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America's premier rail superhighway is slowly falling apart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 21:41

This circa 1968 photo made available by the Library of Congress shows the Dock Bridge over the Passaic River in Newark, N.J. along the Northeast Railroad Corridor. The rails of the Northeast Corridor are decaying, increasingly strained, and moving more people than ever around the nation's most densely populated region. (Library of Congress via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The trains that link global centers of learning, finance and power on the East Coast lumber through tunnels dug just after the Civil War, and cross century-old bridges that sometimes jam when they swing open to let tugboats pass. Hundreds of miles of overhead wires that deliver power to locomotives were hung during the Great Depression.


INSIDE WASHINGTON: Insurers pass tax along to the states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 20:54

FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. There’s more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama’s health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers.“They had a naive notion we were going to get something from insurers” who were gaining many new customers from the health law, says Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right public policy institute. “It defied any notion of good tax policy.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)There's more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama's health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers.


Police: Married couple, son, housekeeper killed in fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 20:23

District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier, center, talks to other officials at the scene of a house fire where four people were found dead after firefighters entered a home in an upscale Washington neighborhood to battle a blaze the police chief is calling suspicious Thursday, May 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — A corporate executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper were slain inside a multimillion-dollar northwest Washington home that was set on fire, District of Columbia police say.


Why I skipped the bank and took out a loan from my 'peers'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 19:48

AP reporter Ken Sweet poses for a portrait, Thursday, May 14, 2015 in New York. Sweet borrowed $15,000 through a peer-to-peer loan, a rapidly expanding piece of the $3.4 trillion market for consumer debt, which includes credit cards and auto loans. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — When I realized I was paying off six different credit cards and not getting anywhere, I decided to consolidate my debt, like millions of other Americans.


Police investigate reported sexual assault in Old City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 19:41

Police investigate reported sexual assault in Old CityPolice are investigating the report of a sexual assault inside a restaurant in Philadelphia's Old City section early Saturday morning.


AP sources: Dozens of Cubans stranded aboard US vessel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 15:44

This undated handout photo provided by the US Coast Guard shows US Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. are stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home, The Associated Press has learned. The migrants were among about 96 Cubans who were intercepted at sea and taken aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. The Cuban government allowed the return of the other 58 people. (Coast Guard via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. have been stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home.


US says decade-old Gulf oil leak could last another century

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 15:33

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2004 file photo, waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Ivan struck the gulf coast. Federal regulators believe a persistent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began after a drilling platform was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 will continue for 100 years or more if left unchecked, according to estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the extent of the problem. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a decade, oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico where a hurricane toppled a drilling company's platform off the coast of Louisiana. Now the federal government is warning that the leak could last another century or more if left unchecked.


Tsarnaev could be 1st terrorist executed in US since 9/11

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 15:09

FILE - This undated photo released by the FBI on April 19, 2013 shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Friday, May 15, 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2013 Boston Marathon terror attack. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — The death sentence jurors imposed on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sets the stage for what could be the nation's first execution of a terrorist in the post-9/11 era, though the case is likely to go through years of appeals.


Late blues great B.B. King: Legacy lives on in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 15:07

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, a wall mural of B.B. King overlooks a downtown parking area in Indianola, Miss. King claimed Indianola as his hometown after moving there as a teenager. The influence of the acclaimed "King of the Blues," is seen throughout the small Mississippi Delta town. King died Thursday night, May 14, 2015, at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Outside Indianola, B.B. King was a blues superstar, a guitar legend who inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless other musicians. But in this small farming town in north Mississippi, he was known as Mr. Riley. And he'd return here each year to meet with friends and relatives, and to play the blues for townspeople out in the sun on Church Street.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 15:03
"We can breathe again." — Karen Brassard, who suffered shrapnel wounds on her legs, after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death.

Mitt Romney lasts 2 rounds against Holyfield in boxing match

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 13:32

Five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, left, is declared the winner against Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a charity fight night event Friday, May 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The black-tie event raised money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring Friday at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City.


Baltimore prosecutors in Freddie Gray case seek gag order

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 13:05

FILE- In this May 1, 2015 file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Sgt. Alicia D. White, one of six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Lawyers for Sgt. White describe her as a rising star at the Baltimore Police Dept., who only had about 15 second of contact, non-physical, with Freddie Gray on the day he was injured. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors are seeking a gag order as they pursue a criminal case against six city officers in the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.


Philadelphia train may have been hit by projectile before wreck

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 13:00

Emergency workers and Amtrak personnel inspect a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBy Jarrett Renshaw PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia and a separate commuter train in the vicinity may have been hit by projectiles of some kind shortly before the wreck, a U.S. transportation official said on Friday, after investigators interviewed members of the Amtrak crew. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was called in to examine a remnant of the Amtrak locomotive's shattered windshield with a circular damage pattern, Sumwalt said. The revelation that Amtrak train No. 188 might have been struck by a bullet, rock or other object added an unexpected twist to a crash probe that initially focused on why the train had accelerated to over 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour) in the minute before it barreled into a curved track segment where the authorized speed limit was just 50 mph (80 kph). An assistant conductor told NTSB investigators on Friday that the train run that day had been unremarkable until a few minutes after pulling out of Philadelphia's 30th Street station, the last stop before the accident, Sumwalt said.


Gun used in Mississippi police slaying found: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 12:27
(Reuters) - The firearm used in the slayings of two Mississippi police officers last weekend was found on Friday, state law enforcement officials said. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said in a statement that ballistics testing of the .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun confirmed it was the same one used to shoot officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25. Marvin Banks, 29, was charged with two counts of capital murder over the shootings that occurred during a routine traffic stop on Saturday. His brother, Curtis Banks, 26, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Baltimore officer who beat suspect during arrest gets jail sentence: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 12:16
(Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer who could be seen in a surveillance video beating an unarmed black suspect during an arrest last year pleaded guilty to assault on Friday and was sentenced to six months in jail, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported. The Sun reported that officer Vincent Cosom was suspended from the police force after the video, which shows him repeatedly punching Kollin Truss in the face last June, was made public. Shaun Owens, Cosom's attorney, could not be immediately reached, but he told the Sun that Cosom's behavior was "quite simply a lapse in judgment". The sentence comes just weeks after protests in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from spinal injuries suffered in police custody were punctuated by a day of looting and arson.

House panel to hold Amtrak hearing; Schumer blasts Boehner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:54

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, speaks during a news conference outside New York's Penn Station, Friday, May 15, 2015. Schumer and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will launch a major push to get Congress to prioritize rail safety in 2015. Their campaign comes in the wake of a tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night that killed at least eight passengers and injured over 200. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. House committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on the deadly Amtrak crash while U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the wake of the derailment.


Official: Gun used to kill 2 Hattiesburg officers found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:46

Hattiesburg Police officers carry the body of Officer Liquori Tate into West Point Baptist Church for visitation Friday, May 15, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot to death during a routine evening traffic stop turned violent Saturday. (Eli Baylis/The Hattiesburg American via AP)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The gun used to fatally shoot two Hattiesburg police officers has been found.


Student wins $62,900 literary prize

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:35
BALTIMORE (AP) — A senior at Washington College has been awarded a $62,900 literary prize.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:29

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston Marathon bombingOn Friday, a jury sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.


Voorhees Iron Hill worker tests positive for Hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:29

Voorhees Iron Hill worker tests positive for Hepatitis AAn employee at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, New Jersey has tested positive for Hepatitis A, Camden County officials said Friday.