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House panel to hold Amtrak hearing; Schumer blasts Boehner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:54

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, speaks during a news conference outside New York's Penn Station, Friday, May 15, 2015. Schumer and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will launch a major push to get Congress to prioritize rail safety in 2015. Their campaign comes in the wake of a tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night that killed at least eight passengers and injured over 200. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. House committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on the deadly Amtrak crash while U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the wake of the derailment.


Official: Gun used to kill 2 Hattiesburg officers found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:46

Hattiesburg Police officers carry the body of Officer Liquori Tate into West Point Baptist Church for visitation Friday, May 15, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot to death during a routine evening traffic stop turned violent Saturday. (Eli Baylis/The Hattiesburg American via AP)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The gun used to fatally shoot two Hattiesburg police officers has been found.


Student wins $62,900 literary prize

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:35
BALTIMORE (AP) — A senior at Washington College has been awarded a $62,900 literary prize.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:29

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston Marathon bombingOn Friday, a jury sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.


Voorhees Iron Hill worker tests positive for Hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:29

Voorhees Iron Hill worker tests positive for Hepatitis AAn employee at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, New Jersey has tested positive for Hepatitis A, Camden County officials said Friday.


Dozens of Cubans stranded at sea aboard Coast Guard vessel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:26

This undated handout photo provided by the US Coast Guard shows US Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. are stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home, The Associated Press has learned. The migrants were among about 96 Cubans who were intercepted at sea and taken aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. The Cuban government allowed the return of the other 58 people. (Coast Guard via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. are stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home, The Associated Press has learned.


U.S. appeals court orders release of nun after overturning conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:24
A U.S. appellate court on Friday ordered the immediate release of an elderly nun and two other peace activists a week after overturning their sabotage convictions for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear defense facility in 2012, their lawyer said. In a 2-1 decision last Friday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed sabotage convictions against Megan Rice, 85, and U.S. Army veterans, Michael Walli, 66, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 59. Attorney Bill Quigley said their legal team asked the court on Thursday for their immediate release, arguing that the two years they had already spent in prison was longer than what they would be sentenced for on the remaining charges.

Police investigate death after man is shocked with stun gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:13
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man whom officers had shocked with a stun gun two days earlier.

Sheriff: 3-year-old shoots 1-year-old sibling in vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:12
VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies say a 3-year-old boy shot his 1-year-old sister in the face as the two were in a car in the parking lot of a daycare.

First responders from Amtrak derailment share their stories

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:00

First responders from Amtrak derailment share their storiesOn Friday, we heard for the first time from those first responders who helped rescue the victims of Tuesday's deadly Amtrak train derailment in Port Richmond.


Bill Cosby: Consider his social message, not the messenger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:55

Bill Cosby, center, walks over the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Nysean Perkins, left, and Gregory Calhoun, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Selma, Ala. The march was arranged by The Black Belt Community Foundation as part of their "Black Belt Children Matter" campaign. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby said young people should separate what he has to say about their future from sexual assault allegations lodged against him.


4th person convicted in southern Kentucky oil wells scam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:30
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury in Kentucky has convicted a 76-year-old California man on fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with an oil investment scheme.

House fire in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:18

House fire in West KensingtonThere were no injuries in a single alarm house fire in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


'Justice': Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:16

 life in prison or the death penalty. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.


Man fatally shot in the chest in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:43

Man fatally shot in the chest in KensingtonA man was shot in the chest and killed in Philadelphia's Kensington section.


Washington 'peeping Tom' rabbi gets six-and-a-half years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:30
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent Washington rabbi who pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping dozens of women naked during ritual baths was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison on Friday. Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, pleaded guilty in February to 52 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin handed down the sentence before a packed courtroom after 18 victims gave emotional testimony about their experiences. Freundel was the head of the Kesher Israel synagogue, one of the U.S. capital region's most prominent Orthodox congregations, for 25 years.

Reaction to Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:16
Reaction to the death sentence a federal jury imposed Friday on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

Another rating agency passes judgment on Chicago's finances

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:14
CHICAGO (AP) — Fitch Ratings is the latest agency to weigh in on Chicago's credit worthiness, setting the city's debt rating above the junk status given by Moody's Investors Service.

Attorney: Court orders release of anti-nuclear activists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:11
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered the immediate release of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker, their attorney said Friday.

Notes from near and far on death of blues legend B.B. King

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:59

In this Aug. 27, 2008 photo, blues legend B.B. King poses during an interview in Los Angeles. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday, May 14, 2015, at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Blues legend B.B. King died late Thursday at his Las Vegas home. Here are some comments from people who knew and admired him: