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Long California drought could hit utility ratings, Fitch says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:01

A Secret Service Agent keeps watch as U.S. President Obama tours a drought affected farm field in Los Banos, CaliforniaA prolonged drought in California could lead to ratings downgrades on the state's water and public power utilities unless they show a willingness to raise prices, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. "Ratings could eventually be pressured if the severity and duration of this drought were to result in sustained (more than one year) weakness in utility credit quality," Fitch said in a report on the California drought. California is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record and Jerry Brown, its governor, has declared a state of emergency. Although water and public power utilities are in a strong operational and financial position for the next year, Fitch says, a sustained decline in margins or reserve levels due to the drought could pressure ratings.


'Ratzilla': Huge rat is the talk of Sweden

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:59
A rat giant enough to terrify a cat and gnaw through cement has been making headlines.

'Ratzilla': Huge rat is the talk of Sweden

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:59
A rat giant enough to terrify a cat and gnaw through cement has been making headlines.

Home for heroines shelters female veterans

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:57
The shelter has room for up to eight women and children at a time.

Hiddink named as next Dutch boss

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:48
Guus Hiddink will become Netherlands coach after the World Cup, with Danny Blind replacing him following Euro 2016.
Categories: BBC World News

Government will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:43
Newly married couples must wait for court resolution to apply for federal benefits.

Peanut butter landfill time: A million jars to be dumped

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:40
Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill in a bankruptcy case.

Pentagon to adapt drones for tougher aerial battles

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:40
The Pentagon focuses on how to teach drones to talk to each other in the heat of combat.

Oscar Pistorius trial postponed

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:32
The defence in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is postponed because one of the assessors assisting the judge has been taken ill.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 3/28/2014 3:06:17 AM

White Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:31
White Pass US12
3/28/2014 3:06:17 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Broken clouds

Satus Pass - 3/28/2014 3:15:26 AM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:31
Satus Pass US97
3/28/2014 3:15:26 AM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Raining

Stevens Pass - 3/28/2014 3:09:59 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:31
Stevens Pass US2
3/28/2014 3:09:59 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet with slush in places

Weather:
Snowing lightly

Blewett Pass - 3/28/2014 3:03:33 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:31
Blewett Pass US97
3/28/2014 3:03:33 AM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Broken clouds

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/28/2014 3:17:14 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:31
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/28/2014 3:17:14 AM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Rain and snow mixed

Motive Still Unclear in Christie-Backed Bridge Scandal Report

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:31
An internal review of the lane-closing case in New Jersey leaves central questions unanswered in its 344 pages, and feels more like an unsolved mystery.
    

Severe storms, tornadoes lash central USA

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:28
Hail bigger than golf balls pelts Kansas City's metro area.

Tennessee mom faces familiar foe as cancer returns

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:22
Mom's cancer is back but she says it won't control her, and it saved her daughter's life.

Safety records of commuter train lines show problems

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:20
An accident occurs, on average, once every two days on passenger and commuter trains.