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U.S. regulators compile Takata recall data from automakers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:13

A flag with the Takata logo flies alongside an American flag outside the Takata Corporation in Auburn HillsAutomakers affected by the Takata air bag inflator recall have loaded the ID numbers of millions of recalled vehicles into a searchable system, allowing consumers and government officials to examine the data, U.S. safety regulators said on Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will begin combing through the filings of 11 automakers to see how their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) match with information provided earlier by Takata Corp . "We’ll revise that number if necessary," NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said.

Police in Washington state hunt for escaped convict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:11
Police in Washington state were hunting on Wednesday for the second of two non-violent prisoners who escaped from an outside-prison work crew cleaning up a gun range, a spokeswoman for the minimum-security corrections facility said. A work crew supervisor noticed the two men had fled an area where they had been clearing brush and trimming bushes at the Clark Rifles Range in southern Washington state on Tuesday, Larch Corrections Center spokeswoman Danette Gadberry said. Fugitive Randall Marlow, 44, convicted of theft and other property crimes, was being pursued by about two dozen Department of Corrections officials backed by local law enforcement, Gadberry said.

Foster Farms suspends 5 after undercover video shows abuse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:08

Bob Barker, former host of “The Price is Right” and a longtime animal rights advocate, speaks during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Barker criticized poultry producer Foster Farms after an animal-rights group released video showing chickens being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and having their feathers pulled out while still alive. California-based Foster Farms says it has suspended five employees. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Poultry producer Foster Farms suspended five employees Wednesday after an animal-rights group released undercover video showing live birds being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and plucked.

Man who threatened Sen. Manchin sentenced to 18 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:03
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man who threatened U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's life has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

8 plead not guilty in Chinese test-taking scheme for visas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:03

Three Chinese citizens, right, accused of conspiracy involving college entrance exams, run back to federal court to avoid photographers after they were arraigned on charges, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Four of fifteen Chinese citizens indicted in May were arraigned Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh. The indictment unsealed last month says the suspects either took the tests on behalf of others or paid to have that done for them so they could obtain student visas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eight of 15 Chinese citizens indicted in a conspiracy to take college entrance exams on behalf of others or pay to have their tests taken so they could obtain student visas pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate Wednesday.

Van carrying puppies crashes on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:03

Van carrying puppies crashes on Pennsylvania TurnpikeA crash involving a van carrying dozens of puppies slowed traffic on the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike Wednesday morning.

Prosecutor says detention of Virginia student was justified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:02
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor said Wednesday that he found no evidence of excessive force or racism by officers involved in the arrest of a University of Virginia student who was bloodied and pinned to the ground in an incident that drew widespread attention.

Female prison worker, NY escapees plotted husband's murder: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:01

Vermont Governor Shumlin and New York Governor Cuomo take part in a news conference at the Clinton Correctional Facility in DannemoraJoyce Mitchell, 51, was arrested last week in connection with the escape of murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, who broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border, nearly two weeks ago. Mitchell and the two men, who she has been linked to romantically, discussed a plan to kill her husband, Lyle Mitchell, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told reporters. Following the comment, Mitchell's attorney, Stephen Johnston, said his client had warned her husband of the plot, CNN reported.

PHOTOS: Puppies survive Pennsylvania Turnpike crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:00

 Puppies survive Pennsylvania Turnpike crashPuppies that survived a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are recovering at the Bucks County SPCA.

Police officer charged with killing ex-wife appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:59

A man is taken into custody after a shooting in Asbury Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 16, 2015. A recently divorced off-duty police officer chased down and fatally shot his ex-wife on Tuesday, then put the gun to his head and held police at bay before he surrendered, authorities said. Police officers who happened to be in the neighborhood for an unrelated traffic accident saw the shooting unfold and took the child from her father's car. The girl apparently was not injured. (Bob Bielk/Asbury Park Press via AP) NO SALESFREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer accused of chasing and fatally shooting his ex-wife as their young daughter watched will remain jailed on $2 million cash bond, a judge ruled Wednesday in refusing to lower the bail.

Feds order inspections of train tunnel ventilation systems

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:59

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Therese McMilliam discusses the findings of the agency's Safety Management Inspection of the Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (METRO) rail and bus systems, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, during a news conference at the Transportation Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal transit officials said Wednesday they are ordering the inspection of ventilation systems in train tunnels nationwide after an electrical malfunction filled a train inside a Washington tunnel with smoke, leading to a passenger's death.

In California, Uber driver is employee, not contractor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:59

Uber driver Levin protests with other drivers against working conditions, in Santa MonicaA driver for Uber is an employee, not a contractor, according to a California ruling that eventually could push up costs for the smartphone-based ride hailing service and hurt the closely watched start-up's valuation. The California Labor Commission's decision could ripple through the burgeoning industry of providing services via smartphones, with potential implications for other “crowdsourced” services such as Uber rival Lyft, chore service TaskRabbit, and cleaning service Homejoy. The ruling - which Uber insisted applied to only one driver - was the latest in a series of legal and regulatory challenges facing the company and other highly valued start-ups in the United States and other countries.

Clinton proposes tax credit to boost youth employment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:56

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a speaker during a campaign stop, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Santee, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Taking aim at unemployment among younger Americans, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday proposed using tax credits to encourage businesses to train young people.

Lawsuit: Delaware coach pushed religion on athletes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:54
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware State University volleyball player contends she lost her athletic scholarship because she objected to the coach's requirement that she attend church and participate in Bible studies.

Protester of Ohio Wal-Mart shooting convicted of trespassing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:53
FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A man arrested protesting at an Ohio Wal-Mart where police fatally shot a man last year has been convicted of trespassing after pleading no contest and is banned from Wal-Mart stores for two years.

New York man attacks FBI agent in Islamic State-tied probe: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:53
A New York City man was arrested on Wednesday after authorities said he tried to stab an FBI agent executing a search warrant in connection with an alleged plot to carry out an attack in support of the militant group Islamic State. Fareed Mumuni, 21, was charged with attempting to murder a federal officer after authorities came to his residence in the borough of Staten Island, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

NYC Council members: Suicide points to need for bail reform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:53
NEW YORK (AP) — The death of a 22-year-old man who hanged himself after spending three years as a teen jailed without trial should spur New Yorkers to push for bail reform, City Council members said at a hearing Wednesday.

FAA investigating close call at Chicago's Midway Airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:48
CHICAGO (AP) — Two passenger jets simultaneously began to take off on intersecting runways at Chicago's Midway International Airport, forcing controllers to order one to halt to avoid a collision.

American killed fighting ISIS felt calling after rocky past

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:38

Necati Yuzbasioglu, of Manville, R.I., background left, talks with Ben Douthwaite, of Delaware, beside pictures of Keith Broomfield, foreground right, and Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan outside Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, Mass., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, before the funeral service for Broomfield. Broomfield was killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)HUDSON, Mass. (AP) — The father of the first American believed to have been killed fighting the Islamic State group said his son's path "wasn't very straight," but God straightened it and guided him to Syria.