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Wisconsin train derailment clean up underway, evacuation lifted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:19
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - An evacuation order was lifted on Monday after a train derailment and collision several hours earlier caused a fuel spill in a southeastern Wisconsin town, where clean-up efforts were underway, a rail spokesman said. A Canadian National Railway Co train derailed at about 8:30 p.m. local time on Sunday in Slinger, Wisconsin, after striking cars from Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, causing some 4,000 gallons (18,200 liters) of diesel to spill from a locomotive fuel tank, said CN spokesman Patrick Waldron. The evacuation was lifted five hours after the derailment, Waldron said. The derailment occurred when a southbound CN train, made up of three locomotives and 98 cars, struck Wisconsin and Southern rail cars at a rail track intersection, Waldron said.

Anchorage mulls fence regs to protect moose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:15
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Municipal officials in Alaska's largest city are considering outlawing gothic style metal fences after five moose were gored to death in recent years.

PHOTOS: Montgomery County Sheriff's Most Wanted

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:58

 Montgomery County Sheriff's Most WantedThe Montgomery County Sheriff's Department has updated its most wanted list as part of a new effort to round up 'deadbeat parents' through social media.


Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:55

President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama's executive orders signed Monday prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."


Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:53

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows the "Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car." When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Mattel, Inc., Jeffrey Moustache)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.


Wisconsin train crash injures 2 people, spills oil

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:41
SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.

NASA renames building for astronaut Neil Armstrong

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:39

FILE - In this July 24, 1969 file photo, President Richard Nixon, right, greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van on board the U.S.S. Hornet after splashdown and recovery. The Apollo 11 crew from left are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after blastoff from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on July 16, 1969. (AP Photo, File)NASA has honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


1 killed, 2 hurt in Wisconsin skydiving accidents

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:35

 SkydiverRACINE, Wis. (AP) — One person died and two others were injured in separate weekend skydiving accidents in southern Wisconsin.


Wawa to close first store opened 50 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:32

Wawa to close first store opened 50 years agoWawa plans to close the very first convenience store opened by the chain in suburban Philadelphia a half-century ago.


More studies needed in apparent chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:26

This undated family photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, shows Eric Garner. Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. The 6-foot-3, 350-pound Garner became irate, denying the charges and refusing to be handcuffed before one of the officers placed him in what Police Commissioner William Bratton said appeared to be a chokehold, according to partial video of the encounter obtained by the New York Daily News. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network)NEW YORK (AP) — The medical examiner's office has not yet determined what caused the death of a man who appeared to be held in a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him last week.


Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:48

FILE - In this March 13, 2009 file photo, Tyson Hoffman, a Verizon service technician, checks a cable as he connects it to the Verizon FiOS fiber network in Rockville, Md. Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to upload videos and back up their files online, the company announced Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.


Ohio infant attacked and killed by dog

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:46
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An autopsy was under way on an Ohio infant who died this weekend after being attacked by a relative’s dog, a coroner’s office said Monday. The 7-month-old boy, Jonathon Quarles, Jr, was fatally mauled by his step-grandmother’s dog around midday Sunday, according to the Dayton Police Department.    In a 911 call released by police, a neighbor of the woman who was babysitting Quarles told a dispatcher that the woman came to his door, holding the baby in her hands "and the baby’s not breathing.” The child was not responsive by the time medical help arrived, said Chris Williams, superintendent of investigation for the Dayton police. The dog was identified by its owner as an American Staffordshire terrier and resembles what is commonly known as a pit bull, Williams said. The dog was removed from the home following the attack.

Dutch tell Ukraine rebels: Train full of crash victims' bodies must leave

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:34

 Plane crash site needs full forensic sweepDutch forensic investigators told armed separatists guarding train cars full of bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet on Monday that the train must be allowed to leave within hours.


Man charged in sex assault of teen on New Jersey beach

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:24

Man charged in sex assault of teen on New Jersey beachPolice have arrested a Camden man and charged him with sexually assaulting a girl on Keansburg beach.


Massachusetts mayor in flap with conservatives on gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:05

Brit White dances on a float during the Gay Pride Parade in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - (This story corrects July 17 story to make clear that article ran on TheBlaze.com but was not authored by Glenn Beck; Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll last week terminated a contract that allowed Gordon College to operate Salem's town hall, after the school joined other religious organizations in appealing to the White House to exempt it from federal rules forbidding employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints began coming in after an article on the issue ran on TheBlaze.com, a website owned by conservative commentator Glenn Beck's company.


Jury resumes deliberating in Tsarnaev friend trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:45
BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have resumed deliberations in his obstruction of justice trial.

In Clippers court case, octogenarian lawyer relishes the ruckus

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:27

Bert Fields, Shelly Sterling's lawyer, questions husband, Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, in court, as seen in courtroom sketch in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With the $2-billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers at stake and the team's irascible owner refusing to bless the record deal his estranged wife brokered, Bert Fields can hardly keep a smile from his face. As one of the colorful cast of characters in a trial over the minutiae of a family trust and California probate law, the 85-year-old attorney to some of Hollywood's biggest players over the last five decades appears to relish his role as the adversary of Donald Sterling, the man banned for life by the NBA over racist remarks. "Bert Fields is one of those lawyers who is in his element in the courtroom," said Steven Weisburd, a Texas civil litigator who has been part of legal teams that have opposed Fields. Fields, who has a reputation for making a witness' time on the stand miserable, may get another shot to examine Sterling as the 80-year-old real estate billionaire could testify again when his own attorneys start their case in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.


Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:21

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future of the Los Angeles Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust.


'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:51

The Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he addresses the congregation, Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Manhattan's Riverside Church in New York. Sharpton demanded justice for the apparent police chokehold death of Eric Garner, who died three days ago in Staten Island. He also said that citizens who kill police officers should be held accountable. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said.


Boat crashes on jetty, man missing in Longport, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 20:48

Boater missing after crash in Longport, NJ identifiedTwo men on a pontoon boat hit a buoy then ran into some rocks on the 11th Avenue jetty. Coast guard crews are searching for one boater.