphia man who fled country gets life in decades-old murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:09
A man who was on the run for decades will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a woman he thought was his ex-wife's lover in a Philadelphia restaurant on Father's Day in 1992, his lawyer said on Thursday. Santiago Pedroso, 73, was subject to a mandatory minimum life sentence after a Philadelphia jury on Wednesday deliberated for an hour and found him guilty of the first degree murder of Delores Alvarez, 40, in the Germantown section of the city. Pedroso's court-appointed lawyer, Richard Giuliani, said his client was celebrating Father's Day at the restaurant with his then 17-year-old daughter when Alvarez and his estranged wife Maria Gomez entered the restaurant.

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant linked to incident at Walmart parking lot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:06

 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas CowboysBy Lisa Maria Garza and Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was questioned by police at the scene of a 2011 incident in which a witness reported that Bryant's girlfriend was dragged by an unidentified man across a Texas Walmart parking lot, according to police documents. Neither Bryant or the Cowboys have commented on the report that was released as the National Football League has been rocked by a series of highly publicized domestic violence incidents among players including Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. In the 2011 incident in Texas, a Walmart security guard told police a person reported to him that a black man dragged Bryant's girlfriend Ilyne Nash from a white Mercedes, which was registered to Bryant, and across the parking lot.

Man pleads not guilty to killing 3 people at Ohio barbershop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:04
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old man from the Cleveland area has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the shooting of three people at a barbershop.

'Mental anguish' law opposed by cop-killer debated in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 04:59
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors urged a federal judge Thursday to dismiss two challenges to a Pennsylvania law that opponents including convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal say violates prisoners' constitutional right to free speech.