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Indicted California state senator ends Secretary of State campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:55

File photo of California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said. Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said he would end his campaign to become California's chief elections officer in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office on Thursday, his attorney Paul DeMeester told reporters. "This is what he wanted to do in relation to that election for office given the circumstances of the federal case." Prosecutors criminally charged Yee, a child psychologist, in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms and six corruption counts. Yee's arrest deals a blow to California Democrats, whose two-thirds majority in the state Senate was eroded when fellow senators Ron Calderon, indicted on corruption charges, and Rod Wright, found guilty of voter fraud, took paid leaves of absence earlier this year.


PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:54

File-In this Sept.10, 2010 file photo firefighters and rescue crews work amongst damage caused by a pipeline explosion and an ensuing massive fire in a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday March 27, 2014, the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in this fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Amid scandal, some seek alternative to DC mayor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:48

D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, one of seven Democrats trying to unseat the incumbent District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in next week's primary, leaves a house, as she goes knocking door-to-door campaigning on Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Loyalists are rallying around the mayor, and few are writing him off. But his troubles have provided an opening for one of his challengers, and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser appears to be taking advantage. Two polls released a week before the primary showed Bowser in a statistical tie with Gray. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The defining moment of a bizarre election season in the nation's capital wasn't provided by Mayor Vincent Gray or any of the seven Democrats trying to unseat him in next week's primary. Instead, it came from the city's top prosecutor.


Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:42

Attorney Randy Mastro answers questions at a news conference, in New York, Thursday, March 27, 2014. A law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration said Thursday the governor was not involved in the plot to create traffic jams last fall, a conclusion that left the lead lawyer defending the integrity of his report, which came ahead of the results of separate and ongoing federal and legislative investigations.


VIDEO: UN declares Crimea vote illegal

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:36
The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution describing the Moscow-backed referendum that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea as illegal.
Categories: BBC World News

Congress Approves Aid Of $1 Billion for Ukraine

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:34
The measure passed after the White House dropped efforts to tie it to an overhaul of the International Monetary Fund negotiated by President Obama.
    





White Pass - 3/27/2014 4:12:39 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26
White Pass US12
3/27/2014 4:12:39 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

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Satus Pass - 3/27/2014 4:03:17 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26
Satus Pass US97
3/27/2014 4:03:17 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

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Stevens Pass - 3/27/2014 4:19:42 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26
Stevens Pass US2
3/27/2014 4:19:42 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

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Blewett Pass - 3/27/2014 4:13:59 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26
Blewett Pass US97
3/27/2014 4:13:59 PM

Temperature: 44 °F

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Snoqualmie Pass - 3/27/2014 4:13:38 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/27/2014 4:13:38 PM

Temperature: 42 °F

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Home demolitions turn Detroit into blank canvas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:26

Debris from a home that was torn down is shown in Detroit’s Brightmoor area Monday, March 24, 2014, in Detroit. For years, Brightmoor area residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes that scavengers have stripped of wiring and plumbing and anything of value. Some structures are already gone, and now officials aim to do much more, possibly tearing down as many as 450 empty houses each week across more than 20 square miles of this bankrupt city _ a vast patchwork of rotting homes comparable to the size of Manhattan. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community's future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.


Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:25

Former Secretary of Defense Schlesinger speaks at Council on Foreign Relations in New York in this file photoWASHINGTON (AP) — Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired — and dismissed — by presidents of both parties.


Lawmakers press Obama administration on Sallie Mae contract renewal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:23
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday grilled an Obama administration official on the government's decision to renew a contract with student loan servicing company SLM Corp, the subject of numerous government investigations. "Sallie Mae has repeatedly broken the rules and violated its contracts with the government, and yet Sallie Mae continues to make millions on its federal contracts with the Department of Education," Warren said of SLM, popularly known as Sallie Mae. A spokeswoman for Sallie Mae, Patricia Christel, commented in an email to Reuters: "Americans with federal loans serviced by Sallie Mae are 30 percent less likely to default than others. Sallie Mae, the largest U.S. student loan provider, serviced 5.7 million student loan accounts on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education as of December 2013, according to a company spokeswoman.

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:22

FILE - In this March 23, 2014 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters of his Justice and Development Party during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey. Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that has toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. Meanwhile, the Turkish Lira has fallen, interest rates are up and the Turkish economy has fallen off a cliff. It all might be enough to oust any leader. But as Turks prepare to vote in local elections Sunday, it’s all about Erdogan. His wife Emine Erdogan is at the left.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used.


Tacoma’s Continuant wins $60M in antitrust case against Avaya

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:20
In a case that has lasted nearly eight years and after a six-month trial in a New Jersey federal court, Tacoma-based Continuant has won a jury verdict against telecommunications giant Avaya.

Sharon Jones, Dap-Kings at Showbox 2 nights | Concert preview

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:19
Sharon Jones, front lady for the Dap-Kings, opens the band’s fifth studio album, “Give the People What They Want,” with a defiant shout, “Retreat! If you know what’s good for you — step back.”

Christie: Never considered quitting over scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:19
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he never considered resigning because aides shut down traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge.

The gay Chinese man suing the government

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:17
The gay Chinese man suing the government
Categories: BBC World News