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Truck driver's negligence blamed for Washington bridge collapse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:44
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state bridge collapse that sent two cars tumbling into a frigid river last year was primarily the result of negligence on the part of a commercial truck driver who should have known his rig was too tall to clear the span, the state patrol said on Monday. The truck hauling an oversized load clipped the truss of the Skagit River Bridge along Interstate 5 in May 2013, causing a section of the span about 55 miles north of Seattle to buckle. ...

Man pleads guilty in ricin plot; now charged over threats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:42

Man pleads guilty in ricin plot; now charged over threatsThe man who pleaded guilty to charges he laced a card with poison has now been charged with threatening a number of people involved in the case.


Mom turns self in decade after fleeing with child

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:41
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in Monday to face trial.

Lawsuit filed against DuPont over deaths at Texas plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:31
By Erwin Seba LA PORTE Texas (Reuters) - A prominent Texas trial lawyer said he filed a lawsuit against DuPont and Co on Monday on behalf of a woman whose mother was one of four people killed in an accident on Saturday at the company's La Porte, Texas chemical plant. The lawyer, Brent Coon, also filed a temporary restraining order to preserve evidence at the scene of the accident, which involved a leak of methyl mercaptan, a chemical used to give natural gas its rotten-egg smell and for making insecticides and plastics. ...

Boy Scouts find human remains while hiking in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:30
(Reuters) - A Boy Scout troop from Utah discovered a skull and other human skeletal remains while hiking in Arizona and the local sheriff's office is investigating, authorities said on Monday. The grim find was made on Saturday in a remote northwestern part of the state known as the Arizona Strip, near Temple Trail Road about 17 miles south of Hurricane, Utah, authorities said. The local medical examiner's office recovered the remains, and identification and autopsy results are pending, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Arizona said in a statement. ...

Accused Mexican drug boss pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — An accused leader of a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday after being extradited to the United States.

Local leaders announce papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:21

Local leaders announce papal visitIt is official - Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia! And local officials talked about some of the details of the papal visit at a news conference Monday morning.


High court asked to rule on tour-guide licensing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:20
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Should tour guides in Washington have to prove they know James Madison from James Monroe? Should those in New Orleans take tests on the difference between Creole and Cajun?

Kansas woman critical after sex assault, set afire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:18
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman who was sexually assaulted and set on fire was in critical condition Monday, and police turn to the public for help in finding her assailant.

Obama's step-grandmother in US to promote schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Barack Obama's 94-year-old step-grandmother is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president's father was raised and is buried — and hopes to see the president again.

Mass murderer Charles Manson gets marriage license, state says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:16

Handout file photo of convicted murderer Charles MansonSACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Mass murderer Charles Manson has been granted a marriage license, and would be allowed to wed in prison, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said on Monday. Manson, 80, was issued a marriage license by Kings County, California, where he is serving a life sentence at the California State Prison, Corcoran, corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. ...


Ex-Ferguson corrections officer faces charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:01
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Ferguson corrections officer faces felony charges and a lawsuit for allegedly having sex with a pregnant inmate and allowing her to escape, a case that comes as the St. Louis suburb's police force is already under scrutiny following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Malnourished dog now healthy, ready for adoption

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:55

Malnourished dog now healthy, ready for adoptionA dog found malnourished in the back yard of a home in Chester, Pa. is now available for adoption.


NC man charged with kidnap, rape of Maryland girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:53
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is facing multiple charges in the disappearance of a 12-year-old Maryland girl who was found days after vanishing.

Doctor being treated for Ebola in US has died

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:53

Doctor being treated for Ebola in US has diedA surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a Nebraska hospital over the weekend but died Monday morning.


Suspect in German student death has criminal past

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:52
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man charged with shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage has a criminal record in Seattle and Missoula, and has been ordered to undergo a pretrial psychiatric evaluation.

Pope confirms Philly trip for families conference

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:52

In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis speaks at the World Meeting of Families, an interreligious conference on traditional family values, at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will travel to the U.S. next year to participate in a rally for families in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Organizers of the World Meeting of Families for months were coy when asked if Pope Francis would come to Philadelphia for the massive Roman Catholic-sponsored gathering.


1 person killed, 4 police officers injured in Germantown fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:50

1 person killed, 4 police officers injured in Germantown fireInvestigators are looking for the cause of a fire that killed one person in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.


Virginia woman charged with lying about terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:49
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman faces a federal charge after being accused of promoting the Islamic State in social media and offering to help an undercover agent get a friend into Syria to join the extremist group.

Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:45

FILE - In this June 12, 2008 file photo, a worker hooks up a fuel hose to an airplane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. In the 12 months ended in September 2014, U.S. airlines saved $1.6 billion on jet fuel _ their largest expense. In the first three quarters of 2014, airlines posted a 5.7 percent profit margin, robust for the industry. (AP Photo/Brian McDermott, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers?