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Former boyfriend charged in Kirkland woman’s slaying

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:50
The ex-boyfriend of a Kirkland woman who was found strangled in January was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

North Korean leader limps at televised event

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:50
As North Korea begins a 10-day period of mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its first leader, Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang watchers are paying closer attention to his grandson -- who was shown on state media walking to his seat for a memorial event with a noticeable limp.

Amazon offers authors e-book proceeds amid Hachette dispute

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:46
The Seattle-based online retailer is offering authors caught up in its dispute with Hachette Book Group all of the proceeds from the sale of any digital book, seeking to bypass the publisher and appeal directly to the writers.

Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:43
Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.

McClendon: Sucre makes Mariners better

Seattle Mariners - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:31
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon explained the decision to let go of backup catcher John Buck and replace him with Jesus Sucre: It makes the Mariners better.
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Ex-Coast Guard employee gets life for killing two others on Alaska base

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:31
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A former U.S. Coast Guard employee convicted of shooting two co-workers to death at a remote Kodiak Island communications station two years ago was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said. A federal court jury in Anchorage found James Michael Wells, 63, guilty in late April of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of murdering a U.S. employee and two counts of a firearms offense, capping a 19-day trial. The victims, Coast Guard electrician's Mate First-Class James Hopkins, 42, and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle, 51, were found slain on April 12, 2012, at the sprawling Coast Guard installation on Kodiak Island, about 250 miles (400 km) southwest of Anchorage. All three men served as communications experts on the base, one of the largest in the Coast Guard system.

North Korea Fires 2 More Ballistic Missiles

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:30
In test-firing two Scud-type missiles, North Korea was flexing its military muscle even as it was reaching out to Japan and South Korea.

Ex-cop won't have trial this year in Jan. cinema shooting

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:28

71-year-old former homicide captain remains in jail in Florida.

       

Judge fulfills 20-year sentencing deal for stepmom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:28

File - This Nov. 10, 2003, file photo, released by Tarshia Williams shows Williams' daughter Talia Williams in Orangeburg, S.C. The acknowledged role of Delilah Williams in the abuse of her stepdaughter Talia Williams helped keep her husband Naeem Williams from receiving the death penalty after he was convicted of murdering his daughter. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October. (AP Photo/Tarshia Williams, File)HONOLULU (AP) — An "evil" stepmother derived pleasure from severely beating her husband's 5-year-old daughter while they lived in Army housing in Hawaii, a federal judge said Tuesday as he upheld a plea deal the woman made with prosecutors to receive a 20-year sentence for the murder of the child.


Stockton bankruptcy judge says city's collateral not worthless

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:28

A view of downtown Stockton, CaliforniaBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The judge in Stockton, California's bankruptcy on Tuesday ruled that the city has collateral worth $4 million with which it could pay holdout creditor Franklin Templeton, dismissing the city's contention its collateral was worthless. At the same time, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein made no ruling on Tuesday on whether the California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, should be made to accept less than the entire amount it is owed while bondholders take losses in the case. Klein's ruling on the collateral in the case of Stockton, which filed for bankruptcy in June 2012, followed a trial that concluded last month and centered around Franklin's objection to the city proposing to repay it less than a penny on the dollar for a debt of about $36 million. The city's collateral against bonds held by Franklin includes two golf courses, a community center and a park, which the city had estimated had no value while Franklin had pegged their value at $6.12 million to $17.34 million.


Swiss Banks’ Tradition of Secrecy Clashes With Quests Abroad for Disclosure

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:26
Laws demanding client confidentiality create a bind for those who cooperate with inquiries into tax evasion.

Combative Sterling says NBA's Clippers worth more than $2 billion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:19

Shelly Sterling arrives at court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday sparred with his estranged wife's attorney at a trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA franchise, interrupting and shouting during testimony and saying he wants to keep the team for financial reasons.     The 80-year-old real estate billionaire, who has been deemed by physicians to have Alzheimer's disease and is unable to handle business affairs, said he was blocking the sale brokered by his wife to former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer because he believed the team's value could be more than double. It is the first time Sterling has spoken publicly since a televised interview in May shortly after he was banned from the NBA for life for taped racist remarks that were made public. "It showed you the enormous hypocrisy of this guy, who will spout all these things about how he loves his wife, but he's suing her." Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas to confirm her as the sole trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers and to back the NBA-record deal.


Visitor trapped in Chicago jail for about 30 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:16
CHICAGO (AP) — A visitor to Chicago's Cook County Jail was trapped inside for about 30 hours over the July Fourth weekend.

White Pass - 7/8/2014 6:46:35 PM

White Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:15
White Pass US12
7/8/2014 6:46:35 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
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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Satus Pass - 7/8/2014 6:48:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:15
Satus Pass US97
7/8/2014 6:48:20 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
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 - 7/8/2014 6:52:19 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:15
Stevens Pass US2
7/8/2014 6:52:19 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
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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Blewett Pass - 7/8/2014 6:46:29 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:15
Blewett Pass US97
7/8/2014 6:46:29 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
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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Snoqualmie Pass - 7/8/2014 6:50:46 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:15
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/8/2014 6:50:46 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Rock blasting scheduled Tuesday, July 8 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Extended closures scheduled Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. lasting two or more hours. During rock blasting closures, crews will close I-90 in both directions from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). During blast closures there are no services eastbound past mp 53 at the summit or westbound past mp 70 near Easton. I-90 is closed to bicycles between Hyak (Exit 54) and Stampede Pass interchange (exit 62)

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Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:05
When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel last Thursday, he did not know that a German intelligence operative had been arrested a day earlier, and had admitted to passing secrets to the C.I.A.

Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:04

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, shakes hands with clerk Pam Fenstermacher after purchasing marijuana at Cannabis City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, on the first day that sales of recreational pot became legal in the state. Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)SEATTLE (AP) — Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?