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CSX train hauling North Dakota oil derails, cars ablaze in West Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:48

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon West VirginiaOne or two of the cars plunged into the Kanawha River, said Robert Jelacic of the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. CSX said the train was hauling 109 cars from North Dakota to the coastal town of Yorktown, Virginia, where midstream firm Plains All American Pipelines runs an oil depot. As of 9:30 p.m. local time, billowing flames could still be seen coming from several rail cars and something appeared to be burning on the partially frozen river.


CSX train hauling North Dakota oil derails, cars ablaze in West Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:48

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon West VirginiaOne or two of the cars plunged into the Kanawha River, said Robert Jelacic of the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. CSX said the train was hauling 109 cars from North Dakota to the coastal town of Yorktown, Virginia, where midstream firm Plains All American Pipelines runs an oil depot. As of 9:30 p.m. local time, billowing flames could still be seen coming from several rail cars and something appeared to be burning on the partially frozen river.


North Korea threatens strong response to DC rights meeting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:07

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Jang II Hun, left, is seated between North Korea's mission consulars Kin Song, center, and Kwon Jong Gun, right, as he speaks during a press conference, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at North Korea's Mission in New York. North Korea says it will respond "very strongly" to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it will respond "very strongly" to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang's offer to attend and defend itself. Puzzled conference organizers said the event was open to the public.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:02

People hold torches during a vigil near the cultural club in Copenhagen, Denmark, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The slain gunman behind two deadly shooting attacks in Copenhagen was released from jail just two weeks ago and might have become radicalized there last summer, a source close to the Danish terror investigation told The Associated Press on Monday. The prime ministers of Denmark and Sweden were expected to join thousands of people at memorials in Copenhagen on Monday evening. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


USW leader: U.S. refinery strike could spread over safe staffing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 09:48

Members of the United Steel Workers union picket the Tesoro refinery in Carson, CaliforniaBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - A strike by U.S. refinery workers that passed its 16th day on Monday could spread if there is no progress in talks this week with plant owners on safe staffing levels, said the lead negotiator for the United Steelworkers union (USW). "The longer that this strike rolls on, the more people that will be affected," said Gary Beevers, USW international vice president, in a telephone interview on Monday. Asked if a lack of progress in talks with lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc could result in strikes at more plants, Beevers said: "There certainly will be." About 5,200 workers from 11 plants, including nine refineries accounting for 13 percent of U.S. capacity, were walking picket lines after talks between the USW and Shell Oil Co failed to reach an agreement on a new national contract. The USW has said the company is also considering a counterproposal from the union.


In nod to cartoonists, 2014 Polk Awards honor Garry Trudeau

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 09:05
NEW YORK (AP) — In a nod to a craft in the spotlight after the Paris terrorist attacks, Garry Trudeau will be the first cartoonist ever honored for his entire career's work when the 2014 George Polk Awards in Journalism are given out in April.

Suspect arrested in arson fire at Houston Islamic building

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:56
By Camilo Smith HOUSTON (Reuters) - A homeless man has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire that destroyed a building at an Islamic institute in Houston, fire officials said on Monday. The blaze early on Friday at the Quba Islamic Institute destroyed one of three buildings there, but no one was injured. Fire officials said Darryl Ferguson, 55, confessed to causing the fire. Houston fire officials told reporters that Ferguson came to the site of the fire on his bicycle on Monday, and detectives asked if he wanted to talk to them.

Video confession shown at trial over 'American Sniper' death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:36

James Jeffress, a Department of Public Safety forensic scientist specializing in ballistics, examines one of two semi-automatic pistols that matched bullet fragments taken from the bodies of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Routh, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A videotaped confession by the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend was shown to jurors Monday as the trial resumed in Texas.


No new trial for Arab activist for lying about killing role

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:32

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Odeh, of Chicago, is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit. A federal judge in Detroit has denied a request for a new trial for Odeh convicted of lying about her role in two terrorist bombing deaths in Israel when she immigrated to the U.S. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit has denied a request for a new trial for a Chicago Arab activist convicted of lying about her role in two terrorist bombing deaths in Israel when she immigrated to the U.S.


