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Driver of truck hit by California train released from custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:38

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A driver who was taken into custody after his truck was hit by a Southern California commuter train in a fiery wreck that injured 50 people was released on Thursday after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges, inmate records showed. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run after police said they found him walking and talking on a cell phone "in distress" more than a mile from the scene of Tuesday's destruction in Oxnard, California. Oxnard police have said Sanchez-Ramirez was taken into custody for leaving the scene of the crash and that they were investigating whether drugs and alcohol were a factor. "While charges will not be filed at this time, the arrest of Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez by the Oxnard Police Department was clearly appropriate and lawful," prosecutors said.


2 vandalism suspects rescued after being stranded on cliff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:27

In this photo provided by the National Park Service the South Marin County Fire and Rescue suit up to help the National Park rangers pull one of the suspects to safety Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She says they saw rangers approaching and tried to evade arrest by scrambling down a cliff near the water's edge. (AP Photo/U.S. National Park Service)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two men suspected of vandalizing a historic military structure at a national park north of San Francisco had to be rescued by authorities after they were stranded on a steep cliff while trying to escape Thursday, authorities said.


Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:08

A truck engine is tested for pollution near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, CaliforniaBy Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor.     The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.     Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions.


LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:53

Susana Mercado, left, and Linda Cardwell chant slogans as they join thousands of fellow teachers for a rally to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. United Teachers Los Angeles is asking for an 8.5 percent pay increase, a demand the Los Angeles Unified district says cannot be met without significant layoffs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.


Employer: Man accused in IS group plot was about to quit job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:44
NEW YORK (AP) — The employer of one of three men charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group says the suspect was about to quit his restaurant job.

Official: Remains of 3 recovered from Washington state fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:14
WINLOCK, Wash. (AP) — Investigators have recovered the remains of three people from the debris of a fire that destroyed a home in the southwest Washington community of Winlock early Thursday, a police chief said.

Two killed in southern California street racing crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:40
(Reuters) - Two onlookers were killed and one injured on Thursday after a driver taking part in an illegal street race near Los Angeles lost control of his sports car and plowed into the crowd, police said. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, was racing his gray Ford Mustang around 2:05 a.m. local time in Chatsworth when the incident occurred, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Two pedestrians, 26-year-old Eric Siguenza and another unidentified person, were killed in the accident, police said.

Parents of slain journalist James Foley: US should do more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:20
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The government — and the press — failed to do enough to save the life of the freelance journalist who was the first American killed by Islamic State militants, James Foley's parents said at a university forum Thursday.

Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:10

FILE - This March 5, 2014 file photo shows former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Investigators said Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, they have recovered 32,000 emails related to the former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal.


Pot fight between DC Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:02

01 a.m. Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new mayor of the nation's capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill.


$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:58

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars wearing a dress made of pearls at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft of the $150,000 custom Calvin Klein dress worn by Nyong'o at the 2015 Academy Awards. The dress was reported stolen from Nyong'o's West Hollywood hotel room late on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion.


Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:40

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasThe United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters. No date had been set as of Thursday for resuming direct meetings with Shell Oil Co, which is representing the refiners, the sources said. "The USW continues to be ready and willing to resume negotiations with Shell at any time," said union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock. "Other than that, I don't have any information on when talks will resume." Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc , confirmed making contact with the union.


Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:35

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs onstage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.


Los Angeles police ID suspect in fatal street race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:35

Car skid marks are visible along a street in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A souped-up car that was illegally street racing lost control and careened onto a sidewalk, killing two spectators and critically injuring another before its driver ran away early Thursday, police said. All three victims were struck by a silver, late-model Mustang that hit a curb, bounced onto the sidewalk, spun around and crashed into a utility pole, Los Angeles police Detective Bill Bustos said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.


Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:16

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Missouri Republican Auditor Tom Schweich announces his candidacy for governor in St. Louis. Schweich, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a staff member told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview.


Black Madam: I've done thousands of buttocks injections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:06
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" testified at her murder trial on Thursday that she got into body sculpting 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures.

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

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:54
(This Feb 26 story is corrected to make clear in paragraph 2 that session was closed for administrative reasons, and drops reference to commanders in paragraphs 1 and 3) 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 the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured. Thursday's administrative scheduling session 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 that efforts by the Pentagon convening authority overseeing the trials to reduce costs by speeding up the years-long proceedings is 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.

6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:52

FILE - This Sept. 27, 2003 file photo Bikram Choudhury, front, founder of the Yoga College of India and creator and producer of Yoga Expo 2003, leads a yoga class at the Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A half-dozen women claim Choudhury, the founder of the popular hot yoga studios that bear his name groped, harassed or sexually assaulted them. The most recent case filed this month claims that Choudhury raped a former student in 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them.


New York Daily News, tabloid NYC paper, may be up for sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:30

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, Mort Zuckerman, owner and publisher of The New York Daily News, attends Bloomberg Businessweek's 85th Anniversary celebration at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. Zuckerman sent a memo to employees on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 that said he was approached about a potential sale of the tabloid newspaper a few weeks ago. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Daily News may be up for sale.


Officials: Stolen Picasso smuggled into US, labeled 'craft'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:26

This undated photo provided by the United States Department of Justice, shows a cubist painting entitled “The Hairdresser” by Pablo Picasso. Authorities say the painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely labeled it as an "art craft" worth about $37 when it was shipped. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch filed a civil forfeiture complaint Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, over the painting. (AP Photo/U.S Department of Justice)NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely labeled it as an "art craft" worth about $37 when it was shipped.