National briefs: Pipeline approval short of votes

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WASHINGTON -- Keystone XL supporters are falling short in their efforts to round up the Democratic votes in the Senate to bypass the White House and approve the Canada-to-U.S. oil pipeline.

A bipartisan bill was introduced Thursday that would circumvent President Barack Obama by issuing a permit allowing construction. The move came after his administration delayed a decision on the $5.4 billion project, possibly into next year, citing a legal challenge to the route it would take through Nebraska.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who opposes the pipeline, told reporters Thursday that there is a "75 to 80 percent chance" that a vote on a stand-alone Keystone bill will be allowed.

Samsung to pay $119M

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Samsung was ordered Friday to pay Apple $119.46 million after a Silicon Valley jury found the South Korean company guilty of copying key features of the iPhone in creating its own line of smartphones.

The verdict was a far cry from the $2.2 billion Apple sought and the $930 million it won in a separate 2012 trial making similar patent infringement claims against older Samsung products, most of which are no longer for sale in the United States.

The jury even put a damper on the current verdict by also finding that Apple had infringed one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5. The jury awarded Samsung $158,400, skimming that amount from the original $119.62 million verdict. Samsung had sought $6 million.

Train derails in Queens

NEW YORK -- An F train derailed in Queens on Friday, authorities said, setting off a wide-scale effort to reach passengers stranded underground.

The fire department reported 19 injuries, including four that were "potentially serious." It was unclear how many passengers were on the eight-car train, which was traveling southbound.

As of 12:15 p.m., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said, all passengers aboard the derailed train had been removed. Three nearby trains were also stranded after power was taken out following the derailment.

Bundy's family want probe

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's armed standoff against the federal government over grazing rights was back at high pitch Friday when the cattleman's family marched into Las Vegas Metropolitan Police headquarters, demanding that local law enforcement open an investigation into the Bureau of Land Management.

Earlier this month, federal workers backed by armed agents stormed public lands near Mr. Bundy's ranch to round up hundreds of cattle officials said had been grazing there illegally for more than two decades. Mr. Bundy, 67, claimed his family had worked the land for more than a century and his cattle was none of Washington's business. He has refused to pay an estimated $1 million in grazing fees.

Guilty plea in 8 killings

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Scott Dekraai pleaded guilty Friday to murdering eight people in the deadliest mass shooting in Orange County, Calif., history.

Mr. Dekraai, 44, also pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder for the Oct. 12, 2011, rampage at a Seal Beach salon, during which he was heavily armed and wore a bulletproof vest.

Mr. Dekraai's admissions mean he will face, at minimum, eight consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole. Depending on the outcome of current hearings, he still could face the death penalty.

-- Compiled from news services


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