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2 die in home explosion; propane fuel suspected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:29
DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A husband and wife were killed Tuesday in an early-morning house explosion Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:25
SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency's own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard.

Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:23

FILE - In this May 27, 2013 file photo provided by the Washington Department of Transportation, a crane removes a pickup truck from the wreckage of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash. Metal fatigue is evident in a steel truss bridge over Interstate 5 in Washington state, south of this similar steel truss that collapsed on May 23, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday, July 15, 2014 that insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in the Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle last year. (AP Photo/Washington Department of Transportation, File)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.


No charges for marshal in Utah courtroom shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:21

FILE - In this April 21, 2014, file photo, police tape surrounds the Federal Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Federal prosecutors say they will not file charges against a deputy U.S. marshal who shot and killed a defendant during a federal court trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. The case was closed after the Department of Justice reviewed it and declined to prosecute, FBI officials said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will not file charges against a deputy U.S. marshal who shot and killed a defendant during a federal court trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.


James MacGregor Burns, historian, dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:20

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2007 file photo, historian James MacGregor Burns poses for a photo at his home in Williamstown, Mass. Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 95. Burns died at his home in Williamstown, his companion and fellow historian Susan Dunn said. (AP Photo/Nathaniel Brooks, file)BOSTON (AP) — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at 95.


U.S. House passes $10.9 billion transportation funding extension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:12

Night falls over U.S. Capitol Dome, as members of Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives deal with budget showdown with Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, and possible government shutdown in WashingtonThe U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a $10.9 billion extension of U.S. transportation funding through May 2015, a measure aimed at averting cutbacks in August in federal money for road, bridge and transit projects. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that "as soon as I can get to it," the Senate would begin considering a similar, $10.8 billion measure with some alternate funding provisions in the coming days. Without new money for the Highway Trust Fund, the Department of Transportation has said it will start to cut back federal funding for projects by nearly a third starting on Aug. 1, the same day Congress begins a five-week summer recess. "If Congress fails to act, thousands of transportation projects across the country and hundreds of thousands of construction jobs will be at risk," said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican.


Ex-wife: Police officer joined KKK undercover

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:12
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — The ex-wife of a police officer who left the department after a report tied him to the Ku Klux Klan told investigators that the couple joined the group as part of an undercover operation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

BRICS nations agree to create own development bank

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:08

Leaders of the BRICS nations, from left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, China's President Xi Jinping and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, pose for a group photo during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The leaders of the BRICS nations are expected to officially create a bailout and development fund worth $100 billion. It's meant to be an alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are seen as being dominated by the U.S. and Europe. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China.


Collingdale hit-and-run suspect surrenders to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:06

Collingdale hit-and-run suspect surrenders to policeA hit-and-run suspect, who police say intentionally ran down his victim, has surrendered to police in Collingdale, Pa.


Critically ill children get a day of worry-free fun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:05

Critically ill children get a day of worry-free funFor one day, critically ill children and their families got the chance to have worry-free fun at the Independence Seaport Museum.


U.S. urges stiff sentences for Britons who recruited for al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:03

A British national accused of operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda is pictured as he plead guilty in this courtroom sketch in U.S. District Court in New HavenBy Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge on Tuesday to impose the maximum sentences for two British men who pleaded guilty in December to running a website and distributing publications that promoted violence and raised money for al Qaeda. The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, appeared in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, for a hearing before Chief Judge Janet Hall ahead of their sentencings later this week. The United States is most concerned about Ahmad, who faces a possible 25-year sentence, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Reynolds, who called him a "serious threat." "We have very significant concerns about Mr. Ahmad just going back and doing what he did before," Reynolds said. "We believe his involvement on websites after Sept. 11 (2001) demonstrates, that and he has expressed no remorse for his actions." Ahmad's attorney, Terence Ward, countered by saying the website, Azzam.com, had been shut down before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Ahmad is to be sentenced on Wednesday, while Ahsan, who faces a possible 15-year sentence, is set for a Thursday sentencing.


Police arrest man with several weapons on SEPTA train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:03

Police arrest man with several weapons on SEPTA trainPolice say a man was arrested after carrying several weapons on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia late Monday night.


Family identifies teen struck by lightning in Glenolden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:55

Family identifies teen struck by lightning in GlenoldenFamily members have identified the teenager who was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County.


U.S. urges stiff sentences for Britons who recruited for al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:51

A British national accused of operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda is pictured as he plead guilty in this courtroom sketch in U.S. District Court in New HavenBy Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge on Tuesday to impose the maximum sentences for two British men who pleaded guilty in December to running a website and distributing publications that promoted violence and raised money for al Qaeda. The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, appeared in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, for a hearing before Chief Judge Janet Hall ahead of their sentencings later this week. The United States is most concerned about Ahmad, who faces a possible 25-year sentence, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Reynolds, who called him a "serious threat." "We have very significant concerns about Mr. Ahmad just going back and doing what he did before," Reynolds said. "We believe his involvement on websites after Sept. 11 (2001) demonstrates, that and he has expressed no remorse for his actions." Ahmad's attorney, Terence Ward, countered by saying the website, Azzam.com, had been shut down before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Ahmad is to be sentenced on Wednesday, while Ahsan, who faces a possible 15-year sentence, is set for a Thursday sentencing.


Rock dropped on car critically injures Ohio woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:49
MIFFLINBURG, Pa. (AP) — An Ohio teacher who was badly injured when some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a central Pennsylvania highway overpass onto her family's car was hospitalized in critical condition on Tuesday, police and her family said.

U.S. officials purge biosafety board in midst of anthrax crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:47

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Sharon Begley and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal officials, amid the worst U.S. biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 eminent scientists from a 23-member panel that advises the government on how and whether research on dangerous pathogens should be conducted. The purged members were informed that their service was no longer needed via an email on Sunday night from Mary Groesch, executive director of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). The panel is overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The action, first reported on Science magazine's website, came two days after federal health officials released details of an investigation of the mishandling of anthrax samples by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Man rescued from base of raging waterfall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:46

In this July 14, 2014 photo released by the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County sheriff's deputies and firefighters rescue John Napierkowski, bottom right, who was trapped in the water at Dougan Falls on the Washougal River in Washougal, Wash. Napierkowski was taken to a hospital after he was trapped in the cold water for about an hour. (AP Photo/Skamania County Sheriff's Office)STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies and firefighters have rescued a man who was trapped in rushing water at the base of a southwestern Washington waterfall after his legs got caught in rocks.


Marathon suspect wants to boost case to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:44

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Tsarnaev, is on trial on obstruction of justice charges, accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room. He is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to allow them to bolster their request to move his trial outside of Massachusetts.


U.S. woman rescued at sea with family sues satellite phone company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:34

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, disembark the USS Vandegrift in San DiegoBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. woman rescued with her family from a Pacific Ocean sailboat after her infant daughter became ill has filed suit against her satellite phone company for cutting off service, a move she said led the family to seek an emergency rescue and ultimately to scuttle their boat, her lawyers said on Tuesday. The complaint filed in San Diego Superior Court by Charlotte Kaufman on Monday alleges that Whenever Communications LLC deactivated the family's satellite phone's SIM card even though the family's $240 a month bill had been paid in full since August 2012.


New York's MTA to publish LIRR offer in newspaper, radio ads Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:33

People board a Long Island Rail Road train at Pennsylvania Station in New YorkNew York's transit agency will publicize the details of its contract offer to Long Island Rail Road workers in newspaper and radio advertisements on Wednesday, the agency said, in an effort to pressure unions to call off a looming strike. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has offered a 17 percent pay raise over seven years, limits to benefit contributions and continuing pension payments for current employees. The unions have balked at the requirement that future workers would have to make steeper payments into their benefits, saying it would create an unfair two-tier system among the LIRR's employees. A strike would leave some 300,000 daily commuters from New York City's suburbs on Long Island scrambling for alternative transportation.