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Oil trains, born of U.S. energy boom, face test in new safety rules

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:28

A worker climbs onto a crude oil train to set the handbrake at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. LaramieBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks. Within weeks, the Obama Administration is due to unveil a suite of reforms that will rewrite standards conceived long before the rise of the shale oil renaissance, at a time when crude rarely moved by rail and few Americans had ever seen the mile-long oil trains that now crisscross the nation. Executives have met formally with regulators and the White House more than a dozen times this year, often to resist anticipated reforms or propose alternatives - typically ones that put the onus on a different industry. Regulators have so far withheld specifics of their rule proposals, but interviews with industry executives and a review of presentations reveal at least four major areas of concern.


Massive wildfire burns homes, leads to evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:26
A large, wind-whipped wildfire in rural north-central Washington destroyed an estimated 100 homes, forced the evacuation of a small town and cut power to most of the scenic Methow Valley.

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:23

Wheeler takes his seat to testify before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday. The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10 as it weighs how best to regulate the way Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic crossing their networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in April after a federal court struck down the FCC's previous version of such rules in January. The FCC's draft rules propose banning ISPs from blocking users' access to websites or applications but allowing some "commercially reasonable" deals between content providers and ISPs to prioritize delivery of some web traffic.


Human head found on lawn of Long Island home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:16

Human head found on lawn of Long Island homeInvestigators are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine if what appears to be a human head and other body parts found in a Long Island town are linked to a partially dismembered body discovered weeks earlier in a community 25 miles away.


Human head found on lawn of Long Island home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:16

Human head found on lawn of Long Island homeInvestigators are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine if what appears to be a human head and other body parts found in a Long Island town are linked to a partially dismembered body discovered weeks earlier in a community 25 miles away.


Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:07
BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say they have found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 other people in self-storage units rented in the name of an unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director.

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:06

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmaciesFederal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.


FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:06

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmaciesFederal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.


New signs to say 'Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:03
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs strengthening the state's official connection to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song title "Sweet Home Alabama."

Slain rookie officer recalled as eager learner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:00

Law enforcement officials salute as a hearse carrying the body of Jersey City Police Department officer Melvin Santiago during a funeral procession, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at a pharmacy on July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A rookie police officer slain in an ambush over the weekend had dreamed of being a cop as a kid and was an eager learner who had recently gotten a tip from his uncle, a retired officer, and put it into action, the uncle said at his funeral Friday.


Slain rookie officer recalled as eager learner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 01:00

Law enforcement officials salute as a hearse carrying the body of Jersey City Police Department officer Melvin Santiago during a funeral procession, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at a pharmacy on July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A rookie police officer slain in an ambush over the weekend had dreamed of being a cop as a kid and was an eager learner who had recently gotten a tip from his uncle, a retired officer, and put it into action, the uncle said at his funeral Friday.


Robber who hit same bank, teller twice sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:54
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A 24-year-old man who a month after being released from prison for a bank robbery held up the same bank and teller has been sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars.

Robber who hit same bank, teller twice sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:54
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A 24-year-old man who a month after being released from prison for a bank robbery held up the same bank and teller has been sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars.

Peregrine falcons delay USS Saratoga departure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:47

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 1998 file photo, the U.S.S. Saratoga aircraft carrier is guided into Pier One of Coddington Cove in Middletown, R.I., by tugs after a five-day journey from the Philadelphia Naval Yard. The 1,039 foot aircraft carrier was decommissioned in 1994 after 42 years of service in the Navy. The carrier is supposed to be towed to Texas to be dismantled. But a family of Peregrine falcons made it their home and it can’t be moved until the fledglings are ready to leave the nest, delaying the carrier's final trip, likely in mid-August, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy is ready to say goodbye to the USS Saratoga, but a family of peregrine falcons is not.


Disney World and union reach contract agreement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:37
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Union officials say Walt Disney World has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest union group that raises starting hourly pay from a little over $8 to $9 this year.

Indiana University doctoral student among Malaysia Air dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:29
(Reuters) - A Dutch doctoral student and former member of the Indiana University rowing team was among the passengers killed when Malaysian airliner went down in Ukraine, the university said Friday in a statement. Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department in the university's college of Arts and Sciences, had earned a master's degree from the university and was a member of the women's rowing team in the 2011 season, the university said. "The Indiana rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn's sudden passing," Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said in a statement.

Sheriff: Up to 100 homes lost in Washington fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:26

A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington.


Ukraine: Airliner downing made possible by Russia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:23
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's ambassador to the U.N. says the downing of the Malaysian airliner would not have happened if Russia did not provide sophisticated anti-aircraft systems to separatist rebels.

Any link between remains, dismembered body probed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:18
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine if what appears to be a human head and other body parts found in a Long Island town are linked to a partially dismembered body discovered weeks earlier in a community 25 miles away.

Any link between remains, dismembered body probed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:18
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine if what appears to be a human head and other body parts found in a Long Island town are linked to a partially dismembered body discovered weeks earlier in a community 25 miles away.