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BP raises estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:57
WHITING, Indiana (AP) — Oil giant BP has raised its estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan during a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery.

Suspects identified in Pennsylvania hazing death of NYC student - officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:54
By Joe McDonald East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Suspects have been identified in the death of a college student in a Pennsylvania fraternity hazing incident but authorities are waiting for forensic medical reports before making arrests, officials said on Thursday. Charges may not be filed until May in the death of Chen "Michael" Deng, a freshman at New York's Baruch College who died from brain injuries in December following a hazing game called the "glass ceiling," officials said. Each of the 30 Pi Delta Psi fraternity brothers who traveled to the Poconos area in Pennsylvania for the hazing could face possible arrest, said Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Harry Lewis. However, a source close to the investigation said the actual number was likely to be closer to 20 members of Pi Delta Psi, an Asian-American cultural fraternity.

US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:52

Graphic compares prevalence in children with autism or related disorders since 2007; 2c x 2 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 63 mm;NEW YORK (AP) — The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.


VIDEO: More objects spotted in search for MH370

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:51
Air searches in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were suspended on Thursday because of poor visibility, though more objects in the ocean were spotted by satellite.
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Montana bride gets 30 years for pushing husband off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:48

File photo of Jordan Graham leaving U.S. District Court in MissoulaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - A Montana bride who shoved her husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday after a federal judge denied her request to withdraw her guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder. Attorneys for Jordan Graham, 22, had sought to rescind a guilty plea she entered in December, saying prosecutors were overreaching by seeking a life sentence and reneging on an agreement that they expected would involve less prison time. But U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy denied the request at a hearing in Missoula, and later sentenced Graham to 30 years in prison with no chance for early parole, followed by five years of supervised release. "Jordan Linn Graham didn't have the human capacity to feel the wrongfulness of what she'd done, to seek help or even tell his (her husband's) mother," Molloy said.


IMF to help Ukraine with up to $18 billion bailout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:45

Members of the right wing ultra nationalist Right Sector group block the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Activists demanded the resignation of the Interior Minister following the recent killing of a Right Sector member Oleksandr Muzychko, who was died during a police operation to detain him. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.


As landslide risks remain, Washington state residents stay put

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:45
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Ken Root used to live just five minutes west of Steelhead Drive, an idyllic spot on the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Washington state that was washed away in a deadly landslide last Saturday. Root was just one of as many as 30,000 inhabitants of hilly Snohomish County - equal to 5 percent of the total county population - who are exposed to some kind of landslide risk, according to a report commissioned by the county in 2010. Because of glacial sediment and sand, vast tracts of Washington state are susceptible to landslides, said Daniel Miller, a geomorphologist who wrote a study of the Oso area in 1999 and warned of potential catastrophe. "Here in Washington, right around Seattle, there are areas that are built on sand.

As landslide risks remain, Washington state residents stay put

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:45
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Ken Root used to live just five minutes west of Steelhead Drive, an idyllic spot on the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Washington state that was washed away in a deadly landslide last Saturday. Root was just one of as many as 30,000 inhabitants of hilly Snohomish County - equal to 5 percent of the total county population - who are ...

Microsoft's Office apps for iPad ushers in new era

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:44

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures while speaking during a press briefing on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Microsoft unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.


Boxer, Feinstein call on Calif. lawmaker to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:43

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, D-Sacramento, is consoled by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, after Steinberg and fellow Democrats called for Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, to resign his seat in the wake of his arrest on federal corruption and firearm charges, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Steinberg said lawmakers will immediately suspend Yee unless he steps down. The announcement comes hours after Yee was arrested and appeared in federal court. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are calling on a Democratic California state senator to resign following his arrest on public corruption and firearms charges.


State regulators hire outside lawyer for dispute with SEC

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State securities regulators have hired a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer to help them win a rare and high-stakes jurisdictional dispute with the SEC.

Charlotte mayor's arrest taints city's image

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:42

In this photo taken on Nov. 7, 2013, Charlotte Mayor-elect Patrick D. Cannon holds a post-election news conference in Charlotte, N.C. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said Wednesday, March 26, 2014, that Cannon is facing theft and bribery charges. Tompkins says Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner) MAGS OUT; TV OUT, LOCAL PRINT OUT (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, CREATIVE LOAFLING, CHARLOTEE WEEKLY, MECHLENBURG TIMES, CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE, CHARLOTTE PARENTS)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Cannon's rise to mayor began with his election to City Council in 1993, at a time when Charlotte was emerging as a major banking center.


City leaders chide store for risque shirt display

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:41
OREM, Utah (AP) — A conservative Utah city that decided it likely would lose a legal battle over a national clothing store's "offensive" mall display of T-shirts has instead sent the company a scathing letter.

Obamacare enrollment tops six million as deadline looms: White House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:33

Cathey Park shows her cast signed by U.S. President Obama after he spoke about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in BostonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. The milestone gives the White House some ammunition to counter Republican critics, who have described the program as an expensive flop in the build-up to midterm congressional campaigns in November, when Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Only 10 days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top government officials to try to persuade more uninsured people, particularly the young and healthy, to sign up. The last-minute boost has exceeded the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 6 million people would sign up in the program's first year, down from earlier expectations of 7 million enrollees because of problems with websites used for shopping for insurance.


Prairie chicken listed as threatened

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:31

This March 2007 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows a male lesser prairie chicken in a mating stature in the Texas panhandle. The Obama administration is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a step below “endangered” status and allows for more flexibility in how the protections for the bird will be carried out under the Endangered Species Act. An announcement was expected Thursday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the listing decision in advance. (AP Photo/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jon McRoberts)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states.


Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:29

This combination made with undated photos released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when trapped the basement while fighting a fire in an apartment building in Boston. Kennedy, 33, a Marine Corps combat veteran was assigned to Ladder 15, and had been a firefighter for more than six years. Walsh, 43, and a father of three, was assigned to Engine 33, and had been a firefighter for almost a decade. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)BOSTON (AP) — One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race himself this year. The other was a father of three young children who had firefighting in his blood.


Detroit loosens latest swaps proposal, to submit debt plan Monday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:27
(Reuters) - Detroit dropped a key requirement in its latest version of an agreement on costly interest rate swaps with two investment banks, which was filed in court late Wednesday. Under the agreement, UBS AG and Merrill Lynch Capital Services, a unit of Bank of America Corp. would no longer have to support the financially hobbled city's plan to restructure its debts. Under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, once a city wins agreement from a single class of creditors whose interests are impaired by bankruptcy it can then impose settlement terms on other classes of creditors. On Monday, Detroit will submit to the bankruptcy court an amended adjustment plan, along with a revised disclosure statement that responds to various "informal requests for the inclusion of additional information," the city said in a filing on Thursday.

White Pass - 3/27/2014 2:17:56 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:26
White Pass US12
3/27/2014 2:17:56 PM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snowing lighty

Satus Pass - 3/27/2014 2:14:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:26
Satus Pass US97
3/27/2014 2:14:20 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Raining

Stevens Pass - 3/27/2014 2:17:14 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:26
Stevens Pass US2
3/27/2014 2:17:14 PM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional rain showers with patches of fog