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10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 09:05

Marine One, with President Barack Obama aboard, flies past the Washington Monument to land on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Washington, as the president arrives from the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., where he met leaders from six Gulf nations trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran, a pursuit that has put regional partners on edge. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


No charges against engineer who caused deadly NYC derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:45

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, Metro North Railroad engineer William Rockefeller is wheeled on a stretcher away from the area where the commuter train he was operating derailed in the Bronx borough of New York. Prosecutors said on Thursday, May 14, 2015, that Rockefeller, who fell asleep at the controls of a commuter train that derailed and killed four people, will not face criminal charges. (AP Photo/Robert Stolarik, File)NEW YORK (AP) — No criminal charges will be brought against the engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a New York City commuter train in 2013, leading to a derailment that killed four people, prosecutors said Thursday.


Father and son charged in insider trading case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:39
NEW YORK (AP) — An investment banker at a Manhattan firm and his father were charged in court papers unsealed Thursday with using inside information to earn over $1 million illegally by trading in securities of five health care companies.

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:23

The oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock and in view of the Space Needle 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) — An oil rig outfitted for Royal Dutch Shell's exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean parked in Seattle's harbor Thursday, marking a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change.


Boehner: Amtrak crash, funding cuts not linked

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:57
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia revived concerns on Thursday about the crumbling infrastructure in the United States and Washington's failure to address the problem, with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner lashing out at Democrats who linked the two. Boehner, a Republican, said Democrats were wrong to suggest that Amtrak funding cuts were partly to blame for the train crash on Tuesday that killed eight people. Dismissing a reporter's question about Amtrak's budget in light of the accident as "stupid," he said the passenger service's safety programs were adequately funded. Adequate funds were there, no funding has been cut from rail safety and the House passed a bill earlier this spring to reauthorize Amtrak and authorize a lot of these programs." But rail experts and Democrats contend that Amtrak budget cuts have caused delays to the installation of "positive train control" technology, which can automatically slow or stop a train to prevent an accident.

Philadelphia train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:57

Emergency workers and Amtrak personnel inspect a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBy Jarrett Renshaw and Laila Kearney PHILADELPHIA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A portrait of the engineer at the helm of a speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia began to emerge on Thursday as the man's lawyer said his client could not remember the crash, and rescuers pulled an eighth body from the wreckage. With the engineer facing intense scrutiny over his role in the accident, Philadelphia police said they launched a criminal investigation into Tuesday's crash of the New York-bound train. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the engineer, identified as Brandon Bostian, 32, fully engaged the train's emergency braking system seconds before the wreck. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt, updating reporters on the board's probe into the cause of the wreck, said the engineer has agreed to be interviewed by agency investigators, who were giving him a day or two to recuperate from his injuries first, and that he was entitled to be accompanied by his lawyer.


Court overturns $85 million award for Oregon soldiers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:57
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an $85 million jury award to a dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers who said they were sickened from guarding a water treatment plant during the Iraq War.

San Bernardino bankruptcy plan: bondholders hammered while pensions kept whole

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:55

Cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San BernardinoBy Tim Reid SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Reuters) - The Southern California city of San Bernardino wants to repay its pension bondholders just a penny on the dollar while paying the state pension fund Calpers in full under its long-awaited bankruptcy exit plan released on Thursday.     Under the bankruptcy plan, called a plan of adjustment, San Bernardino also intends to virtually eliminate retiree health insurance costs, and outsource its fire, emergency response and trash services. Given the city’s circumstances, it is all the city can afford." San Bernardino's bankruptcy blueprint follows the approach taken in the recent bankruptcies of Detroit, Michigan and Stockton, California, where bondholder debt and retiree healthcare costs were slashed or eliminated, while pensions emerged relatively unscathed.


Brown's budget boosts spending for schools, adds tax credit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:51

California Gov. Jerry Brown points to a chart showing how balanced budgets are quickly followed by large budget deficits as he discusses his revised state budget plan during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday May 14, 2015. Brown's $115.3 billion spending plan would send billions more to public schools and freeze in-state undergraduate tuition and establish a new state tax credit of the working poor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor.


Name released of 8th victim in deadly Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:48

All 8 fatal victims in Amtrak crash identifiedOfficials and family have now identified all 8 victims in the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.


FBI arrests ex-military translator for lies about Islamic State ties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:45
An Iraqi immigrant who has been described as a former U.S. military translator was arrested by federal agents on Thursday for allegedly lying about pledging allegiance to the leader of Islamic State, a court document said. In a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Dallas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Bilal Abood, 37, of traveling by way of several countries, including Mexico and Turkey, to Syria in April 2013 and returning to the United States in September that year. Upon his return, the complaint said, Abood, who had also tried to leave the United States in March 2013 but was barred from boarding his flight, was interviewed by the FBI. When the FBI, armed with a search warrant, seized his computer last year, it discovered that Abood had "pledged an oath to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," according to the complaint.

2 girls shot riding school bus in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:26

Police investigate the scene of a shooting involving a school bus Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. Authorities are looking for people suspected of shooting at the bus and injuring students. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are looking for two people suspected of shooting at a school bus in northeast Florida and injuring two female students.


Workers seal storage bunker at nuclear waste dump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:22
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials say workers have sealed off the first of two storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

NYC police: Man shot after hammer attacks has been arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:19

This photo combo provided by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, shows David Baril, who was shot by police Wednesday after attacking a police officer with a hammer in midtown Manhattan. Police say Baril, 30, who was suspected of attacking people with a hammer earlier in the week, is seen in a surveillance photo, left, on May 11, 2015, in a Midtown subway station in New York, and at right in an undated NYPD photo that was found during a facial recognition search. (NYPD via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man suspected of randomly attacking four people with a hammer has been arrested after he struck a New York City officer with the tool and was shot.


16 men accused in violent robbery ring in Philly, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:13

16 men accused in violent robbery ring in Philly, Pa.The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia has announced indictments against 16 people in connection with a sophisticated crime operation that allegedly included robbery and torture.


New Navajo president opposes $1 billion Grand Canyon project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:10
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The new leader of the largest Native American tribe in the United States has reaffirmed his opposition to a controversial $1 billion Grand Canyon development project that features an aerial tram, a spokesman for his office said on Thursday. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he has not wavered in his belief the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade project is a bad idea, despite signing an agreement upon taking office that listed it among projects his administration would pursue. "This administration has already stated it does not support the Grand Canyon Escalade project and that position has not changed," Wednesday's statement said. "It is not in the best interests of the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people," the statement said.

What's at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:10

The oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock and in view of the Space Needle 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)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is parking two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before they head north. The first drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, arrived in Seattle waters on Thursday, with the other — the Noble Discoverer — at a nearby port awaiting transit.


US cites DuPont over gas leak that killed 4 workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:05
LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Federal work-safety agents cited DuPont on Thursday for 11 safety violations relating to a toxic gas leak last November that killed four workers at a Houston-area plant.

Amtrak employee sues railroad over injury suffered in Philadelphia derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Amtrak employee has sued the passenger rail carrier over injuries he said he suffered in the fatal Philadelphia train derailment on Tuesday, according to court documents on Thursday. The employee, Bruce Phillips, who was on the New York-bound train but not on duty, said in the federal court lawsuit that he suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries in the accident. His wife was also listed as a plaintiff. (Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Beech)

Senate puts trade bill back on track

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a burst of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate put President Barack Obama's trade agenda back on course Thursday, clearing the way for likely approval within days of legislation allowing the administration to negotiate global deals that Congress could support or reject but not change.