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Fourth person dies from crash at South by Southwest in Austin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:51
An 18-year-old man has become the fourth person to die as a result of a motorist who plowed a car into crowds of people outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago, police said on Thursday. DeAndre Tatum "passed away as a result of his injuries," Austin police said on their Twitter feed. Tatum, a Fort Worth, Texas, resident, had been in critical condition at an Austin hospital since the March 13 incident. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has been charged with capital murder for allegedly plowing his car into crowds of people over several hundred yards.

Senate advances bill to renew expired jobless benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:50
A White House-backed bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans cleared a Republican procedural hurdle on Thursday in the Democratic-led Senate. On a 65-34 vote, the bipartisan measure advanced toward anticipated Senate passage, yet it will likely die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the measure "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.

Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:50

FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, photographed in Washington. President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. That’s a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House. The president made the announcement during an international conference call with enrollment counselors and volunteers, while traveling in Italy. Monday is the deadline to enroll in the new insurance exchanges, although many people will still be able to take advantage of extensions announced this week.(AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.


VIDEO: Asia Beats: Malaysia's Yuna

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:49
The first Malaysian artist to win over the US market
Categories: BBC World News

Senate panel plans to make losers pay for frivolous patent lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:49
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators seeking to curb frivolous patent litigation plan to add a "loser pays" amendment into a bill that many believe has a good chance of becoming law, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday. The change would require parties that lose lawsuits to cover winners' legal bills, and is expected to deter prolonged, frivolous and vexatious litigation. Such measures have been pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc and Apple Inc. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a committee meeting on Thursday that he and other senators planned to amend a bill introduced in November to "send a strong signal that patent trolls who pursue lawsuits with no reasonable basis should pay reasonable attorneys fees." Companies that buy up large numbers of patents to extract licensing fees or damages for infringement are often called patent trolls or patent assertion entities by critics. The bill also would require patent holders to disclose ownership and allow manufacturers to step into lawsuits to protect customers accused of using an infringing device.

Feds charge 21 people in Jersey Shore heroin ring bust

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:47
By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged 21 people with running a New Jersey heroin trafficking ring after investigators intercepted phone conversations that used coded language and were made on disposable cellphones. Most of those charged in the drug bust on the Jersey Shore were arrested on Thursday, said U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman, who added that the operation was conducted by the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. "This case highlights what has become all too clear: heroin is a serious problem that affects communities across New Jersey," Fishman said in a statement. The ringleaders, based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, were identified as Rufus "E-Money" Young, 41, and Robert "True" Britt, 44.

Border Patrol agents rescue man forced into well

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:46
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Responding to an immigrant's cries for help, Border Patrol agents pulled the man from a 40-foot-deep dry water well that he had been forced into by smugglers in the southern Arizona desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reviewing Seattle's 2014 draft slots

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:46
I figured it might be worth reviewing where Seattle will pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after the revealing this week of the compensatory picks, which changes things just a bit, moving the Seahawks down in a few rounds (the added third round picks means all of the fourth round picks slide down a few, et
Categories: Sports Center

Secret Service agents must tell White House protester they're sorry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:45
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman who protested at the White House will get an apology and a family trip to Washington from the U.S. Secret Service to settle a lawsuit that accused the officers of effectively turning her away. Under the settlement approved by a judge on Thursday, two Secret Service officers agreed to write letters of apology to the woman, former police officer Debra Hartley. The Secret Service agreed to provide Hartley, her lawyer, her daughter and two grandchildren a 45-minute meeting with its director, according to the U.S. District Court settlement. Hartley complained the officers kept her from exercising her right to free speech, and the settlement also requires both the officers and Secret Service lawyers to attend an hour-long legal workshop with the American Civil Liberties Union.

White House Says Health Care Rolls Top Goal: 6 Million

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:44
With the deadline on Monday, the number of newly covered has exceeded the administration’s goal for enrollment — revised downward from seven million.
    

US nuclear commanders sacked in row

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:40
The US Air Force sacks nine mid-level nuclear commanders and will discipline dozens in a widening test cheating scandal, officials say.
Categories: BBC World News

Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger Dies

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:40
James R. Schlesinger, a hawkish and erudite Republican who straddled the partisan divide to serve in Cabinet-level posts under three presidents, has died, a Washington think tank said Thursday. He was 85.
    





White Pass - 3/27/2014 1:02:06 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:25
White Pass US12
3/27/2014 1:02:06 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 1:01:10 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:25
Satus Pass US97
3/27/2014 1:01:10 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 1:04:37 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:25
Stevens Pass US2
3/27/2014 1:04:37 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 1:14:51 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:25
Blewett Pass US97
3/27/2014 1:14:51 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 1:08:21 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:25
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/27/2014 1:08:21 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional light rain

Vote by U.N. General Assembly Isolates Russia

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:21
A resolution on Ukraine rejecting Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula as illegal passed overwhelmingly.
    





Man Utd stars agree Salford deal

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:20
Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville agree a deal to purchase non-league Salford City.
Categories: BBC World News

Reporter testimony sought in 'Craigslist killer' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:17
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Prosecutors pressing charges against the so-called Craigslist murder suspect, who told a small newspaper in Pennsylvania that she was a serial killer, head to court this week hoping to force the reporter to testify about the jailhouse interview. Miranda Barbour, who is charged in the murder of a Pennsylvania man she allegedly lured via the website Craigslist, reportedly claimed in the interview last month that she was part of a satanic cult and had committed at least 22 other killings. Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini said he plans to argue in court on Friday that Francis Scarcella, a courthouse reporter for Pennsylvania's Sunbury Daily Item, should be compelled to testify about the interview he conducted in county prison with 19-year-old Barbour in February.