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Coroner: Man and 2 children killed in truck and train crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:44

The remains of a pickup truck that collided with Amtrak's "City of New Orleans" passenger train in Flora, Miss., is removed Wednesday night, May 18, 2016. The Madison County Sheriff's Office confirmed the evening accident, but would not confirm any deaths, saying the Flora Police Department is investigating. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)FLORA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi coroner has released names of three people killed when their pickup truck and an Amtrak train collided.

AccuWeather: Clouds and Sun, Warm Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:40

 Clouds and Sun, Warm TodayMeteorologist Melissa Magee says Friday looks great. Rain arrives Saturday.

ACLU seeks federal intervention on Tennessee restroom rule

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:39
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the federal government to intervene over a school district's policy prohibiting transgender students from using restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

U.S. charges ex-Marine said to bilk vets in Chicago hedge fund fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:37
Clayton Cohn, 29, caused 37 investors to invest more than $1.8 million with his firm Marketaction Capital Management LLC from 2010 to 2013, and lost more than $1.5 million of that sum, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon in Chicago said on Thursday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against Cohn in August 2013, and won an asset freeze. In its civil case, the SEC said Cohn lured investors through his Veterans Financial Education Network, which purported to help veterans manage their money.

A look at House bill to help Puerto Rico with $70B debt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the Obama administration have agreed on legislation that would help rescue Puerto Rico from its $70 billion debt. Some of the provisions in the bill:

Gas station worker arrested after customer's truck bashed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:35
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Southern California gas station worker has been arrested after a video captured a woman bashing out the taillight of a customer's truck who stayed too long at the pump.

Police: Woman attacked in Berlin, New Jersey park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:35

Woman attacked in Berlin, NJ park; suspect loosePolice are telling the public to be on alert after a woman was attacked in a Camden County park on Thursday morning.

Grammar fail, or do Texas Republicans believe most Texans are gay?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:11

A Texas state flag attached to a bike waves after the Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally bike parade in Austin, TexasA Texas-based LGBT advocacy helped spark a grammar debate this week over whether an errant comma in the stridently anti-homosexual Republican Party of Texas platform can be read as saying the majority of Texans are gay. Lone Star Q, which describes itself as the state's No. 1 source for LGBT news, asked on Twitter on Wednesday to have a "grammar debate" over the wording. In response, grammarians pointed out that placement of the final comma in the plank could lead to understanding it to mean that homosexuality is a chosen behavior shared by the majority of Texans.

Deal reached between homeowners, weapons plant operators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:05

FILE -- In this April 19, 2005, file photo, the last of shipment of high-level radioactive waste is driven away from the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Golden, Colo. Attorneys say they reached a $375 million settlement late Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in a legal battle between the operators of the former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver and thousands of homeowners who said plutonium releases from the plant hurt their property values. It must still be approved by a federal judge, and it could take months to set up a process for homeowners to file claims. (Sammy Dallal/The Daily Camera via AP, file) MANDATORY CREDITDENVER (AP) — A $375 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by thousands of homeowners who said plutonium releases from a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver hurt their health and devalued their property.

U.S. lawmakers vote down LGBT rights measure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 04:03

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shouts of "shame, shame, shame" erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. The measure, an amendment to a veterans and military construction spending bill introduced by New York Democrat Sean Maloney, initially had enough "yes" votes to pass, according to the count in the House chamber. All 183 Democrats who voted backed the amendment, joined by 29 Republicans.

Congress reaches deal to overhaul chemical regulation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:58

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., embraces Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016, during a news conference to discuss bipartisan legislation to improve the federal regulation of chemicals and toxic substances. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. is at right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades.

L.A. police chief holds sway over officer discipline: union lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:55

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck listens as people speak about the death of Ezell Ford during a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission in Los AngelesThe union representing Los Angeles police officers filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing Police Chief Charlie Beck of exerting undue influence over a panel that hands down discipline to officers in the nation's second-largest city. The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeks a court order to alter the Los Angeles Police Department's three-person Board of Rights, which hears dozens of cases a year and imposes penalties up to termination. With the captains answering to Beck, the chief and his top commanders can pressure for stiffer penalties than officers deserve, according to the lawsuit, a situation described as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of due process.

Trove of soggy, undelivered mail found in Washington sewer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Postal Service investigators want to know who left a trove of undelivered mail inside the catch basins of a sewer in Northeast Washington — enough to fill 25 trash bags.

The Latest: Police: Leg irons in basement where girl escaped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:50
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on two men accused of holding a girl in their basement (all times local):

California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:44

California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measuresSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate made another attempt Thursday to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills that were approved.

As summer nears, CDC warns of health violations at U.S. public pools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:30
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Nearly 80 percent of public swimming pools and hot tubs inspected in five U.S. states in 2013 had health or safety violations, highlighting a public health threat ahead of summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The CDC said it studied the five states with the most public swimming facilities: Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas. In one of every eight pools inspected, the violations were so serious the pools were forced to close immediately, the U.S. health agency said.

Pets of the Week: terrier mix named Sally, Chihuahua mix named Putsy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:26

 terrier mix named Sally, Chihuahua mix named PutsyOur ABC7 Pets of the Week for Thursday, May 19, are a 10-year-old terrier mix named Sally and an 11-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix named Putsy. Please give them a good home!

Parents of Nohemi Gonzalez, student killed in Paris attacks, accept her CSULB degree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:23

Parents of Nohemi Gonzalez, student killed in Paris attacks, accept her CSULB degreeAn emotional graduation service was held at Cal State Long Beach Thursday morning as the parents of Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks, accepted her degree.

Dartmouth contest shows computers aren't such good poets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:15

In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, Dartmouth College undergraduate Christopher Hogan, left, spins a 10-minute set of music during a competition on campus in Hanover, N.H., where dancers were asked to determine whether the music was generated by humans or a computer algorithm. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Computers are pretty good at stocking shelves and operating cars, but are not so great at writing poetry.

France has tightened Paris airport security since attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 03:13

Airport security staff stand near the EgyptAir counter at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris, France, Thursday, May 19, 2016. EgyptAir said a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar early Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)PARIS (AP) — French authorities have tightened security at Paris airports since last year's attacks in the city with thousands of border police officers, custom personnel, soldiers and private guards patrolling daily in the three airports serving the French capital.