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No safety instructions given in deadly California bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:32
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The high school students who struggled to escape from a burning tour bus after a collision with a tractor-trailer last year that killed 10 never received the required safety instructions from the driver before the crash, according to documents released Wednesday.

Father convicted of tossing daughter to death off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:19

FILE- In this May 7, 2015, file photo, defendant Cameron Brown, left, and Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, watch as jurors make a site visit to the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend areas during his third trial in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Jurors found Brown guilty Wednesday, May 13, on murder charges in the death of his 4-year-old daughter Lauren in November 2000. Two previous juries had deadlocked over whether Brown was guilty of murder or manslaughter. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A father was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder for tossing his 4-year-old daughter off a sea cliff nearly 15 years ago to get revenge against the girl's mother and avoid custody payments.

Contested Utah law could impact contact lens industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:14

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 file photo, beads of sweat appear on the head of a sunbather near South Street Seaport in New York. A large study released Wednesday, May 13, 2015 suggests that a specific type of vitamin B3 might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths. In a study in Australia, people who took nicotinamide for a year had a 23 percent lower rate of new skin cancers compared to others who took dummy pills. The study did not involve melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Anchorage police investigating deaths of 4 people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:07
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four people were found dead in a home in Alaska's largest city, and Anchorage police say the deaths are suspicious.

Shell: Drill rigs coming to Seattle despite pleas for delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:31

Protesters hold a sign opposing Shell Oil during a Seattle of the Port of Seattle Commission meeting to address the status of a Port lease with Foss Maritime, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Seattle. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has urged the port to reconsider its two-year, $13 million lease with Foss Maritime, a company whose client is Shell. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is forging ahead with plans to park two Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle, despite the city saying it could issue fines in the case and port commissioners asking Shell to wait.

California develops framework for responding to campus rape cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:26
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A road map for responding to campus sexual assault cases will be provided to California universities and law enforcement agencies in hopes that they can better coordinate their responses and investigations, officials said on Wednesday. The joint effort by state Attorney General Kamala Harris and University of California President Janet Napolitano comes amid heightened concern nationwide about sexual assaults on college campuses in California and elsewhere. “California has some of the best colleges and universities in the world,” said Harris, a Democrat who is running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

House GOP approves cuts to Amtrak budget despite crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:26

House GOP approves cuts to Amtrak budget despite crashA Republican-controlled House panel on Wednesday approved deep spending cuts to Amtrak's budget just hours after a deadly crash in Philadelphia.

Prosecution: Group helped Minnesota woman kill herself

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:26
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors said Wednesday that a national right-to-die group accused of assisting in the suicide of a 57-year-old woman who was suffering from chronic pain provided a "blueprint" for her to take her life, while a defense attorney argued that there's no evidence that Final Exit Network Inc. did anything illegal.

5 dead in Arizona murder-suicide were relatives

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:24

Police say five people were shot to death in a reported murder-suicide Tuesday evening at this home on the 800 block of West Calle Medina, Tucson, Ariz., shown Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Police got word of the bloodshed from a man who went to the house to meet someone, "peeked inside and noticed one individual who appeared to be deceased with multiple gunshot wounds," police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; GREEN VALLEY NEWS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man gunned down four of his family members, including his 17-year-old niece, before fatally shooting himself in a murder-suicide, police said Wednesday.

Amtrak derailment impacts SEPTA, other transit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:24

Amtrak derailment impacts SEPTA, other transitThe Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section is having a major impact on the area's transportation system.

Neighbors pull together after Amtrak train crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:12

Neighbors pull together after Amtrak train crashOne thing we saw time and again after the Amtrak train crash in Port Richmond on Tuesday night was the overwhelming drive from regular people wanting to help out.

Driver arrested in California crash that killed 4

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:07
GILROY, Calif. (AP) — Four people, including three teenagers, died when the driver of the car they were in veered off a road in Northern California, hit a drainage ditch and flipped over, authorities said.

Navajo president takes firm stance against Grand Canyon tram

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:05

This undated image provided by Confluence Partners LLC., shows a proposed aerial tram and boardwalk at the east rim of the Grand Canyon on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation's newly inaugurated president surprised many when he signed an agreement that included plans to build a tram that takes visitors to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (Confluence Partners LLC. via AP)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an aerial tram at the Grand Canyon.

Would seat belts have saved lives in Amtrak derailment?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:00

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. More than 200 people aboard the Washington-to-New York train were injured in the derailment that plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comments by a former top U.S. transportation official in the aftermath of a fatal crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia have rekindled a debate: Would train passengers be safer if they were required to wear seat belts?

Va. man wrongfully convicted of attempted rape is pardoned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:57

This Aug. 22, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Deptment of Corrections shows Michael Kenneth McAlister. Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, pardoned a Virginia man who has spent 29 years in prison for an attempted rape that authorities now say he did not commit. (Virginia Deptment of Corrections via AP)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday pardoned a Virginia man who has spent 29 years in prison for an attempted rape that authorities now say he did not commit.

Moody's downgrades Chicago schools, park district ratings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:43
CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service downgraded the debt of both the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District on Wednesday, a day after it downgraded the city's bond rating to junk status.

Teacher fired over students' notes to sick prison inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:23
ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has fired a teacher whose third-grade class wrote get-well letters to a sick prison inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.

U.S. House votes to ban most abortions after 20 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:10

Protesters carry signs during an abortion rights march in AustinThe U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, a measure strongly opposed by the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a largely party-line vote of 242-184. An earlier version was pulled by House Republican leaders in January after a revolt by some Republican women in the chamber. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called Wednesday's vote "a victory for the most innocent and defenseless among us, our children." "Extensive medical research shows that unborn children begin to feel pain by 20 weeks post fertilization, and probably earlier," the Virginia Republican said.