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1 injured in apartment blaze in Westville, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:26

1 injured in apartment blaze in Westville, N.J.One person was injured in a blaze inside a property that housed apartments in Westville, New Jersey early Friday morning.


Latest self-driving Google car heading to public streets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:22

In this May 13, 2015 photo, a reporter walks toward Google's new self-driving prototype car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The car, which needs no gas pedal or steering wheel, will make its debut on public roads this summer. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The latest version of Google's self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.


1st funeral set for victim of Amtrak derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:17

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Justin Zemser. Zemser, on a break from the U.S. Naval Academy and heading home to Rockaway Beach, New York, was among those killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia.(U.S. Naval Academy via AP)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mourners are preparing to remember one of the eight people killed in this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia while the investigation into the crash continues.


Olney man shot in the back dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:13

Olney man shot in the back diesPolice say a man has died that was shot in the back while chatting outside with his neighbors in Philadelphia's Olney section.


Kayakers protest as Arctic drill rig moors off Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:02

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flies overhead and a small flotilla of protesters in kayaks paddles behind as the oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Elliott Bay in Seattle. The rig is the first of two drilling rigs Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration and was towed to the Port of Seattle site despite the city's warning that it lacks permits and threats by kayaking environmentalists to paddle out in protest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — As a massive oil drill rig moved into Seattle, about two dozen activists in kayaks paddled to the middle of Elliott Bay, linked boats and unfurled a banner to make a stand against Royal Dutch Shell's plan to open a new frontier of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic Ocean.


El Niño could strengthen from September: UK Met Office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:28
The El Niño climate phenomenon, which has started in the tropical Pacific, could strengthen from September, Britain's Met Office said on Friday. Observations from the tropical Pacific show that weak El Niño conditions have started for the first time in five years, the Met Office said. "The current outlook suggests that at least a moderate El Nino is likely and there is a risk of a substantial event," it said in a statement. "While it is still too early to determine with confidence how strong this El Niño might be forecast models from centers around the world, including the Met Office, suggest this El Nino could strengthen from September onwards," it added.

Olney man, outside with neighbors, shot in the back dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:17

Olney man shot in the back diesPolice say a man has died that was shot in the back while chatting outside with his neighbors in Philadelphia's Olney section.


Blaze forces 4 people from house in Camden County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:14

Blaze forces 4 people from house in Camden CountyA fast-moving fire forced four people from a house in Voorhees Township, New Jersey late Thursday night.


Police: Landscaper ran over family of ducks on lawnmower

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:02
WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida landscaper has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say he ran over a mother duck and her 11 ducklings with his riding lawnmower.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:02
"He would go on vacation and bring back subway maps. He would go places with his family, and he would talk about the trains instead of the places." — Stefanie McGee, on friend and Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, who operated the train involved in the deadly derailment in Philadelphia this week.

Texas anti-gay marriage bill dead for now as deadline passes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 13:32

Texas Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, talks about his proposed bill that would penalize county and local officials for issuing gay marriage licenses, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Nearly every Republican in the Texas House is backing a measure that would prohibit state and local officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Less than three weeks remain in Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s first session, and the bill must clear the House by midnight Thursday to advance. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized took a major setback Friday when time expired on a bill that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Two Florida students shot, wounded while riding school bus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:04
(Reuters) - Two teenage girls riding on a Florida school bus full of students were shot and wounded on Thursday when a person opened fire at the vehicle, officials said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office provided limited details about the shooting, which occurred around 4 p.m. local time, but said two girls, aged 14 and 15, were struck and authorities were searching for two male suspects. "When I got word of the shooting there was a deep anger that permeated my whole being," said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

6 Philadelphia ex-narcotics officers found not guilty in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:45

6 Philadelphia ex-narcotics officers found not guilty in corruption caseA federal jury has cleared six former Philadelphia drug squad officers in a corruption case that prompted scores of convictions to be overturned amid charges that the officers stole more than $400,000 in drug money, beat suspects and lied to win convictions.


Undercover Investigation: Crossing guard caught not doing her job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:42

 Crossing guard caught not doing her jobChildren should feel safe walking to and from school but Action News went undercover to investigate allegations that Philadelphia students' lives may be at risk at a dangerous intersection.


Missouri House speaker resigning after intern text messages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:33

In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, John J. Diehl Jr., center, is sworn in as the Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives during the opening of the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City, Mo. Diehl apologized Wednesday, May 13, 2015, for his "poor judgment" following a newspaper report that he had exchanged sexually charged text messages with a college student who was serving as a Capitol intern. (Don Shrubshell/The Columbia Daily Tribune via AP, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern.


NTSB: Amtrak train sped up before fatal crash in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:21

 Amtrak train sped up before fatal crash in PhiladelphiaAll eight fatal victims of Tuesday's Amtrak train derailment have been identified, this comes the same day that NTSB officials revealed that the train suddenly accelerated from 70 mph to over 100 mph in the final minute before the derailment.


Investigators look at why train sped up before derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:17

This Aug. 21, 2007 photo shows Amtrak assistant conductor Brandon Bostian outside a train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis. Bostian was the engineer in the fatal Tuesday, May 12, 2015 passenger train derailment in Philadelphia. (Huy Richard Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT: HUY RICHARD MACH/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCHPHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.


Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:52

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation's largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution.


Profiles of Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:44

In this Sept. 7, 2006 photo, Associated Press employee Jim Gaines poses for a picture. Gaines, an AP video software architect, was among those killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Santos Chaparro)Eight people were killed in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The victims include a college dean, a food-safety company vice president; a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy; a Manhattan real estate executive; and an Italian businessman. Two were traveling back from a funeral or memorial service.


Former Los Angeles sheriff's officials charged in jail probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The case of the vanishing inmate at the Los Angeles County jail nearly went all the way to the top.