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Distraction a factor in 6 in 10 teen driver crashes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:32

In this frame grab from a video provided by The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a teen driver loses control of her vehicle after she was driving distracted. Distractions, especially talking with passengers and using cellphones, play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers who analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash. (AP Photo/The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.


U.S. ATF had to ditch $600,000 worth of surveillance drones: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:29

US ATF Director Jones testifies at hearing on FY2016 budget on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent about $600,000 on six drones that had so many defects they were never used for video surveillance as planned, and were eventually ditched, the Justice Department's internal watchdog reported on Wednesday. The Office of the Inspector General said it was "troubled" that the ATF, a Justice Department agency, spent money between September 2011 and September 2012 on drones that were rendered unsuitable. ATF officials spent $315,000 on one gas-powered drone that was never used "due to multiple technical defects," the audit found. The ATF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Two men arrested in Maryland high school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:28
(Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested two men for a high school shooting during a basketball game in February that wounded two students, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Police arrested Brandon Tyler, 21, and Chandler Davenport, 19, on Tuesday for the Feb. 4 shooting outside the Frederick High School gym during a junior varsity basketball game, Frederick police spokesman Lieutenant Clark Pennington said at a news conference. Pennington said Tyler was the shooter.

Fact sheet: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:28
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Camry Hybrid: A family car winner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:28

This undated photo made available by Toyota shows the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid. (AP Photo/Toyota)The roomy, fuel-sipping Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan gets better for 2015 with more appealing exterior styling, upgraded interior, improved ride and handling and quieter passenger cabin.


U.S. drivers extend record mileage gains in January: FHA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:28
Motorists drove an estimated 237.3 billion miles (381.9 billion km) in January, the most ever for the month, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. "The demand for gasoline has been stronger than expected, and we are seeing stronger RBOB (gasoline) futures," said Phil Flynn, an analyst with Price Futures Group. "Americans love low gasoline prices, and when gasoline prices fell, coupled with a growing economy, we are going back to our old habits." Flynn said the higher than expected demand will cause prices to rise, but not dramatically given the global crude supply glut. Analysts have attributed the swift rise in mileage to several factors, including gasoline prices that sank briefly below $2 a gallon in January, as well as a spike in new car sales and a low baseline during the severe winter of 2014.

Nutter creates board to monitor changes after Philadelphia police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:27

Nutter creates board to monitor changes after Philadelphia police shootingsPhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has created an independent oversight board to monitor the implementation of recommendations from a Justice Department team that studied the city's nearly 400 officer-involved shootings in the last eight years.


Ex-prosecutor of exonerated death row inmate pens apology

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:20

In a March 19, 2015 photo, A.M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor and lead attorney in the Glenn Ford case, sits for an interview with The Times of Shreveport in his Shreveport, La., office. Stroud III drew national attention over the weekend with an anguished, open letter of apology published in the paper. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SHREVEPORTTIMES.COM; NO SALESNEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor. He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks three decades ago to writing an anguished, open letter of apology after the convicted man was recently declared innocent and set free.


Senate panel eyes bill to abolish Delaware death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:19

Senate panel eyes bill to abolish Delaware death penaltyA bill reviving attempts to abolish capital punishment in Delaware after an earlier failed effort is teed up for its legislative hearing.


Lawyer expects plea deal in Chicago terrorism case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:17
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of seeking to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria has told a federal judge the defense expects to seal a plea agreement.

American, Russian leaving Earth for year at space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:15

Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-16M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is photographed at the launch pad in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year, all in the name of science.


Afghan president says his country owes America a 'profound debt' for its sacrifices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan president says his country owes America a 'profound debt' for its sacrifices .

Thief swipes $1,000 in surf & turf from South St. Whole Foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:10

Man swipes $1,000 in surf & turf from Philly Whole Foods, police saySouth Detectives are looking for the man who stole meat and seafood from the South Street Whole Foods.


Board to monitor changes after Philadelphia police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:08
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has created an independent oversight board to monitor the implementation of recommendations from a Justice Department team that studied the city's nearly 400 officer-involved shootings in the last eight years.

Thief caught on camera stealing meats from Whole Foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:00

Thief caught on camera stealing meats from Whole FoodsPhiladelphia police are searching for a thief who was caught on surveillance video stealing several packages of meat and seafood from Whole Foods on South Street.


Two Americans on Germanwings Plane, Official Says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:37
The black box voice recorder from the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday was damaged, according to the French minister of the interior.

U.S. losing 'information war' to Russia, other rivals: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:23
By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is losing an information war to Russia, Islamic State and other rivals, says a new report that calls for a strengthening in U.S. counter-propaganda efforts and an overhaul of the government's international broadcasting arm. The study is the latest to highlight problems in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency created in 1994 which also is tasked with maintaining a firewall between the State Department and government-funded news operations. Among them are the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, widely credited with countering Soviet influence behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

PHOTOS: Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:18

 Germanwings plane crash in the French AlpsA Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.


AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:03

In this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 image from video, a former slave from Myanmar who goes by the name Mozet, center, one of several slaves who escaped or ran away while Thai trawlers were docked at the Benjina port, cuts planks from a tree to earn money for food. Because the men were brought to Indonesia illegally - many after being tricked, sold or kidnapped by Thai brokers - they do not have any official documents and live in constant fear of being arrested. (AP Photo/APTN)A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.


2nd bald eagle egg hatches in Pennsylvania nest on video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:57
HANOVER, Pa. (AP) — A second bald eagle egg has hatched in a Pennsylvania nest on live-streaming video that thousands of people have watched.