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12 Days of Simpsons, Day 7: Springfield is in Oregon...duh

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:02
Was there any doubt? "The Simpsons" series often refers coyly to the characters' hometown, without divulging a state (one notable close call was when a character stated "Springfield, O...." and was cut off). We PNWers know that since "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is from Portland, what the hey el

In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:01
In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust -- holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:01
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said.

Daily Rant&Rave: Bouquets of appreciation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
RAVE To the man outside Evergreen Hospital who gave us a bouquet of dahlias to bring to our friend inside. He had a trunkful and hands them out every day, his way of giving back and saying thanks after being at Evergreen for 44 days himself.

Hodgson set to name England captain

BBC World News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
Roy Hodgson is set to announce his new England captain on Thursday - with Wayne Rooney favourite for the role.
Categories: BBC World News

Still going strong: Brad Upton celebrates 30 years in comedy

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
It has been 28 years since comedian Brad Upton quit his job as a teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Since then he's won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, appeared at Caesar's Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival and performed more than 5,000 shows across the United States

Still going strong: Brad Upton celebrates 30 years in comedy

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
It has been 28 years since comedian Brad Upton quit his job as a teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Since then he's won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, appeared at Caesar's Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival and performed more than 5,000 shows across the United States

Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:59

Taney Dragons parade today; street closings, SEPTA detoursAn afternoon parade has been scheduled for today in Philadelphia to celebrate the Mid-Atlantic Little League champions Taney Dragons.


APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:58
Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:58
If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office.

Met chief backs 'new control orders'

BBC World News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:57
Measures similar to control orders should be re-introduced to tackle the threat from Britons who fight with militants in Syria and Iraq, the UK's most senior police officer has said.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Scottish firms question 'Yes' vote

BBC World News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:57
Over 130 business leaders have written a letter in the Scotsman newspaper saying the case for Scottish Independence "has not been made".
Categories: BBC World News

Bound bodies of 2 found in Philly river; 3rd hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bound bodies of two people were found in a Philadelphia river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself was taken to a hospital for stab wounds, police said.

Moldova gets gas from Romania through new pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:54
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A new pipeline has been opened that will pump gas from Romania to Moldova in an attempt to reduce the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russian energy.

Time Warner Cable has widespread outages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:53

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2009, file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York. Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours, early Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.


2 rescued from disabled boat 2 miles from falls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:53

 An aerial view of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara FallsNIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two boaters were about two miles from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.


Call for Facebook beheadings rethink

BBC World News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:52
Controversial beheading photo posts from Syria spur one of Facebook's safety advisers to call for pictures to have warnings.
Categories: BBC World News

Call for Facebook beheadings rethink

BBC World News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:52
Controversial beheading photo posts from Syria spur one of Facebook's safety advisers to call for pictures to have warnings.
Categories: BBC World News

Freed U.S. hostage 'overwhelmed with emotion'

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:51

Journalist Peter Curtis, held for two years, spoke outside his mother's home Wednesday.

       

Lens Blog: Giving Away Photos to Make a Profit

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:50
With changes sweeping over photojournalism, Getty Images has been anticipating the needs of both viewers and editors.