• Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery wrecks this month of trains hauling crude oil are intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars, despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries. On Feb. 5, the...

  • 'Black Madam' testifies at buttocks-injection murder trial

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist charged in the death of a London break-dancer she injected with silicone is set to resume testimony at her trial. Padge-Victoria Windslowe admits she injected 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi, but says she thought the dancer became ill because...

  • Lawyer: Second autopsy shows officers shot man from behind

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An independent autopsy of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state shows he was shot as many as seven times — including twice from behind — contradicting earlier statements from authorities, an attorney for the man's family said Thursday. The...

  • No charges yet for pickup driver in train crash 'mistake'

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators on Thursday were trying to determine why a pickup truck driver mistakenly turned onto railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train, and prosecutors said they would await more answers before deciding to file charges. "We...

  • Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and...

  • Missouri auditor dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview. Schweich's...

  • 2 vandalism suspects rescued after being stranded on cliff

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two men suspected of vandalizing a historic military structure at a national park north of San Francisco had to be rescued by authorities after they were stranded on a steep cliff while trying to escape Thursday, authorities said. Park service spokeswoman...

  • Employer: Man accused in IS group plot was about to quit job

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The employer of one of three men charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group says the suspect was about to quit his restaurant job. Zakarya Khan is the owner of Gyro King in New York City. He says Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev (ahb-DEWR'-ahl-suhl...

  • Parents of slain journalist James Foley: US should do more

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The government — and the press — failed to do enough to save the life of the freelance journalist who was the first American killed by Islamic State militants, James Foley's parents said at a university forum Thursday. John and Diane Foley echoed the sentiments of...

  • Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated what he called "the central role that African-Americans have played in every aspect of American life." Obama was joined by his wife, Michelle, as they hosted a White House reception for Black History Month. The president...

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