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Relatives upset they can't visit inmates injured in wreck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:25

Authorities investigate the scene of a prison bus crash, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Penwell, Texas. Law enforcement officials said the bus, carrying prisoners and corrections officers, fell from an overpass in West Texas and collided with a passing freight train, killing at least 10 people. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The hospital treating victims of a deadly prison bus crash in West Texas said Thursday that relatives aren't being allowed to visit the inmates because of a longstanding policy, despite demands from the inmates' families to see them.


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters — but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

Utah attorney general in secret rescue of Colombia child sex slaves

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:22
Utah's attorney general says he posed as a bodyguard and translator during a secret mission coordinated with authorities in Colombia to rescue more than 55 child sex slaves from a gang on an island off the country's Caribbean coast. Sean Reyes, the state's top law enforcement official, said on Thursday he played the role of Spanish-speaking interpreter and muscle for the sting set up by Operation Underground Railroad, a Utah-based nonprofit organization that works with police to fight child sex trafficking worldwide.

Obama measures on Cuba trade, travel poke new holes in embargo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:22

A passenger pushes a luggage cart after arriving on a charter flight from Tampa at the airport in HavanaBy Anna Yukhananov, Matt Spetalnick and Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced sweeping new rules on Thursday that will significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the communist-ruled island to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. Defying hardline critics in Congress, President Barack Obama made good on his commitment last month to loosen restrictions on dealings with Cuba as part of an historic effort to end decades of hostility. The U.S. embargo on Cuba, in place for 54 years, will remain. Only Congress can lift it.


Woman falls from Center City building, lands on pedestrian

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:22

Temple student dies after falling from building, landing on pedestrianPolice say a woman falling from a Center City building, struck a pedestrian who was on the ground below.


Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after months in Philadelphia church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:20
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An illegal immigrant who has taken sanctuary in a Philadelphia church since November to avoid deportation has won a two-year reprieve, U.S. immigration authorities said on Thursday. Angela Navarro, 28, has lived in the church as part of a national campaign of civil disobedience aimed at pressuring President Barack Obama on immigration reform. She has defied a final deportation order for more than 10 years, avoiding authorities as she worked as a cook and married a U.S. citizen. “I can live a normal life.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Navarro's reprieve.

Icy roads blamed in deadly Texas prison bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:20
By Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Icy roads were to blame for a crash that killed 10 people when a prison bus slid off a Texas highway overpass and slammed into a moving freight train, officials said on Thursday. Two correctional officers and eight inmates died in the crash. The wreck involving the prison transport vehicle, which carried 15 people, was one of six accidents in a two-hour time period in the same highway area on Wednesday morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Three inmates were in critical condition and another was in serious condition at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, a hospital official said.

Judge revokes Chris Brown probation in Rihanna assault case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:12

R&B singer Chris Brown appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. A judge has revoked Brown's probation but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin allowed Brown to remain free until a March 20 hearing when the judge will receive an update from probation officials. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge revoked Chris Brown's probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time.


Suspect in Phoenix cold cases was acquitted in 2002 assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:11
PHOENIX (AP) — Before his arrest this week in Phoenix for the early 1990s killings of two women, suspect Bryan Patrick Miller succeeded in eluding authorities' grasp nearly 13 years ago.

Wisconsin suspect nabbed when prosthetic leg gets stuck in fence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:50
(Reuters) - A suspect in western Wisconsin led police on a high-speed car chase on slick rural highways only to be caught after his prosthetic leg got stuck in a fence when he fled his vehicle, court documents showed on Thursday. On Tuesday night, a police officer in Holmen, Wisconsin, saw a brake light was not working on Thomas Fuselier's vehicle and tried to pull him over, according to the criminal complaint. Instead of stopping, Fuselier, 47, fled, leading police on an 11-mile (18-km) chase that reached 80 mph (130 kph) on dark, ice-covered rural roads. Fuselier drove his vehicle into a ditch and fled, running more than a mile through the woods and a creek before his prosthetic leg got stuck in a fence.

AccuWeather: Blustery End to the Workweek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:49

 Blustery End to the WorkweekMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a dry start to the weekend followed by rain for parts of our area.


Oklahoma wants ruling from US Supreme Court before execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:46
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's first execution since a botched one last April appears headed for a delay.

Accident shuts down Route 73 in Maple Shade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:45

Accident shuts down Route 73 in Maple ShadeBurlington County authorities are investigating an accident closed northbound Route 73 in Maple Shade.


Critique of Harvard by SEC's Gallagher sparks rare academic spat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:43
By Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - High-profile professors and securities lawyers traded jabs Thursday on the merits of a Harvard University legal project, a scholarly slugfest playing out in the normally staid academic sector tracking corporate governance. At issue is a research paper from December by SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher and Stanford University professor Joseph Grundfest, a former SEC commissioner, titled "Did Harvard Violate Federal Securities Law? The Campaign Against Classified Boards of Directors." The paper suggested the SEC could take legal action against the school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visits Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:42

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visits PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia played host to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as part of the government's effort to improve relations between law enforcement and the community.


Workers at New York's giant produce market could strike over weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:37
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York restaurants and grocers scrambled on Thursday to make alternative plans for supplies of fresh food ahead of a possible weekend strike at the city's largest wholesale produce market. Some 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 could walk off their jobs on loading platforms and storage facilities at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the South Bronx on Sunday, a union spokesman said. "We are ready, willing, and able to meet with the federal mediator and the businesses to try and settle this contract," said Daniel Kane, president of Teamsters Local 202. "Come Sunday, if we haven't reached an agreement with Hunts Point owners, we will be on strike," he said.

Caesars unit files bankruptcy to cut debt, faces court fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:34

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. said early Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 that it filed for bankruptcy protection in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from under $18.4 billion of debt. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from under $18.4 billion in debt.


Boston area highway blocked by protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:20

In this photo provided by the Massachusetts State Police, protesters sit near a barrel in a northbound lane during morning rush hour on Interstate 93 in Milton, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The Boston contingent of Black Lives Matter said in a statement that the protest was intended "to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston." (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)BOSTON (AP) — Activists protesting what they call "police and state violence against black people" chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute.


Yosemite rock climb included coffee, chocolate and whiskey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:20

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 photo provided by Ted Distel, Kevin Jorgeson gets a hug from his girlfriend Jacqui Becker after reaching the top of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Rock climber Tommy Caldwell was first to pull himself atop the granite face followed minutes later by his longtime friend Jorgeson. After years of practice, failed attempts and 19 grueling days scaling the vertical wall on El Capitan by their bloodied fingertips, the friends completed the first free climb up the world's largest granite monolith. (AP Photo/Ted Distel)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.


1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:16

1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closedAuthorities say one person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on I-95, that has shut down a portion of the highway in Bensalem, Bucks County.