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Court has spoken but pensions remain unsettled in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:14

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Politics and Eggs breakfast meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College,Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. Christie is finishing a two-day swing through the nation's earliest presidential primary state as he considers a run for the Republican nomination for president.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state Supreme Court ruled that it will not force the state to increase contributions to the pension funds for public workers, handing a court victory to Gov. Chris Christie as he considers whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination next year.


Request by Exxon to haul oil after pipeline break denied

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:55
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

Disappearing Bakken oil discount adds to output slowdown signs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:29

A man works on the rig of an oil drilling pump site in McKenzie County outside of WillistonOil traders scrambling to secure crude in the U.S. Midwest have pushed North Dakota's Bakken to a near premium for the first time in two years, a rally stoked by record refinery runs and an unprecedented slump in Canadian imports. The buying frenzy pushed Bakken delivered at Clearbrook, Minnesota , to trade just 35 cents a barrel below the West Texas Intermediate benchmark last week, dealers say, the narrowest discount since July 2013. There are other compelling reasons for Bakken crude's relative strength, to be sure.


AccuWeather: Brief Break in the Humidity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:27

 Less Humid Today, Sticky Again ThursdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says Wednesday will be more comfortable before heat and humidity returns Thursday.


Philadelphia police shooting evidence contradicts narrative

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:20

Philadelphia police shooting evidence contradicts narrativeEvidence made public Tuesday from a fatal Philadelphia police shooting that protesters said paralleled other high-profile killings of black men appears to contradict the official narrative that the victim was reaching into his car for a loaded pistol.


Well-known stage actor struck in Center City hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:15

Well-known stage actor struck in Center City hit-and-runPolice are looking for the driver who hit a man on Market Street in Philadelphia then kept on going.


High-speed rail brings fears of gutted communities, noise

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:14
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has compared the state's high-speed rail line to construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the great cathedrals of Europe. Isobel Cook doesn't see it that way.

Bensalem chase ends in Philadelphia, 2 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:11

Bensalem chase ends in Philadelphia, 2 arrestedTwo suspects are in custody after a police pursuit that began in Bucks County and ended in Philadelphia.


Family: Victim in Yeadon killing was a hardworking man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:07

 Victim in Yeadon killing was a hardworking manThe family of a delivery driver who was shot and killed in Yeadon, Delaware County early Tuesday morning has reached out to Action News.


First lady notes personal struggles in Chicago graduation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:23

First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address during graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 at Dr. Martin Luther King College Preparatory High School held on the campus of Chicago State University, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago. King College Prep is the high school where Hadiya Pendleton would have graduated if she hadn't been shot and killed in a gang incident. (AP Photo/Christian K Lee)CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama drew on her hometown connections and personal struggles from college and the White House Tuesday during a Chicago high school graduation speech to the classmates of an honor student gunned down in 2013 near the Obama family home.


Court temporarily blocks release of 'Angola 3' inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:22

In this Feb 12, 2015 image made from video and released by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Albert Woodfox walks into a courthouse in Louisiana. A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of Woodfox, the last of the “Angola Three” inmates who spent decades in isolation after forming a Black Panther Party to protest prison conditions. Tuesday’s order came a day after a federal judge ruled that the state can’t fairly try Woodfox, now 68, a third time for the death of a prison guard 43 years ago. (WBRZ-TV via AP)ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — Prison activist Albert Woodfox, the last member of the "Angola Three" inmates held for decades in solitary confinement, will have to wait a bit longer to see if he'll experience the "immediate" and "unconditional" freedom ordered by a federal judge.


Southbound NE Extension reopens at Lansdale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:05

Southbound NE Extension reopens at LansdaleThe southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension (I-476) near Lansdale have reopened.


Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor in Manson trial, dies at 80

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:39

FILE - In this Oct. 13,1970 file photo, cult leader Charles Manson walks into the courtroom as Susan Atkins, a member of his family of followers, looks on in Santa Monica, Calif. A marriage license has been issued for Manson to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California to be near him. Burton, who goes by the name "Star," told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month. (AP Photo/File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vincent Bugliosi was an anonymous junior member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office when he was handed the case that, for better or worse, would define his life: the prosecution of one of America's most notorious mass murderers, Charles Manson.


Group to submit petition seeking grand jury in Tulsa killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:39

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2015 file photo, Robert Bates arrives for his arraignment at the Tulsa County courthouse in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge. County commissioners on Mondsy, June 8, 2015, have chosen the Texas-based Community Safety Institute to conduct a review of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, more than two months after the shooting. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prompted by a volunteer deputy's fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a sting operation, a civil rights group said Tuesday it has collected enough signatures for a grand jury to investigate Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and the agency's reserve deputy program.


Officer caught on video in Texas pool party incident resigns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:31

In this June 8, 2015 photo, a McKinney police officer stands near demonstrators during a protest in response to an incident at a community pool involving local police officers in McKinney, Texas. McKinney is an affluent Dallas suburb that is among the nation's fastest-growing cities, with highly regarded public schools and nationally recognized livability rankings. But a video showing a white police officer wrestling a black girl to the ground at a neighborhood pool party has renewed racial tensions in a city that only three years ago settled litigation alleging public housing segregation. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A white police officer recorded on video pushing a black girl to the ground at a North Texas pool party resigned from the police force Tuesday.


Missing 50-pound pet tortoise is found alive and well

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:18
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Frank, a 50-pound pet tortoise, has been found in western Michigan after a two-day search.

U.S. investigators determine Amtrak engineer cellphone use: sources

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:16

Emergency workers inspect the engine of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAfter weeks of sorting through complex and contradictory phone service data, U.S. investigators have determined whether an Amtrak engineer was using his cellphone last month when his train derailed along a curve in Philadelphia, two sources said on Tuesday. Investigators recently have been leaning toward the conclusion that 32-year-old engineer, Brandon Bostian, was not using the phone, sources said. Investigators have examined a range of evidence that could suggest either human error or a mechanical malfunction.


Missouri man executed for deaths of girlfriend, her daughter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:53

This Feb. 9, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Missouri death row inmate Richard Strong. Strong was convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter 15 years ago in suburban St. Louis. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who killed his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter with a butcher knife was put to death Tuesday.


4 air conditioning units stolen from Turnersville businesses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:51

4 air conditioning units stolen from Turnersville businessesFour air conditioning units were stolen from two businesses in Turnersville, New Jersey.


Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:45

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)JERUSALEM (AP) — The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate the training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of setting up new training camps in Anbar Province, U.S. officials said Tuesday.