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Delta flight returns to Buffalo over possible engine issue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:06
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta has returned to Buffalo, New York, after the crew received an indication of a possible issue with one of its two engines.

Durst's Louisiana gun case dropped; federal case still there

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:03
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana gun charges against real estate heir Robert Durst were dismissed Wednesday, clearing the way for federal proceedings in New Orleans in a similar case.

Former Illinois lawmaker sentenced to five months for bribery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:02
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Illinois state representative to five months in prison for taking a $7,000 bribe to support a state grant for a day-care center, prosecutors said. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, had been convicted of bribery and attempted extortion in June 2014. Smith was expelled by the Illinois House in 2012 after he was charged with taking the bribe.

Trustees stress damage of prolonged pollution on NY river

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:01
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Government trustees assessing damage to the Hudson River from prolonged PCB contamination on Thursday stressed the widespread harm to its fish as a final season of dredging looms.

American killed in Pakistan was working to develop economy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 01:00

FILE - This image made from video released anonymously to reporters in Pakistan on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Warren Weinstein, a 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida in 2011. The White House says Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held by the terror organization since 2012, were inadvertently killed during U.S. counterterrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January 2015. In addition, the U.S. believes that two Americans who were working with al-Qaida were also killed. (AP Photo via AP video, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty.


Penn Relays kick off in University City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:58

Penn Relays kick off in University CityThe nation's oldest, and largest, track-and-field event is now underway in University City.


Ex-Jasper Johns aide gets one and a half years in prison for art theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:55
By Tom Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former assistant to American artist Jasper Johns was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison on Thursday for scheming to sell 22 unfinished works that he stole from his boss' studio. James Meyer, 53, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan to forfeit and pay restitution totaling more than $17 million after pleading guilty last year to unlawfully transporting art works stolen from Johns. Prosecutors in U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office in Manhattan had sought up to 46 months in prison for Meyer, whose case highlighted some of the issues of trust at the center of the world of high-priced contemporary art. Prosecutors say from 2006 to 2012, Meyer removed 22 works of art that Johns had not yet completed from his Connecticut studio and brought them to a Manhattan art gallery, where they were sold for about $6.5 million.

After tumultuous quarter, Union Pacific works to adjust network

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:54
By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Union Pacific Corp is scrambling to cope with opposing trends across its network after a drop in freight volumes in the first quarter, the No. 1 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday. Overall freight volumes were down 2 percent, and the company reported a lower-than-expected profit on Thursday. Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz told Reuters the railroad had struggled to deal efficiently with the "abrupt" fall in coal volumes. Overall freight volumes rose 6 percent, and coal, its second-largest business line, increased 9 percent as demand soared and utilities pushed to increase inventories ahead of the winter.

U.S. motorists start 2015 driving record miles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:46
U.S. motorists made the most of low gasoline prices by driving record miles in the first two months of the year, aided by a national glut in oil supplies, according to new government data released on Thursday. Drivers logged 221.2 billion miles on U.S. roads in February, a 2.8 percent increase over last year and the most in the month since 2008, according to the Federal Highway Administration. "We had bad weather in December, January and February, and we still had growth," said Robert Sinclair, spokesman for AAA in New York. U.S. gasoline prices have fallen with global oil prices and were around $2.30 a gallon in February, much cheaper than the previous year.

AccuWeather: Windy, Cooler Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:45

 Windy, Cooler TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says a few passing sprinkles and light showers are possible today.


Hazmat situation prompts evacuation of 50 homes in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:41

Hazmat situation prompts evacuation of 50 homes in Montgomery CountyMontgomery County officials are evacuating 50 homes at this hour following a reported hazmat situation in Lower Providence.


Obama Takes 'Responsibility' for Killed Hostages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:41
President Obama is expected to deliver a statement this morning.

Louisiana weapons case against Robert Durst dropped; federal charge remains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:30

Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a New York criminal courtroom(Reuters) - Louisiana prosecutors on Thursday dismissed weapons charges against Robert Durst, the real estate scion accused of murder in California, officials said, but he still faces a similar case in federal court. Durst, 72, was charged last month in Los Angeles County with the 2000 killing of a longtime friend, Susan Berman, in a case recently chronicled in the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." Lawyers for Durst had pushed for a speedy extradition to California but earlier this week asked for more time to prepare his defense on the federal charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon that stemmed from his arrest last month in New Orleans. The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office chose to dismiss its case against Durst in deference to the federal charge but reserves the right to revisit it, said Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for the office. The federal charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.


Obama: 'I profoundly regret' deaths of U.S., Italian hostages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:25
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday apologized for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda, American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto. "As a husband and as a father, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that the Weinstein and Lo Porto families are enduring today," Obama told reporters, with a deep sigh, saying he took responsibility for the deaths and has ordered a full review.

Police: Missing boy last seen with teenage brother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:23

 Missing boy last seen with teenage brotherPhiladelphia police are searching for a 6-year-old boy who was last seen with his 19-year-old brother.


House passes 2nd bill to help companies fight cyberattacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Thursday encouraging private companies to share information about cyberattacks with federal authorities in an attempt to combat the growing problem.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:06

AP10ThingsToSee - Sudanese fishermen wash their day's catch by the Nile River bank at dawn, after an overnight fishing trip, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Lawyer: Louisiana gun case against millionaire Durst dropped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:01

FILE -In this Tuesday, April 14, 2015 file photo, Robert Durst leaves Federal Court in an Orleans Parish Sheriff's vehicle after his arraignment, in New Orleans. An attorney for jailed real estate heir Robert Durst says Thursday, April 23, 2015, state weapon charges have been dropped against the millionaire, clearing the way for federal proceedings in New Orleans on similar charges. Durst, who faces a murder charge in an unrelated California case, remains jailed without bond in Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana gun charges against real estate heir Robert Durst were dismissed, lawyers said Thursday, clearing the way for federal proceedings in New Orleans in a similar case.


American killed in Pakistan was working to develop business

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 23:57

FILE - This image made from video released anonymously to reporters in Pakistan on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Warren Weinstein, a 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida in 2011. The White House says Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held by the terror organization since 2012, were inadvertently killed during U.S. counterterrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January 2015. In addition, the U.S. believes that two Americans who were working with al-Qaida were also killed. (AP Photo via AP video, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A 73-year-old American hostage killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan was an international development worker whose family described him as passionate about helping people out of poverty.


Attorneys ask no jail time for ex-South Carolina sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 23:52
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Defense attorneys and prosecutors agree that James Metts, who was South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff until he pleaded guilty to corruption, should serve no time in prison.