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California man accused of stabbing to death parents, sons and dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:28

This undated booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer's mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday. They were summoned by Holzer, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, police said. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)A California man allegedly stabbed to death his parents, his two young sons and the family's dog at a home in a coastal community before telling police who arrested him it was his "destiny" to kill them, authorities said on Tuesday.


As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:22
Scientists can now analyze the personal data on millions of people without their knowledge, and some want to bring ethical guidelines to such studies.

2 dead, 3 wounded in northwest Georgia shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:18
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Northwest Georgia authorities are trying to untangle the details of a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded Tuesday when a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

In Increase, U.S. to Send 130 Advisers to Aid Iraqis

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:15
The additional advisers will aid in the rescue of displaced people trapped by jihadists on Mount Sinjar, Defense Department officials said.

White Pass - 8/12/2014 4:57:09 PM

White Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:15
White Pass US12
8/12/2014 4:57:09 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. maintenance work is in progress in several locations west of the summit. Motorists will experience delays of up to 30 minutes.

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Satus Pass - 8/12/2014 4:50:27 PM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:15
Satus Pass US97
8/12/2014 4:50:27 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

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No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 8/12/2014 4:47:24 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:15
Stevens Pass US2
8/12/2014 4:47:24 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
US 2 is open to travel however there is construction occurring at multiple locations on the pass and delays are possible during working hours.

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Blewett Pass - 8/12/2014 4:45:37 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:15
Blewett Pass US97
8/12/2014 4:45:37 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

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Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 8/12/2014 4:56:03 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:15
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
8/12/2014 4:56:03 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Conditions:
Rock blasting scheduled Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and lasting one hour or more. During blasting I-90 will be closed milepost 56 near Gold Creek to milepost 61 near Price Creek. During blasting closures there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70. I-90 is closed to bicycles between Hyak interchange, Exit 54, and Stampede Pass interchange, Exit 62. John Wayne Pioneer Trail may be used as an alternate route.

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Wary banks struggle for deal with Argentine debt holdouts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:13

Supporters of Argentina's government walk past a banner that reads "Vultures" as they arrive for a rally in Buenos AiresBy Joan Magee and Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - International banks are struggling to reach a deal to buy a chunk of Argentine sovereign debt held by New York hedge funds suing the country, dampening market hopes for a swift end to the country's latest debt default. Citigroup , Deutsche Bank , HSBC and JP Morgan offered the holdout hedge funds 40 cents on the dollar for the roughly $1.66 billion of bonds, including interest, and raised the offer to 50 cents on Monday, sources told Thomson Reuters IFR. Those negotiations are taking place parallel to faltering talks between Argentina and the holdouts led by Elliott Management Corp and Aurelius Capital Ltd. Daniel Pollack, the U.S. court-appointed mediator overseeing the negotiations, told Reuters he expected more meetings with both sides, though he did not say when. Monday's offer from the banks to the holdouts, who bought the bonds on the cheap during and after the country's 2001-2002 economic crash, remained far below the 80 cents first proposed last week.


German artists: We switched Brooklyn Bridge flags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Two German artists have claimed responsibility for replacing American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions last month in an urban mystery that exposed holes in security at one of the city's most enduring landmarks.

Michigan man sentenced in killing of college football player

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:10
(Reuters) - A judge sentenced a man on Tuesday to up to 30 years in prison for the October 2013 shooting death of an Eastern Michigan University football player who had dreams of playing in the National Football League. Kristopher Pratt had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against another man in the murder of wide receiver Demarius Reed, 20, in an agreement with prosecutors that called for a sentence of 18 years to 30 years in prison.

Water deal could force another delay in Detroit bankruptcy trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:57

Canadian water activist McGuffin delivers containers of water from Canada to St. Peter's Episcopal church to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills in DetroitA federal judge could once again push back the start date for the trial on Detroit's exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history after some creditors said on Tuesday a possible settlement is snarling key components of the restructuring plan. The complicated settlement rests on a tender offer for $5.2 billion of the city's water and sewer revenue bonds. Because the settlement could significantly alter the proposed restructuring plan that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will weigh at the trial, some city creditors are asking for a two-week delay to the start date. Detroit wants to maintain the current schedule and has suggested moving testimony on the revenue bond settlement toward the end of the trial.


California man pleads not guilty to 2013 wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:53

In thisMonday, Sept. 2, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters stand watch near a controlled burn as they fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The Northern California man charged with starting the largest wildfire in recorded history to sweep through the Sierra Nevada mountains has turned himself in to authorities. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that Keith Matthew Emerald surrendered to U.S Marshals Service in Fresno. The 32-year-old is scheduled to appear in the afternoon in federal court for arraignment on a four-count indictment. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.


Why is Sanskrit so controversial?

BBC World News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:52
Why is a scholastic emphasis on Sanskrit so controversial?
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: India schools hold Sanskrit lessons

BBC World News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:48
Indian school students have had Sanskrit classes introduced to their curriculum in an attempt by the new government of Narendra Modi to boost interest in the ancient language.
Categories: BBC World News

Group has betting pool on Sturgis rally deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:48

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2014 file photo shows the streets of Sturgis, S.D., lined with motorcycles days before the official kickoff of the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Members of a Black Hills family and their friends say they mean no harm with a betting pool they run on how many bikers will die during the annual rally. This year, 12 people put in $5 each, with the winner pocketing $60. The state Highway Patrol said four fatalities were recorded at this year's rally, which ended last weekend, down from six last year. (AP Photo/Toby Brusseau, File)RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Members of a Black Hills family and their friends acknowledge that a betting pool they run on how many bikers will die during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is a bit macabre, but they say they mean no harm.


Bear burned in wildfire on the mend at Lake Tahoe

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:45
The 37-pound young bear whose paws were badly burned in the Carlton complex wildfires is doing great, according to caretakers at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in California.