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U.S. charges 15 Chinese nationals in college exam fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 49 min ago
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fifteen Chinese nationals have been charged with developing a fraud scheme in which they paid impostors to take entrance exams, including the SAT, and gained acceptance to elite American colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday. Conspirators were paid up to $600 each time they used counterfeit Chinese passports to trick test administrators into thinking they were the person who would benefit from the test score, a federal grand jury charged. Between 2011 and 2015, mainly in western Pennsylvania, the defendants paid impostors to take the SAT - previously known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test - the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), under false names, according to the Justice Department statement.

Tacoma $15 minimum wage group needs hundreds more signatures

NBA - 4 hours 49 min ago
A group looking to boost Tacoma's minimum wage to $15 an hour needs less than 500 more signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.
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Tacoma $15 minimum wage group needs hundreds more signatures

Seattle Seahawks - 4 hours 49 min ago
A group looking to boost Tacoma's minimum wage to $15 an hour needs less than 500 more signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.
Categories: Sports Center

Tacoma $15 minimum wage group needs hundreds more signatures

Seattle Times Headlines - 4 hours 49 min ago
A group looking to boost Tacoma's minimum wage to $15 an hour needs less than 500 more signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.

Officers find liquor in small plane that hit Florida tower

NBA - 4 hours 51 min ago
Authorities say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground in Central Florida. The pilot's 10-year-old son also was aboard the twin-engine Cessna as it was preparing to fly to Dayton, Ohio.
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Officers find liquor in small plane that hit Florida tower

Seattle Seahawks - 4 hours 51 min ago
Authorities say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground in Central Florida. The pilot's 10-year-old son also was aboard the twin-engine Cessna as it was preparing to fly to Dayton, Ohio.
Categories: Sports Center

Officers find liquor in small plane that hit Florida tower

Seattle Times Headlines - 4 hours 51 min ago
Authorities say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground in Central Florida. The pilot's 10-year-old son also was aboard the twin-engine Cessna as it was preparing to fly to Dayton, Ohio.

Floods in vulnerable Houston no surprise, despite controls

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 54 min ago

Flood waters overrun the banks of the bayou in downtown Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest city. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — The flooding, property damage and loss of life as torrential rains this week hit the Houston area should be no surprise.


Justices toss Washington law countering bad-faith lawsuits

NBA - 4 hours 54 min ago
The Supreme Court has struck down Washington's anti-SLAPP law that attempts to curtail lawsuits brought in bad faith to hinder public discussion.
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Justices toss Washington law countering bad-faith lawsuits

Seattle Seahawks - 4 hours 54 min ago
The Supreme Court has struck down Washington's anti-SLAPP law that attempts to curtail lawsuits brought in bad faith to hinder public discussion.
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Justices toss Washington law countering bad-faith lawsuits

Seattle Times Headlines - 4 hours 54 min ago
The Supreme Court has struck down Washington's anti-SLAPP law that attempts to curtail lawsuits brought in bad faith to hinder public discussion.

University of North Carolina to remove Ku Klux Klan leader's name from building

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 56 min ago
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A post-Civil War era Ku Klux Klan leader's name will be stripped from a campus building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after a vote by the school's board of trustees on Thursday. The board said university trustees had erred in 1920 when they cited alumnus William L. Saunders' role in the KKK, a white supremacist movement that arose after the 1865 defeat of the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War, as a qualification for naming a classroom building in his honor. Saunders was the Klan's chief organizer in North Carolina in 1869 and 1870.

Officers find liquor in small plane that hit tower

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 11 sec ago
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground at Melbourne International Airport in central Florida.

BMW recalling vehicles with Takata air bags: U.S. regulators

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 3 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German automaker Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is recalling 420,661 U.S. vehicles due to issues involving Takata Corp air bags, U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday. Last week, Takata said it would double the recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million in the United States. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chris Reese)

Man accused of attack on 5-year-old girl at day care

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 4 min ago
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man high on synthetic marijuana smashed his way into a Pennsylvania day care facility and held a 5-year-old girl by the neck before a passer-by and police were able to rescue her, police said Thursday.

Army chief: Human error likely not cause of anthrax mistake

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 7 min ago

FILE - In this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The specialized airtight enclosure is also used for hands-on work with anthrax and other deadly agents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the U.S. and in South Korea, the Army's top general said Thursday.


U.S. FCC looks to expand phone subsidy to cover Internet access

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 8 min ago

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in WashingtonThe top U.S. communications regulator wants to expand a government phone subsidy program to include helping low-income Americans pay for Internet access, according to a proposal disclosed on Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission will vote on June 18 on proposed changes to the $1.7 billion program, called Lifeline, which is funded through fees paid by landline and cellphone users. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday circulated to the rest of the commission a list of changes to the program, seeking to increase the minimum standards for phone and Internet service that low-income users receive through the plan, and seeks recommendations for how to encourage more providers to participate.


Coast opens Saturday for hatchery chinook, and the good news is fish are around

NBA - 5 hours 8 min ago
On the saltwater scene, south central Puget Sound opens Monday (June 1) for hatchery chinook, and try places like the Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Point Dalco on Vashon Island, Colvos Passage and south of the Southworth Ferry Landing. Central Puget Sound also opens Monday north of a line from Point Monroe […]
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Coast opens Saturday for hatchery chinook, and the good news is fish are around

Seattle Seahawks - 5 hours 8 min ago
On the saltwater scene, south central Puget Sound opens Monday (June 1) for hatchery chinook, and try places like the Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Point Dalco on Vashon Island, Colvos Passage and south of the Southworth Ferry Landing. Central Puget Sound also opens Monday north of a line from Point Monroe […]
Categories: Sports Center

Coast opens Saturday for hatchery chinook, and the good news is fish are around

Seattle Times Headlines - 5 hours 8 min ago
On the saltwater scene, south central Puget Sound opens Monday (June 1) for hatchery chinook, and try places like the Clay Banks off Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Point Dalco on Vashon Island, Colvos Passage and south of the Southworth Ferry Landing. Central Puget Sound also opens Monday north of a line from Point Monroe […]