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Official: Radio transmissions distracted Amtrak engineer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:52

FILE- In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a Tuesday night derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 17, 2016, to detail the probable cause of last year's fatal derailment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An Amtrak engineer whose speeding train jumped the tracks along a curve in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted by radio transmissions, a U.S. official briefed on the investigation said Monday.


Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington has elected to hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case's path to the Supreme Court.

Colorado babysitter held in drive-through bank robbery with kids in car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:17

Weld County, Colorado Sheriff's Office booking photo of Rachel EinspahrA Colorado babysitter has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a drive-through bank by falsely claiming that a man in her car threatened to harm the two children in her care unless given money, police said on Monday. Rachel Einspahr, 28, is suspected of robbery and two counts of child abuse in connection with Friday's incident in the town of Severance, about 55 miles north of Denver, the Weld County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Police said Einspahr went to the Colorado East Bank & Trust drive-through and sent a note to the teller through the vacuum tube saying the man would harm her children unless she gave him money.


Desegregation order: Mississippi district must merge schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:12

FILE- In this May 13, 2015 file photograph, an integrated group of Cleveland, Miss., public school students ride the school district bus on their way home following classes. A federal judge ruled on a desegregation case, Friday, May 13, 2016, that the Cleveland school district must merge its high schools and middle schools to achieve racial desegregation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After 51 years of litigation and three earlier plans to desegregate schools in a Mississippi Delta district, a federal judge says more work is still needed.


Bison euthanized after tourists take it away from its herd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:08
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanized, park officials said Monday as they reasserted the importance of avoiding wildlife.

Groups seek immediate halt to North Carolina transgender bathroom law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:59

A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access in Durham, North CarolinaWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Groups supporting the rights of transgender people filed a motion on Monday asking a U.S. judge to block North Carolina from enforcing a law that mandates bathroom access according to birth sex while the measure is being challenged. The preliminary injunction is needed to protect transgender people from suffering irreparable harm due to the law known as House Bill 2, said the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal, a national advocacy group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The law, enacted in March, made North Carolina the first state to ban people from using multiple-occupancy restrooms or changing rooms in public buildings and schools consistent with their gender identity.


Homes evacuated after water main break in Oceanside

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:49

Homes evacuated after water main break in OceansideThe break happened at Pearl Street and Rockaway Avenue in Oceanside Monday afternoon.


Man with Hitler mustache charged in weapons, ammo case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:47

This photo provided Monday May 16, 2016 by New Jersey's Ocean County Jail shows Bruce Post III, who was arrested by Lacey, N.J., police on Sunday, May 15, 2016 after authorities ay they found a large cache of weapons and ammunition in the New Jersey Pinelands. Police were in the area looking for trespassers and criminal activity when they found the 42-year-old dressed in combat gear, another man nearby, and an AK-47, a 9mm handgun, eight 30-round magazines, a 100-round drum magazine and other ammunition police said was hidden in the woods. Post was charged with illegally possessing a weapon as a felon and several weapons counts. (Ocean County Jail via AP)LACEY, N.J. (AP) — A man who wore a Hitler mustache and is believed by authorities to be a white supremacist faces numerous charges after authorities say they found an assault weapon, a handgun and several rounds of ammunition in the New Jersey woods.


NTSB: Amtrak engineer 'distracted' during deadly Philadelphia crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:45

 Amtrak engineer 'distracted' during deadly Philadelphia crashThe NTSB has concluded that a "distraction" caused the engineer of Amtrak 188 to lose situational awareness prior to last year's deadly derailment in Philadelphia, according to sources.


Union head calls for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to resign amid scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:43

Union head calls for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to resign amid scandalThe head of the sergeants union is calling for Commissioner William Bratton, arguably the most famous police chief in the country, to resign.


Man gets 5 to 15 years in Brooklyn hit and run that killed 12-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:42

Man gets 5 to 15 years in Brooklyn hit and run that killed 12-year-old girlRobert DeCarlo, 28, was driving a stolen van in the Flatlands section around 4:45 p.m. on July 2, 2014, when he plowed into 12-year-old Joie Sellers, who was standing with her mother, 38-year-old Marcia Landais, and 9-year-old sister Charli at the time of the accident.


Mercury discovery shuts down Clementon business

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:42

Mercury discovery shuts down Clementon businessA Camden County business around for 20 years was shut down after a dangerous, potentially deadly chemical was discovered inside.


Police search for man who stole religious icon from Manhattan church

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:41

Police search for man who stole religious icon from Manhattan churchAn original painting of the church's patron saint, St. Spyridon, was stolen from inside St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Washington Heights, where it was hanging in a front entryway.


Early childhood program expands amid Flint's water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:34

Robert Barnett, dean of the University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Education and Human Services, speaks at a news conference Monday, May 16, 2016, at Holmes STEM Academy in Flint Mich. Barnett announced that a new partnership means that Michigan-Flint’s early childhood education program will be offered to more Flint families amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan-Flint's early childhood education program will be offered for free to more Flint families amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water, officials said Monday.


4 die in small plane crash in Mississippi, authorities say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:34

Firefighters look over the scene of a plane crash near the Tupelo Regional Airport on Colonial Estates Road, Monday morning, May 16, 2016, in Tupelo, Miss. The pilot and three passengers all died when the single-engine plane crashed in a field adjoining the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Four people died Monday when a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from Tupelo Regional Airport in Mississippi.


MUST SEE VIDEO: Cecily Tynan rescues baby owl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:29

 Cecily Tynan rescues baby owlOur own Cecily Tynan rescued a baby owl after a chance encounter Monday morning.


MUST SEE VIDEO: Cecily Tynan rescues injured owl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:25

 Cecily Tynan rescues baby owlOur own Cecily Tynan is in the middle of an animal rescue after a chance encounter with an injured owl on Monday morning.


Two Mexicans extradited on charges of murdering U.S. immigration agent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:23

Two women bow before the casket of slain ICE Special Agent Zapata during funeral mass in BrownsvilleTwo Mexican men have been extradited to the United States to face charges in the killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Jesus Ivan Quezada Piña, 28, and Alfredo Gaston Mendoza Hernandez, 33, were charged in the 2011 murder in Mexico of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE Special Agent Victor Avila, the Justice Department said in a news release.


Boy behind 'Mr. Cory's Cookies' taking part in 'Harlem Eat Up'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:22

Boy behind 'Mr. Cory's Cookies' taking part in 'Harlem Eat Up'When it comes to cookies, Cory Nieves' story is pretty sweet. At age 5 he started baking to raise money for his mother to buy a car since they had moved from Harlem to Englewood, New Jersey. He's now days away from turning 12.


The Latest: Police: 11 LGBT law protesters arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:21
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding North Carolina's LGBT law (all times local):