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Police: Maine museum receptionist foiled abduction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:56

This undated booking photo released by the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Maine, shows James Cavallaro of Bath, arrested after he attempted to grab a 2-year-old girl at the Maine State Museum Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Two Bridges Regional Jail)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine museum employee thwarted a man's attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building, resulting in the man's arrest, police said Thursday.


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:55

This Jan.9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Arpaio's decision to disband the criminal employment squad will end his last major foothold in immigration enforcement after the courts and federal government have gradually reined in his powers in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.


Arizona sheriff to disband unit that targeted immigrants workers in raids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:55
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is disbanding a squad that targeted undocumented immigrants in workplace raid, his office said on Thursday, following a lawsuit by groups that accused the controversial lawman of infringing on the powers of the federal government. The move is the latest in a series of setbacks for 82-year-old Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff" and has come under fire for his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. ...

Botched cyberattack on Syria group blamed on IS

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:50
A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.

A look at two of the Huskies' under-the-radar recruits for 2015

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:48
In today's paper, we have a general update on the Huskies' recruiting efforts, which have taken off with five new commitments this week.

Veteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:48

In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, Associated Press special correspondent Linda Deutsch holds a copy of her book, "Verdict, The Chronicle of the O.J. Simpson Trial," at her home in Los Angeles. Deutsch, who wraps up a 48-year career with the AP on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, was a young general assignment reporter when she was inadvertently shoved into the court beat, something that would make her arguably the news organization’s most recognizable reporter. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linda Deutsch, whose decades-long tenure as an Associated Press courts reporter made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson's murder conviction, O.J. Simpson's acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous.


Highway 99 tunnel: A comparison to a past boondoggle

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:48
Those with some years and who still have memory will remember the nuclear power fiasco during Gov. Dan Evans’ reign, which came to be known as “Whoops,” a morph of the acronym for Washington Public Power Supply System. That resulted in the abandonment of half-built nuclear power pl

White Pass - 12/18/2014 2:23:15 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:47
White Pass US12
12/18/2014 2:23:15 PM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional mixed rain and snow with areas of dense fog east of the summit

Satus Pass - 12/18/2014 2:35:07 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:47
Satus Pass US97
12/18/2014 2:35:07 PM

Temperature: 30 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Stevens Pass - 12/18/2014 2:27:45 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:47
Stevens Pass US2
12/18/2014 2:27:45 PM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with slush in places.

Weather:
Overcast skies

Blewett Pass - 12/18/2014 2:34:35 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:47
Blewett Pass US97
12/18/2014 2:34:35 PM

Temperature: 29 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 12/18/2014 2:38:47 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:47
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
12/18/2014 2:38:47 PM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet. Weather permitting, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. crews will temporarily close I-90, westbound only, while crews fall hazard trees. The closures are scheduled to last one hour or more each day. Westbound travelers will be able to access summit area services from exit 54.

Weather:
Overcast skies

Exchange board votes to turn invoicing over to insurers

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:46
In a move that took some by surprise, the board of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange voted to take the exchange out of the business of managing customer payments and invoices.

Want to go to Cuba? Not so fast

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:46
Most U.S. citizens still can’t visit — nor use their credit/debit cards — in Cuba, even though President Obama is restoring ties with the country.

Redfin closes $71 million deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:46
Redfin must finally be getting close to an exit.

NYPD: Brooklyn man arrested in assault on officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with an assault on officers during a protest over the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner.

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:43

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 annoucing that he and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado's legalization of marijuana violates the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.


Juno Therapeutics prices IPO at $24

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:43
Shares from the Seattle biotechnology company’s widely anticipated IPO will start trading Friday on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol JUNO. At $24, the IPO price implies a $2 billion market capitalization.

Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university) A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed, the school said on Tuesday, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses. ...

Secret Service, Stretched Too Thin, Needs More Agents, Report Says

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:37
The report released by the Department of Homeland Security also said the next director should come from outside the agency.