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BNSF Railway faces fines in Washington state over hazardous spills

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:30
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.

Dogs rescued from Asian meat farms brought to California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:29
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.

Oregon witness in murder trial freed after 905 days in jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:29
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.

Bernice Steadman dies; part of NASA's 'Mercury 13' program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:28
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.

Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:21

FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. A final rule released Friday also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, a drilling method that has prompted an ongoing boom in natural gas production. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)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.

John Rawlins reports on spring snow in Allentown, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:18

John Rawlins reports on spring snow in Allentown, Pa.Action News reporter, John Rawlins reports on our dose of spring snow from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Rand Paul urges Clinton to return foreign government money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:16

Sen., Rand Paul, R-Ky. shakes hands with Darryl Miedico during a visit to Dyn, an internet performance company, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)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.

Indiana regulators open investigation into manhole blasts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:14
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.

Ohio mother accused of decapitating baby held on $500K bail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:05

Deasia Watkins appears in Hamilton County Municipal Court on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Cincinnati. Judge Melissa Powers has set bail for Watkins at $500,000. Watkins was charged with aggravated murder after her daughter's body was found Monday on a kitchen counter in an aunt's home. Authorities say 3-month-old Jayniah Watkins had been decapitated and stabbed multiple times with a large chef's knife. Police found Watkins in bed covered with blood. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Henry Molski/) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALESCINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio mother accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter is in jail with bail set at $500,000.

U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:01

A worker monitors water tanks at a Hess fracking site near WillistonBy 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.

Embattled U.S. Secret Service gets deputy chief, new senior manager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:58
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.

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:57

In this March 17, 2015 file photo, State Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, chair of senate committee of government oversight and accountability, leads the discussion on police body cameras and the restrictions of access to that information in Tallahassee, Fla. State lawmakers and police associations across the country are pushing to ban or tightly restrict the public’s ability to see video footage from officer-worn cameras, potentially undermining their promise as a tool to help hold law enforcement accountable. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)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.

Gamblers in unshuffled cards case: Let us keep the money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:54

This Aug. 31, 2012 photo shows the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Friday, March 20, 2015, a group of 14 gamblers asked a judge to let them keep $1.5 million they won in 2012 when the casino unknowingly used unshuffled cards that kept coming out in a specific pattern. Last month the judge ruled the gamblers must return the money. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)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.

Missing San Bernardino art student found at shelter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:54

FILE - This undated file photo from the San Bernardino, Calif., Police Department via The Sun, shows Sahray Asitna Barber, 22, who went missing on March 9, 2015. Barber was found safe, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Southern California, but police who spent days searching for her said Friday her return raised more questions than it answered. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the San Bernardino Police Department via The Sun, San Bernardino)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.

Man, woman killed in Feasterville crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:48

Man, woman killed in Feasterville crash identifiedThe man and woman who were killed in a crash on Thursday night in Feasterville, Bucks County have been identified.

Police officer charged with holding gun to man's head

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:28

This handout photo provided by the Prince George's County, Md., Police Department, taken June 14, 2012, shows Officer Jenchesky Santiago, center, welcomed to the department by Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Safety Barry Stanton, left, and Police Chief Mark Magaw at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. Santiago 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. Police and prosecutors announced Friday that a grand jury indicted Prince George's County Officer Jenchesky Santiago on charges including first-degree assault and misconduct in office. He had been suspended with pay since police began investigating the incident last June, and now is been suspended without pay. (AP Photo/Prince George's County, Md., Police Department)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.

Ex-FBI agent charged with 64 counts in drug tampering case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:26
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.

U.S. federal authorities search Washington state auditor's home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:20
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.

Two killed in wrong-way crash involving off-duty New Jersey police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:20
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.

Crash shuts down part of Atlantic City Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:16

Crash shuts down part of Atlantic City ExpresswayA portion of the Atlantic City Expressway was shut down after a fiery crash on Friday afternoon.