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Hospital infections less common, new report says

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:05
A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought -- but still 1 in 25 patients are infected.

How climate change will acidify the oceans

BBC World News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:03
Volcanic vents off PNG show sea life harmed by rising CO2
Categories: BBC World News

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Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:03

Two dead, 17 hurt in historic Boston neighborhood blaze -report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:02
Two firefighters were reported killed and at least 17 people injured as a nine-alarm fire raced through a four-story building in the city's historic Back Bay neighborhood on Wednesday, drawing a large-scale emergency response, local officials said. The Boston Globe, quoting two people with direct knowledge of the fire, said the two Boston firefighters died while battling the blaze but gave no further details. All residents of the apartment building escaped unharmed, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. With the winds, "it's hard fighting it from the outside." Boston Emergency Medical Service said it had taken 17 people to area hospitals.

Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:01
Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.

Lower Columbia spring chinook fishery finally springs into action

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:01
%%%1ce198e823063a2a4773f53cfe00746f%%%The Lower Columbia River has finally shown some life for spring chinook although another soggy weather system could put a temporary hold on fishing.

260 cats removed from 'crazy cat house' in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:58

A sign is posted on fence at the location of where Members of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals remove cats from two connected row homes Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Animal welfare authorities say they are working to remove about 260 cats and take them to the organization's north Philadelphia shelter, where veterinarians were waiting to examine them. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say they removed about 260 cats from a Philadelphia home with a sign that proclaims it "the crazy cat house."


Obama briefed on discipline of Secret Service agent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:53
U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation involving three Secret Service agents who were sent home from Obama's trip to the Netherlands for disciplinary reasons, the White House said on Wednesday. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Obama believes "that everybody representing the United States of America overseas needs to hold himself or herself to the highest standards." He said Obama supports Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's "zero-tolerance" approach to such matters but had no other comment. The agents were disciplined after going out for a night of drinking, the Washington Post reported.

FBI: California state senator asked for donations to introduce agent to arms trafficker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — FBI: California state senator asked for donations to introduce agent to arms trafficker.

Fed rejects Citi share buyback plan

BBC World News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:48
The US Federal Reserve rejects plans by Citigroup to buy back shares and boost dividends for shareholders.
Categories: BBC World News

Morning links: Tough times for former UW standout Bobby Jones

WA Huskies - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:46
Former Washington star Bobby Jones writes a first-hand account about his arrest last year, which stemmed from an alleged domestic violence situation.
Categories: Sports Center

Chicago train operator admits dozing off before O'Hare crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:43

A Chicago Transit Authority worker directs commuters to a shuttle bus after a subway train derailed at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoThe operator of a passenger train that jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport early on Monday admitted that she dozed off and did not wake up until the crash, a federal investigator said. The operator had been running Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains for about 60 days before the incident and was admonished in February for overrunning a station, Ted Turpin, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday. In the February incident, the operator told investigators she "closed her eyes for a moment," the CTA said. The operator had started her shift at about 10 p.m. the previous night and was on the fourth of five round trips running the electric, elevated train, he said.


Navy: Sailor died at Va. base protecting colleague

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:38

FILE - In this May 3, 2004 file photo, security personnel wait to inspect vehicles entering Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. A sailor was fatally shot at the world's largest naval base late Monday, March 24, 2014, and security forces killed a male civilian suspect, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Mort Fryman)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor's life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday.


Oklahoma judge strikes execution law over privacy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:38

FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Charles Warner. An Oklahoma judge ruled the state’s execution law unconstitutional Wednesday, March 26, 2014, because its privacy provision is so strict that it that prevents inmates from finding out the source of drugs used in executions, even through the courts. Inmates Clayton Lockett and Warner asked Oklahoma prison officials who was making the drugs that would kill them next month and whether the material was pure. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge voided the state's execution law Wednesday, agreeing with inmates that a "veil of secrecy" preventing them from seeking information about the drugs used in lethal injections violated their rights under the state constitution.


Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:35

FILE This March 18, 2014 file photo shows Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaking to the media during the Governor's Economic Summit at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of gay marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Morse, file) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUTLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.


Captain: Cruise ships may over-rely on electronics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:33

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2012 file photo shows the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its starboard side after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday.


Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

BBC World News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:29
Liverpool move second in the Premier League table after holding their nerve to beat Sunderland at Anfield.
Categories: BBC World News

Charlotte, NC, mayor facing corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:28

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, then candidate for Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon speaks to students at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Cannon, now mayor of Charlotte, was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on public corruption charges. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins says that Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Less than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.


25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:25

FILE - In this April 11, 2012, file photo, poults raised without the use of antibiotics are seen at David Martin's turkey farm, in Lebanon, Pa. Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Citing a potential threat to public health, the agency in December 2013 asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for use in animal production. The FDA did not name the one company that has not agreed to withdraw or revise its drugs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.


State Sen. LeAnna Washington's case moves to county court

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:23
State Sen. LeAnna Washington will see her day in county court.