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Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 2 min ago

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1966, file photo, Robert Heard, Associated Press staffer in Austin, Texas, is attended by his nurse, Annie Worley, at Brackenridge Hospital, where he is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered while he was covering a shooting spree at the University of Texas tower, in Austin. Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84. Heard died April 15, 2014, from complications after surgery to repair a broken hip, said widow Betsy Heard. (AP Photo/DO, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.


EWU and WSU Add Matchup in 2018

Washington State News Wire - 7 hours 3 min ago
Washington State has added Eastern Washington to its 2018 football schedule, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Wednesday.The game is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 in Martin Stadium.

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 8 min ago

FILE - This Dec. 30, 2013 file photo shows a fireball going up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. An effort by government and industry to make the tank cars used to ship crude oil and ethanol safer, spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, is becoming mired in squabbling and finger-pointing. The Department of Transportation, concerned about the potential for catastrophic accidents involving oil and ethanol trains that are sometimes as many as 100 cars long, is drafting new tank car regulations aimed at making the cars less likely to spill their contents in the event of a crash. But final regulations aren’t expected until the end of the year at the earliest, and it is common for such government rulemakings to drag on for years. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.


Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 9 min ago

This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


White Pass - 4/23/2014 4:01:00 PM

White Pass Report - 7 hours 15 min ago
White Pass US12
4/23/2014 4:01:00 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
WSDOT and contractor crews reduced US 12 to a single lane with alternating traffic near milepost 154, three miles east of White Pass Summit. A temporary traffic signal is guiding vehicles through a single-lane detour. Drivers will experience 10 to 15 minute delays during daylight hours.

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Satus Pass - 4/23/2014 4:10:21 PM

Satus Pass Report - 7 hours 15 min ago
Satus Pass US97
4/23/2014 4:10:21 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather occur, weather reports will be updated promptly. Crews will keep an eye on forecasts, especially at higher elevations, and will be ready to treat and clear roadways if wintry weather returns. Drivers who travel mountain pass highways should always know before you go, drive for conditions and prepare for winter travel as short-term snow events can happen well into May.

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Stevens Pass - 4/23/2014 4:10:01 PM

Stevens Pass Report - 7 hours 15 min ago
Stevens Pass US2
4/23/2014 4:10:01 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather occur, weather reports will be updated promptly. Crews will keep an eye on forecasts, especially at higher elevations, and will be ready to treat and clear roadways if wintry weather returns. Drivers who travel mountain pass highways should always know before you go, drive for conditions and prepare for winter travel as short-term snow events can happen well into May.

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Blewett Pass - 4/23/2014 4:04:25 PM

Blewett Pass Report - 7 hours 15 min ago
Blewett Pass US97
4/23/2014 4:04:25 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather occur, weather reports will be updated promptly. Crews will keep an eye on forecasts, especially at higher elevations, and will be ready to treat and clear roadways if wintry weather returns. Drivers who travel mountain pass highways should always know before you go, drive for conditions and prepare for winter travel as short-term snow events can happen well into May.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 4/23/2014 4:02:09 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - 7 hours 15 min ago
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
4/23/2014 4:02:09 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Milepost 56 to 61 east of the summit, traffic is reduced to one lane both directions 24 hours a day for building detours to be used this construction season. Drivers should be prepared for up to 2 hours of added travel time until April 25. To minimize added travel time, drivers should be over the pass before 8 a.m., travel after 8 p.m., or consider alternate routes.

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Hot Spots: Ads Look to Stand Out Amid the Political Clutter

New York Times Headlines - 7 hours 17 min ago
The 2014 election cycle has ushered in a rush of political advertising, with campaign ads airing as early as last spring and record-shattering spending for the first quarter of the election year.

To prevent cuts to food stamps, Washington to make use of ‘heat and eat’ loophole

Washington State News Wire - 7 hours 19 min ago
Washington state will prevent federal cuts to food-stamp benefits for about 200,000 people, thanks to a loophole left in the federal Farm Bill.

Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany

BBC World News - 7 hours 20 min ago
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on bribery charges in the German city of Munich, and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.
Categories: BBC World News

Explosion rocks natural gas plant in Wyoming, no injuries reported

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 23 min ago
(Reuters) - An explosion rocked a natural gas-processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday, causing no injuries but prompting the evacuation of the facility and a nearby town, a company spokeswoman said. The explosion in an apparatus called a turbo expender at the Williams Companies plant in Opal, Wyoming, touched off a fire that was still burning several hours later, company spokeswoman Michele Swaner said. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department referred calls regarding the incident to Williams. The explosion marked the second safety incident for Williams Companies Inc in the last few weeks.

VIDEO: The heroic all-black regiment of WW1

BBC World News - 7 hours 24 min ago
Legendary all-black unit that never lost a man in WW1 trenches
Categories: BBC World News

Richard Sherman, NFL players talk about race at Harvard

Seattle Seahawks - 7 hours 26 min ago
Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience.
Categories: Sports Center

Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 27 min ago

This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, shows Guillermo Correa. Police say, Correa, 56, a resident of a Houston nursing home will face capital murder charges for using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.


Florida executes man convicted in 1990 murder of two relatives

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 32 min ago

Death row inmate Robert Eugene Hendrix is seen in an undated photo from the Florida Department of CorrectionsBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case was executed in Florida on Wednesday, a state prison official said. Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. local time from a lethal injection, said Jessica Cary, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections. Hendrix was convicted of shooting, stabbing and beating Elmer Scott and his wife, Michelle Scott, at their mobile home in Sorrento, central Florida. Hendrix and Elmer Scott had been involved in a home burglary, for which Scott was caught and given a reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against Hendrix.


Weight concerns behind Phelps return

BBC World News - 7 hours 37 min ago
Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps says he is coming out of retirement because of concerns over his weight.
Categories: BBC World News

Death row case puts Oklahoma in legal bind

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 42 min ago

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.