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Tractor trailers, tour bus in fiery crash on NJ Turnpike in Woolwich Twp., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:09

Tractor trailers, tour bus in fiery crash on NJ Turnpike in Woolwich Twp., N.J.A fiery crash involving 2 tractor trailers, a tour bus and a passenger vehicle has shut down traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike in Gloucester County.


BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deaths of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and its more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying.

Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:03

In this Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 photo provided by Tomas Ovalle, extreme athlete Dean Potter stands in front of El Capitan after a speed climbing attempt up El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, and his climbing partner Graham Hunt were killed Saturday, May 16, 2015 after jumping from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Tomas Ovalle)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings.


Convicted murderer in 'Serial' podcast allowed to call new witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:00
(Reuters) - A Baltimore man serving life for murder, whose conviction was called into question by last year's "Serial" podcast, will get a chance to call a new witness who says she can give him an alibi. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted Adnan Syed an opportunity to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and high school classmate, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:38

Protesters accompanied by Seattle police march at the Port of Seattle, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling were showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch Shell and the Port to allow some of Shell's oil drilling equipment to be based in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, spokesmen say.


Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:31

Water intake pipes that were once underwater sit above the water line along Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal water managers have released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.


Waco has long history of memorable events

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:16

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Authorities say that the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Waco boasts some of the Lone Star State's most memorable recent history: the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, a tornado that leveled downtown and now a biker gang melee that left at least nine people dead and 18 wounded.


Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:31

A Louisiana black bear, a protected sub-species of the black bear, is seen from its perch in a water oak tree in a neighborhood of New Orleans, La., Sunday, May 17, 2015. The young bear’s search for a new home has brought him into a central Louisiana neighborhood where he’s spent the past week up one tree or another. The bear is among three to five that have wandered into populated parts of Louisiana in the past 10 days, said wildlife biologist Maria Davidson, head of the large carnivore program for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home.


No charges for St. Louis officer in shooting death of black teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:22
(Reuters) - The white off-duty St. Louis police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last October in a firefight will not face charges in the killing, the local prosecutor's office said on Monday. The shooting of 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers in a St. Louis neighborhood renewed intensity of demonstrations in the area after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead in August by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson. Jennifer Joyce, the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney, declined to bring criminal charges against the officer saying her office's independent investigation largely tracked with the police account that Myers was armed and fired on the officer before he returned fire in self-defense.

Charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:18

People leave a restaurant next to a Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX-TV there were "multiple victims" after gunfire erupted between rival biker gangs near the restaurants. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)WACO, Texas (AP) — About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18.


US Marines say unique Osprey aircraft has good safety record

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:40

In this May 17, 2015 photo, a man and woman look toward smoke rising from a Marine Corps Osprey aircraft after making a hard landing on Bellows Air Force Station near Waimanalo, Hawaii. The fatal crash of the Marine Corps' new hybridized airplane-and-helicopter aircraft during a training exercise is renewing safety concerns about the machine. (Zane Dulin via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — The fatal crash of the Marine Corps' new hybridized airplane-and-helicopter aircraft during a training exercise in Hawaii over the weekend is renewing safety concerns about the machine.


President Obama visits Camden, talks community police initiatives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:40

President Obama visits Camden, talks community police initiativesBarack Obama used his appearance in Camden, New Jersey to reveal that his administration will no longer allow federal agencies to provide certain military equipment, like bayonets and grenade launchers, to local police forces.


NTSB: Amtrak train damage not caused by firearm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:34

 Amtrak train damage not caused by firearmThe NTSB said on Monday that an area damaged on the front of Amtrak train 188, that crashed last week leaving eight people dead and some 200 injured, was not caused by a firearm.


Jeb Bush sees no constitutional right to gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:33

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa(Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush said in a weekend radio interview that he does not believe the Constitution grants a right to gay marriage, emphasizing his support for "traditional marriage." The Supreme Court is expected by the end of June to make a landmark ruling that could make gay marriage the law of the land or return the decision to individual states. "It's at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine," Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network show, "The Brody File, in an interview broadcast on Sunday. "So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide - I don’t know what they are going to do - we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage," said Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago.


Texas grand jury does not indict policeman for fatal shooting of Mexican

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:31
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas grand jury declined on Monday to charge a suburban Dallas police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican national in another case that raised questions about racial bias by U.S. police. Ruben Garcia Villalpando, a married father of four, was shot twice in the chest on the side of a highway in February by Grapevine police officer Robert Clark after a brief car chase. Along with announcing the grand jury's decision, prosecutors also released a police dashcam video of the incident, which showed Villalpando raising his hands as he walked unsteadily toward Clark, who repeatedly asked him to stop.

Suspect arrested in Fishtown kidnapping, rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:29

Suspect arrested in Fishtown kidnapping, rapeThe U.S. Marshals and Philadelphia police have arrested a man in the kidnapping and rape of a woman in the Fishtown section of the city.


Waco shootout puts spotlight on motorcycle club culture

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:28

Graphic shows data on outlaw motorcycle gangs; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;Former undercover agent Jay Dobyns says people can be forgiven for thinking Sunday's biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, was a throwback to a bad 1970s movie.


Amtrak seeks fast U.S. approval for automated braking feature: document

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:23
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amtrak is seeking expedited approval to equip the Philadelphia site of last week’s high-speed derailment with an automated braking system that could have prevented the fatal mishap, according to a federal regulatory document reviewed by Reuters. The passenger rail operator told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last Thursday that it would ask for special temporary authority to use a radio frequency needed to operate a speed-control system known as positive train control, or PTC, in "the accident area," an FCC document shows. Amtrak said previous efforts to obtain the radio bandwidth had been thwarted.

Drilling foes block Seattle port entry; city issues notice

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:17

Protesters accompanied by Seattle police march at the Port of Seattle, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling were showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch Shell and the Port to allow some of Shell's oil drilling equipment to be based in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Foes of Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean attacked on two fronts Monday as a few hundred protesters blocked port entrances and the City of Seattle declared that Shell and its maritime host lacked a proper permit.


Legislators pass bill that had been nixed over Islamic law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:08

Director of Health and Welfare Dick Armstrong testifies before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Rules and the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration committees during a special session of the Idaho legislature at the state Capitol building on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature approved federally mandated child support rules Monday, undoing a rejection that had jeopardized U.S. involvement in an international treaty and threatened to collapse the state's payment system.