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Officials: Oil train didn't speed before Montana derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:32

Derailed oil tanker cars lie off track near Culbertson, Mont., Friday, July 17, 2015. The tank cars were hauling fuel from North Dakota and derailed Thursday in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. (AP Photo/Richard Peterson)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident's cause.


Oregon teen lauded after saving elderly woman from burning car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:29

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue handout photo shows the charred remains of a car fire in Beaverton, OregonPhillipe Bittar, 19, pulled Sally Moeller, 78, to safety after he and his brother noticed a car engulfed in flames at a gas station in the Portland suburb of Beaverton on Saturday afternoon. "Had this individual not broken out the window and pulled the patient out of the burning car and to safety, I don't believe she would have survived," Damian said in a statement.


AP Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' actor runs for Albuquerque seat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:26

FILe - In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Steven Michael Quezada an actor on the series "Breaking Bad," arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Quezada is jumping in a race for a heated county commissioner seat in Albuquerque. Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad", said Monday, July 20, he will announce this week that he will run for the Bernalillo County Commission. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Citing the growth of urban sprawl and a need for more Mexican-American elected officials, "Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada said he is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Submarine launches undersea drone in a 1st for US Navy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:26
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — In a first for the U.S. Navy, a submarine has launched and recovered an underwater drone used in a military operation.

Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:22

This Friday, July 17, 2015 photo shows Rick Diehl chewing kernels from his winter wheat fields in East Helena, Mont. They’re shriveled and undersized, but crunchy. “That’s how I know they’re ready,” Diehl said. Drought conditions have adversely affected the quality of winter wheat in the Northwestern United States. (AP Photo/Alison Noon)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest.


UN accredits Freedom Now in a victory for the United States

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Monday approved U.N. accreditation for the non-profit organization Freedom Now which works to free prisoners of conscience around the world in a victory for the United States and a defeat for China and other opponents.

Death penalty sought in death of child pushed off bridge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:17
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say they plan to seek capital punishment for a young mother accused of killing her 20-month-old son by pushing him off a bridge into a river even as defense attorneys prepare for a possible mental health defense.

Colorado cinema gunman's teacher recalls bright, popular boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:10

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialThe fifth-grade teacher of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes on Monday described his former pupil as a popular, bright student in testimony which defense lawyers hope will spare the convicted mass murderer from execution. Last week, a jury of nine women and three men found Holmes guilty of fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 others during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" at a Denver-area multiplex in July 2012. Paul Karrer, a teacher at the central California elementary school that Holmes attended during the 1998-99 school year, was testifying on the third anniversary of the massacre ahead of a sentencing hearing where the same jurors will decide if the 27-year-old should be executed or serve a life sentence.


Georgia man who defended himself convicted of killing Athens policeman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:08
A Georgia man who is believed to be the first in the state to defend himself in a capital case was found guilty on Monday of murder in the fatal shooting an Athens police officer and wounding another in 2011. The jury will now decide whether the defendant, Jamie Hood, deserves to be executed or serve a life sentence for the murder of Officer Elmer “Buddy" Christian. Hood, who was also convicted of the attempted murder of Officer Tony Howard, fired his lawyers and represented himself in the trial.

Judge sets civil contempt hearings against Arizona sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:03

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio watches as actor Steven Seagal addresses the media about a simulated school shooting in Fountain HillsA judge on Monday rejected a bid to put on hold a racial profiling case against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, and scheduled hearings in September on civil contempt charges against him. Judge Murray Snow said he could find no legal reason to delay the proceedings until a U.S. appeals court decides on a motion by the Maricopa County sheriff and his top lieutenant, who want the judge to be removed from the case. Snow ruled this month that he will not remove himself from the 2007 case, and he denied claims by the defendants' lawyers that his decisions could be seen as biased.


2 Spanish riders killed in California motorcycle race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:01

In this Sunday, July 19, 2015, photo, a race official looks at Spanish rider Bernat Martinez after a chain reaction crash on the first lap of a World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Two Spanish racers were killed in the crash. Race organizers MotoAmerica identified the dead as 35-year-old Bernat Martinez and 27-year-old Daniel Rivas Fernandez. Both were taken to hospitals, where they later died. (Nic Coury/Monterey County Weekly via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT FOR PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHER. MONTEREY HERALD OUT , SALINAS CALIFORNIAN OUT , SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL OUT , SAN JOSE MERCURY OUT , LOCAL TV OUTSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Spanish racers were killed in a chain-reaction crash on the first lap of a World Superbike race.


Indiana agency : No action planned over card game prizes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:47
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana senior center has stopped offering prizes like cookies and toilet paper in euchre card games in which residents paid a few dollars to play after state officials warned them the practice constituted gambling.

Chattanooga Shooter Researched Religious Justification For Violence: Official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:44
New details emerge about Mohammod Abdulazeez's movements hours before attack.

Trump Gains Yet Shows Vulnerability in GOP Race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:44
Controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leads

Documents: Deportation shelved for 1-year-old Honduran boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:37

FILE - In this June 8, 2015, file photo, 1-year-old Joshua Tinoco pauses while playing at his relative's home in Los Angeles. The U.S. government has agreed to shelve efforts to deport Tinoco whose teenage mother has been allowed to remain in the country and apply for permanent residency. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to shelve efforts to deport a 1-year-old Honduran boy whose teenage mother has been allowed to remain in the country and apply for permanent residency.


Autopsies on woman, 3 kids found in Chicago inconclusive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:32
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what killed a woman and three children whose decomposing bodies were found in a Chicago home.

NC reaches deal with family of inmate who died in custody

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:31
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Public Safety says its Division of Adult Correction has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the estate of a man with mental illness who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days.

Handyman held as person of interest in Drexel grad's murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:25

Handyman held as person of interest in Drexel grad's murderIt's been four days since 27-year-old Jasmine Wright was found beaten and strangled in her West Philadelphia apartment.


Police: Man tried to sabotage ex-girlfriend's brakes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:21

 Man tried to sabotage ex-girlfriend's brakesPolice in Milford, Delaware say a man was so upset when his relationship ended, he tried to sabotage his ex-girlfriend's brakes.


Police: Maine man accused in shooting rampage confessed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:18

This Friday, July 17, 2015, booking photo provided by the Aroostook County Jail shows Anthony Lord. The former convict shoot multiple people during a rampage across several northern Maine towns, state police said Friday, July 17, 2015. (Aroostook County Jail via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHOULTON, Maine (AP) — A gunman charged with killing two men in separate shootings and kidnapping a woman who had managed to escape from him through a bathroom window confessed to the killings, state police said.