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AP source: Man arrested near White House over drone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 02:33

 Man arrested near White House over droneA federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence.


Texas tornado caused about $40 million in damage, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 02:32

People stand in front of a house that was destroyed after a tornado swept through the area the previous night in Van, TexasA tornado that killed two people in the Texas city of Van this week caused about $40 million in damage and flattened scores of buildings, emergency officials said on Thursday. More than 500 structures suffered some damage from the EF3 category tornado packing winds of around 140 miles per hour that on Sunday night hit Van, about 70 miles (115 km) west of Dallas, and Van Zandt County where the town is located, the officials told a news conference. About 90 houses were destroyed, Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen said.


American flight returns to LA after possible bird strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 02:18
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An American Airlines flight bound for St. Louis from Los Angeles returned safely to Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after its crew reported a possible bird strike shortly after take off, according to a spokesmen for the airline. The Airbus A319 aircraft landed without incident and been taken out of service for maintenance, while other flights have been arranged for its 127 passengers, spokesman Andrew Christie told Reuters in an email. (Reporting by Jim Christie; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum)

Bird strike sends jetliner carrying 132 back to Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 02:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An American Airlines jetliner bound for St. Louis has returned to Los Angeles International Airport because of a bird strike.

New York mom pleads guilty in death of disabled daughter, 8

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 02:10
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her 8-year-old disabled daughter on the day she was to be a flower girl.

13 empty cars on Pittsburgh freight train derail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:58

Rail cars and wheels are strewn along tracks after they derailed on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood. State and city officials say the 13 cars that derailed were empty and injured nobody.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — State and city officials say 13 cars that derailed on a Pittsburgh freight train were empty and nobody was injured.


A food poisoning report with good news: Fewer E. coli cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:57

FILE - In this Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, smoke wafts up as hamburgers are cooked on a grill outside the White House in Washington. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the CDC says fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers. Illnesses from a dangerous form of E. coli bacteria have fallen 20 percent in the previous few years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers, the government reported Thursday.


Bin Laden top aide faces sentencing in embassy bombing case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:51
NEW YORK (AP) — Defense lawyers are urging a federal judge to sentence a former top aide to Osama bin Laden to less than life in prison for his conviction in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa while prosecutors are calling for a life term, saying he has "grossly miscast himself as an opponent of violence."

Consumer agency opens review of student loan services

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans "stressful or harmful."

Some Amtrak Northeast Corridor service to return by Monday; all by Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:25

Some Amtrak Northeast Corridor service to return by Monday; all by TuesdayAmtrak's top official says limited Northeast Corridor service will be restored Monday with full service returning by Tuesday.


Fatal police shooting of black teen in Illinois ruled justified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:14
Prosecutors will not bring charges against a police officer in the northern Illinois town of Zion who shot and killed a black teenager in April, an official said on Thursday. Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim said at a news conference that an investigation determined the shooting, which sparked protests and marches in the community 40 miles north of Chicago, was a justified use of lethal force. Justus Howell, 17, was shot twice in the back. In recent months, cities from Baltimore to Ferguson, Missouri, also have seen protests and unrest over shootings, often of unarmed young men.

Atlanta suspends ad campaign advising not to run from police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 01:13
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta officials are suspending an advertising campaign telling people not to run from police after complaints from the City Council.

Los Angeles sheriff's officials indicted over jail scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:52
A federal grand jury indicted a former Los Angeles County undersheriff and a retired captain on obstruction and conspiracy charges in a long-running investigation of inmate abuse and corruption, prosecutors said on Thursday. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and William Carey, who oversaw internal criminal investigations at the sheriff's department, are accused of leading efforts to quash a federal investigation of corruption and civil rights violations at two downtown jail complexes, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Tanaka and Carey surrendered to federal law enforcement on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Neither man could be reached for comment immediately following the five-count indictment, but Tanaka's lawyer told the Los Angeles Times the charges were baseless.

Body of eighth victim found in Philadelphia train derailment wreckage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:48
(Reuters) - The body of an eighth victim of the Philadelphia train derailment was found on Thursday in the wreckage of the Amtrak passenger train's first car, the city's fire commissioner, Derrick J.V. Sawyer, said. A cadaver dog was brought back to the scene of twisted metal and overturned train cars at 8 a.m. on Thursday, two days after the derailment on Tuesday night, and found the passenger, who was extricated from the car, Sawyer said.

6 Philly narcotics officers acquitted in racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:47

This undated photo combination provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows from top left to right, Philadelphia Police officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, and from bottom left to right, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser. The six city narcotics officers were arrested Wednesday, July 30, 2014 and the charges in the 26-count indictment include racketeering conspiracy, extortion, robbery, kidnapping and drug dealing. A federal jury has cleared the six former Philadelphia drug squad officers, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in a corruption case that prompted scores of convictions to be overturned amid charges that the officers stole more than $400,000 in drug money, beat suspects and lied to win convictions.(Philadelphia Police Department via AP)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal jury has cleared six former Philadelphia drug squad officers in a corruption case that prompted scores of convictions to be overturned amid charges that the officers stole more than $400,000 in drug money, beat suspects and lied to win convictions.


Six Philadelphia police officers found innocent in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:43
By Natalie Pompilio PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A jury on Thursday found six Philadelphia police officers not guilty of federal charges that they stole money from drug suspects, used excessive force and lied on search warrants and in court testimony. The officers, all members of an elite narcotics unit, were acquitted of a range of charges including conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion and assault in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The defense disparaged the credibility of those witnesses, who included more than a dozen drug dealers and a former police officer who admitted to committing what he said were thousands of crimes while on duty. The former officer, Jeffrey Walker, was arrested in an FBI sting in 2013.

8 now confirmed dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; all passengers now accounted for

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:38

8 now confirmed dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; all passengers now accounted forAuthorities have confirmed an eighth fatality following Tuesday's Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, and now say all passengers are accounted for.


Former Los Angeles County undersheriff indicted on obstruction charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:31
Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who was second in command of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, has been indicted for obstruction of justice linked to a long-running investigation of inmate abuse and corruption, prosecutors said on Thursday. The charges against him and another former sheriff's department official, William Carey, involve accusations they directed efforts to quash a federal investigation of corruption and civil rights violations by sheriff's deputies at two downtown jail complexes, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Worry over Shariah law in Idaho jeopardizes child support

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:25

Yvonne Stoneburner, center, reads to her son Caleb, left and her daughter Karlee, right, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Mountain Home, Idaho. Stoneburner, a single mom who relies on out-of-state child support payments, is hoping the Idaho Legislature passes legislation during its May 18 special session that will prevent Idaho's child support enforcement and collection system from being dismantled. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. has spent years leading negotiations toward an international treaty that would make it easier for single parents worldwide to collect child-support payments.


NTSB: Amtrak train going 106 mph before crash, results show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:21

 Amtrak train going 106 mph before crash, results showThe National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday that preliminary data shows the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia was travelling at more than 100 mph.