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Looks like SEIU organizing strategy may backfire -- on Washington taxpayers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:16
More than a month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling likely to shake the left side of Washington politics. But this state hasn’t heard in any official way what effect Harris vs. Quinn will have – and now it looks like we’ll have to wait for a legal decision 

Family of kidnapped US aid worker in sad limbo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:13

Elaine Weinstein, left, wife of American aid worker Warren Weinstein who was kidnapped in Pakistan, speaks with The Associated Press at the family home in Rockville, Md., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. In the three years since Weinstein was kidnapped by militants in Pakistan, his family has been in a strange, sad limbo. Elaine Weinstein says that she still believes she'll see her husband alive. She says that hope is what keeps her getting out of bed. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — In the three years since American aid worker Warren Weinstein was kidnapped by militants in Lahore, Pakistan, his family has existed in a strange, sad limbo.


White Pass - 8/12/2014 11:32:41 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:12
White Pass US12
8/12/2014 11:32:41 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. maintenance work is in progress in several locations west of the summit. Motorists will experience delays of up to 30 minutes.

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Satus Pass - 8/12/2014 11:33:00 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:12
Satus Pass US97
8/12/2014 11:33:00 AM

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 - 8/12/2014 11:32:40 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:12
Stevens Pass US2
8/12/2014 11:32:40 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
US 2 is open to travel however there is construction occurring at multiple locations on the pass and delays are possible during working hours.

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Blewett Pass - 8/12/2014 11:35:27 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:12
Blewett Pass US97
8/12/2014 11:35:27 AM

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 - 8/12/2014 11:33:30 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:12
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
8/12/2014 11:33:30 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Rock blasting scheduled Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and lasting one hour or more. During blasting I-90 will be closed milepost 56 near Gold Creek to milepost 61 near Price Creek. During blasting closures there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70. I-90 is closed to bicycles between Hyak interchange, Exit 54, and Stampede Pass interchange, Exit 62. John Wayne Pioneer Trail may be used as an alternate route.

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U.S. says reopening New Mexico nuclear waste dump is top priority

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:11
An underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico where operations were suspended after a radiation leak is of crucial importance to the United States and its reopening is a top priority for the Energy Department, the head of the agency said. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the remarks at a public meeting late on Monday in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where the local economy is fueled by the nearby Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in the Chihuahuan Desert. Preliminary findings of an investigation suggest the leak was tied to an improperly packaged container from Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe that was deposited in a salt cavern at the dump. Government contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, which runs the site, has said it might be three years before the waste repository is fully operational.

Tenn. man gets life in prison in postal shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:55
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Armed with pistols, Chastain Montgomery and his 18-year-old son walked into the small, red-brick post office in a rural Tennessee town almost four years ago, intending to rob it and escape with what they thought would be a bounty of cash.

Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:52

FILE - This April 6, 2008 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaks on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.


Critics say Republican fix of Florida congressional map not good enough

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:52
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Leaders of a voter coalition contesting Florida’s congressional district boundaries are vowing to continue a court battle claiming that a new map approved on Monday fails to meet the state's anti-gerrymandering rules. “They’ve done this in a crafty way, to make sure the political result is not changed,” Tom Zehnder, an attorney for Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of Florida and some voters who challenged the current congressional districts, said of boundaries approved by state lawmakers along party lines on Monday. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, who threw out the existing map last month, has a hearing set for Aug. 20 to consider the new boundaries. The Republican-run legislature made relatively minor adjustments to the districts of U.S. Representatives Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, and Daniel Webster, a Republican from Winter Garden, whose districts Lewis ruled were in violation of the state's constitutional ban on gerrymandering to protect incumbents or favor either party.

UK warns over Israel export licences

BBC World News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:50
Ministers identify 12 military export licenses to Israel that they would suspend if "significant hostilities" resume in Gaza.
Categories: BBC World News

NY law protects big cats, bans 'tiger selfies'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:38
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Internet Romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it's illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat — a practice popular on online dating sites but denounced by wildlife advocates as potentially dangerous to both man and beast.

Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:38
EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada.

Robin Williams Found by Assistant Hanged to Death at California Home: Sheriff's Official

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:36
Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found by a personal assistant hanged to death at his house in Northern California, and the preliminary finding is that he died of asphyxia due to hanging, a local sheriff's official said on Tuesday.

Getting last-minute deals on luxury hotels

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:31
Apps and websites for finding discounts at upscale hotels

House campaign groups start $75M ad campaign

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both parties' House campaign arms began a $75 million ad blitz that will continue until November's elections.

Seattle popcorn chain sees exploding overseas demand

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:26
KuKuRuZa owner Grant Jones is still trying to expand his gourmet popcorn empire around Seattle, but persistent requests from Middle Eastern investors to franchise led to opening its seventh and eighth international locations in July.

Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:25
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Officials: Bodies possibly seen on Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:23
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — What appear to be three bodies have been spotted on Mount Rainier in an area where six climbers went missing earlier this summer, National Park officials said Tuesday.