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Ten killed, five injured after Texas prison bus hits train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:23

Texas prison bus crashBy Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and five severely injured when a Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy highway overpass and hit a moving freight train on Wednesday, officials said. Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries suffered in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. "It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. ...

Ex-Marine held in Iran says no interest in prisoner swap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:17
DETROIT (AP) — A former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says in a letter to Iran's president that he rejects any prisoner swap proposals.

Police killings prompt array of bills in state legislatures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:08

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, people protesting the fatal shooting of unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer wave a banner from the Senate gallery during the opening of the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City, Mo. Police killings of unarmed residents in Missouri, New York and elsewhere have prompted an array of proposals from newly-convening state legislatures seeking to place greater scrutiny on the interactions between law officers and the public. (AP Photo/Jefferson City News Tribune, Bob Watson, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With legislatures convening across the country, lawmakers are moving quickly to respond to one of the biggest stories of the past year, the police killings of unarmed residents in Missouri, New York and elsewhere.

Canadian court bans polygamous group from using Mormon name

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:04
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Supreme Court in the Canadian province of British Columbia has banned a polygamous group from using the name of the mainstream Mormon church.

Connecticut court hears arguments on 'Arsenic and Old Lace' records

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:02
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A debate on whether to release the medical records of the female serial killer who inspired the play and film "Arsenic and Old Lace" played out on Wednesday on the stage of Connecticut's Supreme Court more than a half century after her death. Amy Archer Gilligan was sentenced to life in prison in 1919 after admitting to poisoning one of her husbands and a resident of a nursing home she ran by putting arsenic in their food, and died in 1962 at the age of 93 in a psychiatric hospital. ...

Philadelphia cabbie gets tip of lifetime: almost $1,000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:01
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An anonymous passenger brightened a Philadelphia cab driver's night with the tip of a lifetime: nearly $1,000 on a $4.31 fare.

Need help filing out your tax return? Don't call the IRS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:57

FILE In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

AP PHOTOS: US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier heads to sea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:55

With the city of Seattle in the background, Operations Specialist 2nd Class Maria Camacho watches for other ships as the USS John C. Stennis Navy aircraft carrier sails from Naval Base Kitsap, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Bremerton, Wash. The carrier sailed to Naval Magazine Indian Island, Wash., in order to take on ammunition before a training mission in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John Stennis has left Puget Sound for a training mission after a $240 million overhaul.

U.S. settles long-running corruption case against Teamsters union

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:51
By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department agreed on Wednesday to reduce and ultimately end more than two decades of government oversight of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, saying the union has made significant strides to cut ties with organized crime. The agreement between Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the Teamsters, which is the dominant union in the U.S. trucking industry, would dismiss a 1988 racketeering case against the union. It must be approved by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska. ...

Questioning of prospective jurors to begin in Tsarnaev trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:50

In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday, Jan. 13, to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the marathon bombings "at the center of a grim global drama." (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — Prospective jurors who made it through the first round of cuts in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial face individual questioning as the second phase of jury selection begins Thursday.

Man jumps in front of San Francisco train, snarling morning commute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:49
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Commuters were faced with major delays across San Francisco on Wednesday morning after a man jumped in front of a train and was killed, forcing officials to shut down most lines running through downtown, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said. The man, who was apparently bent on committing suicide, died after being struck by a train at the city's Powell Street Station, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. He was not identified by authorities. ...

NY judge tosses lawsuit against Indian PM over 2002 violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:46
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has tossed out a lawsuit accusing India's prime minister of failing to do enough to stop religious riots.

US Marshals: Man who stabbed 3, dumped bodies in Schuylkill River arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:43

 Man who stabbed 3, dumped bodies in Schuylkill River arrestedU.S. Marshals have arrested the man accused of stabbing three men and dumping their bodies in the Schuylkill River.

Suspect in suburban LA shootings denies murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:33
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of killing four people during a five-day August shooting rampage around suburban Los Angeles has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

PHOTOS: Most Wanted by US Marshals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:31

 Most Wanted by US MarshalsSee photos of the suspects being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Nevada rancher's son arrested on federal land outside Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:27
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been arrested on federal land on parole violations and a drug court arrest warrant.

'Globes' won for NBC; CBS was most-watched overall last week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:27
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS held tight to its customary most-watched status last week, beating all rivals in prime-time viewership and claiming 13 of the Top 20 shows.

Volunteers search for missing wallaby in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:26
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Volunteers were searching a wooded area north of Seattle for a missing marsupial who bounded away from its crate during a transfer to a local petting zoo last week, putting the animal at risk for predators, its guardian said on Wednesday. Bella, a 6-year-old wallaby, streaked across a highway and down toward a river in Arlington, 45 miles north of Seattle, after the wire on her kennel got loose as she was moved to the Outback Kangaroo Farm, an exotic animal petting zoo, owner Joey Strom said. ...

2 US climbers expected to reach top of Yosemite peak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:20

 a free climb of El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park. El Capitan rises more than 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor. The first climber reached its summit in 1958, and there are roughly 100 routes up to the top. (AP Photo/Tom Evans, elcapreport)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two climbers vying to finish the once-seemingly impossible challenge of scaling a sheer slab of granite in California's Yosemite National Park without climbing aids are closing in on the top of the 3,000-foot (900-meter) peak.

Documents detail escape try by victim in Idaho killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 03:10
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A fast-food restaurant manager tried to escape a gunman by jumping out a drive-thru window before being shot and killed as part of a violent rampage that left two other people dead, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.