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Sources: Amtrak train damage not from bullet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:41

 Amtrak train damage not caused by firearmSources tell Action News that human error is to blame for the Amtrak train derailment last week that left eight people dead and some 200 people injured.

Republicans clash over NSA surveillance powers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:40
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans clashed over the future of government surveillance programs on Monday, highlighting a deep divide among the GOP's 2016 presidential class over whether the National Security Agency should be collecting American citizens' phone records in the name of preventing terrorism.

Man in court on abuse charges, accused of waterboarding boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:22
MOUNT MORRIS, Mich. (AP) — A 30-year-old Michigan man who says he got the idea to waterboard a 5-year-old from a movie has been arraigned on child abuse charges.

JFK's sailboat fails to sell at auction in Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:17

This July 29, 2014 handout photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows John F. Kennedy’s Star Class Sailboat, Flash II, which he owned and raced with older brother Joseph P. Kennedy in the Nantucket Sound Star Fleet between 1934 and 1940. It will be offered for auction on Monday, May 18, 2015, in Dallas, by Heritage Auctions. ( Don Hoffman/Heritage Auctions via AP)DALLAS (AP) — A sailboat once owned and raced by President John F. Kennedy has failed to sell at auction in Dallas.

Waco has long history of memorable events

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:15

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Authorities say that the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Waco boasts some of the Lone Star State's most memorable recent history: the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, a tornado that leveled downtown and now a biker gang melee that left at least nine people dead and 18 wounded.

Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies attempting parachute jump in Yosemite

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:12

American climber Potter walks barefooted on a rope which is connected between two mountain peaks in Enshi, Hubei provinceBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Rock climber Dean Potter and another man died while attempting parachute jumps from a 3,000-foot-high (900-metre) cliff in California's Yosemite National Park, officials said on Monday, the latest in a string of deaths nationwide in the extreme sport of BASE jumping. The bodies of Potter and a climbing partner, Graham Hunt, were discovered Sunday after a massive search that began at dawn, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said.

Tearful mourners remember 2 Amtrak crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:04

A family member carries a picture of Laura Finamore, who was killed in the May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, into the church during her funeral in New York, Monday, May 18, 2015. Finamore, 47, was returning to New York City from a memorial service for a college friend's mother. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Friends and relatives remembered a New York City real estate executive's caring, exuberant spirit Monday as they mourned her death in last week's Amtrak train crash, while the children of another victim fought through tears as they read letters to their late father at his funeral in New Jersey.

Protesters gather in Seattle to block access to Shell oil rig

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:02

Activists protest the Polar Pioneer, an oil rig leased by Royal Dutch Shell Plc that is bound for the Arctic, at a rally and march in Seattle, WashingtonBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves. Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic," protesters gathered early to prevent workers from reaching the rig, one of two that Shell will store in Seattle before sending to the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. Environmental groups have planned days of demonstrations over Shell's plans, saying drilling in the icy Arctic region, where weather changes rapidly, could lead to a catastrophic spill that would be next to impossible to clean up. "I'm joining in solidarity with the environmental community," Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, who was among Monday's protesters, told KIRO Radio.

Massachusetts top court rules in tainted drug evidence case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:02
BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a state lab tampered with evidence can't be charged with more serious crimes or given harsher sentences if granted a new trial, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday.

Workplace safety agency probing Arizona prison sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:49
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's workplace safety agency has launched an investigation into the sexual assault of a female corrections officer by an inmate at the state prison in Yuma.

Sources: Human error led to Amtrak train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:47

 Human error led to Amtrak train derailmentSources tell Action News that human error is to blame for the Amtrak train derailment last week that left eight people dead and some 200 people injured.

Duke University professor stands by racially charged comments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:47
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A Duke University professor under fire for online comments comparing African-Americans to Asians stood by his statement on Monday and said more honest debate is needed to achieve full racial integration in the United States. Responding to a New York Times editorial about how racism had "doomed" the African-American community in Baltimore long before recent riots, political science professor Jerry Hough argued that Asians "didn’t feel sorry for themselves but worked doubly hard" to overcome similar discrimination they had faced. "Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration." Criticism of his remarks was swift, with another Duke professor comparing them to "micro-nooses" and university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld quoted as calling them "noxious" and "offensive" in local media reports.

Man charged in deadly shooting at Houston auto dealer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:46
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in a shooting at a used car dealership that left two brothers and a son dead.

Teenager denied access to prom because he wore a kilt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:45
SELMA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teenager says he was kept out of a prom for homeschooled kids because he wore his late grandfather's kilt.

Baltimore prosecutor seeks gag order, citing defense actions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:42
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to impose a gag order preventing attorneys in the Freddie Gray case from talking about it, saying lawyers for six police officers are attempting to influence people who might be on a grand jury or serve on a trial jury.

S.C. high court weighs if gambler can sue to recoup lost money

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:39
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina woman suing to recoup the fortune she lost gambling on video poker in a state where it is illegal will take her case to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. Lauren Proctor says lost $700,000 at two restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina, according to court documents. She sued to get her money back under the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act. Her right to sue was upheld by a state appellate court.

U.S. announces July hearing on Fiat Chrysler recalls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:09

A new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, MichiganThe Obama administration on Monday escalated its running regulatory battle with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV by announcing a public hearing to scrutinize how the automaker has handled 20 recalls affecting more than 10 million vehicles. As part of a broader effort to get automakers to speed up the repair of recalled cars and trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said FCA could face up to $700 million in fines and be required to buy back or replace vehicles if regulators find evidence that it failed in its legal recall obligations. The proceedings would be the broadest public hearing the agency had held to date and follows what NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind described as frustrated attempts by the agency to get Fiat Chrysler's U.S. unit, FCA US LLC, to move more aggressively to correct defects tied to fires, loss of control, unintended air bag deployments and fuel leaks.

Biker melee victim testifies in undercover NYPD cop's trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:07
NEW YORK (AP) — An SUV driver who was beaten bloody by a group of angry motorcyclists after he'd run a biker over wept as he testified Monday that he was scared to death during the melee.

Reward offered for suspect in kidnapping, rape in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:04

Reward offered for suspect in kidnapping, rape in FishtownThe U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward in the search for a man who allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.

JPMorgan Chase announces 2nd year of commitment to Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:59
DETROIT (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced plans Monday for the second year of its 5-year commitment to help Detroit address some of the challenges faced by the city which emerged in December from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.