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DuPont Texas plant workers who died lacked protection: OSHA

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:36

The DuPont chemical plant is seen in LaPorte, TexasFour workers died at in a November lethal gas release at a DuPont chemical plant because the company failed to provide proper safety training and policies, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday. "Four people lost their lives and their families lost loved ones because DuPont did not have proper safety procedures in place," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. The four workers died after being overwhelmed by methyl mercaptain released inside a building at the LaPorte, Texas, chemical plant on Nov. 15. A DuPont spokesman said the company has cooperated with OSHA as well as other investigations by other state and federal agencies.


Florida governor signs bill that outlaws online 'revenge porn'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:36

Republican Florida Governor Scott celebrates his re-election during a U.S. midterm elections night party with supporters in Bonita SpringsBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Governor Rick Scott signed legislation Thursday making it illegal in Florida to post "revenge porn" on the Internet, joining more than a dozen other U.S. states. Repeat offenses would be felonies, carrying penalties up to five years in prison.    With the addition of Florida, 17 states have adopted laws since 2013 against posting nude images or depictions of sexual activity without a person's consent, according to the "End Revenge Porn" campaign organized by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.


Attorneys want Catholic peace activists' immediate release

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:35
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists in prison for vandalizing a uranium storage bunker should be released immediately, their attorneys say.

Top Pennsylvania cop won't be charged in sign-removal case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:30
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — The acting commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police will not be charged for removing roadside signs near his suburban Harrisburg home that protested his decision to wear the trooper uniform, a county prosecutor said Thursday.

Reducing dog bites starts with how kids approach pooches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:28

FILE - In this Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, visitors and their dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. Millions of children, seniors and postal carriers were bitten by dogs across the country in 2014. California led the way in insurance claims filed, settlements paid and postal carriers bitten. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Good weather can be bad for postal workers.


8 now confirmed dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; all passengers now accounted for

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:28

8 now confirmed dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; all passengers now accounted forAuthorities have confirmed an eighth fatality following Tuesday's Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, and now say all passengers are accounted for.


California Rep. Loretta Sanchez enters 2016 US Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:28

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, announces her candidacy for U.S. Senate during a news conference, Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center in Santa Ana, Calif. The announcement in her home district in Orange County will dramatically reshape a 2016 race that was developing into a runaway for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, another Democrat who has had the Senate field virtually to herself for months. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced Thursday she is running for U.S. Senate, setting up a multimillion-dollar clash of two prominent Democrats that will highlight the state's diversity and divisions.


Four dead at home that burned in Washington: local media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:28
Four people were found dead in a home in northwest Washington after a fire on Thursday that the chief of police said was "suspicious" in nature. At a news conference outside the home in an upscale section of the nation's capital, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said firefighters responding to the blaze found three adults and one child dead. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters there were no obvious signs of forced entry but that "the nature and origin of the fire is very suspicious." She said the identities of the victims had not yet been confirmed. The home is not far from the U.S. Naval Observatory grounds, where the vice president's residence is located, and the Washington National Cathedral.

15th anniversary of deadly Pier 34 collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:24

15th anniversary of deadly Pier 34 collapseFifteen years ago, three women were killed when a nightclub on Pier 34 collapsed into the Delaware River.


Learning more about Amtrak train 188 engineer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:19

Learning more about Amtrak train 188 engineerAction News has obtained exclusive video from the scene of the Amtrak train crash on Tuesday night.


Missouri white supremacist will defend himself at murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:17
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - A Missouri white supremacist charged with three murders in a shooting spree outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb can represent himself at a trial where he could be sentenced to death if convicted, a judge ruled on Thursday. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had expressed a hatred for Jews, will have counsel standing by to assist him or take over if necessary, court spokeswoman Lisa Taylor said. Cross is charged with killing Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside a retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas, in April 2014.

Bird flu found on South Dakota egg-laying chicken farm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:15

In this July 9, 2014 photo released by Dakota Layers, a batch of eggs is sprayed with water after entering the processing area of Dakota Layers in Flandreau, S.D. The farm is the first in the chicken-production business in the state to be infected with a deadly flu virus despite efforts to prevent it, state and farm officials said Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Tracy Ramsdell/Dakota Layers via AP)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An eastern South Dakota farm with 1.3 million egg-laying chickens is the first in the chicken-production business in the state to be infected with a deadly flu virus despite efforts to prevent it, state and farm officials said Thursday.


Illinois lawmakers reject right-to-work, send message to governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:14
(Reuters) - Illinois Democratic lawmakers rejected their own right-to-work bill on Thursday in a symbolic vote meant to send a message to Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who says he wants union membership to be voluntary. Powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan sponsored the designed-to-fail bill, which House Republican Leader Jim Durkin decried as a "sham" aimed at undermining Rauner's call for bipartisan solutions to Illinois' deep financial crisis. The count was along party lines in the Democratic-majority House with 72 "no" votes, zero "yes" votes and 37 members voting "present." The proposal to allow cities and counties in Illinois to establish themselves as right-to-work zones was based on language in Rauner's "turnaround agenda," which he has been pushing since he took office in January.

US judge tosses investor lawsuit against Spirit AeroSystems

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:12
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a class-action lawsuit brought by investors against aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems alleging that the company and four of its officers made misleading statements that artificially inflated its stock price.

Right-to-die group convicted of assisting Minnesota suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:10
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The right-to-die group Final Exit Network Inc. was convicted Thursday of assisting in the suicide of a Minnesota woman who took her life in 2007 after years of suffering with chronic pain, marking the first time the group has been found guilty of such a charge.

Amtrak fire in Milwaukee prompts train evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:08
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say all passengers and crew members were safely evacuated after a fire broke out in the engine of an Amtrak train in Milwaukee.

Ride-hailing service hails North Dakota for fixing framework

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:59
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A ride-hailing service that operates in about 300 cities around the world received something unusual when it arrived in Fargo: a welcome mat.

Ohio State names interim successor to fired band director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University named an associate marching band director Thursday as the replacement for Jonathan Waters, who was fired for turning a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" there.

Texas obtains new supply of pentobarbital for execution use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:57

File - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, Texas death row inmate Lester Bower is photographed in an interview cage at the visiting area of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Bower, set to be executed June 3, 2015, for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar. Texas prison officials say they've obtained a new supply of drugs that will allow them to carry out the two executions currently scheduled. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has purchased a new supply of drugs that will allow the prison agency to at least carry out two executions scheduled for June, officials said Thursday.


Family of man shot by Charlotte police settles case for $2M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 05:57
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The city of Charlotte has reached a $2.25 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the family of a black man shot to death by a white police officer in 2013.