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Many in WVa wary of water after Jan chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:59
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet. Distrustful and angry, he's now teaching locals how to trap and purify rainwater as a drinking source.

GOP challenger is the focus in Colo. Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:46

FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., officially announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Denver Lumber Company in Denver. Gardner will run against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. The Senate race in Colorado has shot toward the top of the nation’s most competitive contests this midterm election year, giving the Democratic incumbent a tougher battle than he expected and Republicans a new pickup opportunity in their drive to win the chamber’s majority. Udall responded to Gardner’s surprise challenge by quickly trying to define his opponent as an extremist. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, File)DENVER (AP) — The Senate race in Colorado has shot toward the top of the nation's most competitive contests this midterm election year, giving the Democratic incumbent a tougher battle than he expected and Republicans a new pickup opportunity in their drive to win the chamber's majority.


White Pass - 3/29/2014 8:32:41 AM

White Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:43
White Pass US12
3/29/2014 8:32:41 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Snow showers

Satus Pass - 3/29/2014 8:33:00 AM

Satus Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:43
Satus Pass US97
3/29/2014 8:33:00 AM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Stevens Pass - 3/29/2014 8:32:40 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:43
Stevens Pass US2
3/29/2014 8:32:40 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet, snow and slush in places

Weather:
Light snow and rain mix

Blewett Pass - 3/29/2014 8:35:27 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:43
Blewett Pass US97
3/29/2014 8:35:27 AM

Temperature: 30 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet, frost and ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/29/2014 8:33:30 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:43
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/29/2014 8:33:30 AM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional rain and snow mix

Historically black Va. college sees hope in sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:39

St. Paul’s College President Millard “Pete” Stith stands outside one of the 35 buildings for sale on the Lawrenceville, Va., campus of the historically black college and university on March 26, 2014. The college closed in 2013 under mounting debt and a loss of accreditation. Smith and St. Paul’s alumni are hopeful an April 9 sale will resurrect the school, founded in 1888. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mandana Marsh)LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) — The St. Paul's College campus and the 35 buildings on its roller-coaster grounds are for sale in hopes it can continue to educate young black men and women in this rural community.


Taliban attack Afghan election HQ

BBC World News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:36
Taliban militants who targeted the headquarters of Afghanistan's election commission have all been killed, police say.
Categories: BBC World News

Weary vigil as community grieves growing Washington state mudslide toll

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:29
Family and friends of 90 people still missing after a wall of mud flattened the outskirts of a rural Washington state town increasingly feared for the worst on Saturday as the governor called for a statewide moment of silence a week after the disaster.

Groups push for more humane slaughter of chickens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:28

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2008, file photo shows a chicken farm just outside the city limits of Pittsburg, Texas. Citing hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year, two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve humane treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve humane treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.


New York town awaits ruling on moment of prayer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:27

In this March 18, 2014 photo, Pastor Mike Metzger, right, of First Bible Baptist Church, leads a moment of prayer at the start of the Greece Town Board meeting in Greece, N.Y. The town’s regular moment of prayer, at this meeting a Baptist minister’s 40-second appeal for wise decisions is at the center of Greece v. Galloway before the U.S. Supreme Court. A decision is expected sometime in the spring of 2014 on whether the town violated the Constitution because nearly every prayer in an 11-year span was overtly Christian. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — At their most recent monthly meeting, the five members of the Greece Town Board took their seats, gaveled to order and moved quickly through the regular opening agenda:


Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa

BBC World News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:25
Wayne Rooney scores twice as Manchester United beat Aston Villa after a fly-by protest by fans against David Moyes.
Categories: BBC World News

Weary vigil as community grieves growing Washington state mudslide toll

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:24
Family and friends of 90 people still missing after a wall of mud flattened the outskirts of a rural Washington state town increasingly feared for the worst on Saturday as the governor called for a statewide moment of silence a week after the disaster.

Marathon bombing suspect seeks records on brother

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:23

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and is held in a federal prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI has denied a claim made by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that his brother and fellow suspect was asked by the FBI to be an informant. The Boston FBI office declined to comment on claims made in a court filing Friday, March 28, 2014. But the agency cited a statement it released in October in which it said the Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI, "nor did the FBI attempt to recruit them as sources." (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are looking for ways to show his deceased older brother was mostly responsible for the tragedy — a move that, if successful, could save their client's life.


Mercury is slowly shrinking, scientists say

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Though it’s already the tiniest planet in the solar system, scientists say Mercury is still shrinking — and signs of that contraction can be clearly seen in distortions of the planet’s searing surface.

Saudi activist trudges lonely path for Sunni-Shiite equality

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
In a Middle East torn by deepening sectarian hatred, Mikhlif al-Shammari, of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslim majority, supports equality between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It’s an unusual conviction that has carried an enormous personal cost.

The untold story of female mariachis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Female mariachis, long overlooked by scholars and the public, are getting some respect in an exhibit this month that covers more than a century of history surrounding women in this male-dominated musical genre.

Smoking stays stubbornly high for U.S. working class, poor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
As evidence of smoking’s deadly consequences has accumulated, the broad patterns of use by class have shifted from the well-to-do: Smoking, the leading cause of preventable death in the country, is now increasingly a habit of the poor and the working class.