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Conductor hurt in Philadelphia train derailment sues Amtrak

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:16

(Reuters) - A conductor critically injured in last week's deadly Philadelphia train derailment has sued Amtrak, his lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to a string of emerging lawsuits since the crash last week. Emilio Fonseca, 33, was taking a restroom break in the first car during his work shift when the passenger train went off the rails, attorney Bruce Nagel told a news conference, saying the train suddenly surged forward and then crashed. Fonseca, who is married and lives in Kearney, New Jersey, suffered a broken neck, back and both shoulders, and was believed to be the most severely injured Amtrak employee, Nagel said.


U.S. looks into whether hostage was kept by IS leader

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the possibility that the Islamic State militant leader killed Friday was the captor of American hostage Kayla Mueller for a time.


Boston bomber to face about 20 of his victims at sentencing

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:47

By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face about 20 of his victims at a hearing next month when he will be formally sentenced to die for the 2013 attack, a U.S. judge said on Tuesday. The same jury that found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, sentenced him to death for his crimes last week. "We could proceed rather expeditiously," in making the jury's sentence formal, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole told prosecutors and defense attorneys in the same courtroom where Tsarnaev was tried.


Psychologist to head Chicago jail, nation's second largest

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:06
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A clinical psychologist will be appointed head of Chicago's Cook County Jail, the nation's second-largest jail where a third of the inmates are mentally ill, officials announced on Tuesday. Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail on May 26, county officials said. Tapia, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2013 and oversees mental health strategy, replaces Cara Smith, who will become chief strategy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Bulk domestic surveillance: Where the 2016 candidates stand

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:42

The candidates are split on one of the USA Patriot Act's most controversial provisions.


Convicted murderer in 'Serial' podcast allowed to call new witness

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00
(Reuters) - A Baltimore man serving life for murder, whose conviction was called into question by last year's "Serial" podcast, will get a chance to call a new witness who says she can give him an alibi. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted Adnan Syed an opportunity to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and high school classmate, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

Memo: Violence long simmered between rival Texas biker gangs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:16

WACO, Texas (AP) — A meeting of motorcycle clubs ended in a deadly shootout after two rival gangs faced off at a Waco restaurant, an explosion of what Texas authorities had warned earlier in the month was growing animosity between the groups.


State Dept. plans release of Clinton emails by next January

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January.


Investigators uncertain anything hit train before derailment

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 21:26

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities said they are uncertain if anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train before it derailed in Philadelphia last week, but they have not ruled out the possibility.


Texas grand jury does not indict policeman for fatal shooting of Mexican

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:31
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas grand jury declined on Monday to charge a suburban Dallas police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican national in another case that raised questions about racial bias by U.S. police. Ruben Garcia Villalpando, a married father of four, was shot twice in the chest on the side of a highway in February by Grapevine police officer Robert Clark after a brief car chase. Along with announcing the grand jury's decision, prosecutors also released a police dashcam video of the incident, which showed Villalpando raising his hands as he walked unsteadily toward Clark, who repeatedly asked him to stop.

Police want bikers off streets after deadly Texas shooting

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:05

By Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) - The local Harley Davidson dealership was closed, motorcycle riders were asked to stay off the roads and police snipers took to rooftops to watch Waco streets after a deadly gangland shooting caused many to cast a colder eye on bikers. Police did not say how long the request would last. Riders asked the public to take a breath, relax and realize that criminality is the rare exception for members of motorcycle clubs. Waco Police said they have been threatened by motorcycle gangs after a Sunday shoot out between rivals at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured.


Jeb Bush hardens position, says he opposes gay marriage

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:49

(Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush said in a weekend radio interview that he does not believe the U.S. Constitution grants a right to gay marriage, moving away from his previous urging of "respect" for all Americans on the gay and lesbian marriage issue. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected by the end of June to make a landmark ruling that could make gay marriage the law of the land or return the decision to individual states. "It's at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine," Bush told the conservative Christian Broadcasting Network show, The Brody File, in an interview broadcast on Sunday. "So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide - I don’t know what they are going to do - we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage," said Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago.


U.S. announces July hearing on Fiat Chrysler recalls

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:09

The Obama administration on Monday escalated its running regulatory battle with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV by announcing a public hearing to scrutinize how the automaker has handled 20 recalls affecting more than 10 million vehicles. As part of a broader effort to get automakers to speed up the repair of recalled cars and trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said FCA could face up to $700 million in fines and be required to buy back or replace vehicles if regulators find evidence that it failed in its legal recall obligations. The proceedings would be the broadest public hearing the agency had held to date and follows what NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind described as frustrated attempts by the agency to get Fiat Chrysler's U.S. unit, FCA US LLC, to move more aggressively to correct defects tied to fires, loss of control, unintended air bag deployments and fuel leaks.


Gangs in deadly Waco biker brawl

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 09:03

Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said that five gangs had been identified in a shootout that left 9 dead and 18 injured Sunday, but he would not give them publicity by naming them. Earlier reports, however, pinpoint at least two outlaw motorcycle gangs at the center of the chaos.


Can anything stop ISIS in Iraq?

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 08:43

Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga talks with experts about the fall of the major Iraqi city of Ramadi.


Passengers file lawsuit against Amtrak over deadly U.S. derailment

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 08:34

(Reuters) - Four passengers on the Amtrak commuter train that derailed in Philadelphia last week filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the U.S. rail service, citing "serious and disabling" injuries. The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, appeared to be the first by non-employee passengers since the derailment on May 12 that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. (Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)


Funerals set for three victims of Philadelphia train derailment

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 07:30

Funeral services were set for Monday for three victims of the deadly Philadelphia train derailment last week, as Amtrak commuter service resumed on the busy Northeast Corridor. An investigation continued into the cause of the derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others last Tuesday evening. The train was barreling north at twice the 50-mile-per-hour speed limit when it entered a sharp curve and derailed just north of Philadelphia. It was headed to New York from Washington with 243 people on board.


Lindsey Graham: ‘I am running because the world is falling apart’

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 06:04

Lindsey Graham says he is running for president. While the Republican senator will make his official announcement June 1 in his hometown of Central, S.C., he made his intentions clear during an interview on “CBS This Morning” Monday.


Nearly 200 arrested in Texas after deadly biker gang shootout

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 05:05

(Reuters) - Police in Waco, Texas said 192 people were being arrested on Monday in connection with a biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 18 injured a day earlier. Those under arrest will face charges of engaging in organized crime, police said in a statement following a deadly gun battle at a sports bar on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is closing Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill, located at a shopping mall in the central Texas city, for at least seven days "due to the ongoing danger it presents to our community," police said.


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