New Hampshire mountain hiker who activated beacon found dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:17
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A hiker who activated an emergency personal locator beacon amid brutal weather conditions including 100 mph winds in a mountainous area named after U.S. presidents was found dead on Monday.

VW recognizes anti-UAW worker group ACE at Tennessee plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:04
By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG said on Monday it had recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to the United Auto Workers. Each worker group will represent workers in an unconventional manner set up by VW that allows more than one group to meet with plant management. The ACE is an alternative to and has campaigned against the UAW union, which a year ago lost an election to be the sole representative of workers at the plant. The ACE proved to an outside auditor it had achieved support from at least 15 percent of the plant's hourly and salaried workers, VW said.

West Coast ports dispute drags on; labor secretary to intervene

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:37

Shipping containers sit idle at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in this file photoA partial shutdown of 29 U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead of the U.S. labor secretary's scheduled arrival in San Francisco to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on the cargo-clogged docks. President Barack Obama, under pressure to weigh in on a labor dispute that has rippled through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond, said on Saturday he would dispatch Labor Secretary Tom Perez to meet with the two sides in the conflict. Neither the International Longshore and Warehouse Union nor the shipping companies' bargaining agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, have spoken about the negotiations since agreeing on Friday to honor a news blackout requested by a federal mediator.


CSX train hauling North Dakota oil derails, cars ablaze in West Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:21

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon West VirginiaOne or two of the cars plunged into the Kanawha River, and “a couple are burning," said Robert Jelacic, night shift manager of the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. CSX said the train was hauling 109 cars from North Dakota to the coastal town of Yorktown, Virginia, where midstream firm Plains All American Pipelines runs an oil depot. West Virginia State Police First Sergeant Greg Duckworth, who was at the crash site, told Reuters that nine or 10 of the cars had exploded at intervals of about every half hour.


Attorney: Girl accused in stabbing belongs in juvenile court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:20
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the horror character Slender Man should face a lesser charge in juvenile court because she thought she had to kill her friend to protect herself and her family from the creature, her attorney argued Monday.

Incredible video captures train burning in flames after it derailed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:13

Incredible video captures train burning in flames after it derailedIncredible video shows a train burning in flames after it derailed.


USW leader: U.S. refinery strike could spread over safe staffing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:53

Members of the United Steel Workers union picket the Tesoro refinery in Carson, CaliforniaA strike by U.S. refinery workers that entered its 16th day on Monday could spread if there is no progress in talks this week with plant owners on safe staffing levels, said the lead negotiator for the United Steelworkers union (USW). "The longer that this strike rolls on, the more people that will be affected," said Gary Beevers, USW international vice president, in a telephone interview on Monday. Asked if the lack of progress in talks with lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc could result in strikes at more plants, Beevers said: "There certainly will be." About 5,200 workers from 11 plants, including nine refineries accounting for 13 percent of U.S. capacity, were walking picket lines after talks between the USW and Shell Oil Co failed to reach an agreement on a new national contract. The USW has said the company is also considering a counterproposal from the union.


VW recognizes anti-UAW American Council of Employees at Tennessee. plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:44
Volkswagen AG said on Monday it had recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to the United Auto Workers. The ACE is an alternative to and has campaigned against the UAW union, which a year ago this week lost an election to be the sole representative of plant workers. The ACE proved to an outside auditor it had achieved support from at least 15 percent of the plant's hourly and salaried workers, VW said. The UAW two months ago proved support from at least 45 percent of hourly workers at the plant and also represents workers there.

Wyoming man sends Valentine flowers _ even in death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:42
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who died last year from a brain tumor is keeping Valentine's Day special for his wife — even in death.

Gas explosion forces residents out of apartment in Chestnut Hill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:40

Gas explosion forces residents out of apartment in Chestnut HillResidents were forced out of their apartments and into the bitter cold after a natural gas explosion in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill section early Monday morning.


50 shades of green: How studio roped men into seeing 'Grey'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:30

In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan appear in a scene from the film, "Fifty Shades of Grey." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Universal bumped "Fifty Shades of Grey" from August 2014 to Valentine's Day, 2015, it seemed like a cheesy gimmick. Now that box office results are in, it's clear that was the most brilliant stroke of all.