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U.S. workers set to return next week to Shell Deer Park refinery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:44
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Striking workers are scheduled to return to their jobs next week at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, said an official of the United Steelworkers union (USW), ending a near two-month walkout. Workers will begin returning to work on Monday, said Lee Medley, president of the USW local 13-1. The 800 workers walked off their jobs when the largest refinery strike in 35 years began on Feb. 1. The national strike spread to 15 plants including 12 refineries that accounted for one fifth of U.S. crude oil refining capacity. ...

Detroit woman arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:43

A neighbor, Tori Childs is led away from the scene as law enforcement investigates in a low-income apartment complex in Detroit where the bodies of 2 children described as pre-teens or teens were found in a freezer, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by 36th District Court officers carrying out an eviction. Their names were not immediately released. Autopsies will be performed by the Wayne County medical examiner's office to determine how they died. WXYZ-TV reports that two other children, ages 11 and 17, have been taken from the home and placed with protective services. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family's home, police said.

Atlantic City turnaround team bets on cuts not bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:39
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - A turnaround team tasked with reviving Atlantic City says New Jersey's struggling gambling hub must consider cost cuts, layoffs and longer bond maturities, but bankruptcy is not in the cards - yet. "Bankruptcy is not something that we are contemplating," said emergency manager Kevin Lavin on a conference call on Tuesday. "We think that this process can be done without that necessity." Atlantic City's tax base has been gutted, to just $7.35 billion in 2015 from $20.5 billion in 2010, as its casinos suffered from competition in neighboring states. ...

When the road salt seeps, sometimes the manhole covers fly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:38

 Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers. A combination of power system design, winter road salt, older electrical cable insulation and basic chemistry trigger underground explosions in older downtowns that launch 350-pound manhole covers tens of feet into the air. One Georgia Tech engineering professor calculated they could happen with the equivalent force of three sticks of dynamite. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers.

Omaha police officer who fatally shot suspect resigns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:35

This image taken Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, from a security camera, and released by the Omaha Police Department, shows robbery suspect Danny Elrod, right, entering a Family Dollar store in Omaha, Neb. Elrod died Monday night after being shot by officer Alvin Lugod. Authorities later determined that he was unarmed. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, that Elrod was shot in the back and that internal affairs and grand jury investigations will determine whether the shooting was justified. (AP Photo/Omaha Police Department)(Reuters) - An Omaha police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man suspected of robbing a store in late February has resigned, the police department said on Tuesday. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer accepted the resignation of Officer Alvin Lugod, 31, who had been on administrative leave since the shooting, the department said in a statement. A grand jury cleared Lugod earlier this month. Lugod shot Danny Elrod, 39, in the back in a confrontation minutes after Elrod allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store on Feb. 23. ...

APNewsBreak: Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:35
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration said Tuesday.

Probe into fatal construction accident could take months

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:34

A section of scaffolding protrudes from a shattered window at the scene of a construction accident that killed three people and sent another to a hospital, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. A scaffolding holding at least three workers fell and crashed into the Charter Square project, an 11-story building being built on the south end of Fayetteville Street. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Harry Lynch)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's workplace safety agency said Tuesday that it may be months before it finishes an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers.

Feds reopen comment period for mountain caribou protections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:33
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened for comment a proposed plan to change the protected status of a herd of caribou in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington from endangered to threatened.

Walker dismisses report of big Menard donation, tax breaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:29
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.

Victim advocates worry about discredited UVa rape account

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:23

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo speaks during a news conference Monday, March 23, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Melody Robbins)BALTIMORE (AP) — With the account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia debunked by police, advocates for sexual assault survivors are worried a movement that gained tremendous momentum in the past year could suffer a setback.

Smugglers busted with three tons of marijuana off California coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:14
(Reuters) - Three Mexican nationals have been arrested in the United States on accusations of piloting a boat loaded with nearly three tons of marijuana worth $3 million off the California coast, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The three men were arrested on federal drug trafficking charges early on Sunday after a bystander spotted their panga boat and called police to San Miguel Island, part of an archipelago off the Santa Barbara coast, the Coast Guard said in a statement. A helicopter dispatched by the U.S. ...

Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty to attempted sex assault in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:10

Former NFL star Darren Sharper and his attorney Leonard Levine appear at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los AngelesFormer NFL star Darren Sharper admitted on Tuesday to attempted sexual assault of two women in Las Vegas as part of a three-part plea bargain that prosecutors in Nevada, Arizona and California said would keep him in prison for at least nine years. Sharper, 39, entered no contest or guilty pleas to separate sex-crimes cases in Los Angeles and suburban Phoenix on Monday, and has a fourth deal pending with prosecutors in New Orleans, the city whose NFL team he helped lead to a Super Bowl victory in 2010. In all four states, the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety was charged with raping his victims, women he met at various nightclubs, after taking them back to his hotel or apartment and spiking their drinks with a narcotic.

Man charged in lesbian custody case slams cell bill evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:08
BUFFALO, N.Y (AP) — A businessman's cellphone bills showing where he was when he placed calls emerged Tuesday as central to charges he aided a woman who renounced being a lesbian and fled with her daughter during a custody dispute.

Train-truck crashes, by the numbers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:02
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frequency of "incidents" involving trucks in railroad crossings nationwide each week: 10

Police search for California woman said kidnapped for ransom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:59
Local authorities and FBI agents were searching on Tuesday for a 30-year-old woman whose boyfriend said she had been kidnapped from his Northern California home by suspects who had demanded a ransom. According to her boyfriend, Denise Huskins was "forcibly taken" from the home in the East Bay city of Vallejo early on Monday morning, Lieutenant Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department told a news conference. Huskins' boyfriend, whose name has not been released by authorities, called police on Monday afternoon to report the crime and told investigators that there had been a demand for ransom. "As of this moment Ms. Huskins' whereabouts are unknown and we are treating this matter as a kidnapping for ransom," Park said.

APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:59
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said.

Report says beetles don't make forests more likely to burn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:53

FILE - This July 5, 2005 file photo, shows pine trees in the White River National Forest near Frisco, Colo. Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears of far-reaching wildfires, but a 2015 University of Colorado study has found no evidence the bugs are making fires spread farther. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears that they're more vulnerable to wildfire outbreaks, but a new study found no evidence that bug-infested forests are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

Four people found fatally shot in Indianapolis house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:52
(Reuters) - Four people were found fatally shot on Tuesday morning at a ransacked home in Indianapolis, police said. The owner of the home on the city's north side found three women and a man dead and called authorities, Indianapolis police spokesman Rafael Diaz said.

Schwarzenegger pushes Congress to save after-school funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:48

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013, file photo, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen in Washington. Schwarzenegger is calling on Congress to preserve federal funding for after-school programs in a proposed reauthorization of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.

Officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:46

Hummelstown, Pa., Police officer Lisa Mearkle walks into District Judge Lowell A. Witmer's office in West Hanover Twp., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, for her preliminary arraignment in connection with the shooting death of David Kassick during a traffic stop in February 2015. She was charged with criminal homicide, and is being held without bail over the Feb. 2 shooting. Investigators say Mearkle had incapacitated Kassick with a stun gun and he was on the ground when she shot him twice. She told investigators she thought he was reaching into his jacket for a gun.(AP Photo/, Mark Pynes)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.