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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

Blewett Pass - 3/27/2014 2:03:33 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:26
Blewett Pass US97
3/27/2014 2:03:33 PM

Temperature: 43 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/27/2014 2:06:17 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:26
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/27/2014 2:06:17 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional light rain

Seattle turns in strong metro population growth | Jon Talton

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:20
The Census Bureau today released its population numbers from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ranked No. 10 in numeric growth, adding 57,514. No. 1 was metro Houston, at 137,692, followed by New York, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:20

This aerial photo taken at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant on March 10, 2014, by the environmental group WaterKeeper Alliance shows a large crack in the earthen dam holding back millions of tons of toxic coal ash and contaminated waste water. North Carolina regulators inspected the site twice in the following days, but now concede they failed to notice the crack clearly marked with metal stakes and bright orange streamers. State officials say they knew nothing of the potential hazard until Duke reported the crack on March 20, after the company was cited for illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Cape Fear River. The crack has since been repaired. (AP Photo/WaterKeeper Alliance, Rick Dove)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy shareholders called on the company's board on Thursday to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.


Boxer adds to calls for Calif. lawmaker to resign

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:20
Sen. Barbara Boxer is calling on a Democratic California state senator to resign from office following his arrest on public corruption and firearms charges.

More than 1,000 satellites are flying overhead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris:

Indie rock and rumble at the Tractor | Concert review

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19
The Tractor Tavern billed its Wednesday show as "Indie Night," which isn't quite descriptive enough for our purposes. Sonic earthquake would be more accurate.

Court: Ex-Ohio death row inmate can't pursue suit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was freed from prison after spending 21 years on Ohio's death row because of a botched prosecution can't pursue his federal lawsuit against the county prosecutor's office, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Newlywed gets 30 years in husband murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.


Sounders' Clint Dempsey on his suspension: 'Disappointed. I don't agree with it.'

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:18
Sounders FC star Clint Dempsey was made available to reporters after Thursday's practice, his first interview since receiving a two-game suspension last week for a below-the-belt smack on Toronto's Mark Bloom. Dempsey is halfway through the suspension and will complete it by sitting out Saturday's h

UN declares Crimea vote illegal

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:17
The UN General Assembly declares Crimea's Moscow-backed referendum illegal, as the IMF and US back loans for Ukraine.
Categories: BBC World News

Pacific Gas & Electric: Federal criminal charges likely in fatal California pipeline explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:15
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric: Federal criminal charges likely in fatal California pipeline explosion.

Boxer adds to calls for Calif. lawmaker to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:15

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 is calling on a Democratic California state senator to resign from office following his arrest on public corruption and firearms charges.


Maryland local official defies court, opens meeting with prayer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:14
(Reuters) - A county official in Maryland opened an official meeting on Thursday with a prayer referencing Jesus Christ, according to a person who attended the meeting and local media, two days after a federal judge issued an injunction prohibiting such a prayer. Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier began the group's budget meeting with a prayer she says was written by George Washington, the first U.S. president, that referred to Jesus Christ at least three times. The budget meeting came two days after a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the county commissioners from using "the name of a specific deity associated with any specific faith or belief." The injunction was in response to a civil lawsuit filed last May on behalf of several Carroll County residents and the American Humanist Association, which claimed the practice violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which provides for a separation of church and state.

Dad who overdosed at McDonald's convicted in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:08
CINCINNATI (AP) — Less than two weeks after police say he and his girlfriend overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's play area near Cincinnati, a father was convicted Thursday of child endangering.

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:08
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.