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Person of interest in upstate New York prison break: Who is Joyce Mitchell?

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:39

Authorities are questioning Joyce Mitchell, a female prison employee, about the inmates who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility last weekend.

Exclusive: Confusion clouds count of cars hit by Takata air bag recall

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:29

The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with potentially defective Takata air bags appears to be less than half the 34 million initially estimated by federal regulators, according to a Reuters analysis of recall records submitted to the watchdog and confirmed by the car companies. About 16.2 million vehicles — roughly one out of every 16 cars on U.S. highways — may have one or two defective air bags supplied by Japan’s Takata Corp , vehicle manufacturers confirmed to Reuters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday said it has not counted the absolute number of vehicles, but said it was aware of 30 million potentially defective Takata parts that need to be replaced.

U.S. officials looking into possible seventh Takata air bag death

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:11

U.S. auto safety regulators said on Wednesday that they are looking into a possible seventh death linked to defective Takata air bag inflators, a Louisiana woman who died after her 2005 Honda Civic hit a utility pole in the early hours of April 5. A lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court by the family of the victim, 22-year-old Kylan Rae Langlinais, claims the car's Takata driver-side air bag exploded on impact, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartment and severing the woman's carotid artery.

Los Angeles City Council approves minimum wage hike

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:48

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum wage in America's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9. Eric Garcetti, would require businesses with more than 25 employees to gradually increase wages to meet a $15 hourly pay level by 2020, while smaller businesses would have an extra year to comply with each step. Garcetti, a Democrat, has said that he would sign the wage hike into law, seen as a victory for labor and community groups that have successfully pushed for similar pay hikes in other major U.S. cities, including Seattle and San Francisco.

Texas officer in video let 'emotions get the better of him': lawyer

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:37

The Dallas-area policeman seen in a viral video throwing a bikini-clad black teenager to the ground was emotionally fraught at the time after responding to two suicide calls, and was not targeting minorities, his attorney said on Wednesday. McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt, who is white, resigned on Tuesday after being seen in a video responding to a disturbance at a pool party on Friday where he appeared to target black youths, an incident that has added to concerns about racial bias in U.S. policing. "He never intended to mistreat anyone," lawyer Jane Bishkin told a news conference, adding that Casebolt hoped his resignation can bring healing.

McKinney police officer blames aggression at pool party on emotional stress

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:03

The lawyer for a McKinney, Texas police officer who was filmed wrestling a black teenage girl to the ground and pointing his gun at two other black teens while responding to a disturbance at a neighborhood swimming party blamed his actions on emotional stress.

US to send up to 450 more troops to train Iraqis

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq on Wednesday to advise and assist local forces in an effort to reverse the recent gains of the Islamic State.

House searches resume near prison where 2 killers escaped

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:01

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Corrections officers and state troopers in helmets and body armor returned to search again Wednesday near the maximum-security prison where two killers escaped using power tools, as authorities renewed their plea for help from the public.

Bus crash in New York's Lincoln Tunnel injures 18 people

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 08:42
Two buses crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey on Wednesday, injuring 18 people at the end of morning rush hour, none of them critically, officials said. A New Jersey Transit bus and a privately operated bus collided in the center tube of the 1.5-mile tunnel at 9:35 a.m., said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel.

New York inmates on the run for days face high odds of capture

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 07:09

The two escaped inmates from a New York maximum security prison have far outlasted the typical jailbreak period, according to experts and corrections data, as state and federal authorities were hunting them for the fifth straight day on Wednesday. "They invest a lot of time and effort in planning their escape," said Martin Horn, a former prison official in New York City and Pennsylvania who now lectures at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

NTSB says Amtrak engineer didn't use cellphone before crash

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said Wednesday, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

U.S. prepares plans for more troops, new base in Iraq - officials

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:10

The United States is expected to announce on Wednesday plans for a new military base in Iraq's Anbar province and the deployment of around 400 additional U.S. trainers to help Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State, a U.S. official said. The plan would expand the 3,100-strong U.S. contingent of trainers and advisers in Iraq and would mark an adjustment in strategy for President Barack Obama, who is facing mounting criticism for not being tougher in combating Islamic State.

Cheap, synthetic 'flakka' dethroning cocaine on Florida drug scene

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:09

For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail. As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.

Amtrak to test rail safety system in U.S. Northeast but problems persist

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:05

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amtrak said on Wednesday that it has won government approval to test a new rail safety system between New York and Washington that federal inspectors say would have prevented the deadly May 12 derailment in Philadelphia. The statements were contained in separate pieces of written testimony submitted by Amtrak and the FCC to the Senate Commerce Committee ahead of a hearing on positive train control, or PTC, a new safety system that railroads are required to implement before Dec. 31.

Convicted killer in New York prison break on third escape attempt

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 05:08

A daring weekend escape from a New York state maximum-security penitentiary marked at least the third time convicted murderer Richard Matt had moved to bust out from behind bars. As authorities searched for a fourth day for Matt, 48, and his fellow convicted killer David Sweat, 34, details emerged showing that the older inmate had twice tried to escape prison, once successfully. Large numbers of officers converged on Tuesday on the town of Willsboro, New York, about 40 miles (64 km) south of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, from which they had escaped, following a reported sighting of the pair.

McKinney officer who pulled his gun on teens resigns — but is it enough?

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 05:05
The white police officer who threw a black bikini-clad girl to the ground and pulled his gun on two others while responding to a disturbance at a pool party in McKinney, Texas, resigned on Tuesday. But some community members say his resignation is not enough.

Philadelphia man shot by police was running for gun, officer says

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 22:14
A national outcry over police violence against minorities has been sparked off by high-profile police killings of unarmed black men in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri and New York in the past year. The District Attorney's Office could not be immediately reached for comment overnight.

S.F. Giants' Chris Heston no-hits Mets

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 21:36

U.S. investigators determine Amtrak engineer cellphone use: sources

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 18:16

After weeks of sorting through complex and contradictory phone service data, U.S. investigators have determined whether an Amtrak engineer was using his cellphone last month when his train derailed along a curve in Philadelphia, two sources said on Tuesday. Investigators recently have been leaning toward the conclusion that 32-year-old engineer, Brandon Bostian, was not using the phone, sources said. Investigators have examined a range of evidence that could suggest either human error or a mechanical malfunction.