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Family spokeswoman: Indiana teen killed when plane crashes during record-attempt flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:00
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family spokeswoman: Indiana teen killed when plane crashes during record-attempt flight.

U.S. moves to enhance safety of oil-by-rail shipments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:51

Train transports make their way along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line outside of Williston, North DakotaBy Edward McAllister and Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom. Among the proposed rules released by the DOT are new speed limits for trains carrying oil, enhanced safety features for new railcars to carry oil and ethanol, and a quick phasing-out of older cars deemed unsafe. The regulator's move has been widely anticipated by safety advocates and industries involved in energy shipments, including drillers and refiners who are wary that restrictions could hamper their shipments, and tank car manufacturers, who may benefit from big new tank car orders. Over the last 18 months, at least a dozen trains carrying crude oil have derailed, six of which led to oil spills and major fires and one of which caused the death of 47 people in Quebec, Canada.


Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:50
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year. The following statements are in reaction to the proposed rules: AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE JACK GERARD: “The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents.” ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDWARD HAMBERGER: "This long-anticipated rulemaking from DOT provides a much-needed pathway for enhancing the safe movement of flammable liquids in the U.S." REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN HOEVEN OF NORTH DAKOTA, WHO HAS PRESSED REGULATORS TO MAKE TANK CARS SAFER: “We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with prevention, mitigation and response.

Arkansas military base on lockdown, few details

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:48

Security personnel run past a C-130 aircraft on static display at the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base has been on lockdown since late morning Wednesday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.


SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:34

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington is shown. Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday July 23, 2014 to end a longtime staple of the investment industry _ the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds _ at least for some money funds used by big investors. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.


Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:29
SEATTLE (AP) — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:29

 "Arbeit macht frei" (Work makes free - or work liberates). The lawyer for Nazi war crimes suspect Johann "Hans" Breyer says the 89-year-old Philadelphia man died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 while awaiting extradition to Germany. German prosecutors had hoped to try Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. (AP Photo/File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.


Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:29
COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard.

APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:19

In this July 11, 2014 photo, primary care doctor John Guerreiro checks on the records of a patient at a clinic run by the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Beaverton, Ore. The center comprised of nine clinics in northwestern Oregon, serveing 36,000 patients in Washington and Yamhill has been overwhelmed under the Affordable Health Care Act's Medicaid expansion. It has closed to new enrollees and is working through a backlog to assign thousands of patients to a doctor. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.


Former Nazi guard dies in Pennsylvania just before extradition approved

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:16
A former Nazi concentration camp guard died hours before a judge on Wednesday ordered his extradition to Germany, where he faced charges of aiding and abetting the deaths of 216,000 Jews. Johann Breyer, 89, who served during World War Two as an armed guard at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, died overnight, said Jim Burke, a supervisory deputy at the U.S. Marshal's Service. He said Breyer had been held at a Philadelphia hospital.

Jury: NJ man killed ex-wife, put pig mask on her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:58

 NJ man killed ex-wife, put pig mask on herA New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.


Jury: Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:57

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office shows Anthony Novellino. Jurors in Morris County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 convicted Novellino, 66, of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask in 2010. He faces at least 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Morris County Prosecutor's Office)MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.


Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:57

This Tuesday, July 22, 2014 photo shows a motorist passing by a flag of the Islamic State group in central Rawah, 175 miles (281 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, nearly six weeks since a Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group seized large swaths of northern and western Iraq. (AP Photo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.


N.J. man guilty of murdering 'messy' ex-wife found wearing pig mask

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:50
By Bruce Konviser MORRISTOWN N.J. (Reuters) - A jury convicted a New Jersey man on Wednesday of murdering his ex-wife, who he called a messy housekeeper and whose body was found stabbed 84 times and wearing a pig mask. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before reaching their verdict in the trial of Anthony Novellino, 67, who prosecutors said used an 8-inch kitchen knife to slay Judith Novellino, 62, in June 2010. As the jury forewoman read the verdict in Morris County Superior Court, Novellino sat impassively. Judith Novellino was killed in her former home in Denville, New Jersey, when she came back to retrieve some of her belongings soon after they divorced.

Arizona high court allows execution to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:48

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.


Gunmaker Beretta to shut Maryland plant, blames state gun law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:45

Two Beretta guns are pictured during the International Guns Exhibition in NurembergBy John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland's strict new firearms law, the company said. The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee.


U.S. boosts Iraq surveillance flights to 50 daily from one monthly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:42
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has boosted the number of surveillance flights over Iraq to nearly 50 a day from one a month as it faces Sunni Islamist militants who control swaths of Iraqi territory, a top State Department official said on Wednesday. "The formal request from the Iraqis for direct U.S. air support did not come in a formal way until May," McGurk said, which was too late to keep the Islamic State militants from overrunning Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The U.S. priority, he said, has been to "enable" the Iraqis to stop the insurgents on its own, using hellfire missiles, aircraft and the ramped up surveillance.

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:38

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)ATLANTA (AP) — Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.


Arizona high court allows execution to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, allowed the Arizona executionof Wood to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's highest court is allowing the execution of a condemned inmate to proceed after considering a last-minute appeal that put his lethal injection on hold.


Tennessee man accused of threatening to kill Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:37

This booking photo provided by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Dept. shows Jimmie Johnson Jr. Johnson is accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and others, according to an affidavit filed by prosecutors in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, July 18, 2014. According to the affidavit, Johnson called the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security three times July 11 and again July 12, leaving profanity-filled voicemail messages, including threats against Obama and others. (AP Photo/ Metropolitan Nashville Police Dept.)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man left profanity-filled voicemails with Tennessee's homeland security office threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other officials, saying in one that he would "light Nashville up," according to court documents.