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Buffett may benefit as train lobby bids to weaken safety rule

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:32

File photo of Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett talking in front of a mock BNSF railroad engine at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meetingBillionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields. A series of oil train accidents, including the July 2013 explosion of a train carrying crude in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people, led U.S. and Canadian regulators to announce sweeping safety rules in May. Among other things, U.S. oil trains are required to install new electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes. On Wednesday, the panel will decide whether to send the measure to the full Senate, setting the stage for a fight with Democrats who say the repeal would delay the use of feature that can help avoid catastrophic derailments and minimize the consequences of accidents that do occur.


AccuWeather: Downpours Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:25

 Flash Flood Warnings posted in NJAccuWeather: Meteorologist Karen Rogers says showers and thunderstorms could produce localized flooding today.


Man, 60, stabbed in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:19

Man, 60, stabbed in Grays FerryPolice say a 60-year-old man was stabbed in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section late Monday night.


It's a Deal: Iran Agrees to Halt Nuclear Program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:17
Iran agrees to dismantle its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jail error was initial mistake shooting suspect's gun buy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:36

FILE -In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about a drug arrest for church shooting suspect Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun he shouldn't have been able to buy two months before the attack, authorities said. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Both the FBI and a county sheriff's department agency promise to review a series of mistakes that allowed South Carolina church shooting suspect Dylann Roof to get a gun he never should have been allowed to buy.


AP-NORC Poll: Many Californians unaware of caregiver program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:19

FILE -- In this Jan. 18, 2012 file photo, Metres Huddleston, left, and Sandra Vinning, who both receive care through California's In-Home Supportive Services program, joined others at a rally to protest further cuts to social services, following Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State speech at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that less than one-third of Californians age 40 and over have heard of the IHSS program,which dates to the 1950's.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine McCormack quit her job as a restaurant manager two years ago to care for her 88-year-old mother-in-law. While it doesn't make up for all of her lost income, she's getting some financial help through an innovative program that allows many of California's low-income senior citizens and disabled residents to remain in their home.


Girl who survived Washington plane crash hikes to safety

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:02
SEATTLE (AP) — A teenage girl who survived a small-plane crash in the craggy, thickly forested mountains of north-central Washington state emerged from the wilderness after hiking "for a couple of days" and was picked up by a motorist who drove her to safety, authorities said Monday. But the fate of her two step-grandparents, who were also on board, remained unclear.

Teen plane crash survivor hiked days to safety in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:57
Autumn Veatch, 16, had been flying with her step-grandparents from Montana to Washington on Saturday when the plane went down in the rocky, remote area, the newspaper reported, quoting transportation officials. The teenager told authorities she survived the impact and tried to pull her step-grandparents out of the fuselage but was unsuccessful, the Seattle Times reported. Veatch, who attends high school in Washington state and had little outdoor training, waited at the wreckage scene before deciding to try and hike out of the rugged terrain to seek help, a family friend told the newspaper.

Missing California baby's dad killed by police after chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:16
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A man who vanished while officers searched for his missing infant daughter stole a car at gunpoint and was later killed by deputies Monday during a shootout, authorities said.

City reaches $5.9 million settlement in chokehold death case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:12

FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, right, joins women whose families members were killed by police officers after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that puts the office of the state attorney general in charge of investigating killings by police. New York City reached a settlement Monday, July 13 with the family of Garner for about $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer's chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city on Monday, days before the anniversary of his death.


Report: 1,800 immigrants re-arrested after release from jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:41

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, right, is lead into the courtroom by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday, July 13, 2015. The controversy was re-ignited after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death while walking on a San Francisco pier and authorities arrested suspect Lopez-Sanchez, who was released from jail in April even though immigration officials had lodged a detainer to try to deport him from the country for a sixth time. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.


Mayor: NYPD reforms in place since Garner chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:19
NEW YORK (AP) — As the anniversary of Eric Garner's death approaches, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed that he has faith in the reforms made to the New York City Police Department following the chokehold killing that shook the country's largest city and contributed to a national focus on policing communities of color.

Jonathan Papelbon on tenure with Phillies: 'Three years is plenty'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:09
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon turned his All-Star Game moment in the sun into a "get me out of Philadelphia'' lobbying session Monday afternoon.

Sheriff: Girl who survived plane crash found by motorist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:00

 Girl who survived plane crash found by motoristA driver picked up a teenage girl who survived a small plane crash in a mountainous area in Washington state, authorities said.


Oregon governor signs paid sick leave, retirement legislation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:57

Oregon Governor Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemOregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation on Monday mandating paid sick leave for nearly all workers and establishing a first-of-its kind state-run retirement program for private sector employees. Brown said the four bills, dubbed the "Fair Shot" agenda, will help working, low-income families by ensuring a living wage, retirement security and protection against racial profiling by police. With the passage of the bills, Oregon became the first state in the nation to automatically enroll residents in a defined-contribution plan if they are hired by an employer that does not already offer retirement benefits, according to the task force that designed the measure.


Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian dies at age 64

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:55

Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian dies at age 64Joan Sebastian, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, has died at 64.


AccuWeather: Downpours Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:48

 Downpours TuesdayAccuWeather: Meteorologist Melissa Magee says an increase in humidity and storms returns Tuesday.


Harvard Law grad charged in bizarre California kidnapping police called hoax

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:45

Harvard Law grad charged in bizarre California kidnapping police called hoaxA former U.S. Marine and San Francisco lawyer who's been charged in the kidnapping of a California woman is now a suspect in two other similar cases.


Drexel Hill man killed after falling off ladder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:38

Drexel Hill man killed after falling off ladderA freak fall claimed the life of a Delaware County man.


Teenager falls 20 feet off cliff near Neshaminy Creek

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:35

Teenager falls 20 feet off cliff near Neshaminy CreekA teenager slipped off a cliff and onto the ground near the Neshaminy Creek in Middletown, Bucks County.