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U.S. Air Force aims to complete radar bid re-evaluations in three months

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:23
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force expects to complete a reevaluation of bids to build a $1 billion long-range radar system in about three months, after Raytheon Co lost a legal bid to halt the review, the top Air Force acquisition official said Friday. Assistant Secretary William LaPlante told reporters that the Air Force would clarify the technology readiness level required for one aspect of the new radar and ask all three bidders to resubmit their proposals. "It's really not that complicated," LaPlante said after a speech hosted by the Air Force Association. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Raytheon in January aimed at halting a fresh look at the bids submitted by its losing rivals Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp. Northrop and Lockheed had protested the Air Force's October contract award to Raytheon to develop and build 30 Three Dimension Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) systems to replace the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960s.

SUV smashes through house wall in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:23

SUV smashes through house wall in Northeast PhiladelphiaAn SUV smashed through the wall of a home in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday morning.

Alumni object to logo of school named for black congressman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:15
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Alumni of a school named for a slave who later became a South Carolina congressman say the school's logo is offensive.

'Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:14

FILE - In this June 20, 2008 file photo, musician B.B. King performs at the opening night of the 87th season of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. King died Thursday, May 14, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home at age 89, his lawyer said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that "as long as people have problems, the blues can never die."

Saudi man gets life in U.S. prison for ties to Africa embassy bombings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:08

Terror suspects Khalid al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary are seen in this courtroom sketch during a court appearance in Manhattan Federal Court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Saudi man whom U.S. authorities described as a top Osama bin Laden deputy was sentenced to life in prison on Friday in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Khalid al-Fawwaz was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan after being convicted of four conspiracy counts in New York in February. Instead, prosecutors said he was bin Laden's "bridge to the West" in London, disseminating the al Qaeda leader's violent messages to media outlets and sending supplies to the group's members in Africa. "I worship the same God you say you do," said Ellen Karas, an embassy worker left permanently blind by the August 7, 1998, bombing in Nairobi.

Man charged in cop's death after funeral procession crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:52
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man has been charged in the death of a longtime Ohio police officer who was escorting a funeral procession in Cincinnati when a car collided with his motorcycle.

Possible hazmat situation at NJ post office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:39

Possible hazmat situation at NJ postal facilityOfficials are on the scene of a possible hazmat situation at a post office in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.

PHOTOS: Hazmat situation at NJ post office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:35

 Hazmat situation at NJ post officeChopper 6 was over the scene in Hamilton Twp., Mercer County

Correction: Killings by Police-Madison story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:35

Demonstrators walk in a tunnel under the Monona Terrace Convention Center while making their way along John Nolen Drive during a rally for Tony Robinson in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday, May 12, that he wouldn't file charges against Madison Officer Matt Kenny in the March 6 death of Robinson, saying the officer used lawful deadly force after he was staggered by a punch to the head and feared for his life. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Correction: Killings by Police-Madison story

U.S. appeals court restores guilty plea in 'squawk box' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:32

Logo of Merrill Lynch is pictured at a branch in ZurichBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday restored the guilty plea of a former Merrill Lynch administrative assistant whose testimony helped convict six former brokers and traders who traded on news from a company "squawk box." The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge had erred in expunging the conviction of Irene Santiago, who had pleaded guilty in 2005 for lying to investigators and testifying falsely to a grand jury.

Freight train carrying gravel derails south of San Antonio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:27
A Union Pacific Corp freight train carrying gravel derailed south of San Antonio on Friday with no reported of injuries, the railroad company said. Thirty-two cars of the 60-car train came off the tracks near Pleasanton, about 35 miles south of San Antonio, and workers were trying to restore service along the line, company spokesman Jeff DeGraff said. A freight train in Pittsburgh also derailed on Thursday without injuries.

Sweet Briar College president to skip commencement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:22
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — Sweet Briar College's president has told students he will not participate in what is scheduled to be the school's final commencement because he says there are threats to disrupt the event if he attends.

Trial delay denied for man charged in U.Va. student's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:11
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to delay the attempted murder trial of a Charlottesville man who is also charged with the murder of a University of Virginia student.

Sept. 11 museum sees 2.7 million visitors in its 1st year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 23:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say nearly 2.7 million people have visited the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in its first year at the World Trade Center site.

Philadelphia residents ready spare rooms, couches for papal pilgrims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:47

Monsignor Joseph Trinh has been a pastor at St. HelenaÕs Parish for 17 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, May 12, 2015.By Scott Malone , (Reuters) - The 1.5 million people expected to pack into Philadelphia this fall for Pope Francis' first visit to the United States will fill the city's hotels, motels and Patricia Hughey's spare rooms. Hughey and her husband are among the more than 1,000 Philadelphia-area households who have signed up to host visitors attending a September summit on families organized by the Roman Catholic church, which will come at the start of the week of Francis' visit to the United States. For Hughey, who plans to host two brothers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a married couple from Vietnam, a lot of the appeal was the chance to show off her adopted hometown and meet visitors from some of the 150 foreign delegations attending the World Meeting of Families. Visitors will pay host families a token fee to cover costs.

Dozens arrested in Montgomery Co. gang case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:30

Dozens arrested in Montgomery Co. gang caseDozens of alleged gang members were as part of an investigation into gang activity in Pottstown, Montgomery County.

Repairs continue at site of Amtrak derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:17

A flat bed truck hauls a section of new railroad track to the site of Tuesday's deadly train derailment, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Philadelphia. At least seven people are dead and more than 200 people aboard injured, when the New York City bound Amtrak train derailed. Federal investigators have determined that the train was barreling through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak is working to restore Northeast Corridor rail service between New York City and Philadelphia. But service is expected to remain suspended through Monday.

PHOTOS: Suspects in Montgomery Co. gang case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:06

 Suspects in Montgomery Co. gang caseInvestigators announced the arrests of dozens of suspected gang members.

1st funeral set for victim of Amtrak derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 21:58

1st funeral set for victim of Amtrak derailmentMourners are preparing to remember one of the eight people killed in this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia while the investigation into the crash continues.

North America has enough power for peak summer demand: NERC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 21:43

Traffic moves on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood(Reuters) - North America has enough power supplies to meet expected demand summer when air conditioning causes usage to peak, the group responsible for overseeing the reliability of the region's electric grid said Friday. The North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) however said utilities would have to overcome the ongoing transformation of the generation mix from coal to natural gas and renewables and the severe drought in California. Although California's drought will significantly reduce hydro power supply, NERC said the state will have enough power due to significant renewable generation additions, sufficient imports, and moderate peak demand growth. In its summer assessment, NERC also pointed to concerns in New England where more gas infrastructure is needed as the region increases its reliance on gas to fuel its power generators.