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Trade offers contrast between Obama, Senate Democrats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:08

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate leaders said Tuesday that Democrats have enough votes to block action on President Barack Obama's trade initiatives unless the parties can work out disagreements on how to package various bills. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a strong opponent of Obama’s trade agenda, said Democrats have more than enough votes to block action for now. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, agreed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that's a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama's fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue.


Patriots fans want to help pay NFL's 'Deflategate' fine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:55

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at Salem State University in SalemThe loyal fans of the New England Patriots, angered by the suspension of Tom Brady and $1 million fine levied against the team for the "Deflategate" scandal, have opened a fund-raising drive to help the team pay the bill. A Patriots fan looking to raise money to pay the fine created a GoFundMe web page titled "Paying the bill of the PATRIOTS," and as of Wednesday morning fans had donated $13,538. While the $1 million fine is large by National Football League standards, it wouldn't dent the bottom line of a team valued by Forbes at $2.6 billion in 2014. "So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine!" Brady was suspended for four games, and the team was fined a record $1 million and forced to surrender two draft picks for purposely deflating the footballs in the AFC title game last January, the NFL said on Monday after releasing a 243-page report on its investigation.


PHOTOS: Amtrak train derailment in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:51

 Amtrak train derailment in Port RichmondAn Amtrak train derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


Food world's 'mad scientist' Dufresne ponders next steps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:31
NEW YORK (AP) — If the sky had been the limit, Wylie Dufresne says, he'd have become a professional baseball player.

Gay rights supporters score two victories in conservative Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:30
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Gay rights advocates have scored two victories in Arkansas with the approval of local anti-discrimination measures in the state's most populous county and an Ozark Mountain tourist town despite conservative opposition. In Pulaski County, which includes the state capital Little Rock, the local governing body on Tuesday voted 9-3 to give initial approval to an ordinance barring discrimination in hiring based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Last month, the city government of Little Rock approved a nearly identical statute. In Eureka Springs, a popular tourist town nestled in the Ozark Mountains with about 2,200 people including a substantial gay population, more than 70 percent of voters on Tuesday backed an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Six people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; 200 treated at hospitals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:26

Six people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; some unaccounted forOfficials say six people were killed in the Amtrak train crash in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia on Tuesday night, and more than 200 people have been treated at local hospitals.


White House criticizes House Republicans for planned cuts to Amtrak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:26
The White House criticized Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for a plan that would cut grants to Amtrak, part of a transportation funding bill that lawmakers were set to consider on Wednesday in the wake of an Amtrak derailment. The House spending bill for the coming fiscal year would cut Amtrak grants by $252 million from current levels, said Shaun Donovan, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. "You're looking at more than a 15 percent cut in investments in Amtrak," Donovan told reporters on a conference all, noting Obama had proposed a boost to Amtrak funding to $2.45 billion, up from current levels of $1.4 billion.

Source: Speed possible factor in Amtrak crash; black box found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:21

Six people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; some unaccounted forA law enforcement source tells Action News that the so-called "black box" has been recovered from the Amtrak train that crashed, killing 6 people.


VIDEO: Viewer video from scene of Amtrak train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:17

 Viewer video from scene of Amtrak train derailmentThis is viewer video from the scene of the deadly Amtrak train derailment.


VIDEO: Music producer records Amtrak train rescue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:17

 Music producer records Amtrak train rescueLocal music producer Yameen captured on video a rescue during the Amtrak train derailment in Port Richmond.


VIDEO: Raw footage of the Amtrak train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:15

 Raw footage of the Amtrak train derailmentRaw surveillance video shows the 188 Amtrak train right before it crashes in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section. All you see is a flash and then several cars derailed


Kenyan terror suspect claims improper jail informants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:44
MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man accused in a U.S. terrorism support case says jailhouse informants have been improperly used to gather information against him.

Pentagon, U.S. spy chief urge use of more Russian rocket engines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:20

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the nation's spy chief this week urged a key Senate committee to amend federal law to allow a joint venture of the two largest U.S. arms makers to use more Russian RD-180 rocket engines. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, in a letter dated May 11, to change the law so the Pentagon can retain "assured access to space". The letter, obtained by Reuters, is the latest twist a drama surrounding United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, and its sole potential competitor Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.


Source: Speed possible factor in Philadelphia Amtrak crash that killed 6

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:11

 Speed possible factor in Amtrak crash; black box foundSix people are now confirmed dead after an Amtrak train derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.


Former New England mob boss moved to halfway house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:01
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former New England mob boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio (mah-NAH'-kee-oh) has been moved from prison to a halfway house.

2 more sought for questioning in Mississippi police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 20:58

A woman hugs an officer during the procession for the body of Hattiesburg Police Officer Benjamin Deen, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Deen and Liquori Tate following a traffic stop. (Eli Baylis/The Hattiesburg American via AP) NO SALESJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say they want to question two more people in connection with the fatal shooting of two Mississippi police officers last weekend.


CEO of Philadelphia company, on derailed train, is missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 20:53

Philadelphia CEO, who was on derailed train, is missingThe CEO of a Philadelphia company is missing after the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday night in Port Richmond.


Mom accused of burning 58-pound adult son faces theft charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 20:46
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman accused of burning and malnourishing her 58-pound adult son has now been charged with stealing his Social Security benefit.

Philadelphia CEO, who was on derailed train, missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 20:44

Philadelphia CEO, who was on derailed train, is missingA Philadelphia CEO is missing after the Amtrak train derailment on Wednesday night in Port Richmond.


6 dead, dozens hospitalized in Amtrak train derailment in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 20:38

 Speed possible factor in Amtrak crash; black box foundSix people are now confirmed dead after an Amtrak train derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.