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Machinists seek union vote; Boeing opposes move at SC plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:44

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the company's massive assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. The Machinists union on Monday, March 16, 2015 asked the National Labor Relations Board to set an election so Boeing production workers at the plant can decide whether they want union representation. About 2,500 plant workers are expected to be eligible to vote. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Machinists union on Monday asked for an election so about 2,500 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation.

Names of 4 Guardsmen killed in helicopter crash released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:41

Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. is seen in an undated photo provided by the Louisiana National Guard. Griffin Jr., of Delhi, La., was one of four Louisiana Army National Guardsmen killed in a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida on March 10, 2015. The four guardsman and seven Marines killled were participating in a routine night-time training exercise with the Marine 2nd Special Operations Battalion when the Black Hawk crashed into the Santa Rosa Sound, east of the Navarre Bridge in Florida. (AP Photo/Louisiana National Guard, Spc. David C. Kirtland)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a March 10 training mission in Florida was piloted by a veteran flight crew with the Louisiana National Guard based in Hammond. All were killed.

Police: Texas man steals ambulance, crashes into fence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:35
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man was arrested after police say he commandeered an ambulance at knifepoint and reached speeds of 70 mph along city streets before crashing into a fence.

U.S. airline passengers forecast to grow 50 percent by 2035 - report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:26
(Reuters) - The number of travelers flying on U.S. airlines is expected to grow by about 50 percent in the next two decades, according to a report by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA forecast on Monday that U.S. airlines will carry 1.14 billion passengers by 2035, up from an estimated 756.3 million last year, assuming in part that U.S. real gross domestic product grows on average by 2.4 percent per year in that time. Likewise, the FAA expects the number of miles traveled by paying passengers to grow an average of 2.5 percent a year to 1.44 trillion in 2035.

Activist, voter turnout expert Curtis Gans dies at 77

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:24

This image provided by Harriet Wise Photography shows Curtis Gans in 1994 in Frederick, Md. Gans, a liberal activist, journalist and recognized expert on voter turnout in the United States, has died. He was 77. Gans' son, Aaron Gans, says he died of lung cancer Sunday night, March 15, 2015, at a hospital in Frederick, Md. Gans was co-founder of the "Dump Johnson" movement in 1968, seeking an alternative to President Lyndon B. Johnson because of his policies in Vietnam. (AP Photo/© Harriet Wise Photography) MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALESWASHINGTON (AP) — Curtis Gans, a liberal activist, journalist and recognized expert on voter turnout in the United States, has died. He was 77.

A preview of Missouri's scheduled execution Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:23

In this March 6, 2015 photo provided by The Missouri Department of Corrections is Cecil Clayton, 74, Missouri's oldest death row inmate. Clayton was convicted of gunning down Christopher Castetter, a sheriff's deputy in rural southwest Missouri's Barry County in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's oldest death row inmate, scheduled to be executed Tuesday by injection for the 1996 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court and the state's governor to spare his life. Attorneys for Cecil Clayton, 74, argue in last-minute appeals and a clemency request that Clayton has dementia and lingering brain-damage effects from a 1972 sawmill accident.

Flight crew killed in Black Hawk training crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Members of a seasoned, Louisiana-based National Guard crew who died last week in a helicopter crash off the Florida coast had done tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and participated in humanitarian missions after Gulf Coast hurricanes and in the response to the catastrophic 2010 BP oil spill, military officials said Monday.

Richard Brennan Sr., New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 83

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the city's best-loved Mardi Gras organizations, has died at age 83.

Gabby Giffords to push for Connecticut gun control bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:17

FILE - In this March 4, 2015 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, about bipartisan legislation on gun safety. A spokesman for Giffords said the she will attend a news conferencem Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford, with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords is coming to Connecticut to help promote the latest gun control proposals offered since the Newtown school shootings, but there are questions about whether the legislation is needed given an existing law on the books.

Ruling clears way for marijuana convictions to be erased

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:15
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of people busted in Connecticut for marijuana possession now have the right to get their convictions erased after the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the violation had been downgraded to the same legal level as a parking ticket.

60 people evacuated from California tunnel after car fires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:14
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least 60 people were evacuated from a San Francisco Bay Area tunnel while firefighters extinguished flames from two car fires.

U.S. senator calls for first-responder training for derailments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:11

A CSX Corp train continues burning a day after derailing in Mount Carbon, West VirginiaA U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on Monday called for measures to provide resources and training to first responders who handle crude oil train derailments. Under the legislative proposal, a task force on derailments would be created under the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make recommendations to the U.S. Congress for training and resources, Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, said in a statement. "The increase in train derailments in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation is troubling and requires action," Casey, said. A series of derailments of trains loaded with crude oil in North America has heightened the focus on rail safety.

Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:10

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. In an update to its community standards page on Monday, March 16, 2015, the world's largest online social network explained its thinking on what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why.

Wisconsin police chief defends officer in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:10
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison's police chief on Monday defended a white officer who killed an unarmed biracial man this month, saying he's a caring person who has repeatedly helped members of the community and that people shouldn't rush to judgment without all the facts.

Source: Tim Tebow working out for the Philadelphia Eagles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:06

 Tim Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles todayFormer NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is working out for the Philadelphia Eagles, a NFL source confirms to Action News.

Defense in Colorado shooting case asks judge to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:05
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have again asked a judge to move the trial, saying most prospective jurors believe defendant James Holmes is guilty and can't set their opinions aside.

Bill would shield companies that sell SC execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:55
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The identity of companies that sell execution drugs to South Carolina would be kept secret under proposed legislation.

Key events in life of wealthy eccentric Robert Durst

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:48

This booking photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Robert Durst, after his Saturday, March 14, 2015 arrest in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A timeline of key events in the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York real estate family who was arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant in his friend Susan Berman's 2000 death.

Boston sets all-time snow record _ and season isn't over yet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:46

People use umbrellas to protect themselves from falling snow as they cross a street in Boston's North End neighborhood, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Boston is close to setting an all-time season snowfall mark, which current record is 107.6 inches from the Winter of 1995-1996. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Boston set an all-time snowfall record and is flirting with another mark: most snark in a single winter.

Seattle police arrest 'sticky-fingered' doughnut shop robber

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:41
A "sticky-fingered suspect" was arrested on suspicion of robbing a Seattle doughnut shop of a single maple bar after threatening employees and implying he had a gun, police said on Monday. Police said a doughnut shop patron, after being asked to leave the doughnut shop on Sunday evening, told the cashier he was robbing the store, reached for his waistband as if he had a weapon there, and ordered staff to the back of the shop. As he rummaged around the store for a few minutes, the staff in the back called police, the Seattle Police Department said in a blog post that referred to the man a "sticky-fingered suspect." "After reviewing surveillance video, the store manager advised officers the suspect had pilfered a single maple bar during the robbery," Seattle police said.