A 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.
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)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An American Airlines jetliner bound for St. Louis has returned to Los Angeles International Airport because of a bird strike.
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.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — State and city officials say 13 cars that derailed on a Pittsburgh freight train were empty and nobody was injured.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers, the government reported Thursday.
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."
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."
Amtrak's top official says limited Northeast Corridor service will be restored Monday with full service returning by Tuesday.
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 (AP) — Atlanta officials are suspending an advertising campaign telling people not to run from police after complaints from the City Council.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
Authorities 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 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.
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.
The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday that preliminary data shows the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia was travelling at more than 100 mph.
Police in Berks County have charged a 70-year-old man in connection with a marijuana grow operation inside a Douglassville home.