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Prosecutors: Phony cosmetic surgeon was no medical expert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:45

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. Windslowe, an aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting," has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death. Windslowe has been testifying since Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and faces more cross-examination this week. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia madam-turned-faux cosmetic surgeon kept up the ruse of being a medical expert even as a 20-year-old dancer who received illegal buttocks injections began to die, prosecutors told jurors Friday as her murder trial went to a jury.


U.S. Attorney General expects national guidelines against debtors prisons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:43
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters on Friday that the Obama administration will issue national guidelines urging local municipalities to drop their use of debtors prisons like those recently detailed in the Justice Department's investigation in Ferguson, Missouri. Holder said President Barack Obama's task force on policing will issue guidelines to address the practice of jailing citizens who owe money to the city, but noted the federal government does not have the authority to impose such a change on local governments. "We'll come up with guidelines that I think will change the situation as it exists in some places and certainly in places like Ferguson," Holder told reporters.

VIDEO: IS destroys ancient Assyrian city

BBC World News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:42
Officials say Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed ancient art and sculptures in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, which dates back to the 13th Century BC.
Categories: BBC World News

Jury chosen in Alabama woman's trial in girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:40
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A jury was selected Friday for the trial of an Alabama woman charged with capital murder in the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter, who prosecutors say was run to death as punishment for a lie about eating candy.

New video allegedly shows bus aide stealing from kids

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:40

New video allegedly shows bus aide stealing from kidsSchool officials in South Jersey have released video of a bus aide allegedly stealing from preschoolers.


White Pass - 3/6/2015 1:07:23 PM

White Pass Report - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:36
White Pass US12
3/6/2015 1:07:23 PM

Temperature: 46 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Mostly sunny skies

Satus Pass - 3/6/2015 1:12:13 PM

Satus Pass Report - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:36
Satus Pass US97
3/6/2015 1:12:13 PM

Temperature: 54 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 3/6/2015 1:02:09 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:36
Stevens Pass US2
3/6/2015 1:02:09 PM

Temperature: 47 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Blewett Pass - 3/6/2015 1:04:25 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:36
Blewett Pass US97
3/6/2015 1:04:25 PM

Temperature: 54 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/6/2015 1:01:00 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:36
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/6/2015 1:01:00 PM

Temperature: 49 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
High overcast skies

Police block striking refinery workers from entering Shell Houston HQ

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:35
Police blocked several hundred striking laborers from entering Shell Oil Co's downtown Houston headquarters during a protest on Friday to demand a new labor contract for U.S. refinery workers. "We wanted to see if they would talk to us about the negotiations," said Lee Medley, president of United Steelworkers union (USW) local 13-1, which represents workers striking at Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay, Texas, Refinery and Shell's joint-venture Deer Park, Texas Refinery. Lead U.S. refinery owner representative Shell, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, has been negotiating with the USW for more than seven weeks for a new three-year contract covering 30,000 workers at some 60 refineries and chemical plants nationwide. A Houston Police Department spokeswoman said the agency had no immediate statement about the incident.

Neighbours to give Venezuela food

BBC World News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:34
Foreign ministers from the regional Unasur bloc promise to help Venezuela overcome a shortage of food, medicine and other products.
Categories: BBC World News

Obama administration files brief in top court backing gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:33

Supporters of gay marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Barack Obama on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage. The Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in four cases in which the court is due to hear oral arguments on April 28. "These facially discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families, unworthy of the recognition and benefits that opposite-sex couples take for granted," Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote in the brief. Although the administration has been supportive of gay marriage, the brief marks the first time it has explicitly asked the high court to rule that bans violate the U.S. Constitution.


Cops: Baby apparently starves after mom's suspected overdose

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:32
MILLVALE, Pa. (AP) — A 9-month-old boy found dead in a Pittsburgh-area apartment is believed to have starved after his mother died of an apparent overdose, leaving no one to care for him, authorities said Friday.

Estranged wife: Man arrested in Md. shootings acted 'crazy'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — The estranged wife of a man arrested in connection with shootings at five public places in Maryland, including a National Security Agency building, said Friday that she filed for divorce from her husband because of what she called his "crazy" behavior.

The Saturday Profile: Sex Expert’s Secret Is Out, and China’s Open to It

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:29
After a blogger accused her of being a closeted lesbian, Li Yinhe, an advocate of freewheeling sexuality in China, announced that her partner of 17 years is a transgender man.

Dow reshuffle: Apple joins blue-chip index, AT&T gets booted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:25

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, the Apple logo is illuminated in the entrance to the Fifth Avenue Apple store, in New York. Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones industrial average after the close of trading on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the manager of the index announced early Friday, March 6. Apple will start trading as part of the 30-stock Dow at the opening of trading the next day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is in. AT&T is out.


CSX agrees to long-term restoration plan in W.Va. derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say CSX Transportation has agreed to a long-term plan for cleaning up and restoring the area around a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia.

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyber ops: agency chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 06:08

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, VirginiaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations and incorporating digital innovations, CIA director John Brennan said. Brennan said he is creating new units within the CIA, called "mission centers," intended to concentrate the agency's focus on specific challenges or geographic areas, such as weapons proliferation or Africa. The CIA director said he also is establishing a new "Directorate of Digital Innovation" to lead efforts to track and take advantage of advances in cyber technology to gather intelligence. Historically, electronic eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency have been at the cutting edge of digital innovation within the U.S. government.


Tom Benson, Saints’ Owner, and Heirs Are Locked in an Inheritance Dispute

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 05:52
The future of the Saints and the Pelicans is at stake as their owner, Tom Benson, and his wife of 10 years battle his children, who sued to declare him mentally unfit.