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Trial begins for U.S. Marine accused of twice deserting to Lebanon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:41
(Reuters) - A U.S. Marine accused of deserting the military in Iraq in 2004 before turning up in Lebanon claiming to have been kidnapped and then deserting again the following year decided on Monday to have a military judge decide his fate instead of a jury. Corporal Wassef Hassoun, 35, is being tried at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on charges of desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, according to the Marine Corps. He reappeared a month later in Lebanon and claimed that he had been kidnapped by militants, the military said. Before military legal proceedings could start against him, Hassoun failed to report for duty at Camp Lejeune in January 2005, fled the United States and again went to Lebanon, the Marines said.

Jury seated in slaying of 'American Sniper' author

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:38

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, a sign welcomes visitors to the Rough Creek Lodge resort near Glen Rose, Texas. Eddie Ray Routh, the Iraq war veteran who was battling post-traumatic stress disorder and other personal demons is scheduled to stand trial in nearby Stephenville, Texas, this week in the slayings of two men who were trying to help him, one of them former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, subject of the Hollywood blockbuster "American Sniper." (AP Photo/LM Otero)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A jury was seated Monday in the trial of a man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper," with the judge estimating no more than two dozen people were dismissed from service because of publicity about the case.


Supreme Court Undercuts Alabama Chief Justice’s Argument to Delay Same-Sex Marriages

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:36
Legal experts said Alabama’s clash of federal and state authority on the issue would almost surely end with state officials honoring the decision by a Federal District Court judge allowing the unions.

Florida students set to gather to address online voter registration

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:34

Impact on youth voter turnout and engagement also big issues for public policy students.

       

Obama administration creates new cybersecurity agency

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:32

New federal agency would coordinate cybersecurity intelligence-gathering efforts.

       

VIDEO: Salvaging Lebanon's lost beauty for art

BBC World News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:31
Transforming Lebanon's lost architecture and lives
Categories: BBC World News

Faulty heater leads to building evacuation in Radnor Township

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:30

Faulty heater leads to building evacuation in Radnor TownshipA faulty heater is being blamed for high levels of carbon monoxide at the Radnor Township municipal building.


Seahawks fans duped by Super Bowl ticket scams urged to file complaint

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:29
Washington state's top lawyer sought on Monday to bring some justice to any Seattle Seahawks fans who traveled all the way to Phoenix for the Super Bowl only to find they had spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on fake tickets. "Dealing with a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss is bad enough," Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement on Monday. The Seattle Seahawks fell ...

China Hits Qualcomm With Fine

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:29
In addition to the fine, which was a record for China, the Qualcomm, the chip maker, agreed to sharply reduce the royalties it charges Chinese smartphone makers.






Same-sex marriage begins in parts of Alabama, thwarted in others

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:25

Greg and Roger kiss after getting married in a park outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Same-sex couples began marrying in parts of Alabama on Monday, acting on the strongest signal yet from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage ahead of an expected ruling, but numerous state judges avoided granting marriage licenses to gay couples in apparent defiance of the high court. The Supreme Court earlier in the day cleared the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gay marriage is legal by refusing a request by the state's Republican attorney general to keep weddings on hold until it decides later this year whether laws banning gay matrimony violate the U.S. Constitution.


On Baseball: With New Flair, Padres Move to Sign James Shields, a Workhorse

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:25
James Shields, a top starter, was said to have agreed to a four-year, $75 million deal with the Padres, who are quickly shedding their bland reputation.

Mississippi most eager state to see 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:19

American Family Assoc. urges everyone not to see the R-rated movie about sex, bondage.

       

Oregon dominates Washington State, 95-72

WA Cougars - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:18
Joseph Young just missed a triple double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Oregon spoiled the return of former coach Ernie Kent on Sunday.
Categories: Sports Center

White Pass - 2/9/2015 4:13:30 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:17
White Pass US12
2/9/2015 4:13:30 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast with areas of light rain

Satus Pass - 2/9/2015 3:50:27 PM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:17
Satus Pass US97
2/9/2015 3:50:27 PM

Temperature: 48 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Raining, heavy at times with gusty winds

Stevens Pass - 2/9/2015 3:47:24 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:17
Stevens Pass US2
2/9/2015 3:47:24 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Blewett Pass - 2/9/2015 3:45:37 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:17
Blewett Pass US97
2/9/2015 3:45:37 PM

Temperature: 42 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet.

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 2/9/2015 3:56:03 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:17
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
2/9/2015 3:56:03 PM

Temperature: 42 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional rain showers

Amami Oshima Journal: Old Ways Prove Hard to Shed, Even as Crisis Hits Kimono Trade

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:16
The island of Amami Oshima has fallen harder than most of Japan’s famous kimono production centers.

Illinois governor makes union dues voluntary for some state workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:15
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a strike against public employee unions, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed an order eliminating union dues for some state employees who do not want to pay to support union activities. Rauner, a Republican and political neophyte who came into office in January, has been vocal about his problems with public labor unions and their political power. The order, which would eliminate so-called "fair share dues," affects 6,500 state workers who are represented by a union but have chosen not to join. “Forced union dues are a critical cog in the corrupt bargain that is crushing taxpayers," Rauner said in a statement.