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Feds trying to determine if Amtrak engineer was using phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:53

In this aerial photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least six people, and injured dozens. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials offered new details on how the engineer spent the hours before the crash.


Uniroyal celebrates 50th anniversary of giant tire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:48

Metal beams line the inside of the Giant Uniroyal Tire in Allen Park, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The 80-foot-high, 12-ton tire is turning 50 and has stood alongside Interstate 94, near Detroit, since 1965, a year after it debuted at the New York World’s Fair. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Generations of motorists have passed by the world's largest tire, which sits alongside a busy stretch of Detroit-area freeway.


Woman arrested after bomb threat prompts LA evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:46

A woman sits in front of the downtown Los Angeles Federal Building with a package Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Police Officer Tony Im said the woman was arrested Wednesday about three hours after making a bomb threat. The threat prompted two buildings to be evacuated and streets to be closed in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have arrested a woman who they say made a bomb threat, prompting two buildings to be evacuated and streets to be closed in a bustling area of downtown Los Angeles.


A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:45
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Man tasered, arrested at Los Angeles International Airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An unarmed man who was not cooperating with Transportation Security Administration officers in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was tasered and arrested on Wednesday, an airport police spokeswoman said. The man was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment following the incident, Sergeant Belinda Joseph of the Los Angeles Airport Police said in a statement. As airport police responded to the scene the man continued to be uncooperative and pushed past an officer, she said.

U.S. Navy secretary says paying attention to cyber threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:19
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is working hard to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday. Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia's use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and Georgia. It's in every system because we are so networked." Mabus confirmed recent media reports that the Navy was looking at replacing IBM servers used for its Aegis combat system after International Business Machines Corp's $2.1 billion sale of its server division to China's Lenovo Group Ltd last year.

Minneapolis officer accused of assault, falsifying reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:11

In this March 15, 2007 photo, Minneapolis Police Department Academy graduate Michael Griffin pins his badge onto his uniform during a graduation ceremony in Minneapolis. An indictment Wednesday, May 20, 2015, accuses Griffin of assaulting several people while off-duty and filing false reports. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who allegedly identified himself as an officer and assaulted at least four people while off-duty, then filed false reports, has been charged with federal civil rights violations and other counts in an indictment announced Wednesday.


NYC's One World Observatory offers panoramic views, painful memories

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:09

Time-lapse projection of the New York skyline through the years inside the Sky Pod Elevator on the way up to the One World Observatory observation deck on the 100th floor of the One World Trade center tower in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's One World Trade Center on Wednesday treated invited guests to a sneak peek at the panoramic views from the observation deck atop the newly opened tower, which rises nearly a quarter of a mile (400 meters) above the streets of Lower Manhattan. The "pre-opening" of the three-floor aerie at the crown of the Western Hemisphere's tallest building marks the latest milestone in the rebuilding of the site where the Twin Towers were destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "There's always the thought of 9/11 but you can't really think like that," said Robert Domino, a 20-year-old maintenance worker who has gone to the observatory to do cleaning work.


About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:08

A motorcycle is seen on a wrecker before it is removed from the Twin Peaks restaurant, where nine members of a motorcycle gang were shot and killed, in WacoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.


Aaron Hernandez Allegedly Involved in Prison Fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:08
The former Patriots tight end was recently convicted of first-degree murder.

Court won't exempt Notre Dame from birth control provision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:07
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected the University of Notre Dame's request to temporarily be exempt from a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires the Catholic school's insurance providers to cover the costs of contraceptives for students and staff.

Differing perceptions of Waco, Baltimore bothering some

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cellphones.

Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:57

In this May 17, 2015 photo, a Louisiana Black Bear, sub-species of the black bear that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, stands next to a tree in Marksville, La. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, federal and Louisiana officials said it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal and Louisiana officials say it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species.


DEA raids clinics, pharmacies in 'pill mill' crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:56

A Drug Enforcement Administration officer walks into a medical clinic in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The DEA began wrapping up a multistate crackdown on prescription drug abuse with raids at pain clinics, pharmacies and other locations in the South. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales.


California Medical Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:55
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to physician-assisted suicide, possibly paving the way for already-introduced legislation that would make the practice legal for terminally ill patients in the state. The CMA said its change to neutral on the issue marked the first by a state medical association. It comes amid renewed debate over doctor-assisted suicide following the death of brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard last fall.

Hosts of biker events reconsider after deadly Waco shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:52

A Waco police officer takes down crime scene tape, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, as they re-open Central Texas Market Place after Sunday's shooting in Waco, Texas. A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member's foot, police said Tuesday. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Motorcycle clubs have gathered dozens of times at Roy Barnett's bar for meetings just like the one that led to a shootout among rival biker gangs at a Waco restaurant.


New Jersey drivers may soon have to pump their own gas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:48

New Jersey drivers may soon have to pump their own gasDrivers in New Jersey have been accustomed to full-service gas stations for more than 60 years, but newly introduced legislation may soon force them to pump their gas themselves.


Parole could end inmate's effort to have sex change surgery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:47

 If she wins freedom from a parole board Thursday, May 21, 2015, after 28 years in prison, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP Photo)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.


Infant attacked by dog in Ocean County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:46

Infant attacked by dog in Ocean CountyAn infant has been seriously injured after being attacked by a dog in Ocean County, New Jersey.


DEA announces four-state crackdown on illegal pill distribution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:40
(Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday announced the results of a four-state crackdown aimed at stopping illegal distribution of addictive prescription medicines, such as opioid painkillers, that yielded 280 arrests. Dubbed Operation Pilluted, the DEA said 22 doctors and pharmacists were among those arrested on federal and state criminal charges over the course of 15 months. Led by the DEA's New Orleans Field Division, the action, which the agency called its largest-ever prescription drug operation, took place in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.