Washington state regulators have recommended BNSF Railway be fined $700,000 for not properly disclosing that its trains had spilled crude oil and other hazardous materials on 14 occasions over four months, officials said on Friday. BNSF rail cars leaked hazardous material in 16 separate incidents between November and March but in only two cases were the spills reported to state officials correctly, according to a formal complaint by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. In eight incidents, the leaks were not reported at all, commission spokeswoman Amanda Maxwell said. The list of materials spilled from BNSF trains includes crude oil, lube oil, diesel fuel and hazardous solid waste, according to the complaint.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trembling and with their tails between their legs, the dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A witness in an Oregon murder trial has walked free from a jail after being held for more than two years despite never having committed any crime, authorities said on Friday. Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58, was released on Thursday afternoon by a Washington County judge after he testified in the trial of his son, who is charged with murdering a woman who vanished from a Portland suburb in 2012. "That's why the judge and prosecutors chose to keep him," Washington County Sheriff's Sergeant Bob Ray said. "He was obviously pleased to be out, but he was actually rather melancholy." Ray would not say how much Vasquez was paid, but the Oregonian said that he was given about $6,000, as is required by Oregon law for material witnesses who serve time in jail. The trial of Vasquez's son, Eloy Vasquez-Santiago, 32, continued on Friday.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A woman who was among 13 selected for training as possible astronauts in the early 1960s has died at her northern Michigan home. She was 89.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination.
Action News reporter, John Rawlins reports on our dose of spring snow from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul on Friday urged Hillary Rodham Clinton to return donations several foreign governments made to her family's philanthropic foundation.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Utility regulators ordered an investigation into an Indianapolis power company's network failures Friday, a day after a series of underground explosions sent manhole covers hurtling through the air in a heavily traveled section of the city's downtown.
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio mother accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter is in jail with bail set at $500,000.
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's new rules governing fracking on federal lands drew swift criticism from all sides on Friday, with green groups calling the measures "toothless" and the energy industry slamming "unnecessary" regulation of a drilling process that has brought the United States to the cusp of oil and gas self-sufficiency. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a controversial technique that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas. The new federal rules include beefed-up measures to protect ground water, one of the main health and safety concerns arising from the drilling process. Within minutes of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposal being released, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Wyoming on grounds that the rulemaking was based on "unsubstantiated concerns" over safety.
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration moved on Friday to shore up management of the scandal-hit U.S. Secret Service, the agency charged with protecting the president, by filling the vacant deputy director job and creating a new senior administrative post. The moves announced by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy come as the agency has staggered through a series of controversies involving worrisome security lapses and the conduct of individual agents. Johnson said in a statement that Secret Service veteran Craig Magaw would become the agency's deputy director. Johnson also said the agency would have the new position of a chief operating officer who "will serve as the principal administrator and be responsible for planning and directing all business and program activities." "As recent events have clearly shown, there is more to be done to promote operational excellence and public trust in the Secret Service.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gamblers who have been ordered to return $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino that unknowingly used unshuffled cards asked a judge on Friday to let them keep the money.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police spent nearly two weeks and thousands of dollars searching for a missing 22-year-old art student across Southern California before she called her father from a Los Angeles shelter after seeing news reports about her case and asked to come home.
The man and woman who were killed in a crash on Thursday night in Feasterville, Bucks County have been identified.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A police officer in Maryland has been indicted on assault charges after prosecutors say he held a gun to the head of a man who hadn't committed a crime.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by an addiction to prescription painkillers, an FBI agent abused heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botched dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged Friday.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Department agents have searched the home of Washington state auditor Troy Kelley, and his office has turned over documents subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said on Friday without disclosing what was sought. Kelley's office said it had turned over documents to the Justice Department by a Thursday deadline. Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle, declined to say if Kelley, a Democrat elected in 2012, was being investigated. Governor Jay Inslee on Friday urged Kelley "to work with authorities and to the greatest extent possible, and as soon as possible, be open with the public." The state auditor's office received the Justice Department subpoena on March 6, said Thomas Shapley, a spokesman for the office.
A New Jersey police officer was killed and two more officers were critically injured when they drove the wrong way on to a highway early Friday morning and collided head-on with a tractor-trailor, police said. The Linden, N.J., police officers who were off-duty, were driving in a Honda Civic at about 4:50 a.m. when they entered an expressway in the New York borough of Staten Island heading north in its southbound lanes, the New York City Police Department said in a statement. New York police, who are investigating the crash, did not identify the men as officers, but other local police departments have sent tweets referring to the deceased as members of the Linden force. Police in Linden, a New Jersey suburb near Staten Island, were not immediately available for comment.
A portion of the Atlantic City Expressway was shut down after a fiery crash on Friday afternoon.