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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?


Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:02
Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy? A new day, indeed. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for ...

US prods China on exchange rate at annual talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:57

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, third right, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus, second left, tour the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China with Chen Fei, left, deputy director of the Badaling Great Wall Special District, and Guo Jiaqiang, right, deputy director of the Badaling Foreign Affairs Office, in Beijing, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — The United States is prodding China to move toward a market exchange rate and settle its maritime disputes with neighbors.


Crumbs shows dangers of focusing on single product

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:56

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2007 file photo, Crumbs Bake Shop managing partner Harley Bauer carries of tray of cupcakes during the store's grand opening in Beverly Hills, Calif. Crumbs on Monday, July 7, 2014 said it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out, being a one-hit wonder is risky.


Taiwan diplomat fears China-Japan 'explosive' incident

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:54

Lyushun Shen warns tensions could blow up over a chain of islands in the East China Sea.

       

Iran Sends 3 Attack Planes to Iraqi Government

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:54
Delivery of the Su-25 aircraft is the latest step Iran has taken to help Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki battle the forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.






Summer outdoor movies 2014: 27 places to watch

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:53
From new films like “Frozen” to classics like “The Big Lebowski,” there are movies for every taste being shown outdoors in Seattle, Bellevue, Edmonds, Auburn, Tukwila and more.

Planes by trains | Jon Talton

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:51
Unless, like me, you like to watch trains move through Seattle, the dramatic photos of 737 fuselages spilled into a Montana river may have been the first time you realized that railroads are an essential part of building airplanes in the Puget Sound.

As 3rd 737 fuselage is retrieved, Boeing ponders production impact

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 09:49
Boeing said it will take time to make up the 737 production loss following the July 3 train wreck in Montana that spilled some fuselages into a river.