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U.S. Transportation Dept official Feinberg to lead rail regulator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 07:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sarah Feinberg, the U.S. secretary of transportation's chief of staff, will lead the nation's railroad regulator as the department works to finalize oil train safety rules, according to an agency email sent on Sunday. A former White House official and tech industry executive, Feinberg will serve as acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration, which regulates freight and passenger service on the national network. ...

Lawyer says mosque theft suspect to surrender after rehab

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 06:19
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for a man suspected of stealing hundreds of dollars from the donation box at a New Jersey mosque says his client will turn himself in once he completes an out-of state rehab program.

Lawyer: 'Nothing unreasonable' about stun gun on 76-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 06:11

 'Nothing unreasonable' about stun gun on 76-year-oldA lawyer for a Texas police officer fired for using a stun gun on a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop says there was "nothing unreasonable" about that level of force.


Police investigating after drug-laced bread sickens dozens

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:53
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators were trying to determine how a synthetic drug made its way into holiday bread that sickened dozens of people in Southern California.

Staten Island DA: Garner case shouldn't be a campaign issue

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:53
NEW YORK (AP) — Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who handled the Eric Garner chokehold case, said Sunday he hopes Democrats won't make the case an issue as he runs for a vacated congressional seat.

High court case could foil government suits over job bias

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:30

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, people wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court could put the brakes on the Obama administration's growing crackdown against companies facing claims of discrimination against women, minorities and other protected groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could put the brakes on the Obama administration's growing crackdown against companies facing claims of discrimination against women, minorities and other protected groups.


Ohio EPA: No contamination detected after refinery explosion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:21

Heavy black smoke billows from Husky Lima Refinery after an explosion at the facility that shook Lima and the surrounding area early Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2015, in Lima, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Lima News, Craig J. Orosz ) MANDATORY CREDITLIMA, Ohio (AP) — No dangerous contaminants were released into the air by an explosion at an oil refinery that was felt 10 miles away and sparked a fire that burned for more than 14 hours, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.


Lawyer: 'Nothing unreasonable' about stun gun on 76-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:15
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The lawyer for a Texas police officer fired for using a stun gun on a 76-year-old man says there was "nothing unreasonable" about using that level of force during a traffic stop that was captured on dashboard camera video.

Social media has positives, pitfalls for actors, producers

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:48
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Social media is giving television stars and creators a more direct relationship with fans and, as actor Joseph Morgan of the CW's "The Originals" can attest, requires a thick skin.

Survey: US gas prices fall 27 cents per gallon

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:37
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped 27 cents a gallon in the past three weeks, to $2.20.

Wearable sensors gather lots of data _ now to make it useful

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:30

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2015 file photo shows the Zepp sensor and application on display at CES Unveiled, a media preview event for CES International, in Las Vegas. The system shows users an animated analysis of their swing, and lets them compare their moves with videos of pro athletes. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's not just about how many steps you've taken or how many calories you've burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data?


Tribes join effort to keep Yellowstone grizzlies protected

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of American Indian tribes in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains have joined an effort to retain federal protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Police say gunman in Idaho shooting spree had multiple weapons

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:14
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A 29-year-old man who killed three people and critically wounded another during a shooting spree in the northern Idaho city of Moscow had five weapons in his car, police said on Sunday. John Lee, 29, was arrested after the Saturday shootings when he crashed his car during a high-speed chase with police. Inside his Honda Fit, authorities later found three handguns, a shotgun and a rifle, said Moscow Police Chief David Duke. Lee has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one court of attempted murder, Duke said. ...

U.S. almost ready to consider loosening trucking curbs: Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 03:49
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation will soon be ready to consider lifting restrictions on Mexican trucking firms seeking to operate throughout the United States, Mexico's Communications and Transport Ministry said on Sunday. Mexico and the United States have been locked in a long-running dispute over granting Mexican truckers unlimited access to the United States, and a bilateral accord in 2011 set in motion a pilot program to phase out existing restrictions. Mexican transport associations say U.S. ...

NJ man sentenced for molesting girl, taking improper photos

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 03:38

NJ man sentenced for molesting girl, taking improper photosA southern New Jersey man who molested a teenage girl and took sexually explicit photos of her while she slept has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.


Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 03:33

This undated product image provided courtesy General Motors shows the Buick Cascada convertible, which will be unveiled Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Detroit. Automakers are rolling out new convertible models at a time when many consumers are gaining confidence in the economy and have more money to spend on less-practical big-ticket items thanks to juicy stock market returns. (AP Photo/General Motors)DETROIT (AP) — Americans are ready to let their tops down and feel the wind blow through their hair.


Police: 5 guns found in car of Idaho shooting-spree suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 03:08
Investigators found five guns and a laptop computer in the vehicle of a man suspected of killing three people in a shooting spree, a police chief said Sunday, but they hadn't yet uncovered any motive for the rampage.

Florida fugitive in custody after 37 years

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 02:11
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man who failed to surrender himself for a 10-month prison sentence nearly four decades ago has been arrested in Mexico and will be arraigned in a U.S. federal court this week. Robert Woodring was taken into custody in Guadalajara, Mexico last month in an operation involving authorities from the United States and Mexico, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said in a statement. He failed to surrender in September 1977 for removing a yacht to keep it from being seized by authorities. ...

Winter lobsters could bolster fishery during shrimp shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 02:10

FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, Brandon Demmons sends a lobster trap overboard at dawn off of Monhegan Island, more than 12 miles off the coast of Maine. A two-year shutdown of the Maine shrimp season is keeping many lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than typical, a trend some say could result in lower prices at lobster pounds. Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp season as a source of winter income while lobsters are in lower demand and harder to catch. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state's shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual.


Police: Woman finds boyfriend, 2 others murdered in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 02:01

 Woman finds boyfriend, 2 others murdered in MayfairPhiladelphia police say three men were shot execution style in the Mayfair section of the city.