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Missing CEO, college dean among the dead in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 18:53

CEO, college dean among dead in Amtrak crashThe missing CEO of a Philadelphia based company and New York college dean have been confirmed among the dead in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.


Bill Cosby to advocate for education in rural Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 18:51

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. Cosby will visit Alabama for a two-day event aimed at highlighting schools in one of the poorest areas of the state. The comedian will speak in several cities across Alabama’s rural Black Belt region on May 14-15, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Embattled actor and comedian Bill Cosby will visit Alabama on Thursday and Friday for events aimed at highlighting schools in one of the poorest areas of the state.


4 injured in head-on crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 17:48

4 injured in head-on crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaFour people were injured in a head-on crash in Northeast Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Pa. Turnpike reopens after overturned tractor-trailer crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 17:28

Pa. Turnpike reopens after overturned tractor-trailer crashThe Pennsylvania Turnpike in both directions between Fort Washington and Willow Grove has reopened after a crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer.


Protests in Wisconsin after prosecutor ruling on teen shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:59

Craig Spaulding speaks to the crowd before marching after a prosecutor said that a police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man, in MadisonBy Mary Reardon MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested Wednesday in Wisconsin's capital, blocking a road a day after a prosecutor ruled that a Madison police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager was justified. Relatives of Tony Robinson, 19, had expressed disappointment at Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's decision on Tuesday that Madison officer Matt Kenny, who is white, used justified lethal force in the March 6 shooting. More than two dozen people were arrested, mostly on suspicion of obstructing the road, and then released, Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said, describing their acts as peaceful civil disobedience. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau in a statement late on Wednesday night promised a "thorough investigation" of the allegations.


Duke Energy will be in federal court for coal ash crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:35

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As the nation's largest electricity company prepares to plead guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, Duke Energy has started delivering bottled water to people with tainted wells close to its North Carolina coal ash pits.


Navajo president takes firm stance against Grand Canyon tram

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:35

This undated image provided by Confluence Partners LLC., shows a proposed aerial tram and boardwalk at the east rim of the Grand Canyon on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation's newly inaugurated president surprised many when he signed an agreement that included plans to build a tram that takes visitors to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (Confluence Partners LLC. via AP)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an aerial tram at the Grand Canyon.


Now seeking White House, Fiorina's CEO tenure was stormy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:31

Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In her quest for the Republican presidential nomination, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina boasts about her experience running Silicon Valley computer-maker Hewlett-Packard as evidence that she's "a problem solver, with a track record to prove it."


Oregon firefighters rescue horse from creek bed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:12

In this photo released by the Lake Oswego (Ore.) Fire Department, an owner of a horse stands with the animal after it was rescued following an accident, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Lake Oswego, Ore. Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego said their successful rescue of the horse that fell and got trapped in a creek bed was aided by the 10-year-old animal's calm demeanor. (Gert Zoutendijk/Lake Oswego Fire Department via AP)LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego say their successful rescue of a horse that fell and got trapped in a creek bed was aided by the 10-year-old animal's calm demeanor.


Town where Shepard killed passes measure to protect gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:08

This undated photo provided by the Matthew Shepard Foundation shows Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was murdered to death in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. His death became a rallying point in the gay rights movement. The Laramie City Council is scheduled to hold its final vote Wednesday, May 13, 2015, on a measure that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. (Matthew Shepard Foundation via AP)LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:02
"Clearly he was reckless and irresponsible in his actions. I don't know what was going on with him, I don't know what was going on in the cab, but there's really no excuse that could be offered." — Mayor Michael Nutter to CNN on the engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people.

Patient in Connecticut tests negative for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:57
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A patient being monitored at a Connecticut hospital for possible Ebola after traveling in Liberia has tested negative for the deadly virus but positive for malaria, hospital officials said on Wednesday. He had been working at Ebola treatment centers as an administrator, said Paul Skolnik, chief of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center's Ebola Task Force. Hospital officials said his symptoms were consistent with many other diseases prevalent in Africa, including malaria, for which the man will continue to receive treatment.

Amtrak train in Philadelphia wreck was traveling at twice speed limit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:55

Emergency workers and Amtrak personnel inspect a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaBy Jarrett Renshaw PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing seven people and injuring more than 200, was barreling into a curved stretch of track at 100-plus miles per hour, twice the speed limit, when the engineer slammed on the brakes, U.S. investigators said on Wednesday. Hours after launching their probe into the cause of the accident, experts from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also concluded the derailment would have been prevented by installation of an advanced safety system called "positive train control," NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said. The engineer of the New York City-bound passenger train fully applied the locomotive's emergency braking system as it entered the left-hand curve in the rail line, where the maximum allowed speed is 50 mph (80 kph), Sumwalt told a news conference.


Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:54

In this March 23, 2015 photo, workers on a Taylor Shellfish Farms floating platform in the Totten Inlet near Shelton, Wash., prepare to gather geoduck clams grown in submerged metal racks until they reach the size big enough to be planted in sand tubes where they will grow to their one-to-two pound final weight. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)HARSTINE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — John King plunges his arm up to his shoulder into the mudflats of Puget Sound, roots around and soon pulls from the muck the world's largest burrowing clam. The mollusk squirts water from its long obscene-looking neck. King dodges the spray, already using a water hose to loosen sand and harvest the next one.


Fund managers make big bet on high-end malls via Simon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:31

People walk past the Apple Store while shopping at the Los Cerreitos Center mall on Black Friday in CerritosBy David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even as the rise of online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc leads analysts to predict the eventual death of the American shopping mall, real estate fund managers are betting some will prosper – if they can lure the right kind of consumer. Simon Property Group Inc, the largest high-end mall operator in the country with properties including Palo Alto, California's Stanford Shopping Center and suburban Philadelphia's King of Prussia Mall is the top holding in 53 of the 71 U.S. real estate funds tracked by Lipper. The average real estate fund devotes 8.8 percent of its portfolio to Simon, a bigger average bet than the 7.6 percent that tech funds invest in Apple Inc and almost one percentage point more than the weight of Simon in the benchmark S&P U.S. REIT index. Fund managers are bullish on so-called Class A malls, anchored by department stores like Bloomingdale’s and featuring retailers like Apple, reflecting how better-off consumers have thrived since the end of the financial crisis while middle and lower income consumers have struggled.


Missouri House speaker not resigning after report on intern

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:30

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, John J. Diehl Jr., center, is sworn in as the Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives during the opening of the Missouri legislature in Jefferson City, Mo. Diehl apologized Wednesday, May 13, 2015, for his "poor judgment" following a newspaper report that he had exchanged sexually charged text messages with a college student who was serving as a Capitol intern. (Don Shrubshell/The Columbia Daily Tribune via AP, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said he would not resign his position but apologized Wednesday for his "poor judgment" following a newspaper's report that he had exchanged sexually charged text messages with a college student who was serving as a Capitol intern.


Profiles of Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 13:24

In this Sept. 7, 2006 photo, Associated Press employee Jim Gaines poses for a picture. Gaines, an AP video software architect, was among those killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Santos Chaparro)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seven people were killed in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia. One was an Associated Press employee, and another was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. The third was a Wells Fargo executive, and the fourth was CEO of an education startup. The others have not been publicly identified.


Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was speeding 106 mph

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:44

Map locates train derailment in Philadelphia; 2c x 3 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 88 mm;PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, six critically.


Virginia governor pardons man after decades in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:28
(Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday pardoned a man who spent nearly three decades in prison for a crime officials now say he did not commit, McAuliffe said. Prosecutors and other law enforcement officials determined Michael Kenneth McAlister was not guilty of the attempted rape for which he was convicted, McAuliffe, a Democrat, said in a statement. "A pardon is appropriate in light of the overwhelming evidence, including a recent confession by another individual, pointing to Mr. McAlister's actual innocence," McAuliffe said. McAuliffe later said on his Twitter account that he had spoken with McAlister, who said he was headed home and looking forward to a "nice home cooked meal." The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project said McAlister was wrongfully convicted in 1986 and though his sentence ended months ago, the Virginia Attorney General's Office sought a civil commitment as a sexual predator.