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Heroics of engineer recounted after deadly New York train crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:47
By Sebastien Malo TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (Reuters) - The engineer of a New York commuter train that plowed into a vehicle this week at a suburban rail crossing picked up an injured passenger and carried him off the train as it became engulfed in flames, federal investigators said on Friday. The heroics of Metro-North engineer Steven Smalls Jr., 33, a married father of two, were described at a news conference held by the National Transportation Safety Board three days after the deadliest rail accident in the New York area in more than three decades. Six people died on Tuesday evening after the rush-hour train, traveling from New York's Grand Central Terminal, struck a Mercedes sports utility vehicle that became stuck on the wrong side of a crossing gate in the Westchester suburb of Tarrytown. After exiting the engineer's compartment moments after the crash, Smalls helped five or six passengers escape the first train carriage and then noticed a passenger who was unable to walk crawling toward the door, said NTSB member Robert Sumwalt.

Measles outbreak spurs new action in California, New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:47

Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesStudents at all 10 campuses of the University of California will be required to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella and other diseases under a new health plan set to take effect in 2017, the university said on Friday. Announcement of the policy change, which goes beyond the hepatitis B shots already required of all 233,000 UC students, comes amid measles outbreaks that have infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in 19 other U.S. states and Mexico since December. One of New Mexico's largest public school districts, Santa Fe, will start barring unvaccinated students from class unless they have a valid state exemption, the head of the school board said on Friday. The recent flare-up has spurred legislators in California, Oregon and Washington state to consider laws to make it harder for parents legally to opt out of vaccinating school-aged children.

Former NFL player Sam Adams charged in wage-theft case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:45

The site of a health club formerly run by former NFL player Sam Adams is shown Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in West Seattle, Wash. The club has now re-opened and is being run by the owner of the property as an entirely new health club facility. The Washington state attorney general announced Friday that the state was filing criminal charges against Adams, saying he failed to pay taxes and stole wages from workers at fitness clubs he ran in Seattle and Tacoma, including at this location. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Former NFL player Sam Adams failed to pay wages and health care premiums for workers at his fitness clubs in Washington state, leaving one employee unable to buy Christmas presents for her children and another to incur massive medical bills after she was diagnosed with cancer, investigators say.

Teacher directive prompts vigil at San Francisco cathedral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:34

Billy Bradford, left, and others hold up signs as they gather with students and supporters at a vigil outside of St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco is getting pushback from some parents, students and teachers at parochial schools after unveiling faculty handbook language calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control and other behaviors he describes as evil. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 100 people attended a vigil outside the Roman Catholic cathedral in San Francisco on Friday to protest the local archbishop's move to require teachers at four Catholic high schools to lead their public lives inside the classroom and out in accordance with church teachings on homosexuality, birth control and other hot-button issues.

Answers about the use of police body cameras, ongoing costs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:28

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, a body camera used by Des Moines Police Department school resource officers is worn by Sgt. Jason Halifax in Des Moines, Iowa. The rush by cities to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer’s riots in Ferguson, Mo., is saddling local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company data reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Body-worn cameras are the latest must-have devices in police work and are spreading fast to departments nationwide. But the technology is raising a lot of questions, from the cost to the accessibility of the footage. Here are answers to some questions about body cameras.

Pennsylvania family take plea deal in starving boy case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:20
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy who was starved nearly to death have pleaded guilty to assault and other crimes in a deal with prosecutors, Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems said on Friday.Kochems said the boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, and his grandmother, Deana Beighley, 48, pleaded guilty to first degree felony aggravated assault, which carries a mandatory sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison. Beighley's husband, Dennis Beighley, 59, pleaded guilty to the third degree felony of endangering the welfare of a child for his role in the abuse, in the town of Greenville, about 80 miles north of Pittsburgh. In Pennsylvania a third-degree felony carries a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

Mom, grandparents take pleas in case of starved 7-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:19

FILE-- In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, Mary C. Rader, left, and her mother, Deana Beighly, center, are escorted by sheriff's deputies from the courthouse to an awaiting police vehicle in Mercer, Pa. Rader is the mother of an 8-year-old boy who police say nearly starved. On Friday, Feb. 6, 2014, the mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old boy who was so malnourished that one doctor said he looked like a Holocaust survivor pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for failing to seek timely medical attention for him. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic,FILE)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old boy who was so malnourished that one doctor said he looked like a Holocaust survivor pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault for failing to seek timely medical attention for him.

Montana moves to lose 'half-breed' from place names

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 08:12
By Laura Zuckerman Salmon, Idaho (Reuters) - A bill that would strip the word "half-breed" and another derogatory term for Native Americans from Montana place names, signs and maps won easy approval on Friday from a state House of Representatives committee. The measure, sponsored by a Republican lawmaker, expands a bill passed by the state legislature in 1999 that stripped place names of the word "squaw," used as a pejorative term for Native American women. The bill striking "half-breed" or "breed" from the titles of 17 geographic sites or features in Montana and renaming them cleared the State Administration Committee in a 20-0 vote and now moves to the full House.

Revel casino sale could be at risk after appeals ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bankruptcy sale of the shuttered Revel Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, could be threatened by a ruling from a federal appeals court Friday supporting the owners of a former popular nightclub there.

GOP Rep. Nunnelee of Miss. dies after brain cancer, stroke

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:50

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., thanks supporters of his opposition stance against President Obama's health insurance reforms during the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob in Jackson, Miss. Nunnelee, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56. Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee's congressional office, said he died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in his hometown of Tupelo. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In the final months of his life, fighting a losing battle against the effects of brain cancer and a stroke, Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi said he drew strength from a Bible verse about giving thanks to God in all circumstances.

New sanctions proposed for Islamic State group oil trading

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution to crack down on the financing of terrorist groups calls for sanctions on individuals and companies trading oil produced by the Islamic State and other al-Qaida-linked groups.

Ex-wife kills professor in University of SC murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:46

Law enforcement officers respond to a shooting at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Police officers determined the shooting was a murder-suicide, isolated to one room in the School of Public Health building. (AP Photo/The State, Tim Dominick)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A professor who taught anatomy and physiology and was highly regarded by both his students and fellow faculty members was shot and killed by his ex-wife in an apparent murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina, a coroner said Friday.

Warmth gives ugly invasive fish brief reprieve from anglers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:35

Im this photo taken in 2014 and provided by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, an angler holds a Burbot caught during the 2014 Burbot Classic at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in western Wyoming. Lack of ice is causing problems for two ice-fishing tournaments designed to encourage anglers to catch as many burbot from Flaming Gorge as possible. This weekend's Burbot Classic tournament is still on despite thin ice but this year fishing from boats and shore will be allowed. Insufficient ice cancelled last weekend's Burbot Bash tournament. (AP Photo/Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Lucy Diggins)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Warm weather has helped grant a reprieve this year to a homely, eel-like and especially slimy invasive fish pursued by anglers as they compete for big money in two ice-fishing tournaments on the Wyoming-Utah line.

Nightclub owners want to stay put if Revel casino sold

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:34

Nightclub owners want to stay put if Revel casino soldThe owners of a New Jersey nightclub inside the shuttered Revel Hotel Casino in Atlantic City asked a court Friday to let them stay put even if the property is sold Monday.

New York train was moving at 49 miles per hour when it hit SUV: NTSB

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:34
A New York commuter train was traveling at 49 miles per hour when it struck an SUV at a suburban rail crossing in a fatal collision on Tuesday, a federal safety official said on Friday. The train struck the SUV four seconds after its engineer engaged its emergency brake, said Robert Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board which is investigating the crash, at a news conference. Five passengers and the SUV driver were killed when the Metro-North train slammed into the vehicle in suburban Valhalla, New York, during the evening rush hour.

Woman, 9-year-old daughter found hanged in Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:31
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman and her 9-year-old daughter were found hanged Friday in the basement of their home by police officers who later discovered what authorities called "written information" that's being reviewed to see it if sheds light on what happened.

Did the electrified third rail make train wreck deadlier?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:30

This photo provided by the Brody family shows an undated photo of Ellen Brody who was killed in the SUV that was hit by a Metro-North commuter train in Vahalla, N.Y, Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015. The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into how familiar the SUV driver was with her car and her route, whether she was using a cellphone and whether the backed-up traffic played a role. (AP Photo/Family photo via Jeff Schaeffer)VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — It was a hellish scenario investigators had never seen before: 400 feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared a commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV. Now officials want to know whether the rail's unusual design explains why the crash was so deadly.

State lawmaker responds after making rape, abortion comment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:28
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker who remarked that it is "beautiful" when a child can be born as the result of a rape says his remarks were misrepresented.

Attorney: Ex-billionaire doesn't have resort sale documents

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. An attorney for ex-billionaire Blixseth said Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, that the real estate mogul will reveal more details of a 2011 property sale in a bid to avoid returning to jail for contempt of court. But attorney Philip Stillman says some documents regarding the $13.8 million sale of the Tamarindo resort are out of reach in Mexico and could not be obtained by Friday's court deadline. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for ex-billionaire Tim Blixseth said the real estate mogul could not meet a Friday deadline to produce all of the information on the sale of a resort in Mexico because some documents are not in the U.S.

Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 07:27

Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a question concerning the announcement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, left, that the federal government is offering up to $50 million for drought relief in western states during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The additional funding includes about $20 million for California's Central Valley Water Project for efforts such as water transfers, drought monitoring for endangered species and diversifying water supplies.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government is making available up to $50 million in drought-relief funds for western states, with the largest portion earmarked for parched California, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday.