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How did West Coast ports get so jammed? And what comes next?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:31

A dock worker arrives at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Nearly all West Coast seaports began the week with dockworkers hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long labor-management dispute. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — After reaching a tentative contract agreement that covers the West Coast's 29 seaports, dockworkers are clearing an immense backlog of cargo that accumulated as their negotiations with employers stalled.

Man wearing apparent bomb found at Connecticut credit union

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:26
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Police responding to a report of an invasion at the home of a credit union official on Monday uncovered what they believe is a robbery plot and then found a man with an apparent bomb strapped to his body at the credit union.

Man runs from home as train derails nearby, engulfs property

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:21

Morris Bounds Sr. sits with grandchildren Isaiah Anderson, left, and Samara Anderson at a family home, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Ansted, W.Va. Bounds said he is thankful to be alive after fleeing his home seconds before it was destroyed by an oil train that left the tracks, last week in Mount Carbon, W. Va. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Morris Bounds Sr. wanted to make sure his home was tidy when his wife was let out of the hospital, so he cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed their bedroom.

Wesleyan president to students: Turn in the drug dealers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:19

College row at Wesleyan UniversityHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University's president on Monday urged students to come forward with knowledge of anybody distributing drugs on campus following a rash of hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly.

Saving for retirement: Obama proposal sets up Wall St. fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:19

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listen as President Barack Obama speaks at AARP in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. President Barack Obama says too few Americans approaching retirement have saved enough to have peace of mind during their later years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street.

Tanker truck bursts into flames on highway in Pennsauken

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:17

Tanker truck bursts into flames on highway in PennsaukenA tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel overturned and burst into flames near the Betsy Ross Bridge Monday morning in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq found guilty of desertion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:15
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine who disappeared from his base in Iraq in 2004 and later fled to Lebanon was found guilty on Monday of twice deserting the military and sentenced to two years in prison. Corporal Wassef Hassoun, 35, was convicted of deserting in Iraq to avoid hazardous duty and deserting again in 2005 with the intent to stay away for good, according to a statement from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where his court-martial was held. After Hassoun vanished from his base in Fallujah, Iraq, in June 2004, the Arabic language interpreter turned up a month later in Lebanon claiming to have been kidnapped by militants, the military has said.

Three killed, and Georgia sheriff, deputy injured in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:09
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A former police officer shot and injured a Georgia county sheriff and his deputy after they responded to a domestic dispute, and was later found dead along with two other people, officials said on Monday. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan found a woman shot to death in the garage after being called out on Sunday to a house in Clarkesville in northeastern Georgia, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. As they investigated, a former police officer living there began firing from outside the home. Anthony Giaquinta, 40, struck Terrell and Zigan.

Dole owner Murdock rambles in testimony about company buyout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:08
By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - Dole Food Co owner David Murdock began a trial on Monday defending his 2013 buyout of the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer with often unfocused testimony about his unusual memory, passion for nutrition and dislike of people talking about his age. A lawsuit brought by shareholders accuses Murdock, 91, of stealing Dole out from under them in a management buyout for $1.6 billion, or $13.50 per share. Shareholder attorney Stuart Grant pressed Murdock for more than five hours in a Delaware Court trying to establish that he dominated the Dole board before he privatized the company. "You always try to make me look dishonest." Grant replied, "I don't need to do that, you do it on your own." Grant's comment drew a warning from Travis Laster, the Court of Chancery judge.

Beloved K9 gets police escort to be euthanized at clinic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:08

In this Feb. 13, 2015, photo Canine Officer Shane Stephenson of the South Portland Police Department spends a moment with Sultan, a retired police dog that became his pet, before he carried the dog into the Yarmouth Veterinary Center where he was euthanized in Yarmouth, Maine. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to pay their respects to Sultan, a 13-year-old German shepherd who sniffed out drugs and bad guys with the Yarmouth Police Department. (AP Photo/The Press Herald, Shawn Patrick Ouellette) MANDATORY CREDITYARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A beloved K9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized.

US Marine gets 2 years in prison for disappearing in Iraq, Lebanon a decade ago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:01
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — US Marine gets 2 years in prison for disappearing in Iraq, Lebanon a decade ago.

Obama takes aim at brokers' fees on U.S. retirement accounts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:59

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. brokers and financial advisers would face new constraints under a plan President Barack Obama put forward on Monday to reduce conflicts of interest and "hidden fees" that cost Americans billions of dollars in retirement savings every year. In proposing the rules, Obama said he sought to protect Americans from being steered into costly retirement investments that produced high commissions for brokers but low returns for investors preparing for retirement. Democrats and Republicans are trying to position themselves as champions of the middle class in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election. The proposed rules, which the Department of Labor is expected to submit formally in the coming months, will inject political pressure into an already intense debate over brokers' obligations.

2 arrested after gun shop standoff ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:54

2 arrested after gun shop standoff ID'dThe two men arrested following a standoff at a Bucks County gun shop have been identified.

Oregon police probing leaks of embattled ex-governor's emails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:54
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon State Police are investigating the leak of personal emails of embattled former Governor John Kitzhaber, and two employees for the agency that was archiving the emails have been placed on administrative leave, state officials said on Monday.  Kitzhaber resigned last week amid state and federal criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her unpaid position in the governor’s office for personal financial gain.  "Oregon State Police is investigating the recent information security breach,” Matt Shelby, spokesman for Oregon Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan, said in a statement, adding that Jordan requested the criminal investigation last week. Meanwhile, two employees for Enterprise Technology Services, the state agency in charge of archiving the emails, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a personnel review, Shelby said, declining to give further details.

Building, covered in ice after fire, being knocked down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:54

Building, covered in ice after fire, being knocked downThe West Philadelphia building that became encased in ice following a fire last week is coming down.

Ice storm hits parts of Texas, canceling flights, crippling traffic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:40
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - An ice storm battered parts of Texas on Monday, knocking out power to thousands of homes, causing hundreds of traffic accidents and prompting more than 1,500 flight cancellations. A large section of the U.S. South from Arkansas to North Carolina was expected to experience freezing temperatures and winter storms on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Snow and freezing rain fell in parts of New Mexico, and Colorado, Utah and northern Arizona were also under winter storm warnings, the weather service said. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States and a hub for American Airlines, nearly 1,100 flights were canceled as of 3 p.m. CST (2100 GMT), according to tracking service

Vermont auditor: MIT economist Gruber may have padded bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:39
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made national headlines last year for talking about "the stupidity of the American voter" was a target Monday in a report from the Vermont state auditor saying the economist may have padded his bills to the state.

Judge to Gov. Christie: put more money in pension funds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:36

 put more money in pension fundsRepublican Gov. Chris Christie and the state's Democrat-controlled Legislature must find $1.57 billion to put into pension funds for retired public workers.

Arrest made in dog mauling that critically injured woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:24
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman was arrested Monday after police say her four mixed breed pit bulls attacked a 65-year-old Las Vegas woman last week, leaving her critically wounded and in danger of losing her arm and eye.

Ohio adjusts tax quiz questions, standards after confusion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:23
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have tweaked questions on a new quiz used by the state to catch phony income-tax returns.