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Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:09
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Speed, apathy mute protests vs. Wisconsin right-to-work bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:57

Wayne Hasel, of Fort Atkinson with Local 95 UAW, attends a rally against the right-to-work bill outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The bill would make it a crime to require private-sector workers who aren't in a union to pay dues. Supporters say it's about worker freedom, while opponents say it will hurt businesses and lower wages. There are 24 other states with similar laws. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker.

Guatemalan ex-president released from prison in bribe case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:56

Guatemala's former President Alfonso Portillo waves to photographers as he arrives to a press conference at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Portillo, who was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for accepting $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan, was released Wednesday from a U.S. prison and hi is in Guatemala. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former President Alfonso Portillo flew home Wednesday after being released from a six-year prison term in the U.S. for accepting $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan.

Publishers stand by Bill O'Reilly despite accuracy questions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:39

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, political commentator Bill O'Reilly attends the National Geographic Channel's "Killing Kennedy" world premiere screening reception at The Newseum, in Washington. O'Reilly, Fox News Channel's prime-time star, is accused of claiming he had reported in a combat zone for CBS News during the 1982 Falklands War when he was more than a thousand miles from the front. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Book publishers for Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly say they stand behind his work despite questions that have been raised about his reporting.

3 in NY, Florida accused of plot to help Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:16
NEW YORK (AP) — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the United States, and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:01
(Reuters) - Former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, the Utah Republican who was one of the first, high-profile political casualties of a 2010 Tea Party insurgency, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will begin treatment later this week, Utah media reported on Wednesday. Bennett, 81, said in a statement quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune that doctors were hopeful that a "combination of chemotherapy and radiation can shrink the tumor to a point where it will become operable." The Utah Deseret News further quoted the former senator as saying there was "no firm prognosis" for him at this point. Both newspapers said he planned to begin treatment on Friday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Bennett's bid for a fourth Senate term in 2010 foundered on a conservative backlash over the healthcare overhaul pushed through Congress by President Barack Obama, leading to a revolt against the Republican Party establishment by state Tea Party activists.

Family celebrating one-month birthdays of identical triplets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:00

Michael and Lauren Whiteley, from left, check on their identical triplets Timothy, Alexander and Nicholas at their home in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The brothers were born at 34 weeks via C-section on Jan. 25. About 4,300 triplet births are recorded each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But these births are rarer because the triplets were conceived naturally, without fertility drugs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets — a multiple birth that's rare.

Las Vegas pet shop owner gets at least 5 years for fire that imperiled puppies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:50
(Reuters) - A woman who pleaded guilty to charges that she and an accomplice set her Las Vegas pet store on fire with 25 puppies inside in an insurance scam was sentenced on Wednesday to at least five years in prison, a court official said. Gloria Lee, who pleaded guilty last October to charges of arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty in connection with the Jan. 27, 2014, blaze, revealed in court she is pregnant, Clark County Courts spokeswoman Mary Ann Price But Clark County Judge David Barker sentenced Lee to a maximum of 14 years in prison, with her eligibility for parole beginning after she spends five years behind bars, Price said. Twenty-seven dogs of various breeds, including 25 puppies, were in Lee's Prince and Princess Pet Shop at the time.

California train crash was an accident, lawyer for truck driver says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:50

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A lawyer for the driver whose truck was hit by a California commuter train in a wreck that injured 50 people said on Wednesday the crash was an accident and that his client left the scene only to try to find help. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was found walking and "in distress" more than a mile (1.6 km) from the accident on Tuesday and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene, police said. Ventura County prosecutors said they expected to file formal charges against Sanchez-Ramirez on Thursday before his initial court appearance. Ron Bamieh, an attorney for Sanchez-Ramirez, told a news conference on Wednesday: "What we've found in the time we've had this case is that this was an accident, all this was an accident." Bamieh confirmed his client was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1998 but said there was no indication he was intoxicated at the time of the rail crash.

Teen swimming in sweatpants drowns in apartment complex pool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:48
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who had been swimming in an apartment complex's Olympic-size indoor pool while wearing sweatpants drowned on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Outage cuts Internet, phone service across northern Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:21

Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People across northern Arizona couldn't use the Internet, their cellphones or landlines for several hours Wednesday after someone vandalized a fiber-optic line that brings communications to a large part of the state, officials said.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:18

In this courtroom drawing, defendant Akhror Saidakmetov, left; an interpreter, center; and defendant Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, appear at federal court in New York on terrorism charges, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Saidakmetov and Juraboev are two of the three men arrested on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. (AP Photo/Jane Rosenberg)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Texas paid $2.2M for Garcia Marquez archive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:57

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home on his birthday in Mexico City. The University of Texas’ literary archive says it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered by the state attorney general’s office to make it public. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas' literary archive said Wednesday it paid $2.2 million for the works of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a price the school sought to keep secret until ordered to make it public by the state attorney general's office.

Life-saving train design is rarely used

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:40

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Workers stand near a Metrolink train that hit a truck and then derailed in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of the Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides, injuring dozens of people in the town 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Engineers have figured how to blunt the deadly force of a train smashing into a truck on the tracks. Yet few U.S. rail systems have adopted the technology, which is believed to have played a significant role in the remarkably low number of serious injuries from Tuesday's commuter rail crash in California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals.

Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:33

Icicles hang from a car license plate in a Raleigh, N.C., parking lot on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The state is bracing for several more inches Wednesday. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.

Missouri public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:29

In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Dan Isom, right, speaks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon after being named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety in St. Louis. The state senator who sponsored Isom when he was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting say Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014 he's decided to resign. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach, File) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job.

Spacewalking astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:28

In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 during an inspection for water in his suit. Virts reported the water while he waited in the air lock for Wednesday's spacewalk to formally conclude. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

Police fired 17 times at Mexican farm worker in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:27
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him five or six times, police said on Wednesday, in an incident that has fueled protests. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in Pasco, a city of 68,000 residents in Washington state's agricultural heartland, in a shooting captured on video. Police said that officers responding to a report of a man throwing rocks at passing cars shot Zambrano-Montes after he began pelting them with rocks and ignored commands to surrender. Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin, a spokesman for a special unit investigating the case, told reporters on Wednesday that all three of the officers involved in the incident had fired their weapons.

Judge orders Oracle to keep hosting Oregon's Medicaid system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:27
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ordered technology giant Oracle Inc. to continue hosting Oregon's Medicaid health insurance system for low-income Oregonians even after the company's contract expires this weekend.

Pregnant store owner gets 5 years in puppy arson case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:23

FILE - In a Wednesday, March 12, 2014 file photo, pet shop owner Gloria Lee appears in court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Lee was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, to 5 to 14 years in state prison for setting fire to the business where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued. Lee stunned the courtroom when she told Clark County District Court Judge David Barker on Wednesday that she's three months pregnant. Prosecutor Shanon Clowers says Lee will have her baby in prison. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas pet shop owner who was caught on surveillance video torching her business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued last year failed to sway her sentencing judge with a courtroom announcement Wednesday that she was three months pregnant.