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Five cars still on fire following BNSF oil train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:34
(Reuters) - An Illinois emergency management official said on Friday that 21 tank cars derailed, seven were damaged, and were five still on fire after a BNSF oil train accident on Thursday near the town of Galena. Some oil was leaking from the derailed cars, said a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, but there was no evidence that it had reached a nearby river. (Reporting by Edward McAllister in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Dead man elected in Vermont after death info withheld

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:34
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who died the day before a town meeting vote was elected to serve on the select board after officials withheld information about the death citing state campaign laws.

Ohio home pelted by eggs for a year; police can't crack case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:23

A home that has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year is shown Friday, March 6, 2015, in Euclid, Ohio. Police haven't been able to crack the unusual case despite doing stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as evidence. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An 85-year-old man says his suburban Cleveland home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, and police haven't been able to crack the unusual case despite stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as evidence.

Boston high school dean ran drug ring, tried to kill teen: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:21
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts high school dean charged with the attempted execution-style murder of a student he had inducted into an alleged drug ring had once worked with Boston police on efforts to combat drugs and gangs, a police spokesman said on Friday. Prosecutors contend that Reverend Shaun Harrison, the now-fired dean of The English High School, hired one of his students to sell marijuana and shot the 17-year-old boy in the back of the head on a Boston street Tuesday night after a disagreement. The victim, whose name was not released due to his youth, is expected to survive his injuries, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say the incident was recorded on a surveillance camera at a nearby business.  Harrison was an advocate for struggling teenagers who had worked with police on a number of outreach efforts, including serving as a member of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, a group of Christian clergy members working with black and Latino youth, said Boston police spokesman Lieutenant Mike McCarthy.

Train carrying liquefied propane derails in Vermont, no danger posed: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:10
(Reuters) - A train carrying 15 tanker cars of liquefied propane derailed in Essex junction, Vermont, late on Thursday, but no flammable gas was leaked and there was no danger to the public, according to a local news website on Friday. All safety systems also operated as designed, reported, citing New England Railroad spokesman Mike Williams.

Montana man charged with using kids as shields from police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:05
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of threatening police officers with a hammer and using his children as shields after officers drew their weapons.

Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:05

Protesters demonstrate outside of the Wisconsin Assembly, where lawmakers are debating a right-to-work bill, in Madison, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Weary Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment and sent it to Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it on Monday. The Republican-led state Assembly voted 62-35 on party lines to make Wisconsin the 25th "right-to-work" state, a measure supported by Walker, an early favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. The final vote came after 24 hours of debate in the Assembly and two weeks after state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced plans to take up a "right-to-work" bill. It has everything to do with busting," said Representative Andy Jorgensen, a Democrat.

Cops: Student hurt in frat hazing stunt may not lose fingers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:04
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say the condition of a Syracuse University student's frostbitten fingers has improved since he was injured during a cold weather fraternity hazing stunt.

Lift evacuation at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:58
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — About 90 skiers and snowboarders had to be evacuated from a disabled ski lift at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Authorities: Retired University of Florida professor killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:52
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police have apprehended a suspect in the death of a retired University of Florida professor who was initially believed to have died in a house fire.

Florida man sentenced for helping baseball star Puig flee Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:49

 Los Angeles Dodgers-WorkoutBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man who pleaded guilty to helping smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba was sentenced to one month in prison followed by five months of house arrest, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Gilberto Suarez received $2.5 million sometime after Puig, now 24, arrived in the United States in 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Court records said the money came from a Dodgers player but did not say it was Puig. The sentencing took place in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.

In open letter, victim calls marathon bomber 'a nobody'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:39

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, right, and an unidentified woman arrive outside federal court, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston, during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Rebekah Gregory isn't scared anymore.

Weather-battered U.S. consumers skip mall, order in and head south

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:37

A pedestrian crosses the street during a snowstorm in New YorkBy Jilian Mincer NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers battered by the wretched winter weather still afflicting much of the eastern half of the country have responded by ordering in rather than eating out, flying more frequently to Florida and cutting out trips to the mall, according to a Reuters review of company data. Cities ranging from Chicago to Bangor, Maine, set all time records for the lowest February temperatures. Boston got more than 100 inches of snow, crippling mass transit and prompting the system's head to quit. In Miami, it was 83 under sunny skies on Thursday.

UN says it has not received any Ukraine peacekeeping request

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:32
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. political chief says Ukraine still hasn't submitted a formal request for a U.N. peacekeeping force to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.

Warm weather forces Iditarod sled dog race farther north

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:26

In this photo taken Thursday, March 5, 2015, are bare patches of grass and mud on sled dog trails in Anchorage, Alaska. Warm weather and barren trails south of the Alaska Range prompted race officials to move the official start of the race from the greater Anchorage area to Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start farther north where there is snow and ice.

Connecticut governor to get report on stopping school shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:16
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Connecticut panel charged by Governor Dannel Malloy with finding ways to reduce school violence after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is set to present its final recommendations to the governor on Friday. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report includes calls for tougher gun laws, changes to school designs and improved mental health screening and care for troubled students. The commission was established after Adam Lanza, 20, killed 26 children and educators at the elementary school in one of the most horrific school shootings in U.S. history. It will be up to Malloy and the state legislature whether to act on any of the recommendations.

Suspects facing murder charges in death of Philadelphia police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:03

Suspects ID'd, charged in murder of Philadelphia police officerAction News has learned that two suspects have been charged in the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, who was gunned down Thursday inside a North Philadelphia Game Stop store.

Daylight saving time: Set clocks ahead 1 hour

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 22:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: daylight saving time arrives this weekend.

Junk mail: Former carrier accused of dumping mail in ravine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:47
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials say a former letter carrier dumped undelivered mail into a ravine in Virginia four times this year.