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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.

Obama considers sending more troops to help train Iraqi forces

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 17:45

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate the training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of setting up new training camps in Anbar Province, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

L.A. police commission says officer violated policy in shooting

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 16:04

Los Angeles police commissioners on Tuesday issued a mixed ruling in the shooting of unarmed black man by two patrolmen, largely approving of one officer's actions while finding that the other had violated department policy. The decision followed a tense administrative hearing into the shooting death of 25-year-old Ezell Ford last Aug. 11. One man was arrested in a hallway outside the meeting room for interfering with a police officer, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Officer caught on video in Texas pool party incident resigns

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:24

The white police officer's actions were video-recorded at a North Texas pool party.

Texas officer seen in viral video has resigned: police chief

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:55

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas police officer seen in a viral video throwing a teenage girl to the ground has resigned, the McKinney police chief said on Tuesday.

Arkansas judge tells state to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:50

A judge ordered Arkansas on Tuesday to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed during a six-day window in the state in May 2014 and have since been in legal limbo. The ruling from Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen applies to about 500 couples who received marriage licenses during the time when clerks issued them to same-sex couples in places such as Pulaski County, the state's most populous area and home to the capital, Little Rock. "With shameless disrespect for fundamental fairness and equality, (the state) insists on treating the marriages of same-sex couples who received marriage licenses between May 9 and May 15 as ‘void as a matter of law,'" he wrote in his decision.

Commissioners walk out of meeting over police shooting of L.A. man

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:20

Los Angeles police commissioners meeting to decide whether two officers were justified in shooting an unarmed black man last year briefly walked out of the session on Tuesday after activists began chanting and holding signs. All five members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, who had said that they would halt the proceedings if activists became unruly, left the meeting for about 10 minutes during a tense public comment section. A line of more than a dozen police officers then stood at the front of the room, asking the crowd to calm down, before commissioners returned.