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Legal Debate on Using Boastful Rap Lyrics as a Smoking Gun

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:01
As prosecutors use boastful rap lyrics to assemble criminal cases, a debate has arisen over whether such songs can constitute evidence of guilt or even the intention of wrongdoing.
    

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:55

File photo of California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine and Sharon Bernstein SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year. Senator Leland Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts. A criminal complaint posted online by the U.S. Attorney office for the Northern District of California alleges that Yee did favors for an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign contributions. The complaint alleges that Yee also offered to facilitate a meeting between the undercover agent and an arms dealer, and discussed the types of weapons that the undercover agent might need.


Bobcats 116, Nets 111 (OT): Bobcats Take Another Step Forward and Hand the Nets a Setback

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:55
Charlotte is still in the N.B.A. playoff picture and is fighting to stay there, as Wednesday’s 116-111 victory over Brooklyn attests.
    

HHS hits 6 million health care enrollment mark

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:43
Mark was considered key for sustainability of new insurance system.

California state senator freed from jail on bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:42

FILE - In this May 25, 2012 file, State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Yee was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, during a series of raids in the San Francisco Bay Area. FBI spokesman Peter Lee declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state Sen. Leland Yee has been released from custody and his lawyer says the Democrat from San Francisco plans to plead not guilty to corruption and gun charges.


US mayor on corruption charges quits

BBC World News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:38
The mayor of the largest city in the US state of North Carolina resigns after being arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.
Categories: BBC World News

Rangers 5, Mariners 3 ... McClendon names Erasmo Ramirez No. 2 starter

Seattle Mariners - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:31
BOX SCORE 03.26.14 Box Score
Categories: Sports Center

Nebraska dog dials 911 on owner's smartphone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:21
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — When emergency dispatchers in Nebraska's Sarpy County picked up a recent call, all they heard were the sounds of breathing and scratching.

Arrest threat gone, locals risk lives to find Washington mud slide survivors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:20
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Hours after a Washington state mudslide buried a community, Dayn Brunner took his life in his hands and dashed into the expanse of cement-like muck in search of his sister. Brunner was among dozens of people who had defied threats of arrest to search for loved ones on their own after a 1,500-foot long section of rain-soaked hillside tumbled onto a river near the town of Oso on Saturday, smothering a state road and swallowing up dozens of homes. She was driving on the road when the slide came down," Brunner, 42, said in an interview. ... They've got the know-how, they've got the experience," Dan Rankin, mayor of Darrington, said after a town hall meeting late on Tuesday.

White Pass - 3/26/2014 6:46:35 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:19
White Pass US12
3/26/2014 6:46:35 PM

Temperature: 39 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Satus Pass - 3/26/2014 6:48:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:19
Satus Pass US97
3/26/2014 6:48:20 PM

Temperature: 45 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Stevens Pass - 3/26/2014 7:04:39 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:19
Stevens Pass US2
3/26/2014 7:04:39 PM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snowing lightly

Blewett Pass - 3/26/2014 7:04:39 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:19
Blewett Pass US97
3/26/2014 7:04:39 PM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet with frost and ice in places

Weather:
Snowing lightly

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/26/2014 7:13:16 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:19
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/26/2014 7:13:16 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Rain and snow mixed

Senators concerned by Secret Service allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:18

The U.S. flag flies outside Hotel Huis ter Duin, the hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Monday night, in Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Wednesday March 26, 2014. A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at an undisclosed Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for "disciplinary reasons" but declined to elaborate. U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported that the incident happened at Hotel Huis ter Duin but the hotel denies that any such incident happened at the hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a senior Republican senator expressed concern Wednesday over an alleged incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama's overseas trip to the Netherlands.


Windy snowstorm whips Northeast; whiteout on roads

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:16

Wind-driven waves come ashore in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Cape Cod and the islands were expected to bear the brunt of the spring storm that struck full force Wednesday. The storm could drop up to 10 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — An Atlantic storm created blizzard conditions in parts of the Northeast corridor on Wednesday while whipping Maine and Massachusetts with wind gusts that fanned a Boston brownstone fire that killed two firefighters. In West Virginia, two people were killed in a traffic pileup blamed on poor visibility caused by snow.


Why the Seahawks will be fine without Jared Allen

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:10
The Seahawks didn’t lose free agent Jared Allen. They never had him, and the Super Bowl champions need to stick to their well-thought-plan to uncover underrated talent in free agency and the NFL draft.

Big Bothell apartment project sold for $91 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:08
A 372-unit apartment development in Bothell has been sold for $91.5 milllion to real investors led by Los Angeles-based Kennedy Wilson and Chicago-based Capri Capital Partners.

Wave Broadband adding TiVo boxes, streaming

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:07
Kirkland-based Wave Broadband announced today that it will provide TiVo set-top boxes and devices for streaming video around the house and beyond, starting this summer.

Report: Global executions up 15 % in 2013

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:07
Amnesty International report comes after Egypt's decision to condemn 529 Muslim supporters.