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Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:51

Federal agents enter an upscale apartment complex, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Irvine, Calif. Shortly after sunrise, federal agents swarmed the complex in the Orange County where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women $50,000 for lodging, food and transportation. The key draw for travelers is that the United States offers birthright citizenship. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.


Alabama Court Orders a Halt to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:43
The order by the state’s Supreme Court was in direct opposition to a federal judge’s ruling.






Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:35

Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack'Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack."


Durban eyes Olympic prize after Commonwealth

BBC World News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:29
Durban eyes Olympics after Commonwealth gold
Categories: BBC World News

APNewsBreak: 72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:25

File - In this July 6, 2013, aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, more than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.


5 things you need to know Wednesday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:06

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

White Pass - 3/3/2015 5:28:33 PM

White Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:02
White Pass US12
3/3/2015 5:28:33 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 3/3/2015 5:26:11 PM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:02
Satus Pass US97
3/3/2015 5:26:11 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The road is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 3/3/2015 5:25:19 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:02
Stevens Pass US2
3/3/2015 5:25:19 PM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The road is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 3/3/2015 5:24:09 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:02
Blewett Pass US97
3/3/2015 5:24:09 PM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/3/2015 5:31:26 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:02
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/3/2015 5:31:26 PM

Temperature: 45 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Malloy describes Hesburgh as pastor of Notre Dame, US, world

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:59

Members of the community pay their respects to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh during visitation on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, inside the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thousands of students, alumni and admirers are expected on the University of Notre Dame campus Tuesday to pay their respects to the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It's hard to explain how often the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh played a providential role in the events of his life during his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, the priest who succeeded him said Tuesday night.


Vermont town rejects lowering voting age to 16: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:57
Voters in a Vermont town on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected lowering the minimum voting age in local elections to 16 from 18, an idea that had been promoted by a longtime activist, a newspaper reported. Residents of Brattleboro voted against the "youth vote amendment" by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, the Brattleboro Reformer said. The amendment was among proposals considered during the annual town meeting. Had voters approved the measure, Brattleboro, a left-leaning town of about 12,000 people in southern Vermont, would have become the second U.S. municipality to lower the voting age to 16, following the Washington suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland, in 2013.

Nextdoor Social Network Digs Deep Into Neighborhoods

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:47
The start-up and its investors see opportunities in the company’s more than 53,000 microcommunities.






Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served time for bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:44

A memorial is seen on the sidewalk where a homeless man was killed by police in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A homeless man whose fatal shooting by Los Angeles police outraged civil rights activists and fellow skid row residents was a convicted bank robber who was released from federal prison last year, according to a law-enforcement source and records. A law-enforcement source confirmed as correct to Reuters the details of a Los Angeles Times report saying police had identified him as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a 39-year-old French national who had served time for a bank robbery conviction. The Times said the man, who was accused of pistol-whipping a teller during a 2000 bank holdup north of Los Angeles, told investigators at the time that he robbed the bank to cover the cost of acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.


Jury selection continues in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:41
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting trial is continuing with attorneys asking prospective jurors about their views on the death penalty and mental illness.

China plays down U.S. concerns over anti-terror legislation

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:39

Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China's legislature, said the legislation is in line with the kind of access to electronic communications that West...

       

Pot growers convicted on fed count in state where it's legal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:38
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.

Mother says rampage lawsuit filed to prevent tragedies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:15

Kelly Wang, the mother of a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara, Calif., last year, chokes up as she describes the difficult decision to file suit Monday, in federal court against the county, the Santa Barbara sheriff and the apartments where her son and his two friends were slain, at a news conference in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed his two roommates and their friend, Wang's son, George Chen, in the Capri Apartments before going on a shooting rampage in which he killed three more University of California, Santa Barbara, students and injured 14 other people before killing himself as police pursued him. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The anguished mother a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara last year said Tuesday that she and the parents of two other victims realized their broken hearts will never be mended, but they sued the county sheriff and other parties to prevent future tragedies.


ACCUWEATHER MAPS: Tracking Thursday's snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:13

 Tracking Thursday's snowAccuWeather is tracking the potential for heavy snow on Thursday, following a day of rain on Wednesday.