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Why Gov. Jay Inslee goes against the grain industry

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:37
A letter from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee explains a curious decision that has bollixed up the wheat harvest throughout the western United States this year. Good bet it will infuriate more people than it will soothe.

Tourists flood Calif.’s Catalina, but island is running dry

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:31
After major renovations, island near L.A. enjoys tourism boom but drought could curtail visitors, hurt economy.

Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:31
A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.

US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:31
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

Missouri teen's family demand justice

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:26
The family of an unarmed black teenager killed by police in a suburb of St Louis call for justice for their son, as the FBI investigates.
Categories: BBC World News

Cuba Catholics plan first new church in decades

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:25
Plans for first new post-revolution church in Cuba
Categories: BBC World News

Florida lawmakers OK new voting map for Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:20
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state's congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.

Actor Robin Williams dies at 63

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:18
By Haven Daley and Hillel Italie

Green Lake drowning victims identified

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:16
UPDATED  2:47 P.M.

Obama lauds Iraq's 'promising step'

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:14
US President Obama says the nomination of a new Iraqi PM is a "promising step forward", as US aid drops reach displaced Yazidis.
Categories: BBC World News

Boy accused in fatal stabbing to have mental exam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:13

a memorial dedicated to Michael Connor VerkerkeGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered a mental competency exam for a 12-year-old boy charged with murder in the stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.

Big Trove for Frackers at Pittsburgh International Airport

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:11
The airport’s runways are sitting on enough natural gas to run the whole state of Pennsylvania for a year and a half.

NYC official wants police to wear cameras after choke-hold death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08
Following public outrage at the death of a New York City man who was put in a choke hold while being arrested, the city's public advocate called on Monday for police officers to be outfitted with body-worn cameras. Public Advocate Letitia James recommended a pilot plan, costing about $5 million, that would start in the city's most crime-plagued neighborhoods and would seek to restore public trust in the police department as controversy over aggressive policing tactics continues to mount. To start, roughly 15 percent of all patrolling police officers would be required to wear the cameras and record every stop. Public debate on policing in the city has raged following the July 17 death of Staten Island man Eric Garner, who was placed in a choke hold by officers and died a short time later.

How Becky Hammon Became N.B.A.’s First Full-Time Female Assistant Coach

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08
Hammon’s being named the first full-time female assistant coach in the N.B.A. by the San Antonio Spurs may have started on a shared flight from the London Olympics.

Union says Detroit bankruptcy disrupting contract negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitDetroit's largest union said on Monday that the city's historic bankruptcy proceedings have given the management of the water and sewer department opportunities to disrupt bargaining units and strip union members of job protections. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Michigan Council 25 filed a motion late Monday to clarify or lift an automatic court stay on litigation against Detroit during the bankruptcy process. The state's employment commission, which settles labor disputes, has decided against holding hearings regarding the city until after the bankruptcy process is concluded.

Killings Rise in Karachi as Taliban Target Police

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:06
In the Pashtun slums of Karachi, Pakistan, militants have gunned down police officers, assaulted poorly defended police stations and dispatched suicide bombers to assassinate top police commanders.

Man struck by 3 vehicles, including 2 patrol cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:03
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by three vehicles on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, including two Douglas County sheriff's patrol cars.

Round-up: Marysville overhauls special-ed program, California debates 'yes means yes' law

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:01
Advocates fight to keep LA family engagement program (Los Angeles Times): Financial woes are threatening the Los Angeles Unified School District's Family Literacy Project, an effort that brings families together for classes on reading, adult education and parenting techniques. Grants fundi

Witnesses: Teen had hands raised when he was shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:00

FBI 'Reviewing' Police Shooting of Unarmed Missouri TeenA black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached him with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to two men who said they witnessed the shooting, which sparked a night of unrest in suburban St. Louis.