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U.S. proposes rules to prevent runaway trains packed with explosive goods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:30

NTSB member Robert Sumwalt views damaged rail cars at the scene of the BNSF train accident in CasseltonIn that case, an unattended 74-car train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch became unsecured and rolled 7 miles down the tracks before derailing and exploding, killing 47 people and flattening the surrounding area. “This rule making will solidify our existing securement regulations and provide additional safeguards against the rolling of unattended freight trains," Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo said in a statement. The United States and Canada have taken multiple measures to improve rail safety since Lac-Megantic and other incidents as the U.S.

Grand jury to probe Ga. raid that injured baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:27
ATLANTA (AP) — A northeast Georgia prosecutor says a grand jury will investigate a police raid that severely injured a 1 1/2-year-old boy when a flash grenade detonated in the child's playpen.

Upper Darby 'peeping Tom' person of interest caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:24

Upper Darby 'peeping Tom' person of interest caught on cameraUpper Darby police are hoping the public will recognize a person of interest in a series of 'peeping Tom' incidents.

Top Virginia lawmakers back stiffer ethics law after ex-governor's conviction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:10
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Two top Virginia state lawmakers on Tuesday backed stiffening ethics legislation, among the laxest in the United States, after the conviction of a former governor and his wife on corruption charges. The support of William Howell, the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, and Thomas Norment Jr., the Republican majority leader of the state Senate, makes passage of stricter rules on gifts and favors for public officials more likely when the legislature reconvenes in four months. The conviction last week of Republican former Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, in federal court on 20 corruption counts stunned Virginia.

French weapons sales grow amid Mideast tensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:05
PARIS (AP) — France's government says its arms exports grew sharply last year, notably amid violence and tensions in the Middle East.

As Scots eye independence, rest of UK gets nervous

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:04

As Scots eye independence, rest of UK gets nervousBERWICK-UPON-TWEED, England (AP) — All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England's border with Scotland to know he'll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week.

Nebraska mom takes deal in slaying of son, 4

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:03
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman whose 9-year-old son is charged with fatally shooting his 4-year-old brother has pleaded no contest to a lesser child abuse charge.

House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 23:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House will extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month and it may be done as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

Ohio firefighter in lightning strike improving

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 23:18
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio firefighter who went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium in June is improving.

Portugal: too soon to decide on early IMF pay back

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 23:12

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho makes statements to the media after his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Coelho is expected to discuss post-bailout growth strategies with Greek officials. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Portugal's prime minister says he supports Ireland's bid for an early pay back of bailout loans to the International Monetary Fund, but added his country could only take a similar initiative if market conditions further improved.

Philadelphia schools settle lawsuit over beards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:49
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School District has settled a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that accused school administrators of discriminating against an employee who said he couldn't trim his beard for religious reasons.

Remains of missing student Holly Bobo found in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:47

Zachary Rye 29, of Parsons, Tennessee is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by ReutersThe partial remains of Holly Bobo, a Tennessee nursing student and cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan, have been found in Tennessee more than three years after she disappeared, officials said. Investigators said late Monday the remains were identified as Bobo's through dental records and on Tuesday continued their search, said Josh Devine, spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. "This is not over by any means," TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference Monday night. "The investigation is still ongoing to get to the truth." Bobo was last seen in April 2011 by her brother, who told investigators he saw a man he mistook for her boyfriend lead her away from the family's rural home in Darden, Tennessee, about 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Nashville.

U.S. takes halting steps to plug infrastructure funding gap

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:45

A highway is seen in Palm SpringsThe Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of measures to help shore up crumbling U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said investing in infrastructure has historically been one of the best ways to create jobs and boost economic growth, but spending has fallen over the past decade, as two-thirds of roads are now in disrepair, and one out of nine U.S. "Looking ahead, if we want to continue to lead the world, we are going to need modern highways and railroads, first-rate tunnels and bridges, and efficient power networks and water systems," Lew said at an infrastructure summit Treasury hosted with the Department of Transportation. Republicans and Democrats are at odds over how to provide a more permanent fix to the infrastructure funding problem, and the White House is highlighting the need for the private sector to step in.

Trial for FAMU hazing defendants set for October

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:40
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando trial of the four remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major was postponed until October on Tuesday.

College savings on the rise as plans average $20K

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close to getting a person a degree.

Officials ID pilot killed at Reno Air Races

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:17
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 64-year-old retired Air Force fighter pilot from California who was killed in a plane crash while attempting to qualify for the Reno National Championship Air Races.

Convicted U.S. terror plotter due to receive stiffer prison term

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:10
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A federal judge in Miami is expected on Tuesday to sentence Jose Padilla, whose original 17-year punishment for a 2007 conviction on terror-plotting charges was deemed too lenient by an appeals court. In a deal signed on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said they would not seek more than 30 years in prison for Padilla as long as his lawyers did not introduce records related to alleged harsh conditions he endured during the 3 1/2 years he spent in a South Carolina military prison. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke as lawyers wrangled over his long criminal history and shared thousands of pages of classified documents. Then-President George W. Bush ordered him held as an enemy combatant and interrogated in a South Carolina military prison.

Texas mom found not guilty in strangling of 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:58
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas woman accused of strangling her two special-needs children because she wanted "normal kids" has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Victim: Man returned $5 after stealing wallet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:52
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A man robbed outside an eastern Pennsylvania convenience store says the semi-penitent thief gave him back $5 before running away.

Ohio's AG won't release video of police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:36
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general said he won't publicly release surveillance video of a man fatally shot by police at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart despite a growing effort by family and supporters on social media calling for it.