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Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:02

FILE - In this July 19, 2002 file photo, the Mackinac Bridge is shown from Mackinaw City, Mich. An enviromnental group plans to sue the U.S. Department of Transportation for allowing pipeline owners and operators to transport oil in or under inland waters without approved safety plans as required by federal law. The National Wildlife Federation filed the intent to sue on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, citing several pipeline spills, including the 2010 spill from an Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo River, and concerns that a similar disaster could occur with Enbridge pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways.


U.S. investigators blame Virgin Galactic crash on lax pilot training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:00

A piece of debris is seen near the crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near CantilBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Federal investigators cited inadequate training of test pilots by a Northrup Grumman Corp subsidiary on Tuesday as a leading factor behind last year's fatal crash of an experimental Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship over the Mojave Desert. The premature unlocking of the hinged tail section on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo triggered a midair breakup of the ship during its fourth powered test flight on Oct. 31, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Blame for the accident falls to Scaled Composites, the Northrop Grumman unit that developed the craft and employed its test crew, the NTSB said.


Tom Brady's suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:50

Tom Brady's suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger GoodellTom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.


Florida man charged in alleged bomb plot for Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:48
A Florida man has been charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out on a public beach in Key West to show his support for the Islamic State militant group, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, 23, of Key West, was arrested on Monday as part of an FBI sting operation and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the department said. According to the criminal complaint, the FBI was alerted to Facebook posts made by Suarez in April of this year in which he expressed his support for Islamic State.

Suspicious envelopes mailed to Oregon police contained no toxins: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:47
Twenty suspicious letters delivered to Oregon law enforcement agencies, including a rural sheriff who was sent to a hospital after opening one of them, showed no evidence of a toxic substance, the FBI said on Tuesday. "To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown no toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was sent to a local hospital on Monday when he developed a rash after opening one of the letters, said Eric Schmidt, communications manager for the Association of Oregon Counties.

High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:45

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, patrons play craps at a table at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. In the competition to attract and keep the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses. During a May, 2015 hearing, dealers said they often had to endure abuse from high roller betters while extending courtesies average players do not receive. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables.


Woman revived after crash involving tractor-trailer in Delaware has died

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:44

Woman revived after crash involving tractor-trailer in Delaware has diedA woman has died after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a sedan in New Castle, Delaware.


Judge unlikely to boost award in Israel bombings to over $1B

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge indicated Tuesday that he was unlikely to boost a $654 million jury award to victims of terror attacks in Israel over a decade ago to more than $1 billion by tacking on interest against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

Woman dies in crash involving tractor-trailer in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:43

Woman revived after crash involving tractor-trailer in Delaware has diedA woman has died after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a sedan in New Castle, Delaware.


U.S. to parole convicted Israeli spy Pollard on Nov. 21

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:41

Israelis hold placards depicting Pollard during a protest calling for his release from a U.S. prison, outside U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's hotel in JerusalemJonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on Nov. 21 after 30 years in prison, a federal parole board ruled on Tuesday. Pollard's release would remove a longstanding irritant in U.S.-Israel relations at a time of increased friction between the two close allies over President Barack Obama's landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Pollard, who has remained jailed for decades despite efforts by successive Israeli governments to secure his early release from a life sentence, will be required to remain in the United States for five years under the terms of his parole, his attorneys said.


Police: Dallas airport security breach involved lovelorn man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:34
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Police say a man blamed for a security breach at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport slipped onto a jet to try to stop his girlfriend from leaving.

1 count thrown out, 2 upheld in Katrina burned body case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:34
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans police officer convicted for burning the body of a man shot to death by another officer as the city coped with catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Katrina may get some time shaved off his 17-year prison sentence.

New York police used improper force arresting teen, review finds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:29
A city review board has concluded that a New York police officer used improper physical force when he shoved a handcuffed teenager through the plate-glass window of a Bronx bar during his arrest last spring, the boy's attorney said on Tuesday. The ruling by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board follows a decision in November by Bronx prosecutors not to pursue criminal charges against the officer. During the arrest, Payne talked back to officers, and Sergeant Eliezer Pabon slammed him into a glass window, which shattered, Rynecki said.

Senator objects to anti-terrorism rules for online sites

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 03:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and skeptic of broad government surveillance, objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity.

2 meetings held by panel examining Ferguson decisions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 02:57
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to protests that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown has met just twice since December, with the chairman citing difficulty in coordinating members' schedules.

SEPTA reschedules update on pope passes for today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 02:55

SEPTA to hold lottery for Regional Rail passes during pope visitPeople are getting excited about the pope's upcoming visit, but many are also concerned about what it will mean for them as it concerns security and transportation.


Gay accuser questions Cosby's ability to 'read' sexual cues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 02:55

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. In court documents released Monday, July 6, 2015, he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for Bill Cosby's first accuser on Tuesday questioned his self-described ability to "read" people's sexual cues given that her client is gay.


Second suspect in 10 days dies in custody of Houston police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 02:52
Houston police are investigating the deaths of two suspects in their custody in the past 10 days, incidents that have come as national attention has been focused on Texas police after a black woman was found hanged in a jail cell in a nearby county. In the most recent incident, a 29-year-old woman charged with public intoxication was found unresponsive on Sunday as she was being booked at a Houston jail. The woman later died at a hospital, Houston police said on Tuesday.

Florida cop on leave after video of him tossing peanuts to prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 02:51
A surveillance video from inside the Sarasota County Jail showed Officer Andrew Halpin of the Sarasota Police Department standing near the man and trying to toss peanuts into the man's mouth, according to the video released Monday by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The man is unable to catch the peanuts and they land on the floor.

Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 02:48

William "Bill" Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery, stands next to the church where the four sets of human where found in Jamestown, Va. A team of scientists and historians announced Tuesday, July 28, 2015, that Jamestown archaeologists have identified four sets of human remains buried in the chancel of the historic settlement's first church, including Jamestown's first Anglican minister and Capt. Gabriel Archer. (Joe Fudge/The Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.