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U.S. Air Force launches push to recruit more women and minorities

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 20 min ago

Military personnel listen as U.S. President Obama talks after a military briefing at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in TampaBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday kicked off a drive to attract and retain more women and minorities, including a push to increase the number of female officers and pilots. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced nine measures that she said were critical to ensuring the Air Force's success, such as a web-based mentoring system, longer deferrals for deployments after pregnancy, and a 30-percent target for the percentage of females in the officer applicant pool, up from 25 percent. It’s about how we are going to perform as an Air Force ... in this very uncertain geopolitical environment," James told a conference hosted by the Center for a New American Security. Women make up 18.9 percent of the Air Force, the highest rate among the military services, but they leave the service during the mid-career phase at twice the rate of men, she said.


U.S. heroin-overdose deaths nearly triple 2010 to '13: study

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 25 min ago
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly tripled from 2010 to 2013, according to a federal study released on Wednesday. Although the study, conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, did not look at the reason for the sharp increase, earlier work hinted at a link to prescription painkillers: in a study released last fall, the CDC found that 75 percent of people who started using heroin after 2000 said they first abused prescription opioids. Although twice as many people died that year from overdosing on prescription opioids, the death rate from overdoses of Oxycontin, Percocet, and other opioid pain relievers has leveled off, CDC reported, while that from heroin is rising. As recently as 2010, middle-aged blacks had the highest rates of heroin deaths.

More mutilated animals found in California's capital city

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 25 min ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More mutilated animals have been found in California's capital city, the fourth discovery in less than a week.

Oligarch given North Sea deadline

BBC World News - 9 hours 32 min ago
Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea.
Categories: BBC World News

'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 35 min ago
By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him." But Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a secondary player in the April 15, 2013 bombings at the famous race and the fatal shooting days later of a police officer, defense attorney Judith Clarke said in her opening argument in U.S. District Court in Boston. She indicated that the 21-year-old's older brother, Tamerlan, was the prime mover. A prosecutor, William Weinreb, told jurors how Tsarnaev and his brother, both ethnic Chechens, carefully selected the places where they left the bombs in an effort to punish the United States for military actions in Muslim-dominated countries.

Senate Fails to Override Obama’s Keystone Pipeline Veto

New York Times Headlines - 9 hours 43 min ago
Some Republican lawmakers vowed to find other ways to get a bill approving construction of the pipeline back to the president’s desk.






Uber heads in new mapping direction with deCarta acquisition

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 51 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.

Pakistani man convicted in U.S. court for al Qaeda plot

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 51 min ago

Abid Naseer listens as Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad questions Najibullah Zazi during the first day or Naseer's trial, in this courtroom sketch in BrooklynBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn of providing and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device. Naseer remained expressionless as the jury returned the verdict after less than two days of deliberation. U.S. prosecutors said Naseer, 28, headed up an al Qaeda cell plotting to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England, in April 2009.


N.Y. telemarketers get half of funds raised for charities: attorney general

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 53 min ago
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York-based telemarketers that solicit money within the state for U.S. charities were paid more than half the funds they raised in 2013, according to a report released on Wednesday. Charities using for-profit telemarketers registered in New York paid them 52 percent of the $302 million they raised, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's annual Pennies for Charity report. “New Yorkers who are generous enough to donate their hard-earned money to charity deserve to know how that money is really spent, including how much is used to pay for-profit telemarketers,” Schneiderman said in a statement. A representative with the Attorney General's office erroneously said earlier that both organizations paid telemarketers.

DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 58 min ago

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service. Netflix announced Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that DiCaprio and his production company, Appian Way, have signed a first-look deal with Netflix for non-fiction projects. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service.


Shooting at San Bernardino club, gas station leaves two dead, five injured

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 59 min ago
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two people were killed and five injured before dawn on Wednesday after gunfire erupted at a nightclub and nearby gas station in a Los Angeles suburb before the violence spread to a hospital where one of the victims died, authorities said. About 200 people were in a parking lot leaving Stinger’s Bar & Nightclub in San Bernardino, about 59 miles (95 km) east of Los Angeles, when shots rang out, killing one man and injuring five others, two of them critically, according to San Bernardino police Lieutenant Rich Lawhead. Another man who is believed to have fled the scene by car was fatally shot later at a nearby gas station in what was being treated as a related incident, Lawhead said. "We just don't know what happened," Eugene Jones, 31, who hosted the so-called "Taco Tuesday" event that preceded the shooting, told the San Bernardino Sun. "Everything was ending, the lights were on, I was telling people to get home safe when we heard the gunshots." Later in the morning, the violence spilled over to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where about 75 people waiting just outside the entrance to the emergency room became upset after being informed that one of the victims had died, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

Rubio says spending cuts must accompany tax overhaul

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 50 sec ago

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) speak as they walk to the Senate Chamber to vote on legislation for funding the Department of Homeland SecurityBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a likely Republican presidential candidate in 2016, on Wednesday unveiled a plan to reduce taxes for multinational corporations and parents, but it would widen federal budget deficits without cuts to popular health and retirement programs. The Florida senator's tax plan, introduced with Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, would close loopholes and simplify the U.S. tax code, introduce new deductions for parents.


VIDEO: Cape Town wildfires from above

BBC World News - 10 hours 3 min ago
More than 100 South African firefighters are battling wildfires on the mountains around Cape Town.
Categories: BBC World News

UK bomb plot suspect found guilty

BBC World News - 10 hours 6 min ago
A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been found guilty of plotting bomb attacks in several countries.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 3/4/2015 9:22:07 AM

White Pass Report - 10 hours 14 min ago
White Pass US12
3/4/2015 9:22:07 AM

Temperature: 18 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 3/4/2015 9:30:53 AM

Satus Pass Report - 10 hours 14 min ago
Satus Pass US97
3/4/2015 9:30:53 AM

Temperature: 22 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The road is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 3/4/2015 9:37:35 AM

Stevens Pass Report - 10 hours 14 min ago
Stevens Pass US2
3/4/2015 9:37:35 AM

Temperature: 25 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The road is bare and dry with frost and ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 3/4/2015 9:36:19 AM

Blewett Pass Report - 10 hours 14 min ago
Blewett Pass US97
3/4/2015 9:36:19 AM

Temperature: 21 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare with frost and ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/4/2015 9:28:13 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - 10 hours 14 min ago
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/4/2015 9:28:13 AM

Temperature: 26 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Abid Naseer, Terror Suspect, Is Found Guilty on All Counts in 2009 Bomb Plot

New York Times Headlines - 10 hours 15 min ago
Mr. Naseer, who represented himself during his two-week trial in Brooklyn, was convicted of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to set off a destructive device in a plot by Al Qaeda.