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GM cutting production at two North American car plants: source

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:55

File photo of a view of the General Motors headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitGeneral Motors Co is cutting production at two of its North American car plants as supplies of vehicles including the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Regal rise, a person familiar with the company's plans said on Wednesday. Automotive News initially reported GM's plans for its plants in Lake Orion, Michigan, and Oshawa, Ontario, citing sources. GM scheduled downtime for March 9-13 at its Orion plant outside Detroit, where the Sonic and Buick Verano cars are made, to adjust for lower demand, said the person, who asked not to be identified. The plant was also idle last week and previously had scheduled a down week April 6-10, Automotive News said.

Crossing at scene of California rail crash was known rail hazard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:51

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Michael Fleeman OXNARD, Calif. (Reuters) - The rail crossing where a California commuter train plowed into a truck on Tuesday was a known transportation hazard and the scene of a fatal accident as recently as last year, raising questions about why a highway overpass has not been built there. Fifty people were injured in the fiery pre-dawn wreck in Oxnard, which flipped over three double-decker Metrolink rail cars and derailed two others. A car traveling southbound hit a train and there were also fatalities." Tuesday's crash, in which the driver appears to have turned accidentally onto the tracks in the pre-dawn darkness instead of crossing them, comes three weeks after a Metro-North commuter train struck a car at a crossing outside New York City and derailed, killing six people. Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, said over 2,000 grade crossing accidents occur every year nationally, killing about 250 people.

Arrest of alleged Islamic State backers highlight need for Homeland Security funding: NYPD

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:44
(Reuters) - The arrest of three New York residents charged with conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State points to the need for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security, officials from the New York Police Department told a news conference on Wednesday. The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to clear a path for immigration restrictions to be stripped from a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, a key step toward averting a partial shutdown of the agency within days. (Reporting by Julia Edwards in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Appeals court: Former Bosnian prison guard can be extradited

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:41
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A federal appeals court says a former Bosnian prison camp guard living in Virginia is eligible for extradition to his native country to face war-crimes charges.

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:31
Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Justices: Dentists unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services.

PHOTOS: 32 suspects in suburban Philly drug ring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:24
A total of 32 people were arrested after an investigation into an alleged drug ring in our area.

Judge says prosecutors can see passport in custody case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:19
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire judge says prosecutors can view the passport of a woman charged with leaving the U.S. a decade ago with her then-8-year-old daughter amid a custody dispute.

Ex-prison boss and businessman admit to bribery scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:18

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, after pleading guilty to two federal charges. (AP Photo/Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former prison official and a businessman are changing their pleas in federal court and admitting to a bribery scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts.

Senate votes to clear path for security agency funding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:18

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) steps to the podium to speak about funding for the Department of Homeland Security during a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to clear a path for immigration restrictions to be stripped from a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, a key step toward averting a partial shutdown of the agency within days. The procedural vote allows the Senate to execute a bipartisan plan to vote on $39.7 billion in Homeland Security funding and consider a separate bill with provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's 2014 executive immigration order. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Bill Trott)

Connecticut students in court after arrests linked to 'Molly' overdoses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:12
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Three students from Connecticut's Wesleyan University were released on bail on Wednesday and ordered to return to court next month on charges linked to an incident in which a dozen students were hospitalized for overdosing on the party drug MDMA. Andrew Olson, 20, of Atascaderio, California, had been released on bail a day earlier.

Suspect in explosion near Colorado NAACP office denied bail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:10

This is a Sept. 1, 2009, booking photograph owned by the Colorado Department of Corrections and taken in Denver of Thaddeus Murphy of Colorado Springs, Colo. Murphy has been arrested in connection with the explosion at a building in Colorado Springs on Jan. 6, 2015, that houses a barber shop and local chapter of the NAACP. (AP Photo/Colordo Department of Corrections, HO)DENVER (AP) — A man charged with setting off a small explosion last month near a Colorado NAACP office is a danger to the community and must stay jailed without bail before his trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Coroner: Former Ohio Congressman Traficant died of asphyxia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:10
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that former Ohio Congressman James Traficant died of asphyxia last year after the vintage tractor he was driving tipped over backward and trapped him beneath it.

Man charged in Colorado Springs bombing denied bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A federal magistrate on Wednesday denied bond to a man accused of bombing a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP, although he has not been charged with targeting the civil rights group, prosecutors said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe ruled that Thaddeus Murphy is a danger to the community, poses a flight risk, and ordered him held without bail until the case is resolved, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Murphy, 44, was arrested last week and confessed to federal agents that he assembled and planted the homemade device out of "rage" toward his former accountant who once had an office in the building, court documents showed. Murphy denied targeting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but federal authorities said they are still investigating whether the bombing was a racially motivated crime.

13-year-old boy robbed by 4 teens in Fairmount

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:07
Philadelphia police are looking to identify four teenagers who attacked and robbed a 13-year-old boy in the city's Fairmount section.

Charges filed in Ohio house fire that killed 2 children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 04:04
EATON, Ohio (AP) — Felony child-endangerment charges have been filed against the mother of two young siblings who died in a house fire last weekend in western Ohio.

Gas leak gathered in basement, caused explosion that hurt 15

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:58

Fire investigator John Lightbody photographs the remains of a Stafford Township N.J. home on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015, a day after the house was leveled by a natural gas explosion. Two of the 15 people injured in the blast remained in critical condition on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Natural gas leaking from an underground main traveled into a New Jersey house, built up in its basement and exploded when it came in contact with an open flame from an appliance, investigators said.

Friend: Utah doctor accused of murder hated his ex-wife

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:57

John Brickman Wall, center, listens to his defense attorney Jeremy Delicino during the his trial in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A medical examiner has testified at the trial of Wall, charged with killing his ex-wife, that an autopsy showed she had suspicious wounds on her wrist and leg. Examiner Erik Christensen said Monday that the 2011 death of Uta von Schwedler in Salt Lake City initially looked like a suicide, but the wounds pointed to a homicide.(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A childhood friend of a Utah doctor charged with killing his ex-wife testified Wednesday that John Brickman Wall blamed the woman for ruining his life.

3 arrested in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:25
Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S.

Santander Consumer USA to pay $9.35 million settlement over repossessed cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 03:18
By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Peter Rudegeair WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc will pay at least $9.35 million to resolve charges that it improperly repossessed the cars of members of the U.S. military, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. The settlement covers the repossessions of 1,112 motor vehicles SCUSA carried out between January 2008 and February 2013 without obtaining a court order, in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. SCUSA neither admitted nor denied any wrongdoing, and a spokeswoman said the lender has already set aside funds to cover the cost of the settlement. SCUSA is the tenth largest U.S. auto lender, according to data provider Experian Automotive.