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Derailed CSX train in West Virginia hauled newer-model tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:17

A CSX Corp train continues burning a day after derailing in Mount Carbon, West VirginiaAn oil train was still on fire and leaking in West Virginia on Tuesday, a day after it derailed and erupted in flames, according to CSX Corp, which said the train was hauling newer model tank cars, not the older versions widely criticized as prone to puncture. The train, which was carrying North Dakota crude to an oil depot in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed in a small town 33 miles southeast of Charleston, causing 20 tank cars to catch fire. All the oil tank cars on the 109-car train were CPC 1232 models, CSX said late Monday.


Prosecution rests in 'American Sniper' murder trial in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:16

State District Judge Jason Cashon watches dash cam video of Eddie Ray Routh during murder trial of Routh in Stephenville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Prosecutors finished calling witnesses on Tuesday in the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with fatally shooting Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Over several days of witnesses' testimony, prosecutors reconstructed the day two years ago when they say Routh, 27, killed Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth, stole Kyle's pickup truck and was taken into custody following a high-speed car chase. Routh's lawyers have not contested accusations that Routh fired the fatal shots. They are trying to have him declared innocent by reason of insanity and said in opening arguments they would call expert witnesses who will attest to Routh's troubled mental state.


Man charged in biggest US hacking scheme pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:15
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

Florida school says 'God bless America' not a constitutional violation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:13
(Reuters) - A Florida high school that last week told a student to stop adding the phrase "God bless America" when reading scripted morning announcements, announced on Tuesday his use of the phrase does not violate the U.S. Constitution. After seeking legal advice, the Nassau County School District issued a press release on Tuesday clarifying its ruling on the phrase. "Upon consultation with legal counsel and review of legal advisories, the Nassau County School District has taken the position that a student's use of the phrase "God Bless America" during the morning announcements at Yulee High School does not violate the Constitution of the United States," it stated.

Well, doggone it! Lab on the run for 3 years caught in snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:05
TROY, N.H. (AP) — Here's an upside to all this snow: It was so deep in Troy, New Hampshire, that residents were finally able to capture a black Labrador retriever who'd been on the lam for three years.

Proposal would add tolls on NYC's free bridges, 60th Street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Reviving a congestion-pricing idea that has been rejected before, an influential transportation coalition proposed implementing tolls for all cars that cross 60th Street in Manhattan and the free bridges spanning the East River.

More measles cases tied to Disneyland, Illinois day care

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 06:02

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, People walk toward the Sleeping Beauty's Castle, seen in the background, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Health officials say the number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 141. Eighteen of the 20 new cases reported Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, stem from outbreaks at Disneyland in California and an Illinois day care center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 141, with most of the new illnesses tied to outbreaks at Disneyland in California and an Illinois day care center.


Oklahoma faces 8.3 percent revenue shortfall as energy sector slumps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:52
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma is facing a $611 million shortfall in its upcoming budget, partially caused by a decrease in money it takes in from the energy industry, and state agencies are bracing for cuts, a board said on Tuesday. Despite the decline, the state will still go ahead with tax cuts promoted by Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican. The state has approximately $6.6 billion available for next year's budget, which begins July 1, a drop of 8.3 percent from the current year's budget of $7.2 billion, the State Board of Equalization said. Falling energy prices have led to a decrease in output for oil and gas companies in the state, which has caused a decrease in money Oklahoma receives in taxes and fees.

Remembering brother and sister killed by suspected DUI driver

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:47

Remembering brother and sister killed by suspected DUI driverFriends and family describe the Hannagan family as close-knit. But now the family has been torn apart, allegedly at the hands of a man who has now been arrested for the third time for crimes involving alcohol or drug use.


Utah bill seeks to take down 'Zion Curtain' in restaurants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:43
(Reuters) - A Utah lawmaker filed a bill on Tuesday aimed at lifting the "Zion Curtain," a 7-foot barrier that many restaurants in the conservative state have been required to erect so children cannot see alcoholic drinks being prepared. Utah is well-known for its strict and complex liquor laws. Under the legislation being proposed by Republican state Representative Kraig Powell, most restaurants that serve alcohol would need to have a separate bar or lounge area from which children are prohibited.

Body found after man in crash says he killed wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:41
CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) — Police in western Colorado are investigating a possible slaying after a man injured in a crash told emergency workers that he had just killed his wife.

Wilmington Blue Rocks sell $.04 tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:38
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.

Wilmington Blue Rocks sells $.04 tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:36
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.

Full UN Security Council votes support on Ukraine cease-fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:35
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a Russian-drafted resolution that endorses the new cease-fire agreement on Ukraine, stresses the country's independence and calls on all parties involved to fully carry it out, even as the deal threatened to crumble.

Online sales buoy Indianapolis Girl Scout wounded by gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:35
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis Girl Scout who was shot in the leg as she headed to a meeting to pick up cookies is expected to be a top seller thanks to an online drive.

Female teacher indicted on charges she had sex with 6 boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:27
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A female high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students is now facing a 40-count indictment in New Jersey.

Connecticut court nixes murderer's appeal over tossed juror

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:26
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of a convicted murderer who said his trial judge improperly dismissed the only member of the jury who believed he wasn't guilty, which may have prevented a third mistrial in the case.

Royals' affiliate sells $.04 tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:22
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.

Administrator fired after dress code dust-up sues school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah high school administrator is suing the district, saying he was wrongly laid off after a 2012 controversy over girls being turned away from a homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short.

Two states looking at Tesoro's and Marathon's strike plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:17
Tesoro Corp and Marathon Petroleum Corp's contingency plans to employ replacement workers at two of their refineries after union employees hit the picket lines are under scrutiny by inspectors in both Kentucky and California, officials of the two states said Wednesday. Kentucky's Labor Department opened an investigation into Marathon’s Catlettsburg refinery after it received a compliance complaint on Monday, a day after union workers walked out, agency spokesman Daniel Lowry said. In California, the state's Department of Industrial Relations had planned a routine inspection at Tesoro's Carson refinery before the strike, and decided to use the time to also check the qualifications of the replacement workers once the strike occurred, agency spokeswoman Julia Bernstein said Wednesday.