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Exclusive: Oil on fiery North Dakota train less volatile than limit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:52

Smoke from the wreckage of several oil tanker cars that derailed in a field near HeimdalBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - Crude oil aboard a BNSF train that derailed in North Dakota on Wednesday caught fire even though it was less flammable than required by a state law that took effect last month. The oil, transported in tank cars owned by Hess Corp, had a vapor pressure of 10.83 psi, according to test results. State regulators have used vapor pressure as a proxy for measuring the amount of flammable gases known as light-ends that are present in crude. Samples of the crude oil involved in this latest derailment were taken on May 5 at the Tioga rail complex owned by Hess.


Defense worker charge cards used for $1 million in casinos bills: audit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:46
Defense Department employees used their government credit cards to pay for more than $1 million worth of casino and adult entertainment purchases over the course of a year, an audit of transactions by the Pentagon inspector general has found. Pentagon officials said on Thursday that use of credit cards to pay for personal transactions is considered misuse of the cards but does not mean a loss of taxpayer funds because cardholders are billed individually and have to pay unauthorized personal charges themselves. It found Defense Department cardholders likely used their travel cards for 4,437 transactions at casinos where they spent $952,258.

Granite Run Mall: From empty, to movie set, to upgrade?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:45

 From empty, to movie set, to upgrade?A movie shoot could be the building's last hurrah before the mall is town down for a major upgrade.


PHOTOS: Granite Run Mall today and future plans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:45

 Granite Run Mall today and future plansWe take a look at the mall now, and at what the future holds.


Lawyer: Man to plead guilty to setting radar facility fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:43
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago contractor accused of setting fire to a radar facility and disrupting air traffic throughout the U.S. will plead guilty, his attorney said Thursday after the man appeared in court for arraignment.

Correction: Baltimore-Police Death story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:36

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, pauses while speaking during a media availability, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)BALTIMORE (AP) — In stories on May 1-3 about charges against six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody, The Associated Press reported erroneously that State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said there was no reason for police to stop Gray. She said only that Gray was illegally arrested.


Colorado movie massacre jurors handle guns, gear used by Holmes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:36

The family of Veronica Moser embrace before entering the Arapahoe County District Court in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Jurors in Colorado's movie massacre trial handled firearms, a helmet and piles of protective anti-ballistic clothing on Thursday that gunman James Holmes used when he killed 12 people at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in July 2012. Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first degree murder and attempted murder for opening fire on moviegoers at a multiplex in the Denver suburb of Aurora, also wounding 70 victims. His trial began last week, and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if the former neuroscience graduate student is convicted.


Rubio tax plan shows challenge of GOP wage-stagnation fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:34

FILE - In the May 1, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Washington. In the traffic jam that is the Republican presidential race, Rubio stands out _ and not just for his youth and blue-collar, Cuban-American biography. Rubio has issued the most detailed economic agenda to aid the middle class, anchored by a book on combatting the wage stagnation that has exacerbated inequality between the rich and the rest. Rivals Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and others have similarly decried the growing gap between the haves and have-nots, signaling that Republicans are eager to address a traditionally Democratic issue after seven years of disappointing economic growth. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)DENVER (AP) — In the traffic jam that is the Republican presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio stands out — and not just for his youth and blue-collar, Cuban-American biography.


Firefighters recovering from Hamilton hazmat situation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:33

Firefighters recovering from Hamilton hazmat situationDozens of firefighters are still recovering after being sickened while battling a blaze in Hamilton Township.


NYC mayor boosts reserves in budget plan; suggests luxury condo tax

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:30
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday laid out a $78.3 billion executive budget for the next fiscal year, a $600 million increase over his blueprint in early February. The latest budget boosts the city's general reserve fund to what de Blasio said was an "unprecedented" level of $1 billion, up from an average of about $300 million annually and the $750 million he suggested in February.

Blue Bell: Several months before ice cream back in stores

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:30
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it will be at least several months before its products are back in stores as the Texas-based company works to resume operations after a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream prompted a total product recall.

Concessionaire drops efforts to trademark Grand Canyon names

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:30

FILE - In this April 13, 2005 file photo, people gather outside the El Tovar Lodge, situated just feet from the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Xanterra Parks & Resorts, a major national parks concessionaire, has dropped efforts to trademark names of the most popular properties at the Grand Canyon. The company had applied for roughly 20 trademarks before its contract to manage South Rim hotels, restaurants and mule rides expired at the end of December. Xanterra had sought a trademark for names including Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, Hopi House and El Tovar. (AP Photo/Jake Bacon, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A major national parks concessionaire has dropped efforts to trademark names of the Grand Canyon's most popular properties, including a group of rustic cabins, cottonwood trees and cantina on the canyon floor.


Wake for slain NYC police officer draws thousands of mourners

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:26
By Sebastien Malo BETHPAGE, N.Y. (Reuters) - Thousands of law enforcement officers gathered at a Long Island funeral home on Thursday to pay their respects to a New York policeman who died of a fatal gunshot wound this week, the city's fifth officer to die in the line of duty since December. Brian Moore, a 25-year-old, second-generation police officer died on Monday, two days after he was shot in the head while sitting with his partner in a patrol car in the borough of Queens. A long line of officers in dress blue waited outside the home in suburban Bethpage where Moore's wake was being held, Among the family, friends, politicians and NYPD brass in attendance was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who paid tribute to Moore for emulating his father. "He followed dad into the business," said Cuomo, who entered politics like his father Mario, a former New York governor.

Jury to return for 18th day of deliberations in NYC missing boy murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:25

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors finished a 17th day of marathon deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of a man who confessed to strangling Etan Patz more than three decades ago. The 6-year-old boy disappeared in 1979 as he walked alone for the first time to his school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. The case shook New York City and changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children. Patz's picture was one of the first on milk cartons in a nationwide campaign to locate abducted or missing children.


Hudson Cleanup 5 Things: A final dredging season launches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:25
WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. has started its sixth and final season of dredging the upper-Hudson River on Thursday as part of an estimated $2 billion Superfund project. Here are five things to know about the massive cleanup of poly-chlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

Amber Alert for Nebraska boy after brother found in dumpster

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:08

Amber Alert for Nebraska boy after brother found in dumpsterPolice in Nebraska are desperately searching for a missing 5-year-old boy.


NY court resurrects bond insurer suit against Goldman Sachs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:06
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A ruling from New York's highest court means a bond insurance company's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs can continue.

Police: Toddler slammed to death in mimicked wrestling move

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:06

 Toddler slammed to death in mimicked wrestling movePolice say a Pennsylvania man mimicking a professional wrestling move inadvertently slammed his girlfriend's toddler son to the floor, killing him.


6th and final season of Hudson River PCB dredging begins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:03
WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Crews have started the sixth and final season of PCB dredging along the upper-Hudson River.

Jury starts deliberations in drug squad corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 05:02
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal jury has finished its first half-day of deliberations in a police corruption case involving six former members of a Philadelphia drug squad